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Join us for Stand Up for Transportation Day

Pittsburghers for Public Transit - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:30
Join us on Thursday April 9th as we Stand Up for Transportation!
Groups from across the country are calling on Congress to pass a federal transportation bill, with adequate funding for public transit, biking, and walking. If we do not act now, the funding will run out at the end of May.
On April 9th, we encourage you to:1) Call and/or write your elected officials. Click here to get the info or see below
2) When you're on the bus or T, or waiting at a stop, take pictures, and post them on social media. #SU4T #StandUp4Transportation
3) Sign this petition: http://standup4transportation.org/
PPT is helping to host a press conference on Thursday April 9th at 10 am, Wood St T station lobby, 601 Wood St.
Volunteers will then go to bus stops to encourage riders to call their federal elected officials: Sen. Casey, Sen. Toomey, Rep. Doyle, Rep. Murphy, and Rep. Rothfus. We need to tell those in Washington how crucial public transit is to us. We expect our legislators to act NOW to pass a federal bill that provides adequate funding for public transit, biking, and walking.
If you'd like to volunteer, to help get the word out to riders, contact: molly@pittsburghforpublictransit.org

Script for calling elected officials:
Hello. My name is ______________, and I live at __________. My phone number is__________. I am calling to ask that you do all in your power to pass a long-term sustainable surface transportation bill before May 31st. I ride the bus/T/bike/walk every day, and I want to make sure you understand how important public transit, biking, and walking is to me and my neighbors. Many of us either do not have cars or choose not to drive. We need alternative choices, and it is your job to ensure those options are there for us.

US Rep. Mike Doyle (14th district-PA)
2637 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: (412) 390-1499
https://doyle.house.gov/contact-me

US Rep. Tim Murphy(18th district-PA)
504 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Phone: (412) 344-5583
https://murphy.house.gov/contact-me

US Rep.Keith Rothfus(12thdistrict-PA)
6000 Babcock Boulevard, Suite 104
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: (412) 837-1361
http://rothfus.house.gov/email-keith

Sen. Pat Toomey (US Senator—PA)
100 W. Station Square Dr., Suite 225
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 803-3501
http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

Sen. Bob Casey (US Senator—PA)
310 Grant Street, Suite 2415
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 803-7370
http://www.casey.senate.gov/contact



For more info see below.
MEDIA RELEASE:
Local advocates from community development, public transit, ped/bike, labor, and business sectors join with communities nationwide to emphasize need for long-term investment in US transportation infrastructure before funding evaporates on May 31
WHO: Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Bike Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
WHAT: Stand Up for Transportation Day –Pittsburgh area leaders are joining with their counterparts nationwide,April 9, 2015 to draw attention and awareness to the looming federal transportation funding crisis and call on Congress to follow Pennsylvania’s lead by passing a comprehensive, sustainable transportation funding package. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), with support from national and local partners from transportation, business, labor and community oriented interests, Stand Up for Transportation Day will unite the voices of 200+ participating organizations in over 140 communities nationwide to focus on the federal transportation funding crisis’s urgency and provide a Pittsburgh-region context.
WHY: Whether you ride a train, bus or bike, walk or drive, the expiration of the federal funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), has a direct impact on southwestern Pennsylvania’s economy and quality of life. On May 31, 2015, the nation’s transportation funding mechanism - the Highway Trust Fund - becomes literally insolvent. It also threatens to wipe out the leadership Pennsylvania showed in passing its own transportation funding bill, Act 89 of 2013. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, ours and communities across the country will face tremendous economic and employment uncertainty. Transportation is the backbone of our local and national economy. A long-term transportation bill is needed to reinforce and expand transportation choices, and to continue to grow our economy – locally and nationally.
If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email info@pittsburghforpublictransit.org or call 412-216-9659.

Sincerely,

Molly Nichols
Community Organizer
Pittsburghers for Public Transitwww.pittsburghforpublictransit.org
Categories: Labor News

Militant Trade Unionism Or Business Unionism-Which Way For The ILWU?

