Saturday, December 21, 2013

Believe this !


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

 GCC/IBT LOCAL 140-N, RECORDING SECRETARY, EDWARD PADGETT
Look at what I found on the Teamster Newspaper, Magazine Electronic Media website.

This photo along with the photo of Gerald Leavenworth were taken in West Covina at Local 63 for the Teamster "WHO WE ARE" publication. Gerald's (aka LEVI) photos was ultimately used to highlight the shops and industries represented by the Graphic Communications Conference section of the infoguide.


Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Local 140n news


                      LOCAL 140N    News Flash

This is just a reminder. This is just a few things we can do to protect ourselves.

1.    Do your (SOPS) standard operating procedures

2.    Ask for representations every time management wants to talk to you. If they say no tell your Rep. and do what you are asked

3.    Keep your own records (web breaks and what units they are on)

4.    Always Hang Rolls With A Partner, NEVER HANG ROLLS ALONE!

5.    Work steady don’t hurry

6.    Work safe

7.    Come to meetings


These are a couple labor charges we have filed

#1 failed to comply with camera info request

#2 Vacation being counted as a sick day


Please do not sign any petition unless you fully understand what you are signing. Tell your Rep.


Really! Here is some of the consequences of a decertification .

#1 Loss of vacation time

#2 loss of hours of work (29 hours or less ) means Obama care (ACA affordable care act)

#3 loss of pay

#4 loss of sick days

Who knows else ? protect your selves now !

Unity mean strength and a way and means to do just that

Wednesday, October 09, 2013



L.A. TIMES ATTORNEYS APPEAL TO DISTRICT COURT AND GET THEIR TEARS AND OUR FAVORABLE ARBITRATION DECISION WIPED AWAY! 

Company Attorney, Jason Mills told Arbitrator, Linda Klibanow that they didn't even know why we filed this grievance because Supervisors NEVER do our work. Company witnesses then proceeded to inform Arbitrator, Klibanow how on occasions they do indeed perform our work. TWO EMPLOYEE/COMPANY SUPPORTERS LIED ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY ALSO SAYING THAT SUPERVISORS DON'T DO OUR WORK, (SCUMBAGS!) Other company witnesses continued to give examples of when Supervisors were performing BU work, and by the time we were finished, the Company was stating that they have the right under the CBA. 

So, if what attorney, Jason Mills eluded to was true about supervisors NOT doing our work.....
THEN WHY IN THE HELL DID HE APPEAL THE DECISION! 

CROOKS, THIEVES AND LIARS ARE WHO WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH WHEN ATTEMPTING TO RESOLVE OUR ISSUES! 

Buyouts offered at the Los Angeles Times

Buyouts offered to workers at LA Times printing facility




The printing facility for The Los Angeles Times in downtown L.A.
Employees at the Los Angeles Times printing facility were offered buyouts, union officials confirmed to KPCC on Tuesday.
Ronnie Pineda, president of the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 140-N, said the buyouts could impact workers at the facility from printing press operators to color specialists who make sure the colors appear correctly in the newspaper.
It is unclear exactly how many workers qualify for the buyout. Edward Padgett, the union's recording secretary, estimated 73 people would qualify in the pressroom. He said the buyout offers up to 40 weeks of pay, with one week of pay per year of service.
click below for the rest of wendy's article:
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Blue Earth Digital Printing Employees Unanimously Ratify First Contract

Employees of  Blue Earth Digital Printing  located in Culver City, Ca. voted unanimously to ratify a first time contract that was negotiated on their behalf  by International Representative, Mike Huggins and Myself with Blue Earth Digital Printing Owner, Fernando Bonada. International Lead Organizer, Marty Keegan was available to answer questions during the process of meeting with the owner, Fernando and when meeting with the employees to answer questions.

This whole process with Blue Earth was unique from the very beginning for the simple fact that  the employer, Fernando, contacted our Union office in order to Organize his print shop. Fernando explained that if it weren't for Unions there would be no middle class. Fernando further stated that he was previously employed in a union shop as was his father and has seen how it helped his family growing up. 

