Thursday, March 5, 2015

Today's Teamster News 03.05.15

Teamsters
Teamsters and Labor Allies Urge Congress to Oppose Fast Track teamster.org   …Teamsters from around the country joined their union brothers and sisters on Capitol Hill today to meet with members of Congress to discuss their continued opposition to fast-track trade promotion authority, which would have a damaging impact on American workers...
First Student, Teamsters Strike Summer Pay Deal  Savannah Morning News   ...Negotiations between Savannah-Chatham Public Schools transportation provider First Student and Teamsters Local 728 have resulted in a summer pay contract for about 500 bus drivers, monitors and technicians...
Apple To Make Many Security Guards Full-Time Employees  San Jose Mercury News   ...Under a contract approved last month, Facebook drivers working full-time will receive about $33,000 more in wages and benefits than they received before, the Teamsters said...
Lawmakers resume debate over Sunday growler sales  MPR News   …Edward Reynoso, the legislative director for Teamsters Union Joint Council 32, said changing the law to allow growlers to be sold on Sundays could reopen the labor contracts for 850 of his members who work in the liquor industry...
CN Rail reaches collective deal with Teamsters plans to buy back shares via private agreement  MENAFN   …Canadian National Railway Co. (TSE:CNR) the country's largest railroad and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union have renewed their collective agreement...
Stericycle Inc. and Teamsters reach a collective agreement  Canada NewsWire   …Stericycle Inc. is a trucking company offering waste disposal services and product destruction, including medical and pharmaceutical waste disposal. The collective agreement covering approximately 114 employees working in Brampton and Scarborough, Ontario, expired on December 31, 2014...
Trade
Fate of Obama’s Trade Agenda May Rest on Oregon Senator  New York Times   …From his position in the driver’s seat, Mr. Wyden is putting demands on the fast-track bill that Republicans are not sure they can accept — most important, a shut-off valve that Congress could turn if the details of the Pacific or European accords did not live up to their promise...
White House counts on Sen. Wyden to deliver on a trade deal  Washington Post   …Obama was calling to thank Wyden for his support of the president’s sweeping trade agenda which, in a reflection of the topsy-turvy politics of the issue, has drawn support from Republican leaders and staunch objections from many Democrats...
Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks but pact’s future very much in doubt  Japan Times   …Japanese and U.S. officials resumed talks Thursday in Tokyo on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, but the outcome of the negotiations remains unclear with political difficulties mounting for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and indications of growing opposition to the deal in the U.S…
Business Rallies Against Secretive TPP Trade Talks (opinion)  Macro Business   ...It is also lamentable that the TPP negotiations have been opened to some large corporations, which are free to lobby for their interests, but barred to individuals and industry groups. This all but ensures that the final deal will not be in the public’s best interests...
State Battles
Assembly debates right-to-work bill today  Associated Press   …With Wisconsin positioned to become the third Midwestern state in as many years to enact a right-to-work law, the Assembly begins debate Thursday on a plan Republican Gov. Scott Walker has promised to quickly sign and Democrats lack the votes to stop...
Assembly Plans 24-Hour Right-To-Work Debate  Green Bay Press Gazette   ...The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to start debate of the right-to-work bill at 9 a.m. Thursday and end no later than 9 a.m. Friday...
Boost In Minimum Wage To $12 Wins Backing In State House  Seattle Times   ...The Washington state House voted along party lines Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage — already the nation’s highest — to $12 an hour over the next four years...
Missouri House Passes Voter ID Bills  Northwest Missourian   ...The bill says approved forms of identification would include a current Missouri driver’s license or a current Missouri non-driver’s license, a document issued by the United States of the State of Missouri containing the person’s name and photograph or any armed services identification containing a photograph that is not expired...
Oakland New Minimum Wage Law Now In Effect  Contra Costa Times   ...The law raises the minimum hourly wage from $9 as set by the state to $12.25. Workers also are now entitled to paid sick days under the law that was approved by 82 percent of voters last November...
Governor Wants $10.50 Minimum Wage For NYS  WKBW   ...$10.50 - that's what Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make the minimum wage in New York State. The Governor made the announcement Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club on Bailey Avenue alongside  Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown...
Thousands expected at Capitol for Saturday labor rally West Virginia Gazette   …The “Mountaineers Workers Rising Rally” will protest “legislative attacks on our working families,” according to a news release from the state AFL-CIO. The leaders of the national AFL-CIO, the United Mine Workers of America, the Teamsters, both national teachers unions, the United Utility Workers Union and United Steelworkers are all scheduled to speak...
War on Workers
Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits  NPR   ...Until recently, America's workers could rely on a compact struck at the dawn of the Industrial Age: They'd give up their right to sue. In exchange, if they were injured on the job, their employers would pay their medical bills and enough of their wages to help them get by while they recovered. No longer...
American Airlines Mechanic Killed In Accident At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport  KXAS   ...A mechanic who had worked for American Airlines for 30 years died Monday after falling from a jet bridge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport...
Family of Oregon Worker Killed in Blender Sues Meat Distributor  Insurance Journal   …The Oregonian reported that the lawsuit filed last week in Clackamas County Circuit Court accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The view from Wisconsin


