PLAs are hurting our members and needlessly costing all of us more in taxes to fund public construction projects. Learn how you are being harmed by PLAs, and what you can do about it.Read More
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IUJAT Local 726 would like to welcome Road Supervisors, Service Controllers, and Schedulers at First Transit Paratransit of Bergen County New Jersey. The workers wanted a change for the better and on August 16, 2019, overwhelmingly voted in IUJAT in an NLRB supervised election.
The union is expanding its reach to help all classifications of employees working in the Paratransit Industry. These members provide an essential service in transporting residents of New Jersey who depend on our members to get them around the state safely, effectively, and on time!
IUJAT and Business Agent Guy James would like to congratulate the workers at First Transit Paratransit on their impressive win and give a special thanks to Organizing Committee Chairperson Drew Webster for his help in making it happen.
From the article by Susan Dynarski, New York Times, July 6, 2018:
"Union workers now earn about 20 percent more than nonunion workers in similar jobs. Remarkably, this union premium has held steady since the 1930s."
"Thanks to the new research [“Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data”], evidence going back nearly a century now shows that unions have formed a critical counterweight to the power of companies. They increase the earnings of the lowest skilled and sharply reduce inequality.
But the Supreme Court’s [Janus] decision will curtail the capacity of unions to organize and represent workers. The court ruled that unions can no longer collect “agency fees” from those government workers whom they represent but who have chosen not to join. These fees have helped pay for contract negotiations as well as prevent the free-rider problem that arises when only some pay for benefits enjoyed by everyone."
It’s no secret that Big Business and those who profit from it have long harbored a grudge against working people and their unions, often resorting to some shameless and desperate tactics to erode workers’ rights, wages, pensions, and benefits in order to grab an even bigger share of the nation’s prosperity for themselves. An important battle in this war is currently being fought in the Supreme Court in a case called Janus v. AFSCME.Read More
"Increasing the bargaining power of workers… doesn't entail any new government spending. It doesn't further warp economic incentives. It doesn't use the tax code to take from some and give to others. It doesn't impose indiscriminate mandates on how much businesses must pay their workers. And it reflects a core conservative principle: Giving people the tools to fight for themselves, rather than relying on government to provide for them."Read More