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Supplemental Committees Meet to Exchange Contract Proposals with UPS

Teamsters - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 06:26

Earlier this week, members of the Teamsters UPS Upstate New York Supplement Committee met with the company to exchange proposals.

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AFGE Members in Action

AFGE - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 16:00
Government workers take to the streets to fight for fair pay, benefits, and retirement. Read More
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2017: The Year of the Rally

AFGE - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 16:00
Government workers take to the streets to fight for fair pay, benefits, and retirement. Read More
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When Firefighters Came to Washington

AFGE - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 16:00
Federal firefighters from the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments came to the nation’s capital in early October to fight for fair pay and healthier working conditions for all federal firefighters and first responders. Read More
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5 Best Moments from AFGE’s Veterans Care Summit

AFGE - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 16:00
Veterans, members of Congress, and health care experts gathered on Capitol Hill to discuss the future of the VA, the ongoing threat of privatization at the VA, and the dangers of forcing veterans into the private, for-profit health care system. Read More
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Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Thursday, October 12

Teamsters - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 13:23

A lot of Teamsters made sacrifices to go to Puerto Rico to help out those affected by Hurricane Maria. For Local 631 member Marco Cruz, that meant one of his most prized possessions.

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Teamsters, Labor Allies Propose a Pro-Worker Path Forward for NAFTA

Teamsters - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:26

(WASHINGTON) – Top Teamsters leaders joined with members of Congress and their fellow union allies from across North America today in laying out a path forward for a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as negotiators meet in the nation’s capital to discuss changes to the trade pact.

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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on NAFTA negotiation meetings

UAW - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:37

This week, as trade negotiators from U.S., Mexico, and Canada meet in our nation’s capital, they must squarely confront the reality that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has failed working people in all three countries. NAFTA renegotiations will only be successful if it leads to higher wages for workers in all three countries and puts an end to our crippling auto trade deficit with Mexico.

To that end, negotiators must comprehensively focus on balanced trade that provides real wage growth for American, Canadian with special emphasis on Mexican workers, whose suppressed wages are harmful for all three countries. We must stop allowing companies to abuse their workers to gain a competitive edge. Toothless labor chapters from failed trade agreements will not get the job done. We need an innovative approach. If not, NAFTA will continue to fail workers as it has for nearly a quarter of a century.

No amount of spin by corporate lobbyists representing companies who outsource can change the facts on what has happened to workers as a result of NAFTA. Countless manufacturing plants throughout our country have closed and hundreds of thousands of good jobs to Mexico have vanished. In 1993, the United States had an automotive trade deficit with Mexico of $3.5 billion. By 2016 that deficit had grown to $45.1 billion. For auto parts, the United States’ deficit with Mexico was $100 million in 1993; it was 200 times larger by 2016, at $23.8 billion.

Let me be clear. Mexican workers are not to blame for NAFTA’s failures. The average autoworker in Mexico makes $3.00 an hour or less, despite healthy industry profits. Labor standards continue to be dismal, since Mexican workers are prevented from exercising their rights and bargaining for better wages and working conditions.

If multinational corporations remain in the driver’s seat, NAFTA renegotiations will not succeed and working people will continue to suffer. We cannot let that happen.

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Organizadores suman 78 miembros al L-S234

IBB - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00


El personal del sindicato Internacional y los voluntarios del L-S234 participan en una campaña de organización interna para los trabajadores de Tennsco.

Esfuerzo en la planta se centra en la solidaridad, la ventaja sindical

ORGANIZADORES DE LOS Boilermakers, otros miembros del personal Internacional y voluntarios del Local S234 sumaron 78 nuevos miembros a la logia local a través de una campaña de organización interna en Dickson, Tennessee, el pasado agosto. La logia representa a los empleados de Tennsco, un fabricante de gabinetes, estanterías y otros productos de almacenamiento.

La campaña duró dos fines de semana e implicó visitas a los hogares de los no miembros para discutir las ventajas de la membresía sindical.

Jody Mauller, director de Organización, dijo que la organización interna trata acerca del crecimiento de la Hermandad y de recobrar fuerzas.

“El número de miembros que pagan cuotas está directamente relacionado con la fuerza del sindicato”, afirmó. “Cuando aumentamos el número de miembros que pagan cuotas, aumentamos el poder de negociación del sindicato.”

