Progress And Our Meeting Next Week

These workers need the help of an organization like AWA to deal with the multitude of issues that arise in the workplace every day but go unaddressed for fear of reprisal. Isolation creates fear. But there is courage and strength in numbers. 

Hello All! 

I hope everything has turned out alright for those of you who were affected by the blizzard. 

AWA continues to build alliances and increase our following. We have continued our efforts to create a resource center for workers who do not have the benefit of unions. These workers need the help of an organization like AWA to deal with the multitude of issues that arise in the workplace every day but go unaddressed for fear of reprisal. Isolation creates fear. But there is courage and strength in numbers. 

Our next meeting is Sunday, March 18th from 5-7 pm at 7 Silvester Ct., East Brunswick, NJ 08816. It is a private residence where parking is ample. Refreshments will be provided.

We would love to see you there! If you can attend please RSVP here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/200794470511669/

As always, for those who cannot attend in-person, an audio-video conference is available.  Please see below.

https://zoom.us/j/41/6885357

The link will also be available on the Facebook.

IN OTHER NEWS:

While the national jobs report was surprisingly good this month, wages continue to grow far too slowly. The jobs report is problematic because it doesn’t take into account those who are underemployed and those who have stopped looking for jobs, thus artificially lowering the true unemployment rate. Wages continue to have little correlation with the stock market, which is dangerously high. 

This week, International Women’s Day was a reminder of the strength of women everywhere. While some have sought to obscure this holiday, its popularity in recent years has soared as we have been reminded that it is to commemorate the leadership roles women have taken in the labor movement.

In West Virginia, teachers in all 55 counties of the state were recently on strike for nine days in protest of their wages, which have not been increased in years. It was notable because it was directed in large part by its rank and file members versus the state leadership. 

The strike ended when the legislature agreed to raise their wages by 5%. This is a great victory in a state which has become increasingly conservative and anti-union in recent years and thus difficult for unions to operate. It shows how the power of an organized workforce, united in the fight for better conditions, can be an effective model for change. This victory has already inspired teachers in Oklahoma and Arizona.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon, 

Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
2 R
Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1
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Reclaim Our Liberty

This past weekend, AWA went to a a labor rally in New York City held by the AFL-CIO’s New York City Central Labor Council. This rally comes ahead of the oral arguments going before the Supreme Court in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Greetings!

This past weekend, AWA went to a a labor rally in New York City held by the AFL-CIO’s New York City Central Labor Council. This rally comes ahead of the oral arguments going before the Supreme Court in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

The issue is whether public employees in a unionized workplace are required to pay the fees that go toward bargaining on their behalf, even if they are not union members. These dues help provide the resources necessary to benefit union members, separate from political action. These non-union employees violate the collective freedom of speech of those who choose to join a union. This has been the Supreme Court’s position since 1977.

At the rally we heard from a number of labor leaders covering workers in local and state government, telecommunications, construction, painters, teachers, and college professors and staff in AFSCME, CWA, SEIU, RWDSU, the AFT, the IUPAT Painters, Jobs with Justice, and many others. They all spoke about the need to reclaim our liberty to associate freely from those seeking to infringe on it.

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In addition, we heard from Troy Walcott, a leader of the IBEW Local 3, whose members have been on strike for 11 months against the cable provider Spectrum. The giant corporation is seeking to cut the health benefits of its employees, despite generating billions of dollars in profit and granting a raise to their CEO recently. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also spoke as to how unions not only benefit their members but the general public as well.

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When union membership was at its highest, companies gave their employees generous salaries and benefits to offset the threat of their respective corporations becoming unionized. Thus everyone benefited.

The opposition to labor unions is funded by the same special interest groups that do not believe in paying a living wage, providing health benefits, or enforcing laws to combat racism and sexism.  They believe that corporate profit is important above all else, at the expense of the well-being of workers, product quality, and protecting the environment. There is little in place to check their belief and their actions towards this end.


IN OTHERS NEWS:

NEW- BRUNSWICK- United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) organized a protest on the Rutgers University campus demanding $15 an hour for student jobs on campus. Led by Mariah Wood, students and their allies including 15 NOW, New Labor, NJ Working Families, the NAACP, the NJ Work Environment Council, and others, marched in the streets of New Brunswick demanding this wage increase.

The situation is dire as a growing number of students on campus cannot afford food. Many are resorting to food pantries to get by, but the food pantries in New Brunswick are strained to keep up with the capacity. It is public knowledge that Rutgers has $700 million in reserves that could easily go toward raising students’ wages.

WASHINGTON- A union made up of political campaign staffers named the Campaign Workers Guild (CWG) had its first public call last night. They are planning to organize campaign staffers who often work under intense conditions to elect officials who will make the world a better place. The CWG had its first public victory recently when the staff of Randy Bryce, the labor leader running for Congress against Paul Ryan, was formally recognized as a union. This is a great step forward in providing better working conditions.

The CWG, similar to AWA, is seeking new models to assist 1099 contract workers who are not eligible under existing labor law to be recognized into a formal union. This is just one of the major reasons that labor law needs to be fundamentally transformed in the United States. However, this is not going happen under the existing conditions. We need to be at the forefront of organizing the communities that will take the lead in this fight.

To do so we need your help! Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in becoming a part of AWA or supporting our efforts. We seek to empower individuals who can improve their skills while helping us grow.

Take care,


Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
2 R
Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1
Americanworkforce.net

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February Meeting

We had a productive meeting this past Sunday discussing the progress we have made. New members took part in an engaging discussion and some called in via video conference.

Hello everyone:

We had a productive meeting this past Sunday discussing the progress we have made. New members took part in an engaging discussion and some called in via video conference.

While moving ahead to formally establish ourselves will take time, we planned ways to benefit workers and roll out formal membership and benefits. We also discussed the advances we have made including updating our website and the growth of our listserv.

In addition, Sam Rigotti, who has joined our Board of Trustees, laid out a comprehensive fundraising plan for AWA to begin securing funding.

It was also announced that Roberto Sayers has agreed to join our Board of Trustees. Roberto is the Executive Secretary of CWA 1033 and was the Democratic candidate for council in South Plainfield last year.

I’m also happy to introduce Sayda Tuanama as our new Field Director. Sayda is a Peruvian American who has 22 years of experience with labor union SEIU 1199 as a Senior Lead Organizer. She has worked primarily in New York and New Jersey to mobilize workers and advocate for economic justice. She studied Civil Rights at the University of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in Peru.

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This Saturday, February 24th, the AFL-CIO is holding a rally in New York City to support workers’ rights and unions as a whole. Increasing union membership is a proven way to raise economic standards.

AWA plans to go to the New York City rally from 11am to 1 pm in Foley Square, at 111 Worth St., New York, NY 10013. We hope you will join us, we’d love to have a great AWA showing there! We want to meet at the front door of Newark Penn Station at 10:15 am.

Please let us know if you can attend.

IN OTHERS NEWS:

A North Carolina judge has ordered Uber to name the drivers eligible to join a multi-state class action lawsuit alleging the company falsely classified employees as independent contractors. This is a great step forward for those fighting for economic justice.

Take care,

 

Dan

Daniel L. Ulloa
President
American Workforce Association
22 Carpenter Terrace N.
2 R
Belleville, NJ 07019
American.workforce1@gmail.com
(908) 421-1422
@American_Work1

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