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Two RTA employees honored for helping keep kids safe

ATU - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 18:34
This married couple went above and beyond volunteering their own time to patrol the bus stops, making sure children awaiting the bus are safe.
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Nestlé Teamsters Ratify New Contract

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 13:03

(MILWAUKEE) – Confectionary workers at the Burlington, Wisc. Nestlé plant ratified a new five-year agreement this weekend, securing a strong contact that included wage gains and maintenance of health care and retirement benefits.

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Teamsters Endorse Maria Elena Durazo for DNC Vice-Chair

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:50

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa:


“Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters proudly endorses Maria Elena Durazo in her re-election bid as the Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She has been a strong advocate for the Teamsters waste and port campaigns and will continue to be a strong voice for working families and labor.


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Carhaul Conference Call Scheduled Thursday, February 27

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:49

Carhaul Teamsters are urged to take part in a national conference call to learn more about the tentative national carhaul agreement.

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Updated: Locked out UAW members at Honeywell receive contract offer

UAW - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:15

UAW Local 9 members in South Bend, Indiana, and those at Local 1508 in Green Island, New York, have received an offer from Honeywell for a new, five-year collective bargaining agreement and have agreed to present it positively to membership.

The UAW members, who have been locked out of their jobs for over nine months, have been fighting to protect wages and benefits. On Tuesday, the company moved off demands that would have allowed it wide latitude to modify and even terminate benefits during the term of the contract.

Details of the proposal will not be released publicly until after the offer is presented to UAW members, and a ratification vote is held.

Update 2:45pm Est: Statements from UAW bargaining committee members regarding Honeywell contract offer

Statement of UAW Local 1508 Vice President Tim Waters, an employee of Honeywell Aerospace Green Island (New York) manufacturing

“After almost 10 months of being locked out by Honeywell, we are pleased that the company has finally made an offer that we can recommend to our members. This lockout was not necessary, and the company could have avoided all the pain they caused our members and their families had they not engaged in a strategy of corporate greed. We are grateful for all the support we had from the UAW, the labor community at large and our community allies. We are looking forward to taking our plant back from the scabs and making the high-quality, union- made aviation brake pads we are known for.”

Statement of UAW Local 9 President Todd Treder, an employee of Honeywell Aerospace South Bend (Indiana) manufacturing

“It has been a long 10 months of negotiations and we feel that Honeywell has finally moved on key issues with our members. The bargaining committee has voted to recommend the company’s most recent offer. Honeywell has moved far enough for the members to consider ratifying the mediated offer. We want to thank our members and their families for their sacrifice and solidarity during a difficult year, and for all of the support our local communities and brothers and sisters from the UAW and labor across the country have given us.”

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Obamacare Repeal Will Raise Your Taxes

AFSCME - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 11:59
The House GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act should worry everyone who has employer-provided health insurance because it calls for taxing your health benefits.
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Toll Worker Shortchanged, Wins Big Payout

AFSCME - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:54
AFSCME fought for a Delaware toll worker to get paid what she was owed, underscoring the value of belonging to a union.
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EXTRA! for February 22, 2017

AFSCME - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 09:39
Stories of interest to working people for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
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Listen to Teamster Nation News for Feb. 22-28

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 09:13

IBT Election Results Certified; Unions Unite to Celebrate DOL Nominee’s Withdrawal; Carhaul Locals Endorse Tentative Agreement; Teamsters Laud DeFazio’s NAFTA Resolution; Union Plays Big Role in Defeat of RTW in N.H.; Contract News; Organizing News; This Week in Teamster Music; Anti-Union Forces Set Sites on Iowa Public Sector Workers

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Salesforce Teamsters Ratify First Contract

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:56

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Teamsters who work for WeDriveU, a bus contractor for Salesforce in San Francisco, Calif., ratified a strong first contract this weekend that continued the trend of raising standards across the tech industry for bus drivers.

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IIO Charges Against Ken Hall Withdrawn

Teamsters - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 07:52

(Washington, D.C.) – Statement regarding the withdrawal of charges by the Independent Investigations Officer (IIO) against General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall. 

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TTC union votes 'no confidence' in Kinnear's leadership

ATU - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 07:31
The executive board of the TTC’s largest union has approved a motion of “no confidence” in the leadership of Bob Kinnear.
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Trump’s Immigration Policies ‘Nothing Short of Mass Deportation’

AFSCME - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:28
Trump’s new immigration push ‘nothing sort of mass deportation,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders says.
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UAW reaches tentative agreement with Challenge Manufacturing to end strike

UAW - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:12

Kansas City, Mo.– Over 300 UAW members at Challenge Manufacturing have reached their first tentative agreement to end a three-week strike.

