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Today in Labor History
Sept. 17, 2011: The Occupy Wall Street movement is launched with an anti-Wall Street march and demonstration that ended up as a 2-month encampment in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. The event led to protests and movements around the world, with their focus on economic inequality, corruption, greed and the influence on government of monied interests. Their slogan: “We are the 99%.”
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Teamsters celebrate Truck Driver Appreciation Week - again!
September 15, 2014 | It’s that time of year again! Last year, we asked Teamsters to submit photos of themselves and their trucks to the Teamsters Facebook page. The response was overwhelming Hundreds of Teamsters sent in photos, along with their comments. This year, the Union is asking you again to send photos of you and your trucks, either by posting directly to the Teamsters Facebook page or by sending a direct message to the page. Go ahead, do it!

Tell Sysco CEO to respect his workers NOW!
September 12, 2014 | Thousands of Teamsters at foodservice giants Sysco and US Foods are worried about their jobs and their livelihoods. Sysco is attempting to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Sysco and US Foods have refused to provide workers with information about how the merger would affect their jobs, especially in markets where consolidation is likely to occur. Teamsters are worried. Please sign this appeal today. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. Please sign this appeal to Sysco CEO William J. Delaney III in support of the Teamsters at Sysco and US Foods who are demanding answers today.

Workers apprehensive about Sysco acquisition of US Foods
September 10, 2014 | … Food giant Sysco has provided no assurances about what will happen after they finish their acquisition of US Foods however they claim the merger will result in $600 million in savings from what they call "synergies." Full story here.

'Be strong and believe in yourselves'
September 8, 2014 | "Employers will continue to shock you with unfair labor practices and it is possible that your employer will do you wrong, but the Teamsters will fight for you. And you will win." Laura Lucafo, a pharmacist and member of Teamsters Local 727 in Chicago, told her story of unfair treatment at last week's 2014 Teamsters Women's Conference. "I was called into the office at my work one day, when I was three months pregnant with my first child, and terminated. I was told my termination was effective immediately. There was no notice or cause given. I was shocked…" Read an excerpt from her story here.

Sign the petition against elections controlled by the 1%
September 4, 2014 | When the Senate returns from a month-long recess next week, they will be voting on a motion to proceed to a resolution (S.J. Res. 19) calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions. Citizens United opened the floodgates for political spending by outside organizations. In the four years since the decision was handed down, spending by outside groups has increased by over 500%. Most of the new outside money, over 70% of it, goes to support anti-worker candidates backed by big corporations and billionaire plutocrats like the Koch brothers. Please sign our petition today calling for the U.S. Senate to vote “yes” on this measure and overturn these anti-democratic rulings that have shifted control of our elections from the will of the people to the wallets of the super-rich.

Learn about the influential people in our Labor history
September 1, 2014 | The workplace rights and protections we enjoy today were won for us by generations of America's working heroes. The brief biographies of some the greatest figures in working America history – César Estrada Chávez, Joe Hill, Mother Jones, Frances Perkins and others – may inspire you to join in and continue the fight for American Labor.

Hoffa: Weary U.S. workers are still experiencing hard times
August 27, 2014 | Some naysayers have tried to brush off the income inequality discussion as a trumped-up effete to agitate Americans. However, while they might have wanted to ignore such calls from the Teamsters and other worker advocated, they cannot turn their back on the debate when their friends with ties to the financial world sound the alarm. Full story here.

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Elsewhere in the News
Taxpayers and Workers Gouged by Labor-Law Dodge
Sept. 16, 2014 | ECONOMY | The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers… A review of public records in 28 states uncovered widespread cheating by construction companies that listed workers as contractors instead of employees in order to beat competitors and cut costs… The problem known as misclassification is so well-understood in the U.S. economy that government has vowed to fix it for years. Full story here. Related: An epidemic of wage theft is costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Plutocrat Predicts: The Pitchforks Are Coming
Sept. 15, 2014 | INEQUALITY | You know things have gotten bad when a self-proclaimed plutocrat sees the future and doesn’t like what he sees. Speaking to other plutocrats, Nick Hanauer tells some serious truth. Starting off by saying he’s a proud unapologetic Capitalist, he provides some history of his business acumen and wealth accumulation. He and some friends even own a bank. He’s been “rewarded obscenely for that with a life none of you can even imagine.” What he sees in the future is troubling: angry mobs with pitchforks. The problem, he says isn’t just inequality…[it is] that inequality is at record highs and is getting worse. Full story here.
Corporations Screw Everybody
Sept. 12, 2014 | ECONOMY | … Corporations are taking in more and more money, their executives are getting bigger and bigger paychecks, but the workers responsible for all that wealth are barely seeing a dime of it. Why is that? Reagan. Before Reagan came to Washington, corporations knew they had a responsibility to a number of groups. They had a responsibility to their workers, to their community, to their customers, to the institution of the company itself and to the stockholders. Believe it our not, they actually cared about their workers making decent wages, their customers buying reliable products and the impact of their behaviors on the community. When people got laid off, it was considered a "failure of management." Offshoring was unheard of. But then things began to change… Full story here.
9-11 Elegy
Sept. 11, 2014 | REMEMBRANCE |
Just this: may all souls be comforted
in ways that matter to each soul.
May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times.
May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at.
May we be sad with those who are sad.
May be be glad with those who find a bit of gladness
May we not relive, but remember
the goodness of the good souls...
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Economic Terrorism by Paid Goons
Sept. 9, 2014 | OPINION | At a labor-themed speech in Wisconsin [last] Monday, President Obama told a crowd of union members that if he were looking for a job, he'd join a union. The president told the crowd that, "If I were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my job, I'd join a union. If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union." … But thanks to the conservative War on Labor, the US has a booming multi-billion-dollar-year union-busting industry… It's time for that to change. Read more here.

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