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White House Lifts Ban On Importing Elephant Trophies

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 17:56

Reversing a policy designed to protect the threatened species, the Trump White House is lifting a ban on importing elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. What do you think?

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Trump Privately Terrified His Sexual Assault Victims Will Someday Come Forward

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:43

WASHINGTON—Expressing concerns about a potentially disastrous scandal, President Trump reportedly confided to White House officials Friday that he was terrified that his sexual assault victims would someday come forward. “I’m seeing all this news lately about women speaking out against these men who acted very…

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Congressman Checks In Real Quick With Ethics Office To Make Sure Pressing Exposed Penis Against Intern Doesn’t Constitute Sexual Harassment

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:36

WASHINGTON—Acknowledging in advance that it was probably a silly question, Virginia congressman John Whitlock reportedly checked in real quick Friday with the Office of Congressional Ethics to make sure pressing his exposed penis against an intern doesn’t constitute sexual harassment. “Sorry if it’s the most obvious…

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Working People Stand Up to Nabisco's Outsourcing on National Day of Action

AFL-CIO Weblog - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:53
Working People Stand Up to Nabisco's Outsourcing on National Day of Action AFL-CIO

Yesterday, at more than 100 big-box stores across the United States, working families and activists leafleted with Nabisco workers to urge consumers to boycott Nabisco snacks like Oreo, Ritz Crackers and Chips Ahoy that are made in Mexico! Nabisco and parent corporation Mondelēz International continue to outsource hundreds of good, middle-class jobs and exploit working families across borders and oceans for reportedly around $1 per hour with little to no benefits.

Working people like Anthony Jackson illustrate the human impact of the decisions made by Nabisco and Mondelēz:

“This was going to be my career,” said 41-year-old Anthony Jackson. In 2011 Jackson, a Navy veteran, was hired to operate the machine that blends sugar and oil to make the sticky sweet white Oreo icing that Americans of all ages love.

On Veterans Day this year, Jackson demanded that Nabisco/Mondelez “do the right thing” and restore the hundreds of jobs his fellow workers lost when the company made the decision to outsource production. Jackson said that among the hundreds who lost their jobs, many are veterans like him.

Here are some key tweets from actions around the country yesterday, which used the hashtag #CheckTheLabel:

NATIONWIDE from Texas, North Carolina, Maine, to Oregon and even Hawaii, yesterday’s #solidarity with @Nabisco Workers was amazing! THANK YOU to all who came out to educate! #ChecktheLabel #1u pic.twitter.com/X5VMaXTq8X

— Nabisco 600 Workers (@BCTGM_Nabisco) November 17, 2017

Nabisco/ @MDLZ continues destructive outsourcing & exploitation of working families. Join Nat'l Day of Action. BOYCOTT @Nabisco snacks made in Mexico! #ChecktheLabel pic.twitter.com/cYAxggaZnj

— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) November 16, 2017

In Portland, Ore., solidarity prevailed as L.114 members, led by L.114 Secy.-Tres. Terry Lansing and amazing trade union activists of @OregonAFLCIO spent the day educating the community on how to #CheckTheLabel #1u pic.twitter.com/WjSOvL2oPR

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 17, 2017

In Atlanta, Intl. Rep. David Woods, Local 42 Bus. Agt. Zachery Townsend and L. 42 members spread the Boycott news and teach the #ChecktheLabel #1u pic.twitter.com/CRgQFfkoVu

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 17, 2017

In Greensboro, NC., hard working BCTGM Local 317T members end their shifts are all about #ChecktheLabel outside the big box stores! pic.twitter.com/jenM4APIDg

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 17, 2017

Proud BCTGM Local 10G members Mark Randall, Andrew Kuennen and Mike Stunes spread the news of the boycott of @nabisco snacks and @MDLZ outsourcing American #jobs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. #CheckTheLabel pic.twitter.com/DlxPCEnIo7

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 17, 2017

In West Palm Beach, Fla., BCTGM L. 103 Bus. Agt. Donald Lewis and VP Hewlyn Outten urge shoppers to boycott @nabisco snacks made in Mexico and support American jobs! #ChecktheLabel @BCTGM_Nabisco pic.twitter.com/xfeHXDfeB7

— BCTGM International (@BCTGM) November 17, 2017

Solidarity from Washington, DC with @BCTGM_Nabisco in the fight to save American jobs. Always remember to #CheckTheLabel and boycott outsourced Nabisco products. pic.twitter.com/NhSs7LnQ9U

— AFL-CIO (@AFLCIO) November 16, 2017

Outside a Portland Walmart: With actions outside 100 stores nationwide, the @BCTGM boycott against Mexican-made Nabisco products isn’t going away any time soon.#CheckTheLabel https://t.co/eNHMx2TxHL

— Don McIntosh (@nwlaborpress) November 16, 2017 Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:53

The Joy of Winning Your First Union Contract: Worker Wins

AFL-CIO Weblog - Fri, 2017-11-17 13:56
The Joy of Winning Your First Union Contract: Worker Wins CNA

Our latest roundup of worker wins begins with a growing wave of nurses organizing in California and includes numerous examples of workers organizing, bargaining and mobilizing for a better life.

