Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you guys for deciding to take classes in Los Angeles Technical Trade College, and taking advantage of a great education in Labor Laws, hopefully some of you will complete and get your bachelor degree and encourage others at FedEx to join us.
With the education we get at L.A.T.T.C , we could understand the truth about unionism and show others and educate them, that there is no lies about being involve in unions, that unions are about teaching Labor Rights and Collective Bargaining, and not relied on rumors and internet facts from Corporate.

Anonymous said...

While business administration graduate training programs provide students with an abundance of managerial knowledge and skills, few graduate students have an understanding of the nature of unions and the collective bargaining process. For the most, part students that enter Master’s of Business Administration training programs only have a cursory understanding of unions and the collective bargaining process, even though it is likely many will find themselves in critical situations where they will need to utilize managerial skills to address union related concerns and issues. In many cases, an increased awareness of the union perspective can make all the difference in securing collective bargaining agreements which equally benefit both union and management goals. Recognizing this need, business representatives from Teamsters Local Union 926, Alex Keddie of Keddie Associates, and Carnegie Mellon’s Professor of Business Administration’s Dr. Rich Young have joined forces to provide graduate level business students with a simulated training activity designed to enhance their awareness of the role of unions in the collective bargaining process. One goal of this Teamster Local Union 926 training activity is to improve the preparation of business managers with regard to increasing their understanding of union issues. However, the primary goal is to help future managers gain a more accurate perception of unions. Because managerial graduate students often tend to have erroneous, stereotypical views of unions, Teamsters Local Union 926 strives to help these student understand that "unions" are comprised of "good, hard-working human beings" who desire nothing more than to improve the quality of living for their families and society as a whole.

Anonymous said...

All too often, the level of instruction that students in business training programs receive about the collective bargaining process is through human resource textbooks that only provide a management perspective. As a result, most students fail to gain an understanding of the labor perspective, leaving many with the impression that unions represent a "barrier" that stands in the way of profitability. Seeing a need to inform future managers about the collective bargaining process, members of Teamsters Local 688 conduct realistic negotiation activities that gives students a firsthand look at the American labor movement in "action" and is accomplished in a way that ensures that their first experience in working with a union had been a positive one.

The need to present a labor perspective to college students in management training grows in importance when considering the impact of future global economies. At Saint Louis University, for example, students representing all parts of the world are taking classes, some whose countries are still in the beginning stages with regard to economic development and growth of a labor movement. Local 688 believes there is a need for these students to better understand the dynamic relationship between profits, productivity, and worker’s rights, helping them to understand the importance of fostering collaborative, instead of adversarial, relationships with labor. Also, for students from developing countries who will one day be doing business in the U.S., it is equally important that they too gain a better understanding of the American labor movement and how it can impact business relations. Currently, nearly half of the hundreds of students who have participated in project activities in the past sixteen years have represented various cultural and linguistically diverse populations, both domestic and foreign.

Anonymous said...

As more and more students decide to attend postsecondary education and training upon completing their high school education, Teamster families are increasingly faced with the challenge of planning and financing their child's education. Admissions policies, application deadlines, preparing for national testing programs (e.g., Scholastic Aptitude Test) are all examples of issues that both students and their parents need to be informed about in order to achieve their postsecondary education goals. A growing problem, however, is that many Teamster families are unaware of the planning that is necessary for their children to enter postsecondary programs, including information about the many resources available to them to aid in the decision making process. For example, many students and parents are unaware of the resources available to them through high school counseling and advisement programs and need to acquire the necessary skills to access these programs in order to obtain the information needed to successfully complete the application process.

