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Vairma: It’s Trump time, no more platitudes

Vairma: It’s Trump time, no more platitudes

As election night moved slowly toward midnight on November 8, it became clear that a huge percentage of the nation’s working class was rejecting what for many years they had considered the lesser of two evils. Post election statistics reveal that union voters split almost evenly between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, which indicates that a sizable number of rank-and-file […]

by gunner· · Uncategorized

Trump win had little effect on down ballot races in J.C. 3

While President-elect Donald Trump was victorious last month in four of six states within Teamsters Joint Council 3, his impressive win had little effect on down ballot legislative or congressional races. With one notable exception, the partisan makeup of legislatures in states covered by Teamsters Joint Council 3 was not influenced by the presidential balloting. In addition, there were no […]

by gunner· · Uncategorized

America’s Cosmic Tax Gap

The federal government can now spot a bug in space — so why can’t they spot rich tax cheats here on the ground? By Sam Pizzigati The folks working for the federal government can do some incredible things. Over at NASA, for instance, they’re now putting the finishing touches on the new James Webb Space Telescope — an instrument The […]

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Trade unions provide great benefits for nonunion workers

Trade unions provide great benefits for nonunion workers

One of the benefits of trade unionism is that when unions are strong, nonunion workers earn higher wages and receive better benefits. But, while nonunion workers benefit from strong unions, they also suffer when that strength diminishes, as it has in the United States for the past 35 years. In those years nonunion workers have suffered massive wage losses, according […]

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Mom says Idaho Teamster’s fast action saved her family

Mom says Idaho Teamster’s fast action saved her family

RIRIE, Idaho — A quick thinking Idaho Teamster’s heroic action recently is credited here by a local mother of saving her and her two young sons from what could have been a deadly fire. Sheldon Bonnell (in photo), a Teamsters Local 983 steward and full time package driver and backup feeder driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), was working as […]

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Vairma: Don’t ignore state legislative races Nov. 8 apply

Vairma: Don’t ignore state legislative races Nov. 8 apply

During highly contentious presidential election years, voters sometimes tend either to overlook or to ignore state legislative races as they get caught up in the presidential campaigns that capture most of the headlines and television time. For one good reason, union members can’t afford to do that in this election year: State legislatures vote on more issues vital to working […]

by gunner· · Steve Vairma's Column

Paul Ryan’s hot new idea: more corporate giveaways

By Jim Hightower The House speaker’s “economic agenda” would fix the economy in the same way a vet fixes your dog. Attention people, there’s big news out of Washington: Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House, has announced that he has an idea! This is news because the GOP leadership hasn’t offered a new idea in years. Instead, they’ve […]

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Joint council states at top, bottom and middle of income gap statistics

Recent economic activity in three Teamsters Joint Council 3 states — Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming—was covered extensively in a paper recently released by the Economic Policy Institute. The paper shows that between 2009 and 2013, the top one percent captured 85.1 percent of total income growth in the United States. It also shows that same group of income earners […]

by gunner· · Montana, New Mexico
AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

Two local unions in Teamsters Joint Council 3 are heavily involved in an ongoing nationwide protest against US Foods, the nation’s second largest food service provider, for its widespread practice of engaging in unfair labor practices against employees. Arizona Local 104 and Colorado Local 455 are the Joint Council unions involved. Both have endured troubled labor-management relationships with the company […]

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Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

In almost every election year for the past 30 years, union leaders have been exhorting their members to register and vote for labor-endorsed candidates. If they don’t, the story goes, they might lose their jobs or have their wages slashed below the poverty level. No doubt, segments of the rank-and-file sometimes view these periodic warnings as the old “sky will […]

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