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Yesterday, August 18

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    The union that represents nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital and the facility’s operator have hit an impasse in negotiations over a new contract.

    In recent weeks, the Petaluma Staff Nurse Partnership union and operator St. Joseph Health have ramped up public outreach, placing dueling political advertisements in the Argus-Courier to explain their argument. The union is planning an Aug. 22 hospital-wide informational picket, according to Jim Goerlich, president of the Petaluma Staff Nurse Partnership.

    Complicating contract negotiations is a state process to combine St. Joseph’s and Adventist Health’s Northern California operations into a new joint operating company, a process that has also delayed a new lease agreement for Petaluma Valley Hospital.

    Goerlich said contract negotiations with St. Joseph have stalled over a union demand for minimum staffing and dependable schedules, and he said that money has yet to be discussed.

    “They’re coming after our ability to make sure we’re staffing appropriately,” he said. “We haven’t even put money on the table, and we haven’t had a wage increase in five years.”

    Christina Harris, a spokesperson for St. Joseph Health, said that the operator has met with nurses 36 times to negotiate the new contract and has reached agreement on many issues. She said the union has failed to respond to contract changes that St. Joseph has proposed.

    “Many of these proposals include routine updates to contract language,” she said in a statement to the Argus-Courier. “This delay has prevented us from moving onto discussions around compensation and benefits and is delaying well-deserved wage increases for our nurses.”

    Harris said St. Joseph has asked to include a federal mediator in the negotiations, something that the union has so far refused.

    “Our experience successfully bargaining contracts for unions in the past has shown us that mediation and direct dialogue are a proven way to streamline negotiations, bring resolution and achieve closure,” she said.

    Goerlich said that negotiations have not progressed to the point where a mediator would be useful.

    “The problem with a mediator is they usually come in when there’s money on the table,” he said. “Right now, the things on the table, they are not related to money and they are not negotiable. There’s nothing to mediate.”

    He said that contract language St. Joseph has proposed around staffing would make it difficult to recruit and retain nurses to work at the hospital.

    “If what they are proposing was to become part of our contract, good nurses will leave and retaining nurses will be impossible,” he said. “No one would nor should work under those kinds of conditions or want to work for an employer...

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    During the last legislative session, educators across the state took action to defend public schools and Kentucky public school students. During his term as governor, Bevin has taken every opportunity to vilify and persecute educators for their advocacy and activism. He called educators thugs and accused them of being responsible for shootings, drug use and sexual assault of children. Kentuckians know better than to listen to his unfounded attacks.  The announcement made today by the Bevin administration is yet another scare tactic to try to intimidate educators and public education supporters from having their voices heard in Frankfort.

    Public school is back in session now, and every educator is giving their best to provide a quality education to our kids. It’s unfortunate that Governor Bevin, through his appointee at the Labor Cabinet, decided to issue this veiled threat against educators who dared to exercise their democratic right to be heard by their government.  We encourage Bevin’s Labor Cabinet to focus its energy on supporting Kentucky’s working men and women -- like our hard working coal miners still waiting for a paycheck -- rather than conducting political witch hunts against educators.

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    6:59pm
    Andy Beshear is taking to social media to respond to the news that the "Bevin Administration says 1,074 Kentucky teachers violated labor laws." 

    Andy Beshear shared on social media: "The only person who broke the law was Matt Bevin when he tried to lock teachers out of their Capitol. So let's be clear: Future attempts to threaten teachers will not be tolerated & we'll win again just like how we stopped him from fining teachers today."

     
    Beshear continued: "And the best way to stop this craziness once and for all is to beat Matt Bevin in November. Instead of these threats and bullying, I'll be a governor who values public education and respects our teachers." 
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    August 16 - Remmington 700 - .270 Win MSM - *Troy Seymour - Rock Springs, WY - USW #15320*
     
    August 16 - Remmington 700 - .270 Win MSM - *Troy Seymour - Rock Springs, WY - USW #15320*
     
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    August 15 - Mossberg Patriot - 3x9 Scope - .30-.06 - *Brad Burns - Cheyenne, WY - UA #192*
     
    August 15 - Mossberg Patriot - 3x9 Scope - .30-.06 - *Brad Burns - Cheyenne, WY - UA #192*
     
    August 16 - Remmington 700 - .270 Win MSM - *Troy Seymour - Rock Springs, WY - USW #15320*
     
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    August 14 - Ruger Hawkeye - Walnut Stock - .30-.06 - *Dennis Portillo - Rock Springs, WY - USW #13214*
     
    August 14 - Ruger Hawkeye - Walnut Stock - .30-.06 - *Dennis Portillo - Rock Springs, WY - USW #13214*
     
    August 15 - Mossberg Patriot - 3x9 Scope - .30-.06 - *Brad Burns - Cheyenne, WY - UA #192*
     
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    August 17 - Savage 555 - O/U - 12 GA - *Erin Boling *
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    1:19am

    We hope you will join us in Supporting our Siblings at NUHW who continue to fight for a fair contract at Queen of the Valley. You were there for them when they were fighting for the right to form a union and now they need your help educating the community on their fight to improve patient care. Please forward this to anyone who cares about patient care and treating every worker with dignity and respect.

