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    Association Negotiations Update - Week of 2/8/16
    02/12/16 - TWU Local 513
    Brothers and Sisters, The following update has been released by the TWU/IAM Association Negotiating Committee.
    Metro Theater Presents St. Louis Superheroes
    02/12/16 - Saint Louis Police Officers Association
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    New Milford BOE Paraeducators Nearly Unanimously Vote to Join UPSEU
    02/12/16 - UPSEU
    The New Milford BOE Paraeducators voted in a secret ballot election conducted by the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations on Thursday, February 11, 2016 to join UPSEU. The bargaining unit comprised of 95 members voted nearly unanimously to join UPSEU, with over 95% of those who casted a ballot voting for UPSEU.
    In Case You Missed These...
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 355
      • Trade deal is an attack on our unions.   • 10 facts about the 1% percent (Numbers don't lie.)   • Union membership grows in the South.   • Why shouldn't education be free?   • Union members save on Valentine's Day.   • Maryland restores voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders.
    Presidents' Day
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 449
    For a brief history of Presidents' Day click on the lead below. https://en.wikipedia.
    For The First Time in Years, Labor Resistance Is on the Rise in America
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 355
    Feb. 12, 2016 | WORKING AMERICA | Industrial unrest in the United Stated was more frequent and widespread last year, according to annual data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were twelve "major work stoppages" measured by the BLS, up from eleven the year before. The disputes involved about 47,000 workers – a year-over-year increase of 13,000.
    For The First Time in Years, Labor Resistance Is on the Rise in America
    02/12/16 - Teamsters local 570
    Feb. 12, 2016 | WORKING AMERICA | Industrial unrest in the United Stated was more frequent and widespread last year, according to annual data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were twelve "major work stoppages" measured by the BLS, up from eleven the year before. The disputes involved about 47,000 workers – a year-over-year increase of 13,000.
    Tips for Reducing the Risk of Firefighter Cancer
    02/12/16 - Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
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    In Case You Missed These...
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 992
      • Trade deal is an attack on our unions.   • 10 facts about the 1% percent (Numbers don't lie.)   • Union membership grows in the South.   • Why shouldn't education be free?   • Union members save on Valentine's Day.   • Maryland restores voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders.
    For The First Time in Years, Labor Resistance Is on the Rise in America
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 992
    Feb. 12, 2016 | WORKING AMERICA | Industrial unrest in the United Stated was more frequent and widespread last year, according to annual data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were twelve "major work stoppages" measured by the BLS, up from eleven the year before. The disputes involved about 47,000 workers – a year-over-year increase of 13,000.
    Regional Bargaining Report # 51
    02/12/16 - CWA Local 2222
    Thursday, February 11, 2016 The Mid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committee has been in Philadelphia this week reviewing the Company’s latest comprehensive proposal in detail. We met with the company yesterday and requested detailed explanations of various items to help clarify their intent and the impact they would have on both active and retired members.
    Inside Wiremen-License Required
    02/12/16 - IBEW Local 191
    Wa State Electrical Licensing is required for all electrical work in Washington. Information for obtaining your Washington State Electrical License
    STOP THE TPP!!!
    02/12/16 - IBEW Local 191
    In Case You Missed These...
    02/12/16 - Teamsters local 570
      • Trade deal is an attack on our unions.   • 10 facts about the 1% percent (Numbers don't lie.)   • Union membership grows in the South.   • Why shouldn't education be free?   • Union members save on Valentine's Day.   • 4 reasons why raising SS retirement age cuts everyone's benefits.
    In Case You Missed These...
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 888
      • Trade deal is an attack on our unions.   • 10 facts about the 1% percent (Numbers don't lie.)   • Union membership grows in the South.   • Why shouldn't education be free?   • Union members save on Valentine's Day.   • Maryland restores voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders.
    For The First Time in Years, Labor Resistance Is on the Rise in America
    02/12/16 - Teamsters Local 888
    Feb. 12, 2016 | WORKING AMERICA | Industrial unrest in the United Stated was more frequent and widespread last year, according to annual data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were twelve "major work stoppages" measured by the BLS, up from eleven the year before. The disputes involved about 47,000 workers – a year-over-year increase of 13,000.
    Chere Chaney Medical Fund via GoFundMe
    02/11/16 - Kansas City Labor Beacon Newspaper
    Our friend and amazing supporter of labor, Democratic, and women's causes - Chere Chaney - was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung and bone cancer. Chere's diagnosis is not curable, but it is treatable; she started chemo at KU the first week of February.  We could write so much about why we love Chere and want to help her; she has given back so much to us.
    Regional Bargaining Report # 51
    02/11/16 - Communications Workers of America Local 2336
    Regional Bargaining Report # 51 Thursday, February 11, 2016 The Mid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committee has been in Philadelphia this week reviewing the Company’s latest comprehensive proposal in detail.
