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Striking oil workers, Shell to resume talks on Wed - Wednesday, March 04, 2015
The United Steelworkers union, representing 30,000 oil workers in contract talks, will resume negotiations next week with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, prolonging the biggest refinery strike in 35 years.
Now is the Time to Speak Out - Friday, February 13, 2015
Fast Track is a set of rules that speeds massive trade deals through Congress without changes. No deal – no matter how bad – has ever been stopped under Fast Track rules. Make sure you’re informed and that each and every Steelworker knows just how bad Fast Track could be. Please share this InfoAlert in your workplace, talk to your members and speak out!
Spreading Oil Worker Strike Biggest in U.S. in 35 Years - Tuesday, February 10, 2015
More than 5,400 workers at 11 oil refineries from the West Coast to the Midwest have walked off the job to protest what they say are unfair labor practices and dangerous working conditions.
Oil workers begin largest strike since 1980 - Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Some 3,800 union oil workers began Feb. 1 their largest strike since 1980. The United Steelworkers Union called for its refinery workers to stage their walkout after negotiations with Shell Oil Co. broke down less than two weeks after they began.
U.S. ruling on Chinese tire imports goes into effect - Friday, January 30, 2015
Good read. As you read this remember the USW filed this trade case and fought for our brothers and sisters in the tire industry. Along with your help thru the Rapid Response Action Call we were successful. Thanks for all you do.
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Dear Sisters and Brothers, On September the 1st , I'am going to Retire
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.
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
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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AFL-CIO Now Blog
In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement in response to the House Republican leadership's decision to go on recess.
Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.
Today, the Obama administration made the disastrous decision to upgrade Malaysia—a major player in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement—on its annual Trafficking in Persons report. This clearly political decision undermines the credibility of important anti-trafficking efforts and underscores the fact that the Obama administration is willing to pursue its anti-worker trade agenda at all costs. It is also yet another sign that the TPP will only continue a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions.
The notion that unionization and higher wages decrease income inequality is a fundamental premise of the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center and our allies. But now a surprising source has reached the same conclusion: the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The newest video from AFSCME takes a closer look at the latest promotional video from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy, extremist organization behind much of the anti-worker agenda in the states. It seems that the video left some information out, but AFSCME quickly responded and helped out by including the missing info. Check it out and learn more about ALEC on AFSCME's blog.
The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009. A worker with a full-time minimum wage job earns just $14,500 annually—a salary that would put a single parent of two children below the poverty line. It is past time to raise the minimum wage to a level that provides working people with economic stability, instead of trapping them in poverty.
A national movement for a higher minimum wage, increased dignity and a better quality of life looks like it's going to pay off for the New York fast-food workers who launched the whole thing. Momentum has grown in recent years for not only increasing the minimum wage, but for making the wage closer to one that workers can support their families on, and the state of New York is set to join the wave. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) directed the state's acting commissioner of labor to appoint a panel to consider the issue, and the panel has recommended that the state raise the wage for fast-food workers to $15 per hour in chains that have more than 30 outlets. The acting commissioner still must approve the changes, but he is widely expected to do so. When he does, 70% of New Yorkers who currently work for the minimum wage will see a raise.
Imagine if, for more than a dozen years, you got a piece of paper with each paycheck saying you still had a job next week and should come back to work next Monday. Now imagine your best friend at the same garment factory, after 14 years of service, getting a piece of paper that said she should not come back on Monday. Why? Because she supported the union and therefore no longer has a job.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions have been working hard to find solutions to the state’s pension funding problem on behalf of nearly 800,000 current and retired public employees who have been contributing faithfully to their pensions and whose retirement security depends partly on earned pension income.
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