Monday, February 25, 2013

Events for You

IWJKansas Salutes IAM Local 639

Reverend Charles R. Claycomb, pastor of University United Methodist Church, Wichita, and an IWJ Kansas board member recently attended a meeting of IAM Local 639 where he presented the union a check of $250 and an IWJ certificate to honor the union for standing up for workers rights.

Pine Valley Christian Church and IWJ Kansas

Invite you to attend a Faith and Labor Forum on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:00. Music will be provided by Shoulder to Shoulder. Speakers include Bryan Pfiefer and Rennie Holland, AFT, and Rev. David Hansen, IWJ Kansas. We will also learn about developments for the Sunflower Worker Center. This is a time to network and learn more about what is happening locally and in Kansas.

Communication Workers/Ver.di T-Mobile Rally

We are happy to share the following news from CWA. For more information please contact the Communications Workers of America office in Wichita.

We will have a German Delegation here from Dortmund call center/Ver.di union to highlight the differences between how they are treated in Germany and how the T-Mobile workers are treated here in the United States. They will also be highlighting their mission to make sure that jobs are not lost during the T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger. 
Please join us for this rally and bring any and all interested parties with you so we can highlight the differences in treatment between the workers in Germany and the United States. Lets make this a big rally.
WhenSat Mar 23, 2013 1pm – 3pm Central Time
Where2525 N Woodlawn, Wichita, KS

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Public Forum: Faith and Labor

If you are concerned about the future of labor and of our communities and you want to know what you can do to help create a positive environment for all workers and their families, please join us.

Friday, March 8, 2013
7:00 pm

Pine Valley Christian Church
5621 E. 21st Street

Music provided by Shoulder to Shoulder


Mr. Bryan G. Pfiefer, Organizing Coordinator, American Federation of Teachers

Ms. Rennie Hudson, Organizer, American Federation of Teachers

Rev. Dr. David Hansen
Interfaith Worker Justice Kansas
Interim Pastor, Pine Valley Christian Church

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stand with Working Kansas Alliance Saturday
This coming Saturday at 2pm workers from all across Kansas will be gathering in Topeka on the steps of the State Capitol to rally for workers rights! Join us in standing up for your rights, and telling Governor Brownback and the Kansas Legislature that it’s time to end these senseless attacks on the hard working men and women of Kansas.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

HB 2123 Attacks Unions

Kansas lawmakers have launched a frontal attack on unions. The Feb. 1, 2013, Wichita Eagle blog noted that, "Legislation, which the House approved Thursday, is entirely about trying to weaken unions--which is why it is being pushed by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity." The goal, made clear in HB 2123, is to get rid of public sector unions. But don't take my word for it. The text of this bill is printed here. I am opposed to this bill and similar anti-union legislation.

There is no question that unions have improved working conditions and increased wages and brought better benefits for all workers--union and nonunion. Union members want good jobs, safe working conditions and good pay. These are things that make for healthier families and better communities. In future articles I will reflect on why  I believe worker rights should be of concern to members of faith communities and why now is the time to support working men and women in our community.
                                                                                    Reverend David Hansen, IWJ Kansas                                                                

Session of 2013
By Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development
AN ACT concerning public employees; enacting the public employees
freedom act.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. Sections 1 through 11 shall be known and may be cited as
the public employee freedom act.
Sec. 2. It is declared to be the policy of this state that:
(a) An employer and employee should be free to contract on their
own terms;
(b) mandatory collective bargaining laws violate this freedom; and
(c) as a result, it is hereby declared to be against the public policy of
this state to impose mandatory collective bargaining laws on public
employees and the organizations that represent such public employees in
the collective bargaining process.
Sec. 3. As used in this act, unless the context otherwise requires, the
following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them in
this section:
(a) "Employee organization" means any association or organization
of employees, and any agency, employee representation committee or plan
in which employees participate that exists, in whole or in part, to advocate
on behalf of employees about grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of
pay, hours of employment or conditions of work.
(b) (1) "Public employee" means a person holding a position by
appointment or employment in the government of this state, or any taxing
or political subdivision thereof, including, but not limited to, public
schools, any authority, commission or board, or in any other branch of
public service.
(2) The term "public employee" shall not include any employee
whose job involves managerial, supervisory, or confidential
(c) "Public employer" means any state or local government,
government agency, government instrumentality, special district, joint
powers authority, school board or special purpose organization that
employs one or more persons in any capacity.
Sec. 4. (a) Public employees shall have the right to represent
themselves in their relations with their public employer.

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(b) No provision of any agreement between an employee organization
and a public employer, or any other public policy, shall impose
representation by an employee organization on any public employee who
is not a member of such employee organization.
Sec. 5. No dues, fees, assessments or any other automatic payroll
deductions by public employers from public employee payroll
compensation shall be allowed for transmission to any public employee
organization, any intermediary or private individual, other than for primary
and supplemental pension plans, life, health and other employee benefits,
or contributions made to 501C(3) charitable organizations through a
workplace giving program.
Sec. 6. Any agreement, understanding, or practice, written or oral,
implied or expressed, between any employee organization and public
employer that violates the rights of employees as guaranteed by provisions
of this act, and amendments thereto, is hereby declared to be unlawful, null
and void, and shall have no legal effect. Any strike, picketing, boycott, or
other action by an employee organization for the purpose of inducing or
attempting to induce an employer to enter into any agreement prohibited
by this section is hereby declared to be for an illegal purpose and is a
violation of the provisions of this act.
Sec. 7. It shall be unlawful for any person, employee organization, or
officer, agent, or member thereof, to compel or attempt to compel such
employee or prospective employee to join, affiliate with, or financially
support an employee organization by any:
(a) Intimidation, threatened or actual, of an employee or prospective
employee, or an employee's or prospective employee's parents, spouse,
children, grandchildren, or any other persons residing in the employee's or
prospective employee's home; or
(b) damage or threatened damage to an employee's or prospective
employee's property.
Sec. 8. Any person who directly or indirectly violates any provision
of this act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the attorney general to investigate
complaints of violation or threatened violations of this act and to prosecute
any or all persons violating any of its provisions, and to take all means
available to the attorney general to ensure effective enforcement of this
Sec. 10. The provisions of this act shall apply to all contracts or
extensions thereof entered into on or after the effective date of this act.
Sec. 11. If any provision of this act, including any amendment made
by this act, or the application of any such provision to any person or
circumstance, is held invalid, the validity of any other provision of this act,
or the application of such provision to other persons and circumstances,

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shall not be affected thereby.
Sec. 12. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.