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November 13, 2018

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GM workers’ post-war strike for higher wages closes 96 plants.
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Fire contained at Teamsters headquarters in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Nov. 13, 2018 | Firefighters quickly contained a two-alarm fire that broke out Saturday evening at a Teamsters building in east Santa Rosa. The fire, reported around 5:45 p.m., was in a concrete building that serves as a headquarters for the Teamsters Local 665. Flames and smoke were discovered by police officers responding to a burglar alarm likely triggered by the fire … The Press Democrat

UPS Freight final contract offer ratified; national strike averted
Nov. 12, 2018 | Workers at UPS Freight have ratified a new five-year agreement that was the company’s last, best and final offer, averting a national strike. Members approved the contract by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin at local union meetings held from Nov. 7 until today. The agreement covers approximately 11,600 workers at the company. The final vote was 6,935 in favor and 2,067 opposed with 84 percent of eligible members voting. Local 355 UPSF members with approximately 95 percent participating, voted overwhelmingly to approve the agreement.

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Elsewhere in the News
Are Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining Coming to Big Tech?
Nov. 13, 2018 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | The surge of employee activism that is sweeping through Big Tech is looking less like an instance of well-meaning Millennials gone hopelessly culturally correct. Rather it looks more like a serious and well-planned movement to bring collective bargaining power to workers at some of the nation’s most iconic and least government-regulated companies… Most of the activists’ successes to date have been one-offs but more and more believe there is an appetite for a sustained labor movement that includes both blue-collar and white-collar workers who collectively can seek and win long-term concessions. That could be a formal union or, at least, a broad-based coalition to take on issues like lack of diversity, the second-class status of temps and contract workers, sexual harassment, and glass ceilings… Diginomica
Healthcare and Labor Rights: Unions' Congressional Wish List
Nov. 13, 2018 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Health care, infrastructure, and education top labor’s immediate wish list now that Democrats have won control of the House, along with protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from assaults euphemistically termed “entitlement reform.” On a deeper level, union leaders also want workers’ rights to organize expanded and American democracy taken back from the increasing tyranny of money. The Democratic majority in the House means that there’s now “no chance” of a national law to ban the union shop… Labor Press
In Case You Missed It
  • Big wins for Teamsters in Election Day results.
  • Teamsters organize 7th XPO Logistics center
  • Amazon is launching a new shipping service
  • Baltimore first big U.S. city to ban water privatization
  • NLRB staffers stage second protest against Trump board
  • Fairness triumph with passage of Florida amendment
  • Long lines to vote are a sign democracy isn’t working
  • Voters just gave nearly 1 million workers a raise in 2 red states
  • Election results are a victory for the concerns of working people
  • Confessions of a U.S. postal worker: “We deliver Amazon packages until we drop
  • Why Google employees walked out & what it could mean for the future of Labor

Over 700 Union Members Win Public Office in Midterms
Nov. 9, 2018 | POLITICAL ACTION | Led by Minnesota’s Tim Walz, some 743 unionists—and counting—won public office nationwide, from Congress down to county commissioner, the AFL-CIO calculates. Walz, a member of Education Minnesota, will be Minnesota’s governor, and organized labor’s highest-ranking elected official. Teamsters member candidates won four state House seats. Jeff Kurtz, (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers-IBT) won an open Iowa House seat. So did Susan Martinez, now a Nevada state rep, but also a shop steward and 30-year Local 986 member at Las Vegas’s Flamingo Hotel, won there. Dave Delloso of Local 312 in Chester, Pa., and Steve Malagari of Local 830 in Philadelphia won open seats in the Pennsylvania House, even as it stayed Republican. “I want to go to Harrisburg and represent a class of people who are tired of being forgotten.” Peoples World
Surprise! Minimum-Wage Hike Helps Workers After All
Nov. 8, 2018 | WAGES | Remember last year when a gaggle of University of Washington economists proclaimed that Seattle's new $15 minimum-wage law was creating all sorts of havoc with the local economy? Their report contended that Seattle employers, now forced by law to pay minimum-wage employees 15 bucks an hour, had cut back the hours their workers worked, so instead of gaining wages they actually took a 6.6 percent cut. Now a year later these same economists are backtracking… The Cap Times
How Labor Helped Bring Down Scott Walker and Bruce Rauner
Nov. 7, 2018 | POLITICAL ACTION | On Tuesday night, in a strong rebuke to the anti-labor agendas of Wisconsin and Illinois’ Republican governors, voters elected Democrats to lead their states. Illinois’ new governor, Democrat J.B. Pritzker, won the race with 54 percent of the vote, while Wisconsin’s new governor, Tony Evers, won his contest, though final votes are still being tallied. Both ran on strong, clear messages of supporting unions and working families.  It would be hard to understate the damage to workers wrought by Scott Walker, elected during the Tea Party wave of 2010, and Bruce Rauner, elected in 2014… Working In These Times
6 Types of Misinformation to Beware Of on Election Day
Nov. 6, 2018 | VOTE! | False stories, misleading ads and suspicious mailers are an unfortunate feature of most modern political campaigns. But there is another type of misinformation to worry about on Tuesday: the type that strikes on Election Day, requiring voters to wade through rumors, hoaxes and misleading information on their way to the polls. Here, so you know what to look out for on Tuesday, we break down six of the most common types of Election Day misinformation, as well as some tips at the end for spotting and avoiding it… NY Times
 
 
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