Brother Rob Moss, Business Agent for Teamsters Local 695 in LaCrosse, has been fighting with everything he has against the right-to-work bill that job-killer Gov. Scott Walker says he'll sign on Monday. Brother Rob sent us the photo above, along with this message that he agreed to let us share:
I wanted to share this picture I took this morning about 1 a.m. I had to move the Joint Council 39 semi to different parking spots for the protest at 12 p.m on Thursday the 5th. As I was walking around the square I came across this sight of the Capitol building with no one else around.  
As I stood there in the dark alone, I had thoughts about my Father (Bill Moss) who was a Teamster for 37 years. A WWII Normandy invasion trooper who served this great country and then raised a family of five kids on Teamster wages. He was not a high school graduate, as he had to start in the workforce early back when many large families had to in order to survive. His American Dream was provided like many others by belonging (under Hoffa Sr.) to our great Union. My family had six Teamsters from both sides and three generations of middle-class life.

I wondered what he would think about this great building that now still stands great but is seized by the equivalent of modern day pirates with political agendas targeting unions. I've always wished for my Dad to live longer then his 67 years, however I'm glad he did not have to witness what is going on in our great state today. Sadly, if this nutcase governor does not get derailed at the national level the rest of the country will suffer along with us. I won't say his name as he not deserving!

I'm hopeful that the big money falls short of buying this country completely. Right now I could only hope to return some future night and witness this sight in better times!  
In solidarity,
Rob
The Joint Council 39 semi at night.
And if you're wondering where those pirates are coming from, Shepherd Express has the answer:
...the “vast right-wing network” that supports Walker and his allied legislators—pro-business interests such as the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the governor’s billionaire benefactors, the uber-conservative Bradley Foundation and, last but not least, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the pro-corporate “bill-mill” outfit that churns out anti-worker, anti-consumer and anti-environment model legislation.
Read more here.

#FightFastTrack Twitterstorm for March 5

Our grass-roots campaign against Fast Track is sidetracking the legislation as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch says it could be delayed until April.

Let’s keep up the pressure with another one-hour Twitterstorm tomorrow, starting at 1 pm and using the #FightFastTrack hashtag.

Sample Tweets for Thursday, March 5 #FightFastTrack Twitterstorm 1-2 pm Eastern

Please RT to support our Twitterstorm to #FightFastTrack for the #TPP! Thursday, March 5, 1-2 pm.

Just like Freddie, NAFTA is back, only worse. This time they’re calling it #TPP #FightFastTrack pic.twitter.com/1Im0wXXlTK

This is what more American cities will look like if we do not #FightFastTrack pic.twitter.com/NIkwDKegKT

Map of jobs lost and lives ruined after NAFTA and WTO. Don't let #TPP make it worse. #FightFastTrack pic.twitter.com/nksJ7a7dSz #noFastTrack

Do you like GOOD JOBS?  In your HOMETOWN?  Then you must #FightFastTrack http://www.epi.org/blog/business-roundtable-study/ #TPP

Cher is a rock star when it comes to trade policy! #FightFastTrack for the #TPP pic.twitter.com/vWtquOW9nR

3 out of 4 Oregon voters oppose #TPP. @RonWyden risks his seat if he doesn’t #FightFastTrack pic.twitter.com/iV8hJpcJ55

There's nothing sweet enough to make lost jobs and lower wages from #TPP palatable http://on.wsj.com/18iJEvf  via @WSJ #FightFastTrack

Hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren speak out against Fast Track for the #TPP http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529461/sen-warren-speaks-us-trade-policy
 pic.twitter.com/KDfVJlwpiD #FightFastTrack

Hear Sen. Sherrod Brown speak out against Fast Track for the #TPP http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529468/sen-brown-speaks-us-trade-policy #FightFastTrack pic.twitter.com/ZAonwZNCsk

Sen. Bernie Sanders: The largest trade agreement in the history of the USA received virtually no news coverage on the major news networks. Amazing. http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529464/sen-sanders-speaks-us-trade-policy #FightFastTrack


Today's Teamster News 03.04.15

Teamsters
Teamsters ratify four-year contract at AMR  nwLaborPress.org   …Members of Teamsters Portland Local 223 and Vancouver Local 58 ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement at American Medical Response (AMR). The 450-member bargaining unit provides ambulance service to Multnomah and Clackamas counties in Oregon, and Clark and Cowlitz counties in Washington...
Bus Drivers Ratify New Contract With First Student  WTOC   ...After several long months of negotiations, Savannah First Student employees represented by Teamsters have overwhelmingly ratified their new contract, 117 to four, according to a spokesperson from Teamsters 728...
Teamsters Want Mexican Trucking Row Revisited In TPP  Law360   …The International Brotherhood of Teamsters on Monday publicly called on U.S. trade officials to use the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks to reopen deliberations on Mexico's cross-border trucking services, blasting the administration's move to open the border to Mexican truckers earlier this year...
Teamsters To Protest Republic Services  Teamsters Local 728   ...On Wed., March 4 at 12 p.m., sanitation workers who work for Republic Services, Inc. [NYSE: RSG] will hold an informational picket to educate the public on the company's human rights violations. Workers at Republic allege that Republic has broken federal laws that protect workers' rights, by unilaterally changing pay and working conditions without negotiating with their union...
S.F. politician calls for labor peace at bus stops  USA Today   …With labor unions in negotiations with the transportation companies that ferry Silicon Valley tech workers, a San Francisco legislator is calling on the city to consider "labor harmony" when granting permits to corporate shuttles...
Coming detraction: Tax credit ax?  Boston Herald   …Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25, drivers for the movie biz, [said] “Through the tax credit, we have created an industry where people can make a good living and provide for their families,” he said...
Miller, State Attorneys General Join FTC In Challenging Sysco-US Foods Merger  Storm Lake Pilot Tribune   ...Attorney General Tom Miller and a bipartisan group of state attorneys general today joined the Federal Trade Commission's administrative complaint challenging a proposed merger between food distribution giants Sysco and US Foods...
Canadian National Railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing rail traffic controllers, reach a collective agreement  Yahoo! News   ...The collective agreement covering about 185 rail traffic controllers expired on December 31, 2014...
Trade
Japanese official: Adding currency rules would kill Pacific trade pact  Reuters   …Any effort to add rules against currency cheating in a 12-nation Pacific trade pact would mean the end of negotiations, a senior Japanese negotiator said on Tuesday...
TPP Free Trade Agreement Would Increase Cost of Medicine In Mexico, Peru, Chile, And Other Countries  Latin Times   …TPP -- the Trans-PacificPartnership -- is making waves from Peru to Australia, concerning public health officials and consumer advocates. TPP, which would expand trade in 11 Pacific Rim countries, includes draft provisions for unprecedented expansion of pharmaceutical patent protection that could drive up the cost of medicine...
Let's Debate The Trans-Pacific Partnership -- History's Largest Trade Deal -- Before OKing It (opinion)  Los Angeles Times   ...If you haven't heard much about the TPP, that's part of the problem. It would be the largest trade deal in history — involving countries stretching from Chile to Japan, representing 792 million people and about 40% of the world economy. Yet it's been devised in secret, with a disproportionate amount of advice coming from corporations and Wall Street. This secrecy is the norm since NAFTA...
