Labor Day Celebration

September 4, 2015

On this Labor Day weekend, while we are spending time with families and friends celebrating the end of the summer, let’s not forget the real reason for the long weekend. Unions have fought for many benefits over the years that today we can sometimes take for granted. On this weekend let’s not forget the enhancement of workers’ rights and conditions that our forefathers fought hard to get and our daily struggle to maintain. While this is by no means an all-inclusive list, some of those benefits are:

• Weekends
• All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
• Paid Vacation
• Sick Leave
• Social Security
• Minimum Wage
• Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
• 8-Hour Work Day
• Overtime Pay
• Child Labor Laws
• Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
• 40 Hour Work Week
• Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
• Unemployment Insurance
• Pensions
• Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
• Employer Health Care Insurance
• Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
• Wrongful Termination Laws
• Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
• Whistleblower Protection Laws
• Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
• Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
• Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
• Sexual Harassment Laws
• Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
• Holiday Pay
• Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
• Privacy Rights
• Pregnancy and Parental Leave
• Military Leave
• The Right to Strike
• Public Education for Children
• Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
• Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Reflecting on this list this Labor Day weekend it is obvious that there is at least 36 reasons to thanks unions and to recognize the power in having a voice in your wages and working conditions.



United Way Labor Kickoff – 2015

September 1, 2015

Labor United Way Kickoff in participation with Topeka Federation of Labor will be Thursday, September 3rd at Local 304’s hall. Refreshments will be at 5:30pm with Dinner of Hot Dogs and Brats to begin at 6:00pm. Program will follow at 6:30pm. This Kickoff opens the Campaign season for members of labor and their families. Come […]

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Michels Communication goes IBEW in Kansas

August 4, 2015

Congratulations to all 19 employees of Michels Communication in Kansas for deciding to join IBEW Local 304! Welcome aboard Brothers!

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