2017 UWUA Scholarship Program Share
Please spread the news … The 2017 UWUA Scholarship Program will continue to accept entry forms from students who will graduate high school and enter college in 2017. However, in order to qualify for the competition, they must have taken the PSAT/NMSQT on October 14 or 28, 2015. Students who were unable to take the October 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) have until March 1, 2016, to request alternate testing procedures for the 2017 program year. Read More
Union Plus Scholarship Program Deadline January 31, 2016 Share
Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.7 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. UWUA members, their spouses, and their children are eligible to participate during both undergraduate and graduate studies. Don’t let the deadline slip by. Go online now to read the eligibility requirements and how the program works. Read More
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The Psalm of the Freeloader
The dues paying member is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He provideth me with rest days and vacations.
So that I may lie down in green pastures
Beside the still waters.
He restoreth my back pay.
He guideth my welfare without cost to me.
I stray in the paths of the non-righteous
For my money’s sake.
Yea, though I alibi and pay no dues
From generation to generation
I fear no evil, for he protects me.
The working conditions which he provides
They comfort me.
He annointeth my head with the oil of worker’s compensation
Sick pay, holidays, and a pension.
He represents me in grievances.
And my cup runneth over with ingratitude.
Surely his goodness and loving kindness
Shall follow me all the days of my life
Without cost to me.
And I shall dwell in his house forever
And allow him to foot the bill.
The original source is unknown but we found it in Con Carbon’s wonderful Friday’s Labor Folklore and it seems especially appropriate in the wake of last week’s Friedrichs arguments at the Supreme Court.
It’s Not Too Late For Unions To Win The Friedrichs Case Share
If the future of labor unions is in the hands of the Supreme Court, the outlook is bleak. The Friedrichs decision now seems inevitable, but nothing is inevitable in politics. Read More
Huffington Post Management Voluntarily Recognizes Employee Union Share
The Huffington Post’s management has voluntarily recognized its employees’ union, making the digital media outlet the largest ever to organize. Read More
Methane Leak Spurs Call For Greater Oversight Nationwide Share
A blown out natural gas well in Los Angeles has been pouring methane into the air for over two months now. It’s estimated that each day the Aliso Canyon leak is adding about as much greenhouse gas to the atmosphere as four and a half million cars on the road. Read More
How Tap Water Became Toxic In Flint, Michigan Share
Flint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of fresh water bodies in the world: the Great Lakes. Yet, its residents can’t get clean water from their taps. Read More
COPE (Political Education)
Obama Makes TPP Push In SOTU Share
President Barack Obama during his State of the Union speech last Tuesday night made his expected appeal to Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership, arguing it would open overseas markets to more U.S. goods and help the United States compete against China in the global economy. Read More
Right-to-Work for Less
Rally Against Right-To-Work Precedes Tomblin SOS Address Share
As Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was preparing to deliver his final State of the State address, a large crowd of union members jammed into the rotunda to protest Right-to-Work. Read More
Oklahoma, Virginia Workers Describe Damage From So-Called “Right-To-Work” Share
Workers from Oklahoma and Virginia visited Charleston to talk about how so-called “Right-to-Work” laws hurt economies, lower wages, impair worker safety and eliminate jobs. Read More
In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”
– Martin Luther King
The Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs In December; Average Wages Fell Slightly Share
The U.S. economy added 292,000 jobs in December and unemployment was 5%, remaining unchanged from the previous month, according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the record string of months with job growth. However, … Read More
Santa Monica Votes To Raise Its Minimum Wage Share
The Santa Monica City Council approved a minimum wage ordinance that would put it in line with its neighbors in Los Angeles city and county. As in Los Angeles, the law, which still must come before the council for a second reading, would raise the minimum wage at most businesses in the city to $15 by 2020. Read More
Be Prepared For 2016 Elections Share
Knowing who to vote for is important in every election, but knowing whether you are registered to vote and if you have a proper photo identification are equally important this year. Read More
Obama Emphasizes Need To Protect Workers’ Retirement Savings Share
President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that protecting workers’ retirement savings is a priority for the administration. Read More
How Big Your Retirement Fund Should Be At Every Age, According To One Guide Share
Advisers use rules of thumb to help people figure out how much money they should have saved when they retire, along with milestones they should aim for at certain ages along the way. Read More
Veterans Affairs and Information
VA Failed To Spend $1.9 Billion Designated For Health Care Share
An audit of the Veterans Health Administration’s private health care program books finds the department failed to spend $1.9 billion – or 40 percent – of the $4.8 billion designated for non-VA care in fiscal 2013. Read More
Deal In Works To Keep PainCare In Veterans Choice Program Share
Veterans Administration officials are working on a deal to keep the PainCare medical practice in the Veterans Choice program, officials from both organizations said. Read More
January 22, 1890 Share
The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, Ohio, with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National Progressive Miners Union. Read More
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