BCTGM | The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union http://www.bctgm.org The BCTGM represents working men and women at some of the best known companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. We represent manufacturing, production workers, maintenance and sanitation workers in the bakery, confectionery, tobacco and grain milling industries in North America. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:15:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Happy Father’s Day to all the Union Dads! http://www.bctgm.org/2017/06/happy-fathers-day-to-all-the-union-dads/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:28:07 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6052

Five years ago, President Barack Obama started a program protecting immigrants who came to America as children. Today, thousands of hardworking aspiring citizens have been able to reach their dreams thanks to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. “We need everyone in our country to be able to live and work without fear,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

  • 95%: That’s how many of the nearly 1 million DACA enrollees are employed or enrolled in school
  • Check out this blog post written by Maria Dominguez, an AFT member and a teacher in Texas, who is a DACA recipient.

On Father’s Day Celebrate the Power of Union Dads

  • Expand paternity leave. Of companies that offered paid family leave to both parents, more than 90% said it had a neutral or positive impact on profit and performance.
  • Respect the power of workers. People who join or form unions negotiate for $200 more a week compared with people working the same kind of job without a union. The difference adds up to about $10,000 a year, which can help a lot when raising a family.

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Posted by Celeste Drake on the AFL-CIO Blog

The North American Free Trade Agreement is typically called a “trade deal,” but in reality it’s not much about trade. Its hundreds of pages of set rules for how the United States, Mexico and Canada can run their economies. Those rules give global corporations strong rights and privileges but don’t contain a single provision to ensure more jobs, better wages, clean air and water, affordable medicines, or any of the other benefits trade is supposed to bring.

By any measure important to working people, NAFTA was a failure. It didn’t raise wages. It didn’t help protect the environment or ensure that people who wanted to join together and negotiate on the job could do so. NAFTA’s rules are rigged—and they must change.

Trade is not inevitably bad for working people. A new NAFTA, with rules that working people help write, could create good jobs, raise wages, protect our natural resources and raise standards of living across North America.

These rules must ensure working people can join together to negotiate for better wages and working conditions. They must ensure citizens are free to make decisions about our economy, including being free from the threat of unlimited investor-state dispute settlement lawsuits by foreign corporations. They must promote investment in our roads, ports, and schools and promote “Buy American” provisions to create jobs locally.

The AFL-CIO has developed comprehensive recommendations that aim to stop NAFTA’s vicious cycle and replace it with a virtuous one. A better NAFTA is possible. And it starts by bringing working families into the conversation so we can be part of the solution.

Read more about the AFL-CIO’s NAFTA recommendations, and share this post with a friend.

To join the AFL-CIO’s trade activist team, text “trade” to 235246.

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Lift All for Equality http://www.bctgm.org/2017/06/lift-all-for-equality/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:18:07 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6037

When President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act on June 10, 1963, women made only 60 cents on the dollar for doing the same job as a man. The gap has narrowed in the intervening years, but pay is not yet equal and wages have been held down for women and men alike. We must erase the wage gap by raising pay for all working people.

Lift All for Equality

  • The pay gap narrows when women workers join together and unionize, because working people earn more when they can negotiate for better wages and benefits.
  • America’s labor movement is dedicated to gender equality, paid family leave, affordable health care and quality child care for all working people.
  • Each of us must have the resources, including time, to care for our loved ones.
  • Some 40% of working women in the United States are the sole support for their families, so pay inequality is not just a women’s issue, it’s an American issue.

Kitchen Table Economics

$17 billion: The amount of money America’s future retirees will keep in retirement accounts every year, thanks to a President Obama-era fiduciary rule that President Donald Trump vowed to drop, until public outcry forced him to change course and keep the rule on track.

TAKE ACTION:

Many children today grow up with both parents working or with a single parent. But too many working people don’t have access to paid leave to care for themselves or loved ones—and too many women are still paid less than men for the same work.

We need wages that work for working families. Add your name to the AFL-CIO’s list of supporters who want equal pay for women and workers’ rights to care for family!

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AFGE Infographic: The Federal Budget Explained http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/afge-infographic-the-federal-budget-explained/ Fri, 26 May 2017 19:36:54 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6025

This graphic from our friends at AFGE explains everything you need to know about the federal budget process!

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Keep Good Jobs in America http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/keep-good-jobs-in-america/ Wed, 24 May 2017 18:28:57 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6019

As a candidate, President Donald Trump railed against the outsourcing of American jobs, using Carrier in Indianapolis as his prime example. The company has announced it will fire 632 workers by midsummer at the company’s Indianapolis factory and outsource the work to Mexico. The BCTGM joins with the AFL-CIO and the entire labor movement to demand that the president use renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to level the playing field for American workers.

High Wages and Standards! The renegotiation of NAFTA should prioritize protecting American jobs and raising wages and standards across North America.

Open the Process! Rewriting NAFTA could easily backfire on working people if done the wrong way, which is why it should be an open process and workers should have a seat at the table.

Respect Workers! Any fair-trade deal must respect the right of workers to negotiate with employers. Today, America’s workers are being forced to compete against their counterparts in Mexico, who can’t safely speak out for themselves and earn the lowest pay in the world.

Eliminate Corporate Privilege! NAFTA gives corporations special courts to get around laws on health and safety, which is just one of many perks enjoyed by wealthy interests under our current trade policies.

