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Joint Council 3 states are pioneers of labor history

Joint Council 3 states are pioneers of labor history

By Steve Vairma Every year on the anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre we are reminded that states within Teamsters Joint Council 3 – with smaller populations than their coastal and Midwestern neighbors – have nonetheless participated in events that have had significant influence on the course of American labor history. At Ludlow, 104 years ago on April 20, 1914, 18 […]

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Union vs. nonunion Who wins? Here’s your answer

In a non-union workplace: The employer makes all the rules, sets all the wage rates, and makes all the decisions on things like discipline, promotions, and hours of work. The worker has no voice. In a union workplace: The union bargains with the employer for a contract, and then makes sure that the contract is carried out. Your collective bargaining […]

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Hoffa: Workers need to take control of their future

Hoffa: Workers need to take control of their future

Working Americans are facing many challenges on the job front. While unemployment is low, so is pay. Corporations may be pulling in massive profits, but it’s all going to the top, with those who are making these businesses succeed getting little in return. The future is likely to offer more of the same. Increasingly, companies will be looking to automation […]

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Tax scam starting to sink in

Billionaires fund PR push for the tax law, while most workers see no increase in their take-home pay By Josh Hoxie It’s no fun being scammed. I distinctly remember looking for my first big city apartment and finding an ad that looked perfect. Beautiful picture, cheap rent, great location. It sounded too good to be true and, sadly, it was. […]

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Teamsters Union: Don’t rush to judgment on driverless vehicles

The Teamsters Union continues to stress its concerns with the testing and implementation of self-driving technology after a ‘driverless’ Uber in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, overnight. Uber has since temporarily halted its driverless testing program in Arizona, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. Last year, Uber suspended the same program after a crash in Arizona. […]

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10 actions that hurt workers during Trump’s first year

10 actions that hurt workers during Trump’s first year

How Trump, Congress further rigged the economy for the wealthy The tax cut law that President Trump boasts will make his wealthy friends “a lot richer” is just the latest in a series of betrayals of working people by the administration and Congress since Trump took the oath of office on January 20, 2017. In addition to passing a massive […]

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Millennials offer unions huge, tough opportunity

Millennials offer unions huge, tough opportunity

By Steve Vairma, International Vice President – West If the labor movement can eventually achieve a goal that has in more than two decades become almost illusory, the unions will be able to survive and the American workforce will be the beneficiaries. If the unions are successful, there would be no more talk of wage stagnation, wage theft and other […]

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This CEO wants a key to your house

Amazon wants you to pay for the privilege of letting Amazon employees enter your home when you’re not there. By Jim Hightower Would you give your house key to a complete stranger, letting that person (whose name you don’t even know) walk right into your home when you’re not there? One stranger who’s brazenly asking you and millions of other […]

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If the Trump tax plan doesn’t stink, why are they lying about the cost?

By Bob Lord House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It’s called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” which we’re told will mean “More Jobs, Fairer Taxes, and Bigger Paychecks.” Hallelujah! We can see the Promised Land! But before we pop the champagne corks, let’s double-check the sticker price: $1.5 trillion over the […]

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U.S. Bishops: No to ‘right-to-work’

In the labor movement, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and Janus v. AFSCME, where a member of the union is arguing that paying “agency fees” to pay for its services violates his freedom of speech. If Janus wins, all of state and local government employment will be rendered “right-to-work” and unions critically weakened. On January 19, the US […]

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