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Vermont Bus Drivers to Strike over Dangerous Schedules

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 10:33
Jonathan LeavittLabor NotesFebruary 28, 2014View the original piece

Bus drivers in northern Vermont have voted 53-4 to strike against unsafe conditions, surveillance and discipline, and part-time status. The walkout is set for March 10.

Click here to read more at Labor Notes.

Issues: Bus Drivers
Categories: Labor News, Unions

YRCW 2013 Results

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 09:31

February 28, 2014: YRCW announced their 2013 annual and fourth quarter numbers and it’s clear that the regional carriers are pulling their weight. Operating profits were up to $22.7 million in 2013 for the regionals – Holland, New Penn, and Reddaway - while YRC Freight posted a 2013 loss of $15.4 million. YRC claimed losses due to weather, workers’ compensation claims, and weaker rates.

In late 2013, Jeff Rogers was removed as president of YRC Freight. He has been replaced by Darren Hawkins – formerly senior VP of sales and marketing at the company. CEO James Welch had held the post briefly prior to the change.

Upper management clearly needs a better plan to right the ship at YRC Freight. Teamster members have made countless sacrifices since 2009. James Welch needs to stop pointing fingers like he did in his February 14 letter to Teamsters. The focus needs to be on issues with YRC Freight management and operations – not the thousands of Teamsters who have done their part.

See article in Transport Topics.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

New documents prove U.S. Army actively targeted IWW, other activists

IWW - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:36

By Scott Kaufman, The Raw Story

New records obtained by the Defending Dissent Foundation prove that the United States Army used a multi-agency spy network to gather intelligence on nonviolent, antiwar protesters and to disseminate their findings to both the FBI and local police departments.

Activists filed a lawsuit against Thomas Rudd and John Towery — Panagacos v. Towery — in 2007, alleging that the U.S. Army had directed operatives to infiltrate and collect information about the activist movement in the Washington area.

According to the newly released documents, the U.S. Army paid Towery, a Criminal Information and Systems Officer, to spy on the antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), as well as the Students for a Democratic Society, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Iraq Veterans Against the War.

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Texans Build Teamster Unity at TDU Meeting

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:36

Feb 26, 2014: Local 745 members held a TDU meeting in El Paso, Texas to talk about enforcing their contracts, the future of the union and rebuilding Teamster Power.

Teamsters in El Paso are members of Local 745 in Dallas which is 635 miles away!

That kind of distance takes the “local” right out of local union. So members decided to cook up some Teamster Unity of their own and organized a TDU meeting in El Paso on Feb. 22.

The meeting was organized by Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight. Different generations of Teamsters came together with the common goal of building a stronger union for the future.

Members shared strategies for dealing with contract violations, including seniority, supervisors working, excessive overtime and production harassment.

How to stop concessions at UPS and UPS Freight was another hot topic.

“When we spoke up at the contract vote here in El Paso, they told us, ‘If you don’t like it, get out of the union,’” one UPS Freight Teamster said. “No way are we getting out of the Union. We’re getting even more involved.”

Rebuilding Teamster Power by informing and involving members. That’s what TDU is all about.

Click here to read more about TDU: Who We Are, What We’ve Won, Where We Stand.

 

Issues: TDU
Categories: Labor News, Unions

TDU Pension Meeting Slated for Richfield Ohio

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 08:53

Active and retired Teamsters in northeast Ohio are organizing a meeting for Saturday, March 8 to address pension issues. The meeting is sponsored by TDU and will be held at the Days Inn - Richfield at 10 am. Ann Curry Thompson, an attorney well versed in pension law, will be a guest speaker.

The meeting comes in response to Congress considering changes to pension law. Teamsters are encouraged to invite co-workers and spouses to learn more about possible cuts for those already retired or soon to be.

Details are available on this flier.

Issues: TDUPension and Benefits
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Fleet Memo

IBU - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 13:18
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If Gap Can Raise Wages, So Can Walmart

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 02/25/2014 - 07:01
Change WalmartFebruary 25, 2014View the original piecePetition:

To Walmart:

I recently read that Gap plans to raise its wage to $10 by the end of next year. Yet, Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, has failed to act while many of its 1.3 million workers are barely scraping by. We all know Walmart can do better, but is choosing not to. That’s why I call on you to pay Walmart workers a minimum of $25,000 a year so they are not forced to rely on government assistance.

Why Act Now:

Tell Walmart it can’t claim to be neutral on raising the minimum wage when despite its massive profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on tax-payer programs. It’s time to take responsibility and start providing decent jobs.

