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Tire Letter Update; New Senators Signed On - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Steelworkers, we’re down to crunch time. We’ve added four more Senators to the letter since we sent the email below: Sanders (VT), Durbin (IL), Schumer (NY) and Klobuchar (MN). The letter ends this week. If your Senators aren’t on, we need you to reach out because it will make a difference, especially if you’re from a state that makes tires. Please make a call today!
Union Made Picnic - Friday, August 29, 2014
Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start.
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.
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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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
You've definitely seen the local news stories where crowds of people swarm outside stores, fighting for the best Black Friday deals. But on this Black Friday, people are at Walmart stores across the country to fight for something else—a fair deal for Walmart workers.
Walmart. On one hand we have the Walton family—Walmart’s owners. With almost $150 billion in wealth, they are the richest family in the nation. On the other hand, we have Walmart workers, most of whom work for less than $25,000 a year. Most are women. And this Thanksgiving, more than 1 million of them have to go to work instead of spending the full day with their families. The following day—Black Friday—thousands of Walmart workers and community allies will be striking and protesting all over the country, calling on Walmart to end retaliation for workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay.
Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been on strike against FairPoint Communications since Oct. 17. Now some suspect the company may be offering replacement workers more than $300,000 a year to perform the same jobs the striking workers did for less than a third of that.
By now you have seen the flood of ads. This Thanksgiving America's largest retailers are in a race to see who can open first, open earliest, or stay open latest to offer "door buster" deals on cheap TVs made in China.This is a race with no winners and only losers—the hard working men and women of some of America's most recognizable, successful, and profitable companies.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement of solidarity with the Walmart workers who are striking on Black Friday (after the jump).
Walmart workers, many who earn poverty-level wages and have irregular and part-time hours, have mobilized for justice and fairness at Walmart over the past few years and now are calling on Walmart to end retaliation against workers who are speaking up for better pay and working conditions. Now, workers’ allies in communities around the nation are joining them in massive demonstrations on Black Friday (Nov. 28), the biggest shopping day of the year.
Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the grand jury decision in the shooting case of Michael Brown.
Nov. 24 marks the two-year anniversary of the deadly fire at Tazreen Fashions Ltd. in Bangladesh that killed 112 garment workers.
Since then, at least 30 garment workers have died in factory fires and 844 have been injured in 68 incidents, according to data collected by Solidarity Center staff in Dhaka, the capital. Many of the survivors and their families say they have received little or no compensation, and many survivors are unable to work again.
A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness, How Walmart is Dodging Billions in Taxes: And Scheming to Avoid Billions More, details the ways that Walmart avoids paying $1 billion in taxes a year and is spending massive amounts of money so it can pay even less in taxes. The largest retailer in the country is owned by the richest family in the country and faces constant criticism for paying workers wages so low that many of its employees can't make ends meet.
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