Fernando's legacy continues because our new Brother, Sheldon Ferdinand,
 is his Son and works in the shop with his Dad. Family businesses are in need of protection from big corporations and companies that make it difficult for the mom and pop print shops of the past to make a profit or exist any longer for that matter. We have the opportunity to organize such shops and encourage our network of Union businesses to utilize our union print shops to create the work they seek.

Fernando, once being a Union member, understands the role unions have played in improving the lives of is members and wishes to bring the same benefits to his shop.
Please welcome them to our family and consider having your printing needs met by Blue Earth Digital Printing

(Left to Right)
International Organizer,  Marty Keegan, 
Gilbert Bonada
Sheldon Ferdinand Bonada
Vivian M. Escalante
Osmen Molina
Adan S. Ramirez
GCC/IBT Local 140~N President, Ronnie Pineda

Photo by Jorge Perez



Sunday, September 08, 2013

We must believe !

"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."                              
 Martin Luther King Jr.

There you go !

Pope Paul VI:
The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.

Friday, August 16, 2013

UNCLE RUSS WANTS YOU, to impeach me!

Sources informed me today that SVP of Operations and Home Delivery, Russ Newton is now attempting to "ENLIST" pressroom employees to remove me from my office as Local 140-N President. Is this a rumor? No, my source isn't management so it's definitely true.Why would Russ seek my removal from office other than to get rid of our Union as well.

Now why would he want to get rid of our Union?
Can you imagine how great he would look to whomever takes control of the L.A. Times when he tells them "I got rid of the Teamsters, now "I" can do whatever you want!"

He and his anti-union Pressroom cohorts, continue to fail in their efforts to expel our Union from the Times because I believe the remaining fulltime pressmen and presswomen know that these individuals are only on managements side simply to enhance their own position through perks from management for their willing participation against all of you Union members. We all know its true, these people have no shame or self respect and they have already proven to me and many others that they will bend over and lie for the company regardless of how it effects all of you in the shop. Pariahs are what I would view them as, hard working men and women such as yourselves call them more colorful names that we have all heard before.

Now ask yourself, what would Russ really do if I, and the Union were gone? 

Would you receive the same wages?
 Doubt it! You wouldn't even have the opportunity to discuss your worth!

Would you receive the same benefits?
Probably not due to a new Corporate America trend that is resulting from the implementation of Obamacare where employers are demoting employees from fulltime to part-time with less than 30 hours a week to avoid paying health benefits. Don't worry, I'm not giving them any  ideas they are already planning to do if Russ succeeds.

Believe me, the Union is the only protection we have from this company, its managers and the supervisors that do their bidding regardless of the fact that they too were once one of us! I know they fear for their jobs too but I cannot believe no one, even them, has the courage to say how they truly feel about how they are forced to treat all of you because of retribution from Russ!

I am not the one that needs to go, IT IS YOU RUSS, I HOPE CHICAGO HAS BEEN KEEPING SCORE BECAUSE YOU HAVE COST THEM MORE MONEY THAN I HAVE FIGHTING FOR THE EMPLOYEES INSTEAD OF AGAINST THEM. THE MONEY YOU HAVE WASTED FIGHTING US COULD HAVE BEEN USED TO INCREASE WAGES AND BENEFITS, IMPROVE SAFETY, AND IMPROVE WORKING CONDITIONS IN THE SHOP. INSTEAD YOU CHOSE TO MAKE THE LAWYERS RICHER  BY THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OR MORE JUST TO AVOID LOOKING WEAK AND NOT IN CHARGE, YOUR ACTIONS ARE THOSE OF A TYRANT AND YOU NEED TO GO, OR BE STOPPED! 

NEITHER I, NOR THIS UNION ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OF THE ACTIONS RESULTING FROM YOUR DECISIONS, THE UNION IS NOT TO BLAME FOR ALL OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE PERSONALLY CHOSE TO DO TO PRESSROOM EMPLOYEES OUT OF SHEER SPITE AND NO OTHER PLAUSIBLE REASON!  

