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Friday the 13th Redefined for Union Plus American Dream Sweepstakes Winner

AFSCME - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:16
Frank Valone’s $30,000 grand prize marked the end of the American Dream Sweepstakes sponsored by the Union Plus Credit Card Program.
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AFSCME Women Make a Difference Every Day

AFSCME - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 14:51
On Tuesday, during Women’s History Month, AFSCME staff heard three inspirational women tell us about becoming leaders in their union.
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Teamster Mechanics Protest Cummins Health Care Cuts

Teamsters - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 13:07

(LOUISVILLE, Ken.) – Last weekend, Cummins engine mechanics and service workers from West Virginia attended the Mid-America Trucking Show to protest Cummins’ (NYSE:CMI) unaffordable health insurance.

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Remembering Number 17

IBB - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:00
Local 13 family keeps son’s memory alive with philanthropy

RETIRED BUSINESS AGENT Jack Borzell, his wife Mary Claire, and daughter Julianna have turned the tragic loss of their son and brother, John, into a positive mission of honor and remembrance.

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XPO's Jacobs Misremembers European Labor Relations

Teamsters - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:18

European unions were dumbfounded when XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs announced at the JOC's 17th Annual TPM Conference that he believes in "some unions" and that "in Europe we have a cordial, respectful, courteous [labor relations], it works well, it's very functional."
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Ford Investing $1.2 Billion in Three Michigan Facilities, Further Bolstering Leadership in Trucks, SUVs, Mobility

UAW - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:15
  • $850 million Michigan Assembly Plant upgrade supports return of Ford Ranger, Bronco
  • $150 million investment and 130 jobs at Romeo Engine expands capacity for engine components for several vehicles, including Ranger and Bronco
  • $200 million investment for advanced data center in Michigan supports Ford’s expansion to an auto and mobility company and expected dramatic increase in data storage needs
  • Investments are in addition to $700 million and 700 new jobs at Ford’s Flat Rock, Michigan facility, announced in January, for high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles; Ford has announced $1.9 billion in new investments in Michigan this year

DEARBORN, Mich., March 28, 2017 – Ford Motor Company is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan manufacturing facilities to strengthen its leadership in trucks and SUVs and support the company’s expansion to an auto and mobility company.

Ford is investing $850 million in Michigan Assembly Plant to retool the plant to build the all-new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco. Employees at Michigan Assembly Plant will begin building Ranger at the end of 2018 and Bronco in 2020.

The company also plans to create or retain 130 jobs and invest $150 million to expand capacity for engine components for several vehicles, including Ranger and Bronco, at Romeo Engine Plant in Michigan.

In addition, Ford is investing $200 million for an advanced data center to support the company’s expansion to an auto and a mobility company. It is the second of two new data centers Ford is building in Michigan, as the company expects its data usage to increase 1,000 percent – driven by manufacturing and business needs and new mobility services, such as more connected, autonomous and electrified vehicles.

The second new data center will be located at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant, where the company is investing $700 million and adding 700 direct new jobs – announced in January – to create a factory capable of producing high-tech electrified and autonomous vehicles.

“At Ford, we are investing aggressively in building on our strengths today – including trucks, vans, commercial vehicles, performance vehicles and SUVs – while at the same time growing our leadership in electrification, autonomy and mobility services,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “As America’s top producer of automobiles, we are proud to be going even further in our commitment to invest in manufacturing here at home.”

The company’s investments are supported by Ford’s strong partnership with the UAW, as well as with federal, state, county and local governments.

“UAW-Ford is proud of the total investments in three of our Southeast Michigan assembly and engine plants, which will lead to stronger job security for our members and continued support for the surrounding communities,” said UAW-Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles. “Thanks to collective bargaining, the hard-working men and women at each of these locations will now reap the full fruits of their labor. We look forward to celebrating more product investment and job growth at each of our UAW represented facilities in the months and years to come.”

In the past three months alone, Ford has announced $1.9 billion in new investments in Michigan. During the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created a total of nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs.

Ford builds more vehicles in the United States and employs more hourly U.S. workers than any other automaker.

New Ranger and Bronco at Michigan Assembly
The work to transform Michigan Assembly Plant begins next May. Following the same pattern used during vehicle changeover at Dearborn Truck Plant in 2014, Michigan Assembly will take just four weeks to remove and reinstall the tooling necessary to build the all-new Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco.

The iconic Ranger and Bronco will further expand Ford’s truck and SUV leadership in North America – two of the company’s profit pillars.

During the last five years, sales of midsize pickups have grown nearly 50 percent. Many truck buyers want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Ranger is built to meet their needs.

Rugged utilities have been the second fastest-growing SUV segment during the last five years, making it the time right for Bronco’s return – especially with its legendary 4×4 off-road capability.

Expanded capacity at Romeo Engine
Romeo Engine Plant produces engines for Ford Super Duty, E-Series, Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and Shelby GT350R Mustang, along with components for F-Series, Mustang, Explorer and Edge. This investment adds capacity and tooling for components for an additional engine when the plant begins its transformation in early 2018.

