UTU Local 867

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STUDY SHOWS THE DECLINE OF UNIONS CAUSING RISE IN ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN MIDWEST - 3/15/2017

STUDY SHOWS THE DECLINE OF UNIONS CAUSING RISE IN ECONOMIC INEQUALITY IN MIDWEST

 

SMART TD  is sharing a recent study released by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which highlights the economic impact of declining unionization over the past decades across states in the Midwest.

The study found that as unionization declines, wealth inequality between workers and businesses continues to widen particularly in states that have passed so-called “right-to-work” laws (i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, etc.).

The real goal of “Right-to-Work” is to lower wages for workers and divert that money to the owners and upper management of the company.

Click HERE for more information about the study.

Strength in numbers is what sustains our union and is the only thing that can turn the tide.

Your voice matters, so please take a minute to send a message to your representatives in Congress.

Click here to send your message in opposition of HR 785, the National Right to Work (FOR LESS)act; and in support of HR 233, The Safe Freight Act, that calls for two-person crews on all freight trains.

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Sign petition to Trump/FTA to save Caltrain project - 3/3/2017

Sign petition to Trump/FTA to save Caltrain project

Dear SMART TD member:

Please click on the link below to sign (and please share) this online petition to the White House asking the FTA to approve funding that has long been earmarked for San Francisco’s Caltrain’s Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project (PCEP) a high-speed, electric commuter train system project:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-9600-american-jobs-tell-fta-approve-funding-caltrain-electrification

The petition urges President Donald Trump to reverse Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s decision, which was to stop the project by placing $647 million in federal funding on hold. This transportation project has been years in the making and promises to replace Caltrain’s current diesel-fueled commuter trains with high-speed, electric commuter trains.

Sen. Diane Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris of Calif. released the following joint statement: “This decision is incomprehensible and will cause delays and millions of dollars of additional costs that could jeopardize the entire project.”

President Trump’s repeated campaign promises centered on safeguarding American jobs, creating thousands of new jobs and upgrading and developing our infrastructure. If that is still true, Trump must allow this project to move forward, as Caltrain PCEP will create nearly 10,000 jobs, not only in California, but in other states as well, including Utah, Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Please sign the petition and share it with your brothers and sisters of of all trades.

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Calls for 2-person crews in response to amphibious vehicle fatalities - 2/22/2017

Calls for 2-person crews in response to amphibious vehicle fatalities

The Portland Press Herald reported that as amphibious vehicles (duck boats), designed to traverse land and water, have increased in popularity over the years, so has the number of accidents and fatalities involving these complicated vehicles.  Advocates for increased safety measures are calling for mandated two-person crews on all duck boats.  Some amphibious vehicle companies have voluntarily  instated policies that mandate two-person crews at all times.  Since rail carriers can’t be counted on to do the same, we need to continue all efforts to pass HR 233.

Read the complete article here.

Take just a couple of minutes to contact your legislator in support of HR 233 – The Safe Freight Act, that includes a two-person crew mandate, by clicking here. 

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Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why “Right-to-Work” is wrong - 2/16/2017

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why “Right-to-Work” is wrong

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why “Right-to-Work” legislation is wrong for working families.

 

https://youtu.be/lLV4P5Pq0_0

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Why Right to Work is wrong for union and non-union - 2/3/2017

Why Right to Work is wrong for union and non-union

Tire builder Jesse Isbell outlines in his recent blog post how the Right to Work bill is nothing more than a pack of lies intended to break unions and make the rich richer. Isbell and thousands of his co-workers lost their jobs when the Oklahoma City Bridgestone Tire plant that was the core of an entire community, closed – a casualty of the passage of Right to Work legislation in his home state of Oklahoma. Read how the so-called Right to Work measure devastates working families across our country and has a detrimental economic impact on everyone – union or not, from medium.com, here.

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Monthly Meetings---1st Wednesday of each month at 7pm @ the Machinist Hall 2000 Walker St. Des Moines, IA

Mark your calendars!! The Smart TD Annual Picnic this year is on Saturday July 1st @ Thomas Mitchell Park, 4250 NE 106 St. Mitchelville. Lunch will be served at noon. Come out for some food and fun. Hope to see you all there!

 

A special session of your General Committee was held in January 2017.  The main purpose was to elect a new General Chairman following Mike Reedy's retirement.  Jerry Kalbfell was elected General Chairman and Glenn Marker was elected full time Vice General Chairman.

The finance committee then presented a proposal to increase the General Committee monthly dues assessment by $10 due to a shortfall in the budget.  Membership is down from 2,147 in 2012 to 1,511 in 2016 due to the furloughing of our brothers and sisters.  The proposal passed and the assessment is expected to hit in April.  Please forward any questions to a local union officer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are furloughed or on the AWTS board you need to call the RRB and apply for unemployment benefits. You may qualify for benefits even if you are getting a check from the railroad. 

 

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210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-2116
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