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Labor Voices: Right to work didn’t work

UAW - 1 hour 8 min ago

The “right to work” law had recently passed in Michigan, and the expiration of our 2011 contract with Ford gave our members the legal right to leave the union. But here we are, more than a year-and-a-half removed from ratifying our 2015 contract and our membership attrition has been less than 1 percent

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UPS Teamsters Impacted By Reversal of Recent Pro-Labor Rules

Teamsters - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:30

Advances in workplace safety regulations and stricter labor standards for federal government contractors are under attack as lawmakers took to rollback recent pro-labor rules benefiting workers throughout the country, including UPS Teamsters.

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Stop Legislation that costs taxpayers $46 billion and harms teacher pensions

UAW - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:31

Nearly five months after the Republican-controlled legislature paused their attempt to dismantle retirement savings for teachers, administrators and support staff, they’re back at it again. Corporate special interests are pushing them to slash school employees’ compensation and rob public employees of their retirement benefits.

The good news is, thanks to your calls and emails, the bills aren’t moving yet. The bad news is, they’re even worse than we thought. A new report from the House Fiscal Agency says this legislation will cost taxpayers $46 BILLION. You read that right.

Sign the petition now to help us protect teacher pensions in Michigan.

$46 billion is a LOT of money – and not a single penny of it will go to improving our classrooms or fixing the roads, which are more dangerous than ever.

And even worse, we’ll be leaving thousands of Michigan teachers, bus drivers, and librarians without access to the most efficient and secure method of saving for retirement.

The DeVos family has said this legislation is their number one priority, and they won’t go down without a fight. We beat these bills last December, and I know we can do it again – but we need to keep the pressure up.

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Westinghouse locks out 172 Local 651 members

IBB - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:58
L-651 members need your help

WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CO. locked out 172 members of Local 651 at its Newington, New Hampshire facility May 21, claiming the company and union have reached a collective bargaining impasse, even though just five negotiating meetings and a single mediation session (during which the company walked out) have been held. During contract negotiations, Westinghouse sought to strip severance provisions, cut defined benefits and drastically reduce health insurance benefits for the workers.

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Rail Conference Backs Barrows Re-Nomination To Railroad Retirement Board

Teamsters - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:14

Teamsters Rail Conference urges re-nomination of Walt Barrows to Railroad Retirement Board.

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Uber shortchanging NYC drivers by millions of dollars

ATU - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:21
Uber has time and time again demonstrated complete disregard for the welfare of its drivers and the news of this egregious and suspicious error comes as no surprise to the men and women who work for the company,” ATU Local 1181.
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Report by Worksafe: Internal Tesla Data shows injury rates at Fremont facility are significantly higher than the national average

UAW - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:00

A report released today by Worksafe, a California nonprofit that advocates for better health and safety protections for workers, shows that Tesla’s own internal data demonstrates annual injury rates at its Fremont plant have consistently exceeded industry averages. For example, in 2015—the last year for which industry-wide comparative data is available—Tesla’s overall injury rate in Fremont has been about one-third higher than the industry norm, and its serious injury rate (those involving job transfers or missed days) is well over double the average. 

See initial coverage of the report on CBS, here.

Worksafe’s findings come as Tesla management has stepped up its efforts to defend its safety record. In recent public statements, Tesla has compared its injury rates for the first quarter of 2017 to the same period last year, and sought to make the argument that “since January 1st, our total recordable incident rate (TRIR) is under 3.3, which is less than half the industry average of 6.7.” But the Worksafe report calls into question whether such comparisons are valid, noting, for example, that as late as May 2017 Tesla was still making major updates to the data it had provided Cal/OSHA for the 2016 calendar year. 

This detailed analysis is based on data from Tesla’s annual injury logs—known as the OSHA Form 300—that companies are required by law to maintain.  

“Employees have the right to get copies of a company’s injury reporting records so they can understand the potential hazards at their workplace, and that’s just what workers at Tesla chose to do,” said Doug Parker, Executive Director of Worksafe. “We analyzed their records and compare them to the automobile assembly industry as a whole.”

The report also delves into two of the hundreds of cases reported on the OSHA logs to reveal the human stories behind the short descriptions contained in the company data.

