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Teamsters Local 118 Secures Significant Settlement of Multiple NLRB Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Palmer Food Company

Teamsters - 8 min 2 sec ago

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union 118 based in Rochester, N.Y., achieved a significant victory for unionized labor with a settlement of more than $60,000 in damages following a long-running dispute with Palmer Food Company, Inc. The case involved numerous unfair labor charges filed with the Federal National Labor Relations Board in Buffalo that alleged a broad attempt to crush union activity at the company.

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Flexjet, Flight Options Management Refuses to Implement Teamster Pilots' CBA Award

Teamsters - 3 hours 43 min ago

(RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio) – Senior management of luxury private jet providers Flexjet and Flight Options informed the Teamsters last week that they would not implement the Merged Collective Bargaining Agreement (“MCBA”) covering the combined Flexjet and Flight Options pilot groups that was awarded by an arbitrator on October 10, 2017. 

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Marin County Public Employees Group Vote to Affiliate with Teamsters 856

Teamsters - 3 hours 49 min ago

MCMEA, an association of public employees in Marin County, has voted to affiliate with Teamsters 856.

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Have a Black Lake Wedding

UAW - 6 hours 28 sec ago
Non-Members Struck by our Beauty Up North

After they became engaged, Karl Moses and his fiancée, Kiera, visited the Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center to consider it for the location of their September 2017 wedding.

As soon as they entered the grounds, Kiera was struck with this thought:

“This is it.”

Black Lake would be the place where they would begin their lives together as husband and wife. More and more non-UAW members are discovering Black Lake as an exceptional place to host their wedding, company function, family reunion or other event.

“They made us feel like part of the family,” Karl Moses said. “It’s an amazing gem that you guys have. We plan on taking the whole family back.”

Shiny and Bobby Abraham tied the knot on the shores of Black Lake in the
summer. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHINY AND BOBBY ABRAHAM.

The 200-plus family and guests of the Macomb County, Michigan, couple had at Black Lake Labor Day weekend came away impressed, too, he added. From the natural splendor of the grounds, to the hospitality shown by the staff, the willingness to work out last-minute changes and challenges by “every single staff member,” Moses said Black Lake made their wedding fantastic. The couple had originally intended to spend a couple days after the wedding on a “mini-honeymoon” in Traverse City, Michigan, about an hour west.

But after five days at Black Lake, it wasn’t necessary.

“We just felt like there was no other place we wanted to spend a few days,” Moses said. “We couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”

Moses said Kiera always dreamed of “getting married in a forest, surrounded by nature.” The logistics of such a wedding were difficult; they looked at some ski lodges and other places, but most were too close to commercial centers and not equipped to handle a wedding.

“We needed something less specialized and challenging to find,” Moses, a commercial photographer, said.

Then, as luck would have it, Moses had an assignment on a book detailing Michigan architectural gems. Black Lake was on the list of the places he was to be flown by helicopter over to photograph. He did a little bit of investigating with Black Lake, and discovered Black Lake indeed would host a private function like a wedding.

“When she said the word ‘wedding,’ I was like, Wow, I’ve found the place,’’ he said.

They were married the Saturday before Labor Day close to the monuments area adjacent to the Japanese Bridge, which is behind the main lodge. It was logistically chal-lenging because they had to get the 200 guests in a tight area, but the Black Lake staff pulled it off. And they could get their guests who needed help getting to the area there by use of one of the shuttles.

“We were thoroughly impressed by the little details they paid attention to,” he said.

Shiny and Bobby Abraham had their wedding at Black Lake on July 15. They heard about Black Lake from their parents. Bobby’s mother, Mary, is a retired member of Local 5960, and worked in quality control at the General Motors Lake Orion plant. Shiny’s father, Moody, was a group leader at the GM Service and Parts Operation in Pontiac and a member of Local 653.

“After a visit there, we knew that’s where we wanted to get married,” Shiny Abraham said. “We actually visited in January, in the middle of winter, and even then the loca-tion was beyond spectacular.”

The Clarkston, Michigan, couple was married outside the Old Lodge and had their reception at the dining hall.

