MIAMI – AFSCME members joined allies in a rally on Thursday in Miami Gardens to urge fellow Floridians to get to the polls early this election. The rally was held outside the North Dade Regional Library, one of many early voting locations throughout Miami-Dade County.
“Every Floridian has the right to raise their voice through their vote,” said Thomas Bott, a community member who attended the rally. “Early voting is important, and we want to demonstrate to Floridians, especially young people, that if you commit and plan your vote it’s easy, and you can make a difference.”
AFSCME members and our allies in Florida have been amplifying that message, encouraging Florida voters to move their friends and family to action by planning their vote and sharing it on social media using a new dynamic GOTV platform called Plan Your Vote Florida.
With the gubernatorial race in a dead heat, turnout in counties like Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward will make all the difference. So far, turnout among voters likely to cast their ballots against anti-worker Gov. Rick Scott is higher this year than in 2010, when he was first elected.
“We can keep quiet and nothing will change,” said Melba White, president of AFSCME South Florida Retirees. “Or, we can vote to fund our schools, expand Medicaid, support retirement security and raise the minimum wage. We must vote, and we must tell the people we care about that they must, too.”
This edition of the Tankhaul newsletter discusses recent organizing victories and new regulations for drivers.
The October newsletter of the Warehouse Division covers topics including: the national Teamster campaign to organize and protect jobs in Sysco-US Foods merger; the Teamster-shareholder fight against excessive CEO pay and union-busting at McKesson; and recent Seattle warehouse contract victories.
In the October newsletter some of the topics included the union’s ongoing campaign to educate communities and governments about Republic Services’ toxic landfills, and an update on the challenging contract negotiations in Atlanta.
Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa joined The Bill Press Show to talk about Election Day, the candidates and why Teamsters are needed at the polls. See the video here.
ARTHUR KLING III, a member of Philadelphia Local 13 (Northeast Area), won top honors in the 2014 U.S. National Apprenticeship Competition held at the Mississippi River District Lodge 5/Local 37 training facility in Slidell, La., September 7-11. Kling scored best overall in a field of eight select candidates. The competition included a 10-hour-limit written exam and three days of practical exercises testing Boilermaker skills.
In the October newsletter some of the topics included are the organizing campaign at Selland and Local 299 in Detroit winning jobs back for Jack Cooper workers.
The October, 2014, edition of the Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference newsletter includes articles about this year's new contract with Anheuser-Busch and the SABMiller strategy meeting.
The October edition of the Building and Construction Division newsletter includes reporting on the new Pipeline agreement and information about training offered to members.
The October newsletter includes topics on global trade policies and recent organizing at Pennsylvania State University.
Laundry drivers and members of Teamsters Local 988 in Houston have voted unanimously to ratify a two-year contract with Angelica Textile.
In the October newsletter: Teamsters take on Taylor Farms, and win the fight to pass an historic California ‘Temp Worker’ law.
In the October newsletter, read about the recently negotiated American Linen Service Company (Alsco) master agreement, as well as about newly ratified contracts for Teamsters at Stroehmann Bakeries and Grocery Haulers Inc.
In the October, 2014, edition of the Newspaper conference newsletter, some of the topics included are the recent back-pay award to a member working at the Baltimore Sun newspaper and an organizing victory at Teamsters Local 117.
In the October newsletter some of the topics included are the organizing campaigns that are under way at FedEx Freight, Con-way and Reddaway, and the new program to help military veterans get Teamster freight jobs.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. won the auction to purchase AWI/White Rose. The sale order approving C&S as the purchaser was confirmed on Wednesday, October 29th by US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J Carey.