Archive for the ‘TAKE ACTION!’ Category

Nov
2014
21

Teamsters Locals Ain’t Nothin’ to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize

Teamsters Locals Ain't Nothin' to Truck With: Third FedEx Freight Crew Votes to Unionize
  The campaign to unionize drivers at FedEx Freight and Conway forged ahead this week with another victorious vote, this time in North Carolina. 222 FedEx drivers at the Charlotte Terminal voted to join the Teamsters Local 71.  The successful election marked the third victory for the Teamsters union, which has also recently organized workers...
Nov
2014
14

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers

San Jose Plumbers Union Pickets Use of Out-of-State Workers
  Members of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 393 have been picketing the One South Market apartment complex in San Jose, California, claiming that out of town, non-union contractors are being used on the $150 million apartment tower and being paid below the area’s prevailing wage.  Sacramento-based Iron Mechanical is currently installing...
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Oct
2014
31

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union

Missouri Firefighter Takes Fire Dept. to Court, Says She Was Fired for Attempting to Organize a Union
  In Missouri, the Ebenezer Fire Protection District and Fire Chief Nelson Prewitt are facing a lawsuit after a worker claimed she was fired for attempting to organize a union.  The worker, Amber Rounseville, is suing the parties on claims they violated the Missouri Constitution, state collective bargaining laws, and the First Amendment’s...
Oct
2014
28

“We’re Negotiating With Wolves of Wall Street”: IBEW, CWA Two Weeks Into FairPoint Strike

  It’s been two weeks since 2,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine walked off the job when their employer FairPoint Communications declared an impasse in negotiations.  The workers’ contracts expired on October 2nd, but they...
Oct
2014
17

Helmets to Hardhats Partnering With Coast Guard to Boost Area East of Capitol Hill

  Since the U.S. Coast Guard moved its headquarters east of the nation’s capital, its servicemen and women have entrenched themselves in the neighborhood, often lending a helping hand.  Recently, the Coast Guard established networks at the nearby Children of Mine Youth Center and the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys on the outskirts...
Oct
2014
17

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration

AstroTeach: Paid Counter-Protesters Appear at Philly Teachers Union Demonstration
  When the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) demonstrated on Thursday against a School Reform Commission (SRC) decision to end the contract between the school district and the union, they faced counter-protests from a marketing firm paid for by a conservative think tank.  The veil was lifted on the Commonwealth Foundation’s...
Oct
2014
15

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters

FedUp: First (Of Many?) FedEx Freight Driver Unit Votes to Unionize With Teamsters
  At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107.  The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.  Several similar campaigns are underway in other cities, but this was the first successful Fedex Freight worker [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community

In Small Town Ohio, Labor Broke Away from Democrats to Protect Workers, Community
  A movement is forming in American politics whereby labor organizations which are having trouble finding common ground with members of the Democratic party break away from their traditional alliances. The need to push for policy over party is what led to socialist candidate Kshama Sawant winning a seat on the Seattle City Council this...
Oct
2014
10

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members

Rallies Across California Campuses Seek Salary Boost for 23,000 Faculty Members
  The California Faculty Association (CFA) held a rally Tuesday at Fresno State University demanding that the school’s president, Joseph Castro, fight on their behalf as they seek a new contract with the California State University (CSU) system.  The CFA, which represents more than 23,000 CSU faculty, has been without a contract since...
Oct
2014
10

Status Update: Facebook’s Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters

Status Update: Facebook's Bus Drivers Seeking Union Representation From Teamsters
  Bus drivers who shuttle employees to and from Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters are seeking to unionize, arguing that their low wages do not afford them the opportunity to live in the area in which they work.  Seeking representation by the Teamsters, these drivers, subcontracted through Loop Transportation, are hoping collective...
Oct
2014
9

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women

St. Louis Building Trades Unions Step Up Efforts to Train and Hire Minorities, Women
  Following contentious debate within the St. Louis County Council about the need for minority hiring goals on county contracts, local unions have created the Building Union Diversity (BUD) initiative to seek out women and minorities who wish to begin careers in construction.  Laborers International Union of America (LiUNA!) representative...
Oct
2014
7

Long Beach Op-ed: “You Don’t Have to Have a College Degree to Be a Success.”

Long Beach Op-ed:
  The Editorial Board of the Grunion Gazette, a newspaper which serves the Long Beach, California community, recently came out in support of apprenticeships and technical programs noting the “need to offer students alternatives to college.”  As traditional four-year degrees continue to carry less weight in the workforce (with...