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"In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first-ahead of personal glory. "
                                 --Paul Bear Bryant
"Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work."
                                 --Vince Lombardi

ATU Local 1700 Bylaws

Downloadable in PDF, these are the rules our Local operates under. 
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Click here to see Mechanic Wages compared to Driver wages.

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Visit our new Ultimate Union Links Page !!

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ABA's ,  Shop Stewards.....
Email us the times and locations of your union meetings, and we will post them here so everyone will know when there is a union meeting.  And this don' t cost you a dime, The Dog House is paying for this ad-free webspace.

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Unions help make sure our nation prioritizes working people’s issues: unions hold corporations accountable, make workplaces safe, protect Social Security and retirement, fight for quality health care and ensure that working people have time to spend with their families.
A union is a group of workers who come together to win respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs and a voice in improving the quality of their products and services. Workers in unions counter-balance the unchecked power of employers.
Independent polling shows that as many as 42 million workers in America would join a union if they had a chance—but few ever get that chance because employers routinely block workers’ efforts to improve their lives through unions.
Below is a list of links that will illustrate the advantages of Unionism.

The Union Advantages by the numbers. (pdf file)

Union vs. Non Union Earnings by occupation, 2003

Incomes Lower in Right-to-work States

Union workers have better health care

An article from Metro Mag on Health Care coverage vs. higher wages. Which is more important to you ?

From the International Herald Tribune

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Did You Know...
Less than half of our Local's Union membership voted in the last election ? 


What would you like to see in a contract for mechanics ?   What ways could the Union better serve you ?  Send your ideas to us and we will see that the executive board hears you !!    Just click on The Dogs Bark and post your comments....

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The important role of union organizations must be admitted: their object is the representation of the various categories of workers, their lawful collaboration in the economic advance of society, and the development of the sense of their responsibility for the realization of the common good.
-Pope Paul VI

"Never let a stranger in your cab, in your house or in your heart... unless he is a friend of labor."
......Jimmy Hoffa

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Last Updated 6-27-05

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Local 1700 Presidents Office

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The following is a list of links to other Union and Labor related websites.

U.S. Department of Labor




ATU Local 1700


How to form a Union

Labor Law

Unions 101 (pdf file)

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U.S. Labor Law since the Early Twentieth Century

By the early 20th cent. many states had passed laws regulating child labor, minimum wages, and working conditions. Maryland was the first state to pass (1902) workers' compensation for employees injured on the job. The forerunner of the Dept. of Labor had been created in 1884 as a agency in the Dept. of the Interior, and in 1913 it was elevated to cabinet status with the mandate to “foster, promote, and develop the welfare of wage earners.” Congress exempted (1916) unions from the antitrust laws, and the use of injunctions in labor disputes, begun in 1877, was outlawed by Congress in 1932, although the use of injunctions was reestablished by law (1947).

Popular unrest and massive poverty during the Great Depression led to a series of landmark labor laws. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (the Wagner Act) established the right of workers to organize and required employers to accept collective bargaining as a ruling principle in industry. The Social Security Act of 1935 created the basis for federal unemployment insurance. The Fair Labor Standards Act, or Wages and Hours Act (1938), provided for minimum wages and overtime payments for workers in interstate commerce, thus setting standards for many basic industries.

Strong antilabor sentiment after World War II, resulted in the Taft-Hartley Labor Act, which was passed over the veto of President Truman in 1947. It made secondary boycott and closed shops illegal and gave the President the power to secure an injunction to postpone for 80 days any strike that might affect the national security. Under the act, officers of unions were required to file affidavits that they were not members of the Communist party. Later the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was established as an independent agency. Congressional investigations of labor-management corruption led to the passage of the Landrum-Griffin Act in 1959. It guaranteed freedom of speech and of assembly for union members, and it provided for the regular election of union officers by secret ballot and for periodic and detailed financial reports by unions.

In the 1960s increased social activism once again produced a series of landmark labor bills. The Work Hours Act of 1962 provided time-and-a-half pay for work over an 8-hour day or a 40-hour week; the Civil Rights Act (1964) prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or religion; the Age Discrimination Act in Employment (1967) protected older workers from discrimination; and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (1970) created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and gave OSHA the power to establish workplace safety rules, inspect workplaces for safety violations, and fine companies that violated safety rules. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 created a federal agency to insure many pension plans and established regulations to protect them from mismanagement.

In the 1980s the pendulum swung back again, producing laws and legal decisions that limited labor and the power of labor unions. Cutbacks in federal agencies reduced federal enforcement of many work safety rules; officials appointed by the Reagan and Bush administrations attempted to reduce labor regulations, arguing that they made U.S. industry less competitive in the world market. In 1990 the Supreme Court made it harder for companies to replace union workers with nonunion workers and restricted the ability of a company to use bankruptcy laws to avoid paying pensions, two management tactics that were widely used in the 1980s. By the late 1990s union membership had increased, but the number of union members in the private sector and the percentage of union workers compared to nonunion workers had fallen.

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