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Oct. 31, 1891: Tennessee sends in leased convict laborers to break a coal miners strike in Anderson County. The miners revolted, burned the stockades, and sent the captured convicts by train back to Knoxville.
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Don't let Congress trade U.S. jobs away
Oct. 27, 2014 | In the fourth of five in-depth blog posts leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Teamster Power writes: “…The U.S. is currently involved in negotiating three trade deals – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership and the lesser-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) … TISA could do to public sector workers what NAFTA did to the manufacturing sector. Big business is looking to privatize government services not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Read the full story here

Private sector privileges cost regular workers
Oct. 16, 2014 | …In the third of five in-depth blog posts leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Teamster Power writes: “The U.S. has a population of more than 317 million people It has more than 146 million registered voters. But increasingly, elected officials seem to believe their only constituency is the Fortune 500… Between big business outsourcing jobs overseas and the billion doled out by the federal government in tax breaks directly to corporations every year, you’ll excuse those who believe President Lincoln’s famous clarion for American government has morphed into ‘Of, By, and For the Company.’ Full story here.

Teamsters’ teach-in spotlights environmental injustice at hazardous landfill
Oct. 14, 2014 | …Speakers at the session, hosted by Teamsters Joint Council 13, emphasized that 1,600 Teamsters and tens of thousands of other workers live within a short radius of the Republic Service toxic landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri. The landfill contains 8,700 tons of un-containerized radioactive waste… The teach-in made clear that unionists, community residents, faith leaders, environmentalists and pro-worker attorneys were going to be anything but invisible. Read the full story here.

Fight against the War on Workers by voting
Oct. 13, 2014 | Show how you're fighting the War on Workers by printing out the "I'm a Teamster and I Vote" sign, hold it up and take a selfie for the Teamster Facebook page. Click here to get your sign.

Are you a veteran? The Teamster History Project wants your photo.
Oct. 8, 2014 | The Teamsters History Project is currently working on a new book for the Teamsters History book series about Teamsters in Military Service and is looking for photos of Teamsters who served in the military at any time during the last 110 years of our history. If you'd like to submit photos of you and/or Teamster relatives who have served in any of the conflicts during that time, you will find additional information and instructions for photo submission here.

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That Giant Rat Balloon is Protected by the Constitution
Oct. 30, 2014 | LEGAL RIGHTS | The towering rat balloon – six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Ray” — is a common and sometimes contentious sight. It’s a gimmick used must frequently by unions to protest employers, but the inflated rats have occasionally been used by unions to protest other unions and, in an ironic gesture, by a business group protesting a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board…A federal judge’s decision this week illustrates a reason that unions resort to the rat: It’s less likely than a picket line to get shut down. Full story here.
NLRB protects Facebook Time for Workers
Oct. 29, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …it told employers they could not promulgate and enforce overly broad policies regulating what their workers say on the workers’ own Facebook accounts. At issue in the case, involving Triple Play Sports Bar [Watertown, Conn.], is whether workers’ comments on Facebook are “protected concerted activity” under labor law. The 3-member NLRB panel ruled they are and made that general. The case is important because workers increasingly use Facebook and other social media to communicate about working conditions, as well as to organize. Full story here.
Labor Secretary Boosts Unions, Praises New Models of Organizing
Oct. 28, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, unions represent what's right with the U.S. In a stem-winding speech at the National Press Club on Oct. 22, Perez, who grow up in a working-class family in Buffalo, declared unions are responsible for creating and sustaining the middle class. And the decline in unions is bad for the nations, he said. Perez' remarks are notable because…[he] has been backing the words by acting a wide range of labor law enforcement issues, unveiling job health and safety rules and cracking down on worker misclassification, for example…"Worker voice can take many forms, one of the most important being membership in a union," he said. Full story here.
The Myth of 'Right-to-Work' Propaganda

Oct. 27, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | This is America. Everyone has the right to work. Citizens can work under various terms and conditions granted to them by their employer. The issue is fair compensation for the productive employment of America's workforce. Labor unions are at the forefront of attaining this compensation for all working families. The so-called "right-to-work" legislation put forth by corporate America, the Business Rountable, the Chamber of Commerce and other powerful and well-financed groups has one common goal – a union-free America. Continue reading here.

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