Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Here They Go Again

Well it looks like Whittier’s management is at it again. A driver trainer has spoken to some local P & D drivers saying that the operations manager would suspend any driver who attends a Union organizing meeting. Who’s the communist now? If this is true, the driver trainer has broken the law. If there are other drivers who were told this please step up and confirm this. See your terminal organizing reps. this is why Unions were formed.
See what extremes management would go to, and what tactics they use to scare anyone from attending a meeting on their own time and weekend. Using someone else to push their agenda instead, protecting them.


Friday, January 19, 2007

NLRA Violations

* Threatening employees with loss of jobs or benefits if they join or vote for a union or engage in protected concerted activity.
* Threatening to close the plant if employees select a union to represent them.
* Questioning employees about their union sympathies or activities in circumstances that tend to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights under the Act.
* Promising benefits to employees to discourage their union support.
* Transferring, laying off, terminating, assigning employees more difficult work tasks, or otherwise punishing employees because they engaged in union or protected concerted activity.
* Transferring, laying off, terminating, assigning employees more difficult work tasks, or otherwise punishing employees because they filed unfair labor practice charges or participated in an investigation conducted by NLRB.

The National Labor Relation Board - NLRB

These are the basic rights the NRLB have for you to start organizing at you terminal. Contact your local Union and get educated. Fonatana & Whittier will be standing by you! Be Wise Organize!

The Act outlines basic rights of employees as follows:
To self-organization.
To form, join, or assist labor organizations.
To bargain collectively for wages and working conditions through representatives of their own choosing.
To engage in other protected concerted activities with or without a union, which are usually group activities (two or more employees acting together) attempting to improve working conditions, such as wages and benefits.
To refrain from any of these activities. (However a union and employer may, in a State where such agreements are permitted, enter into a lawful union-security clause

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Wall Street Journal Says

From The Walls Street Journal, Money & Investing Dec.28,2006 C1,C9

Up for Review: 401(k) Industry


AMERICANS’ 401(K) retirement plans are starting to face scrutiny—of a kind that previously helped to reshape the mutual-fund business and many practices on Wall Street.

In recent months, a series of lawsuits has raised questions that longstanding business practices in the industry may represent illegal forms of collusion. In the past few weeks, Congressional Democrats—after winning the majority in November for the first time in years—are calling for hearings into whether current laws do enough to protect 401(k) investors. A November report by the Congressional Government Accountability Office
said some practices may not be in the best interest” of investors,

At the same time, the summer’s landmark pension-reform law is encouraging employers to take a more active and even paternal role in their employees’ 401(k) plans by offering in-depth investment advice and other tools designed to encourage people to save. Previously, companies were discouraged from taking
these steps for fear of being sued should the Investments go wrong.

As a result of these forces, 401(k) plans could receive their most significant overhaul since coming into existence a quarter-century ago. Fees to investors could be reduced, and companies could be forced to do a better job ensuring investors receive the most bang for their retirement dollar.

Since being created in 1981 as a way to sock away dollars tax-free for retirement, 401(k)s have supplanted traditional pension funds as the primary way most Americans save for retirement.
Some 47 million participants have $2 trillion in money invested in the plans.

Critics increasingly are complaining about poorly disclosed financial arrangements—known as “pay-to-play” deals—that not only have the potential to influence which investment options are offered in a given plan, but also have the potential to drive up fees charged to investors.

The pressure for change is occurring at every level of a complex industry: Employers have a legal obligation to run a plan in the best interest of its participants. The money manager has responsibility for the investments, but other companies might have a separate role in keeping investor records and holding the actual securities being bought and sold in the plan. On top of that, sometimes there are outside brokers or consultants paid to help decide which investments go into a plan.

That complexity can breed problems, experts say. ~”Unfortunately there are [employer] fiduciaries who fell asleep at the switch; there are brokers who will charge excessively high fees; … and there are plan providers who support all this,” says Fred Reish, a Los Angeles attorney specializing in retirement-plan law. “This is all one big ball of wax.’

The most direct attack on 401(k) plans and similar retirement plans for government employees and teachers called 457 plans and 403(b) plans—has come in the courts. Several lawsuits allege that common place business arrangements between some of the parties are actually illegal.

For example, some mutual-fund companies that run retirement plans will take a portion of the money they collect from investors and use it to pay consultants, who, in turn recommend which funds are included in a retirement plan. Because some consultants recommend only those fund companies that make such payments, these deals have been dubbed pay-to-play arrangements.

Critics say it can result in participants being offered sub-par investments or worse. In November, a lawsuit was filed against Nationwide Financial Services Inc. on behalf of participants in the retirement plan it runs for the Orange County, Fla, sheriff’s office. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, alleges that, unbe-
knownst to the plan’s investors, money from some of these arrangements paid for meals, trips and entertainment.

Nationwide denies the allegations and says it will fight the suit.

A second common practice alleged to be improper is that big 401(k) plans often will use the same class of mutual-fund shares that small, individual investors use-even though lower-fee classes of those shares are often available to big investors like these. In addition, certain fees (such as those for record-keeping) are assessed as a flat percentage of assets, which means as an investor’s savings grows, more money is being collected from them even though no additional services are provided.

The most recent such suit was filed this month against Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest retirement-plan manager. The case, filed in U.S: District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, argued that Fidelity charged “unreasonable and excessive” fees anti had hidden arrangements that misused participants money.

Fidelity says it will fight the lawsuit and fees its charges are reasonable.

