DAYCON STRIKERS FILE NEW CHARGES WITH NLRB: Responding to Daycon’s refusal to “rescind its unlawful actions” and reinstate striking workers, Teamsters Local 639 has recently filed new unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. “We had hoped that formal action by the Federal Government against the company would have caused it to reconsider its approach to bargaining, but that does not appear to be the case,” says Teamsters 639 Business Agent Doug Webber. “On July 2, after the NLRB had informed Daycon that it was going to prosecute the company for violating federal labor law, the union contacted Daycon and offered to continue bargaining. We also offered to have our members return to work, but Daycon refused to reinstate all of our members and delayed meeting with us until July 13,” adds Webber. “On that date, it refused to engage in any bargaining and simply told us we could ‘take or leave’ the offer that it made in February. As such, we have filed another round of NLRB charges, but the strike continues in protest of the company’s unlawful actions.” The Community Services Agency is encouraging financial support for the workers – who have been on strike for over three months – by sending donations, earmarked "IBT Strikers" to the CSA at 888 16th Street, NW, Suite 520, Washington, DC 20006. - photo by Boaz Young-El, AFL-CIO Union Summer Intern
WOMEN “TALK UNION” ACROSS GENERATIONS: Ten recommendations about what unions can do to attract and retain a new generation of young workers, especially women, have been released in a recent report by the Berger-Marks Foundation. The recommendations range from adopting term limits for elective union offices to creating 'safe spaces' for women and younger activists so they could discuss their concerns. Addressed as well was the eradication of sexual harassment and implementation of training programs where young workers can learn how to 'talk union' with their peers. The recommendations were compiled by a group of 30 women - half the participants under age 35 - from around the country from more than 20 different unions and other allied organizations, including the National Organization for Women. The Berger-Marks Foundation “seeks to bring the benefits of unionization to working women and to assist organizations committed to those principles.” Click hereto download a free copy of the full report.
FREE AUGUST CALENDAR DOWNLOAD: The August calendar from labor artist Ricardo Levins Morales is now available for free download. This month’s calendar features what Levins Morales describes as a “one-page popular education workshop on immigration,” linking the southern US border to larger issues of trade and justice. Click hereto get your free calendar, or click hereto check out Levins Morales website for his other artwork, including posters, notes, cards and photographs.
TODAY'S LABOR HISTORY: The Amalgamated Assn. of Iron and Steel Workers is formed. It partnered with the Steel Workers Organizing Committee, CIO in 1935; both organizations disbanded in 1942 to form the new United Steelworkers (1876); 15,000 silk workers strike in Paterson, N.J. for 44 hour week (1919); 185,000 Teamsters begin what is to become a successful 15-day strike at United Parcel Service over excessive use of part-timers (1997); More info & ammo for unionists is available online from Union Communication Services. - photo courtesy The Boston Globe
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