DO FOR THE EMPLOYEES INSTEAD OF AGAINST THEM AND NEITHER I, NOR THIS UNION OF EMPLOYEES, WOULD EVEN BE NEEDED. 

GREED IS WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE TODAY! I REMEMBER YOU ALWAYS CLAIMING YOU DON'T RECEIVE BONUSES, MORE LIES! LIES TO THE TUNE OF OVER A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS OR $229,000.00 TO BE EXACT! THAT WAS IN ONE YEAR ALONE WHILE PRESSROOM EMPLOYEES WERE BEING LAID OFF WITHOUT SEVERANCE, HOW MUCH MORE HAVE YOU RECEIVED SINCE? CARE TO REVEAL THOSE FIGURES? YOU GET MORE FOR DOING LESS AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ACCEPT LESS BECAUSE YOU THINK WE DESERVE LESS! WHAT MAKES YOU MORE VALUABLE THAN THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ACTUALLY PRINT THE NEWSPAPER? LAYOFF HUNDREDS OF SKILLED LABORERS AND LINE YOUR OWN POCKET WITH THE SAVINGS! WITHOUT US, EVERYONE'S WORK AT THE TIMES IS FOR NAUGHT, INCLUDING YOURS, IF NOT ESPECIALLY YOURS! 

We, the Union, and I personally, have sought to have an amicable relationship with you for the benefit of the members but your continued actions that intentionally hurt our members and their families prevent that from happening. You claim you are just doing your job, but I truly believe you get pleasure from causing pain and sorrow; to me, that is just plain sick!

 I'll leave when the members decide its time for me to leave, NOT YOU!

Footnote:  For the record, this site is intended for Bargaining Unit members of the Los Angeles Times Pressroom. I choose for the site to remain public,while it is understood and I am aware that L.A. Times management in Los Angeles and Tribune legal counsel in Chicago visit MY site regularly for the sole purpose of gathering information to use against us. I stipulate, that this is "MY" site because this site is paid for solely by me, and is not funded by the union or Local 140-N.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

If at first you don't succeed, Try, Lie, again!

I've been informed by our attorney, Adam Stern that the company and their attorneys (yeah they have more than one) are appealing the recent favorable arbitrator's decision regarding our supervisor grievance. Company witnesses as well as management testified that supervisors do not do our work. If that is the case, then what is there to appeal? Management as well as their witnesses lied saying that supervisors did not do bargaining unit work , so what do they seek to overturn?
Supervisors should do their work,  we'll do ours and the Trainers should be training!  That's another arguement for another time! 
In Solidarity!
President Pineda

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

ATTN: Former L.A. Times Mailers - CCN may have a spot for you!

Packaging Machine Operator

Job ID 2013-25937Location US-CA-Irwindale
Category ProductionPosted Date 8/8/2013
More information about this job:
Overview:
To act as a Machine Operator of the Packaging Division of California Community News, with responsibility for the efficient operation of packaging equipment to ensure customers receive a complete and quality newspaper product and to contribute to the division’s efforts in attaining the goals and objectives of the Company.

Please fax resume to 626/472-5281 or email resume to recruiter@latimes.com
Please reference "Packaging Machine Operator" in the subject line.
Responsibilities:
To perform make-ready and set-up on the inserter and peripheral equipment that ensures production of a quality and complete package; ensures that the equipment is available and operating for the production run at the time scheduled and the automatic repair system is programmed with correct information, all parameters are set within guidelines to support the run.

To perform the duties of set-up and hopper feeding when assigned to the inserter which includes placing correct product in the insert hopper, maintaining a feeding pace that is sufficient to maintain an uninterrupted operation at the inserter and repairing missed or doubled inserts in an efficient manner.

To perform the required functions and duties when assigned to the palletizer line which include: properly moving tying equipment, changing strap, rethreading a strap break, changing, fixing minor jams, changing zone as needed, setting correct bundle size, programming and efficiently operating of Palletizer equipment, producing correct number of bundles as required, inspect the contents of the inserted package to ensure the package is complete and advertising and editorial products are being distributed to the zones requested. Also performed the required duties when assigned to Material Handle which include: safely operate forklift, properly scanning and moving material from the warehouse to the insert lines, execute line audits, breakouts, and able to identify multiple versioned products.

