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UAL, CAL, CMI Mechanics Update - December 2, 2016

Teamsters - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:41

A webinar and call will be available on Monday December 5th that will allow members to view or listen to the process of tallying the ballots live.
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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 05:47

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.4% in Oct 2016
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Unemployment Rate:
4.6% in Nov 2016
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Payroll Employment:
+178,000(p) in Nov 2016
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Average Hourly Earnings:
-$0.03(p) in Nov 2016
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
unchanged in Oct 2016
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.6% in 3rd Qtr of 2016
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+3.1% in 3rd Qtr of 2016
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+0.5% in Oct 2016
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U.S. Export Price Index:
+0.2% in Oct 2016
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UAW Local 2280 wins the Utica Small Business Excellence Award

UAW - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:01

Utica, MI – November 24, 2016 — UAW Ford Local 2280 has been selected for the 2016 Utica Small Business Excellence Award in the Community Service/Non-Profit classification by the Utica Small Business Excellence Award Program.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Utica Small Business Excellence Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Utica Small Business Excellence Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Utica Small Business Excellence Awards Program

The Utica Small Business Excellence Awards recognizes outstanding small businesses that serve the Utica area. Each year, our selection committee identifies businesses that we believe have achieved outstanding marketing success in their local community and business classification.

Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. These are small businesses that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Utica area a vibrant and vital place to live.

The Utica Small Business Excellence Awards was established to reward the best of small businesses in Utica. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to award the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Boilermakers win seven ILCA awards

IBB - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 10:00
Group cites IBB for publishing, video, photography, website

THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR Communications Association has announced that creative work produced by the Boilermakers International has been selected for seven awards of excellence.

The Communications Department received two first place awards, for Best Photo Essay or Gallery and Best Design for Newspapers or Newsletters. The department also received two third place awards, for the 33rd Consolidated Convention website and Best Photograph.

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Teamsters to Head Off Potential XPO CEO Pay Bonanza

Teamsters - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:24

(WASHINGTON) – Today, in a letter to XPO Logistics’ [NYSE: XPO] Board of Directors, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters raised objections to the company’s proposed 2016 Omnibus Incentive Compensation Plan (the Plan) that could provide a windfall stock award for CEO Bradley Jacobs worth $110 million at current stock price levels.

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Referral rules change Dec. 15

IBB - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 09:06
Domicile/dispatch requirements clarified

EFFECTIVE DEC. 15, 2016, clarifications to the Uniform Referral Standards and Joint Referral Rules concerning U.S. construction lodge joint referral rules goes into effect. The National Joint Rules and Standards Committee has issued amendments that apply to Article 5, Registration, clarifying what is required to change an applicant’s domicile or dispatching local.

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On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

UAW - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 08:23

Today marks the 61st  anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track.

Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955, after she refused to give up her seat on a crowded bus to a white passenger.

Read the full article on Constitution Daily >>>

Photo Credit: Gary Malerba

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Peoria transit strike averted for now

ATU - Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:39
Local 416 and CityLink came to an agreement to extend CityLink workers’ contracts until January 31st after workers overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike this week.
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Talks Resume for San Diego's Sharp Nurses

AFSCME - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 14:45

It's back to the bargaining table for the registered nurses at San Diego’s Sharp HealthCare, whose plan for a three-day strike starting Monday was called off after management offered improvements to their earlier proposal.

"Over the past week, Sharp has made slight improvements in some of their proposals addressing nurse turnover,” said Christina Magnusen, RN, president of Sharp Professional Nurses Network (SPNN), an affiliate of the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP). “Sharp seems to now recognize the need to be in a better position to recruit nurses, and keep them once they’ve spent the money to train and orient them, so they will stay and make a career at Sharp. We remain hopeful that we can more fully tackle this crucial issue and complete the contract."

Negotiations resumed Tuesday.

The key issue – nurse recruitment and retention – has been the sticking point as the nurses contend that inadequate pay is the cause of high turnover at the Southern California hospital chain. More than 500 nurses have left the company in just the first nine months of this year because hourly pay is $8 to $15 less than what other nurses earn at area health organizations.

Talks to craft a contract that addresses such concerns, and others, have been going on since July. In October, more than 300 nurses and allies gathered in solidarity with Sharp Healthcare nurses at the San Diego Convention Center.

A 10-day strike notice demonstrated to management that the nurses were committed to resolving the recruitment and retention problem, and ending what the nurses said was Sharp’s repeated violations of federal labor law, including prematurely abandoning negotiations.

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What Do We Want? $15! When Do We Want It? Now!

AFSCME - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:55

Last week, skycaps, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners worked extra hard, on the busiest days of the year, to get air travelers to their Thanksgiving destinations as safely and efficiently as possible.

This week, they’re insisting on fair pay for all the important work they do.

