Archive: November, 2011

BCTGM Takes Cause to the Valley

Posted by BCTGM - November 23, 2011 - Local Union News 20111122_191231

Locked out BCTGM Local 167G members from Moorhead, Minn. spoke to more than 100 people gathered at the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9 in Minneapolis about the lockout of 1,300 union members by American Crystal Sugar. BCTGM members Kevin Solum and Becki Jacobson discussed the current situation faced by the workers, answered questions and [...]

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Republicans on Super Committee Stood with the Bush Tax Cuts for the 1%

Posted by BCTGM - November 21, 2011 - Legislative News

AFL-CIO This evening’s announcement that the Super Committee on the federal deficit was unable to reach an agreement shows that the Republicans on the committee “have once again shown that if they can’t get their way, they take their marbles and go home,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Getting their way” he says, means making [...]

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Safety Rules Lag Amid Deadly Dust Explosions

Posted by BCTGM - November 17, 2011 - Health & Safety

By TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press Each year, people are killed and maimed by explosions of finely powdered wood, metal or chemicals at factories around the country. Safety experts have studied the threat posed by dust at industrial sites for nearly a decade, yet tighter regulations are still years away. Among the reasons for the delay [...]

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BCTGM Plays Important Role in Historic Ohio Labor Victory

Posted by BCTGM - November 16, 2011 - Activism, Legislative News, Political Action HurtTrumkaSB5

On November 8, Ohio voters resoundingly overturned the anti-worker agenda pushed by Governor John Kasich (R) and the right-wing state legislature.  An extraordinary grassroots effort led by the labor movement resulted in the defeat of Issue 2/Senate Bill 5 by a remarkable 61-39 margin. Senate Bill 5, rammed through the legislature earlier in the year, [...]

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Local 114 (Portland, Ore.) Holds Four Representation Elections in Nine Days at U.S. Baking Co.

Posted by BCTGM - November 16, 2011 - Organizing

BCTGM Region 6 International Vice President Randy Roark reports that local unions on the West Coast are receiving phone calls from unorganized workers at a record pace.   Non-union workers, normally shy and fearful about getting involved in an organizing campaign, are reaching out to unions as they watch the poor getting poorer, the middle [...]

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