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Jul 16

COPE Today, Contract Tomorrow

By President Bruce Hamilton

Since Wisconsin’s union-busting governor beat back a recall campaign in June, Big Business and its wholly owned, right wing media and politicians have pumped up the volume on an old chorus: The Labor Movement is dead! The Labor Movement is dead!

The 1% are trying to convince anyone who will listen that unions are so beaten down that we are no longer a threat to the powers that be. Don’t believe it.

Jul 16

Five Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer

The more everyone finds out about Mitt Romney’s finances, the more questions they have. Perhaps that’s why he’s hiding as much as he thinks he can get away with.

Today, The Boston Globe reported that Romney was still running Bain Capital two years after he claims he left the firm, directly contradicting his campaign’s denial that he was involved in deals that led to layoffs, bankruptcies, and American jobs getting shipped overseas.

It’s a pattern of secrecy, and this is just the latest example of him trying to hide the truth from voters. There are a number of issues in play right now – questions to which voters deserve answers:

Jul 09

Obama Signs Highway Safety Act, Drivers to Target Fatigue

On July 6, Pres. Barack Obama signed the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act, capping a 5-year effort by Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio to raise standards in bus construction.  Two days later, families of bus crash victims thanked Brown at a Cleveland press conference for the law, which mandates seat belts, stronger roofs and safer windows. Greyhound bus drivers also spoke to the media about the need to address driver fatigue, the leading cause of fatal bus accidents. For a news report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, an additional video and photos, click here>

Jul 02

COPE: The Worker's Approach to Politics

By President Bruce Hamilton

You know you’re up against enormous odds when the Supreme Court rules that the people of Montana’s 100-year law stopping the Copper Bosses from buying the state’s governors, senators, congressmen, and local legislators is unconstitutional. The Super Rich clearly have a grotesque advantage in the 2012 elections.

Jun 28

Sammie Howard Set to Lead Region 2

Beginning July 1, Atlanta Chief Steward Sammie Howard officially takes the helm as Region 2 Vice President, replacing Bill White, who has decided to retire.  Sammie is very well known to members throughout Region 2, and the transition is expected to be smooth.  Still, he will need everyone’s support as we all carry the work of our union forward. 

Sammie comes on at a time when the local is gearing up for contract talks as well as getting organized for this fall’s elections.  Let’s all give Sammie a big Local 1700 welcome as he undertakes his new duties. 

To contact Sammie, click on the “CONTACT US” button at the right side of the home page.

Jun 28

Members Ideas Needed: Fill Out The Contract Survey Now!

Local 1700 members should log in, fill out and submit the contract survey that is now on the home page.

Jun 24

Bill White Announces His Retirement

Region 2 Vice President Bill White has announced that he will be stepping down at the end of this month.

Jun 24

Greyhound Agrees to Early Contract Talks

Resolution of the dispute over our work in the Southwest will be part of comprehensive contract negotiations.

Jun 21

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Obama criticizes congress for dragging their feet on student loan rates

"We're ten days away from nearly 7.5 million students seeing their loan rates double because Congress hasn't acted. This should have been a no-brainer. It should have been done weeks ago," he said.

Jun 19

KPFK Radio Interviews Hamilton on Highway Safety

The subject on "Labor Review," a weekly pro-union radio show in Los Angeles, was highway safety and host Henry Walton discussed driver fatigue and ending the federal exemption for bus companies on paying overtime with ATU Local 1700 President Bruce Hamilton. To hear the interview, click here>>
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