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.
(SAN LEANDRO, Calif.) –– Shuttle drivers for seven big Silicon Valley companies voted overwhelmingly today to approve a union proposal for a first contract that includes industry-leading wages and benefits. The drivers employed by contractor Compass Transportation/Transdev voted 75-0 in favor. The drivers are members of Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, Calif.
Today, Teamster representatives were joined by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in a ceremony recognizing the graduates of a program that helps active military personnel transition to a career in transportation.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Echoing his campaign threats to strip public service workers of their rights and drive down their middle-class standard of living, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is asking retired state employees to report to work as strikebreakers in the event of a possible work stoppage.
The governor also failed to deny reports that he is considering calling on the Illinois National Guard to replace state workers in the event of a lockout or strike – even though there’s never been a work stoppage in the more than 40 years of state employee collective bargaining in Illinois.
According to a report by the State Journal-Register, AFSCME retiree David Scheina of rural Sangamon County received a call from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, asking him to work in the event of a strike.
“I was somewhat appalled by it,” he said. “I feel it was wrong, an employee on state time trying to line up retirees to cross a potential picket line that I didn’t see being suggested. I thought it wasn’t bargaining in good faith.”
Following a 25-year career working for the state of Illinois, Scheina retired three years ago.
“I think it’s important that the retirees also understand that these negotiations have an impact on their future also,” Scheina added. “Our medical and dental and vision care benefits could still be on the table.”
The possibility of using Illinois National Guard soldiers in place of locked-out or striking state workers got a negative review from former National Guard Adjutant General and current state Rep. David Harris, a Republican.
"It's a terribly impractical and, in my opinion, inadvisable idea," said Harris. "You're going to replace [state public service workers] with people who carry M-16s and .45 pistols?”
After more than five months of negotiations over a new union contract, AFSCME’s current agreement that covers more than 35,000 Illinois state employees expired on June 30. AFSCME Council 31 and Governor Rauner’s administration agreed to a two-month contract extension on July 29. Soon after, however, Rauner vetoed legislation that would have offered state employees the option of binding arbitration to resolve contract differences and avoid a strike or lockout.
The veto is a further sign that the governor may be seeking to provoke a needless crisis. AFSCME will join with all unions that represent Illinois state employees in seeking to override the veto.
Check out this video to learn more about what is at stake.
TELFORD, Texas – Corrections Officer Timothy Davison, the victim of an attack by a prisoner at the prison unit here in Bowie County, was laid to rest July 25 amid an outpouring of support for the Davison family from his Corrections family.
Officer Davison, 47, succumbed July 15 to injuries suffered when a prisoner serving a life sentence for robbery and aggravated assault attacked him with an iron bar. Davison is survived by his two daughters.
“It’s hard for us to know that Officer Davison put on his uniform in the morning and did not come home; it’s even harder for his family,” said Cathe Wilson, president of the AFSCME Gatesville local. “As a Corrections Officer, I believe we come in together and we leave together; it’s always hard when that doesn’t happen. I wish the family strength and peace during this time. We are here to support them in any way we can.”
The services included Corrections Officers from all over the country, from as far away as California. Condolences and donations for his family can be left at the Officers Down Memorial Page. Words of comfort and prayer may be sent to email@example.com.
The details surrounding the fatal incident are currently under review by the state of Texas, but many believe that short staffing played a role. Texas Corrections has nearly 3,000 vacancies it is trying to fill throughout the state.
The parties met in Las Vegas the week of July 27, 2015 at the direction of Mediator McGuckin. The process of working in subcommittees continued through the session. Several Articles (listed below) required adjustment/clarification prior to being TA’d. The FST negotiations committee and the Company met through the week to discuss language applying to their craft.http://teamsterair.org/node/2364
The U.S. economy won't truly recover until the balance between company revenue and employee salaries is fixed.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2015/07/workers-deserve-share-of-corporate.html
The Leslie Marshall Show talks with Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division, about Toyota—how the company is endangering American families and destroying good union automobile transport jobs, and what Teamsters are doing about it.
Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for July 31, 2015.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2015/07/todays-teamster-news-073115.html
“Every day UAW members at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US) head to work to make events like today’s earnings announcement happen. Obviously, there are a lot of variables that affect today’s auto industry but we are always happy when the company succeeds. The one thing that matters to UAW members is the stable health and profitability of the company. Media Location: Above the Body Content Left Content:
Scott Walker, the anti-union governor from Wisconsin, has made the union-made Harley-Davidson motorcycle a centerpiece of the first tour of his presidential campaign.
