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September 18, 2018

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A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to firescabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members.
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UPS, UPS Freight members: It’s time to vote!
Sept. 18, 2018 | Balloting information was mailed to you last week. All the facts of the agreements have been made available to you (see the list and links below), and now it is up to you to make your decision. We are asking everyone to participate in this ratification. It is important that you exercise your right to vote. Your decision is critical to the process and the decision is yours. If you did not receive balloting information, call the union office immediately at 410-566-5700.

Hoffa: Appreciating truckers means keeping rules that make roads safer
Sept. 17, 2018 | The nation’s 3.5 million truck drivers do yeoman’s work keeping the U.S. economy humming by transporting goods from coast to coast. The Teamsters thank the President and other elected officials for recognizing the crucial role that these workers play in keeping our country moving forward. However, working as a trucker is dangerous and stressful …  teamsters.org

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UPS and UPS Freight Members: Balloting materials have been mailed to you.

 •  The 2018-2023 tentative Master Agreements and the tentative Supplemental Agreements are posted at UPSRising.org

 •  UPS member questions from Aug. 11 teleform call are answered here. 

 •  10 reasons to vote YES

 •  Vote YES to new jobs and a stronger contract. Click here to view and download the flier.

 •  UPS Freight TA strengthens protections against excessive forced overtime. Learn more. 

 •  Listen to the UPS teleconference call from Aug. 25 here

 •  Listen to the UPS Freight teleconference call from Aug. 22 here

 •  Wondering how the UPS contract was negotiated? Get the facts here

 •  Balloting materials will be mailed to eligible members Sept.11-14, 2018. Ballots will be counted Oct. 5, 2018. Stay tuned for additional balloting instructions.

 •  UPS part-timers: Join the contract update teleforum Aug. 8 @ 5:30 pm, to learn more about the contract. Topics and call-in information here.

 •  UPS Freight members: Join the UPSF tentative agreement update conference call  Sept. 9 @ 7 pm. Call in info here.

 •  UPS part-timers: The National Master tentative agreement provides higher wages and benefits for you. Take a look at this chart..

 •  Answers to your questions from the Aug. 25 teleconference call are here.

 •  UPS feeder drivers: The National Master tentative agreement provides improvements and protections. Take a look at these highlights.

 •  Listen to the Part-Time UPS Members teleforum call from Sept. 8 here.

 •  UPS package car drivers: The National Master tentative agreement increases progressions. Take a look at this chart.

 •  UPS Freight members: Listen to the teleforum call from Sept. 9 here.


Elsewhere in the News
Here’s Why Thousands of Steelworkers Just Voted to Authorize a Strike
September 18, 2018 | STRIKES | […] U.S. Steel was seen a significant bump in profits in 2018, thanks to increased demand for steel, as well as new tariffs that have pushed up the cost of steel and helped pad the bottom line for large corporations such as U.S. Steel, a publicly traded company worth over $6 billion. The question now is whether or not workers will share equally in the largesse generated by today’s boom times for steel production. ... U.S. Steel management has scored “more than $50 million in pay and bonuses since 2015 while the hourly work force has not received a wage increase over the same period” …Working In These Times
Amazon is Worth $1Trillion. It’s Workers Are on Food Stamps
September 17, 2018 | WAGES | Amazon just hit a $1 trillion valuation, but some of its workers feel poorer than ever. Jeff Bezos’s tech giant is the second U.S. company to be worth thirteen-digits on the stock market, following Apple, which hit $1 trillion in August. That’s all well and good for Bezos, whose net worth exceeds $150 billion. But workers at the growing network of Amazon-owned companies say they aren’t seeing the money and Senator Bernie Sanders rolled out a new bill that would penalize Amazon for leaving workers dependent on public assistance. The next day, The Wall Street Journal reported that employees at Whole Foods, a grocery chain recently acquired by Amazon, were seeking to unionize. This is on top of criticism from academics, who say Amazon’s size has warped the economy… The Daily Beast
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Labor Union Approval Steady at 15-Year High
September 6, 2018 | ECONOMY | Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of labor unions today, which is consistent with the 61% who approved last year and up from 56% in 2016. Before 2017, public support for unions hadn't exceeded 60% since 2003, when 65% approved.The American public has long supported organized labor, starting with Gallup's earliest measure, taken in 1936 at the dawn of the U.S. labor movement. In fact, support for unions was relatively high across the first three decades of measurement, averaging 68% from 1936 to 1967. During this period, approval never dropped below 61%, and twice -- both times in the 1950s -- it stretched to 75%. Things changed in the 1970s when approval fell to 60%. Since then… Gallup
E-Commerce Driving Need for More Warehouse Workers
September 5, 2018 | JOBS | Demand for warehouse workers is growing faster than the labor supply, and that could drive up costs for fulfillment center operations as digital commerce becomes a bigger force in retail sales. U.S. warehouses and distribution centers need an additional 452,000 workers in total this year and next, commercial real-estate brokerage CBRE Group Inc. writes in a new report, a steep acceleration from hiring in the sector in recent years. Finding those workers with unemployment at an 18-year low will be a challenge, and will likely draw workers away from other fields… The Wall Street Journal
17 Great Motivational Quotes About Organized Labor
September 4, 2018 | COMMENTARY | …Over the past fifty years, though, most of those hard-won rights have been under attack from billionaires and their political pawns. With that in mind, here are 17 of those hard-won rights and an "motivational" quote. … Maybe you found those quotes alarming rather than motivational? Well, I think they should motivate you to vote... Inc.com
The History of Labor Day and What It Means Today
August 29, 2018 | LABOR HISTORY | Labor Day is on Monday, Monday, September 3, 2018. Before you celebrate by running off to your nearest beach, you may want to know how this holiday was started. The history of Labor Day, originally tied to the "dignity of workers", underscores the uphill climb U.S. clock-punchers and career professionals have had for the past 100-plus years. From mail room attendant to coal miners to office secretaries and more, the story of Labor Day is not only one of celebration, but of bloodshed and sacrifice, as well, as those workers from generations past paid a steep price for advancing the cause of labor for generations to come… The Street

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