Mauller enfatizó que edificar la fuerza sindical es especialmente importante ahora, ya que las negociaciones contractuales entre L-S234 y Tennsco están programadas para comenzar en enero. Dijo que la afiliación sindical también trae muchas ventajas a los trabajadores más allá del peso de la negociación, incluye descuentos de Union Plus en productos y servicios, membresía gratuita en la Alianza de Deportistas Sindicales (Union Sportsmen's Alliance), elegibilidad para postularse a un cargo sindical, votar en las elecciones sindicales y en los acuerdos de negociación colectiva.

Los miembros del L-S234 que se unieron al sindicato durante la reciente campaña incluyen a: Thomas Almond, Ethan Atkinson, Richard Atkinson, Kolita Baxter, Crystal Boone, David Brazzell, Dallas Brown, Gary Buswell, Modesto Carrera, Susan Christian, Joseph Conway, David Coons, Juan Corona, Sandra Cotton, Christopher Cravens, Rebecca Croff, Gerald Curtis, Robert Donegan, Justin Duke, Jamie Evans, Adrienne Fifth, Nicholas Forester, Sean Forrester, Duran Geisen, Gerald González, William Harrell, Milton Harris, Tiffany Hassert, Kenny Hollinsworth, Coty Hollis, Scotty Hooper, Ronald Hughes, Dalton Lance, Timothy Mathers, Griselda Meza, Jeri Moss, Rosa Mota, Jay Nash, James Oliphant, Shaunda Pace, Jacob Pannell, Nicholas Parker, John Pendergrass, Michael Pierce, Donovan Pittman, Edward Plunkett, Russell Priest, Christopher Prince, James Pullum, Joshua Reese, Racheal Rogers, Robert Rogers, Stacey Rogers, Brandon Ruffin, Robert Russell, Cody Scarbrough, Gregory Shook, Johnny Smith, Teresa Smith, Tyler Smith, Roy Springer, Lonnie Stewart, Timothy Stuard, Matthew Tarkington, Matthew Taylor, Brian Terlecki, Joshua Thompson, Jason Tinsley, Matthew Upchurch, Jacob Vaughn, Dale Wallace, Robert Webb, Zachery Werfel, Raianna Werning, Jimmy White, Phillip Williford, Jason Wills y Fred Wright.

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Organizers add 78 members to L-S234

IBB - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:00
In-plant effort focuses on solidarity, union advantage

BOILERMAKER ORGANIZERS, OTHER International staff members and Local S234 volunteers added 78 new members to the local lodge through an internal organizing campaign in Dickson, Tennessee, this past August. The lodge represents employees of Tennsco, a manufacturer of cabinets, shelving and other storage products.

The campaign ran for two weekends and involved visits to non-member homes to discuss the advantages of union membership.

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Together We Win – Global Solidarity: South Korea

UAW - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 04:15

The UAW and the KCTU are both affiliated to IndustriALL, a global union which has shown solidarity with the Korean labor movement in its opposition to the Park regime and its demand for the release of Han and all of the confined union leaders.

UAW Demands Release of Jailed Union Leaders

Han Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and a former autoworker, center, has been incarcerated since 2015 for leading
a public demonstration against the regressive labor policies of the former Park Geun-Hye government. The UAW and our sister unions from around the world are demanding his immediate release.

Imagine being arrested, isolated from your family, and denied basic human rights for speaking out for your union brothers and sisters in peaceful protest. Even in 2017 in the democracy of South Korea the simple act of advocating for your union brothers and sisters can get you imprisoned for a very long time.

Former autoworker and current president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), Han Sang-gyun, and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo, have been in prison, and under house arrest, since December 2015. The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by former President Park Gyun-hye. For nearly two years, Han has been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with his family. He is only permitted five visits per month that he must carefully ration between his family and business. Recently, Han’s son was denied visitation after taking leave from the military because it exceeded his monthly allotment of visits.

For Secretary Lee, her movements have been restricted to the KCTU headquarters because she opposed the regressive labor policies of former President Park through peaceful protests. Several other South Korean trade union leaders remain incarcerated as well.

