(OAKLAND, Calif.)— Today, employees at Golden State Lumber in Newark, Calif., designated Teamsters Local 853 as their bargaining representative by a 3-1 margin.
DANIEL A. EISENHART, a member of Local 69 (Little Rock, Ark.), received the 48th annual Paul D. Wedge Memorial Award for the Outstanding Graduate Apprentice of the Southeast Area during ceremonies at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, June 23. Seven graduate apprentices from the Southeast Area competed for the award at Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri) June 20-21. Eisenhart and runner-up Adam M. Williams (Local 40, Elizabethtown, Kentucky), and six winning graduate apprentices from the other U.S.
The general president candidates forum will be streamed, tonight, August 25th at 6:30pm EDT at facebook.com/teamsters and at teamster.org. Members will be able to submit a question to potentially be asked at the forum. To submit a question to be asked please submit them to this email address: email@example.com or text them to 202-270-8026.
When: August 25, 2016, 6:30 pm (EDT)
(RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio) – On Monday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) dismissed challenges filed by Flexjet and Flight Options against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
(SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif.) – After fighting on behalf of workers for six years, Teamsters Local 986 has won a $4.2 million back-pay settlement for employees at KAG West in Southern California.
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El Equipo de Liderazgo Comprobado se solidariza después de haber sido reelegido en la 33ª Convención Consolidada, en Las Vegas, el 18 de julio.
CERCA DE 500 delegados en representación de las logias locales de los Boilermakers, los distritos y los consejos de todos los Estados Unidos y Canadá se reunieron en el Caesars Palace, en Las Vegas, del 18 al 21 de julio para trazar el curso de la Hermandad durante los próximos cinco años. También asistieron sesenta y siete delegados-en-general, junto con el personal Internacional y empleados administrativos.
Los delegados elegidos por las logias locales y los que prestan servicios en virtud de su ministerio emitieron sus votos para elegir a los dirigentes Internacionales. Postulándose como el Equipo de Liderazgo Comprobado, todos los dirigentes titulares Internacionales fueron reelegidos. Richard Trumka, presidente de la Federación Americana del Trabajo y Congreso de Organizaciones Industriales (AFL-CIO por sus siglas en inglés), juramentó a la comisión.
A continuación se presentan los resultados electorales:
Presidente Internacional — Newton B. Jones, 454 delegados, 44,520 votos; Darrell Manroe, Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri), 31 delegados, 6,571 votos.
Secretario-Tesorero Internacional — William T. Creeden, 445 delegados, 43,794 votos; Brian Opland, Local 104 (Seattle), 40 delegados, 7,297 votos.
Vicepresidente Internacional-Grandes Lagos — Larry McManamon, no impugnado.
Vicepresidente Internacional-Canadá — Joe Maloney, 457 delegados, 45,217 votos; Ken Noga, Local 359 (Victoria, Columbia Británica), 23 delegados, 5,512 votos.
Vicepresidente Internacional-Estados del Oeste — J. Tom Baca, no impugnado.
Vicepresidente Internacional-Sureste — Warren Fairley, no impugnado.
Vicepresidente Internacional-Noreste — D. David Haggerty, 450 delegados, 45,677 votos; Mike Hancock, Local 29 (Boston), 17 delegados, 2,320 votos.
Los delegados también votaron en las recomendaciones del Comité de Constitución y Legislación, que había examinado más de 100 resoluciones de las logias locales y el Consejo Ejecutivo Internacional. El Comité de Legislación también estableció resoluciones.Asuntos económicos provocan debate
EL EXTENSO DEBATE estuvo centrado en temas económicos, entre ellos los pagos de huelga, la evaluación de las Operaciones del Sector Industrial (ISO por sus siglas en inglés) y el ajuste salarial previsto en la Constitución.
Hubo un fuerte apoyo para aumentar los pagos de huelga. Después de que varias enmiendas fueron ofrecidas y retiradas, el Presidente Internacional Jones negoció para elevar los pagos de $150 a $250, y la convención aprobó la enmienda con entusiasmo.
Los delegados también trataron las enmiendas a la evaluación de las Operaciones del Sector Industrial, que habían sido establecidas por delegar la acción en el 2011 para financiar la conferencia educativa del ISO y el apoyo relacionado. Entrando en la convención 2016, la evaluación estuvo en $4 por mes, con una disposición para aumentar la cuota a $1 por mes si el Consejo Ejecutivo Internacional (IEC por sus siglas en inglés) determina que es necesario. Algunos delegados argumentaron que el incremento de $1 crea una dificultad para los miembros a pesar de que las conferencias proporcionan valiosas oportunidades educativas. El Comité de las Operaciones del Sector de la Construcción y el Comité de las Operaciones del Sector Industrial tomaron parte en el asunto, como lo hizo el Comité de Legislación, y finalmente se llegó a un compromiso. Los delegados aprobaron una nueva evaluación de hasta $0.50 por mes en adelante.
