More than 60 D.C. taxi drivers took part in a rally today at Freedom Plaza and the Wilson Building, demanding justice from the D.C. City Council.
Today is National Voter Registration Day. If you’re not already registered to vote or if you need to update your registration, take some time today! The AFL-CIO set up a new online tool that makes it easy. The site will also help you vote by mail and send you text message reminders on Election Day.
If you moved or changed your name since the last election, you need to update your registration. And in many states, you need to make the changes at least a month before Election Day. But don’t delay! Do it today!
Right now, working people are under attack like never before. If we don’t get to the polls and change the leadership in Washington and in our state capitols, things will only get worse. If we don’t want another Congress seeking to cut Social Security and Medicare, or more of the Koch brothers’ cronies in governors’ offices cutting public services, we have to take action on Nov. 4.
Four years ago, not enough of us turned out to vote and we let the tea-party extremists push the agenda in the states and Washington. This year, we know the stakes are too high to sit back and let others decide the course for our government.
Please share the link above and talk to your coworkers and friends about why the midterm elections are so important to working people. For the Next Wavers among us, get on the bandwagon and Rock the Vote. And share on Facebook and Twitter #CelebrateNVRD.
“Sharing economy” companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages.
By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Broker, September 22, 2014
If the U.S. and European Union want to get the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership off the ground, they need to make sure it doesn't just help companies. It needs to be a winner for workers too, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa says.
Here are today's top news stories of interest to Teamsters for September 23, 2014.http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2014/09/teamster-news-today_23.html
Linda Meric, Executive Director of 9to5 joins us to discuss today’s National Voter Registration Day, and 9to5’s latest projects.
Keith Mestrich, President of the Amalgamated Bank joins us to talk about their expansion and rebranding, and also their partnership with Rock the Vote.
Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan joins us to talk about Rich Trumka’s recent trip to Kentucky, and the importance of getting everyone out to vote in the upcoming election.
Chris Garlock of the DC Labor Council joins us to talk about the latest news coming from the Washington DC area.
Eric Shulman, DC Labor Lobbyist, joins is to talk about what the government hasn’t accomplished before their election recess.
Buck Geno of Work in Progress Radio joins us to talk about the latest labor news coming out of Michigan, and why Big Box Stores should be picking up some of the tab for their employees who live on assistance.
Paul Flynn, Business Manager of IBEW Local 34 out of Peoria Ill. joins us to talk about the upcoming construction boom in the area and the shortage of manpower.
Doug Cunningham of Workers Independent News joins us to talk about the latest labor news from across the country.
Bob King, energy editor for POLITICO, joins us to discuss the People’s Climate March that took place yesterday in NYC.
Sergio Munoz head of the Media Matters’, Courts Matter Program joins us to talk about Fox News’s latest claims that NYC will give undocumented immigrants voting rights in the upcoming elections.
WORKERS AT THE Steel Fab manufacturing company in Lebanon, Va., voted to join the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers September 19.
Steel Fab is one of the nation’s largest makers of ASME air receivers.
Organizer Jody Mauller led the campaign and was assisted by Organizer Bobby Godinez, headquarters staff, and local lodge volunteers.
ATLANTA – AFSCME Local 1644, which represents the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Public School (APS) and Sodexo workers, signed up more than 200 MVP members for the PEOPLE program this summer, shattering the status quo in a right-to-work state and setting a powerful precedent for the South moving forward.
PEOPLE is our voluntary political action fund, which allows AFSCME to help elect candidates who support working families. To be an MVP, a member pledges $100 a year, or less than $2 a week.
During the past year, Local 1644 members became deeply engaged in improving services for Atlanta residents and improving their working conditions. APS workers recently won a breakthrough contract agreement, which included a 5 percent pay increase and the transfer of all part-time drivers to permanent full-time status, which gave them access to much-needed benefits and retirement security. They also resolved a 2013 pay dispute.
“The City of Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools now know what we’re capable of. We fought to get politicians who stand up for working families elected and we held them accountable,” said Gwen Johnson, an APS bus driver. “It took hard work and commitment but we finally gained the respect we deserve.”
Although Georgia is a right-to-work-for-less state and AFSCME members do not have collective bargaining rights, they are still able to accomplish big things. For example, Local 1644 negotiated the strongest union contract to date with Sodexo last month, providing sick leave, paid bereavement, a 7 percent pay increase and life insurance.
Sandra Swint, a Sodexo worker in an APS cafeteria, explained, “Living in a right-to-work state can’t be an excuse not to organize. As Southerners, we’re resilient, we’re powerful and we know our histories of resistance. We’re accomplishing so much in Atlanta and we’re not stopping now.”
Several key elections loom this November, including races for governor, U.S. Senate and attorney general. The outcome of these elections will have a significant impact on AFSCME members and the services they provide to their communities.
"We have the chance to change Georgia from red to blue with the election of Jason Carter for governor,” said Tracey Thornhill, who has been in public works for the City of Atlanta for 23 years. “In the last couple of months, we signed up 20 percent of our members as PEOPLE MVPs and five bronze-level members. We know how serious this fight is and we're willing to put in the hard work."
WASHINGTON, DC ? The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, the nation's largest public service workers union, announced today a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) in its Union Scholars Program to provide educational opportunities and scholarships to talented students of color from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities.
"Our commitment to students of color at historically black and other colleges and universities is unwavering," said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders. "AFSCME's partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund enables us to continue a tradition of developing young leaders who are dedicated and passionate about making a difference in our society."
"HBCUs have a history of educating minorities, which contributes to the diversity of today's workforce," said TMCF President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. "The increased cost of college, along with stricter grant and loan payments, make gifts like this more important. AFSCME is demonstrating a commitment to improve education and build a pipeline for tomorrow's workforce."
Named for Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court, TMCF is the only national organization providing scholarships and programmatic and capacity-building support to the 47 publicly supported HBCUs, medical schools and law schools. TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students from its member schools, and awarded more than $200 million in financial assistance.
AFSCME launched its Union Scholars Program in 2003 and, since its inception, students from more than 40 institutions of higher learning participated. Students must be a second-semester sophomore or junior with a minimum 2.5 grade point average majoring in American Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Labor Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Women's Studies and other fields of study.
The AFSCME Union Scholars Program provides students with an internship and the opportunity to earn money for college. They work on the frontlines of organizing campaigns, helping workers gain a voice on the job and better their lives for themselves and their families.
AFSCME has a long history of activism and a historic connection with civil rights. On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, where he'd gone to support the 1,300 black sanitation workers of AFSCME Local 1733 in their strike for better pay, union recognition and respect.
Today, AFSCME represents 1.6 million members, including home care and child care workers, nurses, clerical workers, sanitation workers and countless others who work for cities, counties, states, the federal government and universities, non-profit agencies and private companies.
TMCF was established in 1987 and through its scholarships and programs TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.
Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members. She sent us this video for AFSCME Council 31’s recent PEOPLE conference, but it’s a message that speaks to us all.
As Senator Warren says, “AFSCME members know the challenges working men and women face.” While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall. It may not seem like it, but the elections are just around the corner. We need more politicians who will fight the good fight for working people. Watch the video below, and pledge to vote this November.