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Union-Made St. Patrick's Day Shopping List - Thursday, March 06, 2014
We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and we can celebrate Ireland’s patron saint who drove the snakes off the Emerald Isle (some say on to planes, but that’s another story) with union libations and hearty fare. You can propose a St. Patrick’s Day toast with these fine whiskies—including some tasty single barrels—from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) represented distilleries.

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UAW files appeal on VW Chattanooga plant election - Friday, February 21, 2014
If you haven’t heard, some GREAT news broke this afternoon. UAW has filed an appeal to last week’s election, citing interference by politicians, among some other things. This is an article from the Chattanooga Times Free Press with some basic information about what’s happened so far. This is FAR from over!

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Volkswagon Vote - Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tenn. politicians threaten to kill VW incentives if UAW wins election.

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Red Wing Shoe Recall - Monday, January 13, 2014
Red Wing Shoes Recalls Steel Toe Work Boots Due to Impact Hazard

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Contract and P&I Agreements - Monday, November 18, 2013
Download copies of the Production and Maintenance CBA and P&I agreements.

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Local 1055 7 Day Event Calendar

Annual Labor Day Picnic -Monday, September 01, 2014
Our Local's Annual Labor Day Picnic will be Sept 1,2013 at our local Union Hall.

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Free Tax Assistance

United Way VITA site

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, On September the 1st , I'am going to Retire

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Good Friday / Easter Holiday

Why does the 8-hr. shifts celebrate Good Friday as a Holiday and 12-hr. shifts celebrate Easter as a Hoilday? Traditionally,the 8-hr. shifts observed Good Friday as a Hoilday because they were off on Sunday ...then in July 1992 we went to 12-hr. shifts and some members decided they perferd Easter off instead of Good Friday. This action would interfere with the Annual Good Friday Fishing Tournament which was a "huge tradtion" with many members.

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Hello Sisters and Brothers, Hope everyone has made it with out damage from the storms. I'm doing good with my L-Knee this will be 6weeks Wed. and I see the Dr. , hope to be back at Union Hall soon. Brother Lou

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Out Of Office

My Doctor is back and ready to do my left knee re-placement sch. for Wed March the 9th . I will have my lap top at home and stay in contact with everyone at the Union Hall. Lou

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Bloomsbury, N.J., Subway Workers Vote to Join Union -

Notoriously anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) can't be happy about this story. Haslam's family owns Pilot Flying J, a chain of travel centers, and workers at a Subway sandwich shop in Bloomsbury, N.J., just voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Earlier this year, Haslam was one of the key players in the effort to defeat a union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The company run by his brother, Jimmy, hasn't been as successful in denying workers their rights, as other workers at the Bloomsbury Pilot Flying J location voted to join RWDSU earlier this year.

AFGE Applauds Move to Reduce Federal Prison Overcrowding -

AFGE issued a release today in support of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's (USSC's) unanimous vote on Friday to allow federal prisoners serving time for low-level drug offenses to apply for early release. Overcrowding in federal prisons has become a significant problem in recent decades. AFGE notes that federal prison incarceration levels have risen 50% since 2000, and nearly 900% since 1980, much of it relating to drug sentences. The federal prison system is overcrowded by an average of 43%, with some prisons being much higher, and this increases dangers for both correctional officers working in the prisons and inmates.

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup -

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

Netroots Nation: How We Won the Janet Yellen Fight -

The chair of the Federal Reserve is by many accounts the second most powerful person in the United States after the president, but what the Federal Reserve does is a mystery to most Americans. Last year, there was an unusual public debate about who President Barack Obama should appoint as chairman of the Federal Reserve to replace departing chair Ben Bernanke. Bernanke’s vice chair, Janet Yellen, a renowned economist, had worked with Bernanke to prevent a second Great Depression, and it was widely expected that President Obama would appoint her. Then, suddenly, it seemed as though former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, with the backing of powerful Wall Street Democrats, was going to get the job. Then, equally suddenly, Summers withdrew his name, paving the way for President Obama to appoint Yellen as the first woman chair of the Fed.

5 Things that Have Changed Since the Federal Minimum Wage Was Last Increased -

The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, and since then, a lot has changed (don’t forget tipped workers haven’t seen a raise since 1991). There have been so many attacks on working families since that time that it would be difficult to catalog them all. But workers and their allies haven't taken the attacks sitting down, and many are finding new ways to organize and stand up for their rights. 

Tobacco Growers Rep Resigns Following Punching Incident -

Last week, we reported on an incident caught on video where a representative of the North Carolina Growers Association (NCGA) punched an organizer from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in the face during an outdoor meeting with workers. Now, FLOC reports that the NCGA accepted the resignation of the representative identified by BuzzFeed and FLOC as Paul Saffle.

11 Ways the 'Schedules that Work' Act Would Make the Lives of Working Families Better -

On Tuesday, Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the "Schedules That Work" Act to provide federal guidelines for making sure that employers offer fair, flexible and reliable schedules for working families who are often left in difficult situations because of erratic employer scheduling. Miller said the act is about "dignity" and ensuring workers can earn a decent living and meet family responsibilities.

Will Republicans Vote to Export U.S. Jobs? -

Republican senators have a golden opportunity today to show whose side they are on. In a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569), the GOP can come down on the side of America's workers who are seeking good, middle-class jobs in an economy that’s not creating enough of them, or they can choose to stand with the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas.  

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup -

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

New Jersey Union Members Learn ‘Common Sense Economics' -

In New Jersey Monday, eight union members took part in the state’s first “Common Sense Economics” training, which at its core, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, has “a clear, simple message: Raising wages works.”


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