Local 110 Members,
As you know, last week the Missouri House of Representatives took a first vote (78-68) on "Right to Work" House Bill 1770. But because of supporters like you, HB 1770 still hasn't made it out of the House.
With great bipartisan opposition, HB 1770 fell four votes short of the 82 votes needed to advance from the House to the Senate last Wednesday.
Since then, "Right to Work" sponsor Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), and Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka), have said they were optimistic about persuading 4 of the 30 Republicans who didn't support "Right to Work" to switch their votes.
This spurred extremists and special interests in Washington, DC, to put additional pressure on Missouri lawmakers.
They are still trying to get the extra votes and pass HB 1770 before session ends on May 16.
The out-of-state corporate "Right to Work" proponents (such as ALEC, Grover Norquist and the Koch Brothers) and extremist politicians are not going to give up, and it's likely they will take another vote next week.
This is the most critical point in our fight so far. The vote count in the House is incredibly close, and one or two votes could make the difference between Missouri becoming a so-called "Right to Work" state or not. We need you to continue to call your Representative at 1-888-825-1418 and ask them to oppose "Right to Work."
In order to beat this bad bill in the House we must keep the pressure on!
4/11/2014 - Right-to-Work (for less) did not come up in the Missouri House yesterday, but we fully expect it to be voted on in the House on Monday. Please keep calling 1-888-825-1418 to ask your Representative to vote NO on Right-to-Work. We have to keep the pressure on! If you have already called, call again! Ask them to focus on creating good jobs instead of unsafe, unfair and unnecessary attacks on the Missouri Middle Class!
This week, Missouri legislators ignored voter demands and perfected Paycheck Deception in the Missouri House. It has to be voted on one more time to be passed. That vote will probably happen today, April 3, 2014.
That’s right… The House will probably vote on Paycheck Deception today!
There is overwhelming evidence that Paycheck Deception and Right to Work harm working familes and the economy. But state lawmakers are now just one vote away from turning this dangerous bill into law.
Call your legislators now at 888-825-1418 and tell them to stop this attack on Missouri workers.
Paycheck Deception will be a major step backward for working families. Call 888-825-1418 to defeat this anti-worker bill.
The Koch Brothers are going to spend tens of millions of dollars to influence elections between now and November of 2014. Check out this video about what types of things they are advocating for… It’s certainly not you! We’ve got to educate ourselves so that we can educate those around us. Greed is ruining our country, and these brothers have taken it to a whole new level.
After you watch it, share the link with all of your friends to get the word out!!
The first bill to be heard in committee this year in the Missouri Legislature was a Right-to-Work (for less) bill. The fact that this bill was the very first bill to be heard of the year means it is very high-priority on the legislative agenda this year. We urge you to attend your Union Meetings, as well as the Right-to-Work (for less) committee meeting directly prior to the Union Meetings, beginning at 5:30pm. This is where you can learn how you can do more to get involved in the fight to save our wages and benefits. Contact the hall for more information.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nothing short of a disaster: It’s ruinous for our middle class, a huge step back for Internet freedom, and awful for human rights in the countries we trade with.
Tragically, however, this new corporate "free" trade deal is a top priority for the White House and most Republicans. But here’s the thing: In order to pass the TPP, its supporters first need to pass "fast-track" authority that would bypass the normal legislative process.
"Fast-track" authority is an anti-democratic ruse to allow corporate interests to write their own laws with nearly no input from our elected representatives. And it’s the only way a new, jobs-killing trade agreement can pass, because pro-jobs Democrats in Congress would never let such a corporate giveaway survive to see the light of day.
Join progressives fighting to stop "fast-track" authority for the TPP trade deal today.
Sign Progressives United's petition to Congress. Tell them not to pass "fast-track" authority for yet another horrible, jobs-killing trade deal.
http://pac.progressivesunited.org/action/congress-oppose-tpp?utm_source=sp6017721&utm_medium=email&sc=sp6017721&refcode=sp6017721&ta=0 (here is the hyperlink)
Congress has a fundamental responsibility to oversee massive agreements like the TPP -- but "fast-track" authority would essentially turn pro-jobs representatives into a rubber stamp for this corporate giveaway: no meaningful hearings, no amendments, and almost no debate on a massive unjust trade deal that’s bigger than NAFTA and promises to do just as much damage to hardworking Americans.
A significant number of House Democrats are appalled by this, and they know that the progressive movement is stronger than ever.
But the White House, corporate lobbyists, and Wall Street are all upping the pressure to pass "fast-track" now to pave the way for the TPP to pass without oversight of all its corporate giveaways.
Congress needs to hear from progressives now, so they know we’re holding them accountable to working people.
Join progressives telling Congress to stand up for workers. Sign Progressives United's petition not to support the TPP today.