Current News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 18:23

Militant Trade Unionism Or Business Unionism-Which Way For The ILWU?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn60eLU31sM
On March 31, 2015 in San Francisco, a forum was held on the the growing attacks on the ILWU and the struggle over the proposed Coast Contract. Participants reported on the continuing concession contracts at ILWU Local 30 Boron, EGT in Longview and the Northwest grain contract and the ramifications on the Coast contract.
Speakers Included
Dan Coffman, past president ILWU Local 21 Longview
Anthony Leviege, ILWU Local 10 rank and file member
Stacie Rodgers, ILWU Local 10 Executive Board Member
Howard Keylor, Retired ILWU Local 10
Jack Heyman, Retired ILWU Local 10 BA
For more information
http://www.transportworkers.org/node/80
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqSJZ7XEt3o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABosvjawnj4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08gc9lRReeE
The forum was sponsored by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee
www.transportworkers.org
Production of Labor Video Project
www.laborvideo.org

Tags: ilwuPMACoast ContractConcession BargainingScabbingunion busting
Categories: Labor News

Canada: Labour in solidarity with temporary foreign workers

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: rabble
Categories: Labor News

FedEx to buy TNT for $4.8 billion to take on rivals in Europe

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 08:58
Toby Sterling, Thomas EscrittReutersApril 7, 2015View the original piece

FedEx Corp (FDX.N) is to buy Dutch package delivery firm TNT Express (TNTE.AS) for an agreed 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion), stepping up the challenge to rivals United Parcel Service (UPS.N) and Deutsche Post (DPWGn.DE) in Europe.

European regulators blocked a 2013 takeover of TNT by UPS due to concerns it would stifle competition, but analysts and executives said on Tuesday FedEx, with its strong air fleet, would complement TNT's sizeable European road network.

Click here to read more at Reuters.

 

Categories: Labor News, Unions

ILWU Tentative Contract: Organize to stop concessions!

Current News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 22:28

ILWU Tentative Contract: Organize to stop concessions!
http://oaklandsocialist.com/2015/04/01/ilwu-tentative-contract-organize-...
Posted on April 1, 2015by oaklandsocialist

On Tuesday, March 31, a meeting in San Francisco was held with longshore workers and others to discuss and explain the failings of the recent tentative agreement over a new contract between the ILWU and the employers. All unionists should be concerned about this contract and, even more important, what can be done about it.

The maritime industry on the US West Coast is just about the only major industry in the country that is still strictly union.

That is why Corporate America as a whole must have been eying this industry, determined to break the union’s grip. The results of the tentative agreement between the union (the ILWU) and the employers goes a way towards achieving the employers’ goal. (See graphic at right for a summary.)

Among the key points stressed at this San Francisco meeting are:
The new agreement gives a large raise to the highest paid workers (33% over 5 years) and relatively little to the lowest paid. This will increase the divisions within the union.
The agreement allows non-ILWU truck drivers vastly increased freedom to operate within the shipping yards. This is a potential dagger to the heart of ILWU control over the docks.
The agreement basically paves the way for destroying the ILWU tradition of not crossing a picket line. (It does so by mandating that the employers and the union must meet first before a picket line is declared genuine. So all the employers have to do is fail to show up and the picket line isn’t genuine!)
The agreement provides no protection against automation. In an era when computerization is increasing rapidly, it is nearly certain that the cranes will be computer operated in the future, thus vastly cutting into the jobs of some of the highest paid longshore workers.country that is still strictly union. That is why Corporate America as a whole must have been eying this industry, determined to break the union’s grip. The results of the tentative agreement between the union (the ILWU) and the employers goes a way towards achieving the employers’ goal.

There’s hardly a union contract around nowadays that doesn’t include major concessions. The key question is what to do about it? Unfortunately, not much was said directly about this beyond just rejecting this proposed contract. However, one speaker, Dan Coffman, former president of ILWU Local 21 in Longview WA, provided some of the answer, although he did so unintentionally. As president of his local, Coffman had led a major battle against the grain shipping companies back in 2011. This included open defiance of the police by blocking the trains with mass pickets at one point, an action for which Coffman (and others) were arrested.

Despite this, though, Coffman ended up signing a terrible contract at that time. It’s true he was directed to by the International, but he could have refused, and last night, when he spoke at the SF meeting (via Skype), he said he regretted having signed the contract. But it wasn’t only that. When he spoke, he explained that he’d been called away from the battle in Longview and to San Francisco by the International at a crucial time. According to him, he was called to S.F. to keep him away from Longview because had he stayed there he would have been able to implement a strategy that might have blocked the ship coming in. He also explained that “my International had a gag order on me where I couldn’t speak to the press.” What must be asked, though, is why if his presence was so crucial in Longmont at that time did he agree to come to San Francisco and why did he obey the “gag order”?