“We didn’t need to add many decorations due to the stunning architecture and views,” she said. “Most of our guests were from the Metro Detroit area, so it was really awesome for our friends and family to have a getaway at Black Lake. The staff at Black Lake made our event such a success and were so accommodating to our party of nearly 300. On the day, the weather was perfect, we were surrounded by friends and family, and couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Book your wedding today

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Report urges TransLink to run HandyDART as a public service

ATU - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:13
Metro Vancouver’s aging population has some concerned that HandyDART buses won’t be able to keep up with demand. Now, a new report recommends boosting funding for the service and returning it to full TransLink control.
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Former XPO Worker in Buffalo Details Mistreatment By Company

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:40

Former XPO driver Mark Cross, who has been out of work with a foot injury, said he is fed up with the way the company has mistreated him over the past five months, making his injury far worse for him and his family.

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UPS Contract Update for October 20, 2017

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:37

In the October 20 edition of the UPS Contract Update, the Package Division responds to questions received about the process by which the National Agreement for UPS and UPS Freight are negotiated.

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UPS Honors Company's 'Safest Driver Ever' in Livonia

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:08

Congratulations to Tom Camp on achieving 55 years of service at UPS! You make our union proud! As one UPS employee sees it, driver Tom Camp has a lot in common with some sports legends.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2017/10/18/ups-safest-driver-ever-tom-camp/106765696/
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Hall: The Big 3 Are Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:33

Silence is all you hear from McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen when it comes to the opioid crisis.

http://fortune.com/2017/10/20/60-minutes-opioid-crisis-big-three/
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The Big 3 Are Fueling the Opioid Epidemic. Now They Need a Watchdog

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:28

The startling Washington Post60 Minutes investigation into the hobbling of drug enforcement activities against opioids has sent shockwaves through Washington. President Trump’s nominee for drug czar has withdrawn his name for consideration, while politicians on both sides of the aisle have begun to ask tough questions about the federal government’s role in the opioid epidemic.

http://fortune.com/2017/10/20/60-minutes-opioid-crisis-big-three/
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Teamster Disaster Relief Volunteers Come Home from Puerto Rico

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:37

Thursday, after two weeks in Puerto Rico, the Teamsters Disaster Relief finished their two-week long mission to bring the island back on its feet after it suffered the most devastating storm in modern history.

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Teamsters Offer Disaster Relief Assistance for Victims of California Wildfires

Teamsters - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:23

Wildfires have been raging throughout Northern California, with a particularly hard-hitting impact in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. At least forty people have been killed and more than 200 people are reported missing, as firefighters continue to contain the inferno that began October 8.

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Major Economic Indicators Latest Numbers

Money Headlines - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 06:35

Consumer Price Index (CPI):
+0.5% in Sep 2017
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Unemployment Rate:
4.2% in Sep 2017
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Payroll Employment:
-33,000(p) in Sep 2017
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Average Hourly Earnings:
+$0.12(p) in Sep 2017
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Producer Price Index - Final Demand:
+0.4%(p) in Sep 2017
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Employment Cost Index (ECI):
+0.5% in 2nd Qtr of 2017
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Productivity:
+1.5%(r) in 2nd Qtr of 2017
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U.S. Import Price Index:
+0.7% in Sep 2017
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U.S. Export Price Index:
+0.8% in Sep 2017
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Legislative Update – The Fight for Working Families Continues

UAW - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00

Your Calls Made a Difference in Effort to Save the ACA

The first nine months of the Trump administration and the 115th Congress have been a roller coaster for working families. With conservatives in firm control, we have had notable setbacks with harmful long-term consequences. Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed, despite our opposition, to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, giving the right wing a 5-to-4 majority. Throughout his career, Justice Gorsuch consistently ruled in favor of the well-connected. He sided with employers who cheated their employees out of wages and with companies that were penalized for unsafe working conditions that, in one case, led to a death.

In another setback, workplace safety standards were gutted as companies can now get away with keeping their records of accidents and fatalities for a mere six months instead of five years. It will now be harder to prevent injuries and keep a safe workplace as some dangers go undetected.

Fortunately, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid failed in the Senate after passing the House of Representatives in May. The House bill passed despite all Democrats and 20 Republicans voting against it. That bill would make us pay more for less coverage to give billions in tax breaks to corporations and millionaires. According to nonpartisan experts, it would have forced 22 million Americans to lose health care coverage and caused premiums to rise by 20 percent.

