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Cheshire County Corrections Officers Overwhelmingly Choose Teamsters

Teamsters - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:45

(KEENE, N.H.) –– Corrections officers for Cheshire County, N.H., have overwhelmingly decided to join Teamsters Local 633 in a vote conducted by the New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board. 

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President Dennis Williams responds to BCBSM/BCN retiree health care changes

UAW - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:34

“The UAW has been informed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that it has made a decision to unilaterally change the post-retirement health care provisions of UAW members retired from BCBSM/BCN. The company offered no discussion with the UAW prior to making this decision and notifying UAW member retirees.” “The UAW International Union is outraged by the actions of Blue Cross Blue Shield of...


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Buffalo Local launches ‘power play’ of labor action

ATU - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:46
With the NHL draft in Buffalo, NY, this week, transit workers represented by Local 1342 launched a “power play” of labor action in response to revelations that a driver and mechanic shortage has lead to roving bus service cuts.
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Clevelanders for Public Transit to discuss local "public transportation crisis"

ATU - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:17
Clevelanders for Public Transit considers the county public transportation landscape to be in crisis.
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Strike Averted at Sakthi Automotive

UAW - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:37

UPDATE 6/24/14 12:30 PM: Late Thursday night, Sakthi Automotive and the UAW reached a tentative agreement. Sakthi Automotive workers are scheduled to vote on the agreement Sunday, June 26,  at noon and at 4 p.m. at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan. The strike has been canceled. Original article from 6/22/16 On May 8, 2015, workers at Sakthi Automotive in Detroit, Michigan, won their National...


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Impending Strike at Sakthi Automotive

UAW - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:35

UPDATE 6/24/14 12:30 PM: Late Thursday night, Sakthi Automotive and the UAW reached a tentative agreement. Sakthi Automotive workers are scheduled to vote on the agreement Sunday, June 26,  at noon and at 4 p.m. at UAW Local 600 in Dearborn, Michigan. The strike has been canceled. Original article from 6/22/16 On May 8, 2015, workers at Sakthi Automotive in Detroit, Michigan, won their National...


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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:28

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.2% in May 2016
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Unemployment Rate:
4.7% in May 2016
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Payroll Employment:
+38,000(p) in May 2016
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Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.05(p) in May 2016
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
+0.4%(p) in May 2016
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.6% in 1st Qtr of 2016
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-0.6%(r) in 1st Qtr of 2016
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+1.4% in May 2016
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U.S. Export Price Index:
+1.1% in May 2016
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Graphic Communications Conference Opens 3rd Convention

Teamsters - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:41

Delegates from across the U.S. and Canada representing the printing and publishing industry met on the opening day of hte GCC convention today.

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Costco Teamsters in the East Join Western Conference Pension Plan for First Time

Teamsters - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:17

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters who work at Costco in New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement under which they will be covered by the Western Conference of Teamsters pension plan for the first time in the history of their membership. The Western Conference is the largest Taft-Hartley defined-benefit pension plan in the nation.

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LEAP delegates learn, lobby in D.C.

IBB - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 11:15
Speakers address key issues, changing political landscape

IN THE RUN-UP to the November general elections, Boilermaker delegates had plenty to take in as they gathered for the LEAP conference at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. May 16-18.

Major issues like climate change, trade and jobs were discussed in detail, but the changing political environment also captured attention.

In his opening address, International President Newton B. Jones told delegates, “It has been one incredibly unique presidential election year.”

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Ottawa paratransit workers win strong contract

ATU - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 06:53
The more than 170 paratransit workers, members of Local 279, won an arbitrated settlement giving workers salary increases, improved sick leave, more vacation time and other improvements.
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In Week of Action, Baltimore US Foods Teamsters Extend Pickets to Philadelphia, Minneapolis

Teamsters - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:17

(WASHINGTON) –  This week, Teamsters that work at the US Foods [NYSE: USFD]  distribution facilities outside Philadelphia and Minneapolis refused to cross extended picket lines of Teamsters from Severn, Md., who began an unfair labor practice strike against the company in April.

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Public Workers Battle Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

AFSCME - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 11:48

With more than 100 reported cases of the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, AFSCME members who work for the government are busy helping to fight the virus and prevent its spread. Health officials predict as many as one in five residents of the island will be infected by year’s end, increasing the chances of the virus’ spread on the mainland.

