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Today, October 7th, the Polls Open for Early Voting

Courtesy of CWA District 4 FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S RIGHT – Ohio

And we’re off. One month to go and it’s time for Battleground Bulletin!

District 4 members are out in the field as the final October push began in Ohio last week on behalf of Labor-endorsed candidates. CWA wants to remind you that you will make the difference in the Battleground States of Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. You can depend on each new Battleground Bulletin! to keep you up to date from now to Election Day.

Governor John Kasich and other Republicans delayed early voting through a series of legal actions all the way to the United States Supreme Court, but October 7 the polls will open for Early Voting.

Remember as you go to the polls CWA has led turnout before. It was not that long ago that CWA members were being locked out of the Statehouse when collective bargaining was abolished by the signature of John Kasich and led the fight to a ballot overturning that law.

A picture is worth a thousand words on this one – remember in November – VOTE:

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CANDIDATES:

Member question: Where do the candidates stand on Voting Rights?

County Executive Ed Fitzgerald – “It’s embarrassing that in the year 2014 you’ve had federal courts over and over and over again have to say, ‘Wait a minute, Ohio, you’re restricting people’s rights,'” FitzGerald said, standing in front of the empty early voting center.

“This is another example of Ohio making national news in a negative way. We’re getting national attention because our elected officials are so determined to try to restrict early voting, even though study after study after study has shown that it overwhelmingly is affecting African-American voters.” [Plain Dealer, September 30, 2014]

Gov. John Kasich – Gov. John Kasich signed into law Friday changes to Ohio’s election rules on early voting and handling of absentee ballot applications…

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols noted that the changes to absentee voting rules will make them more uniform, and that Ohio’s early voting period is longer than most states…

The bills, hotly contested by Democrats, cleared the General Assembly Wednesday after heated debate. Democrats said the changes will make it harder for people to vote… . They warned that the people most affected by the changes are those in urban populations, populations that tend to vote Democratic. [Plain Dealer, February 21, 2014]

OHIO AFL CIO LAUNCHES VIDEO TO HIGHLIGHT KASICH’S ATTACK ON LABOR MEMBERS

The Ohio AFL-CIO unveiled a new video to remind voters about Governor John Kasich’s assault on labor members over Collective Bargaining.

The video offers viewers a review of the SB5 protests and the successful campaign to repeal it. It features workers from around the state offering their perspectives on John Kasich’s tenure as Governor and Ed FitzGerald’s pro-worker policies and philosophies.

“To me SB5 was a slap in the face,” David Fleetwood of Laborers’ Local 500 says in the video. “What I’m looking for in a governor, or for that matter any politician, is somebody that believes in being fair,” says Fleetwood. “John Kasich’s support of SB5 said a lot about his values and that they were not in line with mine,” says Carly Allen of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 697.

[Source: Ohio AFL CIO]

Voting Information:

http://www.cwa-union.org/pages/voter_rights_facts_ohio

Links:

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/09/ed_fitzgerald_blasts_supreme_c.html

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/02/kasich_signs_voting_bills_that.html

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Trustees approve 3-year agreement with CWA membership

Courtesy of UT Office of University Communications, By Jonathan Strunk : July 25th, 2014

The University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees approved today a three-year contract with the Communication Workers of America Local 4319. CWA members voted to approve the deal by a wide margin on July 11.
“This three-year agreement between CWA and UT embodies the philosophy of the positive, collaborative relationship that the new administration is committed to,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT’s interim president.

contract UTThe term of the contract runs from Jan. 1, 2014 through the end of 2016. CWA employees will receive a 2.5 percent wage increase, which will be effective as of July 14, 2014 in the first year of the contract. They will receive a 1 percent wage increase in the second year, which begins Jan. 1, 2015.

The contract calls for a reopening of wage negotiations in year three and officials said the contract also includes a lump sum retroactive wage component.

“I know I speak for our Board of Trustees when I say that they and this administration are committed to working with all of our employees, including those represented by our four unions, to honor the critical role our faculty and staff play in making UT an outstanding University,” Naganathan said.

“It is the University’s hope that the CWA agreement helps pave the way for continued constructive dialogue across all bargaining units,” he said.

Erika D. White, vice president of CWA Local 4319 said that the work of the bargaining committee and membership were integral to solidifying a fair contract with the University.

