Labor Day Marks the Beginning of Union Label Week

Labor Day Marks the Beginning of Union Label Week

union-label-toon-color-2012From Labor Day, Monday, September 3, through Sunday September 9, 2012, American la­bor will observe Union Label Week—the time traditionally set aside for union families and all consumers to make a special effort to support good jobs by looking for union-made goods and union-produced services when they shop.

In these difficult times, when everyone is looking to stretch their paycheck, quality and value take on added importance—and that’s where union products and services beat the competi­tion every time. When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

So, please join with us on Labor Day and the week that follows to celebrate the skills of union workers and honor the work they do by looking for union-made goods and services.

Sincerely,

Richard Kline, President

Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO

Labor Day Marks the Beginning of Union Label Week

From Labor Day, Monday, September 3, through Sunday September 9, 2012, American la­bor will observe Union Label Week—the time traditionally set aside for union families and all consumers to make a special effort to support good jobs by looking for union-made goods and union-produced services when they shop.

In these difficult times, when everyone is looking to stretch their paycheck, quality and value take on added importance—and that’s where union products and services beat the competi­tion every time. When you buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

So, please join with us on Labor Day and the week that follows to celebrate the skills of union workers and honor the work they do by looking for union-made goods and services.

Sincerely,

Richard Kline, President

Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Endorses United Steelworkers’ Boycott of Palermo’s Pizza

The AFL-CIO announced that as of August 6, 2012, it has endorsed the United Steelworkers’ boycott of Palermo’s pizza. This boycott covers Palermo’s brand pizza, “Classics” brand pizza, and private label brand frozen pizza produced by palermo’s including Costco’s Kirkland brand.

Palermo’s workers have been engaged in an unfair labor practice strike since June 1, 2012. Palermo’s Pizza management has terminated over 75 workers as they were trying to form a union. The AFL-CIO encourages all affiliated unions to do everything in your power to assist these workers. Please go to www.SliceOfJustice.com for more information.

Please note that the other new additions to the AFL-CIO endorsed boycott list are:

  • Hyatt Hotels
  • Hardin, Lazarus, and Lewis, Cincinnati, OH
Postal Unions Battle On Capitol Hill to Save USPS

Postal Unions Battle On Capitol Hill to Save USPS

From the May/June 2012 Label Letter

postofficeUnionized workers in the U.S. Postal Service continue their battle on Capitol Hill to save the service from a barrage of cuts that the unions charge are politically motivated and unnecessary.

The unions have secured support among a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for separate bills that would maintain six-day deliveries
by the Postal Service and recalculate the current formula for pre-funding retiree benefits—the latter has resulted in huge end-of-year payments by USPS and a surplus of some $50 to $75 billion to fund future retiree benefits. Freeing up that money for USPS to use in operations would enable the service to show profits from its operations, the unions maintain.

Postal unions continue to make their case for similar measures in the U.S. Senate. The effects of the recession, combined with the onerous and unusual requirement for prefunding retiree benefits has resulted in chronic cash shortages for the Postal Service despite indications that the USPS parcel delivery service is moving toward new levels of profitability. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), for example, notes that profits for USPS shipping services rose 10.3% in the second quarter of 2012, to $7.3 billion.

With a combined membership of nearly 410,000 workers, NALC and its sister union, the American Postal Workers Union, represent the largest majority of USPS personnel.

The unions argue that no other enterprise in the nation faces such onerous funding requirements for retiree benefits. Furthermore, they point out, USPS has already downsized by more than 110,000 jobs since 2008.

Still, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Government Oversight Committee, and Postal Service Subcommittee Chair Dennis Ross (R-FL) continue to push legislation that would impose radical and punishing changes on USPS, including what the unions describe as a “takeover” of the USPS along with harsh changes in Postal Service collective bargaining that would virtually scrap contractual rights for USPS workers.

AFL-CIO Endorses Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels

AFL-CIO Endorses Global Boycott of Hyatt Hotels

hyatt-hurtsThe AFL-CIO announced July 25, 2012 that it has officially endorsed the UNITE HERE!’s global boycott of Hyatt Hotels. Although most Hyatt properties are subject to this boycott, there are some that are not.

The call to “Boycott Hyatt” does not include:

  • Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa and the Grand Hyatt Kauai, which have current collective bargaining agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
  • Hyatt Hotels with current UNITE HERE! collective bargaining agreements:
    • Hyatt Hotel (Highway One Monterey)
    • Hyatt Regency Monterey
    • Hyatt Penn’s Landing (Philadelphia)
    • Hyatt Regency Dearborn (Michigan)
    • Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
    • Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    • Hyatt Regency Atlanta
    • Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
    • Hyatt Regency on King (Toronto)
    • Park Hyatt Toronto
    • Hyatt Regency Vancouver
    • Grand Hyatt New York
    • Hyatt Rosemont
    • Hyatt Place San Jose
    • Andaz 5th Avenue
    • Andaz Wall Street
    • Hyatt Place Braintree (Mass.)

If a particular hotel is not covered by the boycott, then neither UNITE HERE! nor the AFL-CIO is discouraging unions from booking business at those hotels. We do recommend that all unions include the “Contract Addendum” with protective language in their hotel contracts to cover them in case the hotel ends up being the subject of a labor dispute.

What’s the Hyatt boycott?

UNITE HERE! has launched a global boycott of Hyatt Hotels because of its mistreatment of workers. UNITE HERE! is urging individuals and organizations to boycott Hyatt and not do business with the corporation until it improves its practices and respects workers’ rights. The AFL-CIO has endorced the UNITE HERE!’s boycott of Hyatt and is urging its affiliated unions, state federations, and area and local labor councils, trade departments, and allied organizations not to do business with Hyatt while the boycott is in place. See www.hyatthurts.org.

Frequently Asked Question on Hyatt Boycott (79 downloads)

AFL-CIO Contract Addendum for Hyatt Boycott (69 downloads)

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