The only way to answer this is to look at the balance of forces. Coffman may have had the moral backing of his local members and some in Local 10 (San Francisco), but that was all; the support wasn’t organized to fight the International. That would have had to include internal organization beyond their one local. Whether he wanted to or not, Coffman alone could not take on the entire ILWU International. It’s like one individual trying to stand up to a tsunami. It’s a rule of war, including the war within the unions, that if one side is organized and the other isn’t the former will win.

What does being organized mean for the rank and file?

It means understanding not only “who” you are opposing, but also why – what are their policies, who their allies are, what is the alternative program and strategy and who your potential allies are. In this regard, there are a few points.

As our article last year on the longshore (largely fanciful but completely accurate) made clear, the main issue is the “team concept” or “partnership” that every single union leadership operates by. On the job, they think they have to keep the bosses happy and help them make profits, and the only way to do that is to give ground on wages, working conditions and union power on the job. Politically, the same concept is applied through their total dependence on the corporate controlled Democratic Party.

The Mood inside the unions

Several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting referred to the lack of willingness of many members to really fight. As one speaker commented, “The power we have on the water front is not being exercised…. A lot of our brothers and sisters just don’t get it.” Well, of course not. The union leadership has had over 75 years of trying to repress the fighting traditions of the union struggle, including the 1934 San Francisco general strike. Because that power that the speaker referred to has not been called upon by the leadership, like an unused muscle the power has atrophied. Not only that, but the union leadership has done everything in its power to isolate, intimidate and even if necessary run out of the industry any members who still hold to and advance those fighting traditions.

Ferguson and a Break in the Mood

In every single union, those who want to see a real fight report how isolated they feel, how the rest of the membership “just doesn’t care”. In other words, the 75 year campaign waged by both Corporate America and the union leadership has had a huge effect within the union membership. So where will a break in the mood come from?

Despite the fact that this was a meeting called to discuss this particular union contract, several of the ILWU speakers themselves referred to something that on the surface seems completely unconnected: Ferguson. This shows that what’s happening there, and related events around the country, has deeply penetrated the consciousness of many workers – especially black and Latino workers. The battles that are being fought around that issue are immensely important for all union members.

That’s why one UAW worker in Ferguson reported to this writer last August that his own local union leader had told him “this is not our battle.” The reality is that the leadership is terrified of how this struggle will affect “their” members.

Conclusion

One speaker at Tuesday’s meeting urged the membership to “speak up, ask questions” about the contract. He was right, of course, but we have to go beyond that; we have to organize opposition caucuses within the unions. Organize within the unions for:

• Oppose the “team concept” – the idea that the bosses and the workers are on the same team; this only adds to the race to the bottom.
• Instead, unite all workers in any industry, regardless of what union they are in, or if they are in no union, and also regardless of what country they work in.
• Link up with the community struggles, including the struggle against racism and police brutality and the community-based struggles against destruction of our environment (especially fracking. (See this interview, for example)
• For a return to the traditions of the 1930s – open defiance of the police and the courts, mass picket lines, work place occupations, etc.
That is the outline, the beginnings of a program that can start to unite those inside the unions see the need to change their unions and build a real workers’ movement to reverse the bosses’ offensive.

Tags: ilwuContract
Categories: Labor News

PSR Fleet Memo for April 3 2015

IBU - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:39
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Categories: Unions

Exclusive: YRC's Pierson talks new compensation plan, turnaround

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:02
Austin AlonzoKansas City Business JournalApril 6, 2015View the original piece

Jamie Pierson doesn't want to take all the credit for YRC Worldwide Inc.'s turnaround effort.

Since joining the company in 2011, the Overland Park-based less-than-truckload carrier has come a long way. It has dodged bankruptcy and default fears, reorganized its labor agreement with its union employees and reached a new debt agreement that will allow the company to focus on doing business. With two straight profitable quarters under its belt, YRC is feeling better in 2015 and attracting new investors.

Click here to read more at Kanas City Business Journal.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

New Website Reveals Billionare's Campaign to Dismantle Retirement Security

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:48
Carolyn ConstantinoBeyond ChronApril 6, 2015View the original pieceA new website reveals that Enron-billionaire John Arnold has spent up to $50 million of his own fortune to dismantle retirement plans for firefighters, nurses, teachers and other public employees.

