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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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Experimental technology will impact UPS drivers

The jobs of UPS Teamsters are becoming more impacted by cost-cutting “modernization” schemes, including so-called “slave trucks,’ a digitally connected pack of trucks driven in formation to reduce wind resistance and increase fuel efficiency. The formation would present optics of a train of trucks rolling down the highway. In recent years, companies have been striving to advance the platoon technology. […]

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Hoffa: We’re the guinea pigs for self-driving trucks

Hoffa: We’re the guinea pigs for self-driving trucks

Imagine driving down the interstate past an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer. Its driver’s hands aren’t touching the wheel. Tech companies envision — and are investing in — a future in which thousands of such vehicles would navigate our roadways. Most people don’t welcome this scenario, nor should they. A 2016 study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute […]

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The tax history of a mega-rich family

By Sam Pizzigati David Rockefeller has just passed away. You may have already heard that news. You may have not. America’s major media outlets haven’t treated Rockefeller’s death — at age 101 — as a top-of-the-news story. How things change. Once upon a time, any breaking news that involved a Rockefeller almost automatically qualified as news not to be missed. […]

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Teamsters condemn repeal of wages and safety rules

WASHINGTON — Amid a lot of fanfare and an audience of corporate executives, President Trump recently signed a bill that winks at companies that commit wage theft and put their workers’ safety at risk. The bill eliminates worker protections that were put in place by the Obama administration through the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace Executive Order, under which companies […]

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Vairma: Trump has big chance to be working class hero

Vairma: Trump has big chance to be working class hero

President Trump will soon get an opportunity to prove that he really is a friend to all those workers who voted for him in November. In fact, he will get two chances. Will he veto two congressional proposals, one enacting a national so-called right-to-work law and the other repealing the federal Davis-Bacon law? Probably not. Before the election the president […]

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Congressional onslaught hits labor; workers’ wages, benefits at risk

Destructive national right-to-work legislation introduced in House All eyes will be on President Donald Trump in the immediate future as congressional Republicans have introduced a union-busting right-to-work proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives. If the bill, H.R. 785, passes the House and Senate, which is likely but not a sure thing, it will go to the president for his […]

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Arizona Senator introduces bill to repeal Davis-Bacon

Jeff Flake, an anti-union U.S. Senator from Arizona, which is a member state in Teamsters Joint Council 3, recently introduced legislation to eliminate the prevailing wage on federal infrastructure and construction projects. Senator Flake’s proposal, the Transportation Investment Recalibration to Equity (TIRE) Act, would repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, which has helped to ensure fair wages are paid on construction jobs […]

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Kentucky workers learn: Elections have consequences

By Bill Finn , State Director Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council The Kentucky House and Senate convened on January 3, 2017, and in five days passed three anti-union bills –including a so-called “right-to-work” proposal– in an unprecedented manner. They were each signed by the governor under an emergency clause and went into effect on January 9, 2017. Legislators […]

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A tale of two states and ‘right-to-work’

In 2011 and 2012 two states, New Hampshire and Indiana, debated the same bill: so-called “right-to-work” legislation, pushed by corporate lobbyists and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), designed to weaken unions financially and pave the way for greater corporate dominance of state politics. New Hampshire’s governor vetoed the bill in 2011. Indiana, by contrast, enacted it in 2012. It […]

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