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February 17, 2018

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All public schools in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisc., are closed as teachers call in sick to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s plans to gut their collective bargaining rights.
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US labor news headlines from LabourStart

New Contract Approved, Carpenters' Union Drops Suit Against NYC
Local unions plan talk on Supreme Court's pending ruling on fair-share fees
Detroit Workers Join Nationwide Protests to Fight for Higher Wages
Mercy Medical Center workers want contract before big hospital merger
Should employers keep testing workers for pot?

Local and National Union News

Leaders from local unions unanimously approve tentative agreement
Feb. 12, 2018 | Leaders from 26 local unions that represent DHL members met in Washington, D.C. Friday, February 9, 2018 and unanimously approved the tentative master agreement and supplements, paving the way for a vote for the members later this month. Read the update here. Note: Voting will be conducted at the Local Union hall. Watch this space for date and time.

Members taking active role; negotiations set to resume Feb.19
Feb. 9, 2018 | As the Teamsters National UPS and UPS Freight Negotiating Committees prepare to resume contract negotiations on February 19, members are continuing to take an active role and asking questions. More than 20,000 Teamsters joined the UPS and UPS Freight contract negotiations update call on January 28, and scores of members left questions after the call. Click here for the most frequently asked questions and answers.

Piedmont Airlines steward to members: 'Help us help you'
Feb. 8, 2018 | Veteran steward Stephen Kennedy admits to being worried about the union’s future at Piedmont. “I think our youngest member is 18 or 19 years old. The most senior, and I’m one of them, is close to retirement. If I leave today and take with me my years of union knowledge and labor/management relationship experience, who will take over tomorrow?” Kennedy, a maintenance controller who oversees the daily operational status of Piedmont’s fleet, shares a little about himself and his hope that others will step up when he steps back … Shop Steward Profiles

Teamsters support bipartisan Congressional committee to solve pension crisis
Feb. 8, 2018 | The Teamsters Union applauds today’s announcement of the formation of a bipartisan, House-Senate Joint Select Committee to find a solution to the nation’s growing pension crisis which could threaten the retirement security of as many as 1.5 million active and retired workers. The committee, which will be comprised of six senators and six members of the House evenly divided by party, will work toward reporting a bill to solve the pension crisis… Teamsters

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Letter: ‘Right to Work Laws’ Defy Common Sense
Feb. 16, 2018 | OPINION | You want to play a round of golf? Pay at the clubhouse. You want to go to a bar that has a live band? Pay the cover charge. Are you a business owner who wants to reap the benefits the Chamber of Commerce has to offer? Pay your dues. Do you see a pattern here? There is no such thing as a free lunch… limaohio.com 
No Love for Working Families
Feb. 14, 2018 | OPINION | Love is in the air. Or so marketers want us to believe, as Valentine’s Day ads sweep the nation in a frenzy of buying flowers, greeting cards, and confections to communicate or affection. Washington is less forthcoming with the adoration, especially for working people... Common Dreams
Fast-Food Workers to Stage Rallies Across Country, Demanding Living Wage & Union Rights
Feb. 13, 2018 | WAGES | Fast food and other low-paid workers across the country, with a focus on the South, are staging walkouts and demonstrations on Monday to call attention to the fight for a minimum wage of $15 per hour and the right to unionize. Together with the Poor People's Campaign, the national group Fight for $15 is staging rallies in cities including Detroit, Los Angeles, and Memphis—the site of the historic sanitation workers' march exactly 50 years ago…According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour leaves workers unable to afford a two-bedroom rental apartment in any U.S. state…. Common Dreams
How Black Lives Matter Breathed New Life Into Unions
Feb. 12, 2018 | ORGANIZING |  […] As the Black Lives Matter and other social justice campaigns increasingly focus on economic justice, unions see a new opportunity. And ironically, a series of defeats for labor in the south is helping to fire up recruitment drives and attracting international support in the process. Last August’s bitterly fought attempt to unionize Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi is a case in point and one that labor leaders say has made multinationals wary of becoming embroiled in high-profile union-busting drives lead primarily by black workers… The Guardian
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Corporate Greed: Killing Middle-Class America
Feb. 8, 2018 | ECONOMY | This past summer, striking Charter/Spectrum worker Eddie Rogan climbed onto the Mets dugout towards the end of a game at Citi Field and unfurled an IBEW Local 3 banner – for the Long Island father of three, this modest act of civil disobedience time at rating awareness about the plight of the working people was like “screaming into a canyon.” “I’ve got a great marriage and great kids, so I’m extremely lucky there,” Rogan tells LaborPress. “The pain that you feel is that you’ve been with the company for 32 years; the company’s been around for 40 years and there’s never been a labor dispute. Management and the union have always gotten along; the main concern was the customer. But this new company rolls in with new ideas; they want to reinvent the wheel; change everything around and all hell breaks loose. It’s the way the county’s going — corporate greed is basically taking over. It’s killing middle-class America. It’s destroying blue collar workers. And I’m not sure when it’s going to change.”… Labor Press

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