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Vairma: Strikebreaking threats skew collective bargaining

Vairma: Strikebreaking threats skew collective bargaining

If they aren’t a part of it, and there isn’t a major strike making headlines, most people are blissfully ignorant of the turmoil prevalent today in labor-management relations. With the blessing of the federal government, corporate management for the past 36 years has been able to assume a dominant role in collective bargaining, leaving workers – both union and non-union […]

by gunner· · Uncategorized

Union buster set to be NLRB’s top lawyer

A union-busting lawyer who participated in a 1981 presidential decision that has, over the years, been disastrous for workers was nominated general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency charged with protecting workers’ rights. Peter Robb, a New England attorney, was nominated by President Trump as his choice to be the NLRB’s top lawyer. This is […]

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Hoffa: Unions can jump-start economy

Hoffa: Unions can jump-start economy

Watching the response of the Teamsters and other unions’ members to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey made Labor Day this year more meaningful than ever. The Teamsters have always been an early responder in times of crisis, donating and distributing emergency supplies, coordinating logistics, raising money for those in need and more. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy […]

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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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