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Report Shows no CEOs are Left Behind

Teamsters - 7 hours 49 min ago

Executive pay continues to sky-rocket, while rank-and-file workers are seeing no gains in their checks. It's all just more proof that greater union membership is needed to boost the middle class.
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Overtime for Feds?

AFGE - 9 hours 38 sec ago
AFGE Urges Administration to Adopt New Overtime Rule for Federal Workers
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Tucson Fair Wages Push Is AFSCME Strong

AFSCME - 9 hours 26 min ago

AFSCME Local 449 members are utilizing the tools they learned during their AFSCME Strong training to gain support to improve the lives of City of Tucson employees.

The more than 170 Tucson employees haven’t seen a decent pay raise in eight years, suffered through furlough days, lost their merit system increases, and had their last cost-of-living adjustment eaten up by increases to health insurance.

Jerry Gebell, chair of the AFSCME unit, blames it on a lack of respect for city workers and negligent spending by management.

“Managers contract out our work, frivolously remodel buildings, and pointlessly pave parking lots. They’re wasteful and show a huge lack of respect for the hard work we do to keep the city running,” said Gebell. 

Tired of the mishaps, Gebell recently denounced wasteful and questionable expenditures during a City Council meeting. He offered alternatives for the city to save money in order to fund effective workplace programs and a modest pay increase. 

More than 50 members joined Gebell by filling council chambers to address the mayor and Council in Tucson. Members from the Teamsters Local 104 stood in solidarity and spoke in support of the wage increase.

“It’s time the mayor and Council know that blue-collar employees expect their voices to be heard,” Gebell added. “We make this city run, without us there is no fire or police services, no clean water, no reliable streets and no clean parks.” 

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Today's Teamster News For July 6, 2015

Teamsters - 10 hours 22 min ago

Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for July 6, 2015.
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Bus drivers’ fears of assaults rise to the top of Metrobus challenges

ATU - 11 hours 9 min ago
Metrobus drivers transport an average of 465,000 passengers a day in the Washington region, and increasingly, officials say, a number of those riders are taking out their frustrations on bus operators.
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Airline Division News, Week Ending July 4, 2015

Teamsters - 11 hours 42 min ago

On June 18, the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA), announced that Barbara Boxer e-introduced the "Safe Skies Act of 2015" (S.1612) in the 114th Congress, along with co-sponsors Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN).
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Mobilize Members to Fight the War on Workers

Teamsters - 12 hours 47 min ago

The IBT Training and Development Department will conduct a three-day course designed to give participants an idea of why and how to mobilize members, in light of the unprecedented political and economic assaults on unions in recent years. The training will be held September 16-18 in Atlanta, Georgia at the union hall of our brothers and sisters in Local 728. Download the registration form here.

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A Little Spark in Jobs for the Fourth

AFSCME - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:34

As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, the U.S. economy continues to show signs of improvement, even as wages remain stagnant. Aside from another positive report on job growth, workers could cheer President Obama’s announcement this week that more workers will be able to qualify for overtime pay.

Last month’s jobs report, released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Thursday morning, shows that the economy added 223,000 jobs, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.3 percent. That is the lowest unemployment rate since April 2008.

But most workers’ wages have actually declined in real value in recent years and, with the exception of a few years during the Clinton administration, have declined steadily since the early 1970s.

And there are still 6.5 million people who are working part-time when they’d rather be full-time, a number that hasn’t budged in the past year. In fact, a whopping 40 percent of all those working are now categorized as “contingent” employees, meaning they have part-time, temporary, or on-call employment.

The White House’s new plan for overtime is a step in the right direction. The new rules will raise the income threshold for workers who qualify for overtime pay, meaning many salaried workers making $50,000 a year who were ineligible for overtime previously can now draw overtime for hours worked beyond 40 a week.

“It's one of the single-most important steps we can take to help grow middle-class wages,” the president said in a speech in Wisconsin, where he derided the economic record of Gov. Scott Walker.

This change is long overdue. In 1975, 65 percent of American workers could earn overtime pay. In 2013, only 8 percent of workers qualified. Meanwhile, Americans are putting in record hours for little pay. The Department of Labor estimates that the new eligibility rules will mean a raise for about 5 million people next year.

The minimum wage needs to rise, too. Right now, there is no state in the nation where a minimum wage worker can afford an average one-bedroom apartment without working well over 40 hours per week. That’s why activists and city leaders have been working to implement wage increases in cities from Chicago to Los Angeles to Louisville.

There’s a big difference between simply hiring someone and treating them fairly. AFSCME and other unions are here to insist that we need good, secure jobs that pay a living wage. That’s what a successful economy looks like.

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AFGE Membership Hits Record High - Again!

