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November 29, 2015

On This Day in 1946:
Teachers strike in St. Paul, Minn., the first organized walkout by teachers in the country. The month-long “strike for better schools” involving some 1,100 teachers—and principals—led to a number of reforms in the way schools were administered and operated.

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Ford workers narrowly ratify UAW contract
Nov. 23, 2015  | Workers at Ford narrowly ratified the company’s four-year labor deal with the United Auto Workers, the labor union announced late Friday. A defeat for the contract could have left ford facing a strike for the first time in 39 years. The UAW had been looking to claw back some concessions that were made eight years ago to help the U.S. carmakers survive the recession. Industry Week

High court rulings could affect workers
Nov. 20, 2015  | The future of workers on the job could be shaped significantly by a spate of causes set to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court during its current term. And it is something more everyday Americans need to be aware of and consider. … The Teamsters represent about 273,000 public sector workers, and other union represent millions more. These government employees are everyday Americans just trying to earn a living and support their families. But that will be increasingly difficult if union rights are curtailed nationwide. Full story here.

21 organizations fighting for labor rights in the food system
Nov. 19, 2015  | … In Tracy, California, Teamsters members are fighting poverty wages and severe violations of basic rights at Taylor Farms. And more than 11,000 Teamsters workers have united to defeat a mega-merger of U.S. Foods and Sysco, which would have jeopardized thousands of broadline food service and transportation jobs… Read more here.

Teamsters, carhaul employer group to reconvene
Nov. 17, 2015  | The Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) will reconvene with the carhaul employer group this week to negotiate on the members’ behalf after carhaulers overwhelmingly voted to reject the national agreement and two supplemental agreements. The negotiations come after local unions held meetings over the past few weeks with the carhaul members to discuss the recently rejected tentative agreement. All carhaulers should continue to work as usual and the TNATINC will keep local unions and members updated.

Teamsters applaud Senate motion to keep double 33' trucks off the road
Nov. 12, 2015  | The Senate scored a victory for highway safety Tuesday for passing a motion by a 56-31 margin which instructs Senate negotiators of a long-term highway bill to oppose any federal mandate that would force states to allow an increase in length of tractor trailers at this time. Continued…

Teamsters take a stand for fair pay, organizing workers
Nov. 11, 2015  | The Teamsters joined with thousands of truck drivers, valet attendants and low-wage workers across the country yesterday in a day of action to raise awareness about the sorry state of wages and benefits for millions of everyday Americans on the job... From Baltimore to Seattle, Teamsters stood outside more than 300 FedEx Freight terminus educating workers about the company's spending of $5.2 million over the past three years to cover the personal taxes of top executives as well [as] hundreds of dollars to wage anti-worker campaigns. Meanwhile, workers there continue to have access to poor and expensive health benefits. Continued... Pictured: UPS Freight driver Al Richardson and Joe Smith (back to camera), members of Local 355.

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Elsewhere in the News
Younger Workers Still Looking to Get Organized, Experts Say
Nov. 25, 2015 | LABOR’S CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS | There might not be too many younger workers represented by unions yet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be. “Our generation was taught that you go to college, graduate with a degree, and then get a job,” said Molly Meyer, author of “It’s My Company Too!” “That is no longer the case – our generation is swimming in student debt, now, instead. Somehow, somewhere, in the eyes of businesses and in the eyes of college institutions, the value of a college education doesn’t  match up from a dollar perspective. Perhaps our lean toward unionization is a way to remedy that discrepancy on one end.” Younger workers are more drawn to unions as a result of the economy they came of age in. Work Force
Working-Class Voters Hold Key to 2016
Nov. 25, 2015 | WORKING AMERICA | Presidential candidates from both parties are tossing around ideas about how to help everyday working Americans. But something’s missing. Strongmen on the right are speaking almost exclusively to white, working-class voters, stoking populist resentment toward people of color – both immigrants and African Americans. Progressives, for their part, are calling for better wages and quality of life across the board, including for those vilified on the right. But to win 2016 and beyond, candidates must reach out to both groups; they must speak to all working people. American Prospect
How Delusional Nostalgia Is Killing the White Working Class
Nov. 24, 2015 | ECONOMY | … In tandem with the findings of another recent study revealing middle-age, working-class white Americans are the only group in the country whose health and mortality rates are worsening, the survey offers more than just a look at the ideas and attitudes that characterize a slice of the population. It provides a possible diagnosis for what ails, and may very well be killing, an entire demographic. Alternet
High Court Tackles 4 Cases Involving Workers, Unions
Nov. 23, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | From affirmative action to agency fees to whistleblower rights, a spate of worker-oriented cases either wound up before the U.S. Supreme Court in November, or are headed there, with the opposing sides laying out their positions this past month. And while most of labor focuses on one of the looming conflicts - the agency-fee case Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association - the others are important, too. That's because the court, and particularly its five-man Republican-named majority, appears poised to drastically rewrite not just labor law, but working conditions in the U.S. Peoples World
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What Joe Hill Can Still Teach The World 100 Years After His Death
Nov. 20, 2015 | ORGANIZING |  If legendary labor activist Joe Hill were alive today – and some contend that he is – he would have plenty to say about the state of the American worker. And the country, if it listened, would have plenty to learn.… Hill, who first came to prominence as an organizer in San Pedro, CA - the same place where today's port truck drivers toil in sweatshops on wheels - might well be taken aback by how little things have changed in the last century. In his day, he helped instigate a strike among San Pedro's badly exploited immigrant dock workers in his role as a leader of the International Workers of the World union… Full story here.
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