On Tuesday, AFSCME joined SEIU, UNITE-HERE, other unions, faith and community leaders for a rally at Washington National Airport to insist on a $15 an hour wage and a union for airport contract workers.

Hundreds of people gathered to stand in solidarity with the workers, many of whom are living in poverty, making less than $7 per hour plus unreliable tips. Aynalem Lale, a wheelchair dispatcher at Dulles Airport, spoke about her daily struggle and what a well-deserved raise would mean in her life.

“If I made $15 an hour,” she said, “I would only [need] one job, and I would not have to sleep in the airport between jobs.” She added: “We deserve respect and…job security and enough to support our families.”

Following the rally, the crowd marched nearly a mile to the other end of the airport to present the demand for a raise at the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority offices. Workers also authorized a vote to strike during the December holidays.

This airport march and rally was just one of more than 300 events occurring nationwide, to mark four years to the day since the launch of the Fight for $15 movement. Tens of thousands of people participated in protests and demonstrations, a day of disruption that included acts of civil disobedience in front of McDonald’s restaurants from coast to coast.

The Fight for $15 has enjoyed resounding success in a short period of time, already leading to wage increases for more than 22 million people. But AFSCME and its partners won’t quit fighting until all working families get the dignity and respect they deserve, until they get at least the $15 per hour it takes to make ends meet.

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Trump: Where the Rubber Hits the Road

AFSCME - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 11:54

Last week, families came together to express gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. If your Thanksgiving table was anything like mine, there was plenty of lively debate about politics and current affairs, about what a Trump administration will mean for our country’s future.

First, it cannot mean a rise in hate speech. It must not mean attacks on women, religious minorities, LGBTQ people and communities of color.

There’s no question that white nationalists have been emboldened by this election, or that Donald Trump has stoked fear and resentment for political advantage. This has to stop, and the president-elect has an obligation to stop it. It’s the very opposite of what makes America great.

If he is truly committed to unity and healing, there may be opportunities for cooperation — perhaps on infrastructure investment, as long as it provides good-paying jobs and not just corporate boondoggles. I don’t believe obstructionism should be our default position, as it was for the right wing from the moment President Obama was elected. There’s too much at stake for short-term political brinkmanship. We in the labor movement and the progressive community will work with President-elect Trump when — but only when — doing so aligns with our values.

The Trump campaign tapped into legitimate frustration on the part of so many working people. It’s time to address this economic insecurity, and we will hold the president-elect’s feet to the fire to ensure that he does.

But in many cases, the Trump governing agenda seems to contradict the Trump campaign platform.

If fighting for the forgotten woman and man is the president-elect’s goal, for example, it’s unclear how trillions in tax cuts for the wealthy get us there. The same goes for a rollback of the Obama administration rule allowing millions more Americans to receive overtime pay. And if wresting power from the elites is a defining principle of a Trump presidency, does it make any sense to undo regulations that rein in greed and excess on Wall Street?

For generations, it’s been the labor movement that has led the way in lifting living standards for working people. Why, then, would someone who claims to be working people’s champion pursue a national right-to-work law that would crush collective bargaining rights? Although Trump suggested he would shore up the retirement safety net, there are indications that he will move to privatize Medicare and convert Medicaid to a block grant program.

Such an approach would mean Draconian benefit cuts inflicting pain and hardship on millions of people. It is also deeply unpopular. Recent polling shows that 80 percent of Trump voters believe “protecting Social Security and Medicare” should be a priority for the incoming administration and new Congress.

Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to help working people. Now is his chance to show us, not tell us. We will give him every opportunity to prove his sincerity, and we will not miss an opportunity to oppose him if he doesn’t.

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Listen to Teamster Nation News for Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Teamsters - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 08:18

UPS Airline Maintenance Technicians Seek Injunctive Relief; Local 120 Members Out of Work After Trucking Company Shutters; Texas Judges Block Overtime, Persuader Rules; Contract News; This Week in Teamster Music; Fair Wage Fight Stretches Across U.S.

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Check out our YouTube Channel!

UAW - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 06:00

There are many ways to communicate in today’s world. One of the fastest growing tools we use to do this at the UAW is video.

You may have seen the videos featured on Facebook highlighting member stories gathered by the UAW’s PRO-Member team. But you should also check our the UAW YouTube channel which houses a wide variety of videos as well.

Our UAW YouTube Channel and the videos on it are a valuable source of information about our great union and feature UAW news stories, mini-documentaries, commercials, companion videos to Solidarity stories, history and legacy videos, stories from the front lines of organizing, highlights from conventions and many more.

We are especially proud of our on-going web series “We Are the UAW” that takes viewers into the lives of our members in the workplace and highlights jobs that many wouldn’t expect are done by UAW members.