“We congratulate UAW members of Local 710 at Challenge Manufacturing on their first contract after difficult negotiations,” said UAW President Dennis Williams.

Members of Local 710 at Challenge Manufacturing reached their first tentative agreement after the Michigan-based company located a stamping supply facility in Kansas City. “We welcome Challenge Manufacturing members into the Region 5 UAW family,” said Gary Jones, director of UAW Region 5.

“I would like to thank UAW Local 31 and UAW Local 249 along with the many friends and family of UAW Local 710 who aided members on the picket line,” said Jones.

Jones also thanked UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada for her great work helping to reach a contract that is fair for Challenge workers and the surrounding community.

“Challenge Manufacturing workers stuck together through difficult bargaining to achieve their first contract,” said Estrada. “The solidarity they demonstrated led to significant economic gains and workplace protections.”

Jones said the terms of the agreement will be released to UAW Local 710 members prior to a membership ratification vote.

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Joe Nero: Proud Teamster & Community Leader

Teamsters - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:54

As a black worker, Joe Nero faced challenges his white co-workers did not face. In 1941, he became a member of Teamsters Local 272 and became very active in the union and the community. 

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AFSCME Stands by Public Workers in Iowa

AFSCME - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:36
AFSCME is fighting back in Iowa against the latest attempt to silence the voices of working people and take away their ability to negotiate together for better wages and working conditions.
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AFSCME Member Brightens Vets Days Despite Hurdles

AFSCME - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:40
Nothing stops AFSCME Never Quit Award winner Jimmie Rook from serving Iowa’s veterans – not even a paralyzed arm.
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Winnipeg Transit policies ‘nowhere near enough’ for drivers’ safety

ATU - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:09
Winnipeg bus drivers will observe a moment of silence for a fallen brother on Tuesday, and ATU is calling on more action from the city so they won’t ever have to do it again.
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Teamsters Offer Disaster Relief Assistance In Louisiana

Teamsters - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:05

Teamsters Offer Disaster Relief Assistance In Louisiana

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Union Front: Providing Hope to Struggling Military Families

UAW - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 08:45

The UAW Staff Council, in partnership with the International, provided financial support, as well as labor, for the construction of the home on the VFW’s campus that is named after the late UAW President Stephen P. Yokich.

UAW Members Give $13,000 Donation to VFW National Home for Children

The UAW Staff Council, an organization that represents the interests of the union’s International Representatives, has long supported the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

And the International has also been a tireless supporter of the home, which helps struggling military members and their families. The combined efforts of both have:

  • Funded the construction of a home on the campus, which was built in 2005 and named after UAW President Stephen P. Yokich.
  • Provided games and bounce houses for children during the annual UAW Carnival, which gives them a respite from Michigan’s long, hard winter.
  • Donated bikes for children.
  • Volunteered to help at the Moving Wall display when it visited the National Home in 2010.
  • Volunteered to clean up the campus after it was heavily damaged by a storm over Labor Day 2014.

But nothing shows more commitment by the UAW staff and International Executive Board (IEB) than Staff Council’s annual Black Lake Golf Outing, which this year raised $13,000 to support the home.

“We are honored and proud to have a continuing role in helping the VFW National Home for Children,” Staff Council President Scott Andrews said.

“UAW members have always stepped up for veterans and the International staff and the IEB believe that if there’s a way to ease the burden on military members and their families, then we will be there,” Andrews added.

UAW members, through the International Executive Board and Staff Council, have donated more than $150,000 to the VFW home with the golf outings alone.

Patrice Green, executive director of the VFW National Home for Children, said the UAW has shown “tremendous commitment” to the organization’s mission, which is to provide children and families of active-duty military, war veterans opportunities for growth and development in a nurturing community, and to serve as a living memorial to all veterans. Oftentimes, this means providing housing on the campus in south-central Michigan in addition to many other services.

“With the outstanding support of the UAW Staff Council and its members, we are able to serve the children and families of our veterans when they need us,” Green said in a thank you letter to the council. “You help us give hope to struggling military and veteran families.”

Know a military or veteran family that is struggling? Encourage them to call the National Home Helpline at (800) 313-4200. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families. It can also be the first step to moving to the National Home.

Vince Piscopo

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