President Pat "Duke" Dujakovich stopped by the Labor Council this morning after his Shoulder Surgery. He would like to thank everyone for their calls and E-mails and is home recovering today. He should be back in the office on Tuesday and is looking forward to getting back to work.
Please join Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II MO 5th District regarding Intervention in Syria. This event will be held on Thursday, September 5th, 2013 at 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM, at Health Science Institute, Room 102, located at 3444 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. For more information please contact Michael Riley at 816.842.4545.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) announced today that it is affiliating with the AFL-CIO. UFCW President Joe Hansen said, “We join the AFL-CIO because it is the right thing to do for UFCW members, giving them more power and influence."
"It is about fostering more opportunities for workers to have a true voice on the job. It is about joining forces to build a more united labor movement that can fight back against the corporate and political onslaught facing our members each and every day."
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement:
Today’s decision by the UFCW to unite with the broader labor movement is great news for workers living in the ‘new normal’ of the low wage economy—working women, young part time workers, retail workers, immigrant workers and so many more. A stronger, more unified grassroots movement of working men and women is exactly what’s needed to raise wages for workers and rebuild an American middle class. Together we are stronger—it’s as simple as that. Together working people have a stronger voice and the power to defend their rights on the job. Together we have a stronger voice in the global economy—the power to counter the excesses of CEOs and the ravages of inequality.
What’s exciting is that many workers are already speaking out and taking action to build power together, so UFCW’s affiliation to build a stronger movement couldn’t be more timely.
This is a bold, important step by the UFCW. I have great respect for the members and leaders of UFCW— and especially for the innovative, courageous leadership of Joe Hansen. I look forward to a strong partnership that can make a real and growing difference for today’s workers.
The 1.3 million-member UFCW represents workers primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries.
The United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association, together with Prescott Fire Fighter’s Charities, have established a 501(c)3 relief fund to handle donations to benefit the families of the fallen killed in the Yarnell Fire. Every penny – 100% of your tax-deductible donation – will go to benefit the families of our brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please make your individual or corporate donation at any Chase bank.
United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association Account: Account #987218757.
For more information, contact the UPFFA Office at 602.277.1500.
Join us for the 2013 Midwest & Southern School for Union Women: “Follow Our Lead: Leadership Skills for Union Women.” This year’s school will take place over four days in Little Rock, Arkansas and will offer skill building for leading your local as well as tracks that foster awareness and participation in the larger labor movement.
The school is attended by a diversity of women representing various unions, union positions, occupations, and sectors. Instructors are all experienced university-based labor educators, union staff members, or educators within the labor movement. This annual school is a wonderful opportunity to not only develop leadership skills, but also share knowledge, learn from one another and make lasting connections with other union women.
UMKC’s Institute for Labor Studies is changing its name to Worker Education and Labor Studies. The new name reflects the needs of an evolving economy and broadens the mission of labor studies to include education, training and research about work and all working people.
Over the last few years, the program has developed particular expertise in issues of the global economy and the movement of workers and jobs within it. Its offerings and community outreach increasingly extend beyond the community of organized labor to low-wage workers and the rapidly growing sector of the workforce doing “contingent” or “precarious” work, which includes the underemployed, contract workers, temps and involuntary part-timers.
WELS will continue its Certificate Program in Labor Studies, which covers the evolution of work and labor, leadership development for unions, law, politics and bargaining as well as issues in the global economy. It continues to sponsor The Heartland Labor Forum, the weekly radio program broadcast Thursdays at 6 PM and Fridays at 5 AM on KKFI 90.1 FM community radio. WELS also will continue to provide custom training to unions and community organizations about worker and labor issues.
“At the heart of worker education and labor studies are the values of mutual aid, organizing, and negotiation as well as the value of research and education. These are all portrayed in our ingenious new logo designed by Ironworker/Artist Ron Hoyle,” said WELS Director Judy Ancel.
Help Underwrite a program and Heartland Labor Forum will broadcast a short message about your Union or Organization on the air. The cost is $40.00 and you can download the form by clicking here.
Genie Forklift Recall Product Notice: 130001
Description: Service and Parking Brakes
Model Affected: GTH-1056
Release Date: April 29, 2013
If you have a machine or machines in your fleet within the serial ranges listed on the attached bulletin please fill out the owner update form attached to the bulletin and return to Genie. You may also visit our website to register your machine.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive trade deal currently being negotiated that could threaten our environment, jobs, workers, consumer protection, and more. The TPP is written by the 1% for the 1%. While the public-and even Members of Congress-are shut out of the talks, over 600 corporate lobbyist are actively involved in shaping the agreement.
The TPP could mean:
Lost jobs, by making it easier for corporations to offshore your work.
Lower wages and fewer rights, by speeding up the global race to the bottom since it includes countries with even lower wages and fewer workers rights than China.
The erosion of existing environmental protections, greater pollution from natural gas and other industries, and higher energy prices.
Corporate attacks in private international courts that would gut our consumer, environmental, health and worker protections.
We want a fair deal or no deal!!!
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