A JOB WELL done is often its own reward. But when members of Local 13 (Philadelphia) completed outage work at the NextEra Energy power plant in Marcus Hook, Pa., recently, contractors Delta Products Group and Thermal Solutions happily showed their appreciation with a contribution of $2,500 toward the union’s scholarship fund.
BERKELEY, Calif. – A longtime custodial contractor at the University of California is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor after former and current employees alleged the company is denying overtime pay to employees who provide essential services at the California Memorial Stadium here.
Performance First Building Services has provided janitorial services at UC Berkeley for seven years. It came under investigation after employees told the Labor Department the company dodged overtime rules by issuing checks under two names for the same employee.
“The majority of people were being paid under two names. I thought about reporting it. But at the same time I didn't want to, because I was scared,” Juliana Robles, a former Performance First employee, told the Los Angeles Times.
Though recent research has shown that UC is increasing its reliance on low-wage contractors to meet its permanent staffing needs — inviting more poverty and exploitation of communities of color — UC continues to turn a blind eye. The university even spent resources lobbying against equal pay — seemingly supporting a system in which employees work for years alongside full-time employees who are paid twice as much for the same jobs.
“As more of the abuses committed by UC private contractors against low-wage workers in the name of profit surface, it only highlights the need for legal protections that guarantee equal pay for UC contract workers, and the moral imperative of insourcing those contract workers who are already doing the work of permanent UC staff,” said AFSCME 3299 Pres. Kathryn Lybarger, also an International vice president.
AFSCME Local 3299 and allied students and community groups have been successful in getting the California Legislature to pass legislation that would guarantee contract employees are paid commensurate wages as career UC employees performing the same jobs. The bill awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
See the Original Letter Here October 6, 2015 Glenn Shagena, Vice President Employee Relations FCA US LLC 1000 Chrysler Drive Auburn Hills, Ml 48326 Dear Mr. Shagena: In accordance with the parties’ September 30, 2015 Extension Agreement, this letter shall serve as formal notice provided by the International Union, UAW and its respective Local Unions, […]
Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for October 6, 2015.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2015/10/todays-teamster-news-100615.html
The fight against the Pacific Rim trade deal is not over now that negotiators have agreed to a proposal. It is only beginning in Congress and even the private sector.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-hoffa/despite-deal-resistance-t_b_8250974.html
(DETROIT) – Detroit shuttle drivers with Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, have voted to join the Teamsters. The 15 shuttle drivers transport passengers to and from Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the rental car facility. They united seeking respect and the protections of a union contract.
Statement by UAW President Dennis Williams TPP is a sweeping agreement that touches nearly every aspect of your daily life. It impacts the food you eat, the air you breathe, the medicines you take, and the cars you drive. It will impact demand for the world-class farming equipment tens of thousands of UAW members build. […]
Talking with Mike Borjas, the director of the Illinois Teamsters Joint Council No. 25 Employers Apprenticeship and Training Fund in Joliet, Illinois, you’d think that he was drawing up a lesson plan for training military personnel.
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – In a message to Teamster flight attendants at NetJets Aviation (NJA) this week, Teamsters Local 284 President Paul Suffoletto announced that a tentative agreement covering NJA’s 278 flight attendants had been reached.
Greetings Brothers and Sisters, I hope that by now you have seen President Williams’ statement. Recent weeks have proven that our union is alive and well. Over 80% of our UAW-FCA membership participated in our contract ratification process. Your voice was clear and we have headed back to address the issues that were raised. It […]