In North America alone, Ford has invested more than $3.8 billion to develop more than 30 engines since 2009, when the company introduced its first EcoBoost® engine. Since then, Ford has produced more than 8 million engines globally with the fuel-saving technology.

Data center supports auto and mobility company expansion
As Ford expands to be both an automotive and mobility company, the company’s data storage requirements are expected to increase from 13 petabytes today to more than 200 petabytes in 2021. This is especially true as Ford grows its leadership in connectivity, autonomous vehicles, electrification and mobility services.

The new data centers are helping Ford create a world-class infrastructure for storage, processing and integration of this data.

The centers also will increase the ability of Ford’s global data insights and analytics team to transform the customer experience, enable new mobility products and services, and help Ford operate more efficiently.

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A Friend Never Quits on a Friend, or a Co-Worker. That’s Why He’s a Hero

AFSCME - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:26
A co-worker’s fall on the ice could have been tragic, but Minnesota AFSCME member Dan Johnson’s quick thinking ensured his friend and co-worker got the help he needed – when he needed it the most.
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UAW Members Ratify Caterpillar Central Agreement

UAW - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00

UAW members at Caterpillar voted on Sunday, March 26th, to ratify their tentative Central Agreement. All local agreements have been ratified except UAW Local 974 Peoria. UAW Local 974 has rescheduled their supplemental local agreement vote for April 1, 2017. UAW members should check for the location and time with their local union.

The six-year agreements cover over 5,000 members in Illinois and Pennsylvania.

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Teamsters Denounce House Joint Resolution Eliminating Protections for Federal Contractor Workers

Teamsters - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:00

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union denounced the signing of House Joint Resolution 37 today, which eliminates the worker protections put in place by the Obama administration through the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

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DC EMTs and Paramedics Vote to Join AFSCME

AFSCME - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:57
Nearly 200 emergency medical technicians and paramedics serving the nation's capital voted to join AFSCME District Council 20.
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Teamster Women in History: Regina Polk

Teamsters - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:13

In honor of Women's History Month, we celebrate Teamster women in history. 

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Local 2010 Reaches Tentative Agreement For Workers At University Of California

Teamsters - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 05:44

The Local 2010 bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with University of California.
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AFSCME Reacts to House Leadership Pulling the Health Care Bill

AFSCME - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:56
Read AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders’ reaction to the decision to pull the House health care bill shortly before members were scheduled to vote on it.
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Government to shutter the 70-year-old Saskatchewan bus service

ATU - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:43
The closure leaves 224 ATU Local 1374 members out of work and hundreds of communities in limbo with intercity bus service being slashed.
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Riders, workers bemoan Metro fare hikes, service cuts

ATU - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 13:04
ATU Local 689 President Jackie Jeter, said the Metro Board ignored public opposition to service cuts and significant fare increases. “They were hell-bent on doing what they wanted to do,” Jeter said.
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VMO Strengthens New California Local

AFSCME - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 11:30
A California member describes why she decided to become a volunteer member organizer.
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Full Funding For Amtrak

Teamsters - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:50

The Teamsters Rail Conference asks all Teamster members, families and friends to contact Congress to urge the full funding of Amtrak.

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UAW Women’s History Month Spotlight: Flint Women’s Auxiliary

UAW - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:46

March is Women’s History Month. From the sit-down strikes of 1936-37 through the war years of Rosie the Riveter, from the postwar fight for jobs to today’s campaigns for pay equity and safe workplaces, women have played a key role in UAW history. Side by side, women and men are building a stronger union every day. We salute UAW women everywhere. Here’s the story of a few noteworthy UAW women:

Flint Women’s Auxiliary From Reuther Photo Archives at Wayne State University

The Flint Women’s Auxiliary collected money for families, visited strike widows to improve their morale, and provided child care for mothers on the picket lines. When the strike became violent, the Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade was formed to protect the sit-down strikers who were their husbands, sons, brothers and fellow co-workers. Wielding mops, brooms rolling pins or pans, they surrounded the men on the picket line and formed human shields against the police. When tear gas was hurled into the buildings to break the strike, the women smashed the windows so it would escape.

The Flint Women’s Emergency Brigade grew from 50 to 350 women before the 44-day strike was over. Their courage helped the UAW win the sit-down strike against General Motors in 1936-1937 that marked a major turning point in the labor movement giving the UAW legitimacy as a union. The brigade used military titles to show its readiness for combat. They wore colored berets and armbands with “EB” inscribed on them; the Flint Brigade’s berets were red, Detroit’s green and Lansing’s white, and Pontiac orange.

Read more about the women who helped build a strong UAW in the March-April edition of Solidarity Magazine.

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Teamsters Applaud Presidential Permit for Keystone XL

Teamsters - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:42

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union is pleased with the Trump administration's prompt issuance of a presidential permit today for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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Teamsters Local 63 Wins Grievance On Behalf of UPS Pre-Loaders

Teamsters - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 08:20

Rialto, Calif.-based Local 63 recently scored an important victory for UPS Teamsters grieving a contract violation. The grievance stemmed from supervisors doing pre-loader work.

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