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Dec. 8, 1886
The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio. The most successful labor federation in American history, the AFL has long had its critics on both the left and right, but ultimately its founding president Samuel Gompers understood the realities of Gilded Age politics and how to negotiate the best possible deal for workers in that atmosphere.

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Hoffa: Don’t blame workers for delivery delays this season
Dec. 1, 2021 This holiday season, there are many things for which we should be grateful. But the state of the U.S. supply chain is not one of them…There is understandable frustration out there about where things stand. Policymakers, moved by the public’s anger, are looking for solutions to the problem. Many have settled on a lack of truckers as the answer, but they are failing to see the forest through the trees. And that message is one the trucking industry is likely to continue to push in order to get what it wants – cheaper labor. First, let me just clear up this fallacy – there is no shortage of experienced truckers. However, there is a problem… Continued

Teamsters United slate elected to 5-year term to lead union
Nov. 19, 2021 The O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United slate has been elected to lead the international union for the next five years. The candidates for General President, General Secretary-Treasurer, International Vice Presidents At-Large, International Trustees and International Vice Presidents in the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Regions were elected Thursday night in the 2021 Election of International Union Officers, according to unofficial results provided by the Office of the Election Supervisor. The term of office begins in March 2022… Continued

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Kellogg Workers Prolong Strike by Rejecting Contract Proposal

Dec. 7, 2021 | STRIKES | About 1,400 striking workers at four Kellogg cereal plants in the United States have rejected a tentative agreement on a five-year contract negotiated by their union, the company said on Tuesday. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), which represents the workers, did not reveal the vote totals but said in a statement that its members had “overwhelmingly voted” against the agreement. The strike began on Oct. 5 and has largely revolved around the company’s two-tier compensation structure… New York Times Related: Statement by the BCTGM

Weekly News Wrap-Up: 12/6/2021

  The great escape
  • Rediscovering the power of the unions
  • Here’s why Gen Z is unionizing
  • A new regime at the Teamsters
  • A tax break for union dues
  • 30 things President Biden has done to help workers
  • They call her ‘Bus Driver’ and she calls them family
  • Study: Unionized construction offers better health, safety outcomes
  • The comic book industry’s next page-turner: union organizing
  • Judge orders Google to hand over their anti-union campaign documents
  • 7 legal reasons why every construction worker should join a union
  • Near strike by Hollywood crews could be sign of things to come
  • Seven on the strike line: Teamsters calling for better working conditions
  • HR advice to employers: Employers better off learning to work with unions

3 Major Wins for Workers in Infrastructure Package

Nov. 30, 2021 | JOBS | The United States urgently needs more high-quality jobs. While the tight labor market is pushing employers to increase wages across the private sector and unionized workers are increasingly leveraging their collective power to demand better work, these temporary pressures are not enough to overcome decades of wage stagnation and worsening work conditions. Recent analysis from the Economic Policy Institute finds that while net productivity grew by nearly 62 percent over the past four decades, average hourly pay for the typical worker increased by just 17.5 percent…While the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act's job quality standards will provide immediate benefits to American workers across the construction and manufacturing industries, further action is needed to improve the lives of workers in fast-growing sectors outside the construction industry. The Build Back Better Act is an essential complement to the infrastructure package. The legislation will... American Progress

Labor Board Official Orders Amazon to Redo Alabama Union Vote

Nov. 29, 2021 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | A regional director for the U.S. National Labor Relations Board on Monday called for a rerun of a union election at an facility in Alabama, setting the stage for another high-profile organizing battle at the world's largest online retailer. Workers at the warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, rejected forming a union by a more than 2-to-1 margin in April after an organizing drive that garnered support from U.S. lawmakers and President Joe Biden. In August, an NLRB hearing officer said the company's conduct around the previous vote had interfered with the election. The decision for a redo adds pressure on Amazon, which has recently faced union campaigns in New York and Canada. Worker groups view organizing the company as a landmark goal that would invigorate the U.S. labor movement… Reuters  “Today’s decision confirms what we were saying all along – that Amazon’s intimidation and interference prevented workers from having a fair say in whether they wanted a union in their workplace.” Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) statement

If Workers Want to Lock in Good Jobs, We Need Unions

Nov. 29, 2021 | OPINION | […] How do we create good jobs and improve the quality of existing ones? It starts with revamping our labor laws so that no matter their job or industry, all working people can join together in unions to bargain for a better future. There's plenty of evidence, historical and modern, showing that union jobs are better jobs and that they improve public health, drive business and economic growth, and strengthen democracy. The public agrees…The problem is that it's simply too hard for workers to join a union—unions represent just 6.3% of the private workforce in the U.S. That's why we must prioritize eliminating the systemic barriers workers face in joining unions, from outdated labor laws to rampant union-busting… Business Insider
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