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UPS freight drivers trained to spot human trafficking
Jan. 12, 2017  | UPS drivers will be trained to recognize and report human trafficking in collaboration with the Truckers Against Trafficking organization, the company announced Wednesday. UPS’s 8,000 freight drivers will receive the training, which began last month, by the end of the year, according to UPS spokeswoman Kara Ross…

Trucker deaths top all others in the workforce
Jan. 6, 2017  | The Teamsters for years have been front-and-center in the fight for ensuring proper rest breaks for truckers. A new government report shows why that effort is so very important. A National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2015 found that heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation…

Cool labor book: ‘A People’s History of the United States’
Jan. 3, 2017  | If your last serious read of American history was in high school – or even in a standard college course – you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities. Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a widely respected historian, author, playwright, and social activist. In A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, he turns history on its head with his carefully researched and dramatic recounting of America and its people – not just its bankers, industrialists, generals and politicians. This book will give you a whole new way of looking at and understanding the world around you. Order it at Union Communication Services.

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Labor Unions - What’s Their Future Under Trump?
Jan. 20, 2017  | LABOR | ...“It’s going to be the most challenging period for organized labor since the 1930s,” says Susan J. Schurman, a labor studies and employment relations professor at Rutgers University and former labor union leader.”It’s clear to everyone at this point that is conservatives had their way, we’d not have unions.” What should unions do? Unions continue to speak out on issues of interest, commenting on incoming presidential policies and appointments. Schurman recommends two strategic directions that unions should pursue…
Worker Advocates Are Getting Under Labor Nominee’s Thin, Thin Skin
Jan. 19, 2017  | LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder. This has revealed something new, interesting, and pathetic about the wealthy, powerful, outspoken political nominee: he has incredibly thin skin. Puzder has been steadily blocking his critics on Twitter. Just think: a labor secretary who doesn’t want to hear from pro-worker groups…
UAW Bargaining Wins $1 Billion US Investment By General Motors
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. Estrada says the UAW is pleased about the additional investment and the union will work with GM to bring more product manufacturing to the U.S…
Will States Take Up the Mantle of Worker Protection?
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement. While workers in states that have been active on these issues in the past will likely continue to be protected by their state agencies, states without established resources in place will have a harder time stepping up all the way…. “States can play a tremendously important role in combating wage these, but in other critical areas, like workplace safety and health or workers’ right to organize, states may have a harder time filling in the gap because they are often preempted by federal law from directly enforcing these laws”…
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