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This isn’t an ad for working at Walmart. Rather, it’s a list of the reasons that workers at a bike-share venture in Boston voted to unionize with the Transport Workers (TWU) in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board conducted on Thursday. The election drew in 95% of eligible voters and led to an overwhelming three-fourths vote for union representation in a clear repudiation of practices that are becoming more common in technology-driven ventures.
As these videos from the Transport Workers (TWU) union show, working people across the country are gearing up to get out the vote and elect candidates on Nov. 4 who support policies that protect or expand our rights, raise wages and work for an economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy and CEOs. They are knocking on doors, making phone calls and talking to their friends, neighbors and co-workers. Take a look.
Transport Workers (TWU) Local 527 provides support services for U.S. troops as they train and learn signal command at the Fort Gordon military base in Augusta, Ga. TWU members do everything from issuing and repairing equipment and vehicles to making sure the well water is safe to drink and the facilities are heating and cooling properly.
Next to food trucks, one of the fastest growing trends in cities across the country is bike sharing, with racks of bicycles for rent by the hour or longer positioned around town for easy pick up and drop off. But it takes dozens, and sometimes hundreds of workers, to make bike-sharing operations run smoothly. On Tuesday, the more than 200 workers in New York City’s Citi Bike program chose the Transport Workers (TWU) to help make their jobs run more smoothly, too.
In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.
Presenting TWU's newest members...Virgin America Inflight Team Members (ITMs)!
On Wednesday, in a decisive 430 to 307 vote, the 900 flight attendants at Virgin America chose Transport Workers Union (TWU) membership and a brighter future for themselves and their families. In doing so, they made history at the airline. Until today, Virgin held the distinction of being the largest U.S. air carrier to have an entire workforce completely without union protections on the job. Said TWU President Harry Lombardo:
The 9,000 ground workers at Southwest Airlines—members of Transport Workers (TWU) Local 555—have been working without a contract for three years. They report negotiations have made little progress on reaching an agreement. In this new video from TWU—"Profits Before People: The New Southwest Airlines"—workers talk about the change in culture at Southwest, the company’s take-back demands and what they hope to see in the new contract.
Women are coming together and improving their workplaces by fighting for policies that include everything from raising the tipped and minimum wage, making equal pay for equal work a reality, demanding more consistent and adequate hours in retail scheduling to making sure everyone has access to affordable child care and can receive basic workplace accommodations during pregnancy. These women workers know collective bargaining and collective action are important for achieving workplace policies that work for women and families.
The Highway Trust Fund that helps states pay for transportation and transit construction and upkeep is running out of money and layoffs could begin in July. Late last month, more than 1,000 Transport Workers (TWU) and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) members and their allies rallied on Capitol Hill to urge Congress to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Act. Here’s the TWU video of the action.