April 2012

Amalgamated Bank offers Money Card

Amalgamated Bank, owned by your union, has developed its new ‘Money Card’ to help people without accounts access the services they need while avoiding high costs.   The Money Card allows users to cash checks, pay bills, and transfer money to family or friends at a fraction of the cost that check cashers and wire service providers such as Western Union charge.

This is one of the ways that Amalgamated Bank differs from other banks.  As the only labor bank in the U.S., Amalgamated puts working people’s interests first.

A new report from the World Bank shows that a remarkably high proportion of people in the U.S. do not have a bank account.   Over 1/4 of people with the lowest 20% of incomes do not have a bank account.  Of those who don’t have an account, over 2/3 are women and 1/4 are immigrants.

People without bank accounts are often targeted by predatory short-term lenders and check-cashing “services” that charge exorbitant fees and astronomic interest rates to cash checks, pay accounts, and transfer money.

Our Union bank designed this card to help people without bank accounts access services for reasonable fees. With the card, you can deposit checks, make purchases, withdraw funds, and transfer money to friends and family with a companion card.

If you would like to learn more about Amalgamated’s new Money Card, give us a call here at the office (212-475-3131) and we can arrange to have an Amalgamated employee come to your workplace to answer questions for you and your colleagues.

The full text of the World Bank report can be found here: http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/IW3P/IB/2012/04/19/000158349_20120419083611/Rendered/PDF/WPS6025.pdf
The New York Times article that cites it can be found here: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/the-worlds-unbanked-poor/?smid=tw-nytimeseconomix&seid=auto

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May Day 2012

The Joint Board is gearing up for May Day!

MAY 1 SCHEDULE:
8AM-2PM BRYANT PARK
Fun and friendly “Pop-up Occupation” featuring: free good, a really free market, free services, skill sharing, workshops, teach-ins, speak outs, public art, performances, and discussion.  Staging area for the 99 Pickets.

12PM IMMIGRANT RALLY IN UNION SQUARE
Join the May 1st Coalition and other immigrant and community based organization in celebrating immigrant labor.

4PM RALLY AT UNION SQUARE
Solidarity rally with labor unions, the immigrant justice coalition, students, and faith and community groups.  A historic convergence of the 99% percent!

5:30PM SOLIDARITY MARCH
From Union Square to Wall Street

For more information on the day’s events, go to:
http://maydaynyc.org/
http://maydaysolidarity2012.org/
http://www.may1.info/

The Joint Board is gearing up for May Day!

MAY 1 SCHEDULE:

8AM-2PM BRYANT PARK

Fun and friendly “Pop-up Occupation” featuring: free good, a really free market, free services, skill sharing, workshops, teach-ins, speak outs, public art, performances, and discussion. Staging area for the 99 Pickets.

12PM IMMIGRANT RALLY IN UNION SQUARE

Join the May 1st Coalition and other immigrant and community based organization in celebrating immigrant labor.

4PM RALLY AT UNION SQUARE

Solidarity rally with labor unions, the immigrant justice coalition, students, and faith and community groups. A historic convergence of the 99% percent!

5:30PM SOLIDARITY MARCH

From Union Square to Wall Street

For more information on the day’s events, go to:

http://maydaynyc.org/

http://maydaysolidarity2012.org/

http://www.may1.info/


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Student Debt hits $1 trillion

Today student debt reached over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS.  While incomes and opportunities for recent graduates are on the decline, tuition costs are on the rise.  Raising interest rates on students right now would not only have disastrous consequences for students but for the economy as a whole.  Money spent paying back debt is money that cannot be invested in our country’s future, as this generation of students will find it harder and harder to buy homes for their families, care for their aging parents, save for their children’s education, or to start businesses of their own.

It doesn’t have to be this way.  Congress has the power to ensure that student loans remain an affordable way to keep college possible for the middle class.  And the people have the responsibility to hold congress accountable!

On April 25, students, graduates, and parents poured into the streets to let the politicians know where we stand.

To read more on this issue and what people are doing to fight back see:

The Cost of College Will Soar if Interest Rates Allowed to Double: Congressional Inaction Puts the College Dreams of Millions of Americans at Risk
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2012/04/student_loan_interest_rates.html

Las cinco razones porqué la deuda educativa merece la acción del Congreso
http://www.americanprogress.org/espanol/articulos/2012/03.html/deuda_educativa.html

Protests Held Nationwide as Student Debt Hits $1 Trillion
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/4/26/headlines#42610

Protesters’ new front: Americans have finally awakened to the decades-long corruption of higher education
http://www.salon.com/2012/04/23/protesters_furious_new_front/

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Amalgamated Demands Full Disclosure

Amalgamated Bank stands up for real people NOT corporations.

