Thursday, May 30, 2019

Trump's Trickle Down Tax Cut Has Arrived: Worker Bonuses Up a Penny!

The numbers are in: the American worker got an average bonus increase of one cent  in 2018.
“Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employer Costs for Employee Compensation gives us a chance to look at workers’ bonuses in 2017 and 2018, to gauge the impact of the GOP’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Last year, our analysis showed that bonuses rose by $0.02 between December 2017 and September 2018 (all calculations in this analysis are inflation-adjusted). The new data show that bonuses actually fell $0.22 between December 2017 and December 2018 and the average bonus for 2018 was just $0.01 higher than in 2017.”
The Westin
In addition, the tax cuts are starving the US of tax revenue. Last week, the Treasury Department announced that the US could default on its debt if the debt ceiling isn’t raised in the summer.
But the tax cuts have been a boon to corporations, as they engage in a fury of stock buybacks which serve to enrich corporate investors and virtually no one else.
For more on this development and the full report by the Economic Policy Institute, visit its website here.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Are We Really Busy?

We drivers at SBO are really wondering if we are really "that busy" here?Dispatch sent out a text asking if three drivers would like to take off on Wednesday ?

Let us know what's happen at your Service Centers.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Seven Of The Ten Deadliest States For Workers Have ‘Right To Work’ Laws

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) tracks workplace fatalities each year.
Not surprisingly, the states with anti-union ‘right to work” laws fare the worst.
Below are the ten states with the most workplace deaths, with the death rate per 100,000 workers listed as well. “Right to work” states are in bold.
Alaska (10.2)
Arkansas (6.1)
Louisiana (6.3)
Mississippi (6.2)
The Westin
Montana (6.9)
North Dakota (10.1)
South Dakota (7.3)
Vermont (7.0)
West Virginia (7.4)*
Wyoming (7.7)
*The WV “right to work” law was passed in 2016 and upheld by the state Supreme Court. A lower court overturned parts of the law again this year but the state Supreme Court ordered a stay of that decision. 
For the the full list of states, visit the BLS page here.

Trump Just Attacked Labor Again – His Target This Time Is The Firefighters Union

President Donald Trump loves to profess his love for the American worker. It’s all he talked about, other than about Hillary, during his presidential campaign.
But time and time again, Trump has shown his true colors by giving billions to his rich buddies while lashing out at the labor movement.
His latest attack happened today as he took to Twitter – not surprisingly, it happened a few hours after the International Association of Fire Fighters endorsed Joe Biden.
The Westin
Trump has been obsessed about union dues lately. In March, he (bizarrely, confusingly, and embarrassingly) blamed union dues for GM’s decision to lay off thousands of people.
He seems to forget that running a union, engaging in collective bargaining, maintaining a strike fund, and so on does cost money. And that money comes from dues. For reasons beyond many, Trump seems bewildered by this concept.
Read his other tweet from this morning and ask yourself if this sounds like a president who is in touch with reality of how unions, or any membership organizations for that matter, operate.