In this “We Are the UAW” series we take you behind the scenes of a zoo in Lansing where our members perform many jobs including taking care of the animals as zoo keepers. We also spend the day in jail with sheriff’s officers who maintain order in Toledo.

We traveled to a Connecticut high school to speak with cafeteria workers providing meals for students. He also spent an afternoon with fire fighters in Woodhaven, Michigan, who protect the community.

There are many ways the UAW is working to tell these stories. Please subscribe and share our videos on YouTube.

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UAW - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:19

NEW YORK––The Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) today announced that the City has completed a contract with General Motors (GM) to procure the new, all-electric GM Chevrolet Bolt for use in the City’s fleet. The new contract with GM will help the City reach its goal of acquiring 1,000 electric vehicles by the end of 2017, creating the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the nation. This is part of the City’s goal to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 and 80 percent by 2035, an aspect of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan, which aims to create a more equitable, resilient and sustainable city.

The all-electric Bolt is larger than a traditional sedan and can operate for 238 miles on a single charge, providing the longest range to date of any electric vehicle in the City’s fleet.

“As part of our OneNYC plan we are implementing 2,000 electric cars and reducing emissions in our City fleet,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We reached over 500 EVs after just one year and the GM Bolt will now play a pivotal role as we make a push for 1,000 by the end of 2017.”

“A cleaner City fleet is an important step toward our ambitious and necessary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050,” said Daniel Zarrilli, NYC’s Senior Director for Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer. “By expanding the City’s fleet of electric vehicles in partnership with GM, New York City is continuing to lead by example as we deliver on our OneNYC goals of delivering a more sustainable, more equitable, and more resilient city.”

“NYC already operates the nation’s largest EV fleet with over 530 units,” said DCAS Commissioner Lisette Camilo. “The Bolt will be an exciting addition to our growing zero emissions fleet.”

“NYC was one of the first users of the GM plug in Volt and we’ve been following developments with the Bolt closely”, said NYC Chief Fleet Officer and DCAS Deputy Commissioner Keith T. Kerman. “We are thrilled that the Bolt is here and proud to be one of the largest and earliest adopters.”

NYC Clean Fleet is part of the Administration’s goal to cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – the largest such commitment of any U.S. city, making NYC Clean Fleet the most comprehensive and ambitious blueprint for municipal fleet sustainability in the nation. In addition, the City Council passed legislation sponsored by Council Member Costa Constantinides and Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez that would require the City to install at least 25 new electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible locations by March 1, 2018 as part of a pilot program.

The City also announced that it is placing its first order of 50 Bolts to be used as part of a new shared fleet initiative to be managed by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The new units are expected to arrive in spring 2017 and will incorporate fleet sharing technology to enable use by multiple agencies. The Chevrolet Bolt EV includes advanced safety features with forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, and side blind zone alert with lane change alert. The vehicle is manufactured in the US at Lake Orion, Michigan. 

Today’s announcement coincides with the City’s third annual Vision Zero Fleet Safety Forum at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Parks. As part of the forum, over 400 representatives of private and public fleets, non-profit advocacy groups, and fleet technology vendors come together to discuss ways to improve fleet safety and reduce collisions. The forum has helped launch a number of critical safety initiatives including the truck side-guard program and the fleet ban on use of hands-free devices while driving.

Council Member Costa Constantinides, Chair of the Council’s Environmental Protection Committee, said, “With our citywide Clean Fleet initiative and the largest municipal electric vehicle fleet in the nation, New York is leading the way on sustainability.  This procurement of Chevy Bolts will help us achieve our emissions reduction goal. I look forward to working with Mayor de Blasio and DCAS Commissioner Camilo as we continue to make our city greener.”  

“The introduction of the Bolt into the city fleet is a big step toward achieving the City’s emission reduction goals,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Committee on Transportation. “We need to do all we can as a city to mitigate our impact on the environment as a city and the de Blasio Administration has positioned New York City as a global leader in this effort. With some of the most efficient electrical vehicles available on the market today playing a big role in the city fleet, New York City is putting our money where our mouth is as well as familiarizing New Yorkers with vehicles that can have a positive impact on our environment.”

“The City’s decision to feature the UAW built all-electric GM Chevrolet Bolt as a key piece of the campaign to reduce municipal vehicle emissions is very exciting,” said Julie Kushner, Director of United Auto Workers Region 9A. “Once again Mayor de Blasio has shown leadership on two vital issues facing our country, climate change, and supporting good middle class jobs.  Our members at the UAW-GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan are proud to know that the cars they build will be making New York a cleaner and more livable city.”


