Boeing Serves Up What It Says Is It’s “Best And Final” Offer – 08/29/08
Boeing has put what it says is it’s “best and final” offer on the table and a vote this weekend could determine if workers stay on the assembly lines or take to the streets. Jesse Russell reports:
Two Boeing contract proposals have already been rejected this week by workers represented by the International Association of Machinists, and this final offer, put on the table by Boeing on Thursday, could be the decision maker concerning strike action. Twenty seven thousand workers in Washington state, Oregon, and Kansas are voting on the contract between now and September 3. Tantamount to the union’s decision to stick or walk could be early-retiree medical coverage for new employees.
IBEW’s Ed Hill Says If Workers Vote Bread And Butter Issues, We’ll Be OK – 08/29/08
By Doug Cunningham
Ed Hill is President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In Denver for the Democratic National Convention, Hill is urging all blue collar workers to vote in their own interests on what matters most to workers.
[Hill]: “It’s the economy and it’s jobs. And it couldn’t be any plainer than that. I think the economy is in terrible condition, and I think that our prospect for good employment opportunities are narrowing because of the loss of manufacturing. I believe that Barack Obama and Democrats are gonna help us get it changed around. If our membership and the membership of all the other unions and working people in general will just vote bread and butter issues, then we’ll be OK.”
AFT’s Randi Weingarten: Dems Are United And Energized Around Economic Values,Change – 08/29/08
By Doug Cunningham
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten says Democrats are energized and united in Denver. Her union will leave Denver intent on mobilizing as many voters as pobbile for Barack Obama. Weingarten says the economy is the number one issue and rebuilding the American Dream for workers and middle class families is the goal – a goal NOT shared by John McCain.
[Weingarten]: “John McCain is leading the Republican ticket and does believe very fundamentally in different values than we as Democrats do. He believes that the country is going in the right direction. He believes that the Bush policies were good policies.
DNC: Even Celebs Talk Up the Employee Free Choice Act
Alison Omens, AFL-CIO media specialist, is in Denver this week at the Democratic National Convention and shares this post.
People from across the country have converged on Denver this week—there are women wearing red, white and blue hats that remind me of the old movie “Easter Parade,” union members proudly displaying their union colors, politicians, leaders in the Democratic Party and even celebrities.
Bush’s Toxic Labor Day Gift to Workers
Here’s an early Labor Day present from the Bush administration—a nice little package of workplace chemicals, toxins and carcinogens all neatly wrapped up with a new proposed rule that Bush’s Labor Department tried to keep secret earlier this summer.
The proposed rule, published today on the Federal Register‘s website, could increase workers’ exposure to dangerous chemicals and toxins and make it more difficult for the next administration to enact new safety rules. The rule’s development was pushed by Bush political appointees over the objections of career health and safety professionals.
The Bush administration has just a few months left in office and faces the possibility that a Barack Obama administration would reverse many of the anti-worker policies and rules—including workplace safety—that have been a Bush hallmark and have been strongly backed by Big Business.
McCain Adviser: There’s No Such Thing as the Uninsured
Are they kidding?
An adviser to Sen. John McCain made some revealing comments to the Dallas Morning News yesterday, showing the truly wrong-headed thinking that has shaped McCain’s health care policies.
John Goodman, who helped write McCain’s health care plan, said we can solve the problem of the uninsured by pretending they don’t exist. Really.
I have a solution. And it will cost not one thin dime….The next president of the United States should sign an executive order requiring the Census Bureau to cease and desist from describing any American as uninsured.
America’s Workers Joining AFL-CIO Unions
Workers holding a variety of jobs recently have joined AFL-CIO unions, including some 5,000 University of California (UC) postdoctoral researchers whose vote to join UAW was recently certified; shipyard workers in Mississippi who joined the Machinists (IAM); and workers at an Idaho Air Force base who chose the Electrical Workers (IBEW).
The new UAW members, known as “postdocs,” submitted their union authorization cards to the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in July, and last week, the board certified their choice of the Postdoctoral Researchers Organize/UAW (PRO/UAW).
Three Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Still Reeling. Now There’s Gustav
Only 11 percent of families have been able to return to New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.
The Bush administration’s ideology-driven neglect of New Orleans has left the city vulnerable again to a potentially devastating hurricane, three years after Hurricane Katrina killed more than 1,800 people and left thousands homeless.
Residents of the Crescent City could be forced to evacuate again as Tropical Storm Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast. Weather forecasters say Gustav could enter the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane this weekend or early next week. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has declared a state of emergency and said an evacuation could begin as early as Friday—three years to the day after Katrina devastated New Orleans.
FAA Controllers in Alaska, Virginia Join NATCA
Some 150 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees have a voice on the job after recently voting to join the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). The air traffic control specialists are assigned to National Flight Services operations in Alaska and the weather unit of the Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va.
These employees previously were represented by the National Association of Air Traffic Specialists (NAATS). In 2005, NAATS represented more than 2,000 air traffic controllers, but the FAA contracted out the work of all the union members except for these 150.