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Labor Voices: Right to work didn’t work

1 hour 6 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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Stop Legislation that costs taxpayers $46 billion and harms teacher pensions

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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Report by Worksafe: Internal Tesla Data shows injury rates at Fremont facility are significantly higher than the national average

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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There’s More Than One Way to Strike

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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Maida Rosenstein: President, United Auto Workers Local 2110 Technical, Office and Professional Workers honored

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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A beautiful ceremony in a beautiful location

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:17

Weddings and reunions — the kind of functions that bring people together and create lifetime memories. One way to ensure that your function will be remembered is to have it at Black Lake.

The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center in Onaway, Michigan, is available for private rentals. Many couples have taken advantage of the center’s affordable facilities — including full catering and lodging — to begin their lives together. Families and other groups have taken advantage of the amenities at Black Lake to bring their group closer together.

It doesn’t matter the time of year. Black Lake is beautiful in the winter, spring, summer and fall. Book your event today.

And make some memories! • (989) 733-8521

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Take Action: Support AT&T Workers on Strike!

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:55

40,000 workers at AT&T just announced that they will walk off the job for three days starting Friday at 3pm ET/Noon PT if they haven’t won a fair union contract by then. Workers have been at the bargaining table for months fighting for good jobs against a company dead set on lining its pockets at the expense of the workers who make them billions. This weekend the CWA and the UAW are sending AT&T a message that we are united and ready to fight.

This will be the biggest strike in the United States since Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history. The strike would include 21,000 retail and call center workers at AT&T Wireless across the country, and 19,000 AT&T West landline and DIRECTV workers in California and Nevada, along with landline workers in Connecticut.

What Can you Do? Join the picket line

At a nearby retail store, either this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Click here to find a location near you and RSVP. The CWA will be back in touch to let you know if they aren’t on strike Friday.



Don’t forget to upload any pictures you take on the picket line to the CWA Facebook page in the comments section.

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NLRB Says Boston College Grad Workers are Employees, Moves Union Election Forward

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 08:54

The Boston College Graduate Employees Union – United Auto Workers (BCGEU-UAW) celebrated the National Labor Relations Board’s decision declaring the graduate workers at Boston College are considered employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and moving the process forward toward an election.

The Board rejected the university’s arguments that its employees were exempt from the Act due to Boston College’s religious mission, and recognized the fundamental similarity between the work graduate employees do at B.C. and at other private universities such as Columbia University, whose landmark case restored rights for graduate employees to unionize in 2016.

“We are thrilled about turning to our election, and are looking forward to having a seat at the bargaining table,” said Betsy Pingree, a teaching assistant in the History department and a BCGEU-UAW member.

BCGEU-UAW filed its petition with the NLRB on March 3 after a two-year organizing campaign.

“Having a union contract will have a major material impact on our lives,” said Chad Olle, a Ph.D. student the Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology program in the Lynch School of Education. “We’re eager to vote and move the process forward.”

“It’s an amazing time for graduate workers in the labor movement,” said Julie Kushner, the director of UAW Region 9A. “I’m so thrilled to see the workers at Boston College join with other grad workers around the country, and I’m confident they will vote to form their union.”

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Ford Invests $350 Million, Creates or Protects 800 Jobs, Adding New Fuel-Efficient Transmission to Michigan Plant

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 07:09

The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs late this year, with the majority coming next year and in 2019.

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