Thankfully, the Senate defeated it by one vote in July as millions spoke out against it. We strongly opposed it, with tens of thousands of UAW members and retirees telling their members of Congress to reject the bill. Governors from both parties and a wide range of groups including AARP, the American Cancer Society and several organizations representing doctors and hospitals were against it. All 48 Democrats and three Republicans voted no.

When Congress returned in September, there was yet another attempt to drastically cut health care coverage and undermine hard-fought victories made over the past several decades. But that attempt failed in late September as at least three GOP senators said they would vote against it, and all Democrats held firm in their opposition. The administration has also held back on making payments to insurers that allow people to have affordable coverage. They have little interest in enforcing the law. In fact, they have gone out of their way to sabotage it by making it harder to enroll and receive affordable care.

Medicaid and Medicare will remain prime targets for radical cuts by the far right, which does not believe in ensuring that all people have affordable, comprehensive health care. Medicaid matters to us all because it is the single largest payer for nursing home and long-term care. It covers nearly 70 million Americans, including 33 million children. Forty percent of veterans and their families solely rely on it for health care and could lose coverage.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has put forward proposals to cut Medicare benefits and raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67. These bad ideas would harm working families with coverage and lead to seniors not receiving care when they need it the most.

The debate over health care will continue as Congress votes on a 2018 budget and must pass legislation to keep the government running, pay our debts, and continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP provides medical coverage for people under age 19 whose parents earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to pay for private coverage. Millions of children could lose health care coverage if the program isn’t extended this fall.

The right wing is also planning on passing trillions in tax cuts with roughly half going to the top 1 percent, according to draft plans put forward by President Trump and the Republicans in Congress. The top 0.1 percent (whose annual incomes exceed $3.8 million) would get tax cuts totaling more than $800,000 a year on average. The right wing’s tax plan would also make it easier for corporations to keep overseas profits, giving corporations even more tax incentives to offshore our jobs.

These proposed tax cuts for the rich impact all of us because the result is a budget shortfall that would likely be filled by spending cuts that hurt our most vulnerable citizens, working families and retirees. According to the Tax Policy Center, when expected cuts in programs are accounted for at least 75 percent of households would be net losers.

While the future is unknown, one thing remains clear: We must continue to raise our voices and demand that politicians in Washington vote for policies that are good for all of us and not just the most powerful.

Source: UAW Legislative Department

 

Photo by Calleamanecer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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AFGE In the News

AFGE - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
Between nationwide rallies to staff the VA and Congress members standing with government workers on pay parity, AFGE is all over the news this week. Read More
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New Video: Why Does Congress Want to Cut this Federal Worker’s Benefits?

AFGE - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
AFGE members are the cornerstone of their community. Here's just one example, yet Congress thinks he deserves a pay cut... Read More
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Rising COLA Falls a Little Flat

AFGE - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 16:00
Social Security benefits are rising by their largest amount in six years, but it’s still small change for many cash-strapped retirees. Read More
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Local 956-Allentown, PA helping relief effort for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

ATU - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:52
Our union membership is fully engaged in this effort which will benefit the people of Puerto Rico,” Local President Ricky Vega says. “Many of our members have family on the island, as do many LANTA riders.”
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Teamsters Urge Philadelphia City Council To Repeal The Beverage Tax

Teamsters - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:43

Teamsters from the tri-state area rallied this morning outside of Philadelphia's city hall to demand that the city council repeal the beverage tax.

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“A Life-Changing Experience”: Local 174 Members Return from Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Teamsters - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:31

For Teamsters Local 174 member Ben Narayan, the decision to go down to Puerto Rico and help with hurricane relief was easy.

“I saw on CNN that the Mayor down there was pleading ‘we can’t move the containers, we don’t have truck drivers.’ Well the Teamsters are built on trucking – it’s the backbone of our Union,” said Ben, a 30-year Teamster who now works at Safeway. “I said ‘we need to be helping these people by sending truck drivers down.’”

http://teamsters174.net/a-life-changing-experience-local-174-members-return-from-hurricane-relief-in-puerto-rico/
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