La convención también debatió la provisión al ajuste salarial anual de la constitución, que había sido aprobada en una convención anterior por delegar la acción. La disposición establece un límite máximo del 5% para cualquiera de los aumentos anuales, siempre que la situación financiera de la hermandad pueda apoyar la máxima, según lo determinado por el IEC.
Algunos sostuvieron, durante la convención 2016, que el 5% era demasiado elevado. Bill Creeden, Secretario-Tesorero Internacional, señaló que el 5% máximo raramente había sido aplicado. Dijo que, de hecho, los salarios de los dirigentes y el personal Internacional se redujeron en un 15% y 10%, respectivamente, en el 2012, antes de ser completamente restaurados en el 2014. Los dirigentes y el personal recibieron un aumento del 2.5% en el 2015.
Una enmienda para reducir el ajuste del sueldo anual de 2.5% fue retirada tras una votación nominal que indicaba que la mayoría de los delegados apoyaban el mantenimiento de dicha disposición.
La cobertura completa de la Convención Consolidada 2016 aparecerá en la publicación julio-septiembre del Boilermaker Reporter (El Reportero). Información adicional y galerías de foto pueden ser encontradas en https://convention.boilermakers.org.
Spring Hill, Tenn. – By a nearly unanimous vote workers at Magna Seating International, a new facility in Spring Hill, Tenn. voted last evening to join the UAW International Union.
The 230 workers build seats for the new Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia in a state of the art 122,500 square foot facility near the Spring Hill General Motors Manufacturing plant.
“Members voted 192-1 last evening to join the UAW,” said Ray Curry, director of UAW Region 8. “We welcome the new members, 230 workers of Magna, to the UAW family and look forward to begin bargaining with Magna,” said Curry.
Magna Seating is a new plant and company officials at the opening stressed that they are building a highly efficient, environmentally friendly plant and intend to have an open work atmosphere.
“The UAW thanks Magna for providing a workplace that truly fosters a harmonious environment.” Curry said.
“This is an exciting time for Magna members and the UAW is looking forward to working with Magna and members in the plant to create the modern efficient quality environment for their customers,” said Curry. “Our positive history in Spring Hill at GM is a major factor in the teamwork needed to build such a quality products and that is the spirit that Magna members have embraced.”
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St. Louis County, Minnesota will hire 30 additional workers in its Public Health and Human Services Department and Initial Intervention Unit, to help deal with staffing shortages and heavy caseloads, following protests by AFSCME Local 66 (Council 5) members.
“We’re very happy that we’re getting new workers,” said Kelly Crow, a child protection social worker in Hibbing. “There’s a huge need, not only in our department but in other departments. This is a good start.”
“It’s not the solution, it’s just the tip of the iceberg,” added Local 66 Pres. Dennis Frazier. “It’s a step in the right direction.”
Commissioners acted after more than 60 AFSCME members and county workers marched in Virginia and Hibbing, carrying signs saying, “Understaffed, underserved.” They drew attention to how staffing shortages and heavy caseloads are hurting workers and the children and families they serve. AFSCME members also met directly with some county commissioners, attended board meetings and screened board candidates for worker-friendly values.
“A lot of people have gotten involved in making change and realizing it’s up to us to do that,” Crow said.
As reported by the Duluth News Tribune, staffing shortages have gotten so serious the county’s new head of Public Health and Human Services quit after just two months, citing in part a lack of resources. In northwest Minnesota, Children and Family Services workers must deal with a shortage of affordable housing, layoffs and factory shutdowns.
“We’re fifth in population but first in many categories you don’t want to finish first in, like opioid addiction,” Frazier said. “We’ve got 800 kids in foster care. Referrals are up 45 percent. We’ve been understaffed and overwhelmed for years.”
When workers learned the county was hiring more people, there was a sense of relief, said financial worker Jessica Anderson, a member of the Local 66 Executive Board and part of the Next Wave Minnesota group of young AFSCME members.
“It was such a load off. I just hope it helps relieve some of that ‘Oh my God’ crisis mode. I hope we can help the community in a more timely and accurate manner,” Anderson said.
Financial worker Kathy Vake believes every area of Public Health and Human Services lacks enough staff. When she started working here, she and her desk partner shared a caseload of 600. Now they’re at 1,100.
