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A newsletter by and for the members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 Minneapolis-St.Paul-Rochester Produced by the ATU 1005 Education Committee
Informat ive...from a Union point -of-view
Pr esiden t 's Repor t ; Figh t In f lat ion ! Wor k er s Need a Real Raise!
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The Case for COLA +1 By Ryan Timlin; President of ATU 1005 Working people in the US and all over the world are experiencing just the latest crisis of capitalism; inflation. This "Summer of Inflation" is driving conversations at every workplace as people are forced to deal with the convergence of rising prices, on top of heat waves and a pandemic that just won't go away. Capitalism and the economists who proclaim how great the system is are downplaying the effects of inflation on working people. But we have to see through their propaganda. That is why ATU 1005 should lead the fight for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to keep our wages at pace with rising prices. We think workers everywhere can and should take up this demand. Econ om ist s Dow n play Th r eat of In f lat ion At the outset of this most recent period of inflation, capitalist economists assured us that inflation was only going to be temporary, that the global supply chain will work itself out eventually, and prices will go back to normal. Contrary to those predictions, inflation and rising prices is the new normal, hitting working people hardest while corporations make record profits. These economists have now had to admit their ignorance. Mark Bergen, a professor at the University of Minnesota who studies inflation said, ?There is
Page 3; Fr om t h e Edit or 's Desk Page 3; St r ipper St r ike Page 4 & 5; Br it ish Rail St r ike hope on the horizon that this isn?t going to keep on getting worse and worse, but exactly when and how, I?m not sure anybody exactly knows.? Many economic forecasters (if we are to believe them) anticipate that it will take a few years for inflation to drop back to their goal of 2%.
When capitalist economists talk about the economy, they?re referring to incentivizing business and profits. But for working people, for an economy to be ?working properly,? at a minimum, workers will need their wages to keep pace with rising prices. And according to any Econ101 textbook, low unemployment, or a ?tight labor market? under capitalism should ?in theory? increase the competitive advantage for workers to be in a better position to demand increased wages from employers. Despite some evidence of wages, on average, rising, most working people are seeing their earnings slip.
We are now experiencing the worst inflation in 40 years. In Minnesota, an average gallon of regular gas hit a record high of $4.76 on June 15. As of June 2022, the CPI-U (Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers) in the Midwest Region specifically, increased by 9.5% since June of 2021. Energy prices rose 44.5% and food prices were up 11.9% over the year (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
In Minnesota, the average non-farm private sector job posted earnings increases of only 2.16% from April 2021 to April 2022! It is unfortunately a very similar story all across the country; workers? wages have not kept up with rising consumer prices. What this means is a pay cut for workers in real dollars. In Minnesota, average hourly earnings declined 3.6% in the last year, after taking inflation into account.
Some capitalist economists downplay the impacts of inflation and describe this kind of economy as ?hot.? These apologists will point to a low unemployment rate to try to convince the rest of us that the economy is actually just fine. They also want us to think that rising prices must mean a growing economy if there is this much demand for consumer goods, incentivizing more capitalist production at increased profits.
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This capitalist economy is failing working people yet again. If that wasn?t enough, to add insult to injury, the capitalists themselves are better than ever while we suffer. The U.S.? biggest oil companies made record profits in these last months. In July, ExxonMobil reported an unprecedented $17.85 billion in the second quarter, nearly four times as much as the same period a year ago. Chevron made a record $11.62 billion as the UK?s Shell broke its own profit records. This is
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idea who wrote the comments above, Managers, Union Members, Non-Rep or which divisions they work in. No doubt, there is always room for improvement and changes might need to be made.
Fr om t h e Edit or 's Desk By Saralyn Romanishan - #68329 Education Committee Chair/Editor Regarding Employment Practices: ?Some employees described the ATU as an obstacle. ATU members reported feeling unsupported by the union?s practices and misaligned values.? -Summary created by the collators of the Results Report,in Section 5: Summary of open-ended questions regarding racial equity, inclusion, accessibility, and intercultural competence subheading Employment practices, Results Report, Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey 2022*
Mary Turner, President of MNA Photo courtesy of Star Tribune
-Comment chosen by the collators to support the summary above in the Results Report.
back and forth, counter-offer to counter-offer, for months without reaching a resolution. And similar to Metro Transit, Allina is telling the public and employees one thing but not all things. According to Allina, the nurses have been offered 11% over three years and ?compensation benefits?. Now, who in their right minds would turn that down? - Someone who knows the whole offer versus rumors and the public narrative.
