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Today in Labor History
Mar. 26, 1868: San Francisco brewery workers begin a 9-month strike as local employers follow the union-busting lead of the National Brewers Association and fire their unionized workers, replacing them with scabs. Two unionized brewers refused to go along, kept producing beer, prospered wildly and induced the Association to capitulate. A contract benefit since having unionized two years earlier, certainly worth defending: free beer.
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Local and National Union News 

Sysco, US Foods seek disclosure of FTC witness identities
Mar. 10, 2015 | The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) went head-to-head last week with Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. over whether to make public the names of the declarants relied on by the FTC in its preliminary injunction to block Sysco and US Foods’ merger. Sysco and US Foods filed a motion in a Washington, D.C. federal district court on March 6 asking the judge to publicize the names, which the FTC quickly opposed. Full story...

Justice for fired Sysco Teamsters!
Mar. 19, 2015 | Sysco Teamsters need our help today! Sysco managers fired 15 union supporters in Atlanta and fired three in Kansas City during recent successful Teamster organizing drives in their facilities. Join us as we demand justice by telling Sysco President and CEO William Delaney to reinstate these brave men and women and bargain fair first contracts now! Sign this letter today!

First Student bus workers join Local 570, contract talks underway
Mar. 12, 2015 | First Student school bus workers who transport children attending Baltimore City Public Schools voted to join Teamsters Local 570 in December 2014. The 113 drivers and monitors who work out of First Student bus yards in Baltimore and Severn, Md. were immediately covered by the Teamster First Student Master Agreement and Local 570 is currently bargaining a local supplement that will provide wages and benefits and address concerns of the Baltimore-based workers. Story and pictures at Local News.

RTW in Wisconsin is another step down the wrong road for working families
Mar. 10, 2015 | "Wisconsin is now the 25th state to adopt right-to-work laws as politicians like Walker push forward the agenda of their right-wing task masters," Hoffa said Monday in an official statement. "The Koch brothers, through Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have poured millions of dollars into states across the country to push right-to-work legislation. These corporate interests will not stop in Wisconsin – they continue to attack working families, moving from state to state. We must remain strong and fight them wherever right-to-work legislation is introduced." Read the full statement...

Hearing dates set for Sysco/US Foods antitrust suit
Mar. 6, 2015 | A federal judge set a May 5 start date for court hearings on the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit against the merger of the nation’s two largest food distributors. During a Wednesday hearing, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said he would consider the case from May 5-8 and would add as man as three days the following week, if needed. Judge Mehta isn't conducting a full-blown trial on the FTC's allegations, rather... Full story

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Mar. 26, 2015 | U.S. LABOR | … A report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development finds that income inequality cost the U.S. economy 6 to 7 percentage points of growth during the first 10 years of this century. Considering that studies have found a direct correlation between the number of people in labor unions and the distribution of wealth, it becomes clear that if the Republicans' goal is to build a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, then continuing to add obstacles to organizing is the wrong approach. Full story…
Power from The People
Mar. 25, 2015 | ECONOMY | [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the International Monetary Fund's March issue of its Finance & Development Report.]  …While our findings are consistent with prior views about the effects of the minimum wage, we find strong evidence that lower unionization is associated with an increase in top income shares in advances economies during the period 1980–2010, thus challenging preconceptions about the channels through which union density affects income distribution. This is the most novel aspect of out analysis, which sets the stage for further research on the link between the erosion of unions and the rise of inequality at the top. Full story…
How Unions Can Grow Stronger in Wake of RTW
Mar. 24, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | … Ultimately, the labor movement needs to mount a philosophical, as well as a legal, defense of collective bargaining as a public good, increasing both democracy and equality. Union defenders need to argue that meaningful freedom of association at work requires having an institution that is democratically run by workers, who can participate as much as they like, but may be required to support it, much as they have to pay taxes. Full story…
The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed Many Americans
Mar. 23, 2015 | RETIREMENT | … Million of workers nearing retirement are on track to leave the workforce with savings that do not even approach what they will need for health care, let alone daily living. Not surprisingly, retirement is now Americans' top financial worry, according to a recent Gallup poll. …Shifting the responsibility for growing retirement income from employers to individuals has proved problematic for many American workers, particularly in the face of wage stagnation and a lack of investment expertise. For them, the grand 401(k) experiment has been a failure. Full story…
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