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The Best Leader for Our Country

AFSCME - 2 hours 38 min ago

I've been involved in a lot of campaigns over the years, but I can’t remember another one where the contrast between the candidates was this great and the choice was this clear.

Without question, there’s a lot of economic anxiety out there. Even though the recession is over, even though incomes are rising again, so many working families feel like they’re getting a raw deal. They feel like they can’t get ahead no matter how hard they work. They feel like they won’t be able to give their kids the same opportunities they had.

Talking the Talk vs. Walking the Walk

There is only one candidate in this Presidential race who understands these struggles, who really gets it. And I’ll give you a hint: It’s not the guy who made “you’re fired” his reality show catchphrase.

Donald Trump wants you to believe he’s on the side of working people. He talks a good talk, but we need a President who will walk the walk.

He says we’ve got to bring jobs back to America, but it turns out his clothing line uses labor from China and Bangladesh.
He says he’s on our side, but then he argues that Americans’ wages are too high.

He says he supports unions, except that he embraces a national right-to-work law and he’s a first-class union-buster, refusing to negotiate with workers at his hotel property in Las Vegas.

Talk is cheap. Lip service isn’t going to raise our incomes, protect our pensions or give our kids a better future. We need a President who will produce for us, not pander to us.

We also need a President who treats all people with respect. Not someone who attacks people of color, who smears immigrants and religious minorities, who insults war heroes and Gold Star families, who says vulgar things about women and mocks people with disabilities. Public service workers bring our communities together. We can’t have a President who would tear us apart.

A Strong, Seasoned, Steady Leader

On the other side, we have Sec. Hillary Clinton – as strong, seasoned and steady a leader as you will find. She is both competent and compassionate. She has the heart, the brains and the guts to succeed at the most important job in the world.

She will fight for an economy that works for everyone. She’s a champion for higher wages and equal pay for equal work. A champion for Social Security and retirement with dignity. A champion who will defend our collective bargaining rights, who proudly declares that when unions are strong, America is strong.

She cares about the things we care about, the things that we talk about around the dinner table, the things that keep us up at night. She understands the challenges facing working families. She honors our work and shares our commitment to our communities. She knows that public service workers never quit. She knows that we make America happen.

The stakes are too high to sit this one out, Sisters and Brothers. We have the power to determine what kind of country we'll be for the next four years.
So let’s do what we do best, AFSCME. I’ll be out there hitting the streets, and I’m asking you to join me. Knock on doors till your hands are sore. Make phone calls until your voice is hoarse. We can rest on November 9. Until then, let’s leave it all on the field and elect Hillary Clinton  President of the United States.

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Teamsters File Motion for Contempt at Flexjet, Flight Options

Teamsters - 3 hours 46 min ago

(RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airline Division and Local 1108 filed a motion for contempt and injunctive relief against Flexjet and Flight Options yesterday, following the company’s continued failure to bargain in good faith with the Teamsters.

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Union Plus May Help Eligible Members Impacted by Floods in North Carolina

UAW - 6 hours 34 min ago

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by the recent deadly floods that struck North Carolina, you may be eligible for financial assistance.1

Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card2, Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage. Participants who live in the following counties may be eligible: 

  • Beaufort
  • Bertie
  • Bladen
  • Columbus
  • Cumberland
  • Edgecombe
  • Greene
  • Harnett
  • Hoke
  • Johnston
  • Lenoir
  • Nash
  • Pitt
  • Robeson
  • Sampson
  • Wayne
  • Wilson

The money does not have to be repaid.

The Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund has provided nearly $1 million in assistance to union members facing hardships following Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, floods, wild fires, and other natural disasters.

Click here to visit Union Plus Disaster Relief and learn more about the eligibility requirements and how to apply. 

1Certain restrictions, limitations, and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be obtained at

2Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated.

