Special Notice – Nominations for the Office of Chief Steward – Mobility

Nominations for the office of Chief Steward – Mobility will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Local Union Hall.

The length of office will be for the unexpired term of 2015-2017

Nominations for the Chief Steward Position are area specific and nominees must be members in good standing who belong to the group that the office represents. Additionally, nominations must be made by a member of the represented group as well.

All nominees must be present to accept the nomination or submit a letter of acceptance during the nomination process. After the nominations, ballots will be mailed out to each of the members last known address. Please contact the local if your address has recently changed at 512-467-6132.

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Christmas Party Friday December 12th 7pm

Annual Christmas Party is this Friday! 7pm at Threadgills.

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Thank you!

Our Members are the best! Thank you for your participation! The bags are filled and have been dropped off.

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Angel Trees Due Back to the Hall on December 2nd!

Angel Trees must be returned by Tuesday December 2nd!

Please contact the Hall with any questions.

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Christmas Party – December 12th – 7pm

Join us at Threadgill’s on Friday December 12th.

All members and their families are welcome to the annual Christmas Party. This year the party will be held at Threadgill’s on North Lamar Blvd. Click on the link to see the Event details.


6416 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78752

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Posted Results from the Election

Election Results

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Election Results

These are the Winners:

Jason Peavler won for President

Golson McIntosh won for Vice President 1

Christina Waid won for Secretary Treasurer

Cheryl Lee won for Marketing Chief Steward

Travis Grissom won for North Chief Steward

Thank you to the Election Committee and to those who cast their votes.

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Members, if you have still not received a ballot, please contact the Union Hall ASAP. There is very little time left for a replacement ballot to be sent and returned before the October 7th deadline.

Call (512) 467-6132  and update your mailing address and contact information.


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Thursday, September 11th, is Nominations. Please be in attendance. We are accepting nominations for President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary Treasurer, and Chief Stewards. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm.

If you have not received a notification card in the mail, it may be time to update your mailing address. Please contact the Local at 512-467-6132.


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Beware Financial Come-On by ‘Union Workers Credit Services’

Beware Financial Come-On by ‘Union Workers Credit Services’

The labor movement isn’t totally unanimous on many things, but I’ve never heard any dissent from the proposition that we hate scam operations that trade on our goodwill, such as fake “union” publications.

Texas AFL-CIO Director of Field Education & Research Joe Arabie recently received a variation on this theme. It was an offer from an outfit called “Union Workers Credit Services” carrying a Dallas address.

The letter struck Joe as suspect from the start because it was addressed to his long-deceased mother-in-law, who was an active member of the United Food & Commercial Workers.

The letter said that for $37, Ms. Betty Millard was eligible for a “pre-approved…Platinum Card membership” with a guaranteed $10,000 limit and a 5 percent interest rate. The $37 “is fully refundable with your first purchase using your $10,000.00 credit limit.” And – sound the alarms again – the letter states, “You don’t have to worry if you have been denied access to a VISA® or MasterCard®.”

You have to go to the fine print to see what’s really going on. First, if you can believe it, the offer is not actually for a credit card: “Credit amount referenced herein shall not be construed to function as any type of multi-purpose credit card.” Then comes the kicker: “…and is exclusively applicable for credit purchases from UWCS.”

In other words, “Union Workers Credit Services” is selling merchandise, and the $37 would be a down payment on that merchandise.

Doing some due diligence on Google, we learned the New York attorney general has sued this outfit and found that people who requested a refund of the $37 were unable to obtain it despite the letter’s assurances:

The state attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit Monday against a company that targeted union workers in a credit-card scam.

The company, Union Workers Credit Services, Inc., advertised to labor union employees what they presented to be a multi-purpose “Platinum” credit card.

After paying an upfront fee of either $37 or $95, the consumers found that the card could be used to purchase only items from a limited catalog of merchandise. Some consumers paid the fee and never received a card from the company at all.

Union workers throughout the state received the solicitations, including those in Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca and on Long Island.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued the Dallas-based company and its president, Joe Malazzo, for false advertising and deceptive business practices, and his office is seeking full restitution for any New Yorker who paid the upfront fees.

Schneiderman is also seeking a court order prohibiting the company from engaging in false advertising and deceptive business practices, as well as penalties and fees. For every deceptive solicitation the company sent to a prospective customer, the potential penalty is $5,000.

“Targeting and ripping off workers through deceptive advertising is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the State of New York,” Schneiderman said in a statement Monday. “This company will now pay the price for preying on consumers who were duped into signing up for credit cards that were essentially worthless.”

Read more: http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2013/04/15/state-sues-company-for-targeting-union-workers-in-credit-card-scam/

  You can Google “Union Workers Credit Services” and find many more allegations of bad behavior by Union Workers Credit Services. Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller and Secretary-Treasurer John Patrick want every union member in Texas to know that Union Workers Credit Services is not affiliated in any way with the Texas AFL-CIO or, to our knowledge, any actual labor organization. If you receive a solicitation from them, our considered advice is to toss it in the trash.

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