Background:

For more than two years, workers at Walmart have been bravely standing up for change at the retail Goliath. The company has sought to silence these workers by targeting and firing many of those who speak out. Workers have bravely gone on strike to protest this retaliation and Walmart is now facing prosecution by the National Labor Relations Board for this illegal intimidation.

While workers have made significant progress at the store-level in many locations, Walmart corporate continues to focus on shiny PR ads about opportunity in the company, rather than creating quality job. By the company’s own admission, most workers make less than $25,000 a year. Most deal with erratic work schedules and inadequate hours on top of low pay.

Worst of all, Walmart can afford to do better, but it chooses not to.

Despite its $17 billion in profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on tax-payer programs. In fact, last November Fortune demonstrated how Walmart could afford to raise workers’s wages by 50% without hurting the business. Similarly, Demos concluded that Walmart could afford to give workers a “substantial raise.”

Click here to sign the petition.

 

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Strike Vote Scare Tactic

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 13:48

February 24, 2014: The Hoffa-Hall administration is trying to intimidate UPS Teamsters with phony strike votes. But the scare tactics aren’t working.

Last Friday, UPS Teamsters in Local 710 Voted No by 73% to reject a weak contract, which was patterned after the national agreement. The Local 710 ballot stated it was a strike authorization vote. But there will not be any strike. Why?

Because the “strike vote” was only a scare tactic to try to coerce members into accepting a contract they didn’t want. Hoffa and Hall have threatened to use the same scare tactics on the next contract vote in Philadelphia and in Western Pennsylvania.

UPS wants no part of a strike especially coming on the heels of the company’s Christmas season PR problems.

Any strike would be devastating to UPS. Brown has an integrated delivery network and cannot function without the packages that go through Chicago, the Louisville Worldport hub or the Philadelphia Airport Hub. 

This gives our union leverage. But instead of using a strike threat against the company, Hoffa and Hall are turning it around as a scare tactic against the members. 

The scare tactic didn’t work with the 6,000 members of Local 710, across Illinois, Northern Indiana, and Davenport, Iowa. Now will Hoffa and Hall try the same tactic in Pennsylvania?

Western Pa, Philadelphia, Louisville to Meet

Ken Hall has directed the union negotiating committees Western Pa, Philadelphia and Louisville to meet in Ft. Lauderdale during the National Grievance Panel meetings next week to discuss their unresolved supplements or rider, and their outstanding issues.

It’s time for Hall to back up these Teamsters, instead of continuing to use lies and scare tactics against them.

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Crash Probe Shows Danger of Tired Pilots at Night

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:40
Mary Schlangenstein and Alan Levin BloombergFebruary 24, 2014View the original piece

U.S. safety regulators examining the fatal crash of a United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) jet last year highlighted the dangers of pilot fatigue, a pivotal issue for the cargo crews who often fly overnight.

Documents released by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board yesterday showed that the captain had complained about an arduous nighttime schedule, while the co-pilot didn’t take full advantage of a chance to rest before their shift began. Both pilots died in a failed pre-dawn landing on Aug. 14.

The strain of toggling between a daytime lifestyle and flying after dark can dull crew members’ responses in critical situations, said Bill Waldock, who teaches accident investigation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Safety officials said the pilots of UPS Flight 1354 made errors as they tried to touch down in Birmingham, Alabama.

“We’re basically daytime animals,” Waldock said in a telephone interview from Prescott, Arizona. “We like to be awake in the daytime and sleep at night. For a lot of people, it’s hard to flip-flop that.”

UPS, the world’s biggest package-delivery company, and FedEx Corp., operator of the largest cargo airline, do much of their flying at night, when there is less competition for airspace with passenger carriers. About two-thirds of UPS’s volume moves on night flights, said Jeff Wafford, a spokesman.

Pilot Shifts

Nighttime and overnight flying is more challenging because pilots probably try to maintain a normal daytime routine when they’re not on duty, said Bob Mann, a former American Airlines executive who is now president of aviation consultant R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, New York.

“That’s true whether you’re a general aviation pilot or a daytime airline pilot or a nighttime cargo airline pilot,” Mann said by phone.

Cargo carriers aren’t subject to more-stringent U.S. work and rest rules that took effect Jan. 4 for pilots on passenger airlines. Atlanta-based UPS said its maximum domestic workday for pilots is 13.5 hours, within the 16-hour limit set for freight operations by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

While shift work has long been linked with safety and health risks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pilots flying irregular hours operate in an environment with far less room for error -- and much graver consequences -- than in most other occupations.

