Local 338 is an amalgamated union representing four separate bargaining units: Kaiser Aluminum - production/maintenance and clerical/technical workers, Kaiser Alutek workers, and LB Foster pre-cast/railroad ties division workers. We number more than 1000 private sector members who work primarily in manufacturing industries in North Eastern Washington.

 

 
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WA Legislation & Education
Dan Wilson

2017 Washington State Labor Council Convention Report

The convention opened in Vancouver, Washington on July 18th.

I want to thank the Union’s entire member for allowing me to represent them
at this Year’s convention.

The list of topics presented was quite diverse. However the speech given by
Marybe McMillan (Secretary of the North Carolina AFL-CIO) about how unions in
the State of North Carolina are trying to battle against Right to Work Legislation.
By encouraging changes in recent passages in new laws.

Also on the agenda was a session on fixing our States Tax base- which in general
means, the state is looking at taxing its places of work and the workers of this state. At first blush they are talking about eliminating tax loop holes (there are over 694 of these tax loop holes) such as the Boeing Tax Exceptions, they talk about “clawing back” some of the tax money (but never have). They also talk about imposing a state wide Capital Gains Law so that the “upper 1%” would be forced to pay their fair share. Keep watching, more about this will surface in the next year.

Representatives from the Famillas Undide Para La Justica (Farm Workers Union)
spoke to the people attending the convention asking us to thank all the people
who helped out by boycotting the berry products of Driscoll Farms and the
Sukuma Brothers Farms. Our actions help force these businesses to recognize
and also forced them to bargaining a fair and equitable contract – which they now have. Which allows their members to work for a fair wage and good work conditions.
Another session I went to was on the state of Social Security and Medicare,
Given by Nancy Altman (She is the codirector of Social Security Works and co-chair of the strengthen Social Security Coalition. Her message was quite clear, to ensure the viability of Social Security we must make sure we don’t allow the funds to pay for other programs purposed by our legislators.

Another presentation was by the Union workers from the Chicago  Nabisco
Members of BCTGM (Bakers Confectionery, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers Union)
They advised us that Nabisco /Mondlez, have closed manufacturing plants in the United States and built a 6 million dollar plant in Monterey Mexico and Salinas, Mexico.  In order to cut their costs, over 600 of the members of BCTGM have lost their jobs. Meanwhile the people hire in Mexico earn less than one dollar an hour and receive only 1 break during their work day. Here again is proof that another NAFTA type DEAL only help aid the race to the bottom by eliminating US jobs and
in their place forcing other people to work for far less. This is why the worker’s from the Chicago Nabisco site are asking all Union members to boycott Nabisco products that were manufactured in Mexico. At the Union hall are flyers showing the code of where items are made. And tell grocery Managers to stock only American Made Nabisco products.

Again Thank you for sending me to the convention.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
In Solidarity,
Gary Drexler
Washington L&E Co-Chair