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ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA

Current News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:27

ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA
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ATU 689 Union representing DC Metro workers: Don’t ignore asbestos, WMATA

By Faiz Siddiqui July 29 at 12:08 PM
The union representing many of Metro’s workers says the presence of asbestos in older train cars is a safety issue that must not go ignored.

David Stephen, a spokesman for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, issued a statement Wednesday following reports a day earlier that hundreds of older Metro cars contain a “small amount of asbestos.” Stephen said the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority must address issue.

“In the past, WMATA has seemed to ignore every safety issue unless it came from an [National Transportation Safety Board] directive,” Stephen said. “We hope that Metro will not wait for a tragedy or NTSB directive if further safety precaution is necessary with respect to the asbestos exposure issue.”

Reports on Tuesday highlighted that hundreds of older Metro cars contain a small amount of asbestos in the heater box behind the evaporator in each rail car. The asbestos is only in the system’s 280 remaining 1000-series cars, which date back to its opening in 1976.

The details about the asbestos came to light because Metro had issued a contract proposal seeking its removal ahead of the cars’ retirement.

A Metro spokeswoman said the material does not pose a threat to passengers or employees and that those cars are soon to be replaced. Some, however, said the presence of asbestos — which puts people at risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma — is never safe.

“Millions of passengers a year ride these subway cars, not to mention Metro employees, who likely came into much closer contact with the areas where the asbestos is and are likely at greater risk,” said Alex Formuzis, Vice President for Strategic Campaigns at the non-profit Environmental Working Group Action Fund, in a statement.

Stephen said he hopes Metro will proactively address the asbestos, and not wait until ordered to do so.

“Like all safety issues, we look to Metro to respond swiftly and effectively so that the risk to safety of our members and Metro’s riders is as small as possible,” Stephen said in the statement. “If further protection is necessary, we expect Metro to respond immediately.”

In an interview Wednesday, Stephen said that Metro’s approach to safety can be frustrating.

“Placing all of the responsibility on the employees when there are procedures that should be taken in order to ensure safety that they’re not doing, that’s the problem,” he said. “Metro embraces a culture of discipline, not a culture of safety.”

Faiz Siddiqui is a metro reporter covering transportation and local issues. He has previously contributed to NPR, The Boston Globe and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tags: ATU 689Asbestos
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 08:30

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: IBT 350Recology
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:02

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington

Current News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:01

Stop Retaliation & Hanging Noose Incidents- Defend Recology IBT 350 Member Daryl Washington
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuFYf0dhVUQ
San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "San Francisco Recology company has retaliated against IBT 350 member Daryl Washington who reported on a "hanging noose" incident at the company in 2013.
The company discriminated against him and sought to buy his silence with a bribe. Speakers pointed out that workplace bullying is a growing issue in the workplace including many other locations.
This rally/press conference which took place on July 27, 2015 was endorsed by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info, Stop Workplace Bullying Grouphttp://stopworkplacebullyinggroup.org and Transport Workers Solidarity Committeewww.transportworkers.org.
Additional video:
http://youtu.be/g5PBHHR2m38
Production of Labor Video Project

Tags: hanging noosesracismIBT 350
Categories: Labor News

China: American Unionists Join Chinese Uniqlo Workers’ Campaign for End to Alleged Abuse

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: In These Times
Categories: Labor News

Tell Port Authority our fares are too high!

Pittsburghers for Public Transit - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 13:06
Port Authority is reviewing their fare policy in the coming months, with changes to be enacted in July of 2016. These changes could likely include a fare increase, and we are concerned about the negative impact this would have on our communities. We do not think funding should come off the backs of riders and are strongly opposed to any fare increases. 
PPT is distributing these charts to riders to encourage them to indicate our need for equitable fares. Make sure you take the Port Authority survey by Aug 31, 2015. Your responses will inform their decision-making in the coming months.


Categories: Labor News

UPS Profits Jump to $1.3 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:19

July 28, 2015: UPS profits for the second quarter went up, even though revenue is down. The company is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker.