How ironic is that? Walker, whose entire presidential campaign is based on touting his attacks on collective bargaining for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, is campaigning with an iconic piece of American machinery adorned with a label that reads "Union made in the USA."
Like many politicians before him, Walker apparently wants to show that he’s a regular Harley guy, a rider of the All-American motorcycle. But he is the last person who should be burnishing his patriotic credentials riding a Harley.
In fact, Walker’s political record indicates that he has no regard for the story of the iconic American machine and the hardworking union men and women who build them. Instead of praising union workers for turning out some of the best motorcycles in the world, Walker recently compared union workers and their families to ISIS terrorists.
What Walker fails to note, as Reuters reports, is that Harley-Davidson’s relationship with its union employees – certainly not without tribulation at times – has been hailed as a model of workplace cohesion that facilitates better production quality and output. He also fails to acknowledge the hardworking and skilled members of the Machinists (IAM) and United Steelworkers (USW) who helped prevent the company from going under during the Great Recession.
Union workers are calling Walker on his cynical use of the Harley as a campaign prop. A politician who attacks union workers and other working Americans should not be using the fruits of their labor to score political points. The only reason Walker can ride his Harley in the first place is because they built it.
Harley’s unionized workforce is among the most skilled in the industry, and their craftsmanship is central part the production of a motorcycle that is synonymous with American quality. Watch the video.
New bill introduced this week is just the latest effort to curb union power. But all it would do is lower wages for workers.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2015/07/some-in-congress-set-sights-on-union.html
Corey Upchurch and his family came up in transportation.
His father was a manager at the Department of Transportation of the Washington, DC, Office of the State Superintendent of Education. He worked there for 32 years. His mother started out as a bus attendant, moved to dispatch, and then worked as routing and scheduling manager. She, too, had a long career in transportation.
His brother, Andrew Washington, started his career in transportation back in 1992. Now he is the executive director of AFSCME Council 20.
“Transportation came home to our dinner table every night, as I was coming up,” Upchurch says.
Upchurch, 36, is a school bus driver in Washington, DC, his hometown. He started his career in 1999, and became active with his union, AFSCME Local 1959, as an organizer. He’s also a Volunteer Member Organizer. Local 1959 is composed of bus drivers and attendants in DC Public Schools. Upchurch moved up to shop steward, chief shop steward, vice president, and recently became president of his local. He’s also AFSCME Strong.
After taking the AFSCME Strong training in Maryland in April, Upchurch has been busy. He says he’s used the summer months, when most kids are on vacation, to talk to his coworkers and apply AFSCME Strong in the workplace. He found a positive response. In three days, he signed up 49 individuals as PEOPLE contributors and got 94 to sign AFSCME Strong cards.
“I basically used the opportunity, with the help of shop stewards, to have conversations with my coworkers,” Upchurch says. “When the drivers are sitting around waiting to bid on their routes, I talked to them about what we need to do to make our union stronger.”
Upchurch says his biggest challenge is educating his coworkers about the vicious attacks they’re facing together as a union.
“My strategy is to try to educate them, try to get them to understand what we’re about, what AFSCME is about,” he says. “And what’s going on in other states, with the Koch brothers, with Scott Walker, and all the billionaires trying to downsize unions. I tell them about the Supreme Court, and the case involving union dues (Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association). They’re trying to weaken our union.”
Upchurch says the AFSCME Strong strategy is working.
“I’m extremely happy with the response,” he says. “It’s been a huge response. I mean, we’re a rowdy local as it is, but when it’s time to stand up they’re willing to do that. They’re not scared to stand up for what’s best for unions overall.”
Upchurch, who lives in DC with his three children, says he’s always wanted to be a voice and make a difference in his workplace.
“I have a very strong passion in what I do,” he says. “I’m still learning, but I feel as though I am making a difference in my workplace, in my local. It’s all about the membership.”
Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for July 30, 2015.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2015/07/todays-teamster-news-073015.html
(WASHINGTON) – Since 2008, Congress has transferred more than $62 billion from the general fund to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat, and it has been more than a decade since Congress has passed a highway bill more than two years in duration. Meanwhile, infrastructure continues to crumble and the safety of those who work and travel along the vast network of U.S. roads and rails is being jeopardized. Despite a serious effort by the Senate to pass a long-term bill in advance of the July 31 funding deadline, here we are once again – recess and a three-month, short-term fix.
(WASHINGTON) – July 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of one of the greatest labor leaders in American history – James R. Hoffa.