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Teamsters Lydia Torres joins Senator Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill for the Real Aid, Right Now!

Teamsters - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:09

Four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, millions of people are still left without power, clean water, food, shelter, and medical help. Following the lack of action and response to the people of Puerto Rico, Teamsters Local 210 Business Agent and a native Puerto Rican Lydia Torres joined Senator Elizabeth Warren and hundreds of others on Capitol Hill today, for the Center for Popular Democracy’s “Real Aid, Right Now! Mobilization for Hurricane Justice” rally.

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SEAT & Connecticut Transit Workers to Call for Worker & Rider Advisory SEAT Board Positions

ATU - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:54
Citing the possibility of transit fare increases and service cuts, Southeast Area Transit District employees and transit workers from across the state will call for the creation of transit worker and rider advisory positions on the (SEAT) Board.
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Philadelphia Rally to REPEAL Beverage Tax - Thursday, Oct. 19

Teamsters - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:14

Philadelphia Teamsters to hold REPEAL the Beverage Tax rally on Thursday, October 19 at city hall.

https://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/flier_repeal_pa_bev_tax.pdf
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EPI: How today’s unions help working people

UAW - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00

Today is #EndPoverty day. One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is making sure all workers are unionized. The facts show that unions consistently bring down poverty rates. Decreased poverty raises wages for all, including minorities and women who are most affected by low wages.

This study from the Economic Policy Institute has more >>>

 

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Local 1505-Winnipeg, MB warns that re-opening intersection could cause pedestrians harm

ATU - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:31
The millions of dollars proposed for the initiative could be better spent improving transit operations and other infrastructure needs, Local 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary.
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Leaders from UPS Local Unions Overwhelmingly Accept Contract Proposals

Teamsters - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:35

More than 260 local union leaders who represent Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight gathered today in the Washington DC area to review national contract proposals, all of which were approved.

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Teamsters Urge Performance Food Group (PFG) Shareholders to Withhold Votes from Directors

Teamsters - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:29

Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, in a letter to PFG shareholders, recommends withhold votes from Chairman of the Board Douglas Steenland and Director Jeffrey Overly at the company’s annual meeting on November 10 because of a litany of poor governance practices, including:

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Tommy Blitsch Appointed Director of Trade Show & Convention Centers Division

Teamsters - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:17

(WASHINGTON) – International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has appointed Tommy Blitsch director of the Teamsters Trade Show and Convention Centers Division.

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Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Tuesday, October 17

Teamsters - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:02

It goes without saying that within the past month, Teamsters Local 901 in Puerto Rico has been through quite the ordeal.

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Former L-659 members create ‘baby’ Gateway Arch

IBB - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:00
Builders of original monument dedicate structure near Warren, PA

A SMALL GROUP of former Boilermakers who helped build the nation’s tallest monument, the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in St. Louis, can now look upon a 1/45 scale (14-foot-tall) version of the structure near Warren, Pennsylvania, the small town where they once worked on the famous project.

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Antiguos miembros del L-659 crean Arco Gateway ‘bebé’

IBB - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:00
https://www.boilermakers.org/news/retirees/Former-L-659-members-create-baby-Gateway-Arch

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Ed Atwood pide comentarios de los ex Boilermakers que trabajaron en el proyecto del Arco Gateway en los años sesenta.

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Ed Atwood, a la izquierda, y Ike Erdman se encuentran debajo del “Arco Bebé” y se dirigen a la multitud presente en las ceremonias de entrega en el Centro de Visitantes del Condado de Warren, cerca de Warren, Pensilvania el 30 de junio. Atwood, cuyo suegro era un “as soldador” que trabajaba para Pittsburgh-Des Moines en el Arco Gateway, encabezó el proceso para preparar el homenaje. Erdman también trabajó en los segmentos del Arco para la compañía y ayudó a construir el Arco Bebé.

Constructores del monumento original dedican estructura cerca de Warren, PA

UN PEQUEÑO GRUPO de antiguos Boilermakers que ayudaron a construir el monumento más alto de la nación, el Arco Gateway de 630 pies de altura en St. Louis, ahora pueden ver una versión de la estructura a una escala de 1/45 (14 pies de altura) cerca Warren, Pensilvania, la pequeña ciudad donde una vez trabajaron en el famoso proyecto.

Los hombres, que pertenecían al Local 659 (ahora disuelto) pasaron los dos últimos años construyendo lo que llaman cariñosamente el “Arco Bebé”, construido en acero inoxidable, al igual que el monumento real. Fue dedicado frente al Centro de Visitantes del Condado de Warren, el 30 de junio.

