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Statement from Local 6000 President Ed Mitchell on Civil Service Rule Changes

UAW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:04
Attention UAW Local 6000 Members:

You may have read in the news media of the proposed civil service rule changes that would impact state employees. UAW International is working closely with UAW Local 6000 staff to access the proposal and respond. UAW Local 6000 is strongly opposed to the rule changes, which will negatively affect our freedom to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of our workplace.

We are asking each and every one of you to be available to attend the Civil Service Commission meeting if these proposed changes should come up for a vote. The earliest meeting would be on Wednesday-September 20, 2017 in Lansing. If these rule changes are adopted, every UAW Local 6000 member will be impacted.

Over the coming days, we will be releasing more information . If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Local at (800) 243–1985.

In Solidarity,

Ed Mitchell
President

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Protran Technology’s “Talking Bus” & So-Called Visual Warning System are Band-Aids for Massive Mobile Manslaughter Machines

ATU - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:16
"It’s basically a speaker broadcasting a loud message to pedestrians saying ‘Run like hell, the bus driver can’t see you,” says ATU International President Larry Hanley.
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Hoffa: Labor Rights and Solidarity in NAFTA Renegotiation

Teamsters - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:20

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President Francois Laporte lay out a path for NAFTA renegotiation in the Huffington Post that is fair to workers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/labor-rights-solidarity-in-nafta-renegotiation_us_59933557e4b0a88ac1bc377b
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Penn State Workers Ratify New Contract

Teamsters - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:10

(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) – Teamsters at Pennsylvania State University voted to ratify their most recent contract by over 80 percent on Monday. The three-year agreement covers more than 2,600 workers in hospitality, maintenance, landscaping and various other support roles for the university.

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There’s More Than One Way to Strike

UAW - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 04:00

Local 2270 members Jake Guild, left, and Taylor Hoffmeyer’s four-month old daughter didn’t seem to mind the noise of the bowling alley. They were joined by Tiffany McLachlan, Betty Crawford, Jana Gilmore and (not pictured) Renee Hoffmeyer on the Local 2270 team. Local 2270 is based in Evard, Michigan.

UAW Bowling Championships Feature Tough Competition, Family Fun

Bowling is serious business for many UAW members. You could tell by the concentration, determination, frustration and exhilaration on the bowlers’ faces as they competed in the UAW International Bowling Tournament.

The day-long event, held Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, pits the best bowlers in our union against each other to see who’s best, both individually and as a team.

The UAW has a proud history in bowling, and helped to desegregate bowling alleys in the 1940s and 1950s.

And while the men and women bowling are exceptionally competitive, they also value the fellowship the tournament brings and the chance to knock down pins with their union brothers and sisters from all over Michigan and Ohio. There were 158 bowlers entered in the singles competition and 250 bowlers in the team competition all vying for the top spots. All bowlers qualified to be in the championship tournament by scoring well at their regional tournaments.

“It’s just great to have all UAW members get together and bowl. It’s great comradery,” said Steve Barry, a Local 2278 member who works at Ford Motor Co.’s Sterling Heights (Michigan) Axle plant.

Barry was one of two bowlers who rolled a perfect 300 game in the singles competition.

“It’s my second 300 in this house, so I kind of like it here,” Barry said.

In fact, it was Barry’s 30th perfect game.

“You still get nervous,” he said. “If you’re not nervous when you are shooting for 300, then you shouldn’t bowl.”

Final results are expected to be available later this week.

It was also a lot of fun for the families of the bowlers, as many brought theirs to the facility. Everyone enjoyed a lunch courtesy of the International and many children were in the arcade or on the bumper bowling lanes in an adjacent alley.

“I had a turkey!” said Donovan Howze, 8, the son of Local 900 member William Howze, who works at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. The “turkey” did not refer to youngster’s lunch. It is bowling-speak for three strikes in a row.

The lunch featured a short address by UAW President Dennis Williams, who congratulated bowlers on making it to the championship tournament and reminded them of the UAW’s history in bowling, including the effort it undertook under the direction of UAW President Walter Reuther in 1948 to desegregate bowling alleys.

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Reuther would not permit UAW-related bowling events to be held in houses that practiced racial discrimination, part of a national campaign that eventually led bowling alley operators to abandon the practice.

“That’s why this tournament is so important to the UAW,” Williams said, adding that the commitment to social justice reminds us of who we are as union members, especially today as racism appears more pronounced.

“When you think about what is going on today, don’t let people divert who we are as union members,” he said.

Tournament organizers also held a 50/50 raffle that raised over $1,300 for Mission 1:17, which provides mentors and a place to live for foster children who age out of the foster care system and need assistance.

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Teamster Official Talks Trade at NAFTA Roundtable In Pennsylvania

Teamsters - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:34

(WILKES BARRE, PA) - Teamsters Local Union 229 Secretary-Treasurer Craig Pawlik participated in a roundtable on trade and the impact of NAFTA on Pennsylvania hosted by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). The following are the remarks he gave at the roundtable.

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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Charlottesville

UAW - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:41

“The events in Charlottesville this weekend will long serve as a reminder that time has a way of washing away the tears of the past where hate bullied many Americans both in society and in the workplace through intolerance.

“The UAW condemns the hate and intolerance of the alt-right groups that led to such violence in Charlottesville. Every woman and every man is equal in their civil and workplace rights regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation in society and in the workplace. We cannot take our freedom for granted, and we cannot forget the lessons that history forged through the sacrifice of many brave Americans in our military, in labor and in our civil rights struggles to secure those freedoms.”

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Hamilton transit workers rally to “Keep Transit Public”

ATU - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 13:33
Local 107 is holding a rally as the City Council debates a motion on making the HSR the operator and maintainer of the new LRT and keeping the operation in public hands rather than private.
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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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