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ABC News Diane Sawyer interviews workers, ATU Local 164 President on economy

ATU - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:58
“I told her I did not support Trump. I just don’t believe one political party should control all branches of government. Besides, I don’t think the Republican Party will ever be for the working class people,” says Local 164 President Kevin McGee.
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Local 741-London, ON, ratify new contract

ATU - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:10
Members overwhelmingly voted to approve the new contract with the London Transit Commission, which is expected to approve the deal in next few days.
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Boilermakers tour Museum of Making

IBB - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:00
Private subterranean facility houses antique industrial machinery

THIRTEEN BOILERMAKERS GOT a rare treat September 26, when they traveled west of Calgary, Alberta, for a personal tour of the Canadian Museum of Making, a private collection of industrial machinery and tools, some of which are centuries old.

The group joined engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Ian MacGregor, as he led them through a vast underground chamber below his home containing some 20,000 artifacts.

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Boilermakers recorren Museo de Fabricación

IBB - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:00


Boilermakers presentan a Ian MacGregor, derecha, con una membresía honoraria y una réplica de la locomotora de vapor Hero. Izq. a der.: Dean Milton, BM-ST L-146; Charles Jones, D-BHPD; Joe Maloney, IVP-Canadá; Warren Fairley, IVP-SE; y MacGregor.


Parados en frente de una de las primeras locomotoras a vapor, fila de atrás, izq. a der., Robert Key, Asistente BM L-146; Arnie Stadnick, IR; Grant Jacobs, NTTF-Canadá; Ed Sharpe, Fideicomisario L-146; Ian MacGregor; Blair Savoie, Rep. de Negocios L-146; Kent Oliver, IR; y Cory Channon, AIP. Fila delantera, izq. a der.: Warren Fairley, IVP-SE; Charles Jones, D-BHPD; Dean Milton, BM-ST L-146; Joe Maloney, IVP-Canadá; y Terry Defreitas, Rep. de Negocios L-146. No incluido en la foto (Fotógrafo) Richard MacIntosh, IR.

Instalación subterránea privada aloja maquinaria industrial antigua

TRECE BOILERMAKERS CONSIGUIERON una inusual invitación el 26 de septiembre cuando viajaron al oeste de Calgary, Alberta, para un recorrido personal por el Museo Canadiense de Fabricación, una colección privada de máquinas y herramientas industriales, algunas de las cuales tienen siglos de antigüedad.

El grupo se unió al ingeniero, inventor y empresario Ian MacGregor, mientras los conducía a través de una gran cámara subterránea debajo de su casa que contiene unos 20,000 artefactos.

La fascinación de MacGregor con las herramientas y la tecnología se remonta a su infancia. Sin embargo, no se limita a coleccionar cosas – también las construye, y en una escala masiva. Él es la fuerza motriz detrás de la Refinería Sturgeon de North West Upgrading, una instalación de $8 billones en construcción cerca de Edmonton, Alberta, que procesará el pesado crudo de las arenas petrolíferas de Canadá. Pero Sturgeon no es cualquier refinería; ella incorpora la captura, uso y almacenamiento de carbono (CCUS por sus siglas en inglés) en su propio diseño. De este modo, se incrementa la posibilidad de que los combustibles fósiles puedan seguir utilizándose durante mucho tiempo en el futuro.

Cientos de Boilermakers están actualmente trabajando en la refinería, que se encuentra en la primera fase de un proyecto de varios años que en última instancia podría costar $26 billones y proporcionar muchos miles de horas-laborables para la industria de la construcción.

MacGregor, quien habló en la 33a Convención Consolidada de los Boilermakers en julio, ha mostrado que él comparte un amor por las herramientas, las máquinas, la tecnología y la solución de problemas con los Boilermakers. En honor a su contribución a la industria y su amistad con nuestro sindicato, el contingente de la Hermandad Internacional de Boilermakers le hizo entrega de una membresía honoraria en el Local 146 de los Boilermakers (Edmonton) y una réplica funcional del motor de vapor del inventor griego Hero, elaborado a mano por Charles Jones, Director del Departamento de Preservación de Historia de Boilermaker.

Participando en la gira estuvieron Joe Maloney, IVP-Canadá; Warren Fairley, IVP-SE; Jones; Cory Channon, AIP; Richard MacIntosh, IR; Kent Oliver, IR; Arnie Stadnick, IR; Grant Jacobs, NTTF-Canadá; y desde Local 146, Dean Milton, BM-ST; Robert Key, Asistente BM; Blair Savoie, Rep. de Negocios; Terry Defreitas, Rep. de Negocios; y Ed Sharpe, Fiduciario.

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Renault-Nissan mistreats workers in Mississippi

UAW - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 06:30

First appeared in the Detroit News on November 23

By: Gary Casteel

While the world watched Olympic athletes compete in Brazil, employees of the Renault-Nissan Alliance protested how the automaker was violating the Olympic code of conduct by opposing union rights for workers in Canton, Miss.

Renault-Nissan’s plants in Mississippi and Brazil are worlds apart. But workers on both continents are aligned to promote meaningful representation for all employees.

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