Workers Memorial Day 2015

Every year in late April, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It’s time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.

Please join the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation as we commemorate Workers Memorial Day with our annual dinner on Thursday April 30th, 6pm at the Machinist Hall – 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita. We will have a free catered dinner from Stroud’s Fried Chicken as we remember those Kansas Workers who lost their lives on the job and renew our commitment to fight for good, SAFE, jobs.

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Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation endorses Jeff Longwell for Mayor

In light of recent comments made by Wichita Mayoral candidate Sam Williams at a candidate forum hosted by the Wichita Pachyderm Club on March 6th, 2015 regarding his intent to undermine the retirement plans of city employees, the executive Board of the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation has endorsed Jeff Longwell for Mayor.

Please communicate to your locals, and their members that the clear choice for Wichita Mayor is Jeff Longwell. Voting by mail has already begun with election day to be held April 7th.

Sam Williams said:

“A fundamental change that America has gone through is that retirement plans have changed. They’ve gone from defined benefit to defined contribution….. it needs to happen in government. It needs to be accelerated and it needs to happen immediately. In my opinion it’s one of the first things we need to take a look at.”

For decades, the “traditional” defined benefit pension—paid for by employers—was the retirement foundation for millions of workers. It still is for some 90% of public-sector employees and close to 20% of those in the private sector, many of them union members.

This position is contrary to the AFL-CIO.

AFL-CIO President, Rich Trumka, said that turning to a defined contribution plan – such as the 401k plans common in the private sector – is not the answer.

“That shifts all the risk to the worker,” said Trumka, “We need to get back to the place where we’re providing secured pensions for everybody.

“Every other (developed) country in the world has figured pensions out and we haven’t,” he said, adding that the right plan could succeed here. “Are our financial managers less competent than those in other countries?”

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