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Labor Unions Urge Emanuel To End 'Toxic' Interest-Rate Swaps

Three major labor unions in Chicago want Mayor Rahm Emanuel to end ‘toxic’ interest-rate swaps with banks — deals they say cost the city and the public school district more than $100 million annually.

The Chicago Teachers Union, AFSCME Council 31 and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois sent a letter to the mayor Wednesday, urging him "to immediately file for arbitration" under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority "to seek a refund of sums expended on fraudulent interest-rate swaps."

The city should act "immediately," because the option for filing for arbitration could end as early as next month, the unions said.

“Ending these deals would generate additional revenue that would help the city meet a wide range of vital needs—mental health services, early childhood education, public safety and the growing pension obligation,” CTU President Karen Lewis, AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director Roberta Lynch and SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher wrote in the letter.

http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/09/17/labor-unions-urge-emanuel-end-toxic-interest-rate-swaps

Michigan AFL-CIO: ““Discrimination is Not Only Unfair and Un-American, It’s Anti-Competitive”

Today Michigan AFL-CIO, a longtime supporter of a fully inclusive nondiscrimination bill, reiterated in an op-ed for The Detroit News its full-throated support of amending the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

“I don’t always agree with corporate executives. But in this case, I couldn’t agree more,” said Karla Swift, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO. “Discrimination is not only unfair and un-American, it’s anti-competitive. It costs companies real money when they reject the talents of a potential worker just because he or she is gay, a person of color, or from a different country.”

“In fact, it’s working people and our unions who make our economy more competitive and more consistent with American values by fighting against discrimination in all its ugly forms.”

http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/michigan-afl-cio-discrimination-is-not-only-unfair-and-un-american-its-anti

American Airlines passenger service agents vote for union representation

American Airlines passenger service agents have voted to be represented by a coalition of the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

AA’s agents, who staff the gates and counters at airports and handle reservations, had voted down the CWA in 2013, prior to the Dec. 9 merger of US Airways and American.

But their US Airways peers are currently represented by the CWA-Teamsters coalition, and their employees combined with American’s employees to approve the CWA-IBT association as their union.

The CWA said that of the 11,187 voting, 86.2 percent of the airport and reservations employees had voted for the CWA-Teamsters coalition: 9,640 for, 1,547 against.

http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/american-airlines-passenger-service-agents-vote-for-union-representation.html/

SF cabbies closer to becoming an affiliated union

A new taxi union in San Francisco is well on its way to getting enough members on board to become an official affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

At the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance's meeting on Sept. 9, about 350 cab drivers signed up and paid their dues, and the next day about 40 more joined, leaving the union about 100 paid members away from joining the AFL-CIO network. Union members say the numbers are estimates because they have been receiving pledge forms and payments daily and are backed up in manually entering them into their database.

Based on hundreds more pledge forms from drivers indicating they intend to pay dues, the designation could occur by mid-October, said Beth Powder, a union board member and driver and dispatcher for DeSoto Cab Co. And they're not stopping there. The union's goal is to have 1,000 paid members by December.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-cabbies-closer-to-becoming-an-affiliated-union/Content?oid=2902542

Labor to join rally to demand action on climate change

The Oregon AFL-CIO and other labor organizations will take part in Portland’s People’s Climate March Sunday, Sept. 21, at Waterfront Park. The march will coincide with a much larger march in New York City, and other demonstrations around the world.

Organizers in New York City are expecting the demonstration to be the largest political rally in that city in over a decade, and the biggest demonstration for climate action ever held.

The march will be notable not only for its size, but for its diversity. More than 1,100 organizations have endorsed the march, including more than 60 labor organizations, and six international unions: Amalgamated Transit Union, Communications Workers of America (CWA), National Education Association, National Nurses United, Office and Professional Employees International Union, and Service Employees International Union. The unionists will assemble in a several block area next to Central Park and march together.

Celebrities also have begun showing support, including model Helena Christensen, musician Peter Gabriel, actor Susan Sarandon, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi and actor Edward Norton.

http://nwlaborpress.org/2014/09/labor-join-rally-demand-action-climate-change/

Labor official says Walker ad showing governor climbing out of hole sets unsafe example

MILWAUKEE — It's not uncommon for political candidates to engage in mudslinging, but in Wisconsin's governor's race there's actual dirt involved.

It all started last week when Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign released an ad titled "Comeback," which opens with him standing in an earthen hole about 6 feet deep. He tells the camera his opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, supported policies that put Wisconsin in a hole with high taxes, a deficit and a loss of 133,000 Wisconsin jobs. Then he touts aspects of his record while climbing a ladder.

Burke's campaign fired back with "Stop Digging," an ad that contends it was Walker's policies that put Wisconsin in a hole. A narrator asks Walker to stop digging, as dirt is shown flying through the air as if being tossed by a shovel.

The back-and-forth took an unconventional turn, however, when a union official stepped in to criticize Walker's ad — not for its content, but for setting a poor example by failing to take safety precautions when filming it.

http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/275448551.html

Nursing home workers in Jersey City, Union City striking for contracts

Steady rain did little to damper the spirits of striking healthcare workers in Jersey City and Union City yesterday morning.

More than 50 nursing home employees who are members of 1199 SEIU picketed outside two Alaris Health facilities — Castle Hill in Union City and HarborView in Jersey City — the first day of a three-day work stoppage.

They are two of four groups of strikers at Alaris nursing home facilities across North Jersey, including Guttenberg and Rochelle Park.

Front line workers at the nursing homes, including certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses have been without a contract for more than five months.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2014/09/nursing_home_workers_without_a.html

TOP 25 MUSEUMS — UNITED STATES Travelers' Choice

1). Art Institute of Chicago
2). The Getty Center, Los Angeles
3). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
4). The National WWII Museum, New Orleans

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Attractions-cMuseums-g191

An Interesting List.

September 18

It is National Ceiling Fan Day!

I hope everyone is able to celebrate according to their family traditions!

Walmart launches 'fight hunger' campaign

Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, Ark., said Monday its Walmart Foundation is launching a nationwide campaign to get the public involved in fighting hunger.

The campaign — called “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” — will ask the public to cast one vote per day through Oct. 5 at www.walmart.com/fighthunger to indicate which food banks and local partner agencies they would like to see receive money from the Walmart Foundation; each of the 50 winning food banks will receive a $60,000 grant — a total of $3 million, equivalent to more than 37 million meals, Walmart said.

The campaign will also include six CPG companies — ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Hormel, Kellogg Co., PepsiCo/Quaker and Unilever — who collectively will donate $426,000, or the equivalent of 4.26 million meals, Walmart said. The Walmart Foundation will also donate $300,000 to Feeding America nationally, the company added.


http://supermarketnews.com/community-service/walmart-launches-fight-hunger-campaign
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