Today through tomorrow, Columbia University graduate workers will vote on forming their union. Union organizers got a big boost today when none other than U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders wrote a letter encouraging fellow graduate workers to come together, participate in the vote and join the UAW.
Dear Columbia University Research and Teaching Assistants:
I understand that on December 7th and 8th you will be voting in an election to determine whether TAs and RAs at Columbia will have the right to union representation. I had the pleasure of meeting with a number of you in September, and am strongly supportive of your efforts to hold a free and fair union election…
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Turns out the Carrier deal may not be as big of a deal as President-elect Donald Trump promised.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence made a big to-do about cutting a deal to prevent a Carrier Corp. plant in Indiana from moving to Mexico, supposedly saving some 1,000 factory jobs in the process. But that number may be, well, inflated.
Just listen to Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier employees. According to a story in today’s Washington Post, Jones was disappointed to hear from Carrier “that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.” Jones told the Post that Trump, “for whatever reason, lied his a-- off.”
(WILMINGTON, Ohio) – Days after pilots at DHL and Amazon contractor ABX went on strike, hundreds of pilots at AAWW – DHL’s largest cargo contractor and Amazon’s newest one -- say their company does not have enough pilots to meet clients’ needs and are looking for work at other airlines because their employer refuses to come to an industry-standard contract agreement that will address staffing shortages.
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(BRUSSELS, Belgium) – Forty-five leaders of 15 labor unions in Europe that represent workers at XPO Logistics workers in nine countries agreed to condemn a plan this week that could give XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs a windfall stock award worth $110 million at current stock price levels. The support came during the global union federation ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) week-long conference here.
Trade victory is a start in getting workers' needs addressed. But investing in infrastructure would be a big step forward.
AFSCME believes that every person working to sustain his or her community deserves respect.
America’s communities never rest. Streets need cleaning. Families need care. Students deserve well-run schools, and our neighborhoods demand safety.
Public service isn't just a job. It's a calling. It's hard work, and it's largely unsung.
But it means everything to know we're making our communities better. That’s why I’m committed to public service, and why I’ll never quit.
Meet the AFSCME members who make their communities thrive. Like Tyler Moroles, a program analyst at the Minneapolis Housing Authority. Moroles helps families receive housing vouchers for rental assistance. “My work reaches 16,000 people and 5,500 families,” he says. “These are families that could be you…If you lost your job, you’re just a couple of paychecks away from being that family.”
Meet Macgandra Ray, a child welfare specialist from St. Louis, Missouri. “The work is really dear to my heart, because when you have children in the juvenile system, people tend to forget about them.” That’s why she’s an advocate for them, ensuring the children receive the resources they need to heal and succeed.
Read these stories and more at http://neverquit.afscme.org/voices/.
Dear Member of Congress:
Two years ago, Congress passed a funding bill that included a last-minute attachment of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act which allowed for cuts to retirees pension benefits. The Teamsters opposed passage of the MPRA and have also worked to oppose the massive cuts to plans like Central States that the MPRA permitted. Once again, some members of Congress are trying to sneak bill language into the Continuing Resolution that harms retirees.http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50740/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20273
On Dec. 1, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Teamsters bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the District.
FORMER APPRENTICE CHAD Riley, son of Local 455 (Sheffield, Alabama) Jeff Riley, saved a boy’s life on Labor Day weekend with CPR skills he learned while in the Boilermaker National Apprenticeship Program.
Chad Riley and his family were spending part of Labor Day weekend at the Phil Campbell, Alabama, swimming area when Riley heard shouts coming from the water’s edge. A friend’s nephew wasn’t breathing after being found unconscious in the water. A bystander tried CPR on the boy for two minutes, but he still wasn’t breathing.
(ROSEVILLE, Minn.) – Hundreds of families, Teamsters Local 120 officials, Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Rep. Erin Murphy rallied late last week against the deceptive business practices of Lakeville Motor Express (LME), a Roseville-based trucking company.
(NORTH MIAMI, Fla.) – By an overwhelming margin, Teamster pilots and professional flight engineers at Amerijet ratified a new contract with the airline. There are 85 members in the bargaining unit represented by Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, as part of the Rail Labor Coordinated Bargaining Group, has asked for federal mediation to settle the Class 1 railroad contract negotiations.http://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/newsflash.asp?id=5914
(WASHINGTON) – Mechanics at United Airlines stations across the nation ratified a six-year National Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement with the company today after more than three years of negotiations.
(WASHINGTON) The Teamsters Union is disappointed in a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A webinar and call will be available on Monday December 5th that will allow members to view or listen to the process of tallying the ballots live.http://teamsterair.org/node/2512
Scholarship applications for the sons and daughters of Teamster members are now available.http://www.jrhmsf.org