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NLRB Rules That Harvard Prevented a Free and Fair Union Election

UAW - 6 hours 47 min ago

Decision denies Harvard’s appeal to national board, clearing the path for a new fair election

Cambridge, MA – This morning, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., denied Harvard’s challenge to the NLRB Regional Director’s decision, which ordered a new, fair election after it was confirmed  that Harvard had left over 500 people off the list of eligible voters for the union election that was held last November. A copy of the order is attached.

“This is another great victory for graduate workers in the UAW and a shot in the arm to this growing movement,” said UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner. Earlier this year, the regional board ruled that: “The employer’s failure to provide a complete voter list interfered with the employees’ exercise of a free and reasoned choice.”

Harvard appealed that decision, and today that appeal has been denied. Graduate workers with the Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU-UAW) have spent months organizing and educating the Harvard community about the disastrous effects the university’s appeal would have had on labor rights nationwide, including a petition, Op-eds, and a variety of actions. They cheered today’s decision:

“It’s great to have confirmed what we knew all along: that Harvard’s administration did not provide a complete or accurate list of eligible voters for our election,” said Jocelyn Fuentes, a PhD student worker in Earth and Planetary Sciences. “As academic workers, we have a legal right to bargain together to improve our working conditions. Providing incomplete voter lists and appealing labor law precedent is antithetical to the principles of democracy, and today Harvard administrators saw that it won’t work. Now we can refocus on rallying, organizing, and talking to our colleagues about why a union is so necessary at Harvard.”


On July 7, the Regional Director of the NLRB ruled that the Harvard University administration violated the Excelsior Rule, a cornerstone of democratic workplace protections since 1966 that requires employers to provide complete and accurate lists of all workers to unions petitioning for elections.

To avoid a fair election, Harvard administration appealed to the federal NLRB to weaken requirements for complete and accurate lists. As the Regional Director wrote, “In essence, the Employer seeks to change established Board law.” 

This rule, which has been upheld by the NLRB for decades, ensures that all voters have access to information from both the employer and the union so that they can make an informed vote. Harvard’s appeal could have undermined these democratic protections not just at Harvard, but across the entire country.

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Broadway Casting Director Booted from 'Norma Rae' Musical After Union Push

Teamsters - 7 hours 2 min ago

A Broadway casting director lost out on a reading for a new musical based on the iconic 1979 film “Norma Rae” because she wanted producers to make contributions to a Teamster health and pension fund, the Daily News has learned.

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UPS and UPS Freight Supplemental Committees Continue Talks With Company

Teamsters - 8 hours 58 min ago

As the union prepares for UPS and UPS Freight national talks to begin in January, supplemental committees have been meeting over the course of the last two months to exchange proposals and engage in bargaining sessions with the company.

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L-169 Dormire wins 2017 graduate apprentice title

IBB - 9 hours 4 min ago
Runner-up spot goes to L-85’s Schroeder; Great Lakes Section takes team honors

BRANDEN DORMIRE, A member of Detroit Local 169 (Great Lakes Area), won top honors at the 2017 National Apprenticeship Competition held at Local 101 (Denver) August 20-23. This was the third year in a row a graduate apprentice of L-169 took top honors and the local’s fifth top finish in the last six years.

Ryan Schroeder, a member of Local 85 (Toledo, Ohio), was named runner up. Team honors went to the Great Lakes Area, which paired winner Dormire and runner-up Schroeder.

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Kroger Teamsters Ratify Agreement

Teamsters - 9 hours 56 min ago

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters Warehouse Division Director and International Vice President Steve Vairma announced that after seven months of negotiations the Kroger master agreement, including all five local union supplements, has successfully concluded. The five-year agreement was overwhelmingly ratified by the membership.

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Teamsters Joint Council 7 Mourns Loss of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Teamsters - 10 hours 33 min ago

(SAN FRANCISCO) –– The following is a statement by Teamsters Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise on the news that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away early this morning.

