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Date: Oct 8, 2006 12:13 PM
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News and Notes October, 8 2006

In This Issue
--Labor Walks
--Weekly COPE Phone Conference
--Bad News Comes Down from the Republican Stacked NRLB
--Take Back Congress Rally
--Senate Rejects Bush's Nominee to Head Mine Safety Agency... Again
--Mark Your Calendars!

With just 30-odd days to November 7th, the excitement is building for Labors' AFL-CIO endorsed target candidates: John Hall (CD 19), Kirsten Gillibrand (CD 20), Vinnie Liebell (SD 40), and Mike Paduch (AD 97). Our hard work in these target races will make the difference in election night outcomes. Be a part of the solution; get involved!!!

Labor Walks-
Last Saturday, September, 30th the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation held a very successful a labor walk with CWA members from across the region. We went door-to-door telling our membership of 19th District Congressional candidate John Hall. All told, about 45 volunteers were out on the streets of Orange County in New Windsor. A special thanks to CWA for their AWESOME JOB getting dedicated volunteers (some of which came all the way from Brooklyn)! We have two major walks coming up and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Volunteers are needed to serve as drivers and as canvassers.

** A special incentive **
The political activist that recruits the most confirmed volunteers for the Oct. 21 or Oct 28 canvasses will recieve a backstage VIP concert pass to the Bonnie Raitt and the Mammels concert fundraiser for John Hall on Tuesday, October 18th. Political Coordinators must call in their total number of volunteers by Oct 14th to find out if they have won the ticket. Good Luck!!!

Schedule of Labor Walks
October 15 - (Sunday) Meet at 11am, Location TBA. Warwick/Monroe Area

October 21 - Meet at 9:00am. (coordinators 8:00am)
Dutchess County - PEF Region 9 Office, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie
Orange County - IBT Local 445 Hall, 15 Stone Castle Rd., Rock Tavern
Rockland County - Dunkin' Donuts, Stony Point

October 28 - Meet at 9:00am. (coordinators 8:00am)
Orange County - IBT Local 445 Hall, 15 Stone Castle Rd., Rock Tavern
Columbia County - 1199 SEIU Office, 4 Park Pl., Hudson
Ulster County - 1199 SEIU Office, 75 Crown Street, Kingston (for walks in Rhinebeck)
Dutchess County - PEF Region 9 Office, 504 Haight Ave., Poughkeepsie

Call Jen at 845.567.7760 to confirm your attendance TODAY!

Weekly Political Coordinator Phone Conference-
With Election Day - November 7th, just around the corner, we are holding a weekly conference call for our political coordinators. The purpose of these calls is to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that we can all coordinate our actions with greater efficiency. After a successful first conference call, we were able to assemble our political activists together to discuss both our plans and progress. To participate, call Jen at 845.567.7760 for the phone number and password.

Bad News Comes Down from the Republican Stacked NRLB--
As if we needed further reason to take back Congress and change the direction of our country, yet another piece fuel has been added the flames of discontent. On October 3rd, the Republican stacked National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) came down with its decision regarding the collective 'Kentucky River' cases. The result is very bad for workers.

The ruling has now classified many nurses as 'supervisors' if they simply use the most basic independent judgment at work. Under the National Labor Relations Act, 'supervisors' do not have protected rights to form and join unions. Frequently, during union organizing drives, employers often try to classify workers as supervisors so they can not have the right to vote in a union representation election. As we all know, that without union protection, you can be fired or disciplined and you have no way to defend your rights. This ruling however will affect more than just nurses. Any employee with even minor supervisory duties can be subject to the new enterpretation.

"The three cases, which constitute the 'Kentucky River Decision' (Oakwood Healthcare Inc., Golden Crest Healthcare Center, and Croft Metals, Inc.) dealt with registered nurses (RNs) acting as "charge" nurses in a hospital; "charge" nurses (RNs and LPNs) in a long-term care facility; as well as "leadmen" and "load supervisors" in a manufacturing facility.

