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UCOMM Labor Briefs

Organizing at the LA Times, AFGE Airport efficiency and news from the IBEW

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Nov 22, 2017

Employees at the LA Times have announced their intent to organize and management is pushing back. Tronc, which owns a number of papers across the country, including the LA Times and NY Daily News, has been telling employees that if they vote yes to a union they may face wage and benefit cuts. The workers are not taking these threats lying down, instead exposing the enormous amount that the company has spent on private jets and CEO compensation.

UCOMM has previously reported on Foxconn and their labor violations in China, but a new report shows that they may have forced student “interns” to work illegally so that the company could meet their iPhone X manufacturing goals. Foxconn is the same company that Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are giving billions in tax payer money to, to build a plant in Wisconsin. You can read the full report here.

As millions of people head to the airport to fly to their Thanksgiving dinners, the Association of Federal Government Employees (AFGE) is saying that air travel has never been safer. Thanks to of their members, security lines are significantly shorter and there has not been a successful hijacking, planned explosion or terrorist attack on an American airplane since 9/11. All of this is being done with 4,000 less TSA agents than 4 years ago.  The AFGE says that air travel has increased by 15%. In 2016, AFGE members at the TSA stopped a record number of guns from getting through security and they are on track to surpass that number in 2017. Find out more about what AFGE is doing to keep you safe when you fly this holiday season by clicking here.

Early detection is key to saving someone’s life. For International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members who worked on building Department of Energy sites, the early detection that is provided by BTMed already has. Many of these workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals like asbestos, silica, beryllium, mercury, radiation, lead or other heavy metals and now the people who built the sites are getting sick. Across the country, sites have been set up to provide free screening to these workers in the hopes of catching any cancer or sickness early. Click here to read more from the IBEW and see if there is a location near you.

Last week was Apprenticeship Week, a great time to talk about the importance of increasing Apprenticeships and how they help people of all races, backgrounds, and genders find a path into the Middle Class. While only 3% of those who work in the construction trades are women, these programs provide women a stable, well-paying career. That is why National Women in Apprenticeship day is so important. According to the IBEW, a female working in the construction trades will make $1.2 million more over their lifetime than a women working in a “traditional” female field, like childcare or as a waitress. Find out more about what the IBEW is doing to promote women in the electrical trades by clicking here.

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