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ATK Lake City Update 01/23/15

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Financial Awareness Meetings

Lodge 778 is hosting weekly meetings to discuss the finances of the Lodge. The official document can be viewed by clicking the title of this announcement.


The meeting dates are as follows:

Wednesday, January 28: 9AM and 5PM

Wednesday, February 4: 9AM and 6PM

Saturday, February 21: Noon


IAM & AW Local Lodge 778 Union Hall


9404 Grandview Road
Kansas City, MO 64132


New Machinists Meeting

Next meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 1:00pm.  The location for this meeting is RC's Chicken in Martin City


RC's Chicken


330 E. 135th Street
Martin City, MO 64145


Why Stupid Politics Is the Cause of Our Economic Problems 01/27/15

Despite seemingly strong government action in Europe and the United States, both economies suffered deep and prolonged downturns...read


Wall Street's Threat to the American Middle Class 01/27/15

Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed...read


Trumka: Obama 'Forcefully Advocated for Working Families' in State of Union 01/23/15

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, "President Obama eloquently and forcefully advocated for working families throughout his State of the Union Address," last night...read


LIUNA, UAW Members Guests of First Lady at State of the Union 01/23/15

Two union members, one representing the benefits of union training and apprenticeship programs and the other the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry, were guests of first lady Michelle Obama during last night’s State of the Union address...read


Take Action: National Call-In Week Against Fast Track 01/23/15

Fast Track is a policy that sets up the process for bad trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement. Fast Track undermines democracy and will lead to more trade deals that harm working families. Previous agreements approved under Fast Track have cost the United States hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributed to the closing of more than 60,000 factories. Fast Track shifts power and profits even further up the ladder, making the richest corporations and individuals even richer at the cost of working families...read


It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers 01/23/15

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?...read


The Secret to Happiness? Joining a Union! 01/23/15

That's the result of a study that AFSCME points us to—a study with data from 14 countries that concluded “union members are more satisfied with their lives than those who are not members, and that the substantive effect of union membership on life satisfaction is large and rivals other common predictors of quality of life.”...read


18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact 01/23/15

Some 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. ...read


Juan Williams: McConnell's cunning Keystone game 01/20/15

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) strategy for defeating Democrats in the final two years of the Obama administration is clear: divide and conquer...read


Trail To The Chief: Dirty Dozen Donor Edition 01/20/15

Our inaugural Trail to the Chief ranked presidential candidates. Now we’re free to focus on the real stars of the 2016 race: billionaires...read


Renewing America's Labor Movement 01/19/15

These are people who work hard but never see their wages keep up. After a lifetime of work, they don't have a pension or savings for a secure retirement. They rack up debt so they and their children can get a higher education, which is more necessary now than ever before. People are searching for a way to transform an economic system that benefits the few over the many. They are searching for fairness, opportunity, justice and real change...read


Supreme Court of Canada: All workers have the right to join a union and engage in collective bargaining 01/19/15

In a decision released today, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the constitutional right of all workers in Canada to join a union of their own choosing and engage in meaningful collective bargaining...read


‘Solidarity Forever’ Written 100 Years Ago, Today 01/19/15

On a windblown, gray Chicago day 100 years ago, January 17, 1915, Ralph Chaplin left his home on the South Side for a raucous, poor person’s rally at the city’s famous women’s center, Hull House...read


Sam Brownback reverses course, proposes new taxes 01/19/15

In a stark turnaround, the Republican called for higher taxes on cigarettes and liquor as part of his annual budget while proposing to make future tax cuts contingent on revenue projections...read


Richest 1 Percent To Own More Than Half Of The World's Wealth By 2016, Oxfam Finds 01/19/15

The rich keep getting richer, and by next year, just a handful of the upper-class will have accumulated more than half of the world's wealth...read


United Airlines moves to outsource labor at 28 airports 01/19/15

Now, making billions of dollars off the backs of those workers who helped save the airline, the new management decided to outsource their family-rearing jobs while giving themselves pay raises...read


Apple, Google agree to new settlement in tech wage-suppression lawsuit 01/14/15

The issue of reducing tech workers' mobility plays into a continuing storyline in the industry. Tech companies are pushing immigration reform that will allow them to expand the supply of highly educated labor from overseas. That in theory improves their bargaining position with those workers, resulting in downward pressure on wages...read


Democrats’ Plan for Financial Transactions Tax Would Bring Financial Markets Into 21st Century 01/14/15