Local 66 plans to keep pushing for more hiring and less outsourcing to better serve children and their families. “I’m grateful for the help the county has given us, but they just need to keep doing it,” said Vake.(Photo by Kathy Vake)
(WASHINGTON) – Today, the White House announced the final rule for the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order which will put strong protections in place for workers that are employed by government contractors. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters supports this executive order.
“Coups de main” is a Cajun phrase that means lending a helping hand to community members in their time of need. AFSCME Volunteer Member Organizers (VMOs) recently had an opportunity to show their “coups de main,” by helping lift Louisianans in need in flood-ravaged Baton Rouge.
Ina LaBorde, AFSCME Council 17 Council representative and her daughter, Lyn Ray, Catholic Student Organization director at Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) wanted to find a way to make a concrete and meaningful impact for their fellow Louisianans who are now piecing together their lives. More than 40,000 people across 20 parishes in the Baton Rouge area were affected, days after heavy rainfall led to the historic flooding.
Ray believed she could contribute to relief efforts in Baton Rouge by delivering items that people depend on from day to day: goods like toiletries, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, and comfort items like new bedding, clean socks — even some sweet tea.
But Ray knew should couldn’t do it alone. She would need a dedicated crew of people to power her vision. That’s when LaBorde sprang to action and tapped a source that she knew could depend on: VMOs. And they eagerly lent a hand.
Approximately 40 VMOs, members and other volunteers assembled at the LSUA Catholic Student Center to unload trucks and sort donated items to deliver to the St. Vincent de Paul shelter in Denham Springs in Livingstone Parish, an area hard-hit by the floods.
Cleaning items and supplies will be delivered to the Greenwell Springs neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish to help clean up flooded homes that still maintained their structural integrity. Residents there still face a big clean-up effort, including disposing destroyed furniture and other items.
“I was very excited to be involved with something so important to the members and the community,” said Sheila Conroy, an AFSCME VMO from New York.
Sheryl Lilya, an AFSCME VMO from Minnesota, was also excited about her involvement in the action.
“Seeing the amount of giving and being able to help in any way was wonderful,” Lilya said.
Ray expressed deep appreciation for the hard work of the VMOs throughout the afternoon to help Louisianans emerge stronger after the flood’s devastation.
“I can’t thank you enough,” Ray said. “We couldn’t handle this ourselves.”
To donate to victims of the Louisiana flooding, you can contribute to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund.
With UAW support, Columbia University and The New School graduate workers win cases at NLRB, restoring union rights for teaching and research assistants
Graduate workers’ cases break open possibility for higher education unions coast to coast
Workers and supporters call on university administrations to respect fair, democratic elections
NEW YORK – Graduate workers at Columbia University and at private universities across the country including Harvard University and The New School won back their union rights in a sweeping decision today by the National Labor Relations Board. With support for graduate workers’ rights at unprecedented levels nationwide, the Board issued today’s ruling in response to petitions filed by teaching assistants and research assistants at Columbia and The New School.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) supported graduate workers’ challenge, restoring their right to collectively bargain at Columbia and private universities across the country. Immediately following the decision, Columbia graduate workers sent a letter to university administrators asking them to respect the critical work they do for the university’s world-renowned academics and research laboratories and the right to a fair, democratic election process.
“We are excited we have finally reached this important milestone and look forward to a speedy, fair election so we can demonstrate our majority support, and get into bargaining as soon as possible,” said Olga Brudastova, a research assistant in Columbia’s Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. “We instruct classes, grade papers for thousands of students and push the boundaries of research and the arts, but despite these contributions and more, Columbia administrators have stood in the way of our rights. By standing together, graduate workers have already won major, university-wide improvements, and with a union, we’ll be able to secure those improvements and make Columbia do even better.”
Today’s decision reverses the Brown decision, a Bush-era ruling which stripped graduate workers of their rights as employees. The NLRB said today QUOTE FROM RULING. The American Association of University Professors noted in its amicus brief to the Board that “collective bargaining by both faculty and graduate assistants is one of several ways to promote academic freedom on campus.”
“Having watched Columbia research and teaching assistants vote in 2002, only to have their ballots destroyed after the NLRB stripped them of union rights, I applaud this decision,” said Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winner and Dewitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia. “Given the critical role that TAs and RAs play in the fundamental missions of the University, from our hallmark Core Curriculum to leading the discussion sections that make large lecture classes possible, and conducting innovative scientific research, I sincerely hope the administration respects this decision, allows a fair vote, and bargains in good faith for a contract if a majority votes in favor of unionization.”
