Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Sep
2015
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St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues

St. Paul Ironworkers Pay for New Apprenticeship Facility By Twice Doubling Their Own Union Dues
  In St. Paul, Minnesota, Ironworkers Local 512 recently celebrated the opening of their new apprenticeship training center.  The 18,000 square foot facility cost $3.1 million to build and was paid for by members who voted twice to raise their own dues to make the project possible.  Business manager Charlie Roberts, for whom the facility...
Aug
2015
27

In Ad, ACLU Offers to Fight for Amazon Workers

In Ad, ACLU Offers to Fight for Amazon Workers
  The ACLU has taken out a full-page ad in the Seattle Times offering to represent Amazon workers “who believe they were unlawfully penalized because of their decision to have children, or because they were caring for a sick relative or recovering from an illness of their own.”  The move comes in response to a [&hellip...
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Aug
2015
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Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect

Beryllium Exposure Could be Cut by 90 Percent if Proposed OSHA Rule Change Takes Effect
  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a proposed rule change which would cut worker exposure to the metal Beryllium by 90 percent.  The proposal was entered into the federal register on August 7th and comments can be submitted until November 5th.  If there is enough reaction to the rule, public hearings will...
Aug
2015
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IUPAT Launches Union Veterans Council to “Fight Every Day for Those Who Have Fought for Us”

IUPAT Launches Union Veterans Council to
  The Union Veterans Council has announced the launch of their new website, which will help union veterans come together to fight for the issues that impact them most. This includes good jobs and a strong, fully-funded and staffed Veterans Administration. Veterans’ issues and those of working families are not independent of each other, the...
Aug
2015
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Driver Assaults — and One Stabbing — at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran

Driver Assaults -- and One Stabbing -- at Issue for Striking Teamsters at Sun Tran
  Members of Teamsters Local 104 who work for Sun Tran in Tucson, Arizona have gone on strike demanding improvements to the health and safety conditions at their workplace.  The Collective bargaining agreement covering more than 530 Teamsters expired on midnight of August 6th.  The week prior the union members received the company’s...
Aug
2015
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NLRB Affirms that U.S. Capitol Contractors Broke the Law by Retaliating Against Protesting Workers

NLRB Affirms that U.S. Capitol Contractors Broke the Law by Retaliating Against Protesting Workers
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined that the food service vendors at the U.S. Capitol who were the target of protests likely violated labor laws by retaliating against their workers.  In two separate cases filed in April and May, complaints were made against Restaurant Associates by workers at the Capitol Visitors...
Aug
2015
5

LiUNA-Sponsored Pre-Apprenticeship Program Expands to Help Youth, Ex-Offenders in PA

LiUNA-Sponsored Pre-Apprenticeship Program Expands to Help Youth, Ex-Offenders in PA
  The Montgomery County Opportunities Industrialization Center in Eastern Pennsylvania has expanded its focus to help disadvantaged youths. Through a new pre-apprenticeship program it is helping begin careers in the building trades.  The new program is free for 17 to 21-year-olds in Montgomery County and allows them to earn Occupational...
Aug
2015
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Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
Jul
2015
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Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H

Carhartt Pledges $100,000 Annually to Union-Supported Veteran Training Program H2H
  In a ceremony at the Washington Hilton, workwear brand Carhartt announced that they will donate $100,000 annually to Helmets to Hardhats, the Building Trades-sponsored veteran workforce development organization. Finding meaningful work is crucial to a return to civilian life following active duty.  Joining Carhartt President and COO Linda...
Jul
2015
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Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability

Gov. Inslee Uninvited from WA Labor Council Convention Over Boeing Tax Credit Accountability
  Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee planned to speak at the Washington State Labor Council’s annual convention, but his appearance has been canceled due to resentment from union members surrounding Inslee’s role in an $8.7 billion tax break for Boeing.  Originially invited to headline the event — where prominent Democrats including...
Jul
2015
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CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota’s Paid Sick Leave Standards

CWA Members Rally Outside AT&T Hearing to Uphold Minnesota's Paid Sick Leave Standards
  “It’s a simple request. Follow the law.” Those were the words of Don Waalen-Radzevicius, a 29-year employee of AT&T who was denied paid sick leave when his husband fell victim to a spell of bad health.  Waalen-Radzevicius was joined by other members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at a rally outside of [&hellip...
Jul
2015
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Non-Union Construction Firm Agrees to $80K Settlement in NY Wage Abuse Case

  A construction company has been ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in back wages to 21 laborers whom it failed to properly compensate for work on private construction projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Developers Sulajman Koci and Witold Matejkowski, owners of the non-union Stonehenge Restoration, skipped payments for weeks at a time.  Under...