Assist in training Packagers in:
  • Hopper feeding when assigned to the inserter, which includes placing correct product in the insert hopper, maintaining a feeding pace that is sufficient to ensure an uninterrupted operation at the inserter and repairing miss or doubled inserts in an efficient manner.
  • Conduct Packager safety training.
  • Tying line operation which includes changing strap, rethreading strap breaks, fixing minor jams, operating Scitex printer, programming and operating Bundlers, programming and operating Palletizer equipment, producing correct number of bundles as required, inspect the contents on the inserted package to ensure the package is complete and advertising and editorial products are being distributed to the zones requested.

To create a safe working environment by practicing safe working habits and maintaining the work area in a clean and orderly condition at all times.

The preceding list of major responsibilities describes only those essential job functions considered important in accomplishing the purpose of this job. It is not meant to include all job functions.
Qualifications:
REQUIREMENTS
  • Must have all the skills and knowledge required of a Packager, Material Handler and Palletizer Operator.
  • Ability to interact well with a diverse workforce and have resolve problems.
  • Must be detail oriented and able to handle pressure in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be skilled in inserting, palletizer, Material Handler and stacking, material handling equipment, proper interpretation of the daily/weekly insert plan, ink jet application of product zone identification numbers.
  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate in English.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS


  • Must be able to stand, kneel and crouch for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift in excess of 50 pounds
  • Must be able to maintain a safety-minded approach to all activities



Starting Pay:       $12.69 - $19.04 (commensurate to experience)
Shifts:                   2nd shift
Weekend work:   Yes

Please fax resume to 626/472-5281 or email resume to recruiter@latimes.com
Please reference "Packaging Machine Operator" in the subject line.

Services for Donna Hill

Services for Donna Hill
Services for our friend and colleague Donna Hill be will held this Saturday morning at 11:00 A.M.

Donna's husband is undecided on having a viewing the day before at this moment.

The House of Winston Mortuary
9501 S. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90044
323.757.2271

Thanks Cousin Ed.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

ANOTHER CHANCE?

I was informed at yesterday's General Membership meeting that Senior Vice President, Russ Newton has been walking the shop floor seeking your forgiveness and asking that he be given another chance. Another chance for what? Another chance to do more damage to our family's all the while improving his household wealth? Why would he ask for another chance if he didn't do anything wrong? EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE IS WRONG! That goes along with his request that you also TRUST him. WHAT? Does he think you forgot all that he has said (LIES) and done to our shop since taking control? For some reason this Peanuts cartoon kept popping up in my head and I think it contains the required response.
 Do you remember all he has done to our brothers and sisters that have been on disability only to receive no compassion and lose their job when deemed healthy by their doctor to return, Martin Conboy, Don Reese (RIP) etc.... That is just one of the many heartless acts he is guilty of that proves he does not deserve any chances whatsoever. The Grinch grew a heart, but he is a cartoon character, Russ is incapable of change and he and his minions seek only to improve their situation at the expense of you, the workers. Stand your ground and fight for your rights! The Union is your only protection from this tyrant and he will lie to achieve his objective. What is his objective? To get rid of your Union! This is just in preparation of a de-cert election he and his former supervisor crony are conditioning the membership for. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING WITHOUT TALKING TO THE UNION FIRST! YOUR UNION RIGHTS ARE GOING TO BE UNDER ATTACK TOWARDS THE END OF OUR CURRENT CONTRACT!

Prove you are worthy of Forgiveness and Trust Russ! Restore Seniority, Cease your Anti-Union Animus, resolve our grievances and I will personally forgive you!

President Pineda

Saturday, August 03, 2013

General meeting...Apprentices welcome


 GENERAL MEETING
  750 STANFORD AVE  

attn. Apprentices ..get it from the horses mouth .... show up ask questions...find out.... we need you and you need us ! learn why !
  

