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May 25, 1936
The notorious 11-month Remington Rand strike begins. The strike spawned the "Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) formula," described by investigators as a corporate plan to discredit union leaders, frighten the public with the threat of violence, employ thugs to beat up strikers, and other tactics. The National Labor Relations Board termed the formula "a battle plan for industrial war".

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Make your voice heard: Say NO to ‘skinny’ NAFTA
May 25, 2018 | Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people. What's worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then, to strong language protecting workers being left out of those new agreements. A ‘skinny’ NAFTA wouldn’t include important protections for American workers, and that is unacceptable to Teamster members. Today’s NAFTA protects corporations, but there were promises that NAFTA 2.0 would protect working families. NAFTA 2.0 must be negotiated in the open, with input from working families, environmental groups and everyday Americans. A ‘skinny’ NAFTA would exclude all of these voices, and just be more of the same bad trade policy that caters to corporate interests. Use your voice to tell the U.S. trade representative to stay at the table until working families get the deal they need.

Bargaining Update: Members from nine unions present proposals
May 23, 2018 | Bargaining team members from the Coalition of Red Cross Unions presented proposals to American Red Cross management to improve worker safety and donor safety, improve worker retention, decrease workforce turnover, and improve employee’s work-life balance. Management presented their proposals, none of which address the national problems such as high workforce turnover and understaffing. In addition to the Teamsters, the union coalition is composed of local unions from AFSCME, AFT, CWA, IUOE, SEIU, UAW, UFCW, and USW. Bargaining continues this week. Full update here.

Teamsters from all across North America gather at 2018 Unity Conference
May 16, 2018 | Officers and trustees from Local 570 joined Teamsters from Across North America at the 2018 Unity conference this week to discuss building the union, political challenges and national organizing campaigns. “Every election year they say, 'this is the most important election in our lifetime,” said General President James P. Hoffa. “Well guess what: in regards to the upcoming midterms, it's actually the truth. We've got to go to the polls and vote like never before.” General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall delivered a report on the unions financials.“Over the course of the past year, both our membership and our assets have increased - but we need to remain vigilant,” Hall said. Hundreds of Teamsters took part in workshops that included “A History of Overcoming Challenges and Changes in the Workplace,” “Determining Company Profitability,” and “The War on Workers.” Teamsters Photo: Local 570 leaders during the “War on Workers” workshop.

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There is Power in a Union
May 25, 2018 | U.S. LABOR | For a period of 40 years,something managed to keep inequality in check in the United States. From 1940 to 1980, the richest 1 percent took home 9 percent of the wealth generated by the economy. Today, just as they did in the 1920s, the top 1 percent grabs about double that share. Surprisingly, the cause of this midcentury “Great Compression” has been largely neglected by economists, with many of them casually dismissing the role of unions. One influential theory, especially among pundits, is that the supply of skilled workers curbed the growth of income inequality. Starting in the 1940s, the argument goes… The Nation
How The Supreme Court is Invoking a 1925 Law to Restrict Workers’ Rights Today
May 24, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as "valid, irrevocable and enforceable" the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes through private arbitration, which was seen as quicker and cheaper than going to court. When labor interests voiced objection, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover proposed an amendment to make clear the law did not involve workers. "Nothing herein contained shall apply to contracts of employment of seamen, railroad employees or any other class of workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce," it said. …Scholars who have looked into the 1925 law find it remarkable that an obscure and narrowly focused measure has taken on such importance. Los Angeles Times
Self-Driving Cars Are Scaring More People
May 22, 2018 | AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES | Self-driving cars are scaring more Americans than they used to. More people now say they would not ride in a fully autonomous car than those surveyed in late 2017, according to AAA. Some 73 percent of U.S. drivers surveyed by AAA said they would be afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle, a 10 percent jump from 63 percent in October. About 64 percent of so-called millennials, ages 20-37, said they wouldn't ride — a big jump over the 49 percent at the end of 2017… cnbc.com
Supreme Court Deals Defeat to Workers Rights, Upholds Arbitration for Individuals Only
May 21, 2018  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The Supreme Court has sharply restricted the rights of American workers to join with others to challenge their company for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, overtime pay or civil rights. The justices by a 5-4 vote Monday agreed with Trump administration lawyers and ruled employers may require workers give up their rights to join together in complaining if they are denied overtime pay or a minimum wage. In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision "egregiously wrong.” She said the court upheld "these arm-twisted, take-it-or-leave it contracts" even though the labor laws of the 1930s have recognized "there is strength in numbers.".… Los Angeles Times [Note: Today’s court decision does not affect union members.]
 
 
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