Why is it that, time and time again, it’s our working men and women who get punished, squeezed, and ignored by our elected officials? We’ve seen how corporate-backed trade deals like NAFTA devastated our middle class and sent good, family-supporting jobs overseas. Enough. We won’t let corporate interests grease the skids for the biggest jobs-killing "free" trade agreement yet.
Free volunteer tax preparation will be available beginning January 25, 2014 at over 100 locations throughout the St. Louis area for families making $52,000 or less. You may also choose to prepare your federal and state taxes online for free at www.GatewayEITC.org if your family income is less than $58,000.
Call United Way’s 211 helpline for information on site locations, hours and the list of documents to bring. There are additional locations that are not listed in the attached document.
Electronic filing and direct deposit are available for fast refunds.
With financial support from the United Way of Greater St. Louis, 884 IRS trained volunteers prepared 16,140 federal tax returns, delivering over $19.7 million in tax refunds to St. Louis families in 2013.
Missourians can now go online to register to vote or change their addresses on file with elections authorities.
Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the new service Thursday, saying it would simplify the registration process and make it more convenient.
Voters will sign registration forms on a computer, and the secretary of state's office will complete a preliminary review. The forms then will be printed and mailed to local elections officials to check for completeness and validity.
Buoyed by recent successes in the Midwest, conservatives and business groups are targeting at least three additional states for new efforts that could weaken labor unions by ending their ability to collect mandatory bargaining fees. Read more of the News Tribune article here...
As you may have seen earlier this week, The Guardian published internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that provide an unprecedented and disturbing view into how the über-secretive corporate bill factory really operates. This new evidence makes it clear what many have suspected all along - ALEC has misled reporters, the public, its members, and even the Internal Revenue Service.
ALEC’s primary purpose is to influence legislation at the state level, yet for years it has claimed on its tax returns spending a penny on lobbying. This is silly, and that’s why Common Cause, the Voters Legislative Transparency Project, and Clergy Voice, Center for Media and Democracy, and other watchdogs have all called bull on ALEC’s claims. You can add your name to the list here -- sign this MoveOn petition requesting that the IRS investigate whether ALEC has violated federal tax law by making substantial misrepresentations on its sworn tax returns.
Learn more about income inequality and how we can fix it here:
We must demand better pay for these fast-food workers! Stop eating at these fast food restaurants until they pay employees better. Tax-payers are footing the bill for companies that are too greedy and won't offer employees a living wage or benefits.
See for yourself how McDonalds encourages employees to take advantage of public assistance programs to make up for the gap between actual pay and a living wage.
With profits like McDonalds makes wouldn't you think they have enough money to pay employees a wage they can actually survive on?
Read more about how the minimum wage in Missouri is less than welfare:
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Gov. Perry is bragging about the business climate in Texas and how much better it is than Missouri’s business climate. Take a look at the following articles. Is this how you want Missouri to do business?
Schnucks has generously offered to help Union families who are in need of a little help with bills through the $5 for the Fight Fund. It costs you nothing to help! All you need to do is continue shopping at Schnucks, and if you spend over $100 you scan a key fob and Schnucks will donate a portion of that back to the $5 for the Fight Fund through United Way.
Read below for a little more information on the $5 for the Fight Fund:
The “$5 for the Fight” Fund was originally established in 1996 by the St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO, to assist union members and their families during a financial crisis while they supported a collective bargaining action. It was redirected in 2009 to support unemployed union families, who through no fault of their own, had fallen on hard times because of the down economy. Last year alone the Fund helped over 500 Union families from 75 different Unions.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says at the ALEC convention in Chicago that he thinks Right-to-Work (for less) will be on the Missouri Ballot next year… We are gearing up for a big fight! Be ready!
Most people like getting outside in the sun, but ultra-violet rays (UV) should be a concern for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the job site, working in the yard or at the pool, everyone should protect their skin.
What risks are you taking without proper protection? Here are just a few:
· Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin abnormalities
· Discolored skin
The Mayo Clinic recommends the following summer tips for healthy skin:
1) Protect yourself from the sun – use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and re-apply every two hours
2) Seek shade, avoid the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest
3) Wear protective clothing – cover your skin with long sleeves, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives which give clothing an additional layer of UV protection.
Following these tips will go a long way to protect your skin from the sun. Please contact your Midwest Region Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund at 800-218-2253 if you would like additional information about sun safety.
One in nine US bridges - more than 66,000 in total - are structurally deficient, a report has found.
Since 2008, the pace at which the US repairs bridges has slowed threefold compared to 1992-96, the...
Read the article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/22976594
Union labor is helping Mississippi Power and its Southern Co. Services affiliate get the utility's troubled Kemper County integrated gasification combined-cycle project back on track. In its earlier stages, the now $4-billion-plus Kemper project was being built almost entirely by contractors with non-union workforces....
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The Right to Work Education Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm at the Union Hall. Before the Lu110 normal monthly meeting.
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