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
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(908) 421-1422
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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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Women’s March

Hello all:

We had a great time at the 2018 Women’s March in Morristown, NJ demonstrating with 15,000 fellow protesters in support of women’s rights.

A variety of leaders spoke including Saily Avelenda – leader of NJ 11th for Change, Liz Abzug, daughter of feminist icon Bella Abzug, Governor Phil Murphy, NJ Democratic Vice Chair and labor leader Lizette Delgado, and Mikie Sherill, who is running for Congress in the 11th district. The speakers elaborated on the need to fight against the Trump administration and the pervasive spirit of bigotry and hate that it has spurred.

AWA fully supports equal pay for equal work for all people as well as the strict enforcement of EEOC anti-discrimination and sexual harassment prevention measures that make the workplace equal for all.

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It was a great to march among allies for women’s rights, civil rights, labor leaders, Democratic officials, and Berniecrats, among others.

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The Latino Action Network’s legislative conference is going to be held February 3rd, 2018 at the Robert Treat Hotel from 8am to 4pm. A panel on workers’ rights is scheduled to be held during the conference. This will be a great opportunity to network, learn more about the issues facing the Hispanic community, and connect with allies. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman is confirmed to speak along with other progressive leaders in New Jersey. It is free for all to attend. Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-action-networks-2018-annual-legislative-conference-tickets-36906443165

In addition, the anti-Trump group Forward Not Back is holding a forum on economic issues on February 7th in Highland Park, NJ. State Senator Patrick Diegnan, along with Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblyman Rob Karabinchak, Jon Whiten, Vice President of prominent think tank New Jersey Policy Perspective will be the featured speakers.

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Please attend. We seek to have a strong presence in order to promote our organization.

In terms of formal business, we have formally been incorporated in New Jersey. This is a great step forward as we seek to establish ourselves as leaders in the struggle for workers’ rights.

We are growing steadily as we build relationships with organizations and plan our strategy to address inequalities in the workplace, especially for temp workers. We are building a database we plan on featuring prominently on our website. Any suggestions that would help struggling workers would be appreciated.

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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Meeting and Women’s March

Hello everyone,

Great news! Our organization is growing steadily with new meeting attendees and new people taking leadership positions!

We had a very productive discussion at our meeting this past Sunday, with attendees who hail from many different backgrounds, some of whom joined us via video conference.

Sam Rigotti was introduced to the group. He has an extensive background in professional development and has offered to help us raise funds to further our cause.

Now that New Jersey has a new Governor who is advocating for a progressive agenda, we have an opportunity to help existing organizations pass said agenda, with highest priority being to institute a $15/hour minimum wage.

We also discussed AWA’s initiative to organize temporary workers who operate in white collar environments and the ways in which we will go about that. Along with compiling a database to provide an array of resources to workers, our methods will include innovative uses of social media. This marks a departure from similar organizations who also advocate for economic justice, though we do plan to seek partnerships with them on common goals.

This past Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we volunteered at a Veterans’ nursing home as part of Governor Murphy’s inauguration.

We plan on participating in the one year anniversary of the Women’s March this Saturday, January 20th in Morristown, NJ at 200 South St. Please let me know if you can join us.

In addition, the Latino Action Network’s legislative conference will be a great opportunity to connect with allies. A panel on workers’ rights is scheduled to be held during the conference. Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-action-networks-2018-annual-legislative-conference-tickets-36906443165

We look forward to seeing you there!

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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2018

Hello everyone:

We end 2017 eager for the coming fight to advance rights in the workplace in 2018.

While our allies in the Resistance have accomplished a great deal by halting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, significant losses occurred in the last few weeks with the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality and the passage of the tax reform bill. These actions increase inequality and directly harm the middle class. While these steps backward are quite unfortunate, we have much to be hopeful for in the coming weeks.

New Jersey will have a new Governor on January 16th
who has publicly committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and divesting the state from Wall Street by creating a public bank. Our allies in the Fight for 15 movement plan to launch an aggressive campaign soon which we will support.

Regarding our next steps: at our first meeting, we resolved to develop a strategy to help temporary and part-time workers. Toward that end, we are creating a compendium of resources to assist those in need which include experts on existing labor laws and lawyers who can assist in any arising litigation. We are also seeking to organize employees to help each other. Please reach out if you can help. You will make a difference in doing so!

Our next meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2018 from 5-7pm at 7 Silvester Ct. East Brunswick, NJ 08816. It is a private residence where parking is ample. Refreshments will be provided.

We will be discussing our most recent efforts in helping workers, growing our organization, and advocacy.

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/387624648340564/

For those who cannot attend in-person, a video conference link will be provided.

On February 3rd, the Latino Action Network is holding its legislative conference in the Robert Treat Hotel to discuss many of the pressing issues facing the Latino community, which include many that we are in agreement on. Having a good show there, would help promote AWA.

The link to sign up is here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latino-action-networks-2018-annual-legislative-conference-tickets-36906443165

Our new website is almost finished! Please check it out here!

http://americanworkforce-net.stackstaging.com

Our organization is off to a good start, but we need your help. While progress is being made, our enemies are eager to press their luck before it runs out.

Please consider donating $50 to help us cover the costs of public outreach to:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/awa

We also need volunteers to help grow our efforts. Please reply to this email if you’re interested in helping. With your help, we are stronger.

We are deeply grateful for your support. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Happy New Year!

Take care,

Dan

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

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