State Battles
Gov. Rauner asks community to back right to work in 'voter empowerment agenda' address  Chicago Sun Times   ...Rauner, who has in recent weeks focused on an agenda to allow “right to work” zones in targeted areas of the state, spent much of his address selling that point. It had one Illinois union saying Rauner held a “political obsession with crushing the unions that advocate for the middle class.”...
What a Right-to-Work Law Could Mean For Wisconsin Unions  WUWM   ...nion membership would likely fall in Wisconsin, if the state enacts such a measure It’s the trend, according to Cheryl Maranto. She’s a management professor at Marquette University.  Maranto says union numbers tend to drop in right-to-work states, partly because many unions think it’s futile to expand into new workplaces there...
Minnesota Jobs Committee chair working to bring businesses from Wisconsin to Minnesota  State Representative Pat Garofalo   ...In light of legislation passed by the Wisconsin State Senate and being debated in the Wisconsin State Assembly that would make Wisconsin a "Right To Work" state, Job Growth and Energy Affordability Committee Chairman Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, has extended an invitation to two Wisconsin businesses offering assistance relocating their headquarters to Minnesota...
Right To Work For Less: Gov. Scott Walker Wants To Lower Worker Pay In Wisconsin (opinion)  Washington Post  ...Look, there are no perfect institutions in America, and unions are no exception. But they exist for a critically important reason: to balance out the inherent power of employers over workers and, thus, to enforce a more equitable distribution of the fruits of growth. In this regard, it is not a coincidence that as unions have diminished in numbers and power, the earnings of the middle class have stagnated...
Bill restricting union dues collection fails but not dead yet in Pa. Senate  PennLive   ...An attempt to pass a controversial amendment to a bill that would restrict union dues collection from state and school employees' paychecks narrowly failed in the state Senate on Monday. But most likely, we haven't seen the last of this amendment to this so-called paycheck protection bill...
Common Construction Repeal May Require Further Study  Indiana Public Media   ...The Indiana House easily approved legislation repealing the state’s common construction wage, and the bill’s support in the Senate looks strong. That means pushing the issue to summer study committee could be opponents’ best hope...
Bill Would Reestablish N.H. Minimum Wage, Raise It To $10 An Hour By 2018  NHPR   ...Under the bill backed by seven Democratic state Senators, the increased minimum wage would take effect at the beginning of 2016. The bill calls for further increases to $9 an hour in 2017 and $10 an hour in 2018...
War on Workers
NLRB Election Rules Near Test in Congress; Changes Said to ‘Streamline' Board Process  Bloomberg BNA   ...Congress is about to take up proposals to block the National Labor Relations Board from implementing changes in its representation case rules and procedures set to take effect April 14...
Being a poor corporate citizen is hurting McDonald’s  Washington Post   …McDonald’s, that once-great American symbol of ingenuity and ruthless efficiency, is having some major difficulties, as its plummeting profits and recent C-suite shake up can attest…
Accident In The Zoo Interchange: 33-Year-Old Construction Worker Killed; Investigation Underway  WITI   ...A construction worker was killed while working on the Zoo Interchange project near 91st Street in Milwaukee on Saturday morning, February 28th...
Worker Killed At Natchitoches Parish Paper Mill  KSLA   ...Natchitoches Parish authorities have confirmed with KSLA News 12 that a man was killed in a paper mill accident...
Miscellaneous
Maine Bill Takes On NSA Spying With Transpartisan Support  Tenth Amendment Center   ...A bill filed in the Maine Senate late last week represents a transpartisan effort taking on the surveillance state. The legislation would not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in states where a physical NSA facility is located, but would also have immediate practical effects on how surveillance is used in some situations...

