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Greets Labor Today Editor
LT Editor Joseph Hancock (L) was attending the 3rd WFTU North American Trade Union Seminar in Athens Greece.
18 delegates attended the seminar, including a representative of the Teamsters. educators from New York City and Anchorage, Alaska, shop stewards and local union presidents from Connecticut and Hennipin County, Minnesota locals of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). New York City hospital workers SEIU Local 1199 also sent a delegate. The main topics were the International condition of class oriented trade unions, and their growing participation in WFTU. The continuing international economic and political crises were discussed. Delegates held formal and informal meetings to determine their local and nationwide action plans for the next period of time.
It was agreed that Gen. Sec. Mavrikos would attend and speak at the day-long trade union conference in Los Angeles, California in Mid-March 2018, which is sponsored by Labor Today, WFTU North America, and Local 36 of the United Union of Roofers and Waterproofers. Friday evening will be a special event hosted by the California State Building and Construction Trades Council. A special action is planned to end the conference.
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Cliff Smith (C), Bus. Mgr. of Local 36 of the United Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers, a WFTU affiliate, is flanked by the Roofers International Union’s First International Vice-President Douglas Ziegler (L) and International Representative Gabriel Perea (R).
" I passed out leaflets until [Sean] Mc Garvey's chief of staff threatened to throw me out of the conference before it started" Smith said. The Roofers union officials protested that Sean McGarvey, President of the class collaborationist North American Building Trades Council, invited U.S. President Donald Trump to speak at their conference. The Roofers took a class oriented trade union protest to Trump, who supports the repeal of the Davis Bacon Prevailing Wage law, and is proposing a national Right-to-Work (for a lot less) national labor law. He addressed the Building Trades to court rank and file support for his anti-worker Private-Public Infrastructure plan. McGarvey and the American Building Trades unions officials support Trump’s sellout over the best interests of their membership. How do they sleep at night?
Cliff Smith (L) Business Manager of Roofers Local 36 (Southern California) confers with George Mavrikos, General Secretary, WFTU
Local 36 of the United Union of Roofers & Waterproofers became the first U.S. union to affiliate with the WFTU since 1949 when it joined the 92 million member Federation at the 17th World Trade Union Congress in Durban, South Africa last October 5-8.
NYC Labor to came together in solidarity with the 1,800 striking cable workers to march across the Brooklyn Bridge, and rally in Foley Square. The workers at Charter/Spectrum have been on strike for six months, and we are with them in their fight for a fair contract.
Charter Communications refused to bargain in good faith, attempting to slash benefits by halting their contributions to workers’ pension and medical plans. Charter/Spectrum has unfairly disciplined workers for repeat service calls from customers, when the root cause lies in the company’s outdated faulty equipment and unrealistic promises to customers. The warehouse workers, service technicians, and members of the engineering department have been without a contract since 2013.
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka and IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson joined Local 3 Business Manager Chris Erikson, NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento, NYC CLC AFL-CIO President Vinny Alvarez, and labor leaders and union members from across NYC to stand up for our striking sisters and brothers.