Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Apr
2014
24

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate

Union Ironworker Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin State Senate
  Union ironworker Randy Bryce has gained the support of the Wisconsin Democrats for a run at State Senate. Below, the press release announcing his candidacy… **** MADISON – Today, active community member, veteran, and father Randy Bryce announced his candidacy for the 21st State Senate District in Wisconsin. A local ironworker, Randy...
Apr
2014
10

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest
  The 250 UPS workers who were terminated for participating in a 90-minute walkout will have their jobs back after intense negotiations between company executives and Teamsters Local 804.  The agreement means all fired and threatened to be fired employees’ jobs will be safe, including Jairo Reyes, for whom the walkout was initially in...
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Apr
2014
9

100,000 Sign Petition to Reinstate Fired UPS Workers; Teamsters Rally at City Hall

  As part of their plan to eventually fire all 250 Queens, NY drivers who participated in a 90-minute work stoppage, UPS let 17 workers go last Friday. The mass firing brought the total to 36.   The work stoppage was organized in late February to protest the firing of a 24-year old veteran who ...
Apr
2014
4

McDonald’s Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation

McDonald's Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation
  Gawker reports that a coalition of McDonald’s workers are suing the company for wage theft in New York, California, and Michigan.  The workers, affiliated with the Fast Food Forward movement, claim the company forced them to work off-the-clock, shaved hours from their time cards, and failed to properly pay them overtime. According to a ...
Apr
2014
1

Building Trades Join Over 70 Organizations in Calling on Dept of Labor to Prioritize PLAs

  A letter sent to Department of Labor head Thomas Perez, signed by over 70 labor and social justice groups, calls for the DOL to prioritize Project Labor Agreements as they review and revise regulations and goals for women and minorities in apprenticeships and on federal construction projects.   The discussed guidelines have remained...
Mar
2014
28

Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration

Community Support of Striking VT Teamsters Results in Rejection of Binding Arbitration
  The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) strike is wrapping up its second week and the Burlington community its bus drivers serve is increasingly siding with the workers, who are Teamsters.  At a meeting of the Burlington City Council on Wednesday the supporters filled the stairwells of the building, chanting, “Get up, get...
Mar
2014
28

Nearly 1000 Protest “Right-to-Work,” Paycheck Deception, Wage-Slashing at Missouri Capitol

Nearly 1000 Protest
  Close to a thousand union members joined at the Missouri state capitol this week to protest “Right-to-Work” legislation currently being considered by the legislature.  House Speaker Tim Jones has made anti-union legislation a top priority with three harmful bills being considered.   Speaking to the gathered crowd, Governor Jay Nixon...
Mar
2014
27

SMART Gets 28 Laid-Off Union Hopefuls Their Jobs Back

  Laid-off workers in Tucson have scored a victory in court after a federal judge ordered their former employer, Greenbriar Rail Services, to reinstate 28 employees.   U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata also ordered the company to begin negotiations with SMART, the union which was trying to mount an organizing drive when the company ...
Mar
2014
27

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize

Wildcats Strike: Regional NLRB Director Grants Northwestern Football Team Right to Organize
  In a decision that could alter the role of ‘student-athletes,’ the National Labor Relations Board’s regional director in Chicago ruled that Northwestern football players are employees of the university and have the right to organize with a union and collectively bargain.   In a 24-page decision, NLRB regional director Peter...
Mar
2014
19

Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov’t

Striking VT Teamsters Fend Off Binding Arbitration, Enjoy Support of Local Community, Gov't
  In Burlington, Vermont nearly 70 bus drivers have gone on strike hoping to receive a fair contract from management.  The drivers are represented by Teamsters Local 597 and work for the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA).  Chittenden County is Vermont’s most populated county. As we wrote earlier this month, drivers voted...
Mar
2014
14

$58 Million More Union Pension Dollars Invested in SF Housing Construction

  The AFL-CIO’s Housing Investment Trust (HIT) has announced a $58 million commitment to the 101 Polk development in San Francisco.  Construction of the $82.8 million multi-family development in the city’s Central Market neighborhood is expected to create 350 union construction jobs.  Upon completion, the thirteen-story building...
Mar
2014
12

American Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United

American Cream: Ben & Jerry's Join Fight to Overturn Citizens United
  The creators of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, want to “Get the Dough Out!” of American politics and are thus pushing for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United vs. FEC and keep corporate money out of elections.   The question of corporate influence over elections continues to ...