Among the key findings in the report:

  • Tesla’s total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) in 2015 was 31 percent higher than the industry average (8.8 injuries per 100 workers, compared to 6.7 for the automobile manufacturing industry as a whole). The TRIR represents the average number of nonfatal injuries per 100 full-time workers. This means that workers at the company’s Fremont plant were injured more than the average automobile industry worker.
  • Tesla’s total injury rate for 2016 was 8.1 injuries per 100 workers. While official industry-wide statistics are not yet available for 2016, based on the previous three years of industry data it is very reasonable to expect that the company’s rates will again surpass the industry average, which has stayed relatively constant over time.   
  • The rate of serious injuries at Tesla’s Fremont plant—those that result in days away from work, restricted duty, or job transfer—was approximately double the industry average for 2015. This measurement is known as the DART rate. The DART rate at Tesla in 2015 was 7.9 compared to the industry average of 3.9. Tesla’s DART rate for 2016 was 7.3, which based on the previous eight years of industry data, it is reasonable to expect will again be higher than the industry average. 

You can view a full copy of the report here.

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Airline Division News, Week Ending May 20, 2017

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:27

On Friday, in a message to the membership, Airline Division Director David Bourne announced the following: 

It is with a mixture of sadness and happiness that I announce the retirement of Airline Division Deputy Director Steven Nagrotsky.
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Setting the Record Straight on Teamster Dues

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:28

We recently learned that PEU/AFSCME Local 1 is spreading incorrect information about dues. This is a new low.

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There’s More Than One Way to Strike

UAW - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:57

Local 2270 members Jake Guild, left, and Taylor Hoffmeyer’s four-month old daughter didn’t seem to mind the noise of the bowling alley. They were joined by Tiffany McLachlan, Betty Crawford, Jana Gilmore and (not pictured) Renee Hoffmeyer on the Local 2270 team. Local 2270 is based in Evard, Michigan.

UAW Bowling Championships Feature Tough Competition, Family Fun

Bowling is serious business for many UAW members. You could tell by the concentration, determination, frustration and exhilaration on the bowlers’ faces as they competed in the UAW International Bowling Tournament.

The day-long event, held Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, pits the best bowlers in our union against each other to see who’s best, both individually and as a team.

The UAW has a proud history in bowling, and helped to desegregate bowling alleys in the 1940s and 1950s.

And while the men and women bowling are exceptionally competitive, they also value the fellowship the tournament brings and the chance to knock down pins with their union brothers and sisters from all over Michigan and Ohio. There were 158 bowlers entered in the singles competition and 250 bowlers in the team competition all vying for the top spots. All bowlers qualified to be in the championship tournament by scoring well at their regional tournaments.

“It’s just great to have all UAW members get together and bowl. It’s great comradery,” said Steve Barry, a Local 2278 member who works at Ford Motor Co.’s Sterling Heights (Michigan) Axle plant.

Barry was one of two bowlers who rolled a perfect 300 game in the singles competition.

“It’s my second 300 in this house, so I kind of like it here,” Barry said.

In fact, it was Barry’s 30th perfect game.

“You still get nervous,” he said. “If you’re not nervous when you are shooting for 300, then you shouldn’t bowl.”

Final results are expected to be available later this week.

It was also a lot of fun for the families of the bowlers, as many brought theirs to the facility. Everyone enjoyed a lunch courtesy of the International and many children were in the arcade or on the bumper bowling lanes in an adjacent alley.

“I had a turkey!” said Donovan Howze, 8, the son of Local 900 member William Howze, who works at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant. The “turkey” did not refer to youngster’s lunch. It is bowling-speak for three strikes in a row.

The lunch featured a short address by UAW President Dennis Williams, who congratulated bowlers on making it to the championship tournament and reminded them of the UAW’s history in bowling, including the effort it undertook under the direction of UAW President Walter Reuther in 1948 to desegregate bowling alleys.

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Reuther would not permit UAW-related bowling events to be held in houses that practiced racial discrimination, part of a national campaign that eventually led bowling alley operators to abandon the practice.

“That’s why this tournament is so important to the UAW,” Williams said, adding that the commitment to social justice reminds us of who we are as union members, especially today as racism appears more pronounced.

“When you think about what is going on today, don’t let people divert who we are as union members,” he said.

Tournament organizers also held a 50/50 raffle that raised over $1,300 for Mission 1:17, which provides mentors and a place to live for foster children who age out of the foster care system and need assistance.

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Construction Workers in Quebec, Canada, On General Strike

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37

Construction workers in Quebec, Canada, went on strike today over recent contract negotiations.

