Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow**** To Workers’ Rights
The Justices – Front row, left to right: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer. Back row: Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. Credit: Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States
NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan received the Labor Leader Award, and North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Michael Morgan delivered the keynote address when the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute hosted its 44th Asa Philip Randolph Annual Education Awards Banquet and Birthday Celebration on Saturday, April 14th in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Justice Morgan’s words who was introduced by his lovely wife were powerful and to the point. The Justice was able to walk the attendees through not only the history and accomplishments of A. Philip About A. Randolph but he also tied the events that occurred in the past to the events and circumstances that exit in the current environment in 2018. Mere words cannot adequately describe the power in his message and I wish those reading this post could have had the benefit of hearing it.
Marybe McMillan, the newly elected and first woman President of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO also spoke truth to power in her message and got everyone in the room “fired up and ready to go”. The event was quite moving, the food served was delicious, the entertainment was spectacular and every speaker inspired those in attendance.
“The theme this year, Healing the Community, is a mighty roar and hail throughout our community, state, nation, and world,” says state chapter president Mary K. Montford. “It is also the past, present and future essence and mission of the North Carolina Asa Philip Randolph Institute.”
The event was attended by Benjamin Armstrong, former President of LL2541 in Wilson, NC, James Allmond a retiree of LL1859 out of Havelock, NC and Theodore McNeal President of District Lodge 11o and a retiree of LL2297 also out of Havelock. Bill Brothers President of LL 2296 was also present for the festivities.
IAM INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT ROBERT MARTINEZ, JR.
Six Local Lodges are affiliated with District Lodge 110 with its’ business office located in Havelock, North Carolina. They are LL350, LL757, LL1859, LL2296, LL2297 and LL2924. The District has a staff of 2 persons, a Directing Business Representative and an Office Manager.
The District 110 Lodge Officers are elected from the Delegates every 3 years who are elected by Local lodge members and sent to express the views and protect the interest of their Lodge and its’ members. Each Lodge paying per capita to the district is entitled to have 5 Delegates who may enter into discussions and make and vote on motions regarding the business of the District Lodge as well as expenditures of funds.
On March 10, 2018 a few of the members from all Lodges affiliated with the district came together to have breakfast and celebrate the 50th anniversary. The District was officially chartered on March 1, 1968.
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Frederick Douglass…. “If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will”.
We honor and celebrate Black Americans as they have played a powerful role in our country and have many achievements that need to be recognized.
Among major race and ethnicity groups, black workers had a higher union membership rate in 2014 (13.2 percent) than workers who were white (10.8 percent), Asian (10.4 percent), or Hispanic (9.2 percent).
LOCAL LODGE 2297 SHOWS “HEART AND COMPASSION” FOR STRIKING WORKERS
Workers at Moncure Plywood ON STRIKE! July of 2008 thru March of 2009
Union workers at Moncure Plywood in Chatham County are on strike. The wood workers are members of IAMAW Local Lodge W369. Lewis Cameron, the local president, has worked at the plant for 35 years.
“They treat us like dogs,” Cameron said of Wood Resources, the company that bought the plant, which produces hardwood plywood used in upholstered furniture, from Weyerhaeuser in December 2004. Management’s relationship with the union and working conditions in the plant have since deteriorated.
“They have stripped us of our dignity,”
Picketing outside the plant began on Sunday at 9 p.m., and 90 percent of the 206 workers in the bargaining unit have refused to cross picket lines.
The strike came after the union rejected the company’s last take-it-or-leave-it offer. Workers are protesting hikes in their insurance premiums, the company’s hiring of temporary workers, the elimination of seniority rights, and – unbelievably – a mandatory 60-hour work week.
The plant is located at 306 Corinth Rd, Moncure, NC in Chatham County – about a 30 minute drive southwest from Raleigh.
The 110 members of International Association of Machinists Local W369 have been walking the picket line 24 hours a day for eight months since the company refused to negotiate with the union last July.
Local W369 is a 40-year-old union, and this is its first strike. The racial composition of the local reflects the demographics of the area–largely African American, with some Latinos and whites. Many of the workers on strike have been at the plant 20 or 30 years.
For the first time in eight months, machinists at Moncure Plywood will dress for work Monday morning.
The plant’s 109 union workers approved a new three-year contract Monday night that will end their strike against Atlas Holdings, the owner of the Chatham County plywood factory. Many of the employees had worked at the plant for decades before striking over company demands for a seven-day workweek and 200 percent increases in health insurance premiums.
The new contract keeps wages and work schedules essentially as they were. But provisions giving workers a share of the plant’s financial success, new safety initiatives and shared decision-making are improvements. There is a slight increase in insurance costs, according to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
The union and the company approved a tentative agreement late last week during a meeting arranged by a federal mediator. The members endorsed the contract by a vote of 59 to 24.
“Everyone is very relieved,” said Melvin Montford of IAM and the A. Philip Randolph Institute, which had supported the workers during the strike. “If this hadn’t been settled, it was feared that the plant would just shut down and move away.”