In mid-September, a St. Louis law firm, Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP, that specializes mainly in personal-in-jury cases~ kicked off the recent state of suits when it filed in federal court a series of cases (including the Fidelity suit) alleging that the 401(k) retirement plans of some of the country’s biggest employers misled and overcharged in-

Jerome Schlichter, the attorney over-seeing these cases, argues that employers and the> companies that run 401(k) plans are failing to live up to a basic legal responsi~i1ity: ensuring that their fees are reasonable. “The fees are not being disclosed, and if you don’t know what fees are ~being charged, you can’t know if the fees are reasonable.”

Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress, armed with the Government Accountability Office study, are looking at revisiting laws governing oversight of the plans. While the scope of the hearings haven’t been decided—much less what any outcome might potentially be the
stepped-up interest by politicians is further stirring the pot.

The GAO, in a recent report commissioned by George Miller (D., Calif.) said current rules result in “piecemeal” disclosure and that investors aren’t given information that would help them determine if they were getting a good deal. The GAO also warned against some of the same practices targeted by the lawsuits, saying they may hide conflicts of interest.

The GAO also said the Labor Department, which is responsible for regulating 401(k) plans, hasn’t been collecting the kind of information on the plans that it needs to do the job.

Not all changes may come at the barrel of a gun. Laws passed by Congress this summer make it easier for employers to automatically enroll workers in 401(k) plans, increase their savings rates and automatically place them in appropriate stock and bond-fund investments. These new laws lessen the risk to employers for taking these steps on a worker’s behalf.

That is a big change from a few years ago. “It used to be that employers would say, ‘We have this 401(k) plan with a great matching program—now you guys go manage this on your own,’ “says Tern Fox, who oversees the 401(k) plan at Texas Instruments. “The pendulum has swung.”

Thursday, January 11, 2007

County doctors hope to unionize

January 9, 2007
BY LORI RACKL Health Reporter
Nearly 600 doctors in the Cook County health system will announce today their plan to form a union -- a move they hope will give them a stronger voice as county officials prepare to wield the budget ax.

Representatives for physicians at Stroger Hospital, Cook County Jail and a network of county health clinics filed petitions Friday with the Illinois Labor Relations Board. The doctors want to join a local chapter of the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, the nation's largest health care workers union.

"There are significant changes headed for our workplace, and we have no collective voice," said Dr. Peter Orris, a Stroger Hospital physician and member of the organizing committee.

Bugsy Says ...

Vote teamsters, we will fight for a decent pension. Vote teamsters, we will fight for retired medical benefits. Vote teamsters, we will fight for full coverage medical benefits for all part time employee’s and their families .Vote teamsters, guarantee your seniority and stop favoritism, Vote teamsters, and we will spell out a contract. In addition, not have a handbook that later on, lets management make up rules on a day-to-day bases, that benefits each terminal .Vote teamsters and we will fight for longer medical leave of absents and not be terminated in a year. Be wise and organize. Listen to both sides. Management and Teamsters, you compare.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Message To X-Man

Well X man what do you say about the blog by irudedog? Communism?! your management at fontana claims we will take freedom away.Your early dispatch,and late dispatch claims it will happen,& that socialism will occur!educate them right R.F! We will not control lifestyle,but guide them correctly,to labor rights. Look at our brothers and sisters from the head down, not from the neck down, like your management does!united we beg,united we stand,and freedom we stand teamsters!!!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Be Wise Organize in 2007

Well it looks like another anti-union meeting was held in Whittier again. With four managers and a regional manager, telling their reasons why they don't want the Union here. But when asked about a local driver who is in his 60's and can't afford to retire because his penison is not enough( with no benefits also!), to live on. Not one manager had a response! Even one of the managers in that meeting has mentioned before that the Union has a "BETTER PENSION" than we have here! Be Wise And Organize! Get to a organizing meeting and get educated.

Monday, January 1, 2007

You Compare !

Express Employees Get 1% Raises while FedEx Officers Get 3.5% Raise

Although the admission by FedEx in its annual report that it has received a subpoena from the Dept. of Justice in its investigation into price fixing in the admission of fuel surcharges has made the headlines, the company also filed a quarterly report (Form 8-K) with the SEC that laid out the pay and bonuses for the 5 highest executive officers.

The money quote is: “Each named executive officer’s annual base salary was increased by 3.5%.” But of course, the galling compensation package doesn’t stop with just salary.

For example, let’s look at Fred Smith’s basic package - but remember this doesn’t include stock options or other pay that are disclosed in the annual proxy:
Annual Salary = $1,399,848 (with his 3.5% raise)
Annual Bonus = $2,679,147
Incentive Bonus = $3,375,000
2006 SALARY PLUS BONUS = $7,453,995

Continue reading for information on the pay and bonus packages for David Bronczek, Alan Graf, Dan Sullivan and T. Michael Glenn.

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MedStar Workers Say Yes to Teamsters

MedStar Workers Say Yes to Teamsters

December 28, 2006

On December 21, MedStar workers voted in favor of joining Local 714 in Berwyn, Illinois.

“This is a great victory for the MedStar workers and the Teamsters,” said Aubrey Smith, Local 714 Business Representative. “The vote proves that this group is ready to stand up to their employers and get some changes made.”

There are 139 new Teamster members at MedStar in Bellwood, Illinois, including drivers, dispatchers, mechanics, attendants, billers and trainers. They approached the Teamsters in October after MedStar management took away all personal days.

“Local 714 is very happy to welcome the new members,” Smith said. “The MedStar workers needed a strong voice. Now that they are Teamsters, they have one.