AFGE - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
AFGE closed the month of June with the highest membership record of 296,199 members, closing in on our immediate goal of 300,000! The union welcomed 1,717 more members into the AFGE family last month.
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AFGE Urges Administration to Adopt New Overtime Rule for Feds

AFGE - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
The Obama administration is issuing new regulations that will provide overtime pay to workers who have been forced to work overtime but have not been paid for it. The new rule would restore fairness for nearly 5 million workers as soon as 2016.
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Leaders of nation’s largest federal employee union express outrage at church burnings

AFGE - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
AFGE officials say these cowardly acts of terrorism will not slow the fight for civil rights WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J
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Cap and trade deserves another look

IBB - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
Strategy may still be best approach to reduce carbon emissions

SIX YEARS AGO, a cap and trade bill aimed at reducing U.S. carbon emissions (drafted in part by the Boilermakers union) passed the House of Representatives. In the Senate, cap and trade legislation also received support from then- Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman and, initially, from Senator Lindsay Graham.

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New Issue: The Government Standard

AFGE - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 09:00
In the July / August edition of The Government Standard you'll meet an AFGE member, read about AFGE's all-time membership high, learn more about the triumph around locality pay, and see how AFGE is becoming Big Enough to Win.
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Coordinated Actions Win Raises, Stop State Shutdown

AFSCME - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 08:37

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It took thousands of public employees rallying across Washington state at more than 100 locations over two days this May and June to urge state legislators to agree to a sensible budget and avert a shutdown of state services on July 1.

And they won.

Just before the stroke of midnight on June 30, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the new, biennial operating budget that funded AFSCME Council 28 members’ first pay raises in seven years, and holds the line on health care costs.

The budget deal averted a shutdown of state services, including the closure of all state parks, the end of most community supervision of dangerous criminals released from prison and the temporary layoff of 26,000 state employees – about half of the general government workforce.

Council 28 members worked all session with a wide array of activities to pressure the Republicans controlling the state Senate to finally do the right thing. That included the “Unity Breaks” and “Unity Rallies” staged simultaneously on two different days in every corner of the state to stop the possible furlough of half of state agency workers if there was no budget by June 30.

In the end, the Republicans’ proposals to roll back many key collective bargaining rights – proposals written by a conservative think tank – all failed, thanks to the public heat Council 28 members generated.

“Through our member education, our member lobby program, our coordinated statewide in-district actions, our calls, our emails, our constant pressure on the Legislature, we narrowly avoided a state government shutdown,” said April Sims, Council 28’s legislative and political action field coordinator.

With the budget, came the raises – 3 percent July 1 and 1.8 percent July 1, 2016. They were the first since 2008. For two of those years, state workers took 3 percent pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs. The budget also came with no increase to the percentage of health premiums they pay and no new surcharges. 

All across the state AFSCME Strong-trained coaches and activists prepared their coworkers for the unity breaks days in advance by passing out flyers, stickers and T-shirts and gaining commitments from members to participate.

“The Unity Rallies are important because they show we do important work serving the citizens,” said Kellie O'Hair, a gardener at the University of Washington in Seattle and a member of AFSCME Local 1488 who attended the June 18 “Unity Rally.”

“A lot of times it's not just the pay. We just love what we do,” O’Hair added. “Our goal is to be the best state workers we can be. But we need funding to do that.”

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Celebrate Workplace Freedom!

AFSCME - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:59

On this Fourth of July – the day we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 239 years ago – consider the freedoms you enjoy in your workplace:

• Freedom from 16-hour workdays.

• Freedom to spend time with your family on the weekend.

• Freedom from wage exploitation.

• Freedom from arbitrary termination by an angry boss.

• Freedom to take sick leave when your child is sick.

The list goes on and on.

Since the early days of our nation, American workers – by forming labor unions – have been declaring independence from unfair treatment in the workplace, wage exploitation and other forms of abuse by all-powerful bosses.

It hasn’t been easy. Wealthy bosses and corporations have always wanted a bigger share of the pie at workers’ expense. And they’ve always found willing politicians to help them advance their selfish interests. Today is no different: Think of Walmart, the Fight for $15, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the many politicians who promote right-to-work laws, which in fact are schemes to take away our workplace freedoms.

Yet American workers have come a long way. Today, not just unionized workers but everyone in the nation enjoys more freedom, thanks to unions.

Now, that’s something to celebrate

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Today's Teamster News For July 2, 2015

Teamsters - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 06:45

Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for July 2, 2015.
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Teamsters Joined By Community, Labor Allies to Denounce EVSC Union Busting

Teamsters - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:43

Teamsters, community leaders and labor allies are joining together to denounce union-busting efforts by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC).

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Hoffa: A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

Teamsters - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:22

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.
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Business Agent Skills in Survival (BASIS)

Teamsters - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 05:06

The IBT Training and Development Department will conduct a training for new Teamster business agents, July 13-17, 2015, at Teamster Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Using the expertise of IBT and affiliate staff, the program will provide information and strategies on topics such as bargaining; grievance handling; building solidarity within bargaining units; organizing work; developing strong steward systems, and more!

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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:42

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.4% in May 2015
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Unemployment Rate:
5.3% in Jun 2015
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Payroll Employment:
+223,000(p) in Jun 2015
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Average Hourly Earnings:
unchanged in Jun 2015
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
+0.5%(p) in May 2015
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.7% in 1st Qtr of 2015
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-3.1%(r) in 1st Qtr of 2015
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+1.3% in May 2015
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U.S. Export Price Index:
+0.6% in May 2015
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