The website – Truth About John Arnold – is sponsored by the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) andCalifornians for Retirement Security and traces the wide financial influence that one billionaire has on public pension fights. John Arnold amassed his fortune as an Enron trader, where he earned an $8 million bonus as the company’s collapse decimated $1.5 billion in public pension assets. Arnold turned his $8 million into billions as a Wall Street hedge fund manager.

Click here to read more.

Issues: Pension and Benefits
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Turkey: Already a country hostile to workers, Turkey has now effectively banned the strike.

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Jacobin
Categories: Labor News

Chinese Taxi Drivers Drink Pesticide in Beijing Protest

Current News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 22:23

Chinese Taxi Drivers Drink Pesticide in Beijing Protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/05/world/asia/chinese-taxi-drivers-drink-...
By DAN LEVINAPRIL 4, 2015

BEIJING — A group of taxi drivers drank from bottles of pesticide in central Beijing on Saturday to protest what they said was poor treatment by their taxi companies, state and social media outlets reported.

At least 10 men, some of them frothing from the mouth, fell to the ground on a busy sidewalk at the Wangfujing shopping center about 11 a.m. after drinking the pesticide, according to the Beijing police force’s official microblog account. The men were rushed to nearby hospitals and all survived, the police said.

Videos of the protest quickly spread on Chinese social media sites, showing the men splayed on the ground and large crowds staring at them from behind police cordons.

According to The South China Morning Post, the men were all from a city in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang and tried to kill themselves to protest the way taxi companies renewed their vehicle leases.

Drinking pesticide is a common way to commit suicide in China, particularly in rural areas.

People with grievances in China have long sought to petition the central government in Beijing. But the ruling Communist Party presses local officials to thwart those seeking redress. Petitioners are often detained for protesting and trying to file lawsuits. Many are beaten, threatened and sometimes sent away to mental hospitals to prevent them from airing their grievances in the capital.

Some desperate protesters attempt suicide in public to raise awareness to their cause. Last year, a family of five tried to kill themselves by drinking pesticide outside the offices of a newspaper in Beijing in a protest against local officials who took their land and demolished their homes.

Tags: taxi cabs
Categories: Labor News

Fired SF TWU 250A MTA Muni driver wins reinstatement after illegal firing

Current News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 08:16

Fired SF TWU 250A MTA Muni driver wins reinstatement after illegal firing
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Fired-Muni-driver-wins-reinstateme...
By Bob Egelko Published 7:05 pm, Friday, April 3, 2015

After nine years as a Muni bus driver, Andrew Sisneros was fired in 2011 for conduct that the transit system considered dishonesty on the job — wearing a parka and hood that hid most of his face while handling a video camera on another driver’s bus.
Muni first accused Sisneros of tampering with the camera, then decided he was trying to conceal his identity to avoid suspicion.
But a state appeals court noted it was a cold night, the parka and hood were part of Sisneros’ Muni-issued jacket, and he spoke openly to a superintendent about the incident as soon as he learned it was under investigation.
“There simply was no substantial evidence on this record to support a finding of dismissal for dishonesty,” the First District Court of Appeal said Thursday in a decision that ordered Sisneros reinstated, with back pay and benefits.
The ruling “will make a big difference in his life,” said Sisneros’ lawyer, Bryan Schwartz. He said Sisneros, 50, has been bagging groceries for just above the minimum wage.
Deputy City Attorney Jon Rolnick, who represented San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, said the city attorney’s office was disappointed by the ruling and would discuss a possible appeal with the agency.
The incident took place in October 2010, when a fellow driver discovered problems with his DriveCam, the camera that records events inside the bus and can be automatically triggered by hard braking or sudden acceleration. Muni had installed the cameras in 2009 and told drivers they could be fired for tampering with the devices.
Sisneros said his colleague asked him to fix the camera, and he went in and out of the bus several times, pressing a reset button that activated the camera. A Muni safety official who saw the photos suspected tampering, and when Sisneros heard about the investigation, he spoke to a superintendent, identified himself in the pictures and explained his actions.
The superintendent accused Sisneros of tampering and recommended his dismissal. In his appeal, an arbitrator found no evidence of tampering but said Sisneros should be fired for trying to conceal his identity. Transit executives and a Superior Court judge agreed, but the appeals court saw it differently.
Sisneros violated no transit agency rules and had no evident motive — and made no effort — to hide his identity, said Justice Carol Miller in the 3-0 ruling.
Bob Egelko is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: begelko@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @egelko

