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EPI: How today’s unions help working people

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 05:00

Today is #EndPoverty day. One of the best ways to eliminate poverty is making sure all workers are unionized. The facts show that unions consistently bring down poverty rates. Decreased poverty raises wages for all, including minorities and women who are most affected by low wages.

This study from the Economic Policy Institute has more >>>

 

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Fuyao workers file for union election with National Labor Relations Board

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:00

Workers are fighting for fair polices, equal treatment and workplace safety

MORAINE, Ohio — Citing a pattern of unsafe workplace conditions, arbitrary policies and unfair and unequal treatment on the job, employees at Fuyao Glass America Inc. today filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a representation election at the Ohio plant.

Fuyao employees, whose worries about workplace safety have led to complaints and fines against Fuyao by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), say they now are ready for a voice in their workplace and have filed to form their own union with legal and technical assistance from the UAW.

“It has been hard because we are all working so hard for the company,” said Fuyao worker Jeremy Grant, who works in Pre- Process ARG. “In return, we come to work facing constantly changing rules, communication barriers with our supervisors and no way to be heard about changes that will help us all win,” Grant said.

“When I heard about the tax breaks Fuyao received for opening this plant, I thought that would be great for the community, and I wanted to be part of that,” said Teodore Searcy, who works the third shift in the Tempering OEM Department. “Now my concern is that this company can’t help the community if it can’t help its workers and that jeopardizes me, my family and everyone who is depending on Fuyao to be a good citizen,” said Searcy.

Since late 2015, complaints about conditions at the plant have led workers to pursue forming their own union. They are fighting for continued improvements to health and safety; fair policies that apply equally to everyone; fair wages that recognize worker’s roles in the company’s success; and a reduction in the high turnover rate.

“It’s been like a revolving door here,” said Fuyao worker Roberto Martinez. “There is a very high turnover rate here. Folks are hired and then, poof, they’re gone. It happens over and over again. It can’t be good for the community and the economy when a company can’t retain a stable workforce,” said Martinez, who works in the company’s Tempering Assembly OEM Department.

“Fuyao employees have expressed over and over that they chose Fuyao because they wanted job security. Community leaders have told us that their hopes are for Fuyao to bring stability to the Dayton community,” said UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin. “We all want the company to be successful and want that measure to include quality, stable jobs so that everyone wins.”

More information about Fuyao workers and their fight for a fair workplace can be found at fuyaoforward.org.

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United Auto Workers Endorses Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:44

UAW Region 2B Represents 150,000 Members In Ohio

COLUMBUS — Today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) endorsed Senator Sherrod Brown for reelection to the U.S. Senate. UAW Region 2B represents 150,000 active and retired members in Ohio. Director of Region 2B, Presidents of Locals 1112, 70, 863, and 12 issued the following statements announcing the UAW’s endorsement of Senator Brown.

Region 2B Director Rich Rankin:

“American workers are the engines of growth in our country, but their hard-earned wages don’t go as far as they used to. Sherrod Brown recognizes that we need to invest in our workers and restore the value of work in our country — which is why we’re proud to support his reelection to the U.S. Senate. Sherrod earned our endorsement because of his leadership in helping save America’s auto industry, his principled stands against unfair trade deals that undermine Ohio’s manufacturing sector, and his advocacy for all workers. The UAW, Ohio and this nation are better off because of Sherrod’s service.”

Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson:

“UAW is proud to endorse Sherrod Brown’s reelection to the U.S. Senate. A few years ago, when our auto industry’s future was in doubt, it was Sherrod who stood with us. Together, we saved a sector that employs 848,000 Ohioans. We’ll never forget Sherrod’s loyalty, or the fact that his opponent would have turned his back on us. Now that Josh Mandel is running again, it’s important to remember that he called the auto rescue ‘un-American.’ At a time when American manufacturing is under siege, we need a leader to look out for our working men and women. Sherrod Brown is that leader.”

Local 70 President Jerry Arnold:

“Senator Sherrod Brown is on the side of workers, which is why the UAW is proud to have his back and endorse his reelection to the U.S. Senate. When so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws came to Ohio, he was on the front lines with firefighters, police officers, and organized labor to successfully overturn them. He’s worked hard in the fight against unfair trade deals that stack the deck against American workers. He championed the auto-rescue that helped save thousands of jobs and businesses that supply parts for the industry from Wall Street’s reckless behavior. Senator Brown has always been, and continues to be committed to doing what’s best for Ohio, and we look forward to helping him win another well-deserved term in the Senate.”

Local 863 President Tim Meadors:

“We’re proud to endorse Senator Sherrod Brown for reelection. He has always stood shoulder to shoulder with Ohio’s working men and women, no matter how tough the fight. When the Great Recession threatened auto workers’ jobs and their families’ futures, Sherrod was in the trenches with us. Ohio’s auto industry has come a long way with the support and tireless work of Senator Brown. United Auto Workers of America proudly support Senator Sherrod Brown.”

Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower:

“Sherrod Brown is a man of integrity, and he’s proven that to our union throughout his career. We’ve seen him not only withstand intense pressure to support unfair trade deals, but also call-out presidents of his own party when he thought their policies would hurt Ohio workers. Josh Mandel is no friend to Ohio’s working men and women. Time and time again, he’s sided with lobbyists and corporate interests over our families.”

Please find a video link to a statement from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown:      https://www.facebook.com/sherrod/videos/10155777828549800/

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Five Scary Things That Can Happen If You Don’t Have a Union

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:00

It’s October and Halloween is just around the corner. Scary movie marathons are running nonstop, its getting dark earlier, and we even had a recent Friday the 13th! Something scary is in the air.

While millions of Americans celebrate all things spooky this month, millions more face something very frightening: going to work every day without the protection of a union. Today, let’s take a look at five scary things you face when your workplace is non union.

IF YOUR WORKPLACE IS NON-UNION…
  • You are an “employee at will.” Your boss can discipline or fire you at any time for nearly any reason.
  • Management’s “open door” policy means your boss will listen to you… and then do whatever he or she wants.
  • Your boss determines wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of work without having to consult with the workers. If you’re not satisfied with the conditions of your employment, then you can try to find another job.
  • They don’t just set them initially, either. If you don’t have a union, wages, benefits and other terms and conditions can be changed by the boss at any time, without having to ask the workers what they think.
  • Hiring and promotion is up to the discretion of your boss, putting you in a scary position if you aren’t on your boss’s good side.
However, these horrors can be stopped by having a union contract…
  • Discipline, up to and including discharge, is subject to a grievance procedure and binding arbitration, depending on the terms of your contract.
  • Contract negotiations require both sides — labor and management — to listen, and reach reasonable compromises acceptable to both sides.
  • Wages, benefits and working conditions are negotiated. If you are not satisfied, you can work for changes during contract negotiations.
  • Neither labor nor management can make unilateral changes to a signed contract. If modifications are necessary during the life of a contract, both sides must agree.
  • Hiring and promotion is covered by contract. Seniority and other factors can be written into the agreement.
Organize today and contact the UAW Organizing Department for more about uniting with your coworkers for a better workplace, or call 1-800 2GET-UAW

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Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on NAFTA negotiation meetings

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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Together We Win – Global Solidarity: South Korea

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 tinyurl.com/ybjqxzqb .)

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 uaw.org/FreeHan and get your union sisters and brothers to do the same.

Source: UAW International Affairs Department

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