Bounced Landing

NTSB investigators cited pilot fatigue in the 2009 accident on a World Airways jet flying 168 U.S. soldiers home from Iraq. The bounced landing in Baltimore destroyed the plane, and severely injured one person. Pilots also were tired on the Colgan Air turboprop that crashed near Buffalo, New York, in 2009 and killed 50 people, according to the NTSB, which stopped short of blaming fatigue for that accident.

UPS’s Flight 1354, an Airbus A300-600F, hit a hillside cloaked in darkness less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, breaking apart and bursting into flames at 4:47 a.m. local time.

Documents and testimony at yesterday’s hearing in Washington showed several mistakes as the pilots attempted to touch down at Runway 18, which is 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) shorter than the alternate strip. That runway also lacked an instrument-landing system that helps position planes when darkness or clouds obscure the crew’s vision.

“If you’re chronically fatigued, you’re more likely to make a mistake,” said Embry-Riddle’s Waldock. “If they were already fatigued and flying on autopilot, it might have lulled them into thinking they were a little further out.”

Schedule Strain

UPS Captain Cerea Beal told a fellow pilot within a day of the crash that “the schedules are killing him and he could not keep this up,” according to records released by the NTSB.

While copilot Shanda Fanning, 37, went off duty at 6:15 a.m. the day before the accident and didn’t report to work until shortly before 9 p.m., she could have been asleep no more than 5 1/2 hours, according to an NTSB analysis of her schedule. Hotel and witness records showed she left her room for most of the day, according to the NTSB.

Beal, 58, had been off duty for seven days before reporting to work on Aug. 12, according to the records. He had called in sick on Aug. 9 at the same time he was attending a family reunion, according to the records.

“Even though the duty time seems reasonable, because it is on the back side of the clock, it is very possible to not get proper rest when you are off during the day,” said Kit Darby, who runs Kit Darby Aviation Consulting in Peachtree City, Georgia. “So you are tired no matter what.”

Pilots’ Responsibility

Pilots are responsible for reporting to work rested and able to fly, Darby said.

Freight carriers are exempt from the new standards for passenger pilots, whose maximum work shifts were capped at a range of nine to 14 hours instead of 16. Passenger-airline pilots flying late at night, crossing multiple time zones or making numerous takeoffs and landings were restricted the most.

The pilots union at UPS has lobbied Congress and sued the FAA to extend the new rest rules to cargo airlines. While UPS said its analysis showed Flight 1354’s pilots would have complied with new passenger-carrier rules, the NTSB said that review didn’t take into account any previous multiday trips.

“I don’t understand, with the FAA’s stated intent that there be a single level for safety within the industry, why it only applies to the passenger side,” Mann said. “Its failure to bind the cargo industry to that goal seems out of line.”

The NTSB echoed that call yesterday, saying it has urged U.S. aviation regulators to apply the new fatigue standards to cargo operations.

“There is no reason to exempt pilots simply because they are carrying pallets rather than passengers,” NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said in a press conference after the hearing in Washington. Pilots flying in the wee hours “are even more susceptible to being fatigued.”

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

New Orleans oil spill

IBU - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:17
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Winnipeg IWW: A Tale of Two Trainings

IWW - Sun, 02/23/2014 - 14:59

By Transcona Slim, The Winnipeg Wobbly

The IWW’s Organizer Training 101 (OT101) is fundamentally different from any of the union trainings I’ve ever participated in with my business union. In 2010, I went to the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) Prairies Youth Activist Retreat. It was five days long and held in a smaller vacation town in Manitoba. We spent the first two days learning the UFCW version of labor history and why we needed to vote for the New Democratic Party (NDP). We had a provincial NDP functionary (the Minister of Justice) come and speak to us about “our” issues. Incidentally, he side-stepped my question about why the NDP cancelled the university tuition freeze. We were told that, because of elections in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we might be expected to act as volunteers for the NDP’s electoral campaigns and that the skills we learned were going to be put into that project. (Read more)

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Local 710 UPS Teamsters Say NO

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:59

February 21, 2014. UPS Teamsters in Local 710 have overwhelmingly rejected the deal put forward by their local leadership and UPS management. The vote was 1827 No to 690 Yes. 

Local 710 represents some 6,000 UPS Teamsters throughout Illinois (except Chicago), Northern Indiana and Davenport, Iowa, and has a contract separate from the national agreement.

Members feel that the deal too closely resembled the weak national contract (especially on health care) and was even worse in some ways: allowing a “two-tier” clause so that future hires (full-time and part-time) could be scheduled any five days and creating no new full-time jobs.


 

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UPS Update

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:21

February 21, 2014: Get the latest news on the third vote on the Ohio Rider, Hoffa-Hall threats against UPSers in Philadelphia and Western PA, the upcoming national grievance panel and the information brownout on the IBT-UPS pension.