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dispatch from West Virginia: Feb. 26-Feb. 28

West Virginia workers packed the gallery to the House chamber.
West Virginia workers are keeping a wary eye on the Legislature. They’re taking nothing for granted, even though the Senate Majority Leader said Friday that right to work is dead in West Virginia. Meanwhile, our Teamster on the Ground is working with the Mountain State’s unions to fight an effort to lower the prevailing wage:
It had been a long, hard-fought week by the time Senate Bill 361 -- the legislation seeking to lower West Virginia’s prevailing wage -- arrived on the House floor Saturday afternoon. Workers continued their strong presence following the bill's passage in committee Wednesday, returning to the Statehouse again Thursday and Friday to line the halls and committee rooms in hopes of lobbying House delegates to vote against the anti-worker measure.  
West Virginia Building Trades members continued to try to thwart the bill’s passage. Back in my hotel room I often catch a commercial they produced to run during the session, which now airs several times a day during the morning and evening news. 
Hundreds of construction workers and union supporters swarmed the Capitol to attend Saturday’s vote in the biggest show of force since the February 16 rally on the Statehouse steps. Inside the House chamber, the galleries were crammed with construction workers, who looked down as delegates held a heated three-hour debate on the floor below.  
Many of our friends in the Legislature passionately spoke against the bill on the House floor. Some explained the history of the prevailing wage and its role providing for the state's middle class. Some dug deeper, questioning the notorious architects of the bill by referencing the special interests involved in authoring the bill's language.  
But of all the great speeches given that afternoon, the strongest case against SB361 came from Del. Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio. “They don’t want it -- the employers, and the employees surely don’t want this. Who wants this? Who’s pulling the strings down here?” he said, adding, “We’re here for the people of West Virginia, here in the people’s chamber -- not for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.” 
Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, pledged his support to the West Virginia workforce: “Let me tell you what these people want,” he said. “They want to be treated fairly. They want a nice home to live in, and they want to send their kids to college.” 
Despite our hope that state lawmakers would come to their senses and vote down the measure, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 56-39 in favor of passing SB361.
“Everybody was hopeful, but everybody kind of knew the way it was going to go with the Republicans,” said one union worker following the vote. 
As the Senate prepares to vote on SB361 for final passage later this week, West Virginia unions will step up efforts with the Building Trades and friends in the Legislature to stop this bill from becoming law. 

Today's Teamster News 03.03.15

Teamsters
Wisconsin Teamsters Continue the Fight Against Right to Work  TeamsterNation   ...Wisconsin's indefatigable Teamsters were out in the cold wind in the state capital on Saturday, Sunday and today to protest the probable passage of a right-to-work (RTW) bill...
Hoffa to USTR and Administration: Reopen Mexican Cross-Border Trucking Issue  teamster.org   ... In a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa called on him and the administration to protect highway safety and reopen negotiations over Mexican cross-border trucking as part of the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks...
New Data Add Fuel to Arguments Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership  Economic Policy Institute   …New data released this month show that the U.S. trade deficit with the countries in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) increased to an unexpectedly large $265.1 billion in 2014, as shown in the updated graph, below. This increase is further proof that U.S. workers don’t need another job-killing trade deal, which would undoubtedly grow the trade deficit even more...
Using Hokey Numbers and Neon Lies to Sell TPP (opinion)  WHAV   …TPP is not some sort of futuristic flying machine, but yet another global trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell. This thing is a “partnership” of, by, and for global corporations—similar to NAFTA, only much, much, much bigger and far more destructive both to the middle class and to our people’s sovereignty...
We need a voice: Oppose ‘fast track’ for the TPP (opinion)  The Hill   ...There’s a reason why nearly 600 national, state and local groups - including the national NAACP – signed onto a letter opposing “fast track” last fall. The people, particularly black, white, and Latino workers in North Carolina and across the south, need a voice in policies that affect our families...
TPP: Warren Versus Zients. Warren Wins  (opinion)  Huffington Post   …Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, …is parsing words. ISDS in fact allows multinationals to sue governments when they pass legislation after the enactment of the trade agreement that harms future corporate profits. The key word is "after," and all Zients is saying is that current regulations in the US, Vietnam or the other TPP nations would not be vulnerable…
State Battles
Scott Walker to sign anti-union bill that will make inequality worse  The Hill   ...Instead of acting in the interests of ordinary Wisconsinites, Walker has swallowed hook, line and sinker the anti-union extremism of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which is linked to the Koch brothers...
Bill Black: Scott Walker’s War on Workers and the Wall Street Journal’s Cleaned-Up Coverage (opinion)  naked capitalism   …Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has channeled his inner Mitt Romney and written off an immense swath of Americans as people he would not represent if he were elected President...
Oakland's Minimum Wage Gets Big Hike Starting Monday  ABC7 News   ... The current $9 an hour minimum wage will increase nearly 36 percent to $12.25 an hour. It will be the highest minimum wage in the Bay Area...
War on Workers
How Student Debt Stunts Financial Growth  The Atlantic   ...Analysis reveals that 34 percent of students with just $5,000 of outstanding debt—hardly “high”—default on their student loans. Student debt imperils far more than just individual borrowers’ monthly budgets. It erodes higher education’s ability to deliver on the promise that those who have similar abilities and work equally hard will achieve similar outcomes...
The Suddenly Hot Job Market for Workers Over 50  Time   ...The latest data show the unemployment rate for those over age 55 stands at just 4.1%, compared with 5.7% for the total population and a steep 18.8% for teens... 
Apple, Google workers head to court on $415 million poaching settlement  Reuters   ...Workers accusing Apple (AAPL.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries will try on Monday to win approval of a $415 million settlement from a U.S. judge who rejected an earlier deal as too low...
Construction worker killed at Rochester hotel site  Associated Press   …Authorities say a construction worker died after a large metal attachment from a forklift fell on his head in Rochester...
Worker killed by falling telehandler attachment in Minnesota  Equipment World   …While working on a hotel jobsite in Minnesota, a worker was killed when an attachment from a telehandler suddenly fell on top of him...
Miscellaneous
China Monthly Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever  The Hollywood Reporter   ...Chinese box-office revenue edged ahead of the United States in February for the first time ever as a record Lunar New Year bonanza brought in $650 million in the second-largest movie market, according to data from research firm Entgroup...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wisconsin Teamsters continue the fight against right to work


