The idea for the scholarship program began at the thirteenth constitutional convention as a memorial to our first International President and other deceased members of our union. The fund provides 15 college scholarships of $1,200.00 each, annually renewable for four consecutive years.
“The future of labor is the future of America,” labor leader John Lewis said, during the Great Depression.
And for a long time, you had to squint to see that future because it’s so bright. America capitalized on its enormous advantages after World War II with unprecedented growth that was — thanks to the labor movement — widely shared.
The attached letters are in regard to the ongoing dispute about the gate delivery of crew bags. There is still no resolution on this issue. If you have gate checked crew bags please use the dumbwaiter to deliver them.
Here's your weekly update.
1. 4% raise and the NMB ruling: I've received some questions about the NMB's (National Mediation Board) decision to recognize the joint association and the impact it would have on our current pay scales. Some believed that that decision would drive the 4% raise other groups saw late last year or earlier this year. That is not true.
Here's your weekly update.
1. Monthly D.O.T. numbers: The monthly airline statistics were released this week for the fourteen major carriers. American finished no higher than ninth out of fourteen in any of the categories tracked by the Department Of Transportation (D.O.T.).
Last week, the Senate passed Fast Track -- a bill that governs how trade deals become law. But we’ve always known this fight would be won or lost in the House. That's why this week, while Congress is in recess, we need to keep the pressure up -- and we’ve got the perfect job for you!
We need to spread the word to our friends and family about how Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will hurt our communities. There is a way to make trade rules that put people and the planet before profits, but Fast Track isn’t it!
People need to know the truth about how Fast Track and TPP would ship jobs away from our communities, drive down our wages and give corporations more control over our lives.
We want Congress members to know that we’re not taking this lightly. Next week, they’ll be back in action, and we’ll be ready to drive calls to the House. But, right now, we need to keep spreading the word about Fast Track and TPP. We need as many people as possible primed to speak out against these bills when Congress gets back to D.C.
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist, AFL-CIO
This is good news for cargo employees who were forced to drive to the other side of the airport while this construction was going on. Not too often you hear of a construction project in Chicago finishing early.
On Wednesday May 20th Legislative Field Coordinator Chris Biancalana and Legislative Field Representative Dave Hansen attended a lunch with candidate for the10th Congressional District Brad Schneider. Schneider is facing Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering in a Democratic primary and the winner will face incumbent Bob Dold who unseated Schneider in 2014. The10th district is located along the North Shore and northwest suburbs and extends to the Wisconsin line.
373 to 1. That was the average CEO-to-worker pay ratio in 2014 for Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index companies. That means the average worker would have to work for an entire year to make what a CEO makes in a single day. When we talk about income inequality and the widening pay gap, this is what we mean.
Five years ago, Congress passed a law requiring all publicly traded companies to disclose the CEO-to-worker pay ratio. The thinking goes that if companies are required to disclose this ratio, consumers and shareholders would be able to hold companies more accountable to closing the pay gap within their own ranks. But Wall Street and big corporations have lobbied hard to stop the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from enforcing this rule. It’s time to change that.
So what’s the hold up? Frenzied lobbying by major corporations that oppose the law and have successfully pressured the SEC to not step up and enforce it. Your petition signature will be delivered directly to the SEC in June to pressure it to do its jobs and start enforcing the law now.
The SEC is still considering this and corporations are lobbying hard against it. Which means we need your voice in the fight.
Heather Slavkin Corzo
Director of the Office of Investment, AFL-CIO
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TWU International to Survey the membership
Harry Lombardo, TWU International President, Made a commitment at our 24th Constitutional Convention to empower the membership and support the locals.
The survey is being mailed out to you in the next several days by the International. This survey which Harry believes is critically important and is meant to gain feedback on how the International communicates and prioritizes the needs of the members as well as gauge the issues and interests of importance to you.
Harry is requesting that all members fill out and return the survey once they receive it. In addition, the survey can also be completed online at www.twusurvey.com. Their goal is for each Local to have at least a 25% participation rate and he is confident we can see those results. As an incentive to participate, those filling out the survey will become eligible to win merchandise from ShopTWU.com.
A.A. bus schedule's are now available in the DOWNLOADS section.
TELL THE SENATE: WE WANT A $10 MINIMUM WAGE
More than 80% of Americans want to see the minimum wage increased. Obstruction is not an option -- demand Congress vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act and raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour NOW.