15,000 nurses have voted to authorize a strike across 15 Minnesota hospitals. They are asking for the same things we have been asking for, a solution to short staffing and retention issues and an annual salary increase. Also, like us, negotiations have been going
This is where we all need to do our part. Rumors are not reality, they are just rumors. Narratives are created. And as Mark Twain once said, ?Facts are stubborn but statistics are more pliable,? i.e. statistics are manipulated to support narratives by wording
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either busy or not available. One dancer said that it was securities job to deal with problem customers otherwise what was security there for.
?ATU ? they bully staff, supervisors, and managers.?
By Chris Ptacek #72037 Dancers from the North Hollywood strip club, the Star Garden, went from walking on the stage to walking a picket line. Late May dancers from the Star Garden walked out after the unjust firing of two dancers. They asked to see their contract from management. Management not only refused, but told them, ?If they didn?t feel safe to stay home.? Until they did. The next night security refused to let them enter. The group took this as a lockout. The reason for the upheaval started out when the ladies would bring concerns about customers to security. They were told by management that all concerns were to go through management. Security would not be dealing with their issues. When the time came to talk to management, they were
choice and highlighting outlier data. A lesson we learn from the collators of the survey is to not assume. Facts are what matter. When you hear a rumor, instead of spreading it, ask union leaders what is really happening at negotiations. Stay in the know. Be heard and fill out your contract surveys and turn them in.
Right now, workers around the country and workers at Metro Transit need the union and if you want change within the union structure,be the change. Our re-opened contract negotiations for the previously ratified contract are now dead in the water but our 3 year contract negotiations are coming up. * Results Report and Employee Engagement and Satisfaction Survey 2022 has been presented to the Metropolitan Council and is available on MetNet.
The Trader Joe's on Washington Ave and workers all over the country are voting to unionize. Why? Because Unions are needed. This is not the time to leave, this is the time to join and become the force we were meant to be. Only 28% (812 surveys) of Metro Transit staff filled out the engagement survey and much less of them were ATU union members and front-line workers. We have no
all also getting help from the nonprofit Strippers United that addresses issues in the workplace in that industry. The dancers are now closer and more unified than ever. It?s an admirable quality that lends itself to a strong union. Every union big or small can learn from this
The dancers were going to security over things like customers violating the rules, filming without consent, and in general unsafe work practices. The new rule about not going to security made all the dancers?jobs more unsafe.
motivated group .
While the Star Garden is not the first strip club to unionize, it may be the first existing one. The former one closed down a number of years ago and was in San Francisco. The goal of the dancers ultimately is to earn enough money to open their own club.
bedbugs, rats, a rusty nail that was fixed with duct tape, and a broken stage with a hole in it. The Star Garden has had issues with OSHA in the past over health and hygiene issues.
While out on the streets walking the picket line, the dancers have had theme nights. One night was the French Revolution, another one was sexpionage. They even had a night where they dressed up representing the issues they had inside the Star Garden. Some of those things were broken glass,
The small group so far has gained the attention and support from a number of other unions. They are
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Br it ish Rail St r ik e; Un ion Vict or y Im por t an t f or All Tr an sit Wor k er s Wor ldw ide By Adam Burch #78115
n England earlier this summer, 40,000 members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union voted 9 to 1, with a 71% turnout, for strike action against the 2,500 job losses at Network Rail, and the further attacks on pay and conditions across 15 different train operators. This was the largest strike of transport workers in 30 years. With a determined lead from the national union leadership and branches (what we call ?Locals? in the US), it has the potential to inspire other workers facing pay freezes, or pitiful pay rises, to organize and take action. ATU 1005 members should take notice and try to learn the lessons from other labor struggles, especially from transit workers in the same sector, even if it is ?across the pond.? I
RMT launched three days of national strike action across the railway network. Over 50,000 railway workers walked out as part of these three days of national strike action in June, the biggest labor dispute for the transit network since 1989.
pay proposal nor a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies.
The Tory (Conservative Party) Government is planning new laws to ensure that a minimum level of staffing is maintained during a strike ? in other words banning significant proportions of those who have voted to strike from actually going on strike.
RMT general secretary (union president) Mick Lynch said; "Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously. We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising. Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system. Rail companies are making at least £500 million a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the Covid-19 pandemic.?