Tags: TWU 250Aretaliationworkers rightsMTAbus driver
Categories: Labor News

ILWU delegates vote to recommend tentative agreement to rank-and-file TWSC Says “Left unchecked, it will gut the ILWU’s coastwide power and bury the last militant union in the U.S.,”

Current News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:24

ILWU delegates vote to recommend tentative agreement to rank-and-file-TWSC Says “Left unchecked, it will gut the ILWU’s coastwide power and bury the last militant union in the U.S.,”
http://www.joc.com/port-news/longshoreman-labor/international-longshore-...
JOC Staff | Apr 03, 2015 4:32PM EDT

U.S. West Coast shippers are taking a much-needed sigh of relief after International Longshore and Warehouse Union delegates voted in favor of recommending the tentative five-year agreement with waterfront employers to rank-and-file members.

The contract could still be rejected by the rank and file, but the landside endorsement from the caucus reduces the chances of that outcome.

Delegates are expected this month to discuss the proposal with members at their respective ports before the rank-in-file takes the secret ratification vote by secret ballot. The final tally will be take place May 22, the ILWU said in a statement. Seventy-eight percent of the 90 delegates voted in favor of recommending the agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association to members.

“This agreement required ten months of negotiations – the longest in recent history, but we secured a tentative agreement to maintain good jobs for dockworkers, families and communities from San Diego to Bellingham” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath in a statement. “Longshore men and women on the docks will now have the final and most important say in the process.”

Delegates’ recommendation to accept the contract — covering 20,000 dockworkers at 29 ports — brings west coast employers and the union one step closer to alleviating shipper anger over congestion delays that cost them at least hundreds of millions of dollars in higher shipping costs and a degree of lost sales.

The proposed contract is not revolutionary. It avoids issues of automation that were largely addressed in the previous contract, continues employer-paid medical benefits including the Cadillac tax in the Affordable Health Care Act that will take effect in 2018, and preserves ILWU jurisdiction over chassis inspections, maintenance and repair, even though the owners of the equipment are mostly not PMA members, an issue that could raise legal issues down the road.

A controversial element within the union was a significant change to how on the spot disputes are handled with the potential for the system to be less favorable to the union.

The tentative contract agreement calls for disputes to be settled by a three-person local arbitration panel, with one member will be nominated by the ILWU, one by the PMA and one by a neutral arbitrator. The neutral arbitrator on each local panel must be a member of either the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service or the American Arbitration Association, but cannot be a lawyer.

That is a significant change from the longstanding system in which grievance procedures involved a single arbitrator in each of the four port ranges -- Seattle-Tacoma, Oregon, Northern California and Southern California. The arbitrators in the Puget Sound and Los Angeles-Long Beach are nominated by the ILWU and approved by the PMA. The arbitrators in Oregon and Northern California are nominated by the PMA and approved by the ILWU. An indication of the sensitivity of arbitrations came when, during the negotiations, the ILWU in Southern California wanted to fire longtime arbitrator David Miller, a longshoreman who comes from a lineage of dockworkers, because he sometimes ruled against the union.

A change in the contract’s arbitration system, however, could result in significant changes in how day-to-day health, safety and work-rule disputes are handled at the local ports.

Grievance procedures involved a single arbitrator in each of the four port ranges -- Seattle-Tacoma, Oregon, Northern California and Southern California. The arbitrators in the Puget Sound and Los Angeles-Long Beach are nominated by the ILWU and approved by the PMA. The arbitrators in Oregon and Northern California are nominated by the PMA and approved by the ILWU.

There was controversy within the union about the agreement. A group that calls itself the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee distributed a flyer saying that it does not support the tentative coastwide agreement that was reached on Feb. 20 by the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association.

“Left unchecked, it will gut the ILWU’s coastwide power and bury the last militant union in the U.S.,” the flyer states. The group appears to be a minority, but some locals such as Local 10 in Oakland have a history of opposing directives from the headquarters.

