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October 25, 2014

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Nov. 2, 2014  - Baltimore
Nov. 2, 2014  - Salisbury

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Oct. 24, 1940:  The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier.
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Penn Fibre Teamsters proud of their work to improve the workplace
Oct. 22, 2014
| The company's BOOM (Because Our Opinions Matter) program culminated in a week-long, interior and exterior repair and revitalization project of Penn Fibre's thermoplastics manufacturing facility. Workers were invited to tell management what improvements were necessary to make the plant more efficient, productive and safe. They did, and the results are proof their opinions do indeed matter. Story and pictures here.

They're Teamsters and they vote!
Oct. 20, 2014
| Local 355 shop stewards showed their power last week during a break at the Local-sponsored steward seminar. Proud to be part of a politically powerful union, these members contribute, are registered and ready to vote on November 4th. Are you? Pictured left, Charmaine Coldiron (Budget Rental) and right, (left to right) John Moylan (Giant), Ed Mulford and Joe Schwabline, (US Foods), Skip Neely (Stroehmann), Joe Smith (UPS Freight), and Janet Genovese (UPS).

Local union shop stewards complete three days of extensive training
Oct. 18, 2014
| Local stewards were awarded recognition certificates today at the conclusion of a grueling three-day seminar held in Williamsburg, Virginia. "Without the work you do this union would not function, and on behalf of the membership, I sincerely thank you," said President Denis Taylor during his remarks expressing appreciation and support to the 112 stewards who participated in the training. The Local sponsors shop steward training every other year. Photos are available in the photo gallery (photo IDs to come). Story to follow. Stay tuned...

Send your boss a message every Thursday
Oct. 17, 2014
| Wear your Teamster colors every Thursday to show Sysco and US Foods our solidarity in demanding answers about what will happen to us if this merger goes through. Teamsters have been outside Sysco, US Foods, Sygma, Stock Yards, and FreshPoint facilities across the country on behalf of all workers— union and non-union. Let’s show Sysco and US Foods that we are standing strong together.

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America’s Middle Class Knows It Faces A Grim Retirement

Oct. 24, 2014 | RETIREMENT | Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth-annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves. “Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans,” the San Francisco-based bank says. A formidable challenge? No kidding. More than a third of middle-class families aren’t saving anything in a 401(k), IRA or other vehicle, the survey found. For those 30 to 59 years old, it’s 41%. Continue reading here.

Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
Oct. 21, 2014 | WORKING FAMILIES | In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector. Perez argued that U.S. workers are significantly better off than they were when President Barack Obama took office, though he said the statistical improvements "don't mean a whole lot" to many low- and middle-income workers or to the unemployed. Continue reading here.
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
Oct. 20, 2014 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting' investment', reducing ‘unnecessary' barriers and ‘harmonizing’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the  US  and the EU. In principle, the notion of trade that is free and fair sounds ideal. But, across the world, the dominant ideological paradigm allows little scope for either. Markets are rigged, commodity prices subject to manipulation, and nations are coerced, destabilized or attacked in order that powerful players gain access to resources and markets. Continue reading here.
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  • A Republican Senate? Expect a war on working families.
  • Baltimore port hobbled with persistent trucker shortage.
  • Bank of America customer service rep and coworkers are organizing.
  • This passionate argument on behalf of the middle class is a must-see.

 
 
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