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PRO-Member: Who we elect can directly affect our lives

UAW - 6 hours 47 min ago

It’s inevitable: At one point or another during an election year, people will reach that point of exasperation when talking to someone about the candidates. It might be at a family reunion or on Facebook. It could even be in the parking lot of a grocery store. Insults will fly. You’ll be shocked by the utter unwillingness of the other person to see reason. And you’ll be tempted to say that you will never talk about politics again

But Stop! Whoever is elected will make decisions that will directly affect our lives. From the president to city council, these representatives decide how tax dollars are spent, what laws are passed, what laws are repealed, etc. They set the direction of our communities and country. Talking about elections is, in fact, one of the most important conversations we can have with one another.


How we talk about elections makes all the difference. Believe it or not, the best way we talk about elections is the way we do it all year: by having conversations around issues. When we talk about retirement, the cost of groceries, whether our kids are getting jobs, we’re talking about politics. Those conversations let us debate and discuss the kind of economy or society we want to live in. They let us share our values and challenge one another on how to build a better community.


Going from these conversations to what is going to happen in November gets trickier. Some of us want to jump the gun and right away start talking about candidates, with our list of pros and cons. We forget all about what we’ve been talking about all year and just start “selling” our candidate, often to people who don’t want to hear anything about it. Changing HOW we talk about the election can make a powerful difference in the outcome of conversations. Here are some tried and tested tips on how to do that effectively.

1. Find common ground: Start conversations with what you have in common. Without this step, all you are doing is having a debate. Believe it or not, even people on polar opposites of the political spectrum can find things in common: We all love our families, want our communities to be safe and healthy, we want opportunities for the next generation, etc. That’s a good starting point for discussion.


2. Connect the dots: An effective conversation starts with agreement about an issue (i.e., yes, international trade must be fair to American workers) and then connects the dots to why you concluded you support a certain position or candidate. Stating your conclusion is not the same as telling someone how she should conclude. The back and forth about why we each came to our conclusions is the meat of a good political discussion

3. When it gets hot, de-escalate: Many of us get passionate and spirited about our beliefs, but emotionally- charged dialogue can go side-ways very quickly. Anger can make people feel backed into a corner. Nothing good comes from pursuing a conversation in this state so step back to take the heat out of the talk. A simple way to de-escalate is to acknowledge how the other person is feeling – show empathy authentically (“I get that you are very passionate about this issue.”)

4. People want to draw their own conclusions: Telling someone who to vote for rarely works, but conversations where we talk about facts and experiences can move people to draw new conclusions.

5. Don't be a know-it-all: Whether you are a political junkie or a first-time voter, each person’s vote counts the same. Being armed with statistics and policy positions of candidates can be overpowering. If your goal is to persuade someone, flooding them with data can just turn off interest.

6. Beware of "confirmation bias:" We all are susceptible to it. It’s the tendency to interpret information as confirming our own beliefs. For example, if someone is passionate about candidate X, he might view negative information about that candidate as being an unfair attack. As a result, “facts” are discounted over beliefs and no matter how well researched your information, if it doesn’t align with the core beliefs of someone, he will reject it. Because of this, it is vital that conversations start with common ground – points of agreement that can be built upon.

7. Remember: This isn’t a conversation about politics. It’s a talk about our communities. Keeping that in mind, along with patience, will go a long way towards building the future we all want.

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Bozeman school bus drivers: First Student violating labor laws

ATU - 7 hours 17 min ago
First Student is going ahead with the wage increase for new drivers, while offering long-time drivers a smaller percentage increase. This has prompted a complaint for 'Unfair Labor Practices' under the National Labor Relations Act.
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DC 37 Activists Visit Philadelphia to Get-Out-the-Vote for Clinton

AFSCME - 7 hours 56 min ago

National polls are showing Hillary Clinton pulling away in her race for the White House, but the former secretary of state and the working people who support her are taking nothing for granted.

Clinton reached out to voters in Raleigh, North Carolina, over the weekend while DC 37 members joined a major get-out-the-vote blitz with AFSCME members from across the country.

