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Sen. Sanders’ Bold Plan to Expand Social Security
03/28/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
Last week U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the Social Security Expansion Act, a thoughtful plan to both ensure greater retirement security for today’s workers and retirees and strengthen Social Security’s finances over the long term.
Change of April General Memberhip Meeting
03/28/15 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
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Union Victory on Retiree Rx Copays
03/28/15 - New Jersey Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Association
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Postal Service Profits $1.4 Billion So Far in Fiscal Year 2015
03/28/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
The Postal Service’s operating profit totaled $1.4 billion for the first five months of fiscal year 2015, according to a USPS report provided to the Postal Regulatory Commission. This result exceeds the $1.375 billion operating profit for the entire year in fiscal year 2014. As of the end of February, total mail volume is up .
Democrats Push Tax-The-Rich Plan For Social Security Solvency
03/28/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
As congressional Republicans push a wish-list budget that would dramatically cut government safety net programs, their Democratic counterparts are jumping on a bill to expand Social Security benefits and shore up the program's finances. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, endorsed the legislation at a press conference Tuesday.
Disputed Claims Reserve Motion to Release Shares Explained
03/27/15 - TWU Local 568
This week the Dallas Morning News reported inaccurate information concerning a motion to release AA Disputed Claims Reserve shares. They, Dallas Morning News, then retracted their report. This drove phone calls and questions that AA should answer.
So called (Right to Work) Wrong for Ohio, Wrong for America
03/27/15 - AFSCME Local 1360 Akron City Employees
Let's be realistic about this potential Right to Work legislation. In response to the letter published in the Akron Beacon Journal's commentary section on Friday, March 20, 2015 there are some discrepancies in that letter that I would like to address. But first I would like to say a little something about the robotic look of Gov. Scott Walker.
Free Trade Isn't About Trade: It's About Bureaucrats and Guns
03/27/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 27, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | thenation.com Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today's trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries.
In Case You Missed It
03/27/15 - Teamsters local 570
  • Unions seek to protect federal gas tax.   • Where have all our wages gone?   • ALEC 101: You need to read this.   • Baltimore longshoremen approve local contract.   • Public employee unions under attack in Nevada.   • Fast-track deal at impasse (for now) in the Senate.
In Case You Missed It
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Unions seek to protect federal gas tax.   • Where have all our wages gone?   • ALEC 101: You need to read this.   • Baltimore longshoremen approve local contract.   • Public employee unions under attack in Nevada.   • Fast-track deal at impasse (for now) in the Senate.
Community Service Classes 2015 Graduation
03/27/15 - Lansing Labor News
This year's Community Service Classes sponsored by the Capital Area United Way and the Greater Lansing Labor Council produced a bumper crop of graduates! They learned a great deal about resources and techniques for helping people in our community, be they union members or not. Our thanks to all who participated, whether as instructors or students.
Free Trade Isn't About Trade: It's About Bureaucrats and Guns
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 27, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | thenation.com Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today's trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries.
In Case You Missed It
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Unions seek to protect federal gas tax.   • Where have all our wages gone?   • ALEC 101: You need to read this.   • Baltimore longshoremen approve local contract.   • Public employee unions under attack in Nevada.   • Fast-track deal at impasse (for now) in the Senate.
Nomination Notice
03/27/15 - AMFA Local 32
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Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety
03/27/15 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Track Related Defects are a Leading Cause of Train Accidents in U.S.

“The key to reducing the frequency of oil train derailments plaguing North America is improved track maintenance,” says Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division President Freddie N. Simpson.
Current Events - Paying Dues Online
03/27/15 - International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Current Events March 25th 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters of Local 104,             This is a notice to any/all fellow Brothers and Sisters within Local 104. The following is an update of current events within the Membership.
Special Election Results
03/27/15 - UAW Local 1284
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Free Trade Isn't About Trade: It's About Bureaucrats – and Guns
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 27, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | thenation.com Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today's trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries.
In Case You Missed It
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 888
  • Unions seek to protect federal gas tax.   • Where have all our wages gone?   • ALEC 101: You need to read this.   • Baltimore longshoremen approve local contract.   • Public employee unions under attack in Nevada.   • Fast-track deal at impasse (for now) in the Senate.
Free Trade Isn't About Trade: It's About Bureaucrats and Guns
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Mar. 27, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | thenation.com Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today's trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries.
OFFICIAL BALLOT
03/26/15 - APWU Cleveland Area Local
Budget Bills: Cut Postal, Federal Pay
03/26/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
Two congressional committees are proposing to solve the nation’s financial problems in part by reducing pay for millions of postal and federal employees.
APWU Setting the Record Straight
03/26/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
Three in-depth flyers and a brochure just published by the APWU dispel common misconceptions about the Postal Service.
Should the Postal Service go into banking?
03/26/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
Consider this: Post offices sell money orders and conduct international transfers. Would it be such a big step to expand into the banking world via debit or prepaid cards? Postal Service Inspector General David Williams revived the debate during a discussion Wednesday at the Brookings Institution. As local bank branches close, post offices could step in, he said.
Wisconsin Lawmakers Go After Workers’ Weekends
03/26/15 - Queens Area Local AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION AFL-CIO
Two Wisconsin state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would roll back the state’s requirement that companies give workers at least one day off every seven days. Currently, state law mandates a 24-hour rest period every seven days for employees in factory and mercantile workplaces.
