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(MORAINE, Ohio) – Workers at the Fuyao Glass plant in Moraine, Ohio, will join with elected officials for a town hall meeting Sunday, April 30, to urge Fuyao Glass to support employees’ rights to a fair union election and a safe workplace.
The public meeting will be held April 30 at UAW Local 696, 1543 Alwildy Ave. in Dayton from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and comes just days after the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health listed Fuyao as among the “Dirty Dozen” most dangerous employers in the United States in a report issued earlier today.
“Workers should never have to choose between good jobs and safe jobs – but that’s what has been happening at Fuyao Glass since the plant first opened,” said Jessica Martinez, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “Workers are frequently around broken glass and sharp edges without the proper protection, and they have been exposed to the risk of amputation. Fuyao Glass has received up to $22 million in public subsidies and the company needs to fulfill its obligation to provide a safe workplace.”
“Sunday’s town hall meeting is good way to tell the community exactly what is happening in our plant,” said Fuyao worker Curt Stewart. “As much as the $2 raise we won is a step in the right direction, it’s not going to silence Fuyao workers from speaking up. Management has not addressed job security, safety and respect as they promised. That’s why Fuyao workers believe we need a contract – to make our company a more safe and profitable place for all. We want Fuyao to be the best auto glass company in the world. But this can only happen if workers and management work together,” said Stewart.
Fuyao worker DeAnn Wilson says it’s important for workers and supporters to come together to show unity. “The town hall will show that regardless of our differences in opinions, races, cultures and nationalities, we can come together in solidarity,” she said. “We can show our community that we all want Fuyao to be a successful company and are willing to do the work to make that happen. We can accomplish all this and still be treated with respect and dignity, have a safe work environment and be treated fairly across the board,” said Wilson.
Montgomery Council Democratic Party Chairperson Mark Owens is among the elected officials and community supporters scheduled to speak at the town hall. “The opportunity for honor and dignity of work that Fuyao originally offered to our area was welcomed by all of us,” he wrote in a March 19 letter to Fuyao. “Unfortunately, as the plant has grown the jobs that Fuyao promised are not the jobs available,” he added. Owens also is the clerk of court for the Dayton Municipal Courts.
Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Gregory A. Brush is also scheduled to speak at the public meeting. “While it is encouraging that your company has begun to take steps to upgrade the physical safety of workers at the plant, I would encourage you and your organization to also work on the security aspect of the employees,” he wrote in a March 21 letter to Fuyao. “As someone who leads an organization with organized union employees, I can say that the overall benefit to the organization is positive.”
In March, Fuyao, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and four workers represented by the UAW reached an agreement that requires the company to make major safety improvements to the plant by May 1. Those improvements include addressing serious issues regarding machine safety – such as workers who enter machines to make repairs without proper safeguards and the lack of equipment that prevents workers from getting caught in machinery. Other health and safety issues identified by OSHA need to be fixed by June 1.
These settlements, however, don’t address all of the safety issues that workers have raised. OSHA also is investigating possible safety violations alleged to have caused serious respiratory problems, cuts from glass shards and exposure to dangerous levels of furnace heat. In February, workers filed charges with OSHA detailing the incidents, including workers using dangerous adhesives without proper breathing protection. The adhesives contain a group of chemicals called isocyanates, which can cause asthma and other serious respiratory problems. One of the Fuyao workers affected, James Martin, will speak at the town hall, “Prior to my job at Fuyao I had healthy lungs,” said Fuyao worker James Martin, who filed a complaint on the issue with OSHA in February. “After I was exposed to isocyanate glues and primers I had lung issues that were diagnosed as a disease that has reduced my lung capacity.” Martin is on medical leave.
Fuyao worker Larry Yates will also speak at the town hall about his allegation that he faced dangerous conditions while working to repair heating elements inside a furnace at Fuyao. “I crawled over and sat on piles of glass shards which became embedded in my legs and behind,” said Yates. “The heat was very bad because the second half of the furnace was left energized (at 650 degrees Fahrenheit).”
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John Tolman, legislative representative for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, testified before a U.S. House committee today about the importance of rail infrastructure funding.
Following a tentative agreement on April 5, 2017, Teamster Flight Dispatchers at Atlas Air, Inc., and Polar Air Cargo have voted to ratify changes to their existing contract. One-hundred percent of the flight dispatchers voted, with 74 percent voting in favor of ratification.http://teamsterair.org/node/2539
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Construction Boilermaker Employers (NACBE) presented its annual safety awards to the 2016 top-performing locals from the Boilermakers’ four U.S. vice-presidential sections during the Construction Sector Operations conference held at Marco Island, Florida on March 5-9.
BM-ST del Local 11 Jess LaBuff, segundoa desde la derecha, acepta el premio de seguridad NACBE en nombre del Local 11 (Helena, Montana). Uniéndose en la presentación están (izq. a der.) Los miembros de la presentación son: Newton Jones, Presidente Internacional;, Greg Purdon, Presidente de NACBE;, J. Tom Baca, Vicepresidente Internacional para los Estados Occidentales y John Erickson, Director Ejecutivo de NACBE.
LA ASOCIACIÓN NACIONAL DE Empleadores Boilermakers de la Construcción (NACBE, por sus siglas en inglés) entregó sus premios anuales de seguridad a los locales de alto rendimiento del 2016, de las cuatro secciones vicepresidenciales estadounidenses de los Boilermakers durante la Conferencia de las Operaciones del Sector Construcción celebrada en Marco Island, Florida, del 5 al 9 de marzo.
