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November 24, 2020
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Happy Thanksgiving
Teamsters Local 776
AMFA-SWA ALR Membership Update #4
AMFA
Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
Teamsters local 570
CALL TO ACTION
ATU Local 1056
Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
Teamsters Local 355
Holiday Closure
IBEW Local 125
 
     
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Bill Ford: UAW Helped the Entire Industry Get Back on Its Feet
Sign here! Tell Volkswagen: It's time to stop your war on workers!
Bernie Sanders Calls For 'Workers Government' At CA Demo Convention Latino Caucus
As VW Election Nears, CEO Stokes Fears over Plant Closing from 1988
#MeToo visits McDonald's

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Home Garaging Renewal
11/24/20 - CWA Local 2222
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Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
11/24/20 - Teamsters Local 992
Nov. 23, 2020 | THE MINIMUM WAGE | A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive.
Happy Thanksgiving
11/23/20 - Teamsters Local 776
In a year like no other in recent history the upcoming Holiday Season will be not be what we would...
AMFA-SWA ALR Membership Update #4
11/23/20 - AMFA
November 23, 2020 -- November 23, 2020 -- We met with the Company today for the first time since it issued WARN Act notices to our members last week. The Company’s actions today served only to reinforce its goal of not letting this crisis go to waste. The parties were engaged in the productive process of identifying voluntary cost saving measures when Southwest abruptly, and with no meaningful notice to your Union, delivered WARN Act notices to our members weeks before the holiday season. Southwest was not interested in continuing that productive dialogue today. Instead, it proposed a new round of concessions to our contracts, claiming the voluntary measures we had identified failed to achieve the savings needed by Southwest. Yet, in nearly the same breath, the Company advised it still had not finished costing the value of savings generated as a result of our insourcing measures. It was clear to your ALRs, given this obvious double talk, the Company is only interested in cost-savings that result from contractual changes. This is crisis capitalism at its finest.
Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
11/23/20 - Teamsters local 570
Nov. 23, 2020 | THE MINIMUM WAGE | A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive.
CALL TO ACTION
11/23/20 - ATU Local 1056
IN GEORGIA ‘They know their vote matters’: the Georgia Senate runoffs battle is already on
Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
11/23/20 - Teamsters Local 355
Nov. 23, 2020 | $15 AND A UNION | A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive.
Holiday Closure
11/23/20 - IBEW Local 125
The Local 125 business office will close at noon Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday November 27 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Westport Association of Educational Secretaries Ratify
11/23/20 - UPSEU
In 2017, the Westport Association of Educational Secretaries executed an affiliation agreement with UPSEU. As a result, UPSEU was certified as the exclusive bargaining representative for all employees in the unit consisting of full-time (more than twenty hours per week) clerical work for the Town of Westport Public Schools.
In Case You Missed It
11/20/20 - Teamsters local 570
  • COVID-19 updates for Nov.
In Case You Missed It
11/20/20 - Teamsters Local 355
  • COVID-19 updates for Nov.
Funeral Services for Retired Detective Pedro Valdez Jr.
11/20/20 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
The El Paso Municipal Police Officers’ Association sadly announces the passing of Retired Detective Pedro "Pete" Valdez Jr., #312, who passed away on November 3, 2020. (Ret.) Detective Valdez served with the El Paso Police Department for 21+ years, from September 1971 until his retirement on November 19, 1992.
December 7, 2020 General Membership Meeting Cancelled
11/20/20 - Teamsters Local Union No. 436
The December 7, 2020 General Membership meeting has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus.
In Case You Missed It
11/20/20 - Teamsters Local 992
  • COVID-19 updates for Nov.
Kroger Negotiations Update 24
11/20/20 - UFCW Local 455
As part of our commitment to keep you and all our UFCW members informed, we want you to know that your union bargaining team, including fellow union Kroger co-workers, met with Kroger on November 17. We made it clear to Kroger that Houston workers like you have earned and deserve hazard pay and affordable healthcare that you control - not healthcare the company controls.
Kroger Negotiations Update 23
11/20/20 - UFCW Local 455
The last thing your Union wants to do is use the scare tactics like the Kroger company continues to use, or see our membership live in fear of losing future healthcare coverage. Kroger stated clearly in our last bargaining session on Tuesday, 11/17; that the company will only agree to a company plan. Why is this so important to them.
City of Tacoma Open Enrollment
11/20/20 - IBEW Local 483
2021 Open Enrollment is Here! November 12 - November 24 Click here to visit the Open Enrollment website Or call (253) 573-2345 to speak to a Benefits Specialist City of Tacoma Employee and Retiree Open Enrollment ends Tuesday November 24th.  If you need to make changes or enroll in flexible spending for 2021, please do so now.
