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Teamster City of Orinda Workers to Strike

Teamsters - 2 hours 35 min ago

(ORINDA, Calif.) – City of Orinda workers, members of Teamsters Local 856, have voted to go on strike to protest unfair labor practices committed by the city. 

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Another shocking example of the managerial incompetence that plagues DC Metro

ATU - 2 hours 38 min ago
DC Metro quietly announced it’s been overcharging some riders for years. This revelation - which amazingly management has no idea when it began - comes the same week WMATA raised fares and cut service.
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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Non-Partisan CBO Study on 22 Million Americans Losing Health Coverage

UAW - 3 hours 1 min ago

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what has been rumored and feared about the Senate Republican health care bill written behind closed doors in Congress. The Republican’s bill is heartless and deadly. According to the Congress’ own nonpartisan CBO experts, the mean-spirited bill would force 22 million Americans to lose health care coverage completely while tens of millions will be forced to pay a lot more money for much less coverage.  Premiums will rise by an additional 20 percent next year because of this bill.

The cost of health care coverage for older workers with fixed incomes could rise by as much as $10,000 per year. Crafted in closed meetings, the bill slashes Medicaid funding and would alter Medicaid programs as we know them. Medicaid covers most long-term care for seniors and basic medical care for over 30 million children. 680,000 veterans rely on Medicaid as their sole provider of health care. In fact, the bill taxes our health care benefits and steals from the Medicare Trust Fund — all to pay for tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires, and insurance and pharmaceutical companies. This health care bill increases costs for everyone, including the over 150 million Americans who have health care coverage from their employers. By eroding or eliminating financial protections, such as lifetime caps, 27 million workers and their dependents with insurance will be at risk of bankruptcy or worse. It is no small wonder why majority Senate Republicans have been going through such pains to hide the bill from the public and are now trying to bring it to the floor quickly for a vote.

Make no mistake, this is an attack on all working people’s freedom and economic security. I strongly urge President Trump and Senate Republicans to reject this horrible bill crafted behind closed doors and instead work with the American people and across party aisles to expand affordable, quality health care for all Americans.

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Ammo: Social Security Needs Fixing, but is Far From Insolvent

UAW - 4 hours 24 min ago
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Ammo — More than Words — Facts!

Your Tool to Discuss the Issues with Co-Workers, Family, Friends

Back in the day, before electronic communication changed the world, UAW members normally found out about issues that affect working people by word of mouth in their plants and reading the newspaper.

To help them, they also had a little pamphlet the International distributed to local unions called Ammo, which was circulated on the plant or workshop floor by union activists. Ammo’s purpose was to offer facts on issues critical to working people in a nonpartisan way. Ammo generally examined issues like retirement security, health care, trade, jobs, taxes, labor rights and others to help members determine which elected officials and candidates had their back — and which ones did not.

More importantly, Ammo was a learning tool designed to educate members about the finer points of policy in an easily digestible format. It was in part designed to combat the mountains of misinformation put out by conservative groups that seek to destroy the labor movement and put the interests of the wealthy above those of the average American worker.

Ammo went away for a time, but is now coming back. True to the technological revolution, it won’t be in print form. Rather, it will soon come to you via electronic means.

Here are just a few of the topics in front of Congress that we’ll be discussing in the coming months: health care, retirement security, trade, jobs, taxes, labor/workers.

You’ve heard it from right-wing conservatives in Congress who ultimately want to dismantle Social Security, the federal retirement income program that 171 million Americans pay into all through their working lives. Their argument goes like this:

“Social Security is in real trouble. Unless we drastically cut benefits and raise the retirement age, the program will be insolvent by (pick a year).”

But is Social Security in that much distress? The experts at the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) and the American Association of Retired People (AARP), and industry experts say it just ain’t so.

Organizations working for retirees understand the challenges facing Social Security. As it stands, if Congress does nothing, Social Security will be solvent until at least 2037. Modest changes, such as raising the cap on wages subject to the Social Security tax — capped at $127,200 for 2017 — would stabilize the fund for decades after 2037.

However, proposals offered by the right wing would make the program less stable, not more. Cutting benefits and raising retirement age is the wrong answer as it would force many seniors into poverty, unable to pay for food and other necessities. Turning Social Security into risky private investment accounts such as 401(k)s that will be at the mercy of market swings and Wall Street bankers won’t provide older Americans with the kind of retirement security they need when they hit their golden years. Consider what happened to private individual investment accounts during the Great Recession: Millions of Americans still haven’t recovered what they lost. Most Americans do not have enough saved up for retirement, and almost one third have nothing saved at all. It’s a good thing Social Security provides the foundation for their retirement income.