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Teamsters Applaud Santa Clara County VTA for Shuttle Safety, Transit Planning Vote

Teamsters - 11 hours 10 min ago

(SAN FRANCISCO) –– The Teamsters Union applauds the passage of a commuter shuttle policy by the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) that will enhance safety and transportation planning. The policy will benefit transit and shuttle passengers, as well as thousands of Teamster drivers who operate tech commuter shuttles in the county.  

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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - 13 hours 29 min ago

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.1% in Oct 2017
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Unemployment Rate:
4.1% in Nov 2017
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Payroll Employment:
+228,000(p) in Nov 2017
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Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.05(p) in Nov 2017
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
+0.4%(p) in Nov 2017
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.7% in 3rd Qtr of 2017
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+3.0% in 3rd Qtr of 2017
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+0.2% in Oct 2017
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U.S. Export Price Index:
unchanged in Oct 2017
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Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference Newsletter, November, 2017

Teamsters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:29

The November, 2017, issue of the Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference newsletter features articles about the repeal of the Cook County beverage tax, winning against Clare Rose and Budweiser contract preparations.

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Local 598 Honors Ruben Burks

UAW - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:33

This weekend, Local 598 renamed their union hall to honor Ruben Burks and his decades of service to the UAW.

Burks joined Local 598 in 1955 when he worked at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint. He worked his way up through the union, eventually becoming director of Region 1C in 1989. He went on to serve as UAW Secretary-Treasurer from 1998 until 2002 and was the first African American to hold the position.

In addition to his contributions to the UAW, Burks served the Flint community as a leader in several community organizations.

To learn more about Ruben Burks and his service, click here >>>

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Teamsters at the Spokesman Review Unaniously Ratify Contract, Show the Power of Unity in an Open Shop

Teamsters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:17

There are certain fundamentals to a union contract. In a worker-friendly state like Washington, union security is high on the list. Union security insures that all employees in the bargaining unit pay their fair share for representation under the contract.
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Leaders of 39 Unions Demand Fairness for Broadway Casting Directors

Teamsters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:03

The New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO executive board of 39 unions from across the city wrote a letter to Broadway League Chairman Robert Wankel today, demanding fair treatment for theater’s casting directors.

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New Contract for Teamsters Local 117 Members at ABM Parking

Teamsters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:47

Congrats to Local 117 members at ABM Parking who voted unanimously to ratify a new 3-year contract last week.

The group, which provides valet and cashier services at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, will see wage increases, improved vacation leave, along with a number of other improvements.
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Discussions with French Unions Strengthen ITF XPO Network

Teamsters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:31

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and ITF affiliated trade unions from the United States and France representing workers in global logistics and transportation giant XPO met to discuss further building their international cooperation and solidarity as part of a global ITF XPO initiative.

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AFGE Encourages U.S. Corporations To Disclose Their Supply Chains

AFGE - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
The holidays are just around the corner. As we sit down to plan our festivities and gifts for our loved ones, let’s take a moment to recognize the people who made the presents we lovingly wrap and place under the Christmas tree. The truth is, many products on sale in the U.S. are made by workers overseas under sweatshop conditions. AFGE is calling on these companies to help end poor working conditions by taking the Transparency Pledge to disclose their supply chains. Read More
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Shutdown Averted, for Now

AFGE - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
Congress passed a short-term funding bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22. Read More
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Union Rights Are Human Rights

AFGE - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
Human rights and union rights go hand in hand. That’s why Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec. 10 every year, is so important to union members. Read More
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5 Stories that Matter

AFGE - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
FEMA could take back overtime pay from workers, USDA workers brace themselves for a new secretary pick, and VA workers rally to fill vacancies in Kerrville. Here are the stories you need to know this week. Read More
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Teamsters Joint Council 7 Endorses Gavin Newsom for Governor of California

Teamsters - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 12:54

(SAN FRANCISCO) –– Teamsters Joint Council 7 is proud to endorse Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for governor of California.

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McKesson Investor Claims Board Failed Oversight Duty on Opioids

Teamsters - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:04

“With this new disclosure, pressure is now squarely on the special independent committee to clean house, otherwise shareholders are going to take matters into their own hands,” Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a McKesson investor, said in a statement. “It is patently clear this board has failed its shareholders, its employees and the American public.”
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