    Today in Labor History
    02/11/16 - Communications Workers of America Local 2336
    Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is arrested while leading a protest of conditions in West Virginia mines. She was 83 years old at the time - 1913 Some 1,300 sanitation workers begin what is to become a 64-day strike in Memphis, ultimately winning union recognition and wage increases. The April 4 assassination in Memphis of Martin Luther King Jr.
    Quote of the Day:
    02/11/16 - Communications Workers of America Local 2336
    Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at a March 18, 1968 rally in support of the striking Memphis sanitation workers: “You are demonstrating that we can stick together.
    Right to Work for Less
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 61
    Hall: 'Our Fight in West Virginia Is Not Over'   Teamster Leader Denounces Right to Work as Power Grab by Outside Billionaires Press Contact Kara Deniz Email: kdeniz@teamster.org Phone: (202) 624-6911 (CHARLESTON, W.Va.
    Love with a Union Label on Valentine’s Day:
    02/11/16 - Communications Workers of America Local 2336
    Love with a Union Label on Valentine’s Day: Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14, toast your love with champagne that carries a union label or touch up your pheromones a bit with some smell-good union-made scents. It turns out there are many union-made treats you can give out on Valentine's Day.
    UPSEU Secures Doubleheader Victories Against AFSCME
    02/11/16 - UPSEU
    In two (2) separate secret ballot elections conducted by the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, members voted to join UPSEU. The Town of Trumbull DPW Supervisors voted unanimously to leave AFSCME and join UPSEU.
    VOTE 2016!
    02/11/16 - BAC Local 2 Washington Idaho Montana
    If we don’t fight for ourselves, who will? One of the most potent tools we have to influence what happens at the bargaining table and what goes into the bread box is through the ballot box. Make your voice heard. The 2016 U.S. elections will determine the next President, 12 Governors, 100 Senators, 435 Representatives and thousands of state and local officials.
    Ryder Truck Rental – Bluegrass Shop Members Ratify New Contract
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 89
    Mechanics and servicemen Teamster members employed by Ryder Truck Rental overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement on Sunday, January 31st of 2016. Among the highlights of the new agreement are substantial pay increases for all three years, including first year raises averaging $2.19 dollars per hour.
    PENSION RESCUE PLAN UPDATE
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 568
    Treasury Department Appointee Ken Feinberg to Host Public Forum in Kansas City, Missouri (WASHINGTON) - The Treasury Department announced the details today for a public session in Kansas City, Mo.
    Women: The Future of the Trade Union Movement?
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 355
    Feb. 11, 2016 | ANALYSIS | Attacks on terms and conditions have lead women into unions, and into activism. Some of the most powerful fights of recent years have happened not in heavy industry, but in sectors employing lots of women: education, health, textiles, retail and cleaning. A whole new generation of women activists have entered the labour movement.
    AFSCME COUNCIL 4 DISCLAIMS INTEREST IN RIDGEFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT UNIT
    02/11/16 - UPSEU
    The 40 member Ridgefield Police Department will join UPSEU/COPS as AFSCME, recognizing they would not recieve a single vote, decided that instead of losing yet another election to UPSEU, they would just walk away.  UPSEU/COPS has received recognition as the bargaining representative of the unit. UPSE welcomes Ridgefield PD to UPSEU/COPS.
    Women: The Future of the Trade Union Movement?
    02/11/16 - Teamsters local 570
    Feb. 11, 2016 | ANALYSIS | Attacks on terms and conditions have lead women into unions, and into activism. Some of the most powerful fights of recent years have happened not in heavy industry, but in sectors employing lots of women: education, health, textiles, retail and cleaning. A whole new generation of women activists have entered the labour movement.
    Chintzy Florida losing its movie industry
    02/11/16 - IATSE Local 477
    Movie productions set in Florida have been lured to states with film industry tax incentives.
    Bob Rawlings
    02/11/16 - UA Local 296
    Celebration of Life for Bob Rawlings March 19th, 2016 2:00-4:30 pm Playhouse events and Dinner Theater 8001 Fairview Ave.
    Fight For $15 Rally in Kingston
    02/11/16 - HVALF AFL-CIO
    It's Time For Healthcare Workers to Win The Fight For $15 Rally in Kingston Wednesday, February 24, 2016 11:00 AM
    Calling all Golfers - Save the date
    02/11/16 - IUEC Local 10
    The Annual Local #10 Russell G. Hansborough Memorial Golf Tournament will be on Friday, May 27, 2016, beginning at 8:00 am.  Please put the date on your calendars.  It will be a shot gun start, as usual.  All other details are still being put into place, and will be posted here as soon as they are available.