De 1962 a 1965, casi 300 miembros del L-659 construyeron el 80 por ciento de las secciones que formaron el Arco Gateway mientras estuvieron empleados por la empresa Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel en Warren. Esas secciones fueron enviadas 700 millas por ferrocarril a St. Louis para ser ensambladas por equipos del sindicato de la construcción, predominantemente herreros. Aunque Pittsburgh-Des Moines cerró hace mucho tiempo y la logia ya no existe, el Arco Bebé ahora está como un recordatorio permanente del trabajo altamente calificado realizado por los Boilermakers lejos del monumento situado en St. Louis.

La idea de crear el Arco Bebé siguió a un viaje en el 2012 al Arco Gateway por un pequeño contingente de miembros del L-659. Patrocinado por la sede Internacional de los Boilermakers, el viaje ofreció a algunos de los trabajadores jubilados su primera oportunidad de ver el monumento terminado.

Para obtener información sobre el proyecto “Arco Bebé” visite www.babyarch.org.

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St. Louis transit workers call for better protection and workstation

ATU - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:47
The ATU International says the shooting of a St. Louis bus driver as a reason more safety measures should be put in place for its members across North America. Local 788 leaders say they will be pushing for more safety measures in the future.
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Fuyao workers file for union election with National Labor Relations Board

UAW - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:00

Workers are fighting for fair polices, equal treatment and workplace safety

MORAINE, Ohio — Citing a pattern of unsafe workplace conditions, arbitrary policies and unfair and unequal treatment on the job, employees at Fuyao Glass America Inc. today filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a representation election at the Ohio plant.

Fuyao employees, whose worries about workplace safety have led to complaints and fines against Fuyao by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), say they now are ready for a voice in their workplace and have filed to form their own union with legal and technical assistance from the UAW.

“It has been hard because we are all working so hard for the company,” said Fuyao worker Jeremy Grant, who works in Pre- Process ARG. “In return, we come to work facing constantly changing rules, communication barriers with our supervisors and no way to be heard about changes that will help us all win,” Grant said.

“When I heard about the tax breaks Fuyao received for opening this plant, I thought that would be great for the community, and I wanted to be part of that,” said Teodore Searcy, who works the third shift in the Tempering OEM Department. “Now my concern is that this company can’t help the community if it can’t help its workers and that jeopardizes me, my family and everyone who is depending on Fuyao to be a good citizen,” said Searcy.

Since late 2015, complaints about conditions at the plant have led workers to pursue forming their own union. They are fighting for continued improvements to health and safety; fair policies that apply equally to everyone; fair wages that recognize worker’s roles in the company’s success; and a reduction in the high turnover rate.

“It’s been like a revolving door here,” said Fuyao worker Roberto Martinez. “There is a very high turnover rate here. Folks are hired and then, poof, they’re gone. It happens over and over again. It can’t be good for the community and the economy when a company can’t retain a stable workforce,” said Martinez, who works in the company’s Tempering Assembly OEM Department.

“Fuyao employees have expressed over and over that they chose Fuyao because they wanted job security. Community leaders have told us that their hopes are for Fuyao to bring stability to the Dayton community,” said UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin. “We all want the company to be successful and want that measure to include quality, stable jobs so that everyone wins.”

More information about Fuyao workers and their fight for a fair workplace can be found at fuyaoforward.org.

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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 04:32

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.5% in Sep 2017
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Unemployment Rate:
4.2% in Sep 2017
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Payroll Employment:
-33,000(p) in Sep 2017
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Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.12(p) in Sep 2017
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
+0.4%(p) in Sep 2017
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.5% in 2nd Qtr of 2017
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Productivity:
+1.5%(r) in 2nd Qtr of 2017
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+0.7% in Sep 2017
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U.S. Export Price Index:
+0.8% in Sep 2017
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Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Monday, October 16

Teamsters - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:48

Teamsters from the tristate area made up a significant portion of the membership that went to Puerto Rico to help out with Disaster Relief. New York and New Jersey Teamsters are well prepared for Disaster Relief, having lived through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.

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Teamster Leaders in U.S., Canada Laud Their Respective NAFTA Negotiators

Teamsters - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:42

(WASHINGTON) – At the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiation, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dispatched staff from both its U.S. and Canadian trade policy teams to track and influence the negotiations on behalf of several top Teamster priorities, including highway safety, dairy supply management and worker rights.

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United Auto Workers Endorses Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate

UAW - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:44

UAW Region 2B Represents 150,000 Members In Ohio

COLUMBUS — Today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) endorsed Senator Sherrod Brown for reelection to the U.S. Senate. UAW Region 2B represents 150,000 active and retired members in Ohio. Director of Region 2B, Presidents of Locals 1112, 70, 863, and 12 issued the following statements announcing the UAW’s endorsement of Senator Brown.

