( BCTGM Local 24 and BCTGM Local 125 Business Agents protesting against the "Fast Track" Legislation being proposed by members of Congress and the Obama Administration in San Francisco)
Republican leaders in Congress and the Obama Administration have declared that trade is a potential area of compromise this year and working people should be concerned. New trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are being negotiated in the same failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) model. The negotiations are focused on padding corporate profits not increasing workers’ paychecks. Before any trade deal comes to a vote, the administration will ask Congress to pass “Fast Track” legislation.
Call Congress at 1-855-712-8441. Tell them to say NO to “Fast Track” because it harms workers.
What is “Fast Track”?
“Fast Track” is a policy that gives the executive branch the opportunity to negotiate—out of public view—as many trade agreements as it can during a given time period and send them to Congress, which may then only vote yes or no on the agreement; it may not amend the agreement or its “implementing bill,” nor may it send the agreement back to the executive branch with instructions for improvement.
“Fast Track” is dangerous because it forces Congress to make a take-it-or-leave-it decision on a 29 chapter, 1,000 page agreement no matter how bad it is for wages, jobs, small business and the environment. Instead of exercising its constitutional authority to review and amend a trade deal, Congress is unable to improve any section that hurts working people.
A fast track bill was introduced last year but it never came to a vote thanks, in part, to strong opposition from labor, led by the AFL-CIO. That’s because nearly two-thirds of American voters oppose granting the President fast track authority. They believe it gives too much power to one person.
Why is “Fast Track” bad for workers?
No trade deal, no matter how bad, has ever been defeated under “Fast Track” procedures. The minute the negotiators have the “Fast Track” ticket in their hands, they know they are free to agree to provisions that will send jobs overseas, reduce the bargaining power of workers, jeopardize important environmental, health and safety regulations and give global corporations even more influence over our economy. While it’s possible to influence the Administration to reverse course and create a new, pro-worker trade policy, it will be nearly impossible to defeat global corporate interests if “Fast Track” is approved.
WHAT IS A UNION?
A union is a group of workers who form an organization to gain:
Respect on the job
A counter-balance to the unchecked power of employers
More flexibility for work and family needs
Better wages and benefits
What have unions accomplished for all workers?
Unions have made life better for all working Americans by helping to pass laws ending child labor, establishing the eight-hour day, protecting workers’ safety and health and helping create Social Security, unemployment insurance and the minimum wage, for example. Unions are continuing the fight today to improve life for all working families in America.
What challenges do workers face today when they want to form unions?
Today, thousands of workers want to join unions. The wisest employers understand that when workers form unions, their companies also benefit. However, most employers fight workers’ efforts to come together by intimidating, harassing and threatening them. In response, workers are reaching out to their communities for help exercising their freedom to improve their lives.
What kinds of workers are forming unions today?
A wider range of people than ever before, including many women and immigrants, are joining unions—doctors and nurses, poultry workers and graduate employees, home health care aides and wireless communications workers, auto parts workers and engineers, and more.
How do unions help working families today?
Through unions, workers win better wages, benefits and a voice on the job—and good union jobs mean stronger communities. Union workers earn 25 percent more pay than nonunion workers and are more likely to receive health care and pension benefits than those without a union. In 2001, median weekly earnings for full-time union wage and salary workers were $718, compared with $575 for their nonunion counterparts. Unions lead the fight today for better lives for working people, such as through expanded family and medical leave, improved safety and health protections, and fair-trade agreements that lift the standard of living for workers all over the world.
How do people form a union?
When workers decide they want to come together to improve their jobs, they work with a union to help them form their own local chapter. Once a majority of workers show that they want a union, sometimes employers honor the workers’ choice. Often, the workers must ask the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold an election. If the workers win the election to be represented by the union, they negotiate a contract with the employer that spells out each party’s rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
Contact us at Bakers Local 24 if you have any questions or interest in forming a Union where you work. The National Labor Relations Board rules have changed regarding Union Elections. It is now easier to form a Union and hold a fair Union Election then ever before.
650-364-0990 (Joe, Oscar or Juan)
Your calls will be keep completely confidential and we have bi-lingual Business Agents.
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This wholesale Bakery located in South San Francisco has been is the baking business since 1936. They primarily produce rolls and specialty breads for upscale restaurant and small cafes.