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Stand with Striking AT&T Workers on Strike for Good Jobs! http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/stand-with-striking-att-workers-on-strike-for-good-jobs/ Fri, 19 May 2017 19:51:44 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6012

Today at 3 p.m. EST, 40,000 CWA workers at AT&T went on strike in 36 states and Washington D.C. Workers have been at the bargaining table for months fighting for good jobs against a company dead set on lining its pockets at the expense of the workers who make them billions.

This will be the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history. The strike includes 21,000 retail and call center workers at AT&T Wireless across the country, and 17,000 AT&T West landline and DIRECTV workers in California and Nevada, along with landline workers in Connecticut. Workers will return to work on Monday.

Please show your BCTGM solidarity by joining striking workers at a picket line outside a local retail store this Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Click here to find a location near you and RSVP.

 

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BCTGM Defends American Jobs, Communities to Mondelēz Shareholders http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/bctgm-defends-american-jobs-communities-to-mondelez-shareholders/ Fri, 19 May 2017 18:44:01 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6007

While BCTGM members, Nabisco workers and scores of other union members and supporters protested the corporate greed and destructive business model of Nabisco/Mondelēz outside the company’s annual shareholder meeting on May 17 in Lincolnshire, Ill., inside the meeting Mondelēz shareholders, board members and corporate officers were repeatedly questioned about the company’s destructive business practices around the world.

BCTGM Midwest Region International Vice President Jethro Head introduced an AFL-CIO shareholder proposal that urges the company to form a labor-management committee to seek alternatives to plant closings. Head highlighted the impact of recent plant closings, explaining that “these communities are the poster child for economic insecurity that is plaguing so many American cities and towns.”

BCTGM International Secretary-Treasurer Steve Bertelli questioned Mondelēz CEO Irene Rosenfeld’s $16.7 million total compensation package that she received in 2016. He contrasted her lavish pay to the company’s low manufacturing worker wages in Salinas and asked “Shouldn’t our company’s CEO pay be reasonable relative to all company employees?”

Local 300 member Anthony Jackson, a former Nabisco/Mondelēz worker whose job was offshored from Chicago to Mexico, challenged Rosenfeld’s business plan for the company. “Rather than improve revenue growth, the company has cut costs to increase its profits” Jackson said. “Why not treat your workers fairly and improve the company’s reputation in the communities it operates?”

Speaking in favor of the shareholder proposal on behalf of the International Union of Food workers (IUF), UFCW International Vice President Mark Lauritsen said, “Mondelēz workers around the world are demoralized and worried about the future direction of the company. Mondelēz should be investing for the future rather than endlessly cutting costs.”

Check out photos of the #NabiscoShareholderShowdown rally.

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TOMORROW IS THE DAY: #NabiscoShareholderShowdown http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/tomorrow-is-the-day-nabiscoshareholdershowdown/ Tue, 16 May 2017 19:39:52 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6003

Tomorrow morning, BCTGM Nabisco workers, union members, students and community allies will gather outside the Nabisco/Mondelēz shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. for a protest rally and mass demonstration to send a loud and clear message to the company: Workers and their families are more important than corporate profit margins.

Can’t join us tomorrow in Illinois? Then watch the LIVE STREAM beginning tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. EST by signing up:

  •  Facebook Event Page for details, updates and to be alerted for the LIVE STREAM beginning at 8 a.m.
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Yale University: Negotiate a Fair Contract with Workers! http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/yale-university-negotiate-a-fair-contract-with-workers/ Mon, 15 May 2017 19:06:38 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=6000

Yale University won’t negotiate with its workers.

Graduate teachers at Yale voted to form a union with Local 33–UNITE HERE in February.

Instead of coming to the negotiating table, Yale is trying to run out the clock until President Trump appoints his own anti-worker picks to the National Labor Relations Board who can take back the teachers’ rights to organize and crush the union.

The graduate teachers are fighting back and participating in an indefinite fast in protest of Yale’s refusal to negotiate and to take action on issues of widespread sexual harassment and racism on campus.

Click here to tell Yale President Peter Salovey to stop stalling and start negotiating with the graduate teachers now.

Each day through Yale’s graduation on May 22, graduate teachers will keep up the pressure on the university. If we make our demand loud enough, Yale won’t be able to tell them to wait any more. Take action: click here to tell Yale’s president to negotiate with their union graduate teachers now.

Together we will demonstrate that we are done waiting.

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Unionism Is Feminist – Thank Your Union Moms! http://www.bctgm.org/2017/05/unionism-is-feminist-thank-your-union-moms/ Fri, 12 May 2017 19:09:50 +0000 http://www.bctgm.org/?p=5995

It’s the eve of Mother’s Day weekend, a great time for everyone to consider the foundational and ongoing role of women in America’s labor movement. Without women, there would be no labor movement.

  • Unionism is the best way to close the wage gap, which costs working women between $700,000 and $2 million over the course of their lifetimes.
  • America’s labor movement is committed to ending sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence in the workplace, which disproportionately impacts women.unionmade_mothersday
  • Working people in unions are dedicated to fair schedules, fair wages, good health care, paid family leave and quality, affordable child care.

Kitchen Table Economics

87 percent: That was the post-election increase in applications to Emerge America, which trains women on how to run for public office. Emily’s List, VoteRunLead and She Should Run also reported massive spikes in interest from aspiring women leaders.

Take ACTION: Paid Leave

Many kids today grow up with both parents working or with a single parent. And at some point, nearly everyone will need to take time away from work to deal with a serious personal or family illness, or to care for a new child. But too many working people don’t have access to paid leave to care for themselves or loved ones—and too many women are still paid less than men for the same work.

Sign this AFL-CIO Petition to support equal pay for women and workers’ rights to care for family!

 

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