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Until the Crisis in Wisconsin is over we are all Wisconsin workers and on Thursday 2/24/11 Philadelphia is Madison!


Rally for Wisconsin’s Workers!

Until the Crisis in Wisconsin is over we are all Wisconsin workers and on Thursday 2/24/11 Philadelphia is Madison!

What: Rally to stand with Wisconsin’s Workers

When: Thursday 2/24/11 @ 11:30 PM

Where: Thomas Paine Plaza; in front of Phila.’s MSB, across from Phila. City Hall

Wear your Union Colors to show your union pride and something RED to show solidarity with Wisconsin’s workers.

John Meyerson

Director of Legislation & Political Action

United Food & Commercial Workers 1776

WISCONSIN WAVE OF RESISTANCE to announce next steps in anti-austerity movement


WISCONSIN WAVE OF RESISTANCE to announce next steps in anti-austerity movement

MADISON - At this Monday’s 10am media conference in room 125W of Wisconsin’s capitol, union presidents together with student, business, and community leaders will announce their plans to work together in the new Wisconsin Wave of resistance to austerity and corporatization. Confirmed speakers includee:

Joe Conway, IAFF, President, Fire Fighters Local 311
Kabzuag Vaj, Executive Director, Freedom, Inc.

Beth Huang, Student Labor Action Coalition

Lee Abott, President, Milwaukee Graduate Assistants Association

Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy

Ben Manski, Executive Director, Liberty Tree Foundation

John Matthews, Executive Director, Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI)

The Wisconsin Wave’s next protests come this Wednesday against Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) at the corporate lobby group’s statewide conference in Madison.

“The Wisconsin Wave is a non-partisan democracy movement initiated by over 100 Wisconsin leaders, with hundreds more signing on every day,” says Ben Manski, Executive Director of Liberty Tree and coordinator of the Wave. “We are moving forward together to overcome the agenda of Walker and his extraction industry backers, and to create for Wisconsin the positive economic and political future all of us deserve.”

A formal call for the Wisconsin Wave has been initiated by over 100 signators. That list, as well as the call, is on the website -

Teamsters Union Local 229 members elect new Officers


FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Union Local 229 members elect new Officers


REGION, January 29th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 229, 3104 North Main Avenue in Scranton, has new officers.

According to John Petrochko, Office Manager of Local 229, seven new officers were elected to the Executive Board of IBT Local 229. They will serve in their positions from January 1st, 2011 through December 31st, 2013.

“In a fiercely contested election the rank and file members overwhelming supported the “Time For A New Direction Slate” to take over the reins of Local Union 229,” stated Mr. Petrochko.

Craig Pawlik was elected as the Secretary-Treasurer/Business Representative and Principal Officer. Mr. Pawlik was employed at Ocean Logistics in Dunmore. He served as a Union Steward and previously was the President of Local 229.

Charlie Miller was elected as Vice-President/Business Representative. Mr. Miller was previously a Union Steward at his employer, the United Parcel Service (UPS) and served as a Trustee of Local 229.

Other newly elected Officers include:

Fred Mitchell, President: Mr. Mitchell is an employee of Harper Collins
Publishers in Dunmore;

Bill Metzger, Recording-Secretary: Mr. Metzger work at Precision

JoAnn Wiser, Trustee: Ms. Wiser is employed at Susquehanna County Prison;

George Burns, Trustee: Mr. Burns works for the Scranton Sewer Authority;

Mike Kovalski, Trustee: Mr. Kovalski is employed at UPS.

Mr. Petrochko stated the new leadership team have all been involved with their Union and have served as Union Stewards.

“All members of this new team have served as Union Stewards and Labor Leaders for many years and now welcome the opportunity to use their experience for the best interests of the hardworking members of Teamsters Local Union 229,” said Mr. Petrochko.

Local 229 represents IBT members in and around Lackawanna County while Local 401 in Wilkes-Barre represents IBT members in and around Luzerne County.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports anti-union agenda


FEBRUARY 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports anti-union agenda


REGION- January 22nd- The United States Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue is cautionsly optimistic about the state of the economy and has outlined a four-point plan to put jobless Americans back to work which includes passing more free trade agreements favorable to international corporations and weakening American labor laws and “beating-up” on public sector unions.

In his annual statement Mr. Donohue suggest the economy began in 2011 in a lot better shape than in 2010. “The state of American business is improving. While the recovery may be picking up steam, it is fragile and uneven. There are many unanswered questions that must be addressed before companies will start aggressively hiring. Over the next year, the Chamber’s number one priority will be to turn this economic recovery into a jobs recovey so that we can start putting Americans back to work,” stated Mr. Donohue.

Mr. Donohue outlined four immediate priorities that the United States Chamber of Commerce, which is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, will address to boost America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

The business federation proposed in their own language:

• Regulatory restraint and reform; Work to reform the regulatory process, to restore some badly needed balance, restraint, and common sense. We will also start up a new group to tell the story to the American people, (buy advertising in the media) about the massive costs of excessive regulations on jobs and their personal and economic freedom, (meaning labor unions).

• Expanding American trade; Work to pass the pending free trade agreements and launch a major initiative to educate citizens and policymakers on trade that will clearly link global engagement to American jobs.

• Rebuilding our economic platform; Rebuild America’s economic foundation, the platform our society runs on. Roads, bridges, rail and mass transit networks, airports, and air transport systems must be modernized. Broadband capacity, power generation, and water supplies must be expanded. We can create jobs, reduce our trade and budget deficits and increase our own security by developing all forms of alternative, renewable, and traditional energy. We will also commence a new project to outline what our nation must do to create and secure a 21st century global supply chain and logistics system.

• Reducing deficits and debt; Support congressional efforts to lower spending. We will make the case for entitlement reform as any plan that fails to tackle these runaway programs is doomed to fail. We will also support efforts by Republican and Democratic governors to challenge public employee unions and their excessive payroll, and retirement demands.

“The Chamber is examining, in a factual and objective way, the actions by our government and the actions by the business community that are either moving us forward in the global economy or holding us back. We’ll then compare this analysis to what our competitors are doing with the goal of identifying the major factors that shape the decisions of job creators, innovators, and investors, to pinpoint our strengths so that we can build on them and our weaknesses so that we can fix them,” Mr. Donohue continued.

“No one should expect the Chamber to march in lock step with anyone else’s agenda but our own. And our agenda is simple. We will continue to win important policy victories for the business community, and advance the free enterprise system,” Mr. Donohue added.