Tags: ilwuTWSCSoldiarity
Categories: Labor News

ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates vote to recommend tentative agreement to membership for ratification vote

Current News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:13

ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates vote to recommend tentative agreement to membership for ratification vote
http://www.ilwu.org/ilwu-longshore-caucus-delegates-vote-to-recommend-te...
• APRIL 3, 2015 11:59 AM

SAN FRANCISCO – ILWU Coast Longshore Caucus delegates voted Friday to recommend approval of the tentative agreement reached on February 20, 2015, between the union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The tentative agreement was approved on February 20 by the ILWU’s 16-member elected Negotiating Committee and 8-member Safety Sub-Committee. The proposed 5-year contract covers 20,000 dockworkers at 29 west coast ports.

All 90 delegates to the Coast Longshore Caucus spent this week reviewing the proposed agreement line- by-line, before voting by 78% to recommend the proposal on Friday.

“This agreement required ten months of negotiations – the longest in recent history,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath, “but we secured a tentative agreement to maintain good jobs for dockworkers, families and communities from San Diego to Bellingham. Longshore men and women on the docks will now have the final and most important say in the process.”

Copies of the agreement will be mailed to longshore union members, who will then have a chance to discuss the proposal at local union meetings. A secret ballot membership ratification vote will be the final step in the process. A final tally will be conducted on May 22.

Tags: ilwuCoast Contract
Categories: Labor News

ILWU Longshore Caucus delegates vote to recommend tentative agreement to membership for ratification vote

ILWU - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 11:59

SAN FRANCISCO – ILWU Coast Longshore Caucus delegates voted Friday to recommend approval of the tentative agreement reached on February 20, 2015, between the union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

The tentative agreement was approved on February 20 by the ILWU’s 16-member elected Negotiating Committee and 8-member Safety Sub-Committee.  The proposed 5-year contract covers 20,000 dockworkers at 29 west coast ports.

All 90 delegates to the Coast Longshore Caucus spent this week reviewing the proposed agreement line- by-line, before voting by 78% to recommend the proposal on Friday.

“This agreement required ten months of negotiations – the longest in recent history,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath, “but we secured a tentative agreement to maintain good jobs for dockworkers, families and communities from San Diego to Bellingham. Longshore men and women on the docks will now have the final and most important say in the process.”

Copies of the agreement will be mailed to longshore union members, who will then have a chance to discuss the proposal at local union meetings.  A secret ballot membership ratification vote will be the final step in the process. A final tally will be conducted on May 22.

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Download a copy of the press release here. (PDF)

Categories: Unions

Tunisia: Strong union presence in Tunisian march against terrorism

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IUF
Categories: Labor News

Qatar: Slaves Forced to Run Marathon Shoeless in Qatar

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Daily Beast
Categories: Labor News

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Faces TRO By Federal Judge Not To Ban ATU Workers From Employee Political Speech

Current News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 15:46

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Faces TRO By Federal Judge Not To Ban ATU Workers From Employee Political Speech
http://www.atu.org/media/releases/in-blow-to-emanuel-federal-judge-issue...
IN BLOW TO EMANUEL, FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST CTA FOR ITS BAN ON EMPLOYEE POLITICAL SPEECH
TRO Bolsters Union’s Case That Chuy Garcia Endorsement Triggered Crackdown
Media Contact: Todd Brogan, 202-340-2001

Chicago, IL – A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) on Thursday, dealing an embarrassing blow to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in advance of Tuesday’s runoff election. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Locals 241 and 308 filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the CTA, whose President is a political appointee and longtime ally of Emanuel, sought to ban political speech among transit workers because they support Emanuel’s opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
“Justice has been served in Chicago today, despite Mayor Emanuel’s best efforts,” declared ATU International President Larry Hanley.
“When Rahm took office four years ago, he swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States. But when transit workers stood up to exercise their First Amendment rights in support of Chuy Garcia, Rahm’s appointees at the CTA illegally told them to sit down and shut up,” Hanley continued.
Emanuel has demonstrated disregard for the First Amendment before. During a speech at the Bloomberg Business Summit in 2011, the Mayor made this infamous remark: “I used to tell President Clinton. When it comes to the American press, the First Amendment is highly overrated."
“Rahm uses piles of cash he collects from out of town billionaires, including Republicans, to drown out the voices of regular Chicagoans, but that wasn’t enough,” Hanley said. “He told public workers they could not even talk to each other at work about their concerns and this campaign. The Constitution of the United States appears to disagree.”
Hanley said volunteers and organizers would be back in bus garages and train terminals on Thursday and Friday to ensure members know about the TRO and feel confident in exercising their First Amendment and voting rights.

Tags: ATU 241Free Speech
Categories: Labor News

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