A 'supervisor' is defined, under the law, as:
"any individual having authority, in the interest of the employer, to hire, transfer, suspend, lay off, recall, promote, discharge, assign, reward, or discipline other employees, or responsibly to direct them, or to adjust their grievances, or effectively to recommend such action, if in connection with the foregoing the exercise of such authority is not of a merely routine or clerical nature, but requires the use of independent judgment. (29 USC 152 (11))

In their tortured reasoning, the majority of the board sees these folks as supervisors because they might tell another nurse which patient to take care of--yet they have no power to fire or discipline a nurse. This defies logic and precedent. As the dissenting two members of the board point out, the nurses "have no authority to determine an employee's job classification, designated nursing unit or work shift."

The majority of board found that two of the cases -Golden Crest and Croft--did not show that workers acted as supervisors; however, the bad precedent in Oakwood will now rumble through the workplace. Although the Kentucky River cases focused mostly on the health care industry, potentially impact can be far reaching throughout the economy. "

Source(s)- AFL-CIO Blog and Jonathan Tasini, Working Life

If you haven't already seen it, or want to watch it again, CLICK HERE to check out Stephen Colbert's hilarious take on Kentucky River and unions.

Take Back Congress Rally-
Are you tired of the flawed policies that are continually shortchanging the American working and middle classes? Do you think working Americans deserve access to affordable healthcare and the ability to retire with dignity? Are you concerned with the direction that this country is headed?

If so, join the many residents of the Hudson Valley who want to take back Congress by electing new leaders in NY's 19th and 20th Congressional districts. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (District 22) will serve as the keynote speaker introducing candidates John Hall (District 19) and Kirsten Gillibrand (District 20). We hope to rally support for these labor endorsed candidates and show the Hudson Valley that we are fed up with the downward spiral we've been slipping toward for the past few years. The rally will take place in Poughkeepsie at Waryas Park on Tuesday, October 24th from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Help us take back Congress for working families!

Senate Rejects Bush's Nominee to Head Mine Safety Agency... Again-
Perhaps this time, the administration will get the message. On September, 28th the Senate rejected Richard Stickler's appointment to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Stickler, a former coal industry executive has now twice been the Presidents choice; this repeat rejection sends a strong message to the administration that America's miners deserve better.

After the Senate's initial rejection of Stickler in June, Bush quietly hired him as a consultant to MSHA and then in September, re-nominated him to the safety post.
The Mine Workers (UMWA) and other mine safety advocates point to Stickler's troubling mine safety record. According to statistics assembled by the UMWA before Stickler's appointment to head the Pennsylvania Bureau of Deep Mine Safety, the mines Stickler managed from 1989 to 1996 incurred injury rates double the national average.
The fight over the nomination gained attention because of the growing number of coal miners killed on the job this year. The Jan. 2 Sago Mine explosion killed 12, a deadly fire shortly after at another West Virginia mine killed two and another five more miners died in a Kentucky explosion. So far this year, 38 coal miners have been killed on the job.

Mark Your Calendars!
October 13th - Voter Registration Deadline
October 14th & 15th - Dissident Folk Festival - 2pm - 11pm & Noon - 6:30pm (respectively) - Howland Cultural Center, Beacon
October 15 - 11am, Labor Walk, Monrow/Warwick Area
October 16 - 6pm, Political Coordinators Meet, IBT 445 (Marc Molinaro Guest)
October 16 - 7pm, Hudson Catskill CLC, Middletown CSEA (Orange Leg. Reception)
October 21st - Labor Walk - Meet at 9:00am
- 3 Locations (login to, go to Political Action)
October 24th - Rally to Take Back Congress - 4:00-6:00pm -Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie
October 28th - Labor Walk - Meet at 9:00am
- 4 Locations (login to, go to Political Action)

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