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Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
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Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:01

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

China: American Unionists Join Chinese Uniqlo Workers’ Campaign for End to Alleged Abuse

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: In These Times
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Tell Port Authority our fares are too high!

Pittsburghers for Public Transit - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:06
Port Authority is reviewing their fare policy in the coming months, with changes to be enacted in July of 2016. These changes could likely include a fare increase, and we are concerned about the negative impact this would have on our communities. We do not think funding should come off the backs of riders and are strongly opposed to any fare increases. 
PPT is distributing these charts to riders to encourage them to indicate our need for equitable fares. Make sure you take the Port Authority survey by Aug 31, 2015. Your responses will inform their decision-making in the coming months.


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UPS Profits Jump to $1.3 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:19

July 28, 2015: UPS profits for the second quarter went up, even though revenue is down. The company is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker.

UPS posted second-quarter $1.23 billion in profits after taxes. Brown’s profits were 171 percent higher than they were in the second quarter last year.

The profit spike was boosted by a one-time charge on the company’s books for last year related to retiree healthcare. But even adjusting for that, UPS profits were still up by 12 percent from last year—on less revenue.

UPS is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker thanks to a concessionary contract from Hoffa-Hall that has opened the door to more harassment, heavier loads, more speed-up, and more subcontracting through Surepost and Access Point.

For More Information:

UPS Profits Up, Revenues Down -- Atlanta-Journal Constitution

UPS Pressroom Announcement on 2nd Quarter Profits

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS' Second-Quarter Net Income Rises to $1.23 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:37
Transport TopicsJuly 28, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. posted second-quarter net income of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per share, helped by stronger results in the international sector. The results represented a 9.9% increase over last year’s second quarter, when net income was $1.11 million, or $1.21, excluding a $665 million charge for pension-related costs. Revenue dipped 1.2% to $14.1 billion, affected by fuel surcharge and currency factors.

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Categories: Labor News, Unions

Central States to Propose Cuts August 31?

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:00

July 28, 2015: The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) Trustees have sent a letter to the US Department of Treasury stating that they want to propose their “rescue plan” pension cuts on or about August 31.

They also state that they want to make extra-big cuts on participants who are “terminated-vested”, which means that they lost or left their Teamster jobs, and are not yet old enough to retire. If you left the pension fund when Preston or CF went down, this is you. Once they can start picking which participants to hit with bigger cuts, watch out: you could be next on their list.

They claim that it is urgent that cuts be made more quickly than the proposed regulations would allow, and – incredibly – they claim that a three month delay would cost 35,000 - 40,000 Teamsters a bigger cut by 7-10%. They want their cuts in place by March 2016.

You’ve heard that figures don’t lie but liars can figure, but this one has to win a prize in that league. First of all, who are the 35,000-40,000 (out of 400,000 participants) slated for this bigger cut? And let’s see the facts behind this nonsense. We do note that in the past six years, the fund has actually grown in assets, so how does that fact come into this tale.

We call upon Sue Mauren, the Retiree Advocate, to have her independent actuary investigate and report to Teamsters and retirees the truth behind these claims. If she can’t provide that basic information, at least have the decency to resign and let someone else do it.  

On August 31, the final regulations governing the new law (MPRA) will not be issued; in fact there is a public hearing on September 10 in Washington DC on the regulations, and Teamsters and retirees will be present in force. So CSPF plans to announce cuts based on the temporary and proposed regulations.

We note also that the CSPF letter is dated July 1 but only revealed to Teamsters three weeks later, and that they retained a high-power law firm to produce it. Apparently CSPF’s several staff attorneys were too busy lobbying against the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.

The movement to defend pensions is fighting back every day and on multiple fronts against this attack.

Want to be part of defending earned pensions? Then stay informed about the movement to save pensions, or join TDU to help support the movement.

Categories: Labor News, Unions

Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:19
Sara BurnettDaily ChronicleJuly 27, 2015View the original piece

A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.

Judge Rita Novak wrote that the changes to pensions for some 61,000 current and retired municipal employees and laborers in unconstitutional. She also said workers and retirees who have been paying more into their retirement funds or have been receiving less in benefits since the law took effect on Jan. 1 are entitled to recoup their losses. Click here to read more.

 

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Indonesia: Satellites track slave fishing ships from Indonesia to PNG

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AP
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Korea (South): Migrant workers'union disallowed despite Supreme Court decision

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Times
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Iran: Dissident Opp leader Rajavi urges Iranians to back teachers' protests

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Iran Focus
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India: Support 1,140 Indian mineworkers organizing at bullying Thriveni

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
Categories: Labor News

Palestine: Court denies equal rights to Palestinian workers in Israeli industrial zone

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: +972 Magazine
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Nepal: 'We need shelter to survive the winter' – how unions can help families in Nepal

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: UNI Global Union
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LA Local 848 Teamsters Local Port Truck Drivers Strike Again for Better Working Conditions

Current News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 13:10

LA Local 848 Teamsters Local Port Truck Drivers Strike Again for Better Working Conditions
http://lbpost.com/business/trade-transportation/2000006646-port-truck-dr...
bySTEPHANIE RIVERA JULY 21 2015 15:07in TRADE & TRANSPORTATION

Port truck drivers with the Carson-based Pacific 9 Transportation (Pac 9) began an indefinite strike Tuesday morning, protesting unsafe working conditions and the classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, resulting in what they say are stolen wages.

The strike began at 6:00AM on Tuesday, July 21, and was scheduled to continue at the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles terminals.

“The company refuses to recognize us as employees, refuses to provide us with safe and reliable trucks, and refuses to improve our work environment,” said Pac 9 driver Pedro Martinez in a statement.

The drivers have received the support from the Teamsters Union and will also be working with Teamster companies while on strike, including Eco Flow Transportation, Shippers Transport Express, Toll Group and Horizon Lines, according to a press release.

About 10 people were picketing at the Port of Los Angeles Tra-Pac marine terminal, causing "very minor traffic delays on occasion," according to port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

“Pac 9 drivers have courageously withstood retaliation and mistreatment by their employer for over two years, but these drivers refuse to back down from their fight for justice,” said Fred Potter, Teamsters Port Division Director. “The Teamsters Union continues to support their efforts every step of the way.”

This is the sixth time that Pac 9 drivers have gone on strike to improve working conditions, according to the release.

About 40 port drivers have wage and hour hearings scheduled in the upcoming days before the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the release stated.

Photos by Stephanie Rivera.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Tags: LA Port Truckers
Categories: Labor News

New York Plans $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:31
Patrick McGeehanThe New York TimesJuly 23, 2015View the original piece

The labor protest movement that fast-food workers in New York City began nearly three years ago has led to higher wages for workers all across the country. On Wednesday, it paid off for the people who started it.

A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended on Wednesday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants throughout the state to $15 an hour over the next few years. Wages would be raised faster in New York City than in the rest of the state to account for the higher cost of living there.

Click here to read more at The New York Times.

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

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