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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:30
Pacific Northwesterners Meet-and-Greet, Friday at 5 p.m... Ideation
Meet and mingle with fellow Oregonians and Washingtonians at the Labor Notes Conference! Join us for an informal gathering with a short round of introductions and some pizza. Hosted by the rabble-rousing crew who organized last year's regional Troublemakers School in Portland.  Report from South Africa: Metalworkers Union Initiates United Front Against Neoliberalism Saturday, 4:15-6:00 pm ...InterContinental Avedon A Hear from Hlokoza Motau of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, which held a Special Congress in December in which delegates representing its 338,000 members (in auto, steel, electronics) voted to return to being the militant, independent union it had been during the struggle against apartheid.  Hotels: If you don't have a hotel room reserved, see our website for various possibilities.  Directions to Hotel Shuttle from O'Hare Airport:
1. Follow directions to Baggage Claim Area (lower level).
2.  From Baggage Claim follow the signs that will lead you to the Bus Shuttle Center, one level below, via elevator. Look for red arrows, on the signs and on the floor.
3.  Once you reach the Bus Shuttle Center, proceed to Door 2.
4.  Wait for the Crowne Plaza O'Hare shuttle bus, which is burgundy-colored.  (If you are staying at a different hotel and would like to stop there first, check to see if their shuttles stop in the same area.) 
If you're driving, directions are hereParking at Crowne Plaza is $5 a day for all attendees.  Get a validation ticket from the conference registration table or from any staff member to get the conference rate. 
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:26
Sign up for a special Labor History Tour:
Take in some Chicago Labor History during your trip, including a visit to the Haymarket Martyrs' Monument. The Illinois Labor History Society will lead the tour, Friday April 4 at 1:00 p.m., and it will take about 3 hours. Cost is $25. Sign up here.   
Or, if you want to do the tour after the conference ends,  go with the Seattle Labor Chorus, who have arranged an additional history tour Sunday at 2 p.m. Space may be limited.  Contact chorus member Jim Douglas at jimandsasha@msn.com to reserve your spot. Optional final stop: a 6 p.m. book talk and performance at the United Electrical Workers (UE) hall.
Donate a shirt. The Seattle Labor Chorus will be featured performers at this year's Labor Notes Conference banquet. Each year as a chorus fundraiser they raffle off a quilt made of union T-shirts. If you want to donate a T-shirt from your union for their quilt, bring one along to Chicago and give it to a chorus member. Any size is fine.
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2014 at 4:22

We're looking forward to seeing you in Chicago later this week for the biggest gathering of troublemakers and boat-rockers around! To get in a Labor Notes conference mood, read our new article How to Fan the Flames, in which we ask, What causes sparks to leap from one workplace or one Capitol rotunda to another? Where will the next big movement come from? Are we building for something bigger than Occupy next time? Can it include more workers? Who will lead it?
Below is some useful information for the conference, including history tours--a special training on contract costing--karaoke songs--travel & parking info--and added workshops.

The complete program is now available for download here. And in Spanish here.
What will you sing at Friday night karaoke?
Browse the extensive song lists from The People's Stage Karaoke with Pablo Serrano. 
Special training on Costing a Contract, 1-5 p.m. Friday in Midway, presented by Richard DeVries of Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago.  When management wants concessions, their bargainers say "This won't hurt a bit." When the union puts forward its demands, they say, "Way too expensive!" Learn how to cost out their demands and yours, from an experienced bargainer. A must for anyone who sits at the bargaining table.  Suitable for both public and private sector bargainers. RSVP to jane@labornotes.org. All attendees should bring a laptop that has Excel installed on it. 
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 3, 2014 at 22:12

You're invited to join Teamster reform activists and our labor troublemaker friends to celebrate grassroots unionism and rank-and-file democracy at the 2014 Labor Notes Conference in Chicago this weekend.

Come hear more about the historic "Vote No" movement in the Teamsters that rejected contracts covering more than 250,000 members and get the latest on where the Teamster reform movement is headed next.

What: Teamsters for a Democratic Union Reception

This Friday, April 4
9:00 PM   

Where: Love A Room, Lower Level
Crowne Plaza O'Hare, Chicago.
Please email me at ken@tdu.org to let us know if you'll stop by the reception on Friday.
See you in Chicago!
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 2, 2014 at 4:10
We need anyone available to join us in a message to UPS. This Thursday, 4/03/14 at 09:45 we will be meeting on the steps of City Hall for a 10 am rally with several politicians. We are standing together to stop the unjust personal treatment of our Teamster brothers and sisters by UPS. We are telling OUR story once and for all!!! If you can be there in solidarity, the more the better! If not, please spread the word so others can. I know we all have demanding schedules, but we need to band together this one day, to show we can stand instead of kneel!
City Hall's Location is 260 Broadway
Manhattan, New York City
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 31, 2014 at 16:51

