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March 31, 2015

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Danbury BOE Secretaries/IT Employees Overwhelmingly Vote to Join UPSEU
03/31/15 - UPSEU
Danbury BOE Secretaries and IT Employees overwhelmingly voted to leave CSEA/SEIU and join UPSEU.  As a result of a secret ballot election conducted on Monday, March 30, 2015, 95% of those who cast a ballot, voted for UPSEU.
Passing of Brother Donald Beechner
03/31/15 - IUEC Local 10
It is with a very heavy heart that I must notifiy the membership of the passing of Honorary Retired Brother Donald Beechner.  Don touched so many lives in this trade that there may not be enough room in the church for all the people that want to pay their respects.
What Have American Unions done for US?
03/31/15 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
Effort to End Official Time
03/31/15 - AFGE 3rd District
Please see the attached article on the bill that has been introduced to end official time.  http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2015/03/lawmakers-revive-effort-end-union-work-governments-dime/108772/.
Softball Tryouts
03/31/15 - UAW Local 1700
SOFTBALL TRY-OUTS ARE TAKING PLACE EVERY SATURDAY IN APRIL AT 9:30 A.M. AT RAIN TREE BASEBALL FIELD LOCATED ON JOHN R.
Game Night
03/31/15 - UAW Local 1700
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Idaho Plumbing Upgrade
03/31/15 - UA Local 296
We will be having a Idaho Plumbing Upgrade class on April 18th @ 9:00am.
Amazon in the News
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 767
  Amazon to remove non-compete clauses for warehouse workers circanews.com The online shopping giant continues to face criticism for its treatment of workers around the world and its opposition to unionization.
Join us for another APWU Contract Town Hall Call
03/30/15 - APWU Cleveland Area Local
APWU Contract Town Hall call is scheduled for Monday, April 6th at 12 pm.   Register online by 6 pm, on April 5th by visiting www.apwunccc.
Our 1st Annual Bowling Party set for 4/19!
03/30/15 - APWU Cleveland Area Local
Sunday, April 19th from 5pm - 9pm at  Cloverleaf Lanes, 5619 Brecksville Rd., Independence, OH Cost is $9.00 pp (includes shoes) *FIRST 150 MEMBERS BOWL FOR FREE, COMPLIMENTS OF THE A.P.W.U. PLUS 6 FREE POOL TABLES & A GAME ROOM.
Gov. Christie on Union Benefits
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 767
Gov. Christie Tells Unions 'We Simply Don't Have the Money' You Were Promised Chris Christie had some honest words about the state of underfunded union benefits at a Hanover Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday: “We don’t have the money, we simply don’t have the money, and I told you we need to get the money.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
The James R. Herman Memorial Wall
03/30/15 - Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific-National Office
Young AFSCME members-to-be lobby for family tax credits at Legislature
03/30/15 - Oregon AFSCME Council 75
Junior lobbyists stress the importance of affordable, reliable child care
PSR Fleet Memo for March 28 2015
03/30/15 - Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific-National Office
Firearms Instructor Course
03/30/15 - NJLESA
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Slate Belt Regional Police Officers Take Oath
03/30/15 - FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
Bills Killing Police Associations - AB182 & AB280
03/30/15 - NAPSO / CWA Local 9110
The article below on AB182 and AB280 as written by Tom Chiello with NAPSO/CWA Local 9110.  Tom is the President of the Henderson Police Supervisors Association and has been closely following AB182 and AB280 since the first day they were introduced.
Good Friday
03/30/15 - IUEC LOCAL 21
The office will be closed on Firday, April 3rd for Good Friday. It is an unpaid holiday but if you choose to work on you are to receive double time.
