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Bail out recipients hosted call to defeat key labor bill

This article is from the Huffington post Here.  There is audio snippets of the conversation on this site.  WARNING: strong language

Participants on the October 17 call — including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG — were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.

These are people using tax dollars to influence senators. OUR money for THEIR will

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Union numbers up slightly in 2008

This posting was found on the UAW Website:  Here

The number of union members in 2008 rose slightly when compared with 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were slightly more than 16 million labor union members last year, up roughly 428,000 workers. The private sector saw a .1 percent increase while the public sector went up nearly a full percentage point.

That’s good news as more Americans are seeing the benefits of joining together during hard economic times. Union density went up from 12.1 percent of the workforce to 12.4 percent.

And in hard economic times, being a union member remains the best way to protect your wages: The median weekly wage for all union members went up from $863 in 2007 to $886. Nonunion workers saw an increase as well, but their median average wage went up from $663 to $691.

It’s the second consecutive year that labor union membership has grown and the largest increase in more than 20 years, but millions of workers are still being denied their legal rights to collectively bargain for a better future. Studies show many more people would join unions if not for employer intimidation.

The Employee Free Choice Act, which is supported by a bipartisan majority in Congress and President Obama, would level the playing field between big business and workers in union representation elections. The measure is expected to be voted on this year.

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Employee Free Choice Act has broad-based support

This posting was found on the UAW Website:  Here

A new poll shows an overwhelming majority of Americans from just about all walks of life supports legislation that protects workers’ freedom to form unions and collectively bargain for better working conditions.

The poll, conducted last month by Hart Research Associates, shows that 78 percent of those questioned favor legislation that would make it easier to form unions. Nearly half of those polled are strongly in favor.

Congress is expected to consider legislation this year that would provide working Americans with a measure of fairness when trying to form a union and when bargaining a first contract. Supporters of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) say it is needed because many employers, when faced with employees who exercise their legal right to form a union and collectively bargain, would rather hire anti-union law firms to harass and intimidate workers and pay an insignificant fine if caught breaking our nation’s notoriously weak labor laws.

EFCA would make forming a union simple: If a majority of workers signs union cards — known as “card check” — workers get their union. Workers would still be able to have a secret-ballot union election if one third of the workers petition to do so.

EFCA would also strengthen the penalties for violating the law during organizing campaigns and union elections as well as mandate mediation or arbitration for first-ever contract disputes to prevent companies from dragging out negotiations to wither support for the new union. According to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 44 percent of workers who form a new union never reach a first contract.

The poll, which was paid for by the AFL-CIO, has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points. Some of its other findings:

— A majority (69 percent) of Americans agree it is very or fairly important to have strong laws that give employees the freedom to make their own choice about whether to form a union in their workplace. Half of Americans say this is very important.

— Support for the Employee Free Choice Act stretches across demographic and geographic lines. Democrats (87 percent) and Independents (69 percent) support EFCA. Even among Republicans, nearly half support the legislation. Opposition is further confined to Republicans who identify as conservatives (36 percent support). Three-quarters of moderate/liberal Republicans favor passing EFCA.

— Just 47 percent of adults know that when elections are held in a workplace to determine whether a union will represent employees, employers generally oppose the union and try to convince employees to vote no. Three in 10 Americans believe employers generally take no position and let employees decide on their own and 21 percent are not sure.

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Employee Free Choice Act

Members of Local 76,

The Employee Free Choice Act is legislation that we are working on to get past in the next few months.  The Employee Free Choice Act will allow workers the freedom to form Unions without intimidation.  It will allow employees to form a union based on a majority of authorization cards on the employees terms (not the Company’s).  It also increases the penalties on Companies that violate an employees rights to form a Union, and shortens the amount of time a new contract is to be finalized.  Please support the Employee Free Choice Act by filling in the card HERE.

In Solidarity,

Jim Soldate, President Local 76

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Gettelfinger: Change policies to aid auto industry

This article was posted on the UAW website here.

By Ron Gettelfinger

This new year, we’ve got a huge task ahead of us: restructuring the American auto industry for a viable, long-term future.

It won’t be easy — just as it wasn’t easy to win the emergency bridge loans which give us a chance for a brighter tomorrow. When we went to Washington seeking to help so that U.S. carmakers could weather the current economic crisis, many in the Beltway used this as an excuse to beat up on American companies and American workers.

From detriot news: To see the entire story Link to article

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UAW pleased with statements by White House and Treasury

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger

This posting was found on the UAW website: here

UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said today that UAW members and workers throughout the auto industry “appreciate the positive statement released by the White House this morning that they are considering all options, including use of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, to assist the auto industry.”

The union urged immediate action by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson or the Federal Reserve Bank “to use their authority to prevent the imminent collapse of the automakers, and the devastating consequences that would follow for millions of workers and retirees across our nation, and for our economy as a whole.

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UAW applauds auto loans, but says workers must not be singled out for unfair conditions

This article was found on the UAW website: Here

DETROIT — “We’re pleased that the Bush administration has acted today to provide urgently needed emergency bridge loans to America’s auto companies and to pursue a process for restructuring outside of bankruptcy,” said UAW President Ron Gettelfinger. “This will keep the doors of America’s factories open, keep Americans working and prevent the devastating economic consequences for millions of Americans and thousands of businesses that would have resulted from a liquidation of operations by one or more auto companies.”

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