To make matters worse, Zika could not have arrived at a worse time for the people of Puerto Rico. The government is undergoing a financial crisis related to its more than $70 billion in outstanding debt. In February, a U.S. Treasury official urged Congress to help the Commonwealth restructure its debt quickly, warning that "Puerto Rico's very survival is at stake."

Since the debt crisis' beginning, the Puerto Rican government has cut back on public programs, including health and environmental control services, needed to fight the virus. Qualified health care professionals have sought jobs elsewhere in the United States. And there’s no money to pay for basic protective measures, such as installing window screens in homes, medical facilities and schools that currently lack them, or creating a more effective spray to kill the mosquito that transmits the disease.

Although Zika is a mild illness with symptoms of fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, it has been linked to brain damage in unborn children, including microcephaly. In adults, there is a suspected link to Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can lead to temporary paralysis.

President Obama has asked Congress for $1.9 billion to fight the Zika virus, including $250 million in aid to Puerto Rico. But Congress has yet to act.

'Doing Everything We Can'

The Department of Consumer Affairs (known as DACO, for its acronym in Spanish) has frozen prices on medicine used to treat Zika symptoms and items used to prevent infection, such as mosquito repellents. The order is intended to fight Zika as much as to control an outbreak of Influenza that has affected many more people. It covers a freeze on prices of prophylactics, mosquito repellents, disinfectants, analgesics, and the Influenza vaccine, among other things. There is no vaccine for Zika.

Workers for DACO are also visiting residential communities, schools and seniors' centers to educate the public on the risks of Zika and how to prevent becoming infected with the virus.

"We are doing everything we can to help prevent the spread of the Zika virus and the Influenza virus," says Eduardo Martínez, a purchasing agent for DACO and president of AFSCME Local 3986 (Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico/Council 95). "We're working around the clock, even on evenings and weekends. We are educating people about Zika, what its symptoms are, how to prevent it, and how to keep their homes free of mosquitos."

Mikey Rivera, a computer programmer for the Department of Education and president of Local 3840 (Council 95), says he and his colleagues have been part of the effort. "We’ve been visiting schools and talking to school staff, educating them on the Zika virus and how to prevent contagion," he said. "The idea is to try to reach parents through their children."

Rivera and Martínez say austerity measures have thus far not hindered their efforts, and they remain hopeful that preventive measures will help contain the spread of the virus. But that may change with the beginning of the rainy season and the onset of warmer weather.

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Teamster Pilots At Allegiant Airlines Reach Historic Tentative Agreement

Teamsters - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 07:57

More than three years after bargaining, Allegiant Airlines pilots represented by Teamsters Local 1224 have reached a tentative agreement on their first union contract with the airline on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

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Volkswagen reneges on deal to recognize UAW in Chattanooga

UAW - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 10:40

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers says Volkswagen officials have reneged on a pledge to recognize the union at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant in Tennessee. Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, released a 2014 document Tuesday stating that Volkswagen would recognize the UAW as the representative of its members in exchange for the union dropping a...


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Your Union-Made Vacation

AFSCME - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:00

We all know that union members are the folks that brought you the weekend. But how about summer vacation? With temperatures rising, many of us are dreaming of a longer getaway. But for some AFSCME members, summer fun is all in a day's work.

Sun and Sand

You can't get much closer to real-life paradise than the beaches of Maui. But even paradise has its dangers. It's lifeguard Rick Patrizio's job to make sure that beachgoers stay safe while they have fun in the sun.

"I always tell people to never turn your back on the ocean and never climb on slippery rocks. No matter how strong a swimmer you are, Mother Nature is stronger."

Patrizio is a lieutenant with Hawaii's Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division. He's also a chair for Unit 14 of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152. The 700 members of the unit may spend their days at the beach, but that doesn't mean they get to relax.

"In our line of work, no business is good business," says Patrizio. "If you see us up and working, that means somebody is in trouble."

If you're headed to the beach this summer, don't forget to protect yourself from the sun and stay hydrated. Coppertone sunscreen and Rubbermaid coolers are both union-made in the United States.

The Pool

Alvin Williams, a lifeguard in Hallandale Beach, Florida, and member of AFSCME Local 2009 (Council 979), says he became a lifeguard more than 15 years ago and what he likes most about his job is "the satisfaction of knowing you may be the reason someone survives in the water."

