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Striking African-American auto workers are attacked by KKK, National Workers League, and armed White workers at Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots follow, 34 people are killed, more than 1,300 arrested.
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June 21, 2018

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US labor news headlines from LabourStart

Kochs and DeVos are funding group discrediting teacher strikes
L.A. Times Union Finds Longstanding Racial Pay Gap
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Democrats love unions. Just not for their own campaign workers

Local and National Union News

Opioid epidemic’s other battleground: Teamsters vs. McKesson
June 19, 2018 |  A Local Union leader’s speech at the June 2016 convention about the death of his son from an opioid overdose represented a reckoning for the Teamsters, said General Secretary Ken Hall. Dozens of union members would come forward and speak about their own families' struggles with addiction set in motion by opioids. "They've got family members dying from the flooding of the market of these opioids," Hall said. "It's happening in the Teamster family — that made it an issue." It also put McKesson Corp. in the crosshairs of the 1.4 million-member union, creating a new front in the war on opioids. Instead of fighting the epidemic via the health care system, the courts or legislatures, the Teamsters are taking it to McKesson's annual shareholder meeting and corporate boardroom. And in many ways, the union is winning… Teamsters

Teamsters join legal challenge to presidential executive orders that impair union and employee rights
June 13, 2018 | Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with 12 other labor unions in bringing a lawsuit to stop the implementation of three executive orders issued by the President on May 25. Two of the orders impair long-established federal labor relations procedures by limiting the ability of federal workers and their union representatives to perform union business and by weakening the process for negotiating contracts on behalf of unionized federal employees. The third order seeks to impair the due process rights of employees alleged to have performance problems… Teamsters

Hoffa pledges solidarity with UAW during union’s convention
June 13, 2018 | General President Hoffa addressed the 1,100 delegates at the United Auto Workers (UAW) 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit yesterday. “Their is no greater solidarity than that between the Teamsters and the UAW,” he said. “Next year is a pivotal moment for the UAW as you had into negotiations with the Big 3 [automakers]. I am here to tell you that the 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union will be there to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.” More at Teamsters

Bargaining Update: Committees discuss several important issues
June 8, 2018 | This week the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee convened for the ninth week of negotiations, and the union leaders discussed a variety of topics that are important to members. The committee met throughout the week, winding up Thursday afternoon. Topics that were discussed include pulling loads off the rails to create additional sleeper teams throughout the country; allowing destination locals to file grievances on subcontracting; 70-hour work week; health & welfare and pension; as well as wages and progressions… PDF update here.

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Elsewhere in the News
How the Opioid Crisis is Depressing America’s Labor Force
June 20, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work. Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis… NPR
The Tax Cut and the Pay Increase: Halfway There
June 20, 2018 | ECONOMY | [...] Although there is little doubt that the initial split on the tax cut overwhelmingly benefited shareholders rather than workers, if we take the Republican story seriously, this is not supposed to be how workers would benefit from the tax cut. Workers were to benefit when companies would undertake a massive wave of investment, which would increase productivity, and thereby raise wages. If we want to see whether the Republican story is panning out, we should focus on investment. Six months after the bill was approved by Congress, the picture does not look good… Truthout
The First Black-Led Union Wouldn’t Have Existed Without This Woman
June 19, 2018 | U.S. LABOR HISTORY | Rosina Corrothers Tucker was born in 1881 in Washington, D.C. She married a preacher, and might have lived a quiet life, except the preacher died, and when she remarried it was to a man whose job put the couple in just the right place and time to make history. Rosina’s husband Berthea Tucker was a Pullman porter. In the 1920’s, the Pullman Palace Car Company was the nation’s largest single employer of black men. Pullman porters formed the first black-led union to be formally recognized by the American Federation of Labor, and eventually led the charge on civil rights, and Rosina Tucker became one of the most influential female labor and civil rights organizers in American history… Timeline
Big Corporations +Wage Theft = Massive Profits
June 19, 2018 | WORKING FAMILIES | How do the biggest corporations earn such massive profits? They’d like you to think it’s the result of delivering a superior product or service. But one part of that story is years of wage theft from their employees. Good Jobs First, a policy resource center focused on government and corporate accountability, recently carried out a year-long investigation into wage theft by large employers, compiling information from collective action lawsuits brought by groups of ripped-off workers, as well as actions brought by the department of labor and state-specific regulatory agencies. The results, brought together in a report released this week titled "Grand Theft Paycheck: the Large Corporations Shortchanging their Workers’ Wages," are eye-opening: 4,220 cases since the turn of the millennium with penalties totaling $9.2 billion… portside.org
Experts Say Auto Tariffs Would Raise Prices, Cost Jobs
June 18, 2018 | ECONOMY | Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. But if President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles and components, there will be far fewer big rigs heading to factories that are now humming close to capacity on both sides of the border. The tariff threat could be a negotiating ploy to restart stalled talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. But it also could be real, since the administration already has imposed duties on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, as well as steel and aluminum from China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico… myndnow.com
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Public-Sector Job Quality, Public Services Are Under Threat
June 15, 2018 | PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS | A new EPI report warns that the future wages and job quality of the nation’s 17.3 million teachers, firefighters, and other state and local government workers are under threat. According to authors Heidi Shierholz and Celine McNicholas, a U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring the plaintiffs in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 would weaken these workers’ bargaining power and likely lead to disruptions in the critical services they provide. The report shows that unions are critical to worker wages: state and local government workers covered by a union contract earn between 10.7 and 13.6 percent more in hourly wages than their nonunion counterparts with the same levels of education and experience… Economic Policy Institute

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