In addition, a number of students of Teamster families who decide not to pursue a postsecondary education may be uncertain about their postschool goals and need to have information about other options that are available to them. In these cases, students need to have information that will help guide them in exploring career options that do not require a postsecondary education degree. For these students, career planning information is needed to enable them to explore other training options and develop employability skills that will help them to find and secure jobs that will provide them with a high quality standard of living. As requirements in the workplace become more complex, Local 63 believes that both students and parents need to obtain information that will enable them to assess their personal and career goals and prepare for the future. Not only do these activities help to ensure that students are provided with an opportunity to find a good paying job, they also enhance and support the Local's mission to "promote organized labor to retain its strong position in the American economy." As part of their mission, Local 63 seeks to provide students with career planning options in industries and occupations in which union contracts exist.

Anonymous said...

The Results

According to Mr. Rendon, a number of students have benefited from the Educational and Career Development project. For example, Brian was a student who was indecisive about a career and decided to work part-time for United Parcel Service where he gained experience working under a union contract. After discussing his career options, he eventually decided to pursue a career in a management field where he now supervises many workers. Brian indicated that his experience with Local 63 not only positively influenced his career choice, but also helped him to develop a management style that is based on an appreciation and respect for working families. Goal clarification activities were used for another student, Jennifer, who eventually decided to enter the workforce instead of pursuing a postsecondary degree. In seeking a job, Jennifer would only consider employment that offered the security and protection of a union contract. As a result of her persistence, Jennifer succeeded in securing a job under a contract with the Culinary Workers Union. Finally, Christy is a student who participated in educational assistance workshops with her parents. Using the information she obtained from the Educational and Career Development workshops, along with guidance of her parents, Christy recently completed her Associates Degree at a local community college and plans to continue her study at Arizona State University to achieve her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

In addition to the benefits provided to students, the Educational and Career Development project has gained strong support from Teamster families. According to Mr. Rendon, many family members are simply "overwhelmed" by the many forms and deadlines associated with entry into postsecondary education programs. As a result, many find it helpful when someone is able to help them "walk through" this process and gain a better understanding of all the required steps and the timeline in which requirements need to be met. As observed by Mr. Rendon, "With a better understanding of the processes, the members feel empowered to better guide their children."

Anonymous said...

At Whittier the QA for the AM shift follows me around and harrasses me. He doesn't help me when I call him over to my trailer and freight is all over the floor. First he screams at me "what did you do?" Then he just tells me to enter an exception and then takes a picture then he stands outside my trailer talking with supervisors as they watch me pick my freight up and when i call him on the intercom he is always inside the office never walking around and he never helps other people also.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the education at L.A.T.T.C was helpful in understanding unionism, some of you guys had the pleasure to meeting union lawyers and corporate lawyers, and I must say that the corporate lawyers gave us some helpful tips of what to expect from companies trying to prevent us from organizing.
Use all your education giving to you and teach others the truth, when corporate display misinformation about the Teamsters, take your time and read the posted information and take notes of what it’s telling your co-workers, go home and research the truth and print the facts from your text books or use your internet education programs, and hand your co-workers your comparison about the true facts.
Remember knowledge is power, get educated, also get involve in politics, familiarize your self with your local politician, state and federal, politics is also a great tool for organizing, political people can always give you good tips on Labor Rights, and what laws to use, knowing your laws is also power!!

Anonymous said...

Education Department

Local 237's Education Department/Education Fund provides a wide variety of education programs for Citywide and Housing Division members of Local 237. The Department strives to equip our members with the skills they need to meet the challenges of the ever-changing and increasingly technologically-advanced workplace. These skills will qualify members for promotional titles and new job opportunities.

The Department is constantly working to find new education opportunities for members that result in public certification of skills and abilities. In addition, the Department has broadened its scope to include educational activities that enable members to advance their careers even beyond those titles represented by Local 237. We have been instrumental in creating sensitive and relevant adult college degree programs for our members with several divisions of the City University of New York. These include an evening college B.A. program through the City College of New York and an M.A. program in Public Administration through Brooklyn College, geared to careers in New York City government.

The Education Department provides college counseling for degree selections, but does not provide tuition assistance for courses members may take.

Anonymous said...

John Edwards 1,456,000 Obama 9000
As far as union endorsements go, Edwards has two of the largest union endorsements so far. Edwards is supported by 1,456,000 union members, Obama is supported by just 9,000.

