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Vairma: What happened to FDR’s legacy?

Vairma: What happened to FDR’s legacy?

During the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a wealthy and socially prominent New York political leader, the Democratic Party became the ally of the working class. The unlikely bond between the blueblood president and a blue collar work force lasted from 1933 until Roosevelt’s death during his fourth term in office in 1945. It began with the establishment of the […]

by gunner· · Steve Vairma's Column

Autonomous vehicles becoming a national issue

Automated vehicles, an issue that will eventually have a serious impact on the trucking industry workforce – especially Teamster Union members – is quickly coming to the attention of both Congress and state legislatures, including two states in Joint Council 3. At the national level, legislation was advanced in the House Energy & Commerce Committee that provides a starting point […]

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New overtime bill allows employers to offer time off instead of cash

Cash or time off? If Republicans have their way, it’s a choice more companies will be able to offer their hourly-wage employees working overtime. Voting along party lines, the House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would allow private-sector employers to compensate their overtime-working employees with paid time off instead of paying them time-and-a-half as currently required. The bill, […]

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Opioid use due to broken system

Opioid use due to broken system

Our country’s opioid epidemic which claims the lives of 91 Americans every day is hurting far too many families in Michigan and across the country. Opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers and heroin, killed more than 33,000 people in this country in 2015, the most on record. The epidemic is straining both public services and state budgets. With a problem this […]

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Hoffa critical of new NAFTA goals

WASHINGTON – The following is a statement by Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the White House’s release of its “Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation” last night. “I am disappointed that the latest version of the administration’s goals for a NAFTA replacement is not more specific. The very general outline that the USTR posted on its website […]

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Politicians . . . Ignoring workers is a big mistake

Politicians . . . Ignoring workers is a big mistake

By Steve Vairma When Democrats lose nearly 50 percent of the working class vote in a national election they have virtually no chance of winning, and that’s exactly what happened in the general election last November. In the process, Republicans won the presidency, picked up seats in the Senate and won control of the House by a massive, unprecedented margin. […]

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Hoffa: New NAFTA should help workers

Hoffa: New NAFTA should help workers

The Trump administration and Congress are ramping up efforts to consider changes to trade and health care policy in the coming days. And for workers in Michigan and across the U.S., much is at stake. Both issues offer an opportunity for the White House and Capitol Hill to put aside partisan differences and work together to fix these serious problems. […]

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How Trump could stop job offshoring

How Trump could stop job offshoring

On day one, he could have saved thousands of U.S. jobs. He didn’t. By Chuck Jones The New York Times recently ran a front-page story about 700 United Technologies Corp. workers who are seeing their jobs shipped off to Mexico. Along with their UTC Carrier counterparts in Indianapolis — who are losing 550 of their jobs to Mexico — this […]

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An EPI report: The first 100 days

An EPI report: The first 100 days

President Trump’s top priorities include rolling back protections to workers’ wages, health, and safety In this report, the Economic Policy Institute looks closely at President Trump’s actions in his first 100 days in office and ask: Do these actions benefit or harm U.S. workers and our economy? By Celine McNicholas, Heidi Shierholz, Josh Bivens, and Daniel Costa April 29, 2017, […]

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Vairma: Get ready; here come the union busters

Vairma: Get ready; here come the union busters

By Steve Vairma If you’re a union member, you can count on it. You’ll soon be the target of the a vicious verbal attack by the anti-worker gang in Congress. It will begin when senators and representatives begin debating two proposals designed to drastically diminish the wages, benefits and working conditions of all workers. One of the bills, proposing a […]

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