A bipartisan collection of lawmakers are taking a stand against make drastic cuts to Central States Pension Fund.
A MINE RESCUE team from Local D-27 (Sugar Creek, Mo.) and eight other teams from across the Midwest tested emergency tactics and equipment during a drill at Eagle Materials’ limestone mine in Sugar Creek, Mo., Nov. 6-7. The event was sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Central Plains Cement Company and the Missouri Department of Labor.
Eagle Materials owns and operates the mine and the adjacent cement plant located near Kansas City, Mo. L-D27 members are employed at both facilities.
The UAW represents more than just autoworkers. In this ongoing web series, we look into some of the unique jobs our membership performs daily. We are the UAW. If you’re a business or home owner and ever needed to get a building or development permit, you may have been helped by one of our members […]
Correctional officers and employees in public institutions all over the country help keep our communities safe. And just as they never quit doing their jobs 24/7, their union will never quit fighting for their rights on the job.
AFSCME is the union of 85,000 correctional officers and employees. During National Correctional Officers’ and Employees’ Week, we thank them for their service and recommit to always standing with them to make our union stronger.
In the last year, our union has become a lot stronger. Our AFSCME Strong campaign has structured our conversations with our co-workers about issues we care about and can fix together. We’ve had more than 340,000 one-on-one conversations with AFSCME members from correctional officers to school bus drivers. More than 26,000 have joined our political action fund, PEOPLE, because to improve public services and secure our jobs we need to elect lawmakers who stand with working families.
Safety is key in many workplaces. But in correctional settings, it is often a top priority. That’s why having a voice on the job is so important.
Not long ago, a correctional officer was taken hostage by an inmate at Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It was no accident. It happened because, despite warnings about short-staffing, she was left alone in the presence of a violent felon.
Chronic understaffing is an issue in facilities from Iowa to New Mexico and Maryland. State prison populations continue to increase while many governors and state legislatures continue to slash budgets. AFSCME and affiliate unions are urging lawmakers to improve staffing levels and make other systemic changes that reduce safety risks to prison staff, inmates and surrounding communities.
It’s because we never quit that we’ve achieved important organizing victories. In Anoka County, Minnesota, juvenile probation officers formed their own AFSCME local union after the county board froze their wages while giving other county unionized employees the raises they deserved. And it’s because we never quit that we’ve achieved important contract victories, including one won by Hawaii public safety officers, who recently achieved substantial wage increases.
Next week, leaders of AFSCME correctional units from around the country will meet to discuss strengthening our power in the sector, including key issues such as prison privatization, mass incarceration and federal legislation affecting our members.
Also, they will join members of the AFSCME Law Enforcement Advisory Committee at the candle light vigil for fallen law enforcement officers, among whom are corrections officers.
So, yes, this week let’s be extra thankful to our sisters and brothers who serve our communities as corrections officers and employees.
Swift Transportation's failure to rein in CEO Jerry Moyes' excessive pledging of stock highlights deep concerns with the company's corporate governance and the material risks created by having a board beholden to a minority stockholder through a dual-class voting structure. Read the letter, here.
When you think about the persons who influenced you the most, besides your parents, a teacher no doubt comes to mind. Many of us still recall the name of our favorite teacher – the one who gave you the encouragement to become the person you are today. So, today – on National Teachers Appreciation Day – take a moment to thank that person who made such a difference in your life, or the life of your child.
How? The National Education Association (NEA), together with the National PTA offer several good suggestions for giving a shout-out on to that special teacher this week (May 2-6 is National Teacher’s Appreciation Week). They suggest:
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“Teachers are real life superheroes. They make an immense difference in the well-being and long-term success of children nationwide,” said Laura Bay, president of National PTA.
Did you know that, on average, teachers work more than 52 hours a week? That includes 30 hours on instruction and 22 hours on such tasks as preparing lessons and grading papers, reports the NEA, citing a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics 2011-12 Schools and Staffing Survey.
Another interesting fact about U.S teachers: The average annual base salary of a full-time public school teacher is $53,100, the NEA noted, also based on the same survey for the period of 2011-12.
President Obama’s proclamation this year for National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week, states,” In working to ensure all our daughters and sons have the chance to add their voice and perspective to America's story, our teachers help shape a nation that better reflects the values we were founded upon.”
Yet, it notes, “there is still work to be done” to ensure that America’s children get the best possible education.
“That is why my administration has been committed to better recruiting, preparing, retraining, and rewarding America's teachers,” the proclamation says. “Following the worst economic crisis our country has seen since the Great Depression, my administration supported significant investments in education through the Recovery Act to keep more than 300,000 educators in the classroom.”
AFSCME is proud to represent the many women and men who teach and care for children in homes, day care centers, pre-K classrooms, before-and-after school child care and Head Start programs. Learn more here. They also work in K-12 schools and also institutions of higher learning, helping to make sure that children and students have the best environment for learning.
So here’s to our teachers – and also the many people who help them perform their daily tasks – who never quit making our nation great by helping the next generation. We are in your debt.