El Local 11 (Helena, Montana) representante de la Sección Occidental, recibió honores nacionales, con cero accidentes con pérdida de tiempo, cero lesiones indemnizables y cero lesiones OSHA registrables. Jess LaBuff, gerente de negocios, secretario-tesorero del L-11 aceptó el premio. El premio se basó en el desempeño de la seguridad durante el año 2016.
Las otras tres logias que obtuvieron el primer lugar en sus secciones incluyeron por el Noreste, Local 193 (Baltimore), Daniel Weber, gerente de negocios, secretario-tesorero; por los Grandes Lagos el Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio), Tim Timmons, gerente de negocios, secretario-tesorero; y por el Sureste el Local 454 (Chattanooga, Tennessee), Scott May, gerente de negocios, secretario-tesorero.
El director ejecutivo de NACBE, John Erickson, dijo que el índice de seguridad cubrió un poco menos del 60 por ciento de todas las horas laborables de construcción de los Boilermakers trabajadas en el 2016. Los incidentes se calculan por 200,000 horas de mano de obra.
La tasa de indemnización de lesiones se situó en 4.09 por ciento, por debajo del año 2015 con el 4.49 por ciento. En comparación, la tasa se situó en 83.02 en 1990, el primer año NACBE comenzó el seguimiento del rendimiento de seguridad. Los registros de OSHA disminuyeron de 1.54 por ciento en el 2015 a 1.39 en el 2016.
La tasa de lesiones por pérdida de tiempo para el año 2016 mostró un ligero repunte con 0.21 en comparación con el 0.17 del 2015. El registro más bajo desde que empezó el índice se sitúa en 0.12, alcanzado en el año 2013. Treinta y siete locales llegaron a cero lesiones con pérdida de tiempo, frente a 39 en el 2015. Catorce locales registraron cero lesiones indemnizables para el año 2016, frente a 13 en el 2015.
Las casi 23 millones de horas trabajadas en el 2016 terminaron con un 5.3 por ciento menos que el año anterior y registraron el menor nivel desde el año 2013, el segundo más bajo en diez años.
Los premios de seguridad se basan en las tasas de lesiones más bajas seguidas por el mayor porcentaje de horas de mano de obra de los Boilermakers de los contratistas de NACBE que participan en el índice.
The UAW is recognizing National Denim Day by supporting a fundraising campaign by Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit (Enough SAID) to process rape kits found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009. Of the 11,000 kits that were discovered, over 1,000 still need to be processed.
For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year’s Denim Day is April 26, 2017.
If you believe justice delayed is justice denied, wear jeans on Wednesday, April 26 to support justice for sexual assault victims.
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Waste workers at Republic Services in Mobile, Alabama have ratified a new contract by a 100-percent margin that contains numerous improvements.
A group of twenty-nine workers at Canteen Vending have voted to join Teamsters Local 810 in Long Island City, New York. The new members work as vending drivers, vending helpers, pantry drivers, pantry helpers, and warehouse helpers. The vote was 22 – 6 in favor of voting to join the union.
Photo by Sarah Joseph
On Saturday, Earth Day, tens of thousands of people participated in the March for Science at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and numerous other cities across the U.S. Among the participants in Washington were hundreds of UAW members who rallied behind the mission of the event and spent the day celebrating science.Photo by Catherine Braine
The passionate crowd gathered to generate a conversation about the alarming trend toward discrediting facts and scientific consensus, and restricting scientific discovery.
Sarah Joseph, a UAW Local 2110 member from the Department of Genetics at Columbia University, had a very personal reason for participating in the March for Science. “I march because without science I would not have been born. I was conceived through IVF (in vitro fertilization), and I march because without science many of my family members would not be alive today.
“I am participating to raise awareness for science and to dispel the misconception that there is such a thing as ‘your’ facts. Facts are facts. It is the interpretation of facts that is up for debate,” said Joseph.
The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. March for Science organizers and participants say the best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community, the public and the politicians who represent them.
“I’m marching because I think it’s immoral for politicians to deny the basic fact of climate change when they have the chance toPhoto by Catherine Braine
change that,” said Catherine Braine, a UAW Local 2110 member from the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University.
“I am also a graduate student whose research is funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health), the organization the Trump budget wants to cut by 20 percent,” Braine added. “It’s important for everyone to be involved because everyone should push for policies that acknowledge objective reality and seek to be responsible guardians of the Earth.”
As debates continue in Washington over funding of science, Saturday’s event sent a very clear message to politicians: Back up your reasons for doubting scientific evidence and, more important, back off science funding!
The workers who deliver, sell, and merchandise Budweiser, Heineken, and other beer products to Nassau and Suffolk Counties walked the picket line today, largely stopping distribution on Long Island.
(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) – Fort Wayne-area Red Cross workers in the mobile and fixed site blood collection units have selected to be represented by Teamsters Local 414 in a card-check agreement. The count, tallied today, means that the local union has gained 142 bargaining unit members.
Workers who deliver, sell, and merchandise Budweiser, Heineken, and other beer products to Nassau and Suffolk Counties are on strike starting Monday, Teamsters Local 812 announced.
On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to defend hard-won victories. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future. For more information, visit the website below.
Sexual violence is widespread and impacts everyone and every community. Victims often experience guilt, shame, fear, numbness, shock and feelings of isolation and suffer from long-term health risks and behaviors such as PTSD, depression, pregnancy and STDs.We all have a role to play!
The UAW is committed to ending sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence, including in the workplace. We seek to promote healthy behaviors that create safe and equitable workplace communities.For information on how you can help prevent sexual violence, visit uaw.org/women
(SEATTLE, Washington) – Teamsters Local 763 has ratified a new agreement with Republic Services covering seven workers in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. The members are service technicians and a truck and container washer.