Unite union leader Sharon Graham has attacked these threats. Strong words should be turned into actions, to resist any attempts at imposing or using new anti-union laws. The Tories will be keen to attack the RMT, CWU and Unite, among others. The entire trade union movement should rally with mass demonstrations, solidarity pickets and if necessary widespread industrial action to defend any group of workers singled out by the government. The first step is for the RMT and CWU, together with Unite and any other unions taking action nationally or locally, to coordinate action for maximum effect based on discussion at the base of the unions as well as the tops. Wh at is Next f or RM T an d Br it ish Tr an sit Wor k er s? As the third and final day of the national strike by RMT rail-workers drew to a close, it was clear that round one had been won by the workers and the union.
The dispute is about jobs, pay and conditions. RMT has demanded from the 15 train operating companies and Network Rail a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies, and no detrimental changes to their working practices/terms and conditions. They have declined to meet these demands. The transit agency wants more cuts to the track maintenance system that will make the railways less safe. Any of these cost savings from these cuts will unlikely be passed onto passengers. Fares went up by 3.9% in 2022 and yet rail staff haven?t had a pay raise for over two years. The money certainly isn?t going back in fare discounts, it?s being leached out in dividends for shareholders.
Rock solid strike action has demonstrated the power of organized workers when they move into action, with the employers and government left to impotently gnash their teeth and make threatening noises. Despite an onslaught of propaganda in the media, a majority of the public continue to support the strikes. This has been helped by the combative stance of the RMT leadership in the media, but also because ordinary people are well aware of the cost of living crisis, the profit-driven threat to
Th e u n ion sh u t dow n t h e cou n t r y 's r ailw ay n et w or k on Ju n e 21st , 23r d, an d 25t h du e t o t he in abilit y of t he r ail em ployer s t o com e t o a n egot iat ed set t lem en t w it h RM T. Network Rail and the train operating companies have subjected their workers to multiyear pay freezes and plan to cut thousands of jobs which will make the railways unsafe. Despite intense talks with the rail bosses, RMT has not been able to secure a
jobs across the economy, and the utter disaster that rail privatization has been for everyone except the profiteering bosses and shareholders. So what happens next? The employers as a whole and the government have no intention of backing down. This is a coordinated and deliberate assault which has been planned for years in Network Rail and goes to the heart of the operating model for the Train Operating Companies, who want less staff on lower wages. The bosses and Tories can be beaten, but it will take further industrial action to make them back off. This is at a time when other groups of workers are looking to enter the fray, first at Royal Mail and British Airways, and then in the autumn among education workers, civil servants and others, with numerous additional local disputes among private and public sector workers. These disputes all spring from the same source: the fundamental crisis of the British and world capitalist economy. Escalat e t h e st r ik es Solidarity among the RMT membership delivered solid strike action during the three days in June. The next round of rail strikes needs to be worked out in dialogue with the base of the union, to decide the most effective plan of action. The dates should be decided by the membership, but clearly as the Tory government escalates its anti-union threats, the union then needs to escalate the response with a bigger number of strike days. Sections of the RMT membership on the railways which weren?t on strike this time need to be brought into the dispute, whether by re-balloting to hit thresholds or on the basis of their own distinct demands and concerns. The employers are clearly fearful of this, hence the 7.1% pay offer
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...Continued from page 4 on Merseyrail (as compared with the 2?3% being offered to national rail workers). The union should seize on this fear to widen the dispute and win more. Aslef and the TSSA unions need to take strike votes among their own members over similar issues and join the dispute before they are used against it. Solidarity with the rail dispute is essential. The Tory threat to lift the (ineffective) legal restrictions on employers using agency workers to do the work of strikers shows the limits of ?progressive? laws which rely on the goodwill of judges and politicians. Whether or not the employers can break strikes by bussing in scabs depends ultimately on the strength and power of the strike. Any attempt to use agency scabs should be met with picket lines that prevent the scabs going in, backed up by mass solidarity demonstrations mobilized by the local trade union movement. The agency bosses seem nervous of the repercussions of being used as a scab army, and if they do assist the Tories, this can be used to call for protests outside their outlets demanding they withdraw the scabs and appeal to agency workers not to act as strike-breakers. The P&O dispute showed some of the dangers and the potential around this, with scab security guards used as a mob of thugs by the bosses, but also agency workers walking off the job when they found out what they were being used to do. M obilizin g solidar it y an d pu blic su ppor t
helping the sick or teachers from educating the young need to be rebutted head on with strong statements from the public sector unions about why they support the rail strikes, and a campaign among their own members to explain why all workers should support the rail strikes, connecting this to the similar issues faced by health workers, education workers and so on.
