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American Pension Funding
12/18/14 - TWU Local 513
Brothers and Sisters, The attached information is to be used to contact your Senators, regarding the funding of Americans pensions. Please Take Action and Call Your Senator.
Delays In Uniform Orders
12/18/14 - AFA-CWA Local Council 57
We are aware that there has been an error in processing of uniform orders for those attending the January 5, 2015 SMT class.  We have been working with several leaders at SWA headquarters throughout the day to address the problem. The issue exists within the Lands End Uniform site, but is expected to be remedied by 0900 tomorrow  morning, December 19th, 2014.
Inequality is real
12/18/14 - IBEW local 453
Paycheck Delay? Problem Solved
12/18/14 - Local 328, Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Paycheck Delay?  Problem Solved Before she even got to work on the morning of Friday, December 5, AFSCME Staff Representative Diane Lovell had been contacted by a Local 328 member, who informed her that direct deposit paychecks had not posted, meaning employees did not get paid on time.
PASSING OF JULIAN T. HARLEY, SON OF OUR BROTHER CLIFF RIVAS
12/18/14 - TWU Local 568
IT IS WITH DEEPEST REGRET THAT WE INFORM YOU OF THE PASSING OF JULIAN T. HARLEY, SON OF OUR DEAR BROTHER CLIFF RIVAS.
Next Wave to host Jan. 23 hockey night; some free tickets to be given away
12/18/14 - Oregon AFSCME Council 75
The Winterhawks will take on the Spokane Chiefs in Portland
CALL YOUR SENATOR
12/18/14 - TWU Local 568
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED INFORMATION AND USE THE PHONE SCRIPT PROVIDED TO CONTACT YOUR FLORIDA SENATORS NELSON AND RUBIO. THE PHONE NUMBERS ARE LISTED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE.
AMFA-SWA Facilities Maintenance Technician Negotiations Update #14
12/18/14 - AMFA
December 18, 2014 -- We met with the Company in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, for a one-day negotiation session to continue our negotiations for the Facilities Maintenance Technicians (FMT). The Company started by presenting counter offers for Article 2: Scope, Article 4: Classifications, Article 5: Hours of Service, Article 8: Field Service, and Article 10: Filling of Vacancies. Again, like in our last session, the Company’s Article 2 counter omitted our language that would offer overtime to FMTs prior to using vendors to perform work the FMT’s normally perform outside their normal work hours and weekend.
December 18, 2014 Front Page
12/18/14 - Kansas City Labor Beacon Newspaper
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The 'Hunger Games' Economy
12/18/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Dec. 18, 2014 | ECONOMY |  …In what could have been a scene in the Hunger Games movies, the big banks and our elected leaders joined together to steal from blue-collar workers.
It's Going To Get A Little Easier For Workers To Unionize
12/18/14 - IBEW local 453
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The 'Hunger Games' Economy
12/18/14 - Teamsters local 570
Dec. 18, 2014 | ECONOMY |  …In what could have been a scene in the Hunger Games movies, the big banks and our elected leaders joined together to steal from blue-collar workers.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PENSION FUND
12/18/14 - Teamsters Local 568
On December 13, 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (“MPRA”). The MPRA is a bipartisan solution to address funding shortfalls in both multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”).
Facebook Denies CLEAT Advertising Opportunity
12/18/14 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Dear friends of Texas law enforcement, On Wednesday, December 17, 2014, Facebook denied CLEAT access to purchase an advertising "boost" for Charley Wilkison's blog regarding the recent attacks aimed at police in America. As Coordinator of the Public Affairs Division of CLEAT, I can attest to our organization being a frequent customer to social media, especially Facebook.
Mayor James for Mayor
12/18/14 - Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
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DC 4 Office Holiday Schedule
12/18/14 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
In observance of the holidays the District Council 4 Office will be closed from December 24th thru January 2nd. We wish all our members and their family to have a Happy and Safe Holidays.
Happy Holiday, Buy Union
12/18/14 - IBEW Local 659
Dec. 18, 2014 The AFL-CIO blog team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. We’re taking a break from the blog email until Jan. 5, but be sure to check out the AFL-CIO Now Blog for news and updates.
The 'Hunger Games' Economy
12/18/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Dec. 18, 2014 | ECONOMY |  …In what could have been a scene in the Hunger Games movies, the big banks and our elected leaders joined together to steal from blue-collar workers.
Express 2014-06 Special Maintenance Issue
12/18/14 - Denver Metro Area Local APWU
SPECIAL MAINTENANCE ISSUE by Ben Pesina, Maintenance Craft Director By now, many of you have heard about the two hour time change that will be implemented in January.  We met with maintenance management last Thursday.
AMFA Joins the Battle Against Norwegian Air International’s Application for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit
12/18/14 - AMFA
December 17, 2014 -- The Association has joined the fight against the foreign air carrier permit of Norwegian Airlines International (NAI). Our hope is that the Secretary Foxx will recognize the arguments that we’ve made, which echo the opposition of our industry and labor colleagues both domestically and within the European Union, and send NAI back to the drawing board to craft a business plan that doesn't undermine established international rules and obligations, particularly those involving labor.
29(d) FLEX VACATION ARB DECISION
12/17/14 - TWU Local 568
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Statement by Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
12/17/14 - TWU Local 568
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Known Crewmember: No Uniform Required
12/17/14 - Horizon Air AFA-CWA
Effective January 13, 2015, the TSA’s Known Crewmember (KCM) requirements will change for flight crew members: Flight Attendants who participate in KCM will no longer be required to wear uniforms.
