Do you plan to take a vacation this year? A recent survey by The Workforce Institute discovered that 51 percent of American workers plan to skip out on their vacation plans this year. That is a six percent jump from last summer when 45 percent didn’t use their vacation time. One of the main issues found by the survey is the economic pressure and not competition for vacation days. Only 21 percent of workers have been denied time off because a co-worker beat them to it.
By Doug Cunningham
Why go with union construction? In New York City the Concrete Alliance – a business/labor union partnership –is answering that question in a public awareness campaign focused on the benefits to business and workers when construction is done by union labor. Al Gerosa is president of the Concrete Alliance.
[Gerosa]: ““They’re the experts, they can do the job well, efficiently and you wind up with a quality job when you have a union man working on it. The person that is not affiliated with the union does not have the same training both in skill and also for safety.”
A lack of health care reform on the state or federal level is having a big impact on cities. Jesse Russell reports:
A news study by Families USA titled “America’s Health Care Crisis: Cities on the Front Lines,” highlights the growing burden on cities as the state and federal governments continue to delay reform of health care. With fewer Americans on health insurance costs are rising as the uninsured turn to emergency rooms, clinics, and school systems. During a conference call on Monday Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter laid out the issues being faced by the city of Brotherly Love and echoed throughout the country:
The International Labor Organization (ILO) recently adopted a major “Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization,” which calls for a worldwide comitment to build a global economy based on social justice.
Guy Ryder, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), says, “This declaration speaks of the need to make a different reality possible.”
In place of our world of income inequality, high levels of unemployment and poverty and the growth of unprotected work, the adoption of this declaration demonstrates a common commitment to build a world based on social justice.
The declaration, which was two years in the making, reaffirms the commitment of ILO member countries to make full, productive employment and decent work the center of their economic and social policies. The ILO is the U.N. agency that brings together governments, employers and workers to promote decent work throughout the world.
More than 2,000 delegates to the national CWA convention voted this morning by acclamation to give the endorsement to Obama.
CWA President Larry Cohen says the union will mobilize its members across the country, especially those in key battleground states, by educating them about Obama’s stances on issues that matter to working families:
In these states, we will unite working families and take our message to members in the workplace like never before. With President Obama, we can reform health care, we can win the Employee Free Choice Act and bring about real, positive change for working families in our country.
The Alaska State AFL-CIO has made history by endorsing, for the first time, a challenger to longtime incumbent Sen. Ted Stevens, a Republican who voted to block the Employee Free Choice Act when it came up for a vote last year.
The state federation will endorse Mark Begich, the Democratic mayor of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city. Begich has pledged to fight for new jobs, protect Social Security and support affordable health care for all.
There are some famous buses out there. The Rosa Parks’ bus—and the seat she refused to give up to a white man in 1955 in Montgomery, Ala.—is in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Ken Kesey’s famous psychedelic pranksters’ bus, “Further,” sits in an Oregon farm field. And who knows where the Who’s “Magic Bus” finally ended up.
Now we can add to the list of famous buses—or in this case, perhaps infamous—The Bush Legacy Bus. It’s a museum on wheels describing the George W. Bush legacy—eight years of failed and flawed conservative polices that have dragged down our nation. It’s coming to a town near you soon.
Flight attendants at United Airlines rally for fair treatment, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 900 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.
WORK STOPPAGES AND ACTIONS
AFA-CWA, United Airlines: United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), rallied outside the Merrill Lynch Global Transportation Conference 2008, as UAL Corp. Executive Vice President and CFO Jake Brace presented United’s plans for dealing with the current airline environment. “Workers at United Airlines are united in our resolve to drive out those who have taken from our families, neglected our airline and lined their own pockets,” stated Greg Davidowitch, AFA-CWA president of the United bargaining unit.
Thousands of casino workers, elected officials, union leaders and supporters from the East Coast, New England and the Midwest filled the streets of Atlantic City on Saturday in a major march and rally to demand that casino owners stop stalling and negotiate with the workers’ union.
Since March 2007, more than 5,000 casino dealers, slot machine technicians and others have voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW in six union representation elections at four major Atlantic City casinos: Caesars, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Bally’s and Tropicana Casino and Resort. Yet, for more than a year, casino owners have delayed and stalled negotiations.