Jose Anguiano - Mixer and Union Trustee
Antonio Gentile (Left) and Roy Rivera (Right)
Boudin Bakeries and Boudin SF Cafe's
The Local represents bakers and delivery drivers at the Boudin Bakery facilities in the Bay Area. The flagship location located on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco features a glass view front window where you can observe our bakers at work and a Bakery Museum that features the history of the baking industry in San Francisco over the last century. They have cafe's which feature Union made bread all over Northern California. Take the time to visit a Boudin SF near you and support your Union bakers.
There are over 30 Panera Bread Cafe’s in Local 24 area in California. The Company has not recognized their employees NLRB Election victory in Michigan Panera Bread Café’s for over a year. They are simply ignoring the legal election and refusing to negotiate a first contract. You can help put national pressure on Panera to finally do the right thing, sit down and negotiate with BCTGM Panera Bread Cafe members
Again, if you know anyone who works at or knows someone who works at a Panera Bread Café and would like to talk to someone at Local 24, we are available to met anywhere with them. All meetings will be kept confidential.
We are also encouraging all Local 24 members and families to take a picture of themselves in front of a Panera Bread Café holding a sign saying '"We support the BCTGM Panera Bakers" or something along those lines. Then post it to their own YouTube account or to their twitter account with one of the many hash-tags leading to Panera for example #PaneraUnionYes.
The phrase “wage theft” generally refers to employees being denied full compensation for their work under the law. Often, low-wage and immigrant workers are victims of wage theft and are denied meal breaks, overtime pay and minimum wage and are forced to work off the clock without pay. It is illegal to not pay or to underpay workers their wages.
Wage theft is getting more attention as it is a growing problem. Wage theft can occur when workers are not paid, underpaid or misclassified as independent contractors.
You deserve to be paid fairly for your work, including overtime hours.
The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees, unless specifically exempted—such as managers, certain sales employees and professionals—must be paid overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a week. The overtime rate must be one-and-one-half times your normal rate of pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek. Normally, overtime pay earned in a particular workweek must be paid on the regular pay day for the pay period in which the wages were earned.
The FLSA also prohibits the overtime requirement from being waived, even by agreement of the employer and employee. It is illegal for your boss to force or intimidate you into giving up your overtime pay, although a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limited this condition for government employees. However, the law does not set any limits on the number of hours workers older than 16 years can work during a week.
The overtime law is enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Your employer can be criminally charged for violating the overtime provisions of the FLSA, and it also is illegal for your employer to fire or discriminate against you for filing a complaint about an FLSA overtime violation.
There is a two-year statute of limitations on recovering back pay, unless the FLSA violation was deliberate and willful, in which case the statute of limitations is three years.
If you think you have been denied overtime pay, you can file a complaint with the nearest office of the Wage and Hour Division of the Labor Department. The complaint may be filed in person, by letter or by telephone, but it also must be made in writing. For information about various wage-and-hour and other workplace problems, visit the Interstate Labor Standards Association website.
It shouldn't hurt to go to work. In 2008, more than 4.6 million workers across all industries, including state and local government, suffered work-related injuries and illnesses that were reported by employers, with 3.7 million injuries and illnesses reported in private industry. Due to limitations in the injury reporting system and underreporting of workplace injuries, this number understates the problem. The true toll is estimated to be two to three times greater—or 9 million to 14 million injuries and illnesses a year. The health and safety of America's workers is detailed in the AFL-CIO Death on the Job report.
Experts agree that if you are injured on the job, you should:
Notify your supervisor, the personnel department and your union steward. Get the medical treatment you need. You may be required to see a doctor selected by your employer. If you are injured on the job, your employer's insurance company is obligated to pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment. If your employer has written an "incident report," get a copy of it. Your union steward and the employer should obtain the names of workers who witnessed your injury or assisted you afterward, as you may need this information if you seek workers' compensation benefits.
You also may be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits or vocational rehabilitation benefits. If you file a claim for benefits and it is rejected, you may appeal the ruling, even to the courts. Experts recommend seeking legal advice.
(Pictured are Local 24 Wedemeyer's Bakery members collage circa 2015)
CELEBRATING 45 YEARS OF TOP QUALITY PASTRIES
Baker’s Local 24 is proud to celebrate with Dick;s Bakery in over a half century providing top quality Union Made pastry goods in the the San Jose Area.
The family owned, fully Union business is operated by Aaron and Laurel Sota with bakers Filomema Juan and Earnest provide top quality fresh baked goods.
Located at the intersection of Meridian and Hamilton in San Jose
Welcome to Bakers Local 24! The Officers and Office Staff are here to serve you the membership. Please call with questions or issues you are expierencing at your worksite. we will try our best to help you.