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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:41 AM

Cleveland city lawyers want to join Teamsters, citing years of low pay and job insecurity

Source: The Plain Dealer

By Leila Atassi, The Plain Dealer
on March 01, 2013 at 9:05 PM, updated March 01, 2013 at 9:06 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Civil attorneys in the city of Cleveland's law department have petitioned to join the Teamsters and become the first municipal law department in Ohio to unionize.

But Mayor Frank Jackson's administration has hired a private law firm specializing in labor law to foil the movement, arguing that the city lawyers are legally bound to remain loyal to their public employer, and that joining a union would split their allegiance.
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Municipal attorneys have formed unions in other cities across the country, including San Francisco, Washington D.C., St. Paul, Minn. and Houston. But according to a spokesman for the Ohio Municipal League, Cleveland's law department would be the first of its kind in Ohio to become a collective bargaining unit.

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/cityhall/index.ssf/2013/03/cleveland_city_lawyers_want_to.html

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Reply Cleveland city lawyers want to join Teamsters, citing years of low pay and job insecurity (Original post)
Teamster Jeff Mar 2013 OP
Vincardog Mar 2013 #1
lunatica Mar 2013 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2013 #3
patrice Mar 2013 #4
lib2DaBone Mar 2013 #5
Proletariatprincess Mar 2013 #6
Teamster Jeff Mar 2013 #7

Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:44 AM

1. Occupy the DA's office

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:51 AM

2. My little union joined the Teamsters too

After years of trying to get a new contract with UC Berkeley, within a couple of months after joining the Teamsters we had a five-year contract in which we receive a raise every year.

It's not much of a raise because UC is a public university which is financed by the State and in California that's not good right now. But it's more than the rest of the non-union-represented just got for a one time raise.

We get a 3% raise every year and depending on how long we've been working there we also get a step raise every year or every other year. A step raise is also a raise in salary.

The non-represented employees just got a one time 2% raise from the university who admits that they are underpaid by 11% in comparison to similar jobs outside the university.

Yay Teamsters!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:56 AM

3. Good luck to them!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:58 AM

4. Good news!

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:06 PM

5. A rising tide floats all boats...

 

However, all the Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, brainwashed-low information-voters who idolize the Koch Bros and tell you Unions are a bad thing....

Yet those same people will gladly take advantage of the 40 hour work week, heated work places and bathroom breaks twice a day.

Unions have fought for basic human rights.

Yes, some unions abused their power....l. but all you have to do is look at wages since St. Ronnie Reagan was in office. Worker productivity has gone up 70%... and wages have fallen to 1972 levels.

The workplace under Rethhuglican control has tuned into an "Indentured Servitude Hell Hole." "Shut up and be glad you are getting minimum wage"...... is the new normal.

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Response to Teamster Jeff (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:21 PM

6. Call them what they are:

"...administration has hired a private law firm specializing in the labor law to foil the movement..." =
UNION BUSTERS! The bosses trusty freinds. They help keep the employees over worked and underpaid. Scumbags...and they have been thriving since Reagan.
Good luck to the Muni attorneys attempting to organize. I am in SF and the attorneys here do very well as union members.

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Response to Proletariatprincess (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 01:25 PM

7. Great Point!!

The idea that being in the Union would "split their allegiance" is right out of the Union Buster playbook.

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