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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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At press time: Another attack on workers

As this issue of the Rocky Mountain Teamster went to press, the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to consider legislation that would roll back the Fair Pay Safe Workplaces executive order issued by President Obama in 2014. The following statement was released by Teamster President James Hoffa in response to the legislative proposal, “Federal government contractors receive taxpayer dollars […]

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Scrapping Davis-Bacon is attack on working families

Scrapping Davis-Bacon is attack on working families

With his introduction of legislation to eliminate prevailing wage on federal infrastructure and construction projects this week, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has leveled a vicious attack on livelihoods of millions of middle class workers. Sen. Flake’s legislation, the Transportation Investment Recalibration to Equality (TIRE) Act, proposes a repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act, which has helped to ensure fair wages […]

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Hoffa: Withdrawal from TPP the right choice for U.S. trade policy

Hoffa: Withdrawal from TPP the right choice for U.S. trade policy

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on President Donald Trump signing an executive order to formally withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership. “Today, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With this decision, the president has taken the first […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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