During the 2016 presidential election, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly promised to veto any legislation that cuts Social Security. Unfortunately, the people President Trump picked to run the Department of Health and Human Services (former Congressman Tom Price) and the Office of Management and Budget (former Congressman Mick Mulvaney), don’t feel that way.

“Both nominees have made statements about the need to ‘reform’ Medicare and Social Security, including supporting or proposing privatization and raising the retirement age,” Richard Fiesta, executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans told Congress during their confirmation hearings in March. “These are in direct conflict with President Trump’s repeated promises not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”

We need to oppose any efforts to reduce and/or eliminate Social Security. Reform of Social Security starts with a reaffirmation to the core values of the program: to provide a means of support for retirement-age Americans and the disabled who need it.

We need President Trump to keep his promise to America’s senior citizens and the disabled.

Facts About Social Security

Nearly 171 million workers contribute to Social Security through payroll taxes.

Nearly 61 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits:
  • 44.2 million receive retirement benefits
  • 6.0 million receive survivors’ benefits
  • 10.6 million receive disability benefits
Average 2017 Monthly Social Security Benefit:
  • A retired worker: $1,360
  • A retired couple: $2,260
  • Disabled worker: $1,171
  • Disabled worker with spouse and child: $1,996
  • Widow or widower: $1,300
  • Young widow or widower with two children: $2,695
  • Maximum Monthly Social Security Benefit: $2,687 (for worker retir-ing at Full Retirement Age).
  • Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2017: 0.3%
2017 Social Security & Medicare Contribution Amounts

Social Security: 6.2% for both workers and employers. This contribution is paid on earnings up to $127,200.

2017 Social Security Eligibility

Full Retirement Age: 66 (Slowly rises to 67 beginning in 2017. The retirement age will be fixed at age 67 for those reaching age 62 after 2022.

Early Retirement Age: 62 (Taking early retirement can reduce Social Security benefits up to 30 percent.)

Sources: Alliance for Retired Americans and the American Association of Retired Persons

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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - 6 hours 24 min ago

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
-0.1% in May 2017
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Unemployment Rate:
4.3% in May 2017
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Payroll Employment:
+138,000(p) in May 2017
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Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.04(p) in May 2017
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
unchanged in May 2017
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.8% in 1st Qtr of 2017
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Productivity:
unchanged in 1st Qtr of 2017
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U.S. Import Price Index:
-0.3% in May 2017
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U.S. Export Price Index:
-0.7% in May 2017
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UPS Teamster Stewards Sharpen Skills at Local 988 Conference

Teamsters - 7 hours 13 min ago

On June 10, several representatives from various Teamster divisions and departments joined Local 988 in Houston, Texas as they hosted their first Annual Steward Conference.

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PRO Member: A Call to Action

UAW - 8 hours 1 min ago

Jessie Jesson, fourth from the left, and her brothers and sisters at Local 686 remember the dark days of the auto crisis and wondered whether they would still have jobs. The crisis made Jesson aware of the need for union involvement and making connections with fellow members.

UAW Member Finds Purpose in Her Plant’s Darkest Hour

When the auto crisis struck and General Motors was heading toward bankruptcy in the latter part of the 2000s, it sent waves of uncertainty through all the plants. Jessie Jesson had been working at the GM Lockport, New York, plant as a member of Local 686 since 2000. Her grandmother had been a 30-year member of her same local who always told her to have faith in her union, but even Jesson wasn’t immune to the thoughts of “what if.”

Her plant makes HVAC, radiators, condensers and other parts for GM vehicles. The plant has been around since 1910, but has gone from GM to Delphi and today it is part of GM Components. But in 2007, it looked touch and go.

“That’s when we had our pay cut,” she remembered. “We didn’t know if our plant would survive. It was a wakeup call for a lot of us.”

Up until then, Jesson was content. “I made a good wage. I knew that being UAW had everything to do with it, but to be honest, I was kind of naïve about how our union worked.”

At one point when the fate of Lockport looked uncertain, Jesson and her co-workers were offered a chance to transfer to another GM facility in the area. “That was the toughest decision of my life because I loved our local, I loved our plant and I loved what we had. I remember sitting there talking with some others — maybe about nine of us. And we decided that if we were going to stay, then we were going to do everything we could to make our union strong.”