As Steve Zdrazil, Head of Corporate Governance for Amalgamated Bank, recently told Forbes magazine:

“Boards should have oversight of all corporate assets spent in the political arena and companies should publicly disclose all political expenditures.  This means all contributions in support or opposition of candidates (federal, state and local) and any contributions to trade associations spent in politics, including the non-deductible portion of membership dues supporting lobbying activities as well as any one-off contributions that are directed, earmarked, or otherwise targeted for political purposes.”

Workers United, your union, owns the majority of Amalgamated Bank.  It is the only union-owned bank in the country. For more information about how you can bank with Amalgamated, visit their website at: https://www.amalgamatedbank.com

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Joint Board Members come together for political action!

Across the region, Joint Board members are making a commitment.  We are deciding to use the power we have together to make a change.

We are organizing at work, at home, and in our communities.

Together, we know we can make a difference.

The New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board – ORGANIZING FOR JUSTICE!



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Taller Legal “Conozca sus Derechos”

Taller legal de ‘Conozca Sus Derechos’ /Know Your Rights Training

Tras la historia, el 1º de Mayo ha sido una celebración de los derechos de trabajadores e inmigrantes. Este año hay mucha energía y entusiasmo porque el movimiento Ocupa Wall Street(OWS) saldrá a las calles a protestar junto a grupos inmigrantes.  Sin embargo reconocemos que esta alianza y solidaridad trae consigo riesgos particulares.  Por eso hemos creado el siguiente taller.

¿Qué? Taller legal “Conozca sus Derechos”

¿Quién? Grupo de Justicia para el Trabajador Inmigrante de OWS, y la Sociedad Nacional de Abogados

¿Dónde? En las oficinas de la 1199 SEIU – 310 Oeste de la calle 43, en la cafetería

¿Cuándo? Jueves, 26 de abril 6:30-8:30 por la tarde

¿POR QUE? Porque no queremos que los inmigrantes pasen por peligros innecesarios durante la manifestación del 1º de Mayo.  Y para que no estén expuestos a acciones que se puede considerar demasiado radicales.  Por eso hemos organizado un taller para responder a cualquier pregunta sobre leyes de inmigración y delitos criminales menores.  Habrá abogados presentes. El evento es abierto y gratis para el público. Favor de confirmar su asistencia.

CONTACTO: Mariano Muñoz (mariano25@gmail.com, 718 714 8630)

HABRÁ TRADUCCIÓN ESPAÑOL/INGLES

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MayDay has historically been a holiday celebrating immigrant and workers’ rights.  We are excited for this year’s May Day with Occupy Wall Street joining with labor and immigrant groups. But we also recognize that this brings particular challenges and to this end, we created this training.

WHAT: Know Your Rights Clinic

WHO: Immigrant Worker Justice Working Group of OWS and the National Lawyers Guild

WHEN: Thursday, April 26th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

WHERE: SEIU 1199 offices – 310 West 43rd St, Cafeteria

WHY: We don’t want immigrants to face unnecessary danger during the May 1st demonstrations or to be exposed to levels of militance they think unwise for themselves on that day.  So we have organized this clinic which will answer basic questions about both criminal and immigration law from those choosing to participate in the May Day 2012 actions.  Attorney Alexandra Goncalves-Pena will be present as well as other lawyers. This session is free and open to the general public, though we strongly encourage you to RSVP.

CONTACT: Mariano Munoz (mariano25@gmail.com 718 714 8630)

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Tax Day

Sick of paying your fair share while GE gets away tax-free? Join UnitedNY at 4:30pm in Bryant Park (42nd and 6th Ave) for a city-wide Day of Action. For info, check out the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/348623445190332/

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Considering going to college?

The National Labor College (NLC) is the only college in the United States dedicated exclusively to the education needs of union members, leaders and their families.  The NLC offers degrees in Business Administration, Construction Management, Emergency Readiness and Response Management and Labor Studies.

As a members of the Union, you are eligible to apply for UnionPlus scholarships to help offset the cost of your degree.

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