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Coordination goes beyond demonstrations to coordinating strike votes and strike dates. At a national leadership level the RMT and CWU need to coordinate their strike dates to strike on at least some of the same dates for maximum effect.
Public support remains high but needs to be tapped into. There needs to be large local demonstrations called by the RMT and the local trade union movement, mobilizing rail workers, postal workers and others.
At a local level, RMT activists on the rail and CWU activists on the mail should make contact and have the same discussion to take back into their unions to make sure the battles are brought together. Where there are local disputes, often involving Unite members, these can be brought into the same discussions.
The RMT?s policies of ?fair fares? and rail renationalization need to be brought to the fore. The role of a public, well-funded and affordable rail network in addressing the worsening climate crisis should also be made clear. Calling local protest marches with leaflets that can be given to the public on the picket lines can tap into the wave of wider support and start to mobilize the wider trade union movement. The CWU should back this and add its own demand for renationalization of Royal Mail to the slogans for demonstrations.
Numerous unions are talking about industrial action in the autumn: the NEU in schools, PCS in the civil service, and Unison?s general secretary (union president) has gone from attacking other unions for being prepared to strike to boasting that her union will be ?strike ready?.
It?s not hard to imagine the huge support there would be for well-organized union-led marches in every town and city, demanding ?Renationalise rail and mail! Defend jobs! All workers need a pay rise!?
Coordinating ballot timetables between all these unions, and the RMT if or when it has to vote again, is one of the most effective ways of showing to members of all the unions that the movement is serious enough and big enough to take on and defeat the government and the employers. This in turn will help to reach the anti-democratic turnout and support thresholds required by the anti-union laws.
The TUC (equivalent of the AFL-CIO in the US) national demonstration on June 18th showed a fraction of the potential for this with 50,000+ people attending. Now the unions on strike nationally and locally need to pick up the baton of mobilizing in the streets.
Preparation for this starts now. Not just the technical aspects, but directing support to the workplaces and workplace activists, involving the widest number of members in actively building support for strike votes. This should be around clear demands, and direct coordination by workplace reps across the base of the unions especially in multi-union workplaces (e.g. NEU and Unison in schools, Unison and Unite in hospitals, and so on) to jointly campaign for the maximum turnout of all members, regardless of which union they?re in.
The accusations that rail workers are preventing nurses from
in ?minimum service? legislation, which basically means a large proportion of workers who vote to strike are then legally banned from going on strike.This can be made unworkable by mass industrial action, official and also unofficial where necessary, backed up by demonstrations and protests to defend the picket lines of any union threatened with a scab?s charter. Ever more legal assaults on the unions does raise the question of workers? political organization. As welcome as the support of a smattering of Labour MPs (Members of Parliament is the equivalent of members of Congress in the US) may be, there is no chance at all that the Labour Party will be a useful tool for workers to organize through to build their struggles, demand public ownership, or enforce the repeal of all the anti-trade union laws. Establishing local umbrella campaigns such as ?[Town/city name] needs a pay rise,? or local conferences of resistance or cost-of-living assemblies, can start creating the political space for workers and campaigns to come together, reach out to community organizations and the mass of the working class, and discuss the wider political questions of how the cost-of-living crisis can be overcome. On the basis of this, steps towards a new mass workers party of struggle could be taken, a party of a completely different type, not mainly focussed on elections but one which is an organization by, of and for working people and through which they can get politically organized. Round one of the rail strikes belongs to the rail-workers, and the wider working-class. The Tories will come back hard while the economy continues to slide towards a deeper crisis and recession. Round two will be won by solidarity, coordination and escalation to knock out the Tories and take the battle to the bosses and their system as a whole.
The Tories are threatening to bring
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jean jacket with a pair of camo BDUs. They had a cap on that had waist long sides that turned into gloves. It was a faded blue color and looked like it was old. Because it was cold outside the person was slightly hunched up, trying to keep warm, I?m sure.
Tales f r om t h e Cu r b By Chris Ptacek #72037 Thank you for joining me for this short, but real story from transit's front-line facilities workers. Welcome to tales from the curb. This little transit tale might be a bit long in the tooth, and is called Fangs, But You?re Not Mime Type. Enjoy.
from me. In the matter of a few seconds my brain nearly short-circuited from a series of events that I?m glad nobody saw firsthand. The person with the long blue hat happened to be a woman, and she was shocking to say the least. Did I mention it was 4:30 AM? She had a snow-white face that was painted on like a clown. Around her eyes and two thin lines coming down from them was a light blue color. Her eyes were contact colored and ice blue.