(CORONA, Calif.) – Yesterday, Teamsters who drive for US Foods in Corona began an unfair labor practice strike to protest allegations that the foodservice giant violated federal law that protects workers’ rights. Almost immediately, Corona workers extended their picket line to 10 other US Foods distribution centers and resident yards in Southern California and Phoenix, Ariz., where 750 Teamsters have ceased work to honor the picket lines. The picket line extensions are still up today.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal published an op-ed from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Clark County School District Workers about the fight for representation.http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/justice-denied-school-district-workers
This article originally appeared in USA Today. To read the entire article, click here. The nation’s growing army of contingent workers is increasingly demanding, and often winning, higher pay and benefits and union membership, pushing back against efforts by companies to deploy a less costly, more flexible workforce. An Ohio supplier of axles to Ford […]
Can you put a price on the safety, happiness and education of a child? Child care is an absolutely critical service. The women and men who do this kind of work aren’t just part of our economy, they’re part of our families and communities.
But wages for child care providers aren’t in step with the value of the work they do. Hourly wages in the child care sector are just $10.31, which is 39 percent lower than the national average for hourly earners. One in seven child care providers lives in a household with an income below the poverty line. The cost that parents pay for child care has skyrocketed in the past 25 years, but real wages for the workers who spend time with our children haven’t risen at all.
That’s why we recognize May 1 as Worthy Wage Day. Since 1992, on this day, child care providers and their allies advocate for better wages and working conditions. This is a problem that must be addressed at every level. State programs are underfunded, labor laws have historically undermined the value of child care workers, and our culture does not always recognize the importance of child care services.
AFSCME represents thousands of child care workers who devote their careers to enriching the lives of children. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers as they call for respect and a living wage.
Doug Bloch, Teamsters Joint Council 7 Political Director, discusses worker safety issues at Taylor Farms in Tracy, Calif. The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced more than $95,000 in fines and dozens of citations for safety and health violations at the company’s nonunion facility.
These two UAW Members from Region 1D’s Local 2256 who work in parking enforcement have very different takes on the same job, but they both agree on one thing: the UAW has their backs! If you’ve ever been given a parking ticket or worried that your meter was running out, fear not! These UAW members […]
Cindy and Doug Cook couldn’t be more excited about attending AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas this July. Not only because they’ve been AFSCME members for a combined total of more than 60 years. And not just because they’re big believers in what workers can achieve when they stand together, even in the face of a great challenge. Their trip will be unique for a very personal reason.
Cindy and Doug met at the AFSCME International Convention in Las Vegas in 2002. They were married in Las Vegas in 2006. So this year they’re going back to celebrate the 14th anniversary of their meeting and their 10th wedding anniversary. Their union was “literally union-made,” they say, and they are looking forward to sharing this special moment with their AFSCME sisters and brothers.
How they met
On the Sunday before Convention 2002, Doug was swimming in the pool at the Paris Hotel when he first set eyes on Cindy. “I saw this beautiful girl sitting by the pool, dangling her feet in the water,” he says. “So I swam up to her and we started talking.”
“We clicked immediately,” Cindy recalls, “and we ended up talking for over two hours. He made me feel like I had known him all my life.”
At the time, Cindy was an employee of the City of Erie, Pennsylvania, and president of AFSCME Local 2206 (Council 13). Doug was (and still is) an equipment operator for Thurston County, in Olympia, Washington. He’s also a member of AFSCME Local 618 (Council 2), where he has served as vice president. Though they came from opposite sides of the country, they had much in common, including their union activism. They spent the rest of the week together, attending convention activities and getting to know each other.
“It was then that our friendship was born,” Cindy says.
They never quit on each other
After the 2002 Convention, Doug and Cindy went back to their respective homes. For the next three-and-a-half years, they did the “East Coast/West Coast thing,” as Cindy puts it. At first, they visited each other in Las Vegas, then Doug visited Erie. Cindy then visited Olympia. Through 2005 they spent all of their vacation time traveling back and forth.
“When we weren’t together, we spent hours on the phone,” Cindy recalls. “It was crazy because we both realized we had found something completely unexpected and extremely rare and special.”
Their love for each other resulted in the decision to spend the rest of their lives together. “It was frightening to leave my family and friends, which I will always miss,” Cindy says, “but it turned out to be the best decision of our lives. We’ve never been happier.” Cindy found a job with the Washington State Department of Ecology and, within one month, moved to Washington. They bought a house and married on Feb. 19, 2006. She is now a member of AFSCME Council 28.
While the past 10 years have been full of happiness, the couple has not been free from struggle. In 2012, Doug was diagnosed with a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the next six months, he would have to undergo chemotherapy at the University of Washington in Seattle, 60 miles away.
“Going through something like that changes your whole outlook on life,” Cindy says. “Going through this struggle made us stronger and drew us even closer together.”
“How Cindy stuck with me was remarkable,” Doug says. “She was by my side at every appointment, every test, and every session of chemotherapy.”
Thanks to her union contract and her co-workers, Cindy was able to use shared leave on the days that Doug was being treated. It’s what allowed her to be by Doug’s side. “It was so important for me to be with him,” she says, “because we had no idea what the future held for us.”
“Cindy was unbelievable,” Doug says. “Her love and support is why I’m here today.”
(WASHINGTON) – Today, National Express Group PLC (LSE:NEX.L) investors, including British public service union UNISON and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, are criticising the company’s decision to withhold a shareholder resolution from its 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) agenda. At last year’s AGM, the resolution received the highest shareholder vote of support ever achieved for a labour rights issue at a United Kingdom-based PLC.