UPS Bargaining: Brownout and Threats

The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer.

Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice.

Hall’s office is spreading the word that the third vote may be a strike vote, and if members vote to strike, the IBT will not sanction extending picket lines beyond Pennsylvania.

Click here to read more.

UPS National Grievance Panel Set for March

The UPS National Grievance panel will meet in Fort Lauderdale, March 3-6. 

The National Grievance Panel Docket is a whopping 116 pages. Subcontracting, the failure of UPS to post and replace full-time 22.3 jobs, and supervisors working are some of the most common violations cited.

Click here to read more.

UPS Pension Limbo Continues

Teamsters who are ready to retire are being held hostage by UPS and the Hoffa-Hall administration.

One of the selling points of the UPS contract was that 50,000 full-time UPSers who get a substandard pension from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan would get a $200 increase, retroactive to August 1.

But UPS Teamsters like Stevie Thomas, who call the IBT- UPS Pension Plan about retiring are being told a different story.  Plan reps are still telling members that they have to wait until after the contract is ratified to get the pension increase.

Click here to read more about why they won't help Stevie retire.

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Pension Limbo Continues

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:14

February 21, 2014: Teamsters who are ready to retire are being held hostage by UPS and the Hoffa-Hall administration.

One of the selling points of the UPS contract was that 50,000 full-time UPSers who get a substandard pension from the IBT-UPS Pension Plan would get a $200 increase, retroactive to August 1.

But UPS Teamsters who call the IBT- UPS Pension Plan about retiring are being told a different story. Plan reps are still telling members that they have to wait until after the contract is ratified to get the pension increase.

Stevie Thomas is a 34-year Teamster in Louisville who planned on retiring in January so he could take care of his wife who needs medical assistance at home. Instead, he is still trapped working at UPS.

“It has been hard to go to work daily knowing that had the IBT leadership guaranteed all new language retroactive (in writing) I would have been retired and enjoying life as of January 11, 2014,” Thomas said. 

Stevie’s stewards sent a letter to Ken Hall more than a month ago, asking for the IBT to clarify the issue so Teamsters like Stevie can retire. They got no response.

It’s time for Hoffa, Hall and UPS to put an end to the runaround and give Teamsters who are ready to retire the pension increase they deserve.

"I've not only given 34 years of loyalty to UPS but 34 years of being a proud Teamster. However, I'm not very proud of Teamster leadership.

“After 34 years on a job as physical as a package car driver, the natural progression is declining health. Not just mine but my wife has medical issues which require medical assistance at home, That was to be my new job. 

“It has been hard to go to work daily knowing that had the IBT leadership guaranteed all new language retroactive ( in writing) I would have been retired and enjoying life as of January 11, 2014."

Stevie Thomas, Package Driver

Local 89, Louisville

Issues: UPSPension and Benefits
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS National Grievance Panel Set for March

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 09:05

February 21, 2014: The UPS National Grievance panel will meet in Fort Lauderdale, March 3-6. 

The National Grievance Panel Docket is a whopping 116 pages. Subcontracting, the failure of UPS to post and replace full-time 22.3 jobs, and supervisors working are some of the most common violations cited.

The Air Committee Docket is overloaded with grievances filed by locals across the country that management is directing Air Drivers to pick up ground packages, but refusing to pay ground rate as required in the contract.

These grievances have long been stonewalled by a “Committee Hold” that has blocked them from being heard. A grievance from Nashville Local 480 asks point blank if the Hoffa administration cut a deal with UPS corporate to let management use Air Drivers to pick up ground packages. See page 2 of the Air Committee Docket.

TDU makes the docket of grievance panel cases available to help stewards and members enforce the contract.

Issues: UPSUPS National Grievance Decisions and Dockets
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Bargaining: Brownout and Threats

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 08:59

February 21, 2014: The information brownout has reached a new low. UPS Teamsters in Ohio, who have rejected their rider twice, will get a third ballot mailed to them on February 27, without any input or even information about changes to UPS’s offer.

Meanwhile, Hoffa and Hall are using threats and rumors to try to get Teamsters in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia to accept their supplements, which members have decisively rejected twice.

Hall’s office is spreading the word that the third vote may be a strike vote, and if members vote to strike, the IBT will not sanction extending picket lines beyond Pennsylvania.

This is how low Hoffa and Hall have sunk. Instead of using a strike threat against the company to win a better contract, Hoffa and Hall are using the strike threat against their own members!

The fact is, UPS does not want any strike, certainly not in big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Our union has leverage. But we don’t have leadership that knows how to use it. 

