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June 01, 2016
CPR Training

1609 N. ILLINOIS ST. - PO BOX 140 - BELLEVILLE, IL  62222

618/233-0313

SCOTT ALEXANDER-President

March 21, 2016

Dear Teamsters Sisters and Brothers;

General Teamsters Local Union No. 50 is pleased to announce upcoming training that has been scheduled for our members to fulfill certification required to work within the industry.  Participation in all training classes is a MUST in order for Teamsters to continue to offer "free" classes to our members.  Training classes for the following starting at 8am sharp:

SATURDAY, April 30, 2016        CPR/First Aid Training     Belleville Hall

Please RSVP to the Belleville office:  618/233-0313 as soon as possible due to ONLY 30 spots available.

There are 500,000 deaths in US related to new and recurring heart attacks.  That means that every day 1,400 people die from a heart attack.  80% die outside the hospital setting and do not received any medical treatment after suffering heart attack.  If these patients received CPR, this would save 200,000 per year or 550 lives per day

If CPR is administered within first four minutes after the heart attack, the chances of brain damage are virtually nonexistent.  If administered between 4 to 6 minutes the brain damage is probable; 6 to 10 minutes brain damage is likely, and after 10 minutes the chances of some type of brain damage are virtually certain.  So, knowledge of CPR does not only save lives, but also allows victim to recover without sustaining any permanent damage.

REMEMBER--without certification, the Employer has the right to send you back to the hall and reject you as an employee.  Employers are held to the highest standards when bidding projects for Federal and State. 

Please feel free to contact me at (618) 233-0313 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday if additional information is needed.

Fraternally;

Scott Alexander, President

General Teamsters, Automotive, Petroleum and Allied Trades

Local Union No. 50

Flagger Training

1609 N. ILLINOIS ST. - PO BOX 140 - BELLEVILLE, IL  62222

618/233-0313

SCOTT ALEXANDER-President

March 21, 2016

Dear Teamsters Sisters and Brothers;

General Teamsters Local Union No. 50 is pleased to announce upcoming training that has been scheduled for our members to fulfill certification required to work within the industry.  Participation in all training classes is a MUST in order for Teamsters to continue to offer "free" classes to our members.  Training classes for the following starting at 8am sharp:

SUNDAY, May 1, 2016                       Flagger Training                   Belleville Hall

Please RSVP to the Belleville office:  618/233-0313 as soon as possible due to ONLY 12 spots PER DAY available.

While on the job site, each flagger shall have in his/her possession a current driver’s license and a current flagger certification I.D. meeting Department requirements. For non-drivers, the Illinois Identification Card issued by the Secretary of State will meet the requirement for a current driver’s license.

REMEMBER--without certification, the Employer has the right to send you back to the hall and reject you as an employee.  Employers are held to the highest standards when bidding projects for Federal and State. 

Please feel free to contact me at (618) 233-0313 between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday if additional information is needed.

Fraternally;

Scott Alexander, President

General Teamsters, Automotive, Petroleum and Allied Trades

Local Union No. 50

Brian Shepard
Bruce Rauner Ruins Lives

Bruce Rauner will go down in history as one of the worst Illinois governors in history. His track record includes failing to fund Illinois' plethora of public colleges, community rape crisis centers, as well as religious and nondenominational charities and social services. The danger that this multi-millionaire businessman represents to the workers - as well as all people - of Illinois is something that can no longer be ignored.

Bruce Rauners supports the notions that the minimum wage is where it should be, state workers are paid too much, and millionaire and billionaire businessmen and women deserve tax breaks. His beliefs, which are being thrust onto the Illinois public, are things many of our citizens do not believe in and are tangibly negatively affected by. It is imperative that as part of Teamsters Local 50 and citizens of Illinois, we stand up against a ruthless businessman intent on furthering his personal agenda and stuffing his pockets at the state's expense.

Visit http://raunerruinslives.com/ to learn more about why Bruce Rauner is not the politician Illinois needs at this point in time. 

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

TO: All  Affiliates

FROM: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

Recently, materials for applying for the annual scholarships of the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund were sent to all affiliate local unions and Joint Councils.  As a supplement, attached is a PDF file of those materials.

 

The scholarship program is a terrific opportunity for the sons and daughters of Teamster members (this includes BLET, BMWED and GCC members).  In 2016, the Fund plans to award $1.2 million in scholarship awards.

 

Please encourage your members who have children which are high-school seniors to apply.   The deadline for the applications is March 31, 2016.

 

Any questions about the program can be directed to the scholarship program office at (202) 624-6800 or by e-mail scholarship@teamster.org

 

Thank you.