The UAW joined labor unions from around the world, including IndustriALL, a global union federation which represents over 600 unions in the manufacturing sectors. The unions were there to support the Korean labor movement and demand the release of KCTU President Han and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo.

In May 1980, at the age of 17, Han stood up against the military dictatorship, which then ruled South Korea, as part of the Kwangju uprising. His participation helped to liberate the city of Kwangju from the nation’s military government for five days before the military crushed the uprising, leaving more than 200 civilians dead. This was Han’s introduction to the struggle for social justice.

In 2008, Han was elected chairman of his local union representing the employees of Ssangyong Motor. When the company threatened to lay off more than 2,000 workers, depriving them of not only wages but also of company subsidized housing, Han led hundreds of them in an occupation of the plant. For his courageous efforts, Han again faced violence. After 77 days, the police ended the occupation by force. This led to Han’s first imprisonment that caused him to be separated from his loved ones. He served a three-year sentence from 2009 to 2012. After his release, Han continued to fight for his fellow workers. He staged a 171-day sit-in near the plant, eventually saving hundreds of jobs and winning severance concessions.

In 2014, Han became the first president of the KCTU elected by direct vote. He was fully aware, from personal experience, that the state could deprive him of his freedom. Even so, he demonstrated his courage by leading the People’s Mass Rally to oppose President Park’s policies of austerity economics and expanding precarious work. President Park had him arrested and ordered police to violate the sanctity of the Buddhist monastery where he took refuge. President Han is again paying the price of his courage: serving another three-year sentence away from his family and loved ones.

In November 2016, the UAW sent a representative to South Korea to visit Han in prison and participate in demonstrations condemning the South Korean government’s attack on workers. These demonstrations became known as the Candlelight Revolution. Eventually, the Candlelight Revolution removed President Park from office on bribery charges. She is now in prison awaiting trial. The UAW has been closely watching Han’s case.

In August, the UAW International Executive Board (IEB) unanimously endorsed intensifying our efforts to help win Han’s release. The board passed a resolution calling for South Korea to release Han, Lee and other trade unionists from their political imprisonment. Specifically, the resolution calls on the Government of the Republic of Korea to rescind all sentences and drop all charges against trade unionists that are related to peaceful protest, including those against KTCU President Han and KTCU General Secretary Lee. The IEB endorsed a broad human rights campaign calling for Han’s immediate release, which includes social media, government-to-government diplomacy and mobilizations. (See full text of IEB resolution at .)

While the IEB was taking this action, UAW representatives went to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and met with Employment and Labor Attaché Cho Ohyeon. They delivered a stern message from UAW President Dennis Williams to the new South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, calling for the release of President Han. The UAW views President Moon’s election as a very positive development. Moon is a human rights lawyer with a history of fighting South Korea’s authoritarian governments. He has committed his government to upholding human and labor rights. Releasing President Han, General Secretary Lee and the other unjustly charged and imprisoned unionists would show the world that President Moon’s government acts in accordance with the values that he has espoused throughout his career. You can help fight for Han’s release by taking action. Sign the petition to release Han, Lee and other South Korean trade unionists at and get your union sisters and brothers to do the same.

Source: UAW International Affairs Department

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New Hampshire Members Awarded Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award

IAFF - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 08:46
Durham, NH Local 2253 Secretary David Blatchford is the newest IAFF member to be honored with Liberty Mutual’s Firemark Award for his part in a successful three-year campaign to install the first automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in two University of New Hampshire sorority houses – Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi.
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Connecticut Members Reach Out to Young Cancer Patients

IAFF - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:38
Members of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association (UPFFA) of Connecticut are always looking for new ways to be involved in the community, particularly when they can assist young cancer patients.
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Philly Fire Fighter Dies in Line of Duty

IAFF - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:50
A Philadelphia fire fighter was trapped in the basement of a burning row home early on December 9, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.
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Fire Fighters Question Governor’s Failed Leadership During Ferguson Unrest

IAFF - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 08:15
IAFF members in Ferguson, Missouri, and other communities surrounding North St. Louis County worked frantically in the days following the November 24 release of the grand jury decision. Emergency calls came in mere minutes after the announcement that Police Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted, and fire fighters worked nonstop to respond to dozens of fires and other reported emergencies.
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