Round 3: Ohio Rider

Ohio Rider

The first column contains the results from the secound round of contract votes in October. The second column contains the result from the third round vote count conducted March 19th.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 31, 2014 at 16:37

Maspeth workers rally to save hundreds of jobs at UPS site Phil CorsoThe ForumMarch 25, 2014View the original pieceThe United Parcel Service’s self-proclaimed “appropriate and justifiable action” of firing nearly 250 employees sparked protests outside its Maspeth facility Friday with elected officials and union leaders who thought otherwise.Disputes arose after UPS fired Jairo Reyes, a company driver for 24 years, last month. Workers with Teamsters Local 804 argued that Reyes was not given a proper termination hearing, as stated in his contract, and 248 of them walked out on the job for about 90 minutes in protest at their Maspeth site Feb. 26. Their employer used that same contract as a means to threaten the workers with pink slips for violating their legal agreement.Click here to read more at The Forum. - See more at: http://www.tdu.org/media/maspeth-workers-rally-save-hundreds-jobs-u...

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2014 at 13:38

Will Hoffa and Hall Try to Impose the UPS Contract?

Hoffa and Hall are considering a secret plan to impose the UPS contract by taking away members’ Right to Vote on the rejected supplements.
UPS Teamsters in Louisville, Philadelphia, and Western Pennsylvania have Voted No and rejected their supplements. Now Hoffa and Hall are considering a plan to take away their right to vote and impose the UPS contract. Teamster members won the right to vote on supplements and riders in 1991 and have used that right in record numbers this year. UPS Teamsters rejected 18 supplements and riders, covering most of the country. The Vote No movement paid off and forced Hoffa and Hall to improve TeamCare benefits, and won other improvements in some supplements.
Since then, Ken Hall has worked hand-in-glove with management to vote and re-vote the rejected supplements to get them passed.
But members in three areas have held out against concessions and for improvements in their supplements: Louisville, Western Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia. These UPS Teamsters are ready to stand up and even vote to strike, if that threat is needed to bring the company to the table to bargain a fair contract. The supplements could have been settled a long time ago if the International Union had stepped in and backed the members. Instead, Hall has played politics and lashed out at the Local 89 leadership and the Vote No movement and tried to blame them for holding up the national contract. The company has taken its cues from Hoffa and Hall and refused to budge at the bargaining table. In Louisville, UPS has even reduced its offer. This is exactly why Teamsters fought for the Right to Vote on supplements and riders in the first place: to stop employers from imposing concessions in supplements and riders by pushing through a contract nationally. Before we had this right in 1991, the master contract and all supplements and riders were voted on in one national vote. That gave employers a tool to push through concessions at the supplement level. The Right to Vote on supplements and riders changed all that. Hall is talking about imposing the UPS contract and abrogating members’ right to vote on the outstanding supplements. This plan has started to leak out from Hall loyalists. All members need to be prepared to stand with these UPS Teamsters and to stand up for our Right to Vote.
UPS cannot operate without the  Louisville Worldport and Philadelphia Airport which together handle a huge volume of air packages. The Local 705 and 710 contracts covering 15,000 UPS Teamsters in Chicago, Illinois, and Northern Indiana are also not settled. These contracts are separate from the national agreement, still open, and vital to UPS’s operations. With a united approach, our union has more than enough leverage to defeat concessions and win acceptable contracts in Louisville, Western Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and in Chicago Locals 705 and 710.  It’s time for Hoffa and Hall to act like Teamster leaders instead of UPS enforcers.
The Right to Vote gives working UPSers leverage. Hoffa and Hall should be using it to negotiate contract improvements, not threatening to take that right away.
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 27, 2014 at 4:11

Petition Signatures Top 100,000!

More than 100,000 UPS customers, Teamsters and public supporters have signed petitions in support of the 248 drivers that UPS management is trying to fire in Queens.

The 100,000+ signatures include the signatures on the Moveon.org petition, a second online petition by the Working Families Party, and signatures from Local 804 members and other concerned UPS Teamsters across the country.

Public support continues to build. It's time for UPS to sit down with Local 804, revoke the terminations, and work with us to restore labor relations that work for everyone.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 24, 2014 at 20:49

Congresswoman Grace Meng Calls on UPS to Reverse the Firings in Mas...

Statement from U.S. Representative Grace Meng

IB Image“I am greatly concerned about the firing of the 248 Teamster drivers.  The company’s termination of these workers is very problematic, and I urge UPS officials to reinstate them immediately. I have contacted UPS and expressed my concern and support for the workers. With unions facing unprecedented attacks all across the country, it is imperative that we do everything we can to protect the rights of working people.


Support Statement from State Senator Michael Giannaris

IB Image“UPS must explain the firing of 250 of its hardworking drivers, who briefly stood up for their fellow employee and then returned to work. Not only has UPS fired these drivers, but it has ignored the larger issues that would force so many employees to protest. UPS has a responsibility to its employees to begin a dialogue and work to resolve real problems, not throw people out in the cold when too many Americans are struggling to make ends meet.”


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