Vote at Barton Memorial Continues String of Organizing Success for California Nurses: RNs at Barton Memorial and Lake Tahoe Surgery Center in South Lake Tahoe, California, voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). More than 87% of eligible nurses voted to join CNA. The 200 RNs at Barton are part of 3,000 caregivers who have joined CNA this year in 10 union elections.

Flight Attendants at ATI Ratify First Contract: Flight attendants at Air Transport International approved their first contract with 65% of the vote. The flight attendants, who are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), will see immediate pay raises and defined schedule and work rules.

First Contract Secured for IBEW Members at NAES: For the first time in 26 years, the NAES Co-Generation plant in Linden, New Jersey, has secured a contract with the Electrical Workers (IBEW). After a hard-fought campaign, 90% of the employees voted to ratify the new contract.

Video Game Performers Reach New Deal: SAG-AFTRA members who work in the video game industry approved a new agreement with industry management. The new agreement provides for additional payments for more session work, improves transparency in the industry and provides for better working conditions.

Baltimore Horeshoe Casino Workers Ratify First Union Contract: After three years of organizing and negotiating, workers at the Horeshoe Baltimore casino, working with the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the UAW, UNITE HERE, the Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the Teamsters, negotiated the contract.

Chocolate from Cargill Plant in Pennsylvania Now Union Made: When the employees at the Cargill plant in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, wanted to improve workplace safety and address unfair workplace rules, they reached out to the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) for help. Now, chocolates made by the majority Latino workforce will be union made.

Electrolux Workers in Memphis Notch Another Victory in Organizing the South: After years of contentious organizing and opposition from management, Electrolux workers at the plant in Memphis, Tennessee, have overwhelmingly approved their first contract. The victory comes less than a year after the workers joined the IBEW after a hard-fought organizing campaign.

Oregon Precision Castparts Welders Vote to Join IAM: Nearly 100 workers at Precision Castparts in Portland, Oregon, voted to join the Machinists (IAM). The company makes heavy-duty metal components for airplanes and various industrial products. 

Chicago Graduate Workers Win Union Vote: In a vote that could boost organizing campaigns across the country, University of Chicago graduate employees have voted for a union by more than a 2-1 majority.

UAW Members at Bath Marine Avoid Strike and Reach Agreement: The Bath Marine Draftsmen Association ratified a collective bargaining agreement, with 78% of the vote, averting a strike. The four-and-a-half-year contract contains a strong economic package while preserving and strengthening the workplace flexibility language that was at issue.

Crew of Feature Film "Mustang" Strike for Better Working Conditions: A successful strike means that the film "Mustang," being shot in Carson City, Nevada, will be a union production, with IATSE members leading the way.

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:56

Paul Ryan Announces New Congress Sexual Harassment Training Will Create Safe Work Atmosphere, Plausible Deniability

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:26

WASHINGTON—Following testimony by female lawmakers alleging widespread sexual misconduct throughout Capitol Hill, Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Congress will undergo new sexual harassment training to create a safe work environment and plausible deniability. “This comprehensive three-hour course is designed to…

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How To Be A Savvy News Consumer

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:22

With more people getting their news through social media and a crowded field of news outlets competing for web traffic, it can be difficult to know which sources to trust. Here are some tips for being a savvy news consumer.

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Parents Gently Explain To Son Why Family Dog Had To Be Blown Up With Dynamite

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 12:11

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ—Stressing they did all they could to make sure he was comfortably detonated, local parents Linda and John Crowley gently explained Friday to their son why the family dog had to be blown up with dynamite. “I’m sorry we have to tell you this, sweetie, but Rocky was old and in a lot of pain, so your…

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FDA Approves First Digital Pill

The Onion - Fri, 2017-11-17 10:17

The FDA has approved Abilify MyCite, a capsule which uses a tracking system to record whether it was ingested, making it the first digital pill to be approved in the U.S. What do you think?

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