Local 344 President Bill Carroll.
Wisconsin's indefatigable Teamsters were out in the cold wind in the state capital on Saturday, Sunday and today to protest the probable passage of a right-to-work (RTW) bill. That's not all they're doing, though. They are giving speeches, training stewards, holding craft meetings, testifying before the Senate and the Assembly and contributing to DRIVE.

Rob Moss, Business Agent for Teamsters Local 695 in LaCrosse, was at all the rallies. He tells us Bill Carroll, President of Teamsters Local 344 in Milwaukee, member of Joint Council 39, revved up the crowd on Saturday: 
Brother Bill Carroll gave a very inspiring speech on behalf of all Teamsters. He was very well received by the entire crowd. He was spot-on with his accuracy in regards to the right-to-work legislation. Brother Bill is one of Joint Council 39's political liaisons. Brother Carroll was very informative about the needs of all of the unions to keep their members informed and most of all to keep up the members' involvement in the union efforts in the political arena.  
It's important that everybody understands -- especially our members -- this is not the end of the world. We have to deal with the results of next week's vote if it comes to pass and is negative. We are holding steward seminars and craft meetings in our Joint Council 39 effort to enlighten our members as to the effects of RTW. Locals 695, 200 and 662 held those steward seminars the last two weeks with the help of our legal counsel. 
It's our hope that some of the Republicans would come to their senses and realize the harm Governor Walker is imposing on American working men and women.
Mike Westphal (l) and Tom Millonzi. 
Here's the kind of effort Wisconsin Teamsters are putting into the fight: Tom Millonzi, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 200 in Milwaukee, told us the subject of DRIVE came up during Saturday's stewards' training. And then:
Mike Westphal, who has been out on a workers' comp back surgery issue -- and who will not be returning to the job -- pulled out his checkbook and made a one-time $100 donation to DRIVE. 
The Center for Media and Democracy reported something we all know: The right-to-work bill is being pushed by special interests linked to the Koch brothers:
As the Wisconsin legislature gets ready to ram through a union-busting bill that will significantly impact the economy of the entire state, Wisconsin's newest member of the Senate asked perhaps the most pertinent question of her Republican colleagues: "what beating hearts are for this bill?" 
The question was posed by Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) who was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in November 2014. She represents the far north where bitter winds and waves make spectacular ice caves that bring thousands to the frozen shores of Lake Superior. 
Bewley noted that the bill, which harms unions by allowing workers to opt out of paying their fair share for union representation, was moving so fast that most of her constituents, who get their news from weekly newspapers that come on Thursday, would not even learn about it before the Senate vote. 
While Democratic senators read letter after letter from workers and business leaders objecting to the measure that will lower wages and up-end critical training programs for builders and laborers, Brewley highlighted something the average observer might not notice: "I have not heard one person in the outer ring [of Republicans] speak of a single beating heart that is for this bill." 
But that matters little to the array of special interests that have arrived in Wisconsin to provide "experts" and astroturf cover for the anti-worker measure.
Good advice.
We'll try to post Brother Bill Carroll's speech soon. Keep an eye out!