Graduate workers play an increasingly indispensable role in higher education instruction and research. Today, at least half of all teachers on college campuses are non-tenure track, including graduate teaching assistants. At Columbia, graduate workers also help bring in nearly $1 billion annually in grants and contracts.
At the same time, graduate workers face constant insecurity and unpredictability of working conditions – growing teaching loads, late pay, unreliable health benefits and sexual harassment, with little meaningful recourse. As an organization, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW has already won numerous improvements in every university department, including broader access to paid parental leave, larger childcare subsidies, expanded fee waivers, and, most recently, an unprecedented four years of prospectively-announced pay increases.
Still, the university has failed to fully appreciate and address the concerns of graduate workers and has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to hire a notorious anti-worker law firm to oppose workers’ right to organize. Columbia administrators and those of other universities fought the reversal of Brown and have aligned themselves with known anti-worker front groups, including the Right to Work Foundation, which submitted an amicus brief to the Board in support of the university’s position.
“Columbia, The New School and other university administrations have been offering student workers unfair conditions in exchange for our labor, and their opposition to our union rights runs counter to the legacies we want for our universities,” said Tania Aparicio, a PhD student who has worked as a TA and RA in Sociology at The New School. “We are looking forward to forming our union with co-workers across every department, and are standing in solidarity with the wave of graduate worker unions coming together at universities throughout the country.”
More than 160 New York elected and community leaders and thousands of university professors have called on Columbia’s administration to publicly commit to respect graduate workers’ right to form a union. Support has been building around the country for graduate workers’ union rights, with amicus briefs submitted to the NLRB in favor of graduate workers’ union rights by American Association of University Professors, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, and the NLRB General Counsel.
“This is great news. For graduate workers it’s the best news from the NLRB in years – 12 years to be precise. Our union and hard-working graduate employees at some of our nation’s premier universities have never wavered in our pursuit of workers’ rights for tens of thousands of workers abandoned by the Bush-era Brown University decision in 2004,” said Julie Kushner, director of UAW Region 9A. “In anticipation of the NLRB’s restoration of workers’ rights, Columbia and Harvard began making improvements in stipends and benefits. They are proving our case – workers do better, whether in plants or offices or even prestigious universities, when they bargain collectively.”
The landmark NLRB reversal comes on the heels of a slate of wins supported by the UAW, which has led the way in higher education organizing nationwide and currently represents more than 35,000 graduate workers at 45 campuses – more than any other U.S. union.
“From coast to coast more than 35,000 teaching assistants and research assistants have already formed their unions with the UAW, and today tens of thousands more have their rights restored to advocate for the issues that matter to them the most,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “Since the 1980s, the UAW has helped graduate workers and other higher education employees fight for and win respect for their work and the right to a union at public and private universities nationwide.”
After an eight-year effort to win back their union, NYU graduate workers won a neutrality agreement with the university administration in 2013. Since then, thousands of graduate workers at Columbia, The New School, Harvard, and other universities started organizing their unions through the UAW. Recently, graduate workers at Cornell and the University of Pittsburgh have launched similar efforts to form a union. In 2015, 2,200 UConn graduate assistants organized and bargained their first contract with UAW and adjunct faculty at Barnard College also voted to form a union with the UAW, and the administration acknowledged it. Earlier that year, adjunct professors launched a fight for $15K per course, in concert with the broader low-wage Fight for $15 movement.
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JOHN F. RIEL, BM-ST of Local 1, Chicago, reports presentation of membership pins to the following:
RODNEY E. ALLISON, BM-ST of Local 69, Little Rock, Ark., reports presentation of membership pins to the following:
This year, we recognize African-American women’s Equal Pay Day today, August 23. This marks the symbolic day that the earnings of African-American women will catch up to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts’ earnings from last year.
We use the latest Census Bureau figures on earnings to calculate the wage gaps for women, including Latinas, mothers, and African-American women. And in 2014 (the latest available data), African-American women earned 60.5 cents for every $1 her white, non-Hispanic male counterpart earned.
Translation? African-American women have to work nearly eight months, or 238 days into the next year, to earn as much as white, non-Hispanic men did in the previous year alone. And based on today’s wage gap, that means African-American women would lose a staggering $877,480 over the course of a 40-year career compared to white, non-Hispanic men.
So, yes, when we compare all women to all men, Equal Pay Day is in April. But we must acknowledge that African-American women face particularly steep and difficult obstacles when it comes to achieving equal pay. That’s why today we’ll be joining with our allies around the country to call for an end to the wage gap, particularly for African-American women. Want to join in? Make sure to use the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay on your social channels and join us for a Twitter storm on August 23rd, from 2-3 PM EST.
