Right to Work Updates

Message From President Bradford

I am sending this message to each and every member of UGWU Local 69 Union. As your President and as a working member of our Union I am appealing to everyone to not stand by and wait for either other members or other Unions in WV to fight the Right to Work bills that will be coming very soon to our states legislature for passage. There is no doubt we are all under attack as these bills will affect each of us in a negative way. I have spent most of my 24 years of service to the Union helping members and have never refused to try and help a member when I could, I am now asking for the memberships help!!! Get involved with this fight in anyway possible. Here are just a few things you can do:

 

  • Get educated on Right to Work (Call me I will gladly give you a review of how it will affect you directly) 304-282-4897

  • Educate your fellow Union members on Right to Work

  • Call your legislator and voice your concerns here is the websight to obtain the phone #'s to do so- www.legis.state.wv.us

  • Have your family members call the legislators as they will also be affected

  • Inform the public on the negatives of Right to Work when opportunitys exist, this will even affect non-Union workers

  • Attend the rally's and meetings at all costs!! This is one of the most affective tools we have.

 

GET IN THIS FIGHT NOW!!!!

More Right to Work Info

First day of legislative session and bills coming out TODAY - SB 1 Right to Work and SB2 Repeal of Prevailing Wage! Republicans are starting out with immediate attacks on working West Virginians. Call the following bill sponsors and tell them NO on Right to Work and the repeal of Prevailing Wage and to STOP THE WAR ON WORKING FAMILIES!! Don't stop calling!!

 

Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer) 304-357-7801
Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan) 304-357-7980
Senator Craig Blair (R-Berkeley) 304-357-7867
Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha) 304-357-7841
Senator Ryan Ferns (R-Ohio) 304-357-7918
Senator Greg Boso (R-Nicholas) 304-357-7973

THE FIGHT HAS BEGUN!!!

 

Right to work one of 1st bills out of gate; opposition organing
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republican legislative leaders are making right to work legislation a top priority for the 2016 Regular Legislative Session. The first bill introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday was the one written to make West Virginia a right to work state.

“We have a responsibility to put West Virginia in line with so many other states that are creating jobs, hope, growth and opportunity,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson, 04).

Proponents, like Carmichael, have argued that such legislation will help West Virginia’s economy in many ways, but a resident of Oklahoma says that was not the case in his state.

Oklahoma passed a right to work law in 2001. Five years later, Jesse Isbell from Oklahoma City lost his job of 36 years at the Bridgestone Tire Plant when the work there was moved from Oklahoma City to Mexico.

“In my case and in the case of 1,400 brothers and sisters at that facility, the law did not work as advertised,” Isbell said Wednesday at the State Capitol. “There’s absolutely no anecdotal or empirical evidence that right to work has benefited the Oklahoma state economy in any way. The truth is that it has driven down wages.”Shauna Johnson/WVMetroNews.com
Opponents of right to work were out Wednesday at the State Capitol wearing these stickers.
Opponents of the legislation in West Virginia echo Isbell’s claims. They’ve called right to work “destructive” legislation that, in their views, would clear the way for lower wages and the weakening of work protections.

Among those opponents is Kenny Perdue, president of the West Virginia AFL-CIO, who’s said the proposed legislation is an “attack on unions” and will be “harmful to West Virginia families.” More than two dozen other states already have right to work laws.

In general, the West Virginia bill would prohibit any requirement that a person become or remain a member of a labor organization as a condition of employment; prohibit a requirement that any dues or fees be paid to a labor organization and prohibit any requirement that a person contribute to a charity instead of paying dues or other fees to a labor organization.

Since Oklahoma passed right to work in 2001, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of manufacturing jobs in the state has fallen by a third while the number of new companies moving into the state has also declined by a third.

As opposed to moving forward with right to work legislation, Isbell suggested that West Virginia’s lawmakers refocus their efforts on education and workforce development.

“If Oklahoma would have taken this approach ten years ago instead the disastrous right to work route, I wouldn’t be talking to you here today. I’d be working at the Bridgestone Firestone plant in Oklahoma City,” Isbell said.

On Wednesday night, prior to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State Address, hundreds of Teamsters and other union members from across West Virginia were scheduled to rally against passage of a right to work law at the State Capitol.

1/21/16 Update

This is what the people

e that support "Right To Work" think about you.


This is what the people that support the workers of WV say in response

1/22/16 Update

The WV Senate has voted for RTW and today the WV Surpreme court has ruled that WV Govorner Tomblin must apoint a Republican in place of the vacant Senate position. This appointment will give the Senate a majority. The bill will now go to the House for consideration next week. The fight continues and we will update the members as things develope. Your help is needed and opportunitys will be avaialble soon.