Attached Documents Here

Labor Agennda June 2015

When 'Open Skies' Means Unfair Advantage

Statement from Rep. Hoffman - May 16th

Statement    

    

         ...From State Representative Jay Hoffman

                         
 
May 16, 2015                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Right to Work Closing Argument

on House Floor 

                                                                                                         

Working men and women received an enormous victory this week in Springfield when the House of Representatives resoundedly defeated the Governor's Right to Work proposal.

As Chairman of the Labor & Commerce Committee I am committed to continuing to stand up for working families in Illinois.

The link below is part of the debate from the House floor this week. I am sending this in case you are interested in the closing argument.

Thanks for your generous time and consideration. If I can ever be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,


Jay Hoffman
State Representative
113th District

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Statement from Rep. Hoffman - May 14th

Statement    

    

         ...From State Representative Jay Hoffman

  

For Immediate Release:                                 For More Information:                                                                                May 14, 2015                                                  State Rep. Jay Hoffman                                                                                                                                                               618-416-7407

Hoffman Pushes House to Take Public Vote Against Threat to Middle Class Families

                                                                                                         

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - After leading a public debate and vote against legislation threatened to harm working class families, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, issued the following statement upon the bill's defeat in the House Thursday:

"Today the House voted down a measure that that the Governor has stumped for time and time again and used as a means to hold hostage any productive conversations about the budget. This ill-conceived plan would dramatically hurt middle-class families. It would mean dismantling the protections that have been put in place for the safety of workers, the prosperity of workers, and the future of our children. I led the debate in order to have an open and public hearing on this dangerous proposal and to make a clear statement about who is standing for middle class families in Illinois. I voted no, and I am encouraged by the strong message sent by the failure of this legislation.

"This proposal values corporate profits more than the livelihoods of middle class families. Driving down wages starts a spiral of economic destruction for families, communities and small businesses. It is the wrong way to go.

"As Chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, I have fought for the rights of working men and women across Illinois. Today's vote is one more way I am making my commitment clear to middle class families. Our state will not turn its back on those who keep our communities afloat through service as teachers, fire fighters, carpenters and technicians.

"Those who voted no sent a clear message to the governor and to working men and women that we will not turn our backs on middle class families and allow Illinois to be driven to a race to the bottom. Unfortunately, several of my colleagues stood on the sidelines and failed to take a stand for middle class families. I still believe that we can find common ground moving forward, but we needed to put this behind us to be able to address Illinois real problems and find real solutions."

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Rauner Legislative Package
 

Rauner Legislative Package

Governor Bruce Rauner released the attached 38 page “turnaround agenda” yesterday at the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.

The detailed  Rauner agenda includes many provisions such as a  property tax freeze, tort reform, legislative term limits and combining the Comptroller and the Treasurer’s office.  However, the overwhelming majority of the agenda is aimed at working families. 

The following provisions are an assault on every sector of the Illinois Labor movement:

1.        Despite lower Workers’ Compensation costs from the 2011 agreed bill reforms, the Rauner agenda would include “causation” to be a “major contributing cause” standard before an injured worker could collect benefits; the requirement to use AMA guidelines in determining permanent partial disability awards, overturning an appellate court decision on injuries while travelling and reducing the medical fee schedule by 30%.

2.       Increasing the IL Minimum Wage to $10.00 by 2022 rather than the $11.00 by 2019 currently in the House and Senate

3.       In unemployment Insurance increases fraud penalties and redefines qualifications for UI for employees while not addressing misclassification employer fraud.

4.       Creation of Local Right to Work zones that could be created by a county board, municipality, school district or other unit of local government to make it “an unlawful to condition employment on the obligation to join a union or pay union-related dues within a zone.”  RTW zones could include private and public employees and could be formed for private sector workers in a Chicago City Ward.  The formation of a RTW zone could be accomplished by a resolution of the governing board of the unit of local government or by a referendum proposed by 5% of the registered voters in the jurisdiction. 

5.       Prohibits the use of PLA on State projects and repeals the Illinois Prevailing Wage Law. 

6.       Allows local governments to exclude from public collective bargaining  privatization, health care beneifts, staffing levels and seniority and allows the inclusion of pre-determined salary caps and performance standards.

7.       Allows municipalities to declare bankruptcy.

8.       Bans fair share union dues for all state government workers.

9.       Prohibits unions from making political contribution to campaigns of officeholders they have a collective bargaining relationship including mayors and school boards.

10.   For public employee pensions moves all employees future work into the Tier 2 program; buyout program to reform COLA adjustments in return for a 401k style plan and eliminates the pension protection clause in the IL Constitution.  Eliminates the provision of overtime to be used in pension calculations.

The Rauner plan also calls for the State to provide bidders on cosntruttion projects county specific minority participation goals as estabilished by IDOL and modifies Responsible Bidder requirements to include a good faith effort for reaching minority participation goals. 

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