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Teamsters, Community Supporters Protest Unlawful Firings at XPO Logistics

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:37

(HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.) – A group of more than 50 Teamsters and supporters, including state lawmakers and the head of the state AFL-CIO, protested outside the XPO Logistics, Inc. terminal here today and demanded that the company reinstate three fired workers they say were punished for supporting a recent union drive.

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Airline Division News, Week Ending May 19, 2017 - SPECIAL

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:36

The Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has announced several changes to its organizational structure.
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Airline Division News, Week Ending May 13, 2017

Teamsters - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:30

NetJets aircraft technicians and related employees represented by the Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 284 have launched a multi-location informational picketing campaign to publicize their dispute over the company’s refusal to pay industry standard wages and massive levels of subcontracting of aircraft maintenance. Informational picketing began on Friday at Don Scott Airport at Ohio State University in Columbus.
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Maida Rosenstein: President, United Auto Workers Local 2110 Technical, Office and Professional Workers honored

UAW - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:42

The Workers Defense League in New York recently honored UAW Local 2110 Maida Rosenstein during the group’s 81st anniversary dinner May 16. Rosenstein has always given priority to organizing new workers. She has been involved in graduate worker campaigns at New York University and Columbia, at a host of nonprofits and museums, and in higher education. For more than 30 years, she has strongly promoted membership-led, grassroots union activity, in contract negotiations campaigns, new organizing and political action. As a result, Local 2110 has developed a broad group of leaders, and a degree of mobilization and activity that stands out within the labor movement.

Rosenstein’s first successful strike was in high school when she led a “pants strike” to force the school to allow girls to wear pants. She and her classmates were reprimanded and sent home, but a week later the rules were changed and girls were allowed to wear pants to school. The strike taught her that collective action was a potent weapon in promoting women’s rights.

After receiving a degree in art from Rutgers University, she became a university clerical worker, and in 1981 she joined District 65 UAW’s organizing committee at Columbia University. The goal was to organize 1,100 clerical workers, and the campaign, which brought together her feminist views and her commitment to workers’ rights, was a tough one. There were years of legal delays and a vicious anti- union campaign in which the university claimed that the union would interfere with the highly personal relationship between a secretary and her boss. She learned the basics of organizing and the drive was transformative for her. After the union won the election in 1983, she became a fulltime organizer and ultimately was elected as vice president and then president of UAW Local 2110 (the successor to the District 65 Technical, Office and Professional Division).

Rosenstein serves as the vice chair of the UAW New York State Political Action Council and is chair of the UAW International Advisory Council on Technical, Office and Professional Workers. She is also elected to the New York State Committee of the Working Families Party.

Other honorees included Robert Martinez Jr., president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and James Slevin, president of Local 1-2, Utility Workers Union of America.

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Didn't Get Your Ballot? Call PERB On May 30

Teamsters - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:01

If you haven’t received yours by May 29, you need to call the Public Employee Relations Board to request a duplicate ballot. 

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Teamsters to Shore Point: Why Have You Turned Your Back on Your Workers and Your Community?

Teamsters - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:10

(FREEHOLD, N.J.) – Today, Teamsters Local 701 and the Shore Point Distributing employees it represents are once again asking Shore Point Distributing why it locked out workers in the midst of contract negotiations. Shore Point distributes MillerCoors [NYSE: TAP] products and other beers throughout New Jersey.

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Teamster Leaders Energized At 2017 Division Training Conference

Teamsters - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:49

Over 200 Teamster officers, business agents and stewards participated in this year's Public Services Division Conference.

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Memorial Day Beer Shortage Expected on Long Island

Teamsters - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:33

(GREAT NECK, N.Y.) – As Long Island approaches the second biggest beer-buying weekend of the year – Memorial Day – a shortage of Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Blue Point and other popular beers is expected. Teamster drivers and warehouse workers at beer distributor Clare Rose have been on strike for one month, choking off deliveries of Anheuser-Busch products to Long Island and leaving many store shelves empty.

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LEAP delegates gather in Trump-era capital

IBB - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:00
D.C. in turmoil under ‘political neophyte’

MORE THAN 100 DELEGATES attending the Boilermakers’ 49th Annual LEAP Conference in Washington, D.C., April 23-26, found themselves in a city still reeling from the election of Republican Donald Trump and the uncertainties of a polarizing president who has promised major changes to the country’s direction.

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