Alternate AMFA – ASA ASAP ERC Representative Nomination Notice
03/30/15 - AMFA
March 23, 2015 -- AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Alaska Airlines (ASA) membership for the position of Alternate AMFA–ASA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative. AMFA National will accept nominations from each Local until 5:00PM ET, April 16, 2015. The Primary AMFA ASAP Representative serves as the Alaska Airlines membership’s representative on the ASA ASAP ERC and reports to the National Safety & Standards Director, or his designee. The Primary position is anticipated to be a full-time assignment based in Seattle, WA. The Alternate Representative will serve in the event the Primary is unavailable.
Alternate AMFA – SWA ASAP ERC Representative Nomination Notice
03/30/15 - AMFA
March 23, 2015 -- AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Southwest Airlines (SWA) membership for the position of Alternate AMFA–SWA Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) Event Review Committee (ERC) Representative. AMFA National will accept nominations from each Local until 5:00PM ET, April 16, 2015. The Primary AMFA ASAP Representative serves as the Southwest Airlines membership’s representative on the SWA ASAP ERC and reports to the National Safety & Standards Director, or his designee. This position is anticipated to be a full-time assignment based at the SWA maintenance facility in Dallas, Texas. The Alternate Representative will serve in the event the Primary is unavailable.
Primary & Alternate AMFA – SWA Outsourcing Liaison Representatives Nomination Notice
03/30/15 - AMFA
March 23, 2015 -- AMFA National is calling for nominations from AMFA Locals representing the Southwest Airlines (SWA) membership for the positions of Primary and Alternate AMFA Outsourcing Liaison Representatives. AMFA National will accept nominations from each Local until 5:00PM ET, April 16, 2015. The Primary AMFA Outsourcing Liaison Representative will serve the Southwest Airlines AMFA membership as their representative in the Maintenance Planning Department and shall report to the Airline Representatives, or their designee. This is anticipated to be a full-time assignment based at the SWA Maintenance Facility in Dallas, Texas. The Alternate will serve in the event the Primary is unavailable.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
United Telephone Retirees Meeting
03/29/15 - CWA Local 3176
A special meeting will be held on April 4th, 2014 at Best Western 1321 N. 14th St. Leesburg, Fl 34748 Located Behind Ramshackles Cafe To all that qualify for the United Telephone Retirement (employed prior to 1974) The purpose of this meeting is to allow those to meet with the union attorney to discuss the upcoming arbitration for the United Telephone Retirement plan.
Passing of Cambridge Police Officer Stephen B. Killion
03/29/15 - Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition
The Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition regrets to annoucne the passing of Cambridge Police Officer and co-founder of the MMPC Stephen B. Killion on March 26 2015.  Steve was fifty-six years old.  Steve proudly served the Cambridge Police Department with distinction for twenty-six years.  Steve was a past President of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officer's Association.
Use of force brings charges against Missouri police officer
03/29/15 - UFCW Minority Coalition
By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - A former Missouri police officer was indicted on federal civil rights violations and obstruction of justice charges involving his use of a stun gun and other force on a teenager, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
Alabama policeman faces federal civil rights charge in confrontation with Indian man
03/29/15 - UFCW Minority Coalition
Sureshbhai Patel is shown at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama on Feb.
Daughters of MLK, Gov. Wallace, unite for 50-year march
03/29/15 - UFCW Minority Coalition
By MARTY SWANT                                 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The daughters of two major figures of the civil rights era, Martin Luther King Jr. and former Alabama Gov.
Civil rights charges filed against Ole Miss student accused of putting noose on James Meredith statue
03/29/15 - UFCW Minority Coalition
By Mark Berman  The James Meredith statue on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford, Miss.
Sharpton cautions against judgments based on race
03/29/15 - UFCW Minority Coalition
Sharpton cautions against judgments based on race By Jeremy Wallace STAFF PHOTO / THOMAS BENDER “Don't ever forget there were some whites that went and died to fight for us" during the civil rights marches of the 1960, said the Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday at the Howard Club scholarship lunch in Sarasota.
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.
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.
Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee Scholarship Winners Honored
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women’s Committee recognized its 2015 scholarship recipients during a night of celebration at the Third Annual Gala Dinner Dance on March 21.
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.
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