When I got to the shelter, I began to do my job sweeping up the trash left from the prior night endeavors. It was when I was inside the shelter itself with my back to the entrance that I happened to notice movement from the corner of my eye. For an instant I felt my spine shrink just a little bit. I?ve always hated being snuck up on.
At about 430 in the morning, I was working on my route. It was spring but still rather cold. Much like every other day I was walking to a shelter when I noticed a person walking on the other side of the street. They were headed the same direction I was going. This was nothing new and happened almost every day.
It was about that moment that I was almost sure my chest was going to collapse in on itself. The poor woman must?ve seen my eyes nearly bugging out of my head. She turned and smiled when she was a foot or less away from me
When I turned around, I saw the person that was across the street was now just a mere foot away
The person was wearing a black
ATU International President John Costa joined more than 100 strikers, elected officials, disability advocates, and other supporters at a rally outside of contract talks at the Local Union Hall and spoke directly to Transdev negotiators to give members the contract they deserve. After the rally, the workers packed the negotiations room as both sides began to bargain.
ATU Local 689 Reach TA, En din g Nin e-Day St r ik e From ATU.org Forestville, MD -After a unified and strong nine-day strike, ATU Local 689 MetroAccess workers reached a tentative contract agreement with private contractor Transdev. The more than 200 paratransit drivers, utility workers, dispatchers, maintenance workers, and road supervisors, who walked off the job on August 1 after months of intense negotiations, are expected to vote to ratify the contract in the coming days.
officials, all our allies, and our International for coming out and standing with us.? The new three-year contract with Transdev includes substantial wage increases and improved benefits, including better sick leave, a more secure retirement plan, additional holidays, and other improvements. The workers successfully fought off the company's proposal to offer members less than what their counterparts in Baltimore make and their refusal to enter into a three-year agreement.
?Our members stood strong and united throughout this process. They braved the heat and the company?s tactics to try and divide us,? said Local 689 President Raymond Jackson. ?This strike shows that our members are willing to lay it all on the line for justice. I want to thank the elected
?We must still address the issue of privatization of our most vital services like paratransit,? Jackson continued. ?WMATA needs to
literally. If my poor brain wasn?t short-circuiting before age certainly was about to now. This woman?s eye teeth were fangs. I?m not talking about your slightly sharpened teeth. These were straight up vampire; bite the neck, bloodsucker things. Like any good and trained horror junky I squeaked out ?holy?! That might have been the thing that saved me, you never know, but it's my story so I say it was.Thankfully she didn?t stop, and I made it out without losing any blood. I thought my job was dangerous before, and still do but I never thought I would have to deal with a vampiric mime from hell. I did see her later in the day, but can?t explain how she was able to hop on a bus in full daylight. I only hope that the driver made it out as well as I did.
reconsider its relationship with private contractors. It?s not working, and transit workers and riders are being left behind.? Last year, Local 689 MV Call Center workers went on a one-day strike and were successful in winning a fair contract that helped improve their wages, benefits, and rights on the job. Three weeks ago, Local 689 members at the MetroAccess Hubbard Road facility also voted to strike, if necessary, to win a fair contract. The Local believes that privatization is a misguided approach to public transit, especially for vital services like MetroAccess.
ATU 1005 Execu t ive Boar d Ryan Tim lin
President / B.A.
David St igger s
M ar k Daw k in s
M ir iam Wyn n
Rec. Sec. / Asst. B.A.
