WIN Week In Review: July 28-30, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
The Economic Policy Institute says real wages for most Americans have stagnated or dropped since 1979. Even college-educated workers are now feeling it. EPI says Democrats are responding with their Better Deal for workers agenda. Better jobs, better wages and a better future for you and your family. EPI’s Larry Mishel says American workers are suffering because economic policies have systematically destroyed our ability to earn enough wages to be comfortably middle class.
[Larry Mishel]: “We have systematically undercut the ability of people to do for themselves. We have to re-establish a policy regime that is supportive of wages.”
Unions representing 38,000 Florida Disney workers will re-open their 2014 labor contract to seek a higher minimum wage. Negotiations to increased the Disney minimum wage from the current $10 an hour are scheduled August 28th. Ed Chamber, President of the Service Trades Council at Disney said in a statement that the Disney workers bargaining team is solid and experienced and they expect to get way more than the small 25 to 35 cents an hour raises of the past. If Disney and the unions – which include UFCW, UNITE HERE, the Teamsters and IAM – don’t reach agreement on wages by October the whole contract could be re-opened.
UNITE HERE’s Culinary Union is urging the Trump administration to extend an immigrant program called Temporary Protected Status. More than 320,000 immigrant workers from 10 countries are covered and the program is set to expire at the end of the year unless it’s extended. The Culinary Union’s Bethany Kahn.
[Bethany Kahn]: “About every 18 months the TPS is renewed. And it’s been renewed for about ten countries and they include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The TPS deadlines are set to expire the end of this year and then the beginning of next year.”
UAW President Dennis Williams, in a letter to union members, says he is appalled by an alleged criminal misuse of funds by a Fiat-Chrysler executive and a former UAW Vice-President.
Williams says the UAW has ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption or wrongdoing of any kind.
The UAW says the alleged criminal conduct by the late General Holiefield, a former UAW Vice President who died in 2015, was “a betrayal of trust by a former member of our union.”
A former Fiat Chrysler executive was indicted for conspiracy and other federal crimes for allegedly embezzling funds from a workers training center in a conspiracy with the former UAW official.
No union dues were involved in the crime.
The UAW is conducting an internal investigation into the allegations in the indictment.