The USW Strike & Safety–A Victory for All Workers!
By Matthew D’Amico Recently there was an important victory for working people. After a six-weeks’ long strike, oil refinery workers at four plants, members of the United Steelworkers (USW), and Shell Oil came to an agreement on a potential contract. The union cited a number of reasons for striking. Of course wages and the cost of medical insurance were issues. But even more in dispute was the continuing practice by oil companies of reducing the number of men and women working at their refineries, which means that the remaining workers have to do the jobs of those let go and toil longer hours. This invariably leads to fatigue and jeopardizes the safety of both employees and the surrounding communities. In addition, the companies were also using some outside contractors who do not have the same training and skill levels of long-time union employees. All of this directly affects safety. While … Continue reading
Leo W Gerard: Bad Trade Leads To More Jobs Lost
By Leo W Gerard President of the United Steelworkers Sucker punched by massive, illegally subsidized imports, American steel producers laid off thousands of workers in bedrock communities from Ohio and Illinois to Texas and Alabama. That’s in just the past three months. The families of furloughed workers are struggling to pay mortgage bills. The communities, losing tax dollars, are canceling needed road work. The companies are talking about the similarities between now and the 1990s when half of the nation’s steel firms disappeared. Members of the Congressional Steel Caucus are worrying about the effect on national security if America can’t make its own steel for guns and tanks. Virtually everyone who testified last week at a Congressional hearing on the state of steel fingered bad trade as the culprit in the current collapse. Lawmakers, steel company executives, industry group leaders and a vice president of the United Steelworkers (USW) union … Continue reading
Kelly Ayotte Votes Against New Hampshire’s Best Interests In Budget
As the Senate wrapped up a slew of budget amendment votes Kelly Ayotte’s priorities were on full display, and now she has to begin the difficult work of trying to explain her indefensible votes to her constituents back home. Below is just a sampling of where Kelly Ayotte voted against New Hampshire’s best interests: Voted against an amendment to prevent companies from getting tax benefits for shipping jobs overseas. Over 106,000 jobs in New Hampshire are at risk of being outsourced Opposed an amendment to adopt the Paycheck Fairness Act to give women more tools to fight pay discrimination. Voted against measures to protect Social Security against privatization and benefit cuts and prevent Medicare from being turned into a voucher program Voted against an amendment that would let young people refinance their student loans, which would help 129,000 borrowers in New Hampshire, and against restoring cuts to the Pell Grant program Opposed a measure to provide two free years of community … Continue reading
The Americans For Prosperity – NH (AKA Koch Brothers NH Mouthpiece) Approve Of House Budget. One More Reason To Oppose It
Today the New Hampshire chapter of the Americans For Prosperity, a Koch funded advocacy group, came out to show their support for the massive cuts proposed in the budget. From NHPR: The state’s chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group backed by the Koch brothers, are behind the House Finance version of the state’s spending plan, which passed committee along party lines Thursday. The $11 billion budget trimmed hundreds of millions from Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposal including reducing spending for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation and University funding. AFP State Director Greg Moore said the budget isn’t perfect but it is fiscally responsible. “The House did a fantastic job of making New Hampshire more free market and more competitive, and forth and for most it takes out all the tax increases,” Moore said. The plan removes tax increases including two tax increases on … Continue reading
Congress Votes To Block New Rules Mandated By The NLRB
Yesterday, Congressional Republicans continued their all out assault on working families by passing a law that would limit workers rights to organize and block new rules from the National Labor Relations Board that would allow for faster union elections, slated to take effect in April. The NLRB said in a December statement that the new rules would allow unions to use electronic means to file for an election and would allow unions to hold elections just 14 days after filing. “I am heartened that the Board has chosen to enact amendments that will modernize the representation case process and fulfill the promise of the National Labor Relations Act. Simplifying and streamlining the process will result in improvements for all parties. With these changes, the Board strives to ensure that its representation process remains a model of fairness and efficiency for all,” said NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Peirce. The bill passed … Continue reading
Scott Walker, A Horrible Governor And Based On What He Has Done To Wisconsin, Should Not Be President
There is now doubt that the Republican’s are off and running in their attempts to win New Hampshire’s First In The Nation Primary. This weekend Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tested the primary waters with a whirlwind tour of New Hampshire. Walker has recently come under fire for his comments comparing union protesters to ISIS terrorists. Union members across the country were appalled by Gov. Walker’s statement at the CPAC convention. We are workers not terrorists! Now, Gov. Walker has taken his anti-worker, pro-business agenda on the road and one of his first stops is New Hampshire, where he was immediately met by hundreds of protestors. Labor leaders from across New England demanded an apology from Gov. Walker for his comments at the CPAC convention. (Below is a short video of some of the speeches given in Concord) The fact is that Governor Walker would be a complete nobody if … Continue reading
Hundreds Protest Governor Walker At NH GOP Event In Concord
The people of Wisconsin have known for many years now how Gov. Scott Walker feels about working families and specifically about unions. “Scott Walker is politics incarnate having spent almost his entire adult life in elective office,” said One Wisconsin Now Deputy Director Mike Browne. “Take it from us here in Wisconsin, he’ll do or say anything to get himself elected. And once he does, he’ll think nothing of turning around and doing the opposite.” They even tried to warn the good people of the Granite State to beware of Walker’s “Trail of Deceit, Cronyism, Corruption and Incompetence.” “New Hampshire voters are accustomed to vetting Presidential candidates, and we won’t stand for politicians pandering just to get elected,” Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. “While he is here, Walker will be pressed to state his position on major issues of the day and he will be held … Continue reading
GOP Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Is Destroying Wisconsin To Prove Just How Conservative He Is
After it was announced that Governor Scott Walker would be testing his GOP Primary status with a trip to New Hampshire, my inbox was flooded with friends and fans from Wisconsin telling me how the people of New Hampshire need to know how bad Gov. Walker really is. Mark Anderson is a blogger on the Daily Kos who lives in Wisconsin and is not shy about how bad Gov. Walker really is. Below is his piece on Walker and what he has done to Wisconsin to make himself look better to GOP Primary voters. By Mark Anderson There was a time when I would travel out of state and people would ask me where I was from, and I would say Wisconsin. Back then, people would ask if I had any cheese (No, I do not carry cheese around in my pocket), if I was a Packer fan (YES!), did … Continue reading
Through Rain, Sleet, and Snow The Mail Must Go Through, So Why Is Congress Trying To Destroy The USPS?
As Letter Carriers put their health and safety at risk each day in this especially brutal winter we can take solace in the fact we have enabled the Postal Service to continue its financial turnaround. 2015 Fiscal Year Quarter 1 reports released Friday confirmed what all Letter Carriers know our business is booming . All types of letter mail continue to grow and parcel delivery is skyrocketing allowing the USPS to make a $1.1 Billion operating profit just this quarter. This will be the third consecutive year with a sizeable operational profit.
An Argument For Eliminating The Tipped Minimum Wage
Every morning millions of Americans wake up and get ready to go to work as servers in restaurants, hoping that today will be a busy day, and that they will have extra generous patrons who tip very heavy. These workers must rely on the generosity of strangers because their employer only pays them $2.13 an hour. That is right servers are paid far below minimum wage, and 43 states approve of this.