Two busloads of activists from DC 37 left their union headquarters in lower Manhattan early Saturday morning and headed for Philadelphia for a day of door-knocking to make sure working families are heard on November 8.

After two hours on the road, DC 37 Political Action Dir. Jeremy John handed out assignments and volunteers picked up their union campaign literature and ponchos to protect them against the steady drizzle. The activists paired off and drove to their assigned neighborhoods.

Retiree Enovia Bedford went door-to-door in West Oak Lane in North Philadelphia, a community of private two-story homes. Several homes in the neighborhood had Clinton-Kaine placards on their lawns, and Bedford came across some residents who had already voted. “That’s a good sign,” she said. 

Vanessa Tirado, a member of Local 154, also made the trip to Philadelphia. Tirado, a claims examiner who works in the New York City Office of Comptroller, lives in Orange County and commutes two hours every day to her job in the city. But a two-hour commute from her home to Manhattan and then a two-hour bus trip to Philadelphia on a rainy Saturday morning wasn’t a problem for the Bronx native.

“There’s too much at stake,” said Tirado, who has taken a lot of canvasing trips with the union and is also active in her community. Tirado said one of her trips was to Connecticut and New Hampshire.

And the following day on Sunday morning Tirado planned to go door to door again, this time in her suburban neighborhood on behalf of a Democratic Party candidate who is running in her district.

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Winnipeg bus driver’s good deed appreciated by hundreds online

ATU - 8 hours 1 min ago
A Winnipeg bus driver is being thanked by hundreds of people on social media after something he did on a route was noticed by a passenger and posted on Facebook.
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Listen to Teamster Nation News for Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Teamsters - 8 hours 46 min ago

SoCal Port Truck Drivers, Warehouse Workers Go on Strike; Denver US Foods Workers Establish Picket Line; UPS Maintenance Workers Begin Strike Vote; Boston Teamsters Join in Solidarity with Striking Harvard Dining Hall Workers; This Week in Teamster Music; Bipartisan Support for Paid Parental Leave Means it’s Time to Act

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Chicago Teamsters Oppose Job-Killing Beverage Tax

Teamsters - 8 hours 47 min ago

Teamsters Local 727 is calling all members to oppose a beverage tax recently proposed by Cook County.
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Hillary Clinton: A fighter for equal pay for women

UAW - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:48

When women thrive, America thrives.

Eliminating the gender pay gap, ensuring access to child care and elder care, securing reproductive rights and access to health care, keeping the workplace free from violence including sexual assault and harassment – effectively addressing these issues helps everyone in America, not just women.

“Too often, these are called women’s issues,” said Hillary Clinton. “Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America.”

Unions help in the fight for improving women’s lives. Unions reduce the pay gap between men and women, a persistent problem especially for women of color. When union members negotiate a fair contract with management, the good wages they win apply to all workers, regardless of gender. The equal pay women receive for doing the same work as men under a collective bargaining agreement helps chip away at the country’s gender pay gap.

With the help of unions and worker-friendly politicians, the pay gap is steadily decreasing. But it still exists. Having a president who understands the economic challenges women face in the workplace is crucial to making equal pay for equal work a reality. But every president needs a Congress who will work with them on important priorities like ending the gender pay gap.That’s why it’s important to vote for candidates up and down the ballot that support workers.

At the top of the ticket, Hillary Clinton will make sure labor has a seat at her table as president. She’ll use her record of fighting for women and girls in America and throughout the world, and her own experience as a mother, a grandmother and a woman in public service, to continue to fight against the challenges women face in and out of the workplace.

She supports the Paycheck Fairness Act, which fights pay discrimination at work. She knows the importance of making quality, affordable child care and health care accessible for all through the Affordable Care Act. And she will work to make paid leave a reality for those who have a sick relative that needs care and for new parents with a baby.

Hillary Clinton will work to create an America where all Americans, including women, will live quality lives free of unfair obstacles to career opportunities, decent wages, healthy families, fair treatment on the job and respect and safety in the world at large.