'Let’s avoid family gatherings': Mayor Dee Margo open letter to El Paso
11/20/20 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Dear El Paso: I write this as we approach Thanksgiving, a time of family gatherings and the expected increase of COVID-19 positive cases, increased hospitalizations, and ultimately, more deaths. Why? Because one of the greatest strengths of our region is a family-centered culture. We are a multi-generational community and family is a priority.
All December Unit Meetings Cancelled
11/20/20 - IBEW Local 659
All December Unit Meetings have been CANCELLED.
In Case You Missed It
11/20/20 - Teamsters Local 888
  • COVID-19 updates for Nov.
Thousands Protest Destruction of U.S. Postal Service
11/19/20 - Teamsters local 570
Nov. 19, 2020 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Augmented by progressives, notably from the group Our Revolution, thousands of Postal Workers, other unionists, and their supporters turned out from coast to coast on Nov. 17 to campaign against Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resumed destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
Thousands Protest Destruction of U.S. Postal Service
11/19/20 - Teamsters Local 355
Nov. 19, 2020 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Augmented by progressives, notably from the group Our Revolution, thousands of Postal Workers, other unionists, and their supporters turned out from coast to coast on Nov. 17 to campaign against Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resumed destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
Thousands Protest Destruction of U.S. Postal Service
11/19/20 - Teamsters Local 992
Nov. 19, 2020 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Augmented by progressives, notably from the group Our Revolution, thousands of Postal Workers, other unionists, and their supporters turned out from coast to coast on Nov. 17 to campaign against Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resumed destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
2020 Holiday Party
11/19/20 - NJLESA
NJLESA Members, In lieu of our annual holiday party that had to be canceled due to Covid state mandates and restrictions; we would like to give each NJLESA active member a gift this holiday season.  A custom sweatshirt (hoodie) has been designed for you and, we only ask that you provide us with your size so we can order accordingly.
Real News - November 2020
11/19/20 - Los Angeles College Faculty Guild - Local 1521
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President’s Message Stay Vigilant and “Schedule Smart”
11/19/20 - Los Angeles College Faculty Guild - Local 1521
Now that the dust has settled in our local elections, we celebrate our victories – particularly the successful election of our four Guild-endorsed trustees. We’re disappointed about the outcome of Propositions 15 and 16, making us all the more aware that we’re “a blue state but not a blue collar state,” as noted by a colleague at the L.A.
The Faculty Guild Campaign - How We Won
11/19/20 - Los Angeles College Faculty Guild - Local 1521
The Faculty Guild Campaign - How We Won By Natalina Monteiro Guild Political Director The Faculty Guild campaign to elect trustees in 2020 started in 2017. Scott Svonkin had bullied himself into a third consecutive term as Board President and used the power of his presidency to take away our $1500 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), harming every full-time employee in the LACCD.
AFIC Chair Takes Committee in a New Direction
11/19/20 - Los Angeles College Faculty Guild - Local 1521
Dr. Jessica Saint-Paul has served on the Guild’s Adjunct Faculty Issues Committee (AFIC) for 2½ years. As the AFIC’s current chair, she is excited to be taking the committee in new directions. “As the adjunct arm of the union, we’re reaching out to our chapter presidents so that they understand our issues,” she says.
Thousands Protest Destruction of U.S. Postal Service
11/19/20 - Teamsters Local 888
Nov. 19, 2020 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Augmented by progressives, notably from the group Our Revolution, thousands of Postal Workers, other unionists, and their supporters turned out from coast to coast on Nov. 17 to campaign against Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s resumed destruction of the U.S. Postal Service.
Biden Discusses Economic Recovery, Pandemic With Labor, Business Leaders
11/18/20 - Teamsters Local 888
Nov. 18, 2020 | ECONOMY | A meeting with a group of top business and labor leaders on Monday signaled to President-Elect Joe Biden that both sides are ready to unite to get the economy back on track and the virus under control. "We all agreed that we want to get the economy back on track," Biden said after the meeting.
Children's Christmas Party
11/18/20 - Teamsters Local 776
With the way everyone’s lives have been  affected by COVID-19 in 2020; upending everyday life, events, holidays, etc. why should the Local 776 Children’s Christmas Party be any different? With some creative thought the Local 776 Children’s Christmas Party will go on; all but with a little different look to it for 2020.
Southwest Notifies AMFA of Its Intent to Violate Labor Contract
11/18/20 - AMFA
November 18, 2020 -- Southwest Airlines notified AMFA of its intent to execute a mass furlough of 403 Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Facilities Maintenance Technicians, and Aircraft Appearance Technicians, scheduled to take place on January 25, 2021. This action is being taken in retaliation for Southwest’s perceived lack of progress in cost savings discussions with the union. To make this threat more explicit, Southwest suggested the furloughs could be avoided if we agree to cost savings measures (voluntary wage concessions), if additional government aid is extended to the airline or if there is an unforeseen revenue increase.