Wellness Incentive Gift Deadline - 3/31/15
03/26/15 - IBEW Local 483
If you complete the City of Tacoma compass - don't miss out on the incentive gift. There's some great items but you must complete the form and send it in by March 31, 2015. On the link below you will find the catalog and form. Happy shopping! http://wellness.cityoftacoma.
America Needs Unions
03/26/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Mar. 26, 2015 | U.S. LABOR | huffingtonpost.com … A report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development finds that income inequality cost the U.S. economy 6 to 7 percentage points of growth during the first 10 years of this century.
Executive Board Election 2015
03/26/15 - NJLESA
Attention all Members: The 2015 Executive Board Election is coming up and we need to ensure that all address information in the database is current and up to date since ballots will be mailed to your home.  We are projecting the mailing to go out on May 18th so please inform our Office Manager, Nancy Thorpe via phone call, email, etc. if you have relocated recently.
Civil Service
03/26/15 - Collin County Deputies Association
It has come to our attention that some have interest in the effectiveness of the civil service program. Below is some information that may help answer questions. In May of 2012 the Civil Service Commission adopted Collin County Sheriff’s Office civil services rules. Not everyone has had the opportunity to examine the rules I wanted to shed some clarification.
Local 2222 Alva Fravel Scholarship
03/26/15 - CWA Local 2222
ALVA  M.  FRAVEL  MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY: Members and retirees  (in good standing) of Local 2222, or their children, who have been accepted to an institute of higher learning.
2015 Special Bargaining Convention
03/26/15 - UAW Local 602
The 2015 Special Bargaining Convention was held March 24th and 25th in Detroit. The UAW represents members such fields as automotive, gaming, education, health care, defense, public sector, and construction equipment.
America Needs Unions
03/26/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 26, 2015 | U.S. LABOR | huffingtonpost.com … A report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development finds that income inequality cost the U.S. economy 6 to 7 percentage points of growth during the first 10 years of this century.
2015 March of Dimes Campaign
03/26/15 - UAW Local 602
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America Needs Unions
03/26/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 26, 2015 | U.S. LABOR | huffingtonpost.com … A report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development finds that income inequality cost the U.S. economy 6 to 7 percentage points of growth during the first 10 years of this century.
Pro Publica Online News Series on Changes in Workers' Compensation Laws Nationwide
03/26/15 - Teamsters Local 814
The Journalism website, Pro Publica, is doing a news series about the changes being done to Workers' Compensation Laws nationwide. You can read about it at Pro Publica - "Insult to Injury: America's Vanishing Worker Protections", http://www.propublica.
Mark Greenberg Benefit
03/26/15 - International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local #77
There will be a benefit for Br. Mark Greenberg at Tailgaters Bar and Grill located at 337 W. White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City on Monday, April 13 at 6:30pm  until 10pm. It is a $20 Buffet & Cash Bar. There will also be 50/50 tickets that can be purchased. Tickets will be available at the door.  For more info you can contact Br. Mike Tartaglio or Br. Frank Jacoby Jr.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Urge Your Representative to Vote "No" on H.Con.Res. 27
03/26/15 - Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote Thursday, March 26,on H.Con.Res. 27, the proposed Concurrent Resolution on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget. The IAM urges all members to contact their members of Congress and urge them to vote “No” on this budget bill.
Welcome New Members!
03/25/15 - International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, Local 122 - San Diego
If/When you see these new members around, shake their hand and welcome them aboard. Then, tell them to get back to work.
Power from The People
03/25/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 25, 2015 | ECONOMY | imf.org  [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the International Monetary Fund's March issue of its Finance & Development Report.
MARCH WITH LOCAL 6 IN THE SF CESAR CHAVEZ PARADE
03/25/15 - IBEW Local 6
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Power from The People
03/25/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 25, 2015 | ECONOMY | imf.org [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the International Monetary Fund's March issue of its Finance & Development Report.
New bill could add two-year extension to federal timber payments
03/25/15 - Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Many AFSCME-represented counties have felt the pinch of cutbacks on federal forestland
Supreme Court Sides With Pregnant Workers
03/25/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 25, 2015 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | huffingtonpost.com … The case, Young v. United Parcel Service, hinged on whether or not UPS was justified in putting Peggy Young on unpaid leave after she became pregnant, even though other workers were commonly offered "light duty" for on-the-job injuries or to satisfy requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Power from The People
03/25/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 25, 2015 | ECONOMY | imf.org  [Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the International Monetary Fund's March issue of its Finance & Development Report.]  Click image to view.
Supreme Court Sides With Pregnant Workers
03/25/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 25, 2015 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | huffingtonpost.com … The case, Young v. United Parcel Service, hinged on whether or not UPS was justified in putting Peggy Young on unpaid leave after she became pregnant, even though other workers were commonly offered "light duty" for on-the-job injuries or to satisfy requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
More Boeing Anti-Union Tactics
03/25/15 - Teamsters Local 767
Boeing’s anti-union campaign hits workers where they eat The Post and Courier - David Wren A trio of table toppers that have shown up in the Boeing Co.’s employee cafeteria are enough to give any supporter of organized labor a case of indigestion.
March of Dimes/March for Babies Walk
03/25/15 - UAW Local 412
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