                                                                      




 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

t was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave,
health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Supervisors are ordered to Cease Performing Bargaining Unit Work.

Supervisor Decision 05-30-13 Klibanow

CONGRATULATIONS! * Be sure to note any instances where supervisors are observed performing our work, name, date, time and type of work being performed. Be sure to do your best, be on time, give 100% because management has a habit of retaliating against the membership after losing an arbitration. In Solidarity, President, Pineda

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Boston Local 3 Beats Back Unilaterally Implemented Discipline Policy at Arbitration After Two Year Battle

After a two year battle, Local 3 won a substantial victory at our RockTenn corrugated plant in Wakefield, MA when an arbitrator struck down the company’s another unilateral implementation of a discipline policy without bargaining with the Union.  Unfortunately for the members at RockTenn, which purchased the former Smurfit-Stone plant in 2011, this action continues a pattern of behavior at the facility.  
Boston Herald Photo-Christopher Evans
In 2008, the Union won a similar case when an arbitrator ruled that management did not have just cause to suspend a member for violation of a unilaterally implemented Lock-Out/Tag-Out Policy.  In December of 2010, the Union was able to restore holiday pay for employees who were denied their Christmas and Christmas Eve holiday pay because they were unable to make it to work the following Monday as a result of a severe snow storm. You can read local news coverage of that incident here.

The most recent case began in March of 2011 when management unilaterally implemented changes to their attendance policy to include an employee’s failure to swipe in or out to the disciplinary process of the policy.  Repeated demands from Local 3 to bargain over the implemented policy and to cease its enforcement were ignored by management.  As a result, in April of 2011, Local 3 filed Unfair Labor Practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  In July of 2011, the NLRB deferred the charge to the grievance and arbitration procedure. Despite management’s tactics to delay and stall, following two grievance meetings and two days of hearing at arbitration, in May of 2013, the arbitrator ruled that RockTenn had, in fact, violated its duty to bargain.  In his award, the arbitrator wrote:
“The decision therefore orders the Employer to strike the unilaterally promulgated rule and to order the Employer to remove all in the employees’ record for the Attendance and Punctuality program and adjust each employees step in the attendance policy progression accordingly.”
The members at RockTenn demonstrated a great deal of patience and showed tremendous support for their Union throughout this lengthy process caused by the incessant delays from management.  It is our hope that these repeated losses will convince management to change the manner in which they treat their employees.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Congratulations Eric!


LOS ANGELES MAYOR, ERIC GARCETTI
Our Newly Elected Mayor has the support of the Teamsters and GCC/IBT Local 140-N

Monday, April 29, 2013

Members ... Don't forget general meeting at the local , Monday, May 6th 200 pm.

please attend ;  Get informed and find out whats going on !

Monday, April 15, 2013

Today in America, unions have a secure place in our industrial life. Only a handful of reactionaries harbor the ugly thought of breaking unions and depriving working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice. I have no use for those -- regardless of their political party -- who hold some vain and foolish dream of spinning the clock back to days when organized labor was huddled, almost as a hapless mass. Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of the right to join the union of their choice.—Dwight D. Eisenhower

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Operator Seniority Grievance Decision

Arbitrator, John Mclean's Arbitration Decision for the Union. Seniority will prevail once again in our shop, another great job by our Labor Attorney, Adam Stern and our witnesses. Congratulations and get in the fight, we have proven we will not lay down and continue to win our battles!

Mclean Operator Seniority Decision

In Solidarity,
President Pineda

Friday, March 29, 2013

Here is another example of what we can accomplish together.Alone we are just that ,but together we are strong...stay strong!!!! congratulations to the operators 

Operator Seniority Decision

Our Attorney, Adam Stern informed me this morning that we received the decision from Arbitrator Mclean that we were waiting for,
WE WON!

Congratulations! Seniority will be restored. 