Close Contact Tracing Ver. 1
11/18/20 - Iowa Postal Workers Union
Close Contact Tracing Program Ver.
Save the USPS
11/18/20 - Iowa Postal Workers Union
Key Message: Postal workers helped defend our democratic rights, making vote-by-mail an unprecedented success in the election. Now as a country, we must defend the Postal Service.
General Membership Meeting - November 18, 2020
11/18/20 - AFSCME Local 3336
Oregon OSHA Temporary Guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Risks:  https://osha.oregon.gov/OSHARules/div1/437-001-0744.pdf NW Labor Press Article on Oregon OSHA Guidance:  https://nwlaborpress.org/2020/11/oregon-osha-says-employers-must-protect-workers-from-covid-19/ Oregon AFSCME Training Page: https://www.oregonafscme.
Postal Workers Saved the Election, Now Need Help to Stop Privatization
11/17/20 - Teamsters local 570
Nov. 17, 2020 | UNIONS | The 2020 election may be mostly over, but Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plans to destroy the Postal Service aren’t—and the Postal Workers are leading a wide-ranging national coalition setting up Nov. 17 events to stop him. The union announced its plans in a Nov.
Postal Workers Saved the Election, Now Need Help to Stop Privatization
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 355
Nov. 16, 2020 | UNIONS | The 2020 election may be mostly over, but Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plans to destroy the Postal Service aren’t—and the Postal Workers are leading a wide-ranging national coalition setting up Nov. 17 events to stop him. The union announced its plans in a Nov.
Governor Order Effective November 18
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 162
Due to Oregon Governor Kate Brown issuing a shutdown order and restrictions to many businesses, which is effective November 18, 2020, Local 162 will close its offices to walk-ins effective November 18, 2020 thru at least December 2, 2020.
Postal Workers Saved the Election, Now Need Help to Stop Privatization
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 992
Nov. 17, 2020 | UNIONS | The 2020 election may be mostly over, but Trump Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s plans to destroy the Postal Service aren’t—and the Postal Workers are leading a wide-ranging national coalition setting up Nov. 17 events to stop him. The union announced its plans in a Nov.
Biden Plots Economic Recovery in Meeting With CEOs, Union Heads
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 992
Nov. 16, 2020 | ECONOMY | President-elect Joe Biden met Nov. 16 with the chief executives of General Motors Co. and Microsoft Corp.
Union Membership Zoom Meeting
11/17/20 - Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 44
The next membership meeting of Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 44 will be held on Friday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM. If you plan on attending the meeting please RSVP to Kim at (509) 624-5101 ext. 7 or by email kim@ua44.org.
SOUTHERN OREGON CENTRAL LABOR CHAPTER
11/17/20 - IBEW Local 659
Holiday Toy Distribution Saturday, December 12th from 10am - 3pm.  This Toy distribution is good for Jackson and Josephine Counties We've partnered with Labor's Community Service Agency to help provide our community with toys and gifts this holiday season.  Toys are available for all genders ages 12 and below.  Gifts for ages 13-18 year olds for all genders will also be available.
Congratulations City of Chicago OEMC Members
11/17/20 - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 21
Our IBEW Local 21 members working at the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management 911 Center are once again being recognized for their outstanding service. The IL-APCO awarded their Trainer of the Year Award to our Sister Susan Dennewitz. Her dedication and professionalism ensures that those who are seeking help in their times of greatest need are being served by our members who have received training from one the best of the best in Illinois. We also recognize the efforts of all of our members which attributed to the APCO Awarding Martin Doyle their Director of the Year Award. It is their collective efforts that help keep Chicago safe. Our members achieved this success while working through a pandemic and during some of the most chaotic times in the City’s history.
James R. Hoffa Scholarship 202021
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 264
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund will be accepting applications for their 2021 scholarship starting November 30, 2020.  The deadline for applications will be March 1, 2021.  All information regarding this scholarship can be found here.
Fired Amazon Worker Sues Over Pandemic Working Conditions
11/17/20 - Teamsters Local 888
Nov. 16, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Last week fired Amazon worker, Christian Smalls, filed a class-action lawsuit against the e-commerce giant, Amazon. Smalls alleges that Amazon violated federal civil rights law by terminating his employment and by allegedly putting thousands of other minority Amazon workers at risk during the pandemic.
WEBSITE UPDATE
11/16/20 - IBEW Local 545
AS OUR WEBSITE IS BEING UPDATED, SOME FEATURE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE OR INACCURATE AT THIS TIME. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
Biden Plots Economic Recovery in Meeting With CEOs, Union Heads
11/16/20 - Teamsters Local 355
Nov. 16, 2020 | ECONOMY | President-elect Joe Biden met Nov. 16 with the chief executives of General Motors Co. and Microsoft Corp.
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