Region 2B Director Rich Rankin:

“American workers are the engines of growth in our country, but their hard-earned wages don’t go as far as they used to. Sherrod Brown recognizes that we need to invest in our workers and restore the value of work in our country — which is why we’re proud to support his reelection to the U.S. Senate. Sherrod earned our endorsement because of his leadership in helping save America’s auto industry, his principled stands against unfair trade deals that undermine Ohio’s manufacturing sector, and his advocacy for all workers. The UAW, Ohio and this nation are better off because of Sherrod’s service.”

Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson:

“UAW is proud to endorse Sherrod Brown’s reelection to the U.S. Senate. A few years ago, when our auto industry’s future was in doubt, it was Sherrod who stood with us. Together, we saved a sector that employs 848,000 Ohioans. We’ll never forget Sherrod’s loyalty, or the fact that his opponent would have turned his back on us. Now that Josh Mandel is running again, it’s important to remember that he called the auto rescue ‘un-American.’ At a time when American manufacturing is under siege, we need a leader to look out for our working men and women. Sherrod Brown is that leader.”

Local 70 President Jerry Arnold:

“Senator Sherrod Brown is on the side of workers, which is why the UAW is proud to have his back and endorse his reelection to the U.S. Senate. When so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws came to Ohio, he was on the front lines with firefighters, police officers, and organized labor to successfully overturn them. He’s worked hard in the fight against unfair trade deals that stack the deck against American workers. He championed the auto-rescue that helped save thousands of jobs and businesses that supply parts for the industry from Wall Street’s reckless behavior. Senator Brown has always been, and continues to be committed to doing what’s best for Ohio, and we look forward to helping him win another well-deserved term in the Senate.”

Local 863 President Tim Meadors:

“We’re proud to endorse Senator Sherrod Brown for reelection. He has always stood shoulder to shoulder with Ohio’s working men and women, no matter how tough the fight. When the Great Recession threatened auto workers’ jobs and their families’ futures, Sherrod was in the trenches with us. Ohio’s auto industry has come a long way with the support and tireless work of Senator Brown. United Auto Workers of America proudly support Senator Sherrod Brown.”

Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower:

“Sherrod Brown is a man of integrity, and he’s proven that to our union throughout his career. We’ve seen him not only withstand intense pressure to support unfair trade deals, but also call-out presidents of his own party when he thought their policies would hurt Ohio workers. Josh Mandel is no friend to Ohio’s working men and women. Time and time again, he’s sided with lobbyists and corporate interests over our families.”

Please find a video link to a statement from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown:      https://www.facebook.com/sherrod/videos/10155777828549800/

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Five Scary Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Have a Union

UAW - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:00

It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. Scary movie marathons are running nonstop, its getting dark earlier, and we even had a recent Friday the 13th! Something scary is in the air.

While millions of Americans celebrate all things spooky this month, millions more face something very frightening: going to work every day without the protection of a union. Today, let’s take a look at five scary things you face when your workplace is non union.

IF YOUR WORKPLACE IS NON-UNION…
  • You are an “employee at will.” Your boss can discipline or fire you at any time for nearly any reason.
  • Management’s “open door” policy means your boss will listen to you… and then do whatever he or she wants.
  • Your boss determines wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of work without having to consult with the workers. If you’re not satisfied with the conditions of your employment, then you can try to find another job.
  • They don’t just set them initially, either. If you don’t have a union, wages, benefits and other terms and conditions can be changed by the boss at any time, without having to ask the workers what they think.
  • Hiring and promotion is up to the discretion of your boss, putting you in a scary position if you aren’t on your boss’s good side.
However, these horrors can be stopped by having a union contract…
  • Discipline, up to and including discharge, is subject to a grievance procedure and binding arbitration, depending on the terms of your contract.
  • Contract negotiations require both sides — labor and management — to listen, and reach reasonable compromises acceptable to both sides.
  • Wages, benefits and working conditions are negotiated. If you are not satisfied, you can work for changes during contract negotiations.
  • Neither labor nor management can make unilateral changes to a signed contract. If modifications are necessary during the life of a contract, both sides must agree.
  • Hiring and promotion is covered by contract. Seniority and other factors can be written into the agreement.
Organize today and contact the UAW Organizing Department for more about uniting with your coworkers for a better workplace, or call 1-800 2GET-UAW

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Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Friday, October 13

Teamsters - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:24

Many Teamsters volunteering in Puerto Rico were called to action because Hurricane Maria wasn’t just a disaster that desperately needed a response, but because it was deeply personal for them.

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Hall to Cardinal Health Shareholders: Vote FOR Independent Board Leadership, Accountability in Opioid Crisis

Teamsters - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:18

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https://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/101017gstltrtocardinalshahlds.pdf
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