Everyone needs to contact each and every person on this list.  These are the WV House of Delegates that will be voting on the Right to Work bill next week in WV.  We need to convince them to vote this bill down!

 

George Ambler

Republican

42

Room 203E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

george.ambler@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3129

 

William Anderson

Republican

08

Room 242M, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

bill.anderson@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3168

 

Anna Border-Sheppard

Republican

09

Room 227E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

anna.border@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3136

 

Roy Cooper

Republican

28

Room 203E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

roy.cooper@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3119

 

Walter Duke

Republican

61

Room 442M, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

walter.duke@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3188

 

Allen V. Evans

Republican

54

Room 216E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

allen.evans@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3399

 

Tom Fast

Republican

32

Room 228E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

tom.fast@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3170

 

Cindy Frich

Republican

51

Room 205E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

cindy.frich@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3125

 

Roger Hanshaw

Republican

33

Room 229E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

roger.hanshaw@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3135

 

Jordan Hill

Republican

41

Room 228E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

jordan.hill@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3352

 

John R. Kelly

Republican

10

Room 221E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

john.kelly@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3394

 

Brian Kurcaba

Republican

51

Room 220E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

brian.kurcaba@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3173

 

Patrick Lane

Republican

38

Room 400M, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

patrick.lane@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3252

 

Pat McGeehan

Republican

01

Room 226E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

pat.mcgeehan@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3397

 

Joshua Nelson

Republican

23

Room 206E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

joshua.nelson@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3184

 

Matthew Rohrbach

Republican

17

Room 209E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

matthew.rohrbach@wvhouse.g ov

(304) 340-3221

 

Ruth Rowan

Republican

57

Room 210E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

ruth.rowan@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3157

 

Joe Statler

Republican

51

Room 220E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

joe.statler@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3900

 

Danny Wagner

Republican

47

Room 226E, Bldg. 1 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E. Charleston, WV 25305

danny.wagner@wvhouse.gov

(304) 340-3398

1/28/16 UPDATE

 

I wanted to share this wonderfully written email from one of UGWU Local 69 Stewards to a member of the WV House of Delegates. This sums up RTW work and was well written, if the legislators ignore this they do not deserve any working persons vote. Every member as well as their friends and family should be sending these type of emails and making phone calls to House members with the same message, as Cameron indicates the statistics dont lie!!! Get ...involved as our future depends on it. Thanks Cameron

 

Mrs. Border-Sheppard,
Hello Mrs. Border-Sheppard, my name is Cameron Alderman and I represent approximately 50 members of the United Gas Workers Union-Local 69 in your district. I am writing to you today in regards to the Right-To-Work Legislation which you are no doubt familiar with. I would like to implore you to vote against Right-To-Work in West Virginia. Please consider the following facts:
- This law would unnecessarily weaken an already struggling middle class in our state. The statistics don't lie, they show that on average families in states that have enacted Right-To-Work laws make on average $5,971 less per year and have weakened benefits.
- Right-To-Work would put retiree pensions in jeopardy. Retirees who have sacrificed all their lives should not have to worry that the company they work for will run away with the pensions they were promised. On the surface, it would be easy to dismiss this fact, but by undermining the very representation that workers have chosen to protect themselves from large corporate interests, I assure you that this is an inevitable outcome of choosing this path for West Virginia.
- Right-To-Work doesn't create jobs. 7 of the 10 highest unemployment rates in the country are in states with Right-To-Work laws.
The people of this state have spoken time and again in polls, letters to new-papers, social media and even protests in the streets! Now, we are reaching out to you directly. Please, vote with your conscience for the hard working, middle class taxpayers of this great state. Break Rank and stand with us against this corporate power grab that will lead to further downward pressure on the middle class. Your vote counts and we will be watching closely how you vote. No less than the future of the Middle Class in West Virginia is at stake.

Respectfully,

 

Cameron Y. Alderman
Steward, Region 1 District 3
United Gas Workers Union of America-Local 69
Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO

THIS SHOULD BURN IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF EVERY WORKING PERSON IN WEST VIRGINIA!!!!!
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Craig Bradford

President

304-282-4897

Jason Boyce

Vice President

724-689-6809

Jenny Davis

Secretary

John Palmer

Region 1 Director

Kevin Cunningham

Region 2 Director

Steve Palmer

Region 3 Director

Taylor Brown

Region 4 Director

Levi Torrey

Region 5 Director

John Sizemore

Region 6 Director

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