Come in solidarity to celebrate the victories we have won together over the last year and raise a glass to many more in 2015.
Tuesday, December 16th
Dark Horse Bar, 17 Murray St., downtown Manhattan, near City Hall (A/C to Chambers, 2/3 to Park Place).
The bar serves both food and drinks.
Email nytdu [at] tdu.org to let us know if you can stop by.
October 31, 2014: A New York district judge ruled this week that Scabby the Rat is protected by the First Amendment. So are Fat Cats, inflatable corporate pigs and more. Check out our photo gallery and choose your favorite.
Employers have gone to court to try to deflate Scabby the Rat since he was first introduced by the Bricklayers Union in Illinois in 1990. But judges have repeatedly ruled that Scabby and other inflatable union protest tools are protected free speech.
The latest ruling, by Judge Joseph Bianco of the Eastern District of New York, rejected a claim by an asbestos contractor that using the rat was prohibited by a contract clause banning “disruptive activity”.
But the judge ruled that a protest with an inflatable prop like a rat or fatcat doesn’t fall under the same category of “disruptive activity” like strikes, boycotts, and pickets.
“To hold otherwise would be to prohibit the union from engaging in any speech that is harmful to plaintiff’s business image,” the judge said.
Unions can and will continue to deploy inflatable Rats, Fat-cats, and Corporate Pigs to put the heat on employers who are violating workers’ rights.
Which one is your favorite?
Scabby the Rat, a trailblazer for union protestors.
UPS Teamsters in New York Local 804 have a custom Fat-Cat choking a UPS worker.
Striking telephone workers at Fairpoint in Northern New England take their message about Corporate Fat-cats straight to the boss.
And for that special landlord or white collar employer, there’s always the Cockroach.
June 13, 2014: A group of rank-and-file reformers, Local 584 Members First, are organizing to empower members, defend their jobs, and take back their union.
June 13, 2014: The NY Chapter raised more than $6,000 at a Bowl-athon in May. Members sold raffle tickets to help pay a $500 team-entrance fee and team captains recruited more than 60 bowlers.
: New video shows how Local 804 members teamed up with community allies, customers, elected officials, and other public supporters to stand up to UPS.
New York TDU Bowl-a-Thon
Saturday, May 3, 2014
AMF 34th Avenue Lanes, Queens, NY
The New York TDU Chapter is hosting a Bowl-a-Thon to build solidarity and raise funds for rank-and-file reform and grassroots union democracy.
Click here to find out how you can participate and help make this event a success.
What Made Brown Back Down?
Who Speaks for UPS Customers?
A Teakettle on a Flame
After refusing to back down from its decision to terminate 250 drivers, UPS on Wednesday agreed to give them back their jobs. The Atlanta-based company faced criticism for its stance, but then reached an agreement with the union to re-hire the drivers who work from a depot in Maspeth, Queens.