He teaches survival skills to children who already know how to swim but may not know their limits. Several years ago, he saved a child who jumped into the deep end of a swimming pool not realizing what he was getting himself into. "I saw the look of panic in his eyes," Williams recalls. "I ran toward him and told him I was going to get him out of there."

To stay out of trouble, Williams advises children to always swim with a buddy and near a lifeguard stand. If they'll be out in the sun, they should also drink plenty of water to avoid muscle cramps.

Back to Nature

Can't swing a ticket to Hawaii? No problem. No matter where you live, you're probably not too far from some beautiful public land.

In central Pennsylvania, Edward Wileman of AFSCME Local 2245 is hard at work making sure that the great outdoors are accessible to the public.  He's a maintenance supervisor in the Tuscarora State Forest, which covers more than 90,000 acres of rolling Appalachian wilderness.

Wileman's job is to make sure that more than 100 miles of trails and roads are clear and well-maintained for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. "This is the place to come if you want to get back to nature," he says.

Even when he's not on the job, Wileman is passionate about the outdoors. He even visits local schools dressed as Smokey the Bear to teach kids about fire safety.

His advice to vacationers is to play it safe. "There's not a ton of dangerous wildlife, but we do have some rattlesnakes and bears," he says. "Be careful, because you're a visitor on their property."

Rattlesnakes aside, Tuscarora State Forest is a friendly place to visit. "If you see us, feel free to ask questions," Wileman says. "We're public employees and that's what we're here for."

Before you head into the wilderness, be sure to pack your Danner hiking boots and your Weber grill - both union-made in the USA. If you're looking for union-made hunting and fishing gear, the Union Sportmen's Alliance can help you find it. Visit

A Day at the Museum

The school year is drawing to a close, but at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, members of AFSCME Local 1559 (DC 37) are preparing an educational experience for kids and adults alike. They're building the displays for an exhibit called "Dinosaurs Among Us," set to run through January 2017. The exhibit traces the evolutionary links between prehistoric giants and the birds we can see in our backyards today.

"We show transitionary animals," says Tory Ferraro, a senior principal preparator. "These are strange-looking big birds, dinosaurs that range from the size of a chicken to a four- or five-foot ostrich."

Teams of skilled museum preparators and assistants tend to every detail for an experience that brings dinosaurs to life. Rebecca Meah, a senior principal preparator, explains the process.  "We spent months on molds and built steel skeletons that we coated in spray foam, layered on silicone and rubber and finished with hand-painted feathers."

These are only a few of the summer activities that are brought to you by union labor. Whether you're traveling far from home or just looking for a weekend outing, be on the lookout for your AFSCME sisters and brothers.

More AFSCME-Made Vacation Destinations
  • Florida: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: This stunning Italianate mansion, built by a millionaire in 1916, was acquired by Miami-Dade County in the 1950s. AFSCME Local 199.
  • Michigan: Mackinac Island State Park: Stroll the beaches of Lake Superior and the charming downtown district from bike, horseback or on foot. MSEA/ AFSCME Local 5.
  • California: East Bay Regional Park District: A system of parks and nature preserves to hike among giant redwoods and take in stunning views of the San Francisco Bay and surrounding landscape. AFSCME Local 2428.
  • South Dakota: Dinosaur Park: Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936, this reptilian roadside attraction is a fun stop on the way to Mt. Rushmore. AFSCME Local 1031.
  • Louisiana: Let a union sister or brother get you home safely after a night on Bourbon Street. New Orleans Cab Drivers for Justice/AFSCME Council 17.
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Locals award service pins

IBB - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 09:00
National Transient Lodge

MARK VANDIVER, Director, National Transient Division Services, reports presentation of a membership pin to the following:

  • 40 YEARS — Timothy L. Thompson.
Local 1 • Chicago

JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:

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Niagara Falls transit workers and management resolve issues

ATU - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 06:54
Local 1582 President Margaret Gilbert has several meeting with transit management where the two sides “resolved all of the differences, all the outstanding issues and believes they will have a “better and positive” relationship moving forward.
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STA School Bus Workers in New Jersey Choose Teamsters Union

Teamsters - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:53

More than 150 school bus workers who transport students for Student Transportation of America (STA) in Pine Brook, New Jersey, have voted decisively to join Teamsters Local 102 in Springfield Township.

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School Bus Workers at Latino Express Stand Strong to Win Teamster Contract

Teamsters - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:46

School bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 777 in Lyons, Ill., have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a first contract agreement at Latino Express, a subcontractor for Chicago Public Schools.

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