Request for Help from Wells Fargo Workers
While working at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis helping customers with their auto loans, I have seen how the toxic, high-pressure sales culture that caused Wells Fargo so many problems is coming back.
Despite public assurances from the company, many of us across the country still have unattainable metrics and are vulnerable to retaliation if we speak up about unethical practices. The pay is so low that I, like many of my co-workers, need a second job in order to make ends meet. Incentive pay based on loan volume has returned for some employees.
While many of us are still scared about speaking up because of possible retaliation from management and the risk of losing our jobs, I have decided to join several of my co-workers in Washington, D.C., to make sure our side of the story is heard when Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan testifies before the U.S. Congress next Tuesday.
We are fighting to make things different for everyone in the industry. Together, Wells Fargo workers and community allies are coming to Washington, D.C., to hold Sloan accountable and to make sure our representatives and senators know the truth about how we are treated. We are fighting for a voice on the job and to improve our working conditions and job security so we can speak up when we’re being pressured to cut corners that could harm customers.
It’s time for Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan to meet with the Committee for Better Banks. We demand respect and a genuine “seat at the table” so we can have an honest conversation about workplace issues.
To get Wells Fargo’s wheels back on, it’s time to listen to the workers harmed by these problems every day.
Wells Fargo employee
UE Locals 506, 618 Strike at Wabtec
07 Mar. 2019
More than 1,700 workers at a locomotive manufacturing plant in Erie have agreed to head back to work on Monday, ending what will be a nearly two-week strike that garnered national attention right as Wabtec Corp. celebrated an historic merger with GE Transportation.
The Wilmerding-based transportation company and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 506 and Local 618 announced the deal in a joint statement on Thursday after meeting with a federal mediator. The two sides agreed to a 90-day contract that allows for more negotiations toward a long-term deal. . . .
Wabtec, which touted its entry on the Fortune 500 and plans to move its headquarters to Pittsburgh this year, wants to impose a two-tier wage system that maintains a $35-an-hour wage for current workers but pays lower wages to new hires and workers called back from layoff. The company also wants the ability to require overtime hours when it deems necessary.
The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 506 refused to work under those terms, calling them major concessions proposed in rushed negotiations. Wabtec has blamed the union for the strike, portraying its proposals as in line with its other plants and necessary to compete with “low cost” plants in China and Mexico.
In the 90-day deal, both sides agreed to put off any kind of work stoppage and maintain key working conditions while bargaining. . . .
The full article written by Daniel Moore for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can be found at: https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/03/07/Strike-over-Wabtec-Erie-locomotive-workers-reach-90-day-deal-pittsburgh/stories/201903070084.
More photos from the picket line can be found on UE’s Facebook page
Summit Academy Teachers Strike in Parma, Ohio
After a nine-day strike, teachers and intervention specialists at Summit Academy in Parma voted to make their first union contract official on Friday.
The strike came after teachers claimed negotiations with the school were not being handled in “good faith”
The teachers were seeking improved health and safety conditions, manageable class sizes and caseloads, planning periods, and standards that would allow the school to retain quality teachers. . . .
Summit Academy in Parma was the first charter school strike in Ohio, but the fourth nationwide, following on in Los Angeles and two others in Chicago. . . .
The complete article written by Camryn Justice for ABC 5 Cleveland is available at: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/teacher-strike-at-summit-academy-in-parma-ends-with-ratification-of-first-union-contract.
West Virginia Judge Strikes Down Right-to-Work Law
Teacher Sick-Outs in Kentucky’s Two Largest School Districts
27 Feb. 2019
Kentucky’s two largest school districts will be closed Thursday after a grassroots network of teachers called for a sickout to protest a bill that would restructure the board that oversees the state’s teacher pension system.
Jefferson County Public Schools and Fayette County Public Schools each announced late Wednesday that they did not have enough substitutes to cover the number of teacher absences reported.
Roughly 40 percent of the district’s school employees said they would not be showing up to work on Thursday, FCPS said.
KY 120 United, a group that formed during last year’s teacher protests, called for the sickout Wednesday evening on social media.
Photo from earlier protests at the Kentucky capital over legislation targeting teacher pensions.
The complete article written by Mandy McLaren for the Louisville Courier Journal is available at: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/education/2019/02/27/ky-120-united-calls-sickout-over-pension-board-issue/3010332002/?utm.
Transport Workers Union
- Visit the campaign website: AAShouldCare.com
- Follow on Facebook: @AmericanAirlinesShouldCare
- Follow on Twitter: @AAShouldCare
- Sign the Petition: http://chng.it/thyrrtmzJb
- When posting on social media, be sure to use the hashtag#PowerofCaring. The slogan is “Discover the #PowerofCaring”