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April 22, 2019

On This Day in 1947
Five hundred workers in Texas City, Texas die in a series of huge oil refinery and chemical plant explosions and fires.
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Local Union offices will be closed Monday, April 22nd 
Apr. 15, 2019 In observation of the Easter holiday, our Local Union offices will be closed Monday, Apr. 22, 2019, and will reopen Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 9 am. Everyone at Local 355 wishes you and your family a safe and happy Easter holiday.

Eastern Shore union hall opens to members for April membership meeting
Apr. 16, 2019 The Local Union Hall in Salisbury, Md. will be fully operational by September after being closed for necessary renovations since July of 2017. The building, originally constructed in 1940 and suffering accumulated damage from age and environmental wear, has been extensively renovated with an open floor plan. “This is a much better space for our needs,” said Denis Taylor, President of Teamsters Local 355. “It will now accommodate meetings with our Eastern Shore companies. There’s no need to rent other space; all meetings will be held here going forward.” The renovation and repair project was expensive, Taylor said, but well worth it. The Hall will be open for next month’s General Membership Meeting. Photo Gallery: 2019 April Membership Meeting Salisbury 

Reminder: Application deadlines fast approaching for Golf Outing, Local 355 Scholarship
Apr. 15, 2019 The deadline to submit your college-bound student’s application for the Teamsters Local Union 355 45th Annual Scholarship Award is May 3, 2019. The Local will award two scholarships carrying a total of $8,000 in financial assistance at the May 5th general membership meeting to graduating high school seniors. Download additional information and the application form here. The application deadline for our 2019 Spring Golf Outing is May 10, 2019. All the info you need to know plus the application form is here.

Local Union leaders overwhelmingly endorse tentative contract *
Apr. 11, 2019 | Leaders of all local unions that represent workers at YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn met yesterday and with the exception of one local voted unanimously to endorse the tentative National Master Freight Agreement covering approximately 30,000 Teamsters, paving the way for a vote by the membership. Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division said the union committee worked extremely hard and dug into the minute details of the companies’ operations, finances and how to maximize protections and benefits for the members. In the end, every single member of the bargaining committee supports and recommends this tentative agreement. On or about April 19, members will be mailed voting information. The vote will be by secret ballot as it always has been, but this time members will vote via the internet or phone. Votes will be counted on or about May 3. Details here.  * Listen to the YRCW members teleforum from April 10.

Western Pennsylvania and Local 804 supplements ratified 
Apr. 10, 2019 | UPS Teamsters covered by the Local 804 Supplement Agreement and the Western Pennsylvania Supplement Agreement have voted to ratify. Voting took place over the past several weeks and votes were tallied yesterday, April 9, 2019. The national agreement cannot take effect until all the outstanding supplements are ratified. Once ratified, economic improvements are retroactive to August 1, 2018.

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Elsewhere in the News
Privacy Is At Stake as Surveillance Tech Monitors Workers’ Every Move
Apr. 16, 2019 | WORKPLACE | The emergence of sensor and other technologies that let businesses track, listen to and even watch employees while on company time is raising concern about corporate levels of surveillance. Privacy advocates fear that, if the new technology is not wielded carefully, workers could be at risk of losing any sense of privacy while on the job. Overall, corporate interest in surveillance seems to be on the rise… CNBC
The Largest Private Sector Strike in Years Is Playing Out Supermarkets Across the Northeast
Apr. 15, 2019 | STRIKES | [Note: East Coast supermarket chains Stop & Shop and Giant Food are owned by Amsterdam-based retailer Ahold.] More than 30,000 grocery store employees in the northeastern US are refusing to return to work for the second day in a row. Cashiers and deli workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets walked off the job Thursday afternoon at 240 stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, saying the supermarket chain is trying to slash their pay by hiking health insurance premiums and lowering pension benefits for new employees. The workers have been negotiating new jobs contracts with the company since January, according to their labor unions, which are part of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union International. Workers want their paychecks to get larger, not smaller, they say, especially now that Stop & Shop’s profits are growing faster than before… Vox   Related: Teamsters back up striking Stop and Shop workers.
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Safe at Work? Not in Construction or Driving a Truck
Apr. 10, 2019 | HEALTH & SAFETY | […] Overall government statistics don't reflect how hazardous this corner of the workplace has become. Workers compensation insurers, which have to pay when someone gets injured or killed on the job, report that 2015 to 2018 were four banner years when revenue exceeded business costs and losses by more than 5 percent. Fatal injuries in manufacturing and wholesale trade were the lowest since 2003, according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). But that may not be a reason to celebrate… CBS News 
Report is Latest Example of Nation’s Infrastructure Mess
Apr. 10, 2019 | TRANSPORTATION | The condition of many bridges in this country is not good. And a new study shows little is being done to improve it going forward. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) last week released its annual report on the state of America’s bridges. It shows that slightly more than 47,000 of the nation’s 616,000 spans were rated structurally deficient and are in need of urgent repairs. It also showed that the pace of repairs fell last year, resulting in only a 1 percent reduction of deficient bridges. It’s a continuation of a trend that began five years ago when the pace of bridge improvements began to slow down. Incredibly, at this point, it would take more than 80 years to make the significant repairs that are needed to these structures… Teamsters
Truckers, Teamsters Cheer as High Court Seals Misclassification Court Battle
Apr. 8, 2019 | MISCLASSIFICATION | For years, the California Labor Commission has ruled that port truckers are de facto employees, using a common law test and are therefore illegally misclassified by companies that treat them as independent contractors. The California Trucking Association challenged this practice in federal court, losing at trial, and on appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court, in a decision handed down this past September. On March 18, the Supreme Court rejected the group’s bid to have the decision reversed.The decision was hailed by Fred Potter, vice president-at-large, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and director of the Teamsters Port Division. “In rejecting the CTA’s appeal, the highest court in the land has effectively closed the case on predatory trucking companies’ efforts to dodge taxes and steal the hard-earned wages of drivers through a scheme that illegally classifies drivers as independent contractors,” Potter said…. Random Length News
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General Membership Meetings:
May 5, 2019 - Baltimore
10 a.m. 
Baltimore Union Hall
May 19, 2019 - Salisbury
10 a.m. Salisbury Union Hall

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Just Sayin’
    "Justice is never given; it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship."
~A. Philip Randolph, civil rights leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters




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