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Feb. 23, 1904: William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner began publishing articles on the menace of Japanese laborers, leading to a resolution in the California legislature that action be taken against their immigration.

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Local and National Union News

Teamster International Officer election certified
Feb. 21, 2017  | The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here. General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

Anti-union forces set sites on Iowa public sector
Feb. 20, 2017  | Just days after Missouri enacted so-called right-to-work legislation, Republicans in Iowa are pushing forward with an effort to restrict collective bargaining for public sector workers. State and local government workers in the Hawkeye State would be prohibited from negotiating issues such as health insurance, seniority or extra pay. The bill would also make it more difficult for unions to collect dues. Iowa Teamsters, whose members include many working in law enforcement, have been active in an effort to defeat the legislation…

Pa. Senate approves ‘paycheck protection’ bill
Feb. 13, 2017  | The Pennsylvania Senate last week approved legislation to stop public employers from deducting political contributions from workers’ paychecks The Senate voted 28-22 to send the bill on to the House, which is scheduled to return for its next session day mid-March. Union officials have said the contributions are voluntary, and Democrats argues in the Senate that the proposal is intended to silence workers…

Maryland lawmakers introduce Right to Work legislation
Feb. 6, 2017  | On January 30, 2017, Delegate Warren Miller (R- Carroll County), supported by eleven other delegates, introduced an anti-worker bill designed to benefit business interests at the expense of hard-working men and women and their families. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. We cannot stand by silently while anti-worker forces seek to erode the rights of Maryland’s working people. Fight back! Details here...

Teamsters strongly oppose national right-to-work legislation
Feb. 2, 2017  | The Teamsters Union strongly opposes national ‘right-to-work’ legislation introduced yesterday in Congress that will hurt workers and their unions. The destructive anti-worker bill, H.R. 785, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act to institute damaging right to work in all states...

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Unions Challenge Trump to Rewrite NAFTA ‘In Favor of Workers’
Feb. 23, 2017 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | Backed by a wide array of labor unions – led by the United Steelworkers (USA), the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO, a group of House Democrats have formally challenged Republican President Donald Trump to completely rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)…The pro-worker principles should include the abolition of the secret trade court, called the Investor State Dispute System, now in NAFTA and other trade pacts, and write strong, enforceable labor rights into a new NAFTA’s text, and enforce them. They also include keeping Buy America provisions free from company challenges, putting in strong rules of origin for imported cars and parts, and requiring foreign trucks to comply with U.S. truck safety and driver licensing laws. That last requirement would restrict creaky Mexican trucks and ill-trained, pooped drivers to within 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, a key cause of the Teamsters…
UPS Tries Arming Its Drivers With an Octocopter Drone
Feb. 22, 2017 | TECHNOLOGY | United Parcel Service Inc. sees a day when your latest purchase may be dropped off not by a brown-clad delivery driver, but by an octocopter drone. The world’s largest courier took a step closer to that future Monday launching an unmanned aerial vehicle from the roof of a UPS truck about a quarter-mile to a blueberry farm outside Tampa, Florida. The drone dropped off a package at a home on the property and returned to the truck, which had moved about 2,000 feet. The test shows how UPS is looking to drones as a way to cut costs…
Unions Can Reverse Racial Wedge Politics That Divide Workers
Feb. 22, 2017  | THE FUTURE OF LABOR | It would be an understatement to say that the past few years of witnessing public displays of racial injustice against black and brown communities have been devastating. Often, the issue of racial politics and discrimination is not seen as a central priority of the labor movement – but it is our duty to protect workers from racial discrimination in our workplaces and in our society. One of the labor movement’s most important challenges is to understand how racial discrimination hurts all working people and impedes our ability to protect worker’s rights…
Unions Fear More States Will Approve RTW Laws As Similar Bill Comes to Congress
Feb. 21, 2017  | RTW4LESS | A national right-to-work law has once again appeared in Congress – but unions fighting the legislation say the real threat is on the state level. Currently, in states that don’t have right-to-work laws, an employee can decline to join a workplace union – but they can’t avoid paying at least some dues if they work at a unionized facility… Last week, New Hampshire narrowly missed becoming the 29th state. It rejected a right-to-work bill in a tense 200-177 vote in its House of Representatives. The Teamsters, one of the nation’s largest unions, launched a massive call to action just ahead of the Feb. 16 decision. “Our members and their families worked hard to send a message to the legislature that right to work is wrong got New Hampshire…
House Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Strengthen OSHA
Feb. 20, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | It went nowhere in the prior, Republican-run Congress, but House Democrats who specialize in workers’ issues have reintroduced their bill to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The measure comes just after OSHA announced inflation-adjusted increases in fines for job safety and health violations – but it is unclear if the new GOP Trump Administration plans to roll those fine hikes back. The Protecting America’s Workers Act, which unions, workers, and their allies strongly back, “would give OSHA the tools to ensure that employers promptly correct hazardous working conditions, protect workers from retaliation when they blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions, and hold employers accountable for violations that cause death or serious injury to workers”…
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