Representative Chris Van Hollen's proposal for a financial transactions tax, a key part of the new tax plan that he revealed this morning, is a move towards establishing a 21st century structure for financial markets...read


Idea for Tackling Inequality #27,653: Stop Subsidizing It 01/14/15

It's rare that a week goes by in Washington without some major conference on inequality. This usually involves some prominent people, who get six or even seven figure paychecks, speculating on why inequality has grown and what we can do about it. These exercises illustrate the basic problem...read


Why Wages Won't Rise 01/14/15

Jobs are coming back, but pay isn't. The median wage is still below where it was before the Great Recession. Last month, average pay actually fell...read


House Tries To Stop All New Government Rules 01/14/15

The House passed a measure Tuesday to dramatically restrict the government's ability to enact any significant new regulations or safety standards...read


Republicans Aren't Job Creators 01/09/15

As the Republican-controlled 114th Congress convenes, the GOP will unveil their program for the next two years...read


Kentucky Senate puts right-to-work bill on fast track; House expected to balk 01/09/15

A state Senate committee on Wednesday put on the fast track a bill that would allow people to work for unionized employers without joining the union...read


NLRB boosts unions' organizing leverage 01/09/15

In the most significant policy change ever undertaken by the Obama administration to strengthen the power of labor unions, a divided National Labor Relations Board issued a long-awaited final rule speeding up the union election process...read


With 252,000 New Jobs, December Unemployment Drops to 5.6% 01/09/15

The economy added 252,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% from November’s 5.8%...read


Republican House Bill Cuts Workers' Health Care Coverage 01/09/15

Some 1 million workers could lose their employer-provided health insurance under a Republican bill...read


Raising Wages Summit 01/08/15

Today, the AFL-CIO is sponsoring a National Summit on Raising Wages...read


8 Things You Need to Know About Trade Deals This Year 01/08/15

A lot of the buzz about the new Republican-controlled Senate is about international trade deals, particularly the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and so-called Fast Track authority...read


First Target for House Republicans? Cutting Social Security 01/08/15

On the very first day that the new larger House Republican majority got to work, it made a move that could mean some 11 million people who receive Social Security disability benefits will see their lifeline benefits cut by 20% in 2016...read


Elizabeth Warren Says Economy Is 'Rigged' Against Workers 01/08/15

With a celebrity assist from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the AFL-CIO union federation hosted what it billed as a national summit on raising wages...read


Why the Republican Congress’s First Act Was to Declare War on Math 01/07/15

House and Senate leaders, now in partisan accord and able to impose an undiluted partisan imprint upon the institution, struck a blow in their decades-long struggle on behalf of low taxes for the rich and against the bookkeeping standards that have stood in their way...read



Happy New Year, Wall Street: Congress Has Another Gift For You 01/07/15

After stuffing Wall Street's stockings in December with subsidies for risky trading, the House of Representatives plans to wish big banks a happy New Year on Wednesday by hacking up and delaying the Volcker Rule...read



Dems Decry Social Security Sneak Attack 01/07/15

Democrats and Social Security advocates are accusing House Republicans of launching a sneak attack on disability insurance on the very first day of the new Congress...read



Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster 01/07/15

Lobbyists from America's biggest corporations and Wall Street's biggest banks have been involved but not the American public. That's a recipe for fatter profits and bigger paychecks at the top, but not a good deal for most of us...read



Atlanta Stagehands Fight ‘Labor Pimps’ Pushing Temp Work, Low Wages 01/07/15

When singers like Beyoncé take the stage, thousands of eyes are glued to her and her alone. But behind the singer at every concert is an army of workers handling everything from lighting to exploding confetti cannons...read



17 Things We Learned About Income Inequality in 2014, Including ‘Goodbye, Middle Class’ 01/06/15

Income inequality became a hot topic of economic conversation in 2014, and publications like The Atlantic have taken notice...read



The Eight Ugly Scars of Runaway Inequality 01/06/15

In 1965, CEOs received $20 for every dollar earned by the average worker. Today the gap is $354 to $1...read



Metro-North Faces Historic Fine For Retaliating Against Worker Who Reported Injury 12/19/14

etro-North Railroad has been slammed with the largest fine of its kind in U.S. history for retaliating against a worker who had reported an on-the-job injury in 2011...read



Victory! Judge Says Walmart Violated Workers’ Rights 12/19/14

In a highly anticipated announcement, a federal judge issued its decision against Walmart yesterday for taking illegal action against employees who participated in strikes at two California stores...read