In Solidarity,
Ronnie Pineda
President

Friday, February 22, 2013

The New York Times' Decision To Sell The Boston Globe: A Pressman's Perspective

News of the New York Times’ decision to sell the Boston Globe has stirred considerable angst among Globe employees.  While this is completely understandable, if there is one thing we have learned in this business it is that the only constant is change.  After all, when the New York Times made the decision to close the Globe’s satellite production facility in 2008, resulting in the loss of over 60 Pressmen we soldiered on.  And then, when the New York Times extracted millions of dollars in savings under the threat of closing the Globe, we survived.  Others in our great union have not been so lucky.

Declining circulation and advertising have taken its toll on our industry.  A proud industry that has investigated, informed, entertained and enlightened the public for years.  The newspaper was a legacy business that has provided a fine standard of living for generations of our families.  For those us of us that produce newspapers it has been a challenging era, and it certainly doesn’t appear to be getting any easier.  As I originally posted in July of 2011, the constriction in our craft has been nothing short of catastrophic.  The trade journal Newspaper and Technology maintains a stunning info graphic tracking these changes across the country. 

While it is understandable that newsrooms are the focus of attention when the public discusses newspaper cuts, keep in mind that there are thousands of pressmen and other craft unionists who have lost their trade.  A trade most of them studied and honed for 20, 30, or even 40 years.  Working weekends, holidays, and blizzards to manufacture a product that does not exist at 10 PM and get it on thousands of door steps by 6 AM.   We are the unseen faces of the newspaper, and for the most part, we like it that way.

In my sixteen years’ experience as the President of this proud local, I have had the privilege of representing some of the finest people I have ever known. I have found it incredibly painful to sit at the bargaining table and negotiate the elimination of, not simply a job, but a way of life for these fine craftsmen in their 30s, 40s and 50’s.  For most of them, this is the only work they have done for their entire working lives and 99% of them will never do it again.  Men and women from the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Lynn Item, Salem News, Brockton Enterprise, Patriot Ledger, Woonsocket Call, Fall River Herald News, and more.

Despite the trouble and uncertainty, under the leadership of Publisher Chris Mayer, the Globe has been actively seeking and acquiring additional products for us to produce on our presses (Mayer assured employees at a meeting this morning that these efforts would continue).  The same can be said for the Providence Journal where our members also print numerous publications.  These products have saved jobs and provided millions of dollars to each paper’s bottom line.   

It is clear that the only constant for us is change.  Changes that have devastated so many newspaper employees across the country and change that, for the most part, is out of our control.  For those of us that remain, as Pressmen, the most important thing we can do for ourselves is do what we do best; produce multiple, high quality, timely products.     

*I began my newspaper career as a Plateboy, Paperhandler, and Pressman at the Boston Globe in 1978.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

UD Election Results

Election Results reveal that 70% of the membership has no interest in weakening our CBA and the Membership has instructed the Executive Board Members that it is their desire that we enforce the Union Security Language as soon as legally possible, We Will Comply with The Members Wishes, In Solidarity!
CONGRATULATIONS BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
Special Thanks, to Secretary Treasurer, Ernie Lopez,, Officers, Members and Staff of Teamsters Local 630
GCC/IBT District Council 2 Trustee, Nick Caruso, Gen. Rep. Mike Maddock and the delegation of supporters from DC2 that walked in Solidarity and witnessed the vote count during these elections.
AND THANKS TO "MARO" FOR BRINGING "TROUBLE" TO THE L.A. TIMES!
FRATERNALLY, AND IN SOLIDARITY!
Ronnie Pineda, President, GCC/IBT Local 140-N
Great !!!!!!!! well done Members of Local 140n we have together defeated another effort to compromise the integrity of our Union... The Vote was 70 to 38 in our favor. We need to Thank  Local 630 for standing by us while we were under attack .They have opened up their arms, their shop and supported us in our time of need.We need to thank the international reps Marty Keegan and Rick Putnam (sorry Rick if i spelled it wrong ) for walking us thru what needed to be done This is what being brothers and  Sisters is all about !! 
Your Brother C. Reney

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Whats at Stake by

Rig Rally!

MEETING REMINDER!