UPS posted second-quarter $1.23 billion in profits after taxes. Brown’s profits were 171 percent higher than they were in the second quarter last year.

The profit spike was boosted by a one-time charge on the company’s books for last year related to retiree healthcare. But even adjusting for that, UPS profits were still up by 12 percent from last year—on less revenue.

UPS is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker thanks to a concessionary contract from Hoffa-Hall that has opened the door to more harassment, heavier loads, more speed-up, and more subcontracting through Surepost and Access Point.

For More Information:

UPS Profits Up, Revenues Down -- Atlanta-Journal Constitution

UPS Pressroom Announcement on 2nd Quarter Profits

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS' Second-Quarter Net Income Rises to $1.23 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:37
Transport TopicsJuly 28, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. posted second-quarter net income of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per share, helped by stronger results in the international sector. The results represented a 9.9% increase over last year’s second quarter, when net income was $1.11 million, or $1.21, excluding a $665 million charge for pension-related costs. Revenue dipped 1.2% to $14.1 billion, affected by fuel surcharge and currency factors.

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Categories: Labor News, Unions

Central States to Propose Cuts August 31?

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:00

July 28, 2015: The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) Trustees have sent a letter to the US Department of Treasury stating that they want to propose their “rescue plan” pension cuts on or about August 31.

They also state that they want to make extra-big cuts on participants who are “terminated-vested”, which means that they lost or left their Teamster jobs, and are not yet old enough to retire. If you left the pension fund when Preston or CF went down, this is you. Once they can start picking which participants to hit with bigger cuts, watch out: you could be next on their list.

They claim that it is urgent that cuts be made more quickly than the proposed regulations would allow, and – incredibly – they claim that a three month delay would cost 35,000 - 40,000 Teamsters a bigger cut by 7-10%. They want their cuts in place by March 2016.

You’ve heard that figures don’t lie but liars can figure, but this one has to win a prize in that league. First of all, who are the 35,000-40,000 (out of 400,000 participants) slated for this bigger cut? And let’s see the facts behind this nonsense. We do note that in the past six years, the fund has actually grown in assets, so how does that fact come into this tale.

We call upon Sue Mauren, the Retiree Advocate, to have her independent actuary investigate and report to Teamsters and retirees the truth behind these claims. If she can’t provide that basic information, at least have the decency to resign and let someone else do it.  

On August 31, the final regulations governing the new law (MPRA) will not be issued; in fact there is a public hearing on September 10 in Washington DC on the regulations, and Teamsters and retirees will be present in force. So CSPF plans to announce cuts based on the temporary and proposed regulations.

We note also that the CSPF letter is dated July 1 but only revealed to Teamsters three weeks later, and that they retained a high-power law firm to produce it. Apparently CSPF’s several staff attorneys were too busy lobbying against the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.

The movement to defend pensions is fighting back every day and on multiple fronts against this attack.

Want to be part of defending earned pensions? Then stay informed about the movement to save pensions, or join TDU to help support the movement.

Categories: Labor News, Unions

PSR Fleet Memo for July 25 2015

IBU - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:37
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Categories: Unions

Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:19
Sara BurnettDaily ChronicleJuly 27, 2015View the original piece

A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.

Judge Rita Novak wrote that the changes to pensions for some 61,000 current and retired municipal employees and laborers in unconstitutional. She also said workers and retirees who have been paying more into their retirement funds or have been receiving less in benefits since the law took effect on Jan. 1 are entitled to recoup their losses. Click here to read more.

 

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Indonesia: Satellites track slave fishing ships from Indonesia to PNG

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: AP
Categories: Labor News

Korea (South): Migrant workers'union disallowed despite Supreme Court decision

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 07/26/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Times
Categories: Labor News

Iran: Dissident Opp leader Rajavi urges Iranians to back teachers' protests

Labourstart.org News - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Iran Focus
Categories: Labor News

India: Support 1,140 Indian mineworkers organizing at bullying Thriveni

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
Categories: Labor News

Palestine: Court denies equal rights to Palestinian workers in Israeli industrial zone

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 17:00
LabourStart headline - Source: +972 Magazine
Categories: Labor News

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