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    1:16am
    Siblings, we at the Napa Solano CLC know that Baseball, Hot Dogs and Unions are as American as Apple Pie! With that in mind we invite all of our Members, Affiliates and all our friends in the Community to join us next Friday August 23rd at the Vallejo Admirals Park to see the Napa Silverados take on the Vallejo Admirals in a classic battle of local rivalry's. We will have several local Labor Leaders throwing out the first pitch, fun activities for the family and maybe even a little good natured ribbing as our members pick a side. The first 100 members will receive a free hot dog and there will be plenty of cold beverages to wash them down.
    Let's show both teams that we support them!  

Friday, August 16

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    12:32pm
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    */Make check payable to: /*
     
    */Make check payable to: /*
     
    Baltimore Symphony Musicians, Inc.
     
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    c/o Local 40-543 AFM
     
    c/o Local 40-543 AFM
     
    1055 Taylor Avenue, Suite 218
     
    1055 Taylor Avenue, Suite 218
     
    Baltimore, MD 21286
     
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    To send contributions to The Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore to help offset the loss of work dues:...
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    12:24pm

     When working people are under attack, what do we do?

    Stand Up! Fight back!

     Carol Donovan

    “We are under attack!” said one of the guest speakers at the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council meeting on August 15. We knew that Dallas Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan wasn’t just talking about Democrats. She meant the entire progressive movement and, especially, labor.

    In recent weeks, the Trump government has moved to allow corporations to initiate union decertification proceedings every time a contract is due. Federal unions have been kicked out of their offices and restrained from being able to represent their members. Environmental protection laws are being scrapped and scientists fired. Health care is being slashed. Lawsuits are filed against workers’ right to paid sick leave in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.

    Fightback Underway

    Reports at the Central Labor Council cover what has happened and what is going to happen. Most importantly, we come together on strategies that can win for working families. On August 15, delegates were especially proud of the solidarity displayed on behalf of the Sky Chef airline caterers during their massive actions two days earlier. See our website for explanations, photos, and videos. Sign up for more actions in this critical contract fight.

    Mark York

    Principal officer Mark York will soon meet with national AFL-CIO leaders, he reported. Political Director Lorraine Montemayor explained the fight to keep our paid sick leave victory. She also outlined preliminary efforts to win the next elections. Several candidates came to ask for labor’s assistance. Judy Bryant asked everyone to help the retirees fight to lower drug prices during their August 20 Day of Action. Jeanne Schulze thanked everyone...

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    12:23pm
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    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
    /Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians/
     
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~*Picketing will continue as follows:*.*Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~.*Picketing will continue as follows:*.*Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
     
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    12:22pm
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    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
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    /Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians/
     
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~*Picketing will continue as follows:**Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~*Picketing will continue as follows:*.*Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
     
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    12:20pm
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    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
    /Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians/
     
    /Local 40-543, American Federation of Musicians/
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~Picketing will continue as follows:*Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
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    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~You can help support the Baltimore Symphony Musicians by making a contribution to their GoFundMe page:https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-o-in-bso [1]~ ~ ~ ~ ~*Picketing will continue as follows:**Friday, August 16* - Day 6111:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m..*Thursday, August 22* - Day 67
     
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    /Please join in solidarity with AFM, Local 40-543................................../
     
    /Please join in solidarity with AFM, Local 40-543................................../
     
    We are so grateful to everyone who has been turning out to walk with us on our picket line: union sisters and brothers, subscribers, donors, politicians, community leaders, children, dogs - you all inspire us to continue fighting for a fair contract as our employer resorts to threats and intimidation..
     
    We are so grateful to everyone who has been turning out to walk with us on our picket line: union sisters and brothers, subscribers, donors, politicians, community leaders, children, dogs - you all inspire us to continue fighting for a fair contract as our employer resorts to threats and intimidation..
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    /Musicians' Association of Metropolitan Baltimore/
     
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