Founder of Flight Attendants Union Dies at 91

Mike Hall

Edith Lauterbach, the last founding member of the first union for flight attendants, died earlier this week in San Francisco. She was 91. In a statement, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA ) said: “The flight attendant community lost our hero, our guiding light….As our heavy hearts remember our friend and trailblazing founder, we reflect on Edith’s contributions to our profession and our union each and every day.”



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Postal Unions Condemn Plan to End Saturday Delivery

Mike Hall

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to end Saturday mail delivery beginning Aug. 5 is a “disastrous idea that would have a profoundly negative effect on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and on millions of customers,” says Letter Carriers (NALC) President Fredric Rolando.

Postal Workers (APWU) President Cliff Guffey says, “USPS executives cannot save the Postal Service by tearing it apart. These across-the-board cutbacks will weaken the nation’s mail system and put it on a path to privatization.”

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California State Regulators Fire Back at Hyatt in Housekeeper Injury Case

Annemarie Strassel

For years, women who clean rooms at Hyatt hotels have been speaking out against the injuries and hazards they face at work. In a recent press statement, Hyatt denied there is a problem, reducing citations and settlements to mere technicalities. Despite their protests, California state regulators disagree.

In a bold move last week, state regulators fired back at statements made by a Hyatt spokesperson that problems housekeepers face at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel were “the equivalent of lagging paperwork.

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IBEW 569’s Million-Dollar Clean Energy Bet on Imperial County Pays Off for Local Community

Micah Mitrosky

The clean energy economy is in full swing in Imperial County where renewable projects are not only putting local residents to work in the highest unemployment County in California, they are opening doors to new career opportunities in a community that has been hit hard by the Great Recession and struggled to sustain a local, skilled construction workforce.

In 2009, the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569 and their industry partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) started to gear up for green jobs with the Grand Opening of the Imperial Electrical Training Center. This is the only state-certified electrical apprenticeship facility in Imperial County preparing local residents to construct renewable energy projects.

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Immigration Reform Prevents Employer Abuse

Leo Gerard

Oscar came to the United States at the age of 16 to work. There were no jobs for him in his native Guatemala, and he felt obligated to help support his parents. He was lured across borders by the promise of work. He believed, as so many immigrants do, that there would be a job for him in America. For the past five years, he has worked at a Los Angeles carwash that cheated him and other immigrant workers out of pay, refused protective gear and even denied drinking water.

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Lompoc City Employees Vote Overwhelmingly to Join IBEW 1245

Eric Wolfe

Employees at the City of Lompoc chose to be represented by IBEW Local 1245 in a union election conducted on Jan. 29. The union received over 90% of the vote.

“It was pretty overwhelming,” said Local 1245 Business Rep. Junior Ornelas, who was active in the election campaign. “It wasn’t just the utility group, it wasn’t just the water department—it was wall to wall. It was everybody.”

The employees were previously represented by an independent union, the Lompoc Employees Association (LEA). Members of the LEA’s board of directors played a pivotal role in the campaign to select IBEW Local 1245 as the employees’ bargaining representative.

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