WIN Week In Review: September 1-3, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
At a Christian Science Monitor roundtable Wednesday AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka told reporters that there were racists in Trump’s White House.
Trumka says some of the racist Whiter House aides actually had some policies on trade and infrastructure that labor could support. But Trumka says labor won’t work with racists.
Now, Trumka says the Wall Street wing is dominating Trump’s White House – the opposite of what Trump promised during the campaign.
[Worker Song/Chant]: “Rauner, Rauner can’t you see? What fifteen means to me. Food for my baby, bills gettin’ paid, what fifteen means to me.”
Fast-food workers who are not giving up the fight to raise wages sat in at Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s office when he vetoed a state senate minimum wage bill that would have taken the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
State chambers of commerce cheered the news that workers would have to keep suffering at $8.25 an hour. But Melinda Reed, who joined the protest over Rauner’s veto, sees nothing to cheer about in keeping workers down with poverty wages.
[Melinda Reed]: “I’m prayin’ that it goes up. And I’m prayin’ that Rauner will have a heart change.”
Tired of working for Mickey Mouse low wages, 38,000 union Disney World workers began negotiations Monday for living wages.
These Disney workers average about $10 an hour and the unions want a path to a $15 dollar minimum wage.
Ed Chambers is President of UFCW Local 1625 and also heads the Service Trades Council of six unions representing the approximately 38,000 workers.
[Ed Chambers]: “Disney’s first offer was not a bad offer. They came out suggesting two percent for the employees at the top at every level. And they were doin’ the scale at two and a half percent.
Our proposal asked for pretty significant wage increases across the board. ”
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 701 auto mechanics are entering the second month of their strike at 185 Illinois auto dealers.
Local 701’s Sam Cicinelli says a big issue is auto mechanics wages getting shortchanged roughly 6 hours a week. That’s because the dealers and automakers have lowered their book times for repairs and the actual repairs take longer to do.
[Sam Cicinelli]: “We are lookin’ to shorten the gap on approximately six hours that go uncompensated for mechanics that are on the clock for 40 hours.
Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Executive Secretary Ron Miller is proud of a program the trades unions are working on that gives career opportunities to former felons leaving the prison system. The apprentice bootcamp program graduated its third cohort this week and the program will continue.
[Ron Miller]: “A lot of these guys are kids. They went into the penal system when they were kids because they made wrong choices or they never got the first chance in life to do good. And so they’ve been in the jail system for awhile and they come out and they’re getting their first chance now at a good solid career in the construction trades.”