Stringing training for pipeline construction projects will take place in Orlando, Florida, in September.
MARION, Ind. — General Motors is investing $90.9 million in its Marion Metal Center plant to enhance the facility’s process capability and flexibility.
“This investment in stamping dies and equipment will align Marion Metal Center with GM’s future stamping strategy,” said Dan Hermer, GM North America Manufacturing manager. “This will enable our team to continue delivering quality to our stamping customers throughout North America.”
The investment includes $82.5 million in dies, $5.9 million in die alteration and $2.5 million to replace cranes that move dies throughout the facility.
“This investment upgrades equipment and technologies while helping UAW members to continue providing quality stamped parts, assemblies, blanks and specialized die services to GM plants throughout North America,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. “The upgrades also improve the plant’s competitiveness, which in turn helps members continue to support their families and communities and the state of Indiana.”
In addition, the General Motors Foundation announced $40,000 in Community Grants to four Grant County organizations: United Way of Grant County, Marion-Grant County Senior Center, Cardinal Greenway–Grant County and the Community Foundation of Grant County.
“If this investment announcement is any indication, our commitment to the Marion community runs deep,” said Lori Wingerter, vice president, GM Foundation. “While stamping parts for vehicles that people love is why we’re here, the Community Grants Program empowers our neighbors and fosters sustainable change in Marion.”
Marion Metal Center began operations as Fisher Body in 1956 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Today it provides stamped parts, assemblies, blanks and specialized die services to GM plants throughout North America.
AMHERST, New York – The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to a local Veterans Administration hospital so those who have served our nation can get to their medical appointments.
The donation of the12-passenger Ford Transit van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center will take place Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. at UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd, Amherst, New York. The committee previously donated a van to the Bath hospital and to the Buffalo chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.
“UAW members are honored to aid our veterans and the hospitals that serve them,” said Terry Dittes, director of UAW Region 9, which includes western New York. “These men and women have done so much for our country and we will do anything we can do to make their lives a bit easier.”
Representatives of the hospital, as well as from West Herr Ford of Hamburg, New York, where the van was purchased, will be on hand for the donation. The UAW committee holds events throughout the year for three western New York veterans’ hospitals, including hot dog roasts, Monte Carlo nights, fishing and picnic outings, and Super Bowl parties. They purchase bicycles for vets and had a bicycle storage and repair garage built at the Bath hospital so veteran can repair bicycles that are used to travel around the large facility.
The committee raises money through gate collections at UAW-represented workplaces in the region. It also hosts a Veterans Appreciation 5K Run. Last year nearly 200 runners participated and more than $16,000 was raised. This year’s event is set for noon on Nov. 5, at UAW Local 686 in Lockport, New York.
The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee also supports numerous area veterans’ organizations with labor and funds.
“We volunteer to do things like putting up and disassembling The Moving Wall, which honors those who sacrificed in Vietnam, and participate in the K.I.A Memorial Road March because it’s important that people always remember that freedom isn’t free,” Dittes said. “It’s fitting to honor and serve those who have sacrificed so we could have these freedoms.”
What: The UAW Western New York Region 9 Veterans Committee will donate a van to the Bath (New York) Veterans Administration Medical Center.
When: Aug. 31 at 1 p.m. Media should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m.
Where: UAW Region 9, 35 George Karl Blvd., Amherst, New York 14221
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The parties met in Chicago, in very small committee, to prepare and review language surrounding the agreement in principal. This work will continue next week. The NMB requested and was notified of the results of this week’s session.
Help is available to union members affected by the recent flooding in Louisiana that has claimed at least 13 lives, damaged an estimated 40,000 houses, and forced approximately 86,000 people to apply for federal disaster aid.
If you are a union member in the affected area who also participates in certain Union Plus programs, you may be eligible for financial assistance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible members who have a Union Plus Credit Card1, Union Plus Life or Accidental Death Insurance, Union Plus Auto Insurance, or Union Plus Mortgage.
AFSCME members who participate in any of those programs can also call:
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.
If you are not involved in the Union Plus program, there are federal disaster aid programs through FEMA that can assist those affected by the floods. To learn about the types of assistance available, click here. The Small Business Administration also provides loans to affected homeowners, whether or not they own a small business. Learn more here. You can also call the disaster assistance center at (800) 659-2955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct questions to your council or local if you need more information.
1Union Plus Credit Cards are issued by Capital One, N.A. pursuant to a license by MasterCard International Incorporated.