Today in Labor History Dec. 4, 1943 President Roosevelt announces the end of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), concluding the four-year run of one of the American government's most ambitious public works programs. It helped create jobs for roughly 8.5 million people during the Great Depression and left a legacy of highways and public buildings, among other public gains. ~ DC Labor
The fight against the corporate agenda begins now Mar. 7, 2016| Corporate cronies for years have sought to do everything they can to push their platform to the public in hopes of getting more anti-worker policies passed at all levels of government. But a new report shows that effort might be succeeding… The agenda of the right wing includes takeovers of federal, state and local governments through extensive and permanent political organization down to the local precinct level and destruction of foes – notably unions – who oppose the corporate program. Its agenda includes everything from enacting so-called "right to work" laws to fighting school district taxes. It's encase of such efforts that the Teamsters are debuting a new program for activists… teamster.org
Update from Local 888: Mar. 10, 2016| After our Local’s vice president and secretary-treasurer accepted buyouts from The Baltimore Sun, two trustees were appointed to fill their terms: Genice Parker is our new vice president, and Harry Morrison is our new secretary-treasurer. The Local is currently pursuing a grievance on behalf of a member who went out on sick leave in April 2015, exhausted all paid and FMLA leave but was still unable to resume work duties and subsequently was terminated. As part of its investigation, the Local requested from the employer a list of all employees terminated after declining to return before they were able. Please note! Effective February 2016, general membership meetings originally scheduled every Friday of the month will now be held every third Wednesday of each month.
Reminder: Hoffa scholarship application deadline is tomorrow, March 31 Mar. 30, 2016| Deadline for the application is Thursday, March 31, 2016. Applications must be received by this date or will not be considered. Email the application as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org OR it can be faxed to (202) 624-7457, or mailed to the following address: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 25 Louisiana Ave NW Washington, DC 20001. Finalist notification will be given by June 2016 via email. Awards will be disbursed to the student's school by August 2016.
Supreme Court upholds Tyson Foods workers class-action suit Mar. 23, 2016| This Supreme Court case and the justices' ruling perfectly illustrates why the nomination of worker-friendly Supreme Court justices are so important to the future of working men and women in America. It is also a strong affirmation of workers' right to band together to sue their employer for its failure to follow federal law. (More than 3,000 employees sued Tyson Foods for not properly compensating them for hours worked.) The New York Times reports "The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with thousands of workers at an Iowa pork processing plant who has sought to band together in a single lawsuit to recover overtime pay from Tyson Foods… The Tyson workers performed tasks that were "grueling and dangerous" at a plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, Justice Kennedy wrote, slaughtering hogs, trimming the meat and preparing for shipment. They sought to be paid for the time they had spent putting on and taking off protective gear to prevent knife cuts…" nytimes.com