20 States Raise Their Minimum Wages While the Federal Minimum Continues to Erode 12/19/14

On January 1st, 20 states will raise their minimum wages, lifting the pay of over 3.1 million workers throughout the country...read



Foes of Unions Try Their Luck in County Laws 12/19/14

Conservative groups are opening a new front in their effort to reshape American law...read



Fed Delays Volcker Rule, Giving Wall Street Another Holiday Gift

Christmas came early for Wall Street this year...read



A Novel Idea—Let's Expand Social Security 12/17/14

Moo Cluck Moo, for showing that a restaurant can pay its workers $15 an hour and still make profits...read


7 Reasons Fast Track Is Off Track 12/17/14

...corporate interests are pushing for a Fast Track process that would not only hurt working families in the United States, but in the other countries involved in any final deal...read


NLRB Rules Employees Can Use Work Email for Organizing 12/17/14

Workers were given a potentially significant tool when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employees can use work email accounts in union organizing activities, as long as they do it on their own time...read


Unions Just Got A Big Legal Victory Handed To Them By… Clarence Thomas? 12/12/14

A buzz is growing among Union leadership and lawyers who represent their labor organizations, that the outcome in the Amazon workers' decision may stymie RTW enforcement...read


SEC Caves in to Pressure and Postpones Finalizing Rule Requiring Companies to Disclose the Ratio of CEO-to-Worker Pay 12/8/14

SEC decided to postpone implementing the requirement despite receiving more than 128,000 comments from investors on its proposal...read


321,000 New Jobs Added in November, Jobless Rate Remains 5.8% 12/8/14

even with better job growth this year—wages remain stagnant...read


Wisconsin Republicans plan to push right-to-work bill in January 12/8/14

right-to-work law would allow employers to divide workers against each other...read


McCaskill seeks to curb influence of Missouri mega-donor 12/8/14

Sen. Claire McCaskill, the real campaign-finance bogeyman is Rex Sinquefield, Missouri's own mega-donor...read


Moocher CEOs 12/8/14

It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts...read


The Battle to Protect the Vote 12/8/14

Voter Suppression Efforts in Five States and Their Effect on the 2014 Midterm Elections...read


Inside the Koch data mine 12/8/14

Koch operations are the most important nonparty political players in the U.S. today...read


Machinists Slam Congress Over Sneak Attack on U.S. Pension Law 12/4/14

In a stunning betrayal of America’s highly vulnerable retiree population, lawmakers are preparing legislation for the lame duck session of Congress that would overturn a key tenant of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and allow drastic cuts to the pensions of current retirees and surviving spouses...read


Are Cities the Next Front in the Right’s War on Labor? 12/4/14

a klatch of high-level representatives of some of the most anti-union groups in the country gathered on a stage at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC...read


Several Giant U.S. Corporations Pay CEOs Richly While Avoiding Federal Taxes 12/4/14

Seven of the nation’s 30 largest corporations paid their chief executives more than they paid in U.S. federal income taxes in 2013...read


GOP: Thanks for Electing Us, and Screw You 12/4/14

Congress wasted no time last week in doing what they do best -- screwing America's middle class and working poor...read


Koch-Tied Group Pushes New Union-Busting Bill in Wisconsin 12/4/14

Just weeks after Wisconsin's controversial Governor Scott Walker was elected to a second term, a group with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers has launched a new effort to destroy unions...read


In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got A Mining Company What It Wanted 12/4/14

billionaire Chris Cline's company bought an option to mine a swath of northern Wisconsin in 2010, the company touted the project's potential to bring up to 700 well-paid jobs to a hard-pressed part of the state...read


UnioNation Receives High Praise for ‘Rocking Solidarity Music 12/2/14

wrote Schniderman. “This is a collection of voices which represent the values, the spirit, and the caring-for-each-other attitude of the everyday heroes and heroines who are America's working class"...read


Mitch McConnell Rider Could Roll Back Campaign Finance Laws 12/2/14

Sen. Mitch McConnell is trying to use a massive appropriations bill to loosen campaign finance rules...read


The Driving Force Behind Runaway Inequality 12/2/14

transformed the corporate ethos of "retain and reinvest" into "downsize and distribute...read


This is why the middle class can’t get ahead 12/2/14

Only Americans who make less than $23,660 a year are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay after working 40 hours a week...read


In advance of union election, Capital Bikeshare worker fired for organizing 12/2/14

These are the most vicious, nasty bastards in the business...read (scroll down the page to find)


We should all be thankful for labor unions’ successes 12/2/14

When union membership began to decline, wages stagnated and executive pay began to spike exponentially...read