WIN Week In Review: Saturday, November 4, 2017
By Doug Cunningham
[NYC Public Advocate Letitia James]: “We will not lie down! We will not go away! We will not cower! We will not submit!
We will not be fooled by your propaganda or bought by your money. Nothing will stop the will of working people when you trample on our rights!
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, talking about the IBEW Spectrum strike in New York. Eighteen hundred workers, on strike for eight months for a fair contract, are taking their Spectrum/Charter campaign to 41 states.
Public workers in Kentucky are fighting back against proposed pension changes that would harm them and their families. JoAnne Powers reports.
State worker Nema Brewer, a member of the Fayette County Education Support Professionals Association, says workers have been increasingly targeted since January, with Republicans now in control of both the governorship and the legislature; they’ve pushed through an anti-union right-to-work law and gutted prevailing wage protections.
[Nema Brewer]: “We’ve seen our rights as workers being attacked more and more over the last year here in Kentucky. The latest, I guess, piece of the puzzle has been to pretty much decimate the public employee pension system, so we’re really trying to push back against that today…
For the first time you’re seeing in Kentucky the little guy can actually push back against all these corporate interests that are comin’ in.”
The proposed legislation would move workers to a defined-contribution plan, freeze pensions at 27 years of service and increase employee contributions.
The National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW) is launching a national effort to organize private sector mental health workers. NUHW President Sal Roselli says his union is partnering with IAM – the machinist’s union – to make mental health the leading civil rights issue of today.
So why do workers choose to go with NUHW?
[Sal Roselli]: “They almost always respond with something like well, number one we’ve done our research. We want a union that we control. We want a union that’ll help us fight our employer. We don’t want a union that partners with our employer. We’re not looking for another boss. So NUHW is the place for us.”
The Union veterans Council is urging President Trump to veto U.S. Senate Joint Resolution 47 which was passed 51-50 with Vice-President Pence casting the deciding vote.
The Union Veterans Council’s William Attig says instead the president should stand with veterans and veto this resolution. That resolution removes consumer protections important to veterans when dealing with big banks and financial corporations.
[William Attig]: “What the Union Veterans Council is doin’ – along with what the American Legion did – we are callin’ on President Trump to choose between two options.
He gets to choose between corporate lobbyists and big banks or he gets to choose with the side of the men and women who fought and bled for their country and veto this bad piece of legislation.
It’s un-American. It strips rights away from consumers. And it’s frankly an anti-veteran bill.”