Friday, April 26, 2013
Act Now to Reinstate Javier Rodriguez
From our friends at Warehouse Workers United. Please help them and take action now!
Javier Rodriguez worked as a forklift driver inside a critical Walmart-contracted warehouse in Southern California until he was fired yesterday.
Javier and his coworkers labor moving Walmart merchandise for low wages. Most warehouse workers are temporary employees with no benefits, no guaranteed hours and no sick days. They often encounter pollutants, high temperatures, little ventilation and intense retaliation if they complain about the conditions. Serious injuries on the job are common.
Last fall, Javier and his coworkers went on strike to protest retaliation they experienced when speaking up about unsafe working conditions. They launched a 50-mile pilgrimage from the dusty shadows of Southern California’s Inland Empire to Downtown Los Angeles.
After dismissing workers’ claims about unsafe working conditions in the fall, Walmart told the Wall Street Journal it would step up monitoring of its domestic warehouses. Workers have seen no changes and now one of the most outspoken leaders has been fired.
Please take action now. We will deliver this petition to Walmart April 29.
- Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Low-Wage Worker Walk Outs Spreading!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Proud To Be Union
“Some 200 members of Teamsters Local 25 members began gathering at St. Joseph’s Church before 8 a.m. today, promising to block protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church if they follow through on a threat to picket the funeral of Krystle M. Campbell, who died in the Boston Marathon bombings.”
Teamsters gather to shield victim’s funeral from protesters - Boston Globe
“Frontline healthcare workers at the hospital, including many 1199SEIU members, answered the call of duty to save lives and provide exceptional care,” in the wake of the tragic Boston Bombings.
“Along with some heroic civilians, it was government workers who ran toward the blast zone. And they were unionized government workers.” The members of public sector unions aren’t the evil bureaucrats they’ve been made out to be. They are often the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.
Government to the Rescue in Boston - Daily Beast
Friday, April 19, 2013
Unions Urge Congress to Close Loopholes Allowing Corporate Criminals to Avoid Strict Enforcement of Life-Saving Job Safety and Health Rules
WASHINGTON- Democrats on the House Education and Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives have reintroduced the “Protecting America’s Workers Act.”
Below is a statement from Joseph T. Hansen, Chair of Change to Win and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW):
"For over 40 years, the OSHA law has remained virtually the same -- with the same weak provisions that have allowed bad-actor employers to escape punishment. At the same time, workers who complain about OSHA violations often face abusive treatment from their supervisors, and interminable delays when they seek official protection from such retaliation.
We strongly support these updated provisions, which will give workers covered by OSHA many of the same protections given by other laws.
We urge the Congress to quickly consider and pass this bill -- before another preventable incident kills, injures or sickens one more hard-working American."
Monday, April 15, 2013
How GOP Obstruction is Killing the Working Class
The GOP is doing whatever it can to stop the government from functioning properly, including blocking nominations to the NLRB. “At the moment the Republicans are wide open to attacks that they are so preoccupied with partisan politics that they have forgotten about the need for the government to enforce the nation’s labor law.”
Opinion: Labor fight one front in GOP war - The Hill
“Congress essentially told working Americans to drop dead. House Republicans pushed through a dangerous bill that would paralyze the National Labor Relations Board, blocking the only path that workers have to workplace justice… Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive.”
No NLRB, No Voice - Huffington Post
The GOP isn’t just holding up the NLRB, but is also blocking nominations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. When will they stop blocking progress and start trying to help the working class?
Republicans’ D.C. Circuit barricade - Washington Post