All members are requested to attend this Mondays meeting scheduled for 2:00 pm. at the Hall.
750 Stanford Ave. Los Angeles, Ca. 90021

 The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the upcoming election and the proposed dues structure recommended by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. This is the second of the Constitution required 3 meetings needed to approve or reject the proposed Dues amounts. Next month we will hold a 3rd meeting at which time all eligible members will vote in favor of, or against the Committee's recommendations.

We will also be discussing the importance of voting no in the election, or just plain boycott the election and not vote at all! The petitioners need 50%+1 of the bargaining unit, not of just those that vote, but if you do decide to send a message and vote, then a no vote will tell the freeriders that you have had enough of subsidizing their dues and enable the Local to enforce the Union Security once and for all!

Part-time and Apprentices are invited to attend and provide their input so be sure to make them aware or better yet, carpool and bring them along. Parking is available in the lot in back of the Hall on Gladys St. If you decide to park on the street around the hall, it is limited to one hour, so be aware and avoid a citation.

In Solidarity!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Vote no
             vote no  
                          Vote no   


 


 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dues Meeting

A meeting has been scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2013 @ 2:00 pm to discuss the upcoming election and to also discuss the dues structure recommended by the Constitution Committee.

This type of election effects only the Union Security language of our CBA

This is the final avenue that the freeriders have at their disposal to avoid their obligation to pay their fair share. Let's show them that this is a big mistake and plays into managements hands by  crippling our Local financially.

Plain and simple, if we do not have the finances to fight management, hire Legal representation or pay our monthly obligations, we cease to exist. That is exactly what management and a former Supervisor hope for.

That would serve both of their interests and ignore your interests completely by placing your future back in the hands of  a management team that has proven to be concerned only with discipline of the workforce for being a Union Shop.

We are awaiting a very important Arbitration decision and it would be foolish to throw away all the hard work and time that went into the Operator Seniority grievance especially when we feel very strongly about the potential outcome and it's potential application on future grievances regarding seniority.

Now is not the time to allow this certain individual, with ulterior motives to rob you of your voice just so he can continue to avoid paying his dues. The Executive Board is very aware of the fact that the membership wants the Union Security language to be enforced as stated in the CBA, and it will be.

Please make every possible effort to attend, it is your future!
"Why should I pay union dues?”  A good answer to that question is to think of the Union as an Insurance provider, and your dues as the premium.  Like insurance after a disaster, the Union will work to be there for you when you need it. 

Sunday, January 06, 2013

NOLA Times-Picayune on 60 Minutes



The New Orleans Times-Picayune’s 2012 move to three-day-a-week publication and increased emphasis on 24-7 news coverage on its NOLA.com website was the subject of a story on Sunday’s (Jan. 6) edition of “60 Minutes.

According to the Paper “The Times-Picayune’s parent company, privately held Advance Publications, announced the changes, which included staffing cutbacks and a corporate restructuring, in May. The publishing schedule of three days a week – with an early Sunday edition distributed on Saturday, day-after tabloid coverage of New Orleans Saints games and special holiday issues – began in October.”

As I watched the program, I was very impressed with the outpouring of community support for a daily paper. While each interest group had their own concerns, the lack of high-speed internet access is a major, yet understated problem, was a common denominator.

According to a new report by the Federal Communications Commission, about 19 million Americans still have no access to high-speed Internet. About 14.5 million of those without access, or about 5 percent of the total population, live in rural areas, where Internet providers do not offer service because "there is no business case to offer broadband.”

Nearly a third of residents on tribal lands lack access to DSL or cable broadband and about 80 percent of schools and libraries receiving federal funding for Internet service say their connections “do not fully meet their needs," according to the report.

It is more than about just access, however. Only 40 percent of Americans who have access to DSL or cable Internet service actually use them. Those who don’t get high-speed internet list the following reasons: lack of affordability, a lack of digital literacy, and “a perception that the Internet is not relevant or useful to them,” according to the FCC report.

How does this bode for informing the public on an all-digital format? Not much I fear.
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