The United Steelworkers is the largest industrial union in North America, with 850,000 members and retirees in the metals, mining, rubber, paper, oil refining, chemicals and service industries, and the mine workers claimed more than 86,000 members on its 2006 Labor Department disclosure forms, according to The Associated Press.

Edwards already has received an endorsement from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, representing more than 520,000 members from all political affiliations, today endorsed Senator John Edwards for president.

Anonymous said...

Although I do sympathize with the managers, and consider the current practices of the corporate elite to be both greedy and corrupt, I can't help thinking that defined benefit pension plans will soon be a thing of the past. To me that just underscores the importance of Social Security and a National Health program.

Private corporations are not immortal. Their retirees can easily outlive their period of market dominance. Whatever funds are now put aside for the pension plan should be placed in the account of the employees.

I do not think that people are more vulnerable if their retirement dollars are invested in the broad market vs. the narrow market of one company - their employer.

We really need to organize now before it's to late!!!

Anonymous said...

Early Termination


Letting someone go before their stated date of resignation is firing a person. Even if the person gives notice of a resignation, he/she hasn't left yet. The employer is issuing a preemptive strike. If you feel that this came about because of your complaints, it could be a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. You and your coworkers have the right to talk with an employer about a term an
d condition of the job. If the employer takes punitive action against you, such as firing you, it could be seen as a violation of that right.
Fedex has the habit of letting you go before your resignation notice, because of union involvement in past!!!

Anonymous said...

If you haven't noticed Fedex Freight in Southern California is trying to downsize and with their new service center in Devore opening up they are trying to get rid of employees who have been with Fedex for 10 years and up. This is being done so that Fedex can avoid giving pensions and save some money because saving money is whats important to this corporation. They want to eliminate benefits and lower wages to have a workforce of all part time employees. They view us employees as meat in a seat(drivers) and meat on a pallet jack (dockworkers). Propaganda boards are up all over the service centers which promote the fact that a dock worker can become a service center manager which is just not true, just look at the veteran full time dockworkers which have been with the company for over 15 plus years. It is ridiculous that these employees have received zero opportunity when Russ Fleck and Andy Lessin promote employees who have only been with the Fedex Freight for 3-6 months. It just goes to show you the service center managers in Southern Califonia have zero respect for their employees it is all about who buys lunch for a supervisor or who hangs out with the supervisors on the weekends. Typical favortism. This is a reason why we need to form a Union now.

Anonymous said...

I will have to agree that every year I have gotten some form of a raise with FedEx. They have been minimal to say the least ( .40-.60 cent raise. This comes about to around 2-2.5%. Now, generally, core inflation runs at around 3% a year so in reality every year we are making less and less money. Were making more money on paper but value wise we are making less. Throw in health insurance deductions rising every couple years and we aren't getting sh$t. To get a real "cost of living" raise we would have to get in the .60-.80 cent range. (this is assuming if your hourly and at top of the scale). i just have a problem with a 32 Billion dollar company skimping on paying their employees. They can certainly afford it. ( This is my view at least)Lets think Teamsters.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for Unions.

Thanks to unions, my father was able to come from Mexico as an undocumented migrant, work in a steel mill, and make enough (with the help of Democratic Party loan programs and scholarships) to put four children through college. Between the four of us, at the undergraduate and professional levels, we have four undergrad degrees from Stanford, one professional from Stanford, and two professional from Harvard.

And my parents couldn't have done it without unions, and government help.

That's why I'm a Democrat. I believe that, in the right hands, government can accomplish great things.

Anonymous said...

Often are fighting on positions that greatly help out non-unionized workers, especially professionals and they are not even getting any damn dues for it!

Absolutely we need labor front and center of the Progressive movement, on so many issues they are the voice for working America.

Anonymous said...

Maybe I'm old...
I'm always willing to welcome the Teamsters into the Big Tent. Especially when they're fighting for labor.