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Updated: Aug. 29 (05:01)

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To Our Dearly Departed
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TOWC Bowling Tournament
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Paused
Aug. 4: Day 100 and still holding the line
(L-R) Local Business Agent Eric Wood, Dave Moore, Charlie Grams, Jay Treuth, and Joe Bell
July 18: Day 85
Picket lines extended to Buffalo, N.Y. and Streator, Ill.
July 7: Day 75
This morning picket lines went back up at US Foods in Streator, Illinois. #USFoodsStrike
July 1: Day 69
We're back at Red, Hot and Blue in Annapolis, because the company isn't getting our message.
July 1: Day 69
Red, Hot & Blue: You're not listening. We're not going away.
June 24: Day 59
Members protest US Foods destruction of veterans' jobs.
June 22: Day 57
Members from Teamsters Local 189 honor our picket line.
June 21: Day 56
Picket line back up at Swedesboro, NJ (Philly) facility. Thanks Local 628!
June 20: Day 55
Strike lines went up early this morning at US Foods in Bridgeport, NJ. Locals 107 and 169 members support the extension of our strike lines.
June 18: Day 53
Unite Here joined the Severn, Md. strike line to support us. Thank you!
June 17: Day 52
We extended our strike line to Chicago. Thank you Local 705! #solidarity
June 10: Day 45
USF drivers take their message to Gaithersburg, Md.
June 4: Day 39
Right, Gilbert Howdershelt (Burris Foods, Del.), came from the Eastern Shore to support his brothers & sisters.
June 3: Informational leafleting at Red Hot & Blue, Annapolis
May 25: Picket line up in Indianapolis, Local 135

Click here to learn how you can support our striking brothers and sisters
on the picket line (scroll to bottom).


Local and National Union News

Trucker driver job-related injuries in overdrive
Aug. 18, 2016 | When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don't come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect… blog.dol.gov

Baltimore's Democratic City Council kills $15 minimum wage bill, for now
Aug. 17, 2016 | The Baltimore City Council derailed a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour Monday, highlighting the ambivalence among many Democratic Party leaders over whether to support the national Fight for $15 movement. Pro-business members on the all-Democrat 15-member council were able to hold together an alliance against the higher minimum wage and voted 8-6 to return the proposed legislation to committee for revision. The maneuver appears to have effectively killed the bill, at least for this year. inthesetimes.com

Combating 'drowsy driving' requires keeping trucker standards
Aug. 12, 2016 | The Teamsters have been leaders in standing up for proper rest breaks for truck drivers. After all, union drivers know all-to-well what can happen when forced to work too many hours on the road. But now a new report shows the true dangers that come from "drowsy driving." teamster.org

National Dems back $15 min. wage. Baltimore Dems, not so much
Aug. 12, 2016 | The bill is in real danger of failing, Councilman Robert Curran told In These Times, as advocates for the legislation have been unable so far to line up the required eight votes for final passage.

Leaders of carhaul local unions overwhelmingly endorse tentative agreement
Aug. 5, 2016 | The tentative agreement has been unanimously endorsed by the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC). It is retroactive to September 1, 2015 and runs 60 months, until August 31, 2020. Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out to members on or about August 22 and tentatively scheduled to be counted on September 15. This schedule will allow local unions enough time to conduct informational meetings. Details here.

Members are still standing strong as strike nears its fourth month
Aug. 4, 2016 | Today marks the 100th day that our brothers and sisters have been out on an unfair labor practices strike that began at 2 pm on April 27, 2016. Local 355 charged the company with bad-faith bargaining over its decision to close its only Maryland distribution center and move operations to non-union centers in Virginia. (Recap here.) Members employed as drivers, loaders and mechanics have manned the picket lines at the facility in Severn day and night since. They've distributed informational fliers to US Foods customers, moved the strike line to other US Foods facilities across the country, and supported each other in any way they could. Many have had to move on to other jobs, but they faithfully return to the picket line as often as they can in support of the cause. "Come back next month too. We'll still be here if we have to be here," Dave Moore said. Charlie Grams suggested with a chuckle that we get winter clothes ready. "We thought we might be ready to close this up two weeks ago, but nothing came of it," said Jay Treuth. "If we have to be here 'til Christmas, we'll be here 'til Christmas." President Denis Taylor said he hopes to reach an agreement that will provide appropriate compensation to our US Foods members for the loss of their jobs when the food distributor moved their work to an out-of-state, non-union facility. The company closed the center June 10, 2016.

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
This Election Could Decide the Fate of American Labor, And That's The Problem

Aug. 18, 2016  | OPINION | One of the many questions to be decided in this election is the future of U.S. labor policy. Unions entered the race with high hopes, having recently made big gains. They had won rising support for the $15 minimum wage, reformed overtime rules and dodged a potentially devastating blow from the Supreme Court, which, had it not been for the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, undoubtedly would have crippled Labor's ability to collect fees from millions of public sector workers who benefit from union contracts. But any hope of translating such victories into a broad union revival hinges on the outcome of the election… washingtonpost.com

Union and Conservative, Better Together
Aug. 17, 2016  | WORKING FAMILIES | …It is in unions that a communal spirit wins out over a narrow self-interest. In unions, working people hone a sense of obligation to one another. In unions, working people build a fierce loyalty to a vision of a shared economy that honors and respects them, and where labor it treated with dignity. It is in the experience of union democracy that men and women shape their political visions. Unions are the place where the fundamentally conservative beliefs and the fundamentally radical orientations of working-class Americans can be integrated into a true and coherent populist politics that is neither conventionally left nor right… alternet.org
One of The Biggest Crimes Waves in History Isn't What You Think
Aug. 16, 2016 | WAGES | In dollar terms, what group of Americans steals the most from their fellow citizens each year? The answer might surprise you: It's employers, many of whom are committing what's known as wage theft. It's not just about underpaying workers. They're not paying workers what they're legally owned for the labor they put in. It takes different forms: not paying workers the federal, state, or local minimum wage; not paying them overtime; or just monkeying around with job titles to avoid regulations. … Research suggests American workers are getting screwed out of $20 billion to $50 billion annually… theweek.com
In Case You Missed It

  • In labor vs. capital, labor is now winning.
  • American Olympians wear Made-in-America clothes.
  • A 'culture of fear' contributes to declining union membership.
  • Organized labor ready to challenge WV's right to work in court.
  • Trump Taj Mahal workers continue strike despite impending closure.
  • Baltimore City Council OKs $15 min. wage; final vote expected next week.
  • Must-see TV: John Oliver on why we're so ill-informed:

The Battle over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
Aug. 11, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | … The [ongoing] Trump Taj Mahal strike is an important moment for us all because these workers are on the frontline against forces that threaten us all and that lay bare what a Donald Trump presidency would have in store for millions of American workers. Both Trump, who built the Taj Mahal, and [Carl] Icahn, who is the current owner, have taken millions from the property, driven it into bankruptcy, and left workers holding the bag… this struggle in Atlantic City sheds light on some important mystifications that need to be clarified if we hope to turn the tide against intensifying predatory assaults on American workers' standard of living… commondreams.org
At a Critical Moment, Labor's Cause is Racial, Economic Justice
Aug. 10, 2016  | OPINION | .. In times like these, it is more important than ever that we in the labor movement stand in solidarity with the entire community and do our part to advance the changes necessary to stop the senseless violence. We knew all too well that union members are not immune to these inequalities. We cannot continue to simply grapple with how to respond to tragic events; we need to put forth a bold agenda for justice for all workers… peoplesworld.org

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  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

 
 
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