And Jesson and her friends made good on their pledge. Before long, they were joining standing committees and attending trainings and meetings. Through the process, Jesson learned almost as much about herself as her union. “I didn’t understand the power of talking to others, about helping them make connections between why we need to be active and the power we have at the table. But when I started doing it, I saw light bulbs going on for some and then they, too, would get active. I didn’t know I had that in me, but I now know we all have the ability to do this, to lead.”

“Our shop chairman, Mike Branch, is one of the main reasons why we’re still here and strong. Our plant now has over a thousand members and a thriving network of standing committees,” said Jesson. “I’m especially proud of what we’ve done with our Buy American committee. Mary Ward-Schiffert is our chair and our Buy American Day is an annual late summer event where we raise thousands. We also sponsor area high school robotics teams who now wear American-made jerseys in competition.”

Today Jesson is a busy UAW member. She works in communications and is the UAW representative for United Way and March for Babies. Her grandmother’s guidance to keep the faith and make her union strong still echoes in her mind. “I still remember her words, but I am especially lucky because her advice became meaningful after what I experienced. My hope is that I can pay it forward to the next generation of UAW activists.”

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TARTA proposal will help move area forward

ATU - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:50
In a Toledo Blade letter to the editor Local 697 President Carly Allen talks about how a sales-tax proposal to increase TARTA funding is good for transit, the community and Toledo.
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ITF General Secretary Steve Cotton Speaks on Building Union Power for Workers Worldwide

Teamsters - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:46

ITF General Secretary, Steve Cotton, discuss Teamsters in the U.S. supporting transport worker struggles world-wide and International Transport Workers Federation building union power during an interview on RadioLabour.net.

http://www.radiolabour.net/solidarity-news-270617.html
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The Senate GOP Health Care Bill is a Threat to UAW Members and Our Families

UAW - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:14

After the July 4th recess, the Senate is set to vote on a health care bill which strips insurance from 22 million Americans, guts protections for those with preexisting conditions, and brings back lifetime caps on care.

Put simply, this bill is a threat to UAW members, UAW retirees, and UAW families. Please take action today — call your Senator at 1-313-528-6780.

This bill is terrible for millions of Americans, is opposed by many Democrats and Republicans alike, but it is particularly bad for UAW members in a few ways. The bill: Cuts Medicaid by over $800 billion which could hurt many UAW families who have loved one’s getting long-term care;1

  • Brings back lifetime limits on care for millions including many UAW members – meaning someone with cancer might be cut off during treatment;2
  • It guts preexisting condition protections which means some UAW families will have trouble getting coverage or will get worse coverage;3
  • Could cause premiums to skyrocket for UAW members with employer-based coverage which could affect future negotiations – Medicaid cuts will cause hospitals to have massive uncompensated care costs which will be passed on to all of us with employer-based coverage;4
  • Reduces Medicare’s solvency by 4 years by getting rid of taxes on millionaires and billionaires stock market income.5

Put simply, this bill is a disaster for UAW members and our families.

Tell your senators to stand with UAW members and our families and say “No” to this devastating bill.

 GET THE FACTS:

1. G.O.P. Health Plan Is Really a Rollback of Medicaid, The New York Times, https://goo.gl/WuR7pf, 6/21/2017

2. How the Senate’s Health-Care Bill Would Cause Financial Ruin, The Atlantic, https://goo.gl/u7mV2r, 6/23/17

3. Promises Trump made about health care that repeal plans haven’t kept, USA Today, https://goo.gl/txJ6no, 06/24/17

4. Hidden costs will hurt everyone, Modern Healthcare, https://goo.gl/RtoVc8, 3/18/17

5. GOP Repeal Bill Depletes Medicare Trust Fund Faster, Talking Points Memo, https://goo.gl/t661vU, 3/10/17

 

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Teamsters Call on Lawmakers to Prioritize Workers in Self-Driving Discussion

Teamsters - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:14

The Teamsters Union is calling for any federal legislation regarding ‘self-driving’  technology to take into account public safety and the millions of working Americans employed in transportation and related industries.

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SEA Tripartite meets on industry issues

IBB - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:00
Pension, recruitment, training, top agenda

PARTNERS IN THE Southeast Area Tripartite Alliance met April 10-12 in Destin, Florida, to review construction industry developments involving the Boilermakers, signatory contractors and owners.

