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Listen To Teamster Nation News For Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014

Teamsters - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 13:49

Facebook Shuttle Drivers Join Local 853; Charlotte FedEx Freight Terminal Is Third To Join Teamsters; Teamsters’ Waterlift Helps Fight Forest Fire; Teamsters Rush Vital Vaccine Throughout The Nation; Last Of The River Boats Piloted By A Teamster; In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr.; Florida Teamster Conquers Rattlesnake, Runaway Train

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Teamsters Win 160 Carhaulers' Jobs Back With Full Back Pay

Teamsters - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:28

After more than two years of IBT funded and initiated litigation as well as an unfair labor practice strike against Voith Industrial Services, more than 160 previously displaced Teamster members of Louisville, Kentucky Local 89 have won back their jobs with full back pay and benefits.

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Congress Should Respect Our Great Nation of Immigrants

AFSCME - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:25

President Obama's willingness to act on immigration while Congress dithers and delays is admirable. Many pressing national issues will be addressed as a result. Our borders will be more secure. The exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers will be curtailed. Families will no longer live under the constant threat of being torn apart.
But President Obama's executive action is temporary. It expires when he leaves office. What our nation needs is for Congress to do its job and pass a bill. Only comprehensive immigration reform approved by Congress and signed by the President can permanently fix our nation's immigration system.
The cynics will tell you that it's not possible. That Congress is too broken, too partisan and too polarized to effectively legislate on any matter, let alone one as controversial and contentious as immigration. Considering the response from some extremist lawmakers on Capitol Hill in the days after President Obama announced his intention to act, the cynics have a point.
Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas called on Congress to punish the President by blocking all executive and judicial nominations. He even advocated for a repeat of the disastrous 2013 government shutdown.
Extremists in the House of Representatives retaliated by filing a lawsuit over the President's executive authority. Some called for impeachment.
The often offensive and reliably nutty Rep. Michele Bachmann stated President Obama was now permitting "illiterate" foreigners to vote in American elections…
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Happy Thanksgiving

AFGE - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:00
Watch National President J. David Cox's Thanksgiving Message
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AFGE's Thomas: Courage Needed after Ferguson Decision

AFGE - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:00
Read the statement from National Vice President of Women’s and Fair Practices Augusta Y. Thomas on Grand Jury Decision in the Death of Michael Brown
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How one woman helped change the VA

AFGE - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:00
In 2011, Dr. Michelle Washington went before Congress to sound the alarm about a shortage of VA doctors able to treat troops returning from war with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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EMS Workers: ‘We’re More Than a Resource’

AFSCME - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 08:00

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – When American Medical Response (AMR) entered negotiations in early November saying it wanted to fill shifts with the “least expensive resource available,” EMS professionals in Riverside County were more than a little put off to be reduced to commodities.  They responded Nov. 18 by showing up in force with a petition, signed by nearly every worker, demanding respect and a fair contract.

The company’s comments were shocking to members like EMT Himelda Rivera, who earns roughly $12 an hour and works 60 hours a week to make ends meet.

“When they refer to us like that, they discount the fact that people have experience and a face. It’s like they don’t care,” she said. “I understand it’s a business and they have investors, but they need to remember the boots on the ground. Show a little compassion.”

Calling EMS workers “resources” downplays their devotion and sacrifice, their long shifts with little pay, the fact they save lives and help people in their toughest times.  

AMR is a multimillion dollar subsidiary of Envision Health Care, which had net revenue of $385.3 million, an increase of 16.7 percent in the second quarter, according to SEC proxy filings and a report to an investor’s conference by Envision CEO William Sanger, who pulled in $8.9 million in 2012. It can certainly afford to treat its EMS workers much better.

Paramedic Sarah Merten, a United EMS Workers-AFSCME Local 4911 member who presented the petitions to the company, says workers are valuable employees.  "I'm an employee, but more than that, I'm a good paramedic,” she said. “I feel like I should be treated as more than a resource.”

As a result of their action, workers secured favorable tentative language on filling shifts.

EMS workers in Riverside County built their union with AFSCME because they want to keep experienced professionals on the job. With a strong union, they have a voice to improve standards in EMS for their families and their communities.  

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Roma Food Drivers In California Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Teamsters

Teamsters - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:39

(INDUSTRY, Calif.) – Food distribution drivers at Roma of Southern California, a Performance Food company, have voted overwhelmingly, 68-15, in favor of joining Teamsters Local 630 in Los Angeles. Of the 84 drivers in the bargaining unit, 83 participated in the Nov. 20 election.

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Teamsters Lead Buffalo Snow Storm Relief Efforts

Teamsters - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:19

(BUFFALO, N.Y.) – Teamsters from across the Buffalo, N.Y., area are taking action to provide relief and much needed services after a powerful storm that dumped seven feet of snow on western New York.