Tom m y Bellf ield
Fin. Sec. / Treasurer
Facilities / Transfer Road East Metro Bus Ops
Dem et r e M u h am m ad
FTH Bus Ops
Ger ald (Jer r y) Lan ger
MJR Bus Ops
East Metro Bus Maint
Clif f Bolden
Nicollet Bus Ops
Kir a You n g
FTH Bus Maint
Jon at h an Th om as
South Bus Ops
Noah Cier n ia
MJR Bus Maint
Lisa Callah an
Nicollet Bus Maint
Van et t a Ren n ock
South Bus Maint
Dave Gosh a
First Transit Rochester
* Jim Ru sn ack o
First Transit Mpls - Steward
* Dan Abr am ow icz
Union Steward - Bus Ops
* Joh n Haw t h or n e
Union Steward - LRT Maint
Raf eal Valle
M ar k Jessee Ku r t An der son An dr ew Boar dm an Dave Bu t t s Ron Kam m u eller
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Sept / Oct ATU 1005 Calen dar M em ber sh ip M eet in gs
Tu esday Sept 27, 10am & 7pm Minneapolis United Labor Centre 312 Central Ave SE Wedn esday Sept 28, 7:30pm Eagles Club Rochester 917 15th Ave SE
ATU Com m it t ees ATU Local 1005 Black Cau cu s Thursday, Sept 15 Thursday, Oct 20 7pm Virtual (via Zoom) Contact Office for Details
Tu esday Oct 25, 10am & 7pm Minneapolis United Labor Centre 312 Central Ave SE
ATU Local 1005 Edu cat ion Com m it t ee Tuesday, Sept 20 Tuesday, Oct 18 11:30am-1pm United Labor Centre Room TBD
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WEI NGA RTEN RI GHTS Under "Weingarten Rights", if an employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequence may result from what is said, he/she can say something like this:
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer or steward be present at this meeting. Without representation present, then I choose not to participate in this discussion."
...Continued from page 1 in addition to the combined $100 billion they made in profits in the first quarter! Despite workers? wages very clearly not keeping pace with rising inflation, and corporate profits soaring well above the rate of inflation, that doesn?t stop the capitalist economists demanding that workers must continue to bear the brunt of their crises, like always. Matt Schoeppner, senior economist at Minneapolis based U.S. Bank, said that it?s actually a good thing that workers? wages don?t keep up with inflation. He said, ?That?s the one thing I would argue needs to happen [workers continuing to make less] in order to reduce all of this excess demand that?s been built up through the past couple of years.? These capitalist economists are so conditioned to blame wages for inflation that even the idea of increased wages is enough for them to obsess over, despite wages actually not keeping up, therefore obviously not being the reason for the inflation. In fact, the only ?solution? that these economists can come up with is to make things worse. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell explained that Fed policy is aiming to ?get wages down?. This is a large part of why the Fed is
raising interest rates, it wants working people to bear the brunt of inflation while protecting the profits of big business. M in n esot a Tr an sit Wor k er s f or COLA+1 Thankfully, workers organized in unions haven?t always bought into this irrational capitalist logic. The last time inflation was as bad as it is now was during the early 1980s. At that time unions were relatively stronger than we are now. Organized workers demanded to have ?COLA? instituted into our contracts. COLA stands for ?Cost of Living Adjustment.? That means whatever inflation is at the time, workers automatically get that percent increase, then any negotiated raises would be on top of that. Therefore, guaranteeing that workers actually get a raise in real dollars.
In 1970 there was a giant strike wave across the US. This included wildcat strikes among 200,000 postal workers. The postal workers won the right to bargain, COLA, and the APWU was founded a year later. gains for working people everywhere! The resolution passed unanimously!
The last time our union - ATU Local 1005 - had that in our contract was 1984. It was a mistake to negotiate COLA away then, but now we are determined to win it back in our contract in 2023!
Not only does ATU Local 1005 want to win this demand for our next upcoming contract, but we want to encourage all ATU Locals to fight for this same COLA +1 demand! When workers everywhere can organize around a similar set of demands, that strengthens workers everywhere in their specific struggles. We want all workers organized and unorganized - to feel confident that they too can fight and struggle for this demand alongside Minnesota transit workers and members of ATU Local 1005.
During July?s ATU 1005 General Membership Meeting, the Executive Board introduced a resolution to our membership that committed ATU 1005 to fight for COLA +1 during our next contract campaign. The ?+1? means whatever inflation is plus 1%, guaranteeing an actual raise. Workers using this formula as a demand will mean actual real
Like the eight-hour day and ?15 Now,? we want to make COLA +1 the sharpest demand in our upcoming labor struggles. The resolution also committed the ATU 1005 delegation to pass a similar COLA +1 resolution at the upcoming ATU International Convention in September. We want ATU and all workers everywhere to fight with us for COLA +1, union or nonunion. And we at ATU 1005 will assist in any way we can to broaden the struggle to win COLA +1, not only for us, but for all the workers we can! Solidarity!
Resolu t ion Passed at t h e ATU 1005 Ju ly Gen er al M em ber sh ip M eet in g
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