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Feb. 23, 1940
Woody Guthrie wrote "This Land Is Your Land" following a frigid trip - partially by hitchhiking, partially by rail - from California to Manhattan. The Great Depression was still raging. Guthrie had heard Kate Smith?s recording of "God Bless America" and resolved to himself: "We can't just bless America, we've got to change it."

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Oregon Members Call Your State Senators Before Tuesday Re: HB 4093: Portland Winterhawks & Employment Status
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Md. small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry
Feb. 22, 2018 | Calling state lawmakers “ham-handed,” “subservient” idiots is not a typical recipe for passing proposed legislation in the Maryland General Assembly. But that’s how Comptroller Peter Franchot has characterized lawmakers whose support he will be seeking Friday for a bill he says will give small craft beer makers a better chance to compete against what he has called the “corporate beer monopoly.” The comptroller says he is fighting for the up-and-coming small craft beer business while the General Assembly is supporting a traditional alcohol industry dating back nearly a century… Baltimore Sun

‘Day of Action’ set to bring workers together to support their unions
Feb. 22, 2018 | Workers all across the country will come together in cities from coast-to-coast Saturday to urge lawmakers to stand up to big business bullies dumping dollars into an effort to tamp down on the collective bargaining rights of those on the job. As part of the Working People’s Day of Action, attendees will challenge the latest attack on laborers that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26, when oral arguments will be heard for Janus v. AFSCME. The court will decide whether non-union public sector workers should continue to contribute fees to cover workplace representation they receive from unions like the Teamsters. Read more at Teamsters. To find out more and locate the nearest gathering, click here.

Teamsters say death of San Francisco waste worker exposes dangers of job
Feb. 16, 2018 | A Teamster and 24-year driver at waste provider Ecology, died late last week in a collision while delivering a garbage compactor Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Teamsters Solid Waste & Recycling Director Ron Herrera said in a statement, in part, “While Jeremy’s death was an accident, waste workers face life threatening situations every single day. Waste corporations regularly push drivers to work 10 to 14 hour shifts, often using dangerous, poorly maintained equipment and vehicles…” Read more at Teamsters

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Attack on Public Sector Unions Funded by Wealthy Donors
Feb. 22, 2018 | U.S. SUPREME COURT | In a new paper, EPI Labor Counsel Celine McNicholas and research assistant Zane Mokhiber report that the Supreme Court case Janus v AFSCME Council 31, along with previous cases challenging unions’ right to collect “fair share” fees from nonmembers, have been financed by a small group of foundations with ties to the largest and most powerful corporate lobbies…“This case is one of the most important cases to corporate interest groups. It is one of the cases that made Senate Republicans so determined to block President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court,” said McNicholas. “The outcome of Janus will affect millions of working people across the country and will impact the public services we depend on these workers to provide.” People’s World
Lax Enforcement Costs Workers $15 Billion in Wage Theft
Feb. 21, 2018 | WAGES | Eighteen states and 20 cities raised their minimum wages on January 1. But many workers aren’t getting their raises because the federal and state governments don’t have the resources—and, all too often, just don’t care enough—to enforce minimum wage and overtime laws. The result: an estimated $15 billion in stolen wages that are pocketed by the greediest employers, instead of being paid to the neediest workers. As an in-depth investigation by POLITICO found… Independent News Net
Lax Enforcement Costs Workers $15 Billion in Wage Theft
Feb. 21, 2018 | WAGES | Eighteen states and 20 cities raised their minimum wages on January 1. But many workers aren’t getting their raises because the federal and state governments don’t have the resources—and, all too often, just don’t care enough—to enforce minimum wage and overtime laws. The result: an estimated $15 billion in stolen wages that are pocketed by the greediest employers, instead of being paid to the neediest workers. As an in-depth investigation by POLITICO found… Independent News Net
The Trump Administration’s War on Workers
Feb. 20, 2018 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “the American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.” Today, though, safely ensconced in the White House, President Trump is waging a fierce campaign against American workers…As the new Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta served as one of the stars at the annual gathering of the militantly anti-labor American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). For Deputy Secretary of Labor, Trump chose Patrick Pizzella, a former employee of the rabidly anti-union National Right to Work Committee who had lobbied against raising sweatshop-level wages…The Trump administration also took control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by appointing members with a record of opposing workers’ right to organize… History News Network
Teamsters Leader Condemns Inaction in Helping Dreamers
Feb. 19, 2018 | IMMIGRATION | Teamsters President Jim Hoffa had strong words for lawmakers Friday after they failed to pass legislation that would have helped immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. […] “The issue of immigration is not always easy and undoubtedly will be closely parsed by those in Congress,” Hoffa said in a statement. “However, immigrant kids in good standing should not be penalized because elected officials refuse to get their act together. They deserve an opportunity to continue to live their lives with their loved ones in their adopted home country.”… Inside Sources Read the full statement at Teamsters
 
 
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