August 03, 2012
Volume 1., Issue 241
Transportation Security Officers Reach Historic Labor Agreement with TSA
After a decade-long fight, tens of thousands of Transportation Security Officers and their union, AFGE, have finally secured their first-ever agreement with the TSA. This landmark contract will cover 45,000 security screeners at airports across the country.
“TSOs come to work every day in the face of intense public and congressional scrutiny and, to the best of their ability, protect this nation from terrorist attacks,” said AFGE TSA Council 100 President Kim Kraynak-Lambert. “Now we can look forward to new rights and new working conditions, and a chance to form a true labor-management partnership. And, contrary to some of the misinformation circulating about TSA, an agreement will not adversely affect security – security-related matters were strictly excluded from negotiations. In fact, this agreement will strengthen our ability to carry out TSA’s vital mission of protecting the American people.”
Warehouse Workers United Launch “Voices/Voces from the Warehouse” Web Series
The explosion of “domestic outsourcing,” the aggressive practice of contracting warehousing, transportation and goods delivery to a complex hierarchy of contractors and subcontractors, has lowered the quality of jobs in Southern California and has disproportionately impacted working Latinos, many of whom more goods for Walmart and other giant retailers at these subcontracted warehouses.
This week, Warehouse Workers United launched a new web series: "Voices/Voces from the Warehouse," which features real workers in Walmart-contracted warehouses recounting their personal experiences about the dangerous conditions and exploitation they face at work. The first webisode of the web series features Santos Castaneda, who was fired for standing up for his right to a safe workplace.
Watch the first webisode.
Newly Merged SAG-AFTRA Union Receives AFL-CIO Charter
Earlier this year, two of the nation’s largest performers’ unions, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), merged to form SAG-AFTRA. The new union now represents more than 150,000 actors, announcers, broadcasters, journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers and editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voice-over artists and other media professionals whose work can be seen and heard in every medium, from the theater to the Internet.
This week, SAG-AFTRA received its national charter from the AFL-CIO, joining 55 other unions, comprising more than 12 million working men and women, under the AFL-CIO banner. “This is a terrific capstone to the historic merger of SAG and AFTRA,” SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said. “This charter represents the start of a new chapter for our organization, facing new challenges in a changing entertainment and media landscape, but also presenting limitless opportunities.”
Monday: Speak Out to Support High-Speed Rail in Merced
On Monday, the Merced City Council will be discussing and voting on authorizing a grant application for the proposed high-speed rail station in downtown Merced. The construction of the system will create a wealth of short-term construction jobs as well as long-term service and operations jobs in the rail system. Additionally, more local jobs are expected to flourish in Merced’s soon-to-be revitalized downtown.
Take action to support high-speed rail in Merced by speaking out at Monday’s meeting, beginning at 7pm at the Merced City Council Chambers (678 West 18th St in Merced). There is expected to be a large turn-out of high-speed rail opponents and Tea Party representatives at Monday’s meeting, so a strong show of support for high-speed rail is crucial.
For more information, email email@example.com.
This Week on “Labor’s Edge”
AFL-CIO’s Mike Hall detailed the Alliance for Retired Americans’ “Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire” campaign.
John MacMurray of the LA Progressive connected the dots between Prop 32 and Citizens United.
Jackie Tortora of the AFL-CIO highlighted a new academic report on “prosperity economics” for the middle class.
Guadalupe Palma of Warehouse Workers United unveiled the new “Voices/Voces from the Warehouse” web series.
Mike Hall of the AFL-CIO announced the first-ever contract for airport security screeners who work for TSA.