DIRECTOR: JASON R. HAYDEN                                                              

Missouri House pushing Right to Work bills - 2/6/2015

Well it has been quite a week here in Jefferson City. Monday started out with two right to work bills (HB-116 & HB-569) being heard by the Workforce Standards and Development committee. After almost four hours of testimony being heard on Monday for HB-116, they never actually got to holding the hearing on HB-569. But that somehow didn't hinder them from passing it out of committee along with HB-116 & HB-582 on Wednesday afternoon after hearing only two hours of testimony over HB-582. Folks were still lined up to testify on Wednesday when Committee CHairman Lant (Rep-159) ceased the testimony and went into Executive session to pass the three bills out of his committee.

Fast forward to next week and it looks to be more of the same with two additional so called RTW bills being heard in Chairman Lant's committee on Monday Feb. 9th at noon. One proposed by Representative Holly Rehder and the other is the second RTW bill proposed by Chairman Lant himself. There are still 4 additional RTW bills after this that still haven't made the committee calendar yet.

Sponsor: Rehder, Holly R (Rep-148)
Prohibits any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization
Sponsor: Lant, Bill H (Rep-159)
Prohibits any public employee from being required to pay dues or other fees to a labor organization

So just to set the record straight, Right to Work doesn't guarantee any rights. In fact, by weakening unions and collective bargaining, it destroyesthe best job security protection that exists: a union contract. Meanwhile, it allows workers to pay nothing and get all the benefits of a union membership. A federal labor law ruling by the National Labor Relations Board and decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, require that unions represent every eligible employee working under a union contract wether he or she pays union dues or not. This forces unions to use their time and dues paying members' money to provide union benefits to free riders who are not willing to pay their fair share.

With that being said, if you happen to be free on Monday and in the Jefferson City area, come on by and help us fill the hearing room.

You can also help fight this destructive legislation by calling your State Rep. Call 1-855-626-6011 and after the AFL-CIO message just enter your zip code and you will be directed to your Rep's office. Kindly ask them to oppose these bill when they come to the House floor.


By: Jason Hayden

MO Legislature pushing Right to Work legislation - 2/3/2015


The Seattle Seahawks aren’t the only ones who want a do-over. Believe it or not, in one of its first orders of business, our state legislature is reintroducing the same “right to work” and paycheck deception bills that we defeated during the past legislative session.

State Reps. Bill Lant and Holly Rehder have relentlessly tried to jam this legislation through without a second thought about how it will affect Missouri’s working families. We’ve seen other states adopt these laws, and every time it’s resulted in making it harder for teachers, nurses, firefighters and other workers to bargain together for safe workplaces, better pay and the best equipment to do their job—not the picture of prosperity that Lant, Rehder and their allies try to paint.

Will you sign our petition to tell your legislators to oppose anti-worker bills, like right to work and paycheck deception, in our state?

During the past legislative season, we spoke out against these bills and stopped right to work and paycheck deception laws from being passed. The facts about the effects of these terrible bills are on our side—right to work laws aren’t good for workers.

We don’t need this, and we don’t want it.

Add your name now and make sure our legislators hear us loud and clear. Right to work and paycheck deception are not right for Missouri.

In solidarity,

Mike Louis
President, Missouri AFL-CIO

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Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 18-20 - 1/12/2015

Treasurers’ workshop scheduled for Feb. 18-20

laptopThe SMART Transportation Division is conducting a local treasurers’ workshop at its headquarters in North Olmsted, Ohio, Feb. 18-20.

Attendance is limited to 25 registrants. If demand for the workshop is high, another workshop will be scheduled shortly after.

Those interested in attending the workshop should contact the office of the SMART Transportation Division Updating/Auditing Department. Call (216) 228-9400, or email Karen Cashin at kcashin@smart-union.org.

While all treasurers will likely benefit from this workshop, newly elected treasurers are strongly encouraged to attend.

The three-day session will include all training and materials at no cost to local treasurers. However, the local is responsible for all other costs associated with the treasurer’s attendance at the workshop. Lost time or salary, travel, hotel and meal expenses connected with attendance may be reimbursed if pre-approved at a local meeting as an allowable expense of the local.

The workshop will provide local treasurers with hands-on training on the responsibilities and reporting duties pertaining to their office, including direct receipts and Winstabs. It will also focus on completion of mandatory filings for LM reports and Form 990 and Department of Labor requirements.

The workshop will be held at the Transportation Division headquarters at 24950 Country Club Blvd., Ste. 340, in North Olmsted, Ohio. Corporate room rates of $78 per night, plus tax, are available at the Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport, 25070 Country Club Blvd. in North Olmsted, which is conveniently located adjacent to the parking lot of the Transportation Division offices. The deadline for room reservations is Feb. 2.

Reservations can be made by calling Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport directly at (440) 734-5060. Provide advise the hotel representative that you are with the “SMART Transportation Division” group when making reservations. Radisson Hotel Cleveland Airport provides a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport and a complimentary breakfast.

Training sessions will be conducted by SMART Transportation Division Field Auditors Bobby Brantley and Mike Araujo. Space is limited and attendees will be accepted in order of registration. It is recommended that those attending make their hotel reservations at the time of registration.

If one-on-one assistance is need by a treasurer, arrangements should be made in advance of the workshop by contacting Brantley at (216) 502-7225 or bbrantley@smart-union.org, or Araujo at (210) 710-4213 or maraujo@smart-union.org.

Attendees should bring a notebook computer and USB flash drive.

OSHA's guide for winter weather - 1/7/2015

OSHA’s guide for winter weather

Winter weather creates a variety of hazards that can significantly impact everyday tasks and work activities. These hazards include slippery roads and surfaces, strong winds and environmental cold.

Learning how to prepare for work during the winter, protect workers from the cold and other hazards that can cause illnesses, injuries, or fatalities, is essential to maintaining a safe work environment and completing tasks successfully.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has prepared a webpage dedicated to educating workers how to protect themselves during the winter months. Visit the webpage here.

Are you Prepared? - 11/13/2014

Cold Weather

Winter weather has arrived. Are you prepared?

Ready.gov provides detailed information to prepare, including directions on creating home and auto emergency kits for winter weather.

Make sure you are prepared by completing this checklist:

Winter Weather Preparation Checklist

  • Around The House
    • Chimney cleaned and inspected
    • Fuel-burning equipment vented to the outside
    • Fire extinguishers accessible
    • Gutters clear
    • Tree branches that could fall on the home are trimmed back
    • Pipes are insulated
    • NOAA Weather Radio available and working
  • Car Emergency Kit
    • Car emergency kit includes
      • A shovel
      • Windshield scraper and small broom
      • Flashlight
      • Battery powered radio
      • Extra batteries
      • Water
      • Snack food
      • Matches
      • Extra hats, socks and mittens
      • First aid kit with pocket knife
      • Necessary medications
      • Blanket(s)
      • Tow chain or rope
      • Road salt and sand
      • Booster cables
      • Emergency flares
      • Fluorescent distress flag

Information gathered from Ready.gov

Additional Resources:

National Weather Service: Winter Storms The Deceptive Killers 

Click here to learn the difference between advisories, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.


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