Thanks to Labor Board Ruling, You Can Now Use Company Email to Organize a Union
12/17/14 - IBEW Local 89
December 17, 2014 As published at http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17442/company_email_union Thanks to Labor Board Ruling, You Can Now Use Company Email to Organize a Union This week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision and a rule that could make organizing a union significantly easier for American workers.
Florida Film and Television Center
12/17/14 - IATSE Local 477
The City of Miami broke ground on a new film studio . .
New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 455
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Passing
12/17/14 - St Louis Association of Retired Fire Fighters
 It is with deep sorrow we inform you of the passing of brother William woods.  Visitation for Bill will be at Kutis Funeral Home 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd at Butler Hill on Friday the 19th from 4-8 pm.   funeral service will be Saturday  at 10 am.  Burial at Mount Hope cemetary.
Attention Swing and Graveyard Workers!
12/17/14 - Local 328, Oregon AFSCME Council 75
This message is intended for members of our bargaining unit working evening, night and weekend shifts on a regular basis.  Payroll was only able to provide names of individuals who receive shift differential, so we apologize if this message doesn’t apply to you.  The following message has been widely distributed in various  ways to all of our members.
29D Flex Vacation
12/17/14 - TWU Local 513
Brothers and Sisters, Please see the attached letter from the TWU International David Virella Representative concerning the 29D Flex Vacations.
Incorrect Mailing
12/17/14 - UAW Local 1284
Please accept my apologies. The auto generated email notification that went out this morning is incorrect. The December general meeting was cancelled per member vote at the November meeting. Once again, sorry for the confusion, the December meeting has been cancelled. Have a Safe and Happy Holidays.
AFGE District 3 Holiday Schedule 2014
12/17/14 - AFGE 3rd District
AFGE and District Offices will be closed for the holiday season beginning Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015.  All staff may have limited access to emails and will respond to emergency situations should they occur. Wishing all members and local officer's a blessed season with their family and friends.
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters local 570
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Brenda Cartino Featured in Tradeswomen Tuesday Article
12/17/14 - BAC Local 2 Washington Idaho Montana
BAC Local 1 Oregon member Brenda Cartino was recently featured in this article. Take a few minutes to check it out. ~~Equal Rights Advocates is a proud member of the Taskforce on Tradeswomen Issues, which unites local, regional and national expertise and action to support tradeswomen and women who want access to these occupations.
Happy Holidays from HVALF
12/17/14 - HVALF AFL-CIO
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Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Help Wanted — Grand Lodge Representative
12/17/14 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen Grand Executive Council is accepting resumés for the purpose of appointing a new Grand Lodge Representative.
***UPDATED*** 2014 Local 1360 Holiday Party Raffle Prizes!
12/17/14 - AFSCME Local 1360 Akron City Employees
                                                     2014 Local 1360 Holiday Party Raffle Prizes Beer Kit. Bluetooth Speaker System. “Mr. Coffee” Coffee Maker. Kenmore Indoor Grill. Sears Craftsman 30 piece Max Axess Socket Set.
Don Jackson Stands Tall
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 162
Local 162 member Don Jackson was re-certified as a driver trainer in the feeder department in 2014.  Don is a 37-year Teamster and UPS feeder driver in Portland.  He is also in the Circle of Honor for more than 25-years of safe driving.  Don is training new drivers as part of the overall program to promote and train more full-time drivers.
Is your Employer Violating your Weingarten rights????
12/16/14 - CWA Local 3176
Brothers and Sisters, It is an employees right to have a union representative at any kind of meeting an employee has with a member of HR, Legal, or managment with any employer as long as the employee feels that the information providied in the meeting could result in disciplinary action for themselves or another employee.
December Membership Meeting
12/16/14 - AFSCME Local 3336
 General Membership Meeting   Wednesday, December 17, 2014 By teleconference and hosted by Headquarters 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Also, for VIP Staff, if a majority of members *vote to connect via station conference phones from your lunch room, you may do so.
From David Pepper
12/16/14 - AFSCME Local 1360 Akron City Employees
Dear Friends, I write to share some exciting news—news I wouldn’t have anticipated a month ago, and news that your support and encouragement over recent years helped make happen. Yesterday, after a month of intense campaigning alongside my good friend Nina Turner, I was honored to be unanimously elected Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party.
Passing of Eusebia Salgado, mother of our brother Luis Salgado
12/16/14 - TWU Local 568
It is with deepest regret that we inform you of the passing of Eusebia Salgado, the mother of our friend and brother Luis Salgado. Services will be held tomorrow, December 17 starting at 6pm at: Funeraria Memorial Plan Westchester 9800 Coral Way Miami, FL 33165 Please keep Luis and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
You Made it Happen, Quality-Jobs Ordinance passed!!!
12/16/14 - IBEW Local 73
Thanks for all your work for the last year or so moving this forward and filling the City Council chambers last night to testify and support this initiative.
WHAT THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL MEANS TO YOU
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 568
On December 13, 2014, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) as part of the federal spending "cromnibus" bill, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. The multiemployer defined benefit pension reform provisions were introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.).
Local 2067 once again emphasizes holiday giving to Salem-area charities
12/16/14 - Oregon AFSCME Council 75
The Salem local has long made a commitment to give back to the community during the holiday season
From Fudge Press
12/16/14 - AFSCME Local 1360 Akron City Employees
George, I am forwarding this information to you in hopes that your organization can use it. Ginger Baylor| Community Outreach Coordinator U. S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) 1225 Lawton Street, Suite 104 |Akron, OH 44320 Phone 330-835-4758 |Fax 330-835-4863 | Cell 330-324-9268 Ginger.Baylor@mail.house.gov | www.fudge.house.
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