Among the key topics addressed were changes to the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust and Boilermaker initiatives to ramp up training and recruitment.

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Tripartita SEA se reúne sobre asuntos industriales

IBB - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:00
https://www.boilermakers.org/news/headlines/SEA-Tripartite-meets-on-industry-issues

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Jerry Payton, gerente principal de programa de TVA para Relaciones Industriales, habla sobre el Código Boilermaker durante una presentación por parte de Skipper Branscum, administrador nacional de MOST (al fondo).

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Warren Fairley, IVP-SE, da la bienvenida a la conferencia a los Boilermakers, contratistas y propietarios.

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Jeffrey Hughes, director de Servicios Nacionales de Entrenamiento, discute los resultados de las pruebas de Arco Común.

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Tim Simmons, director de Servicios Nacionales de Reclutamiento, explica los esfuerzos para añadir nuevos soldadores.

Pensión, reclutamiento, capacitación, agenda principal

LOS SOCIOS EN la Alianza Tripartita del Área Sureste se reunieron del 10 al 12 de abril en Destin, Florida, para revisar los desarrollos de la industria de la construcción que involucran a los Boilermakers, contratistas signatarios y propietarios.

Entre los principales temas abordados estuvieron los cambios en el Fondo Nacional de Pensiones Boilermaker-Blacksmith (Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust) y las iniciativas de los Boilermaker para incrementar la capacitación y el reclutamiento.

El director ejecutivo de las Operaciones del Sector de la Construcción, John Fultz (ahora vicepresidente internacional por el Noreste), junto con Lori Jasperson, directora de operaciones de los Fondos Nacionales Boilermaker y la directora de los Planes de Retiro de los Fondos Nacionales Boilermaker, Christine King, ofrecieron una visión general de los beneficios de los fideicomisos y explicaron las recientes revisiones a la pensión nacional y las razones subyacentes por las que los cambios son necesarios.

Jeffrey Hughes, el recién designado director de los Servicios Nacionales de Entrenamiento (National Training Services), dijo que se enfocará en evaluar el desempeño de los instructores no sólo en la Sección Sureste, sino también a través de los Estados Unidos. Dijo que se prestará especial atención para garantizar que los instructores que tengan mejor desempeño, ya sea dentro del marco de un aula o taller, sean asignados apropiadamente. Un área que necesita mejorar, subrayó, es la tasa de aprobación para las pruebas de soldadura de Arco Común, el programa que certifica a los Boilermakers antes de que se reporten a un sitio de trabajo.

Tim Simmons, el nuevo director de Servicios Nacionales de Reclutamiento (National Recruitment Services), explicó cómo el sindicato está identificando a los posibles miembros de la construcción de los Boilermaker, probándolos y colocando nuevos miembros calificados en los puestos de trabajo. Simmons hizo hincapié en la necesidad de garantizar que los Boilermakers puedan manejar plenamente cada oportunidad de trabajo para que las horas laborables y las contribuciones de los fondos de beneficios se maximicen.

El administrador nacional de MOST, Skipper Branscum, acompañó a los participantes de la conferencia a través de una versión abreviada del programa Código Boilermaker, que ha merecido grandes elogios por cambiar actitudes y comportamiento en el trabajo. El Código está impartiendo capacitación en los locales de todo el país y, en algunos casos, en los lugares de trabajo.

Otros oradores incluyeron a Mike Skaggs, vicepresidente ejecutivo de operaciones de la Autoridad del Valle de Tennessee (Tennessee Valley Authority o TVA por sus siglas en inglés), quien proporcionó una actualización del trabajo en la unidad 2 de la planta nuclear Watts Bar; Keith Metcalf, gerente de oficio laboral de Southwestern Company, quien discutió su experiencia e interacción con los Boilermakers y otros oficios especializados, junto con los avances en la industria de generación de energía que impactan a su compañía; el presidente de mercado del Bank of Labor, Mike Snowden, quien describió los esfuerzos de extensión nacional del banco; la directora del Departamento de Asuntos Gubernamentales, Cecile Conroy, quien proporcionó una visión general de los desarrollos legislativos y políticos bajo la administración Trump; y el director de Servicios de Salud y Seguridad Mark Garrett, quien habló sobre asuntos de seguridad.

