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Platform Plank #3

TEAM Workin 4 a Livin – Caucus

3rd Plank:

Abide to all of the superintending laws of the Local, State and Federal laws of United States –
[and any other country as we may represent members] – that affect Labor.

Most especially, the following laws: The United States Constitution, and 29 USC et al… To include, but not limited to:

The Wagner Act!

The Fair Labor Standards Act!

The Taft Hartley Act

The Landrum-Griffin Act



American Disabilities Act


All of the U.S. Constitution especially the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment that prohibits creating a class within a class. [Example Tiered Wages for the same work.]

And… Workin 4 A Livin Caucus will never ask the Government for a waiver of ANY LAW that in anyway disadvantages the membership.



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Platform Plank #2

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2nd Plank

To Abide By the Union Members “Bill of Rights”

TEAM Workin For A Livin – Caucus is committed to abiding by the worker’s bill of rights as provided for in the Landrum Griffin Act of 1958 as outlined below:

Union Member’s Bill of Rights

Free Speech and Due Process
The Union Member’s Bill of Rights, Title 1 of the LMRDA, guarantees the following democratic rights to all union members:

Equal rights and privileges to nominate candidates, to vote in elections or referendums, and to attend and participate in union meetings and vote on the business of the meeting, subject to reasonable rules in the union constitution and/or bylaws;

Freedom of speech and assembly, including the right to:

  • criticize union officials;
  • express any viewpoint at union meetings (subject to reasonable rules of conduct);
  • distribute literature outside the union hall or inside the hall if members cannot reasonably be reached from outside;
  • hold separate meetings without interference from union officials;

The right to secret ballot vote on rates of dues, initiation fees, and assessments;

The right to sue the union, without reprisal, if internal appeals do not produce a satisfactory result within four months, or if you disagree with the union’s decision;

You are protected from improper union discipline. Due process is required in internal union disciplinary hearings, including:

  • the right to specific, written charges;
  • the right to confront and cross-examine accusers;
  • adequate time to prepare a defense;
  • the right to a full and fair hearing and a decision based on the evidence.

Note: The union may not discipline you for exercising protected rights, however you may be disciplined for the following activities:

  • participating in wildcat strikes,
  • advocating decertification of the union,
  • nonpayment of dues or agency fees, and other acts which interfere with the legal or contractual obligations of the union or which threaten the existence of the union as an institution,
  • crossing picket lines.

You have the right to receive a copy of your collective bargaining agreement (union contract) along with all riders and supplements, and to inspect copies of all contracts that your local union administers. (This may include hiring hall rules.)

Notification of Rights: A recent appeals court decision supports what AUD has long argued, that, under Section 105 of the LMRDA, unions are obligated to inform members of their rights under the LMRDA and how to enforce those rights. (Note: In order for this important decision to become the norm in every part of the country, it is important that union members try to enforce Section 105. Please contact AUD if you are interested in helping enforce this important part of the LMRDA. For the text of the appeals court decision:

In most cases, you must exhaust internal union procedures before you can take the union to court. The internal procedures are described in the Union’s constitution and/or bylaws. If you do not agree with the result, or if the process takes more than four months, you may file a lawsuit in federal district court for injunctive relief, restoration of your rights and money damages. You must hire your own attorney to represent you in a lawsuit. Check with AUD for more information and advice.

If you are denied a copy of your contract, you may file a complaint with the Department of Labor which will investigate and has authority to bring a lawsuit on your behalf.

Source: The Association for Union Democracy.


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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY From Workn 4 A Livin


TEAM Workin 4 A livin – Caucus; Extends Everyone a Happy Father’s Day!

As we now all know, Father’s Day, as the 3rd Sunday in June, is an annual celebration honoring fathers and fatherhood, but it took some doing, and it did not come as easy as one might expect.


Since the middle ages; Catholic’s have celebrated Father’s Day on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day).

During the Colonial Times; The Spanish and Portuguese brought Father’s Day as celebrated on March 19th to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it.

Prior to the 20th Century Father’s Day was not celebrated in the United States.

In 1911 A proposal by Jane Addams to have a citywide celebration of Father’s Day in Chicago was turned down.

1n 1911 The Portland Oregonian newspaper suggested that a Father’s Day celebration be observed.

In 1912 A Methodist pastor – J.J. Berringer from the Irvington Methodist Church near Vancouver, Washington mistakenly believed that they were the first to celebrate such a day, however, they were preceded by the celebration caused by the 1911 suggestion by the Portland Oregonian.

In 1915, a member of the International Lion Club, Harry C. Meek, claimed that he had the first idea of a Father’s Day Celebration. He chose June 19th because it was HIS birthday. Meek made many failed attempts to promote “his Father’s Day”. However later on, the Lions Club recognized him as the “Originator of June 19th Father’s Day”.

The True Establishment of Father’s Day:

On June 19, 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held at the YMCA in Spokane Washington. As it seems a young woman named Sonora Smart Dodd whose father – William Jackson Smart was a Civil War Veteran who raised six children on his own; wanted to honor all fathers, and especially her own father.

Though a member of the “Old Century Presbyterian Church” (now Knox Presbyterian Church); after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, Sonora told her pastor that fathers should also have such a celebration. And… Promoted the suggestion of June 5th as Father’s Day. Her pastor’s objected saying they could not properly prepare a sermon, and several other local Pastor’s accepted her idea and agreed to a June 19th celebration at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington.

Sonora Smart Dodd continued to promote the idea nationwide.

In 1913 a bill was introduced in Congress to make June 19th a Father’s Day Holiday.

In 1916, Sonora convinced President Woodrow Wilson to come and speak at the Spokane Father’s Day Celebration.

In 1920, Sonora began studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the celebration faded during her absence.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended that June 19th be celebrated nationwide.

In the 1930s, Sonora returned to the Spokane area, and again began promoting Father’s Day. Only THIS time she had the help of Trade Groups. Yes Trade groups like the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes and any such present that a Father may be given. These groups would benefit from the retail of such products gifted for a Father’s Day.

In 1938, Sonora was assisted by the “Father’s Day Council” founded by the “New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers”.

In 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine wrote a scathing bill accusing Congress of ignoring Fathers for 40 years.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation to honor fathers, and designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

In 1972 President Richard Nixon signed a bill into law that officially and permanently finally made Father’s Day the third Sunday of June.

Beside Father’s Day; Other Holidays Celebrated For Men:

Many other countries celebrate November 19th as “International Men’s Day”, a holiday to honor men who are not father’s.

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