“President Bob Hull and I both feel that the mutual respect from the UT administration and the team building CWA labor is a positive and powerful step in trailblazing a strong foundation in our community for the number one asset for both labor and UT — the students,” White said.

UT has 530 employees represented by the CWA who provide clerical, maintenance and custodial services, primarily on UT’s Main Campus. About 92 percent of CWA voters recommended approval.

Dave Morlock, executive vice president of finance and administration, said that the CWA has been a great partner and thanked members for their leadership in helping to move UT forward.

“Thank you to the CWA membership for its overwhelming support of this agreement and thank you to CWA leadership for partnering with us to advance The University of Toledo,” Morlock said.

Morlock and Naganathan also thanked Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT’s associate vice president for Human Resources and Talent Development, and her team for their work in helping achieve an agreement.

Thomas-Williams said that the total cost of the contract won’t be known until the salary negotiations in the third year are negotiated and additional fold-in costs such as retirement benefit increases and other items have been calculated. She estimated that the current cost of the wage increases for years one and two of the agreement to be approximately $615,000.

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CWA 4319 at the Labor Day Parade 2014

More than 100 unions and associated groups participated in the annual Labor Day parade in downtown Toledo Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. CWA Local 4319 was no exception. We had a great day celebrating dedication and hard work. See the Toledo Blade gallery at 2014 Toledo Labor Day.

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The History of Labor Day

courtesy of The Daily Journal Online 

While most holidays are a chance for workers to take time off to remember veterans, the founding of our country, or seasonal remembrances, Labor Day is a day to celebrate us … the workers.

But how did Labor Day come to be? Who were the thinkers behind the movement?

According to the United State Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

The government website goes on to outline the process:

LABOR DAY LEGISLATION

“Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

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“More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

“Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

“But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration.

THE FIRST LABOR DAY

“The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

“In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

A NATIONWIDE HOLIDAY

“The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

“The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

“The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”

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The Journal Newsletter August 2014

CWA Local 4319 to see the latest news in our local community. We are excited to have gone digital with The Journal Newsletter and trust you will enjoy being able to access our newsletter any time you want on our website. You can read it online, or download and print to read later.  Use the SUBSCRIBE form to receive The Journal directly to your email. We publish bi-monthly, and our target dates for future issues are for the first weeks of June, August, October, and December.

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Edna Nominations Due by August 28

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The deadline for nominations for the Berger-Marks Foundation’s annual Edna Award is August 28. The $10,000 award recognizes young women making a mark in labor, women’s and other social justice movements.

The award is named after Edna Berger, a pioneer for women’s rights who rose from a receptionist at the Philadelphia Inquirer to become a writer, editor and the first woman organizer for The Newspaper Guild-CWA. The foundation is named for Berger and her husband, “Tin Pan Alley” composer Gerald Marks (“All of Me”).

Along with the Edna Award winner, two other nominees will receive $1,000 Awards of Note. Also this year, the foundation will present the Kate Mullany Courageous Young Worker Award to a young woman who has been a voice in the workplace in the face of overwhelming opposition. The $1,000 award is named for an inspiring laundry worker who helped win one of the first strikes by a women’s union.

Nominees must be 35 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2014. They may be from labor unions, women’s groups, workers’ rights groups or other areas of social justice for both of these prestigious awards. Nominations must be made online. Click here for the nomination form.

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Join Us for Labor Blood Month

The American Red Cross and the United Labor Committee have joined forces to help those in need by declaring August as

LABOR BLOOD MONTH

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All donors will receive a labor blood donor T Shirt and donors are provided with refreshing Root beer floats. All drives are open to the public.

August 5th 2014.10am-4pm
Devillbiss High School Cafteria,
1381 Upton Ave Toledo, Ohio 43613.
Hosted by AFSCME TPS Locals – 272, 349, 2174, 2853 and 840

August 12, 2014. 10am-4pm
Hosted by the Toledo Federation of Teachers Local 250
111 S Byrne Rd. Toledo, Ohio 43615

August 21, 2014. 10am-4pm
Hosted by Teamsters Local 20
435 S. Hawley. Toledo, Ohio 43609

August 27, 2014 7am-7PM
Hosted by UAW Local 12
2300 Ashland Ave. Toledo, Ohio 43620

Remember giving blood saves lives and “it’s a union thing”

To schedule your appointment or for more Information call Jennifer Hughes 419-764-4168

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T-Mobile Is A Two-Faced Union Buster

Courtesy of Communication Workers of America | July 10, 2014: T-Mobile Is A Two-Faced Union Buster

There are two sides to T-Mobile.