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Hoffa: Reject Senate Health Care Bill

Teamsters - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:21

(WASHINGTON) – In a letter sent to Capitol Hill today, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa called on the Senate to oppose the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” if brought to a vote. Hoffa called the legislation “flawed” and predicted that, if passed, will cost tens of millions of Americans to lose health insurance over the next decade.

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BLET Members Ratify New Contract with Indiana/Ohio Railway

Teamsters - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 07:52

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) working at Indiana and Ohio Railway recently ratified a new contract.

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Union Front: Yes, There’s an App for That

UAW - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 04:15

08It’s Never Been Easier to Find Union-Made Products

We all live on our smartphones these days to check the weather, post to social media, send texts, play games and even order from our favorite restaurants. It is also a way we connect with family, friends, co-workers and now with our union.

That was one of the communications goals set for the union in 2014 when members elected Dennis Williams as UAW president. On day one, Williams emphasized clear communication with members about the union’s priorities. Today the UAW embraces many vehicles to inform members and collect member feedback. The UAW App is one of them.

“Communication with our members is key to a strong union,” said Williams. “The UAW has to constantly evolve to meet the needs of members, especially in our fast-paced information world. That means sending information and hearing back from them with high-speed capability of cell phones and other digital tools available. Today’s UAW members are on smartphones, apps and social media so that’s where you’ll find us.”

In 2016 development of the UAW mobile app was in high gear. It was tested, tweaked and finalized before launch, and we continue to solicit feedback from members to make sure we are bringing you the best app service the UAW can provide.

Whether you’re an iPhone or an Android user, getting the app is easy. Just text “APP” to 99795.* You’ll be prompted to indicate what kind of phone you are using, then a download link will be sent automatically to your phone. Just follow the link to install the app!

Once installed, get the latest news from a variety of sources that go directly to the app. Or dig into the national events section that features a list of events union members are organizing and attending. Access UAW social media platforms or get information from the UAW Constitution or Big Three contracts. You also can set up notifications to receive the latest UAW news.

You can also use your phone to have lists of union-made products sent right to your smartphone in real time. Soon, we plan to have the UAW’s handy vehicle list a text away. The program will allow you to input the make, model year and vehicle identification number into an automated text program that can look up the car you’re considering buying and verify whether it’s a UAW/Unifor-made vehicle. To be notified when the service is ready, just text “CARS” to 99795.*

Thanks to our friends at Union Plus, there’s also a great way to find union-made products of all varieties using text messaging. You can text 22555 with a key word and you’ll receive an immediate response with the info you need. Shopping for candy and want to make sure your purchase is union made? Text “CANDY” to 22555 and you’ll instantly receive a list of union-made candy delivered right to your phone. Follow the same steps to get union-made lists for products such as “BEER”, “PETS” for union-made  pet food and “STUDENT” for lists of education related information and deadlines students will want to be aware of. They will even send you the UAW vehicle guide if you text “CARS” to 22555. You also can text “UNION” to 22555 to get text alerts and updates about your Union Plus benefits*.

Union Plus is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to provide benefits for union members, with a focus on U.S.-based union workers and the products they make. It also provides services such as financial assistance during a strike. Union Plus, found at unionplus.org, has negotiated with big name brands to get you deals and discounts on the products you buy on a regular basis and that are included on union-made lists texted to you. All the info you need to make a smart purchase of products made by union members is a tap, click or text away with the UAW App and texting program and the Union Plus texting program. Stay connected, save money and stay union strong when you stay informed. Happy shopping!

*Reply STOP to quit. Message and data rates may apply.

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Joan Silvi

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Local 569 says Edmonton transit overhaul will not boost ridership

ATU - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 11:11
Edmonton Transit drivers are raising concerns over the city’s proposal to overhaul the enitre bus network, arguing there are better solutions to be had than severely cutting service in the 'burbs.
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Local 986 paratransit workers win strong contract

ATU - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:42
The ACCESS-A-Ride staff who deliver accessible transit services will receive wage increases and benefits to align with those City Transit employees receive.
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Local 987 paratransit workers win strong contract

ATU - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 10:42
The ACCESS-A-Ride staff who deliver accessible transit services will receive wage increases and benefits to align with those City Transit employees receive.
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Port Truck Drivers End Strike In Los Angeles

Teamsters - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 05:41

A week-long strike by Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach truck drivers and warehouse workers culminated in a large and raucous rally on the steps of the Los Angeles city hall.

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