There is still no word on when the Philadelphia and Western Pennsylvania supplements will be re-voted or what improvements are being negotiated.

Louisville Air Rider

Louisville Local 89’s bargaining committee will meet with management on February 27-28 in hopes that management will finally agree to some reasonable improvements in the Louisville Air Rider.  

The bargaining committee unanimously recommended a rejection in the previous vote and members overwhelmingly voted No.

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

St Louis Teamsters Learn Truck Safety Rights

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 07:45

February 21, 2014: Over sixty Teamsters attended a February 15 meeting near St. Louis to hear Paul Taylor, lead attorney for the Truckers Justice Center, speak on truck safety issues. The crowd included UPS feeder and package drivers as well as UPS Freight road drivers, freight Teamsters, and carhaulers. Taylor discussed various issues involving trucking safety and the protections available to truck drivers.

Taylor recently won two major decisions against UPS on behalf of feeder drivers.

You can also learn more about your rights and protections here.

If you're interested in helping to organize a meeting in your area, contact TDU.

Issues: TDUFreight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Teamster Bus Drivers Rally in Vermont

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:46

February 20, 2014: Teamster bus drivers held a contract speakout yesterday and press conference in Burlington, Vt. They have voted 53-4 to reject a contract offer from the Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

“We will not let the public down by driving under unsafe conditions,” said driver Rob Slingerland, speaking at the news conference. “Driver fatigue is a leading factor in accidents in the transit industry.”

Management wants to be able to force drivers to work split shifts of up to 15 hours.

“Long workdays, split shifts and forced overtime are dangerous,” Slingerland said. “We demand that CCTA management respect our and the public’s lives by accepting our proposals for better working conditions. These include maximum workday hours, real breaks and better scheduling.”

The contract speak-out was organized with the Vermont Workers Center and featured Teamster drivers and leaders of AFL-CIO unions in the state.

Click here to read media coverage of this important Teamster struggle.

Issues: Bus Drivers
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Teamsters, supporters take CCTA to task

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 12:43
April Burbank Burlington Free PressFebruary 20, 2014View the original piece

Chittenden County’s public bus drivers are complaining about difficult working conditions and a contract proposal that they say would require them to work lengthy split shifts, endangering both drivers and riders.

“We will not let the public down by driving under unsafe conditions,” said Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) driver Rob Slingerland, speaking at a Wednesday news conference next to the Cherry Street bus station in Burlington. “Driver fatigue is a leading factor in accidents in the transit industry.”

Click here to read more at the Burlington Free Press.

Issues: Bus Drivers
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Former CEO: Executive Pay Is 'A Fraud'

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 07:19
Emily CohnHuffington PostFebruary 20, 2014View the original piece

You can blame the stagnant economy on a "handful of women and men" who run the country's largest companies. And that's according to a man who used to be one of those people.

Executive pay has gotten so out of hand, former AT&T Broadband CEO Leo Hindery told HuffPost Live on Thursday, that it has caused a "structural breakdown of the meritocracy of our nation."

Hindery pointed out that, even as CEO pay has skyrocketed in recent decades, it has not "trickled down" to workers, who must increasingly borrow money to finance their spending. That dynamic helped set the stage for the most recent recession and helps explain today's sluggish recovery.

Fortune 500 CEOs now make more than 200 times what their average workers make, according to Bloomberg data. That ratio has increased by 1,000 percent since 1950. As CEO pay has exploded, worker pay has stagnated: Workers have not had a real cost-of-living increase since the 1960s, Hindery argued.

And these CEOs are not exactly earning their exorbitant pay, said Hindery.

"It's a fraud," the former executive said. "It's born out of cronyism."

That cronyism is demonstrated in a new Huffington Post analysis of executive-pay data showing the compliance of corporate boards in approving CEO pay, regardless of corporate performance. Those directors are themselves well-paid for their vigorous rubber-stamping.

The problem, Hindery said, isn't just that the rich are getting richer. The tragedy, he said, is the rise of the low-wage workforce. Half of the jobs created in the past three years have been low-paying while the wealthiest Americans continue to capture record earnings.

The federal minimum wage, which stands at $7.25, is worth much less today than was in 1968. And all recent efforts to raise it have been stalled by Congress.

It's no wonder most of us are feeling entirely fed up. Two-third of Americans think CEO pay is out of hand, according to a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll, which also found that a majority of respondents thing the government should be doing more to help the poor.

Hindery would agree. After all, rising income inequality is putting a damper on the economy as a whole.

"The only time the U.S. economy and any of the developed economies prosper is when there's a vibrant middle class that grows from the bottom up," he said. "We've trashed that whole principle."

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

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