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May 26, 1937: Ford Motor Co. security guards attack union organizers and supporters attempting to distribute literature outside the plant in Dearborn, Mich., in an event that was to become known as the “Battle of the Overpass.” The guards tried to destroy any photos showing the attack, but some survived—and inspired the Pulitzer committee to establish a prize for photography.

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Hogan vetoes Maryland Democrats’ sick leave bill
May 26, 2017 |  Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have required employers with more than 15 workers to allow them to earn paid sick leave, setting up a potential veto override fight when state lawmakers return to Annapolis later this year or next…

Budweiser distributor begins illegally replacing Teamsters on strike
May 16, 2017 |  Clare Rose began permanently replacing striking union members at the Long Island (NY) Budweiser distributor on Monday. It is a violation of federal labor law to permanently replace workers who are striking over unfair labor practices. “This is union busting 101,” said Mark Pooler, who has delivered beer at Clare Rose for 26 years. Workers at Clare Rose have been on strike since April 23rd, when the company unilaterally cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended workers’ pensions. Read more at

Safe jobs, every worker’s right
Apr. 28, 2017 |  The Teamsters Union and trade unionists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day – and international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work. Workers’ Memorial Day is and an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace injured and illnesses and to promote the fight for improving health and safety at each and every workplace. The slogan for the day is Safe Jobs, Every Worker's Right.” 2017 Workers’ Memorial Day statement from General President Jim Hoffa.

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Pence Leads Under-the-Radar Attack on Unions
May 26, 2017 | UNIONS | Vice President Pence has been working with high-level Trump backers to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken labor unions. The strategy he is developing revolves around so-called “right to work” laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright lights attending the closed-door sessions with Pence have been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Pence’s role as chief architect of a new federal assault on unions is one…
Memorial Day Beer Shortage Expected on Long Island
May 25, 2017 | STRIKES | As Long Island approaches the second biggest beer-buying weekend of the year – Memorial Day – a shortage of Budweiser, Bud Light, Heineken, Blue Point and other popular beers are expected. Teamster drivers and warehouse workers at beer distributor Clare Rose have been on strike for one month, choking off deliveries of Anheuser-Busch products to Long Island and leaving many store shelves empty. Members of Teamsters Local 812 went on strike on April 23 when the company illegally cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended the workers’ pension. Clare Rose has since begun permanently replacing its Long Island workforce with out-of-state workers. Still, scab and warehouse workers have been unable to complete deliveries…
Government Can Help Put People Back to Work
May 24, 2017  | JOBS | The American workplace is undergoing substantial change. Increasingly, employers are less interested in hiring full-time employees. Instead, they want to use what they call contractors, whether the title is accurate or not. While unemployment is low, the quality and pay for many of these newer jobs is dubious at best. There is a realization that steps need to be taken if hardworking Americans are going to be able to support themselves in the years to come. A new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) calls for the creation of a “Marshall Plan for America, one that would challenge the effects of reduced bargaining power, globalization and changes in technology to ensure workers can succeed in the 21st century…
Administration’s Budget Builds a Wall Between the Wealthy and All of Us
May 24, 2017 | INEQUALITY | With its 2018 federal budget proposal, the Trump administration made public, and made plain, its priorities for our nation. Its vision for America is one where the sick, children, families and the disabled are sacrificed for tax breaks for the very wealthiest and giveaways to trillion-dollar corporations, That’s the wall that thus budget constructs and yes, Trump wants the poor and middle class to pay for it. This budget is cruel to the point of absurdity…
Interviewing Truck Drivers at a Crossroads
May 24, 2017  | JOBS | …Truck drivers are everywhere on our highways, undergirding the American economy, but most of us know little about their work and personal lives beyond musty stereotypes from the days of CB radio. Most truckers were quick to disabuse me of any notion that life on the open road holds romantic allure. I got interested in truck driving while reporting an earlier story about what became of 600 unionized workers at an Alcoa aluminum plant in Indiana that closed down. A number found jobs in trucking, which has a perpetual HELP Wanted sign out. They soon learned the pay ways nowhere near as good, and the lifestyle – keeping them away from home for weeks at a time was brutal… Related: Trucking and blue-collar woes
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