Municipal Government, National

WIn Week In Review:

January 8, 2017 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Washington DC – The U.S. Postal Serice is ending post office services at Staples stores by March. The American Postal Workers Union protested the program for years as about 500 Staples stores did postal work that post office employees used to provide.

The APWU said the Postal Service was trying to privatize the work using workers with much lower pay and worse benefits. APWU President Mark Dimondstein says the union stood up against a wrong and won.Responding to a Ford announcement that it’s cancelling a $1.6 billion new plant in Mexico, the UAW said Tuesday “The UAW has long believed that companies that sell in our country should build their products in our country.”

Ford said it will cancel that Mexican plant and invest $700 in Michigan’s Flat Rock plant instead. Ford CEO Mark Fields told CNN that the decision is a vote of confidence in what the company sees as pro-business policies Ford says the company expects from Trump.

[Mark Fields]: “Well When we make decisions like this as a company, first we do what’s right for our business. This makes sense for our business. And we look at all factors. Including what we view as a more positive U.S. manufacturing business environment under President-Elect Trump.

42 non-union workers in the North Dakota Bakken oil field got stiffed nearly three quarters of a million dollars in wages and other compensation by WCE Oil Field Services going into receivership.

Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota along with Laborers Local 563 went to work on behalf of these non-union workers.

The Laborers ultimately got an anonymous oil field investor to pay between $3,000 and $20,000 each in partial compensation to the workers. And the union is working on getting more of the wages owed these workers into their pockets.

So why did the Laborer’s union step up to help these non-union workers? Kevin Pranis is Marketing Manager for the Laborer’s union in Minnesota and North Dakota.

[Kevin Pranis]: “One of the superintendents for the company had told one of our staff to stay off their right of way and not talk to their guys. So we didn’t have a relationship with the workers but we were really concerned when we heard the story.

And the most basic principle for us is a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. And the idea that they wouldn’t get paid at all seemed crazy to us. So we felt the need to get involved in this.”

Republicans controlling Kentucky’s legislature and Governor’s office are making it their top priority to attack worker rights with a so-called ‘Right To Work’ bill.

It makes worker decisions to have a union and a contract that requires dues illegal. Workers chanted in protest outside a hearing on the bill this week.

[Kentucky Workers]: “”Workin’ People Matter! Workin’ People Matter! No Justice No Peace!We Want In! We Want In!”

January 8, 2017

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