    Chere Chaney Medical Fund via GoFundMe
    02/11/16 - Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
    Our friend and amazing supporter of labor, Democratic, and women's causes - Chere Chaney - was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung and bone cancer. Chere's diagnosis is not curable, but it is treatable; she started chemo at KU the first week of February.  We could write so much about why we love Chere and want to help her; she has given back so much to us.
    Women: The Future of the Trade Union Movement?
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 992
    Feb. 11, 2016 | ANALYSIS | Attacks on terms and conditions have lead women into unions, and into activism. Some of the most powerful fights of recent years have happened not in heavy industry, but in sectors employing lots of women: education, health, textiles, retail and cleaning. A whole new generation of women activists have entered the labour movement.
    New study shows prevailing wage has benefits, does not add costs
    02/11/16 - Great Plains Laborers' District Council
    A new "Smart Cities" study shows that prevailing wage laws don't increase costs, but actually benefit communities.  Read the complete study at http://www.smartcitiesprevail.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PW-national-impact-study-FINAL2.9.16.
    Treasury Department Announces Public Session for Feedback on Central States Pension Rescue Plan
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 745
    The Treasury Department announced public session in Kansas City, MO for Tuesday, February 16, 2016 for Central States Pension Fund Retirees and Participants to offer feedback on the proposed Rescue Plan.  To submit official public comments, retirees and participants need to visit www.treasury.gov/mpra and follow the instructions outlined there.
    Walk For Warmth !!
    02/11/16 - UAW Local 602
    Capital Area Community Services (CACS) 26th Annual Walk for Warmth February 27, 2016 Capital Area Community Services, Inc. is inviting everyone to join us for the 26th Annual Walk for Warmth on Saturday, February 27, 2016.  The Walk for Warmth is a statewide fundraiser to help families in need through cold winter.
    FAA Reform Bill Addresses Security Gaps
    02/11/16 - AMFA
    February 11, 2016 -- Last October, a Russian plane carrying 224 men, women, and children crashed in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. All 224 people on board were killed. It is now suspected that an aircraft maintenance technician from EgyptAir planted the bomb on the plane. While many of the details surrounding this incident remain unclear, the fact that an aircraft maintenance technician could be involved should horrify all of us. The men and women I represent are fully committed to the safety and security of the passengers and planes we service. Our motto, “Safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground,” underscores our commitment to the American flying public.
    Union Made: Love with a Union Label on Valentine’s Day
    02/11/16 - HVALF AFL-CIO
    Why not give your valentine some union-made sweets this Feb. 14, toast your love with champagne that carries a union label or touch up your pheromones a bit with some smell-good union-made scents.
    The Annual Corrections USA Valor Awards Conference
    02/11/16 - NJLESA
    We are pleased to announce that our very own Sergeant, Joseph Socolof is the recipient of the 2015 Image Award. On behalf of the NJLESA, we congratulate Sgt. Socolof on this great honor.
    Regional council discusses improving broadband service
    02/11/16 - HVALF AFL-CIO
    The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Wednesday announced new developments within the region for 2016. The council, along with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, put a real emphasis on broadband connectivity for the region. Hochul said that with the New NY Broadband Program, which was launched on January 8, the governor is“laser focused” on the Mid-Hudson region and compared broadband to being as necessary as respiration for anyone living in the civilized world today.
    Women: The Future of the Trade Union Movement?
    02/11/16 - Teamsters Local 888
    Feb. 11, 2016 | ANALYSIS | Attacks on terms and conditions have lead women into unions, and into activism. Some of the most powerful fights of recent years have happened not in heavy industry, but in sectors employing lots of women: education, health, textiles, retail and cleaning. A whole new generation of women activists have entered the labour movement.
    Statement of National President Chuck Canterbury On Super Bowl Half Time
    02/10/16 - Pennsylvania State Lodge FOP
    The 330,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police are aware of the anti-police symbolism and language used during portions of the halftime show at Super Bowl 50. We would invite the performer who voiced those words to join us in trying to bring communities together rather than trying to further divide them.
    Voter Registration Applications
    02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 743
    With the Primary Election quickly approaching, the time is near for all completed voter registrations to be returned to this office in order for the voters to be eligible to vote on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
    Justice in Campbellsville
    02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 89
    Her grievances were deadlocked by UPS and the IBT state panel system failed her, but Madonna Russell and Teamsters Local 89 still found a way to get justice in a small UPS facility in Campbellsville, Kentucky. A Teamster since 1985, Madonna was an exemplary employee who worked in a small UPS center in Campbellsville, where she served as a steward for seventeen years.
    Attention All Verizon Retirees
    02/10/16 - Communications Workers of America Local 1120
    We received the letter attached from Verizon concerning retiree medical contributions. This letter is for all retirees with the MEP HCN coverage. The coverage for the MEP HCN plan exceeded the plan cap amounts for 2016 and retirees are getting billed if they wish to remain in the MEP HCN plan. If you ignore the bill your coverage WILL BE TERMINATED.
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