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L-29 member hikes 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

IBB - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:00
Adventure takes more than five months

IF YOU EVER plan to hike the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Dola Holland has some advice. Pack light. Bring rain gear. Plan on cold weather, even in the South.

Holland, a member of Local 29 (Boston) and his 4-year-old black lab, Miss Kay, made the five-and-a-half-month trek in 2013, starting in Maine on June 11 and ending in Georgia on November 23. It was a trip that had captured his imagination for some time, especially as the trail meanders close to his home near Plymouth, Vermont.

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ATU on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Regarding the Shooting of Michael Brown

ATU - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:55
Washington, DC – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President Larry Hanley issued the following statement in reaction to the Ferguson Grand Jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting.
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A Union Meal Can Make a Big Difference

AFSCME - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 09:00

This Thanksgiving, as you count your blessings with family and friends, there is something very simple you can do to pay those blessings forward. Make your Thanksgiving dinner union-made.

This might come as a surprise to many folks, but you can cater America’s favorite meal with 100 percent union-made products. What does that mean? Well, for starters it means the folks who produced your turkey and favorite trimmings have the opportunity for a bountiful Thanksgiving with their families. It means supporting workers who produce some of your favorite foods right here in America. And in the cities and towns where these products are made, it means strong local economies when regular working people have extra money to spend.

So make sure your turkey is union made. It’s more delicious with a living wage.

Below, from our friends at, is a list of union-made products to get you started.

Set the Table:

  • Homer Laughlin China
  • Fiestaware
  • All-Clad
  • Anchor Hocking
  • Libbey Glassware
  • Claus Knives
  • Corning Ware
  • Pyrex
  • Bennington Potters
  • Klear Vu chair pads

For the Feast:

Fresh Whole Turkey

  • Butterball
  • Foster Farms


  • Manischewitz
  • Stroehmann Bakery Products

Cranberries/Cranberry Sauce

  • Ocean Spray


  • Andy Boy
  • Muranka
  • Eurofresh
  • Birds Eye
  • Mann's
  • Sunripe Produce


  • Pillsbury rolls
  • Aunt Millie's bread products


  • Entenmann's
  • Marie Callender's
  • Pillsbury Pie Crust
  • Sara Lee
  • Banquet Fruit Pies

Wine and Beer

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle
  • Columbia Crest
  • St. Supery
  • Charles Krug
  • C.K. Mondavi
  • Gallo of Sonoma
  • Miller Beer
  • Miller High Life
  • Miller Genuine Draft
  • Miller Lite
  • Milwaukee’s Best
  • Icehouse
  • Red Dog
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Budweiser
  • Budweiser American Ale
  • Bud Light
  • Michelob
  • Shock Top
  • Busch
  • Rolling Rock
  • O’Doul’s
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James Hoffa: Walmart Needs To Show More Thanks For Its Workers

Teamsters - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:14

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.
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Today's Teamster News For November 25, 2014

Teamsters - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 06:39

Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for November 25, 2014.
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Thank you, Abbey

AFSCME - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:16

Caregivers work selflessly every day for their loved ones. To show our appreciation during National Family Caregiver and Homecare Provider Appreciation Month, AFSCME members from the United Domestic Workers of America decided to treat them to a surprise!

See what happens!

See more videos here »

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Behind the scenes at Best Buy’s Black Friday dress rehearsal

Labor and Economic News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:51
Behind the scenes at Best Buy’s Black Friday dress rehearsal
Rob Delissio, general manager of the Best Buy in Alexandria, goes over Black Friday sales strategy with employees.An inside look at the excruciating detail that goes into keeping shoppers moving and keeping them happy on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
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Falling Wages at Factories Squeeze the Middle Class

Labor and Economic News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:46
Falling Wages at Factories Squeeze the Middle ClassDarrell Eberhardt, 49, an assembly line worker in Ohio, has seen his wages drop from $18.50 an hour to $10.50 an hour. A new study from the National Employment Law Project shows that real wages for manufacturing workers declined three times as much as for workers as a whole.
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Getting more realistic on L.A. pension returns

Labor and Economic News - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:43
Getting more realistic on L.A. pension returns
In the last year, all three of Los Angeles' public employee pension funds have recalculated their too-rosy estimates of how much they will earn in the years ahead. Those lowered earning forecasts may cost the city in the short term — if it has to deposit more money into the funds now rather than counting on the market to earn the money later. But over the long term, the more conservative assumptions will help ensure that there is enough money to cover the city's pension promises.
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St. Louis ATU Hero

ATU - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:46
Call-A-Ride operator doesn't consider himself a hero after fire rescue.
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UAL/CAL/CMI Mechanics Update - November 24, 2014

Teamsters - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 08:22

The negotiating committee met on November 20that Local 19 in Houston to discuss how to proceed with negotiations. This meeting was convened as a result of last week’s call with the Airline Division. The thirteen member committee debated the merits of several different ideas throughout the day.
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