ENews: April 4, 2019

Providence Journal: Stop & Shop union rejects ‘final’ offer

PROVIDENCE — A federal mediator will enter into the fray of contract negotiations this week between Stop & Shop grocery stores and the five United Food and Commercial Workers locals, which cried foul Friday with the company’s final offer.

“Stop & Shop’s proposal will have a terrible effect on 31,000 hard-working employees and impact the service they are able to provide in the stores,” the five local presidents said in a statement from Providence.

Shop & Shop confirmed Sunday it has made a final offer to the union. But negotiations will continue this week in the presence of the mediator, company spokeswoman Jennifer Brogan said Sunday.

The union has asked the federal mediator to step in, according to a post on the Local 328 website. The union has been in negotiations with Stop & Shop, which has more than 400 stores in the Northeast, since Jan. 14. The three-year contract expired Feb. 23.

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“The key thing for all of us to realize is we very rarely get an opportunity where destiny is put in our hands. It’s our opportunity to fail or succeed.” AFL-CIO President George Nee


RICOSH: Revisions to OSHA’s HAZCOMM: ‘Change is gonna come’

OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard (HAZCOMM) has been the lynchpin of chemical hazard communication in workplaces and in the community for thirty five years. HAZCOMM requires employers toobtain hazard and safety information from chemical suppliers/distributors; employers are then required to establish a written program that communicates these hazards to their workers.Firefighters,emergencyresponders and environmental agencieswho deal with chemical emergencies and regulating chemicals also rely on thisinformation that HAZCOMM helps generate.

OSHAestimates that HAZCOMMprevents an estimated 580 chemical injuries and illness and forty-three fatalities every year.
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AFL-CIO: Get to Know AFL-CIO’s Affiliates: AFT

Next up in our series that will take a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the AFT. The series will run weekly until we’ve covered all 55 of our affiliates.

Name of Union: American Federation of Teachers

Mission:The AFT “is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, health care and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.”

Current Leadership of Union: Randi Weingarten was elected president of AFT in 2008 after serving for 12 years as the president of the United Federation of Teachers, representing 200,000 educators in New York City’s public schools. After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cardozo School of Law, she worked as a lawyer and was active in numerous professional, civic and philanthropic organizations. Weingarten also taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn before becoming UFT’s assistant secretary in 1995 and treasurer two years later.

Lorretta Johnson serves as secretary-treasurer and Mary Cathryn Ricker serves as executive vice president. The AFT also has 42 vice presidents representing various geographic areas.

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American Postal Workers Union: Solidarity

(This article first appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine)

By President Mark Dimondstein

Our labor anthem is “Solidarity Forever.” I sign letters “in union solidarity.”

But what is solidarity?

The dictionary definition is: “unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group.”

There are many examples of real-life solidarity:

  • Writing a statement for a co-worker who has been wronged, not allowing career and non-careers to be divided, fighting together for safe workplaces, and standing up when we see co-workers sexually, or otherwise, harassed by management.
  • Teacher and education workers rising up from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Los Angeles, Oakland and Chicago — in defense of public education, smaller classroom sizes and needs of the students.
  • The Oklahoma Postal Workers Union distributing food and beverages to the teachers marching from Oklahoma City to Tulsa, the Greater Los Angeles Area Local joining picket lines during the recent teachers strike, Bay Area retirees joining with striking Marriot workers demanding “One Job Should Be Enough,” the Lehigh Valley Area Local gathering food for the federal workers locked out during the government shutdown.
  • The Association of Flight Attendants producing a video for their members opposing postal privatization.
  • Respecting the union-called boycott of Oreo cookies in defense of unionized Chicago workers facing the export of their jobs.
  • The October 8th National Day of Action that The U.S Mail is Not for Sale! campaign coordinated with the other postal unions.

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AFL-CIO: ‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: #StampOutHunger

In the latest episode of “State of the Unions,” podcast co-host Tim Schlittner talks to Brian Renfroe, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) executive vice president, and Christina Vela Davidson, assistant to the president for community services, about #StampOutHunger, the annual one-day drive that has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food for the hungry.
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KITCHEN TABLE ECONOMICS

50%: The percentage of families with children younger than 18 in which mothers are breadwinners.



QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In workplaces and on picket lines, at the bargaining table and the ballot box, we are transforming America….Let’s meet this historic moment of collective action with a historic effort on behalf of every single worker.” —AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) to attendees of the Western District Meeting


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THIS WEEK IN LABOR HISTORY

Unionist:

Eleven-day strike by 34,000 New York City transit workers begins, halts bus and subway service in all five boroughs before strikers return to work with a 17 percent raise over two years plus a cost-of-living adjustment – 1980

The U.S. minimum wage increases to $3.80 per hour – 1990

The U.S. minimum wage increases to $4.25 per hour – 1991

Major league baseball players end a 232-day strike, which began the prior August 12 and led to the cancellation of the 1994 postseason and the World Series – 1995

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NEXT WEEK ON LABOR VISION:

In the first half of the program, Bob Delaney sits down with Director of Program Development Rory Carmody, Lead Instructor Jim O’Connor and student Brianna Puglia, all from AccessPointRI; a non-profit human services organization created more than 50 years ago to provide children and adults with developmental disabilities the means to lead full and productive lives.

And in the second half of the show, with the permission of the Woonsocket Teachers’ Guild, we are repeating a segment from last year since they are still working without a contract and entering the tenth month of doing so. Jeff Partington sits down with Thom Cahir to outline the history of the unit and the challenges they face.