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Blind spots on Edmonton transit buses leave pedestrians at risk

ATU - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:25
Cheaper buses, a choice which is good for taxpayers’ money, have resulted in poorer designs with huge driver blind spots that pose a significant risk to pedestrians, where approximately one person is struck by a bus every 10 days in North America.
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Allegiant Flight Dispatchers Vote to Join Teamsters Union

Teamsters - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:19

(WASHINGTON) – By a margin of 25 to 4, flight dispatchers at Allegiant Air voted to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in a vote count announced by the National Mediation Board. There are 34 members in the bargaining unit.

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West Vancouver Blue Bus workers reach tentative deal, strike halted

ATU - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:18
After less than a day on strike, Blue Bus drivers are back on the road Tuesday after a tentative agreement was met with the District of West Vancouver late Monday. Details are not public, but Local 134 President Devlin said “everyone’s good.”
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CNN interviews L-105’s Hammond on presidential election views

IBB - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 11:32

SCOTT HAMMOND, LOCAL 105 (Piketon, Ohio) business manager/secretary-treasurer, offered his views of the 2016 presidential election recently during an interview with CNN. The news network traveled across Ohio for a special "CNN Money" segment on battleground states that could help decide the election results. Other states in the series include Florida and Pennsylvania.

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Finally a boss who gets it?

ATU - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:29
New King County Metro Transit GM says he’ll be focused on safety and listening to employees including longer layovers between trips, so that operators have time to use the restroom.
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Bank of Labor funds financial literacy curriculum

IBB - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 09:00
Training helps pre-apprentices and apprentices become stable workers

A NEW TRAINING program funded by the Bank of Labor is helping union apprentices in the construction industry become better able to manage their money.

The curriculum, developed by the North American Building Trades Unions, launched in September 2015 and is a part of NABTU’s Apprenticeship Readiness Program.

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Teamsters Concerned with Conditions for Animals at Peninsula Humane Society

Teamsters - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:45
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Innovators: Tapping into Public Employee Potential

AFSCME - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00

Public employees are proud of the services they provide. They want to do their jobs and do them well. They want to improve their work and processes, bring safety to their jobs, and have a voice and integrity in the workplace – all union values.

Team Up ODOT, a 20-year labor and management tradition, is a prime example. When the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA) and management work together great things happen. Workers are safer, public work is more efficient and taxpayers win. The annual event spotlights innovation and process improvement and awards employees for giving back and working hard.

When Ohio Department of Transportation mechanics (and OCSEA members) Tim Wood and Tim Rodgers from Ashtabula County faced an ice hazard during the harsh winter months, they thought outside the box. They created a heated truck cab step to help improve safety for drivers exiting and entering the trucks. A buildup of snow and ice while plowing had resulted in numerous slips and falls.

What was the simple solution to this dangerous problem? The mechanics added a heat exchanger to the bottom of the step using coolant from the engine as a heat source. With the support of their manager, they worked to make the innovation a reality for just over $300 per truck, a drop in the government bucket. With no more snow and ice build up, the slip hazard has virtually been eliminated in the county.

“It’s innovators like these men who are proof that public employees do it well and they do it best,” said OCSEA President Christopher Mabe, also an AFSCME International vice president. “We must build upon the connection that public employee values ARE union values. It is this common thread that will mean the preservation of good jobs, the middle class and the American dream.” 

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OPM: Give Employees Time Off to Vote

AFGE - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:00
Federal employees should be granted excused absences to vote on Election Day if polls are not open at least three hours before or after an employee’s regular work shift, the Office of Personnel Management has said in a new memo. Read More
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West Vancouver Blue Bus workers on strike

ATU - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 12:43
“We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with the District of West Vancouver,” said Local 134 “We’ve tried everything we can to get to an agreement without disruption of services, and now we have no choice but to go on a full-scale strike.”
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