On one side in Germany, it’s the American subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, a German communications company that respects its workers and has enshrined collective bargaining rights in its social charter. Deutsche Telekom has endorsed the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, also commonly known as the “Ruggie Principles.”

On the other side in the United States, Deutsche Telekom fosters an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in its U.S. workplaces – conditions unacceptable in Germany. T-Mobile workers who want to form a union are harassed, bullied and put under surveillance. And given the chance to support a shareholder proposal urging T-Mobile to disclose how it assesses human rights risks in its operations and supply chain, Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile’s outstanding shares, voted in opposition.

Lothar Schröder, leader of the German union ver.di, exposed this two-faced corporate governance two years ago in a presentation to the Deutsche Telekom board of directors. He pointed out that U.S. T-Mobile managers often “pressure workers to pursue dishonest sales strategies” and “sometimes managers make unauthorized charges after the sale.” Schröder also told the board that some call center workers have been forced to wear dunce caps for not meeting “unreachable expectations” and write essays about their failures at work.

T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom did nothing.

But workers are at last getting justice. Recently the National Labor Relations Board has taken the extraordinary step of consolidating the cases brought against the company. Consolidation will allow the NLRB to issue more effective remedies to finally stop T-Mobile’s outrageous conduct, as it requires one hearing officer to hear all complaints, witnesses and evidence. The company will need to defend its systemic anti-union behavior in one proceeding, and the NLRB will be able to order broad relief for employees at every T-Mobile store and call center.

In a few months, the NLRB will hold a hearing in Albuquerque, N.M., where at least two T-Mobile workers were unjustly disciplined after being identified as union activists, then fired after they made their support public.

T-Mobile Is A Two-Faced Union Buster

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Minutes: May 2014 District 4 OSH Conference Call

Jul 13, 2014 Courtesty of : CWA-UNION.ORG
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Looking for Union Organizer’s in the Midwest

Courtesy of Service Employees International Union, CTW, CLC on June 26, 2014

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is hiring in multiple cities in the Mid-West and wants the labor community to be aware of these job opportunities.  We offer full time salaried positions with excellent benefits.

The deadline to apply for the position below is July 4.

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Position: Union Organizer
Locations:  Chicago, IL;  Indianapolis, IN;  Detroit, MI;  St. Louis, MO; Cleveland, OH;  Milwaukee, WI
Deadline to Apply:  July 4

APPLY HERE: https://careers-seiu.icims.com/jobs/1830/union-organizer—mid-west/job

Once offered a position, you must be willing to relocate to any assigned city.

SEIU Local has been on the cutting edge of building the power of low-wage workers in service industries and fighting in larger struggles for social justice on issues such as health care, immigration and education reform. We are now hiring Organizers in the mid-west to work on exciting campaigns to organize non-union workers.  This position will require extensive travel.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conducting broad and intensive outreach efforts to low-wage workers.
  • Building one-on-one relationships with workers.
  • Identifying and developing leaders to guide and lead campaigns.
  • Conducting individual/group meetings with workers to discuss and plan organizing campaigns.
  • Motivating individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
  • Engaging workers in broader union efforts to bring pressure to bear on industry sectors.
  • Coordinating with workers to gather information that is useful in identifying opportunities for membership growth and mobilization.
  • Working to involve community allies in organizing campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends.
  • Capacity to work independently and with a team.
  • The ability to make and follow through on a work plan.
  • Sharp communications skills.
  • Basic writing and computer skills.
  • The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Willingness to conduct house visits and site visits.
  • Previous experience in union or community organizing is desirable.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice is required.
  • A car, proof of auto insurance and a valid driver’s license are required.

SALARY & BENEFITS

  • Salary is competitive and negotiable (based on the Staff Union Contract).
  • Full benefits package including health insurance, a pension plan and paid vacation.
  • Car allowance.

Apply Here: https://careers-seiu.icims.com/jobs/1830/union-organizer—mid-west/job

SEIU Local 1 is an Equal Opportunity Employer