WIN Week In Review: Saturday, October 14, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
[Joseph Flynn]: “No evidence supports the claim that privatizing the VA would bring veterans better care.”
AFGE national Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Flynn.
The American Federation of Government Employees wants to save the VA from privatization. The union says with 49,000 unfilled positions at the VA, hiring more people to care for vets would be a far greater benefit to veterans than scheming to privatize the VA.
[Celeste Drake]: “Is there gonna be a labor chapter? Yes. is the labor chapter going to work? And is it going to raise wages in Mexico so that we can also raise wages in the U.S. and Canada, too?
That’s an open question.”
The AFL-CIO’s Celeste Drake from the NAFTA re-negotiation talks in Washington DC. The original NAFTA did not put labor or environmental chapters into the main text.
The Teamsters Mike Dolan, an international trade lobbyist for the union and Jim Hoffa’s liaison in the NAFTA re-negotiations.
[Mike Dolan]: “At the end of the day if it doesn’t work for working families – and I don’t mean just in the U.S. – but I mean for working families throughout North America – then we will oppose it. We will oppose NAFTA 2.0.
We’ll find out whether or not this NAFTA replacement will be something that actually puts the workers in front of the short-term profit motives of corporate and investment elites.”
The NFL Player’s Association says that “NFL players are union members and part of the labor movement that has woven the fabric of America for generations.”
The player’s union says some players “have decided to use their platform to peacefully raise awareness to issues that deserve attention.”
The NFL Player’s Association says we should not stifle these discussions and “cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects.”
Meanwhile WBAP 820 AM in Fort Worth Texas says Local 100 of United Labor Unions is filing NLRB charges against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over the NFL player protests.
That union says NFL players have the right of concerted action to protest under the National Labor Relations Act.
P-Fac, the part-time faculty union representing hundreds of members at Columbia College Chicago, is in a do or die collective bargaining struggle. P-FAC has filed an unfair labor practices charge against the college.
P-Fac Communications Director Rosalind Cummings-Yeates.
[Rosalind Cummings-Yeates]: “We are fighting for a quality education. We are fighting for fair wages and respect for part-time faculty.
We are fighting for the rights of students to be able to have a real education that’s not centered around profits and corporatization. And academic freedom. That’s what we’re fighting for.”