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March 31, 2020

On This Day in 2013
Today Cesar Chavez Day was celebrated as an official state holiday in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas and unofficially throughout the United States. The day honors the life and work of farmworkers’ advocate, union activist, and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.
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Attention Members: March 25 update
Please take the time to review these important new notices
During this time of concern with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,
we are taking steps to protect the health of our members and our staff 
as we continue to provide service and support.
To that end, we have instituted essential procedures, effective March 25. 
Updates will be provided as needed.
*All Local Union meetings scheduled for March and April are canceled.


Local and National News

Coronavirus Update: Resources to help everyone
Mar. 27, 2020  Listen to the latest Teamster Nation Podcast dealing with the coronavirus epidemic; get the latest health, safety, and legislative news. Plus get updates from the heads of the Package and Convention, Trade Show and Casino divisions.

Enforcement notice on expiring CDLs **
Mar. 26, 2020  | FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license and commercial learner’s permit holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles. You can find the Enforcement Notice here* For additional information, see the Teamsters CDL Drivers Coronavirus Factsheet  FMSCA Emergency Declaration to suspend the Hour of Service Rule

Scholarship deadline EXTENDED to April 14
Mar. 26, 2020  | Due to the national emergency, the deadline for applications for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has been extended to April 14. Please see the Fund's website for details on how to apply.

Republic Services: Reinstate employee Greg Dowis NOW
Mar. 25, 2020  | Republic Services, a $10 billion trash and landfill corporation, suspended longtime employee Greg Dowis for speaking out for worker safety during the coronavirus pandemic. Greg is married, has a son serving in the US Army, and has 2 grandchildren. He is just looking to protect his family and community. Please sign this petition to demand that Republic reinstate Greg NOW!

First responders: COVID-19 awareness update
Mar. 24, 2020  | This Teamsters guidance, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services (EMS), and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work. Download the PDF

Coronavirus Update: Resources to help everyone
Mar. 21, 2020  | Listen to the March 20 special episode of Teamster Nation Podcast addressing the coronavirus outbreak, where Teamster staff lets members know what they are doing to help members stem both illness and economic loss, and more.

Older news items are available at 355 News.

Elsewhere in the News
Amazon, Instacart Workers Strike Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Mar. 31, 2020  | HEALTH |  As much of the country is under “shelter in place” orders to help flatten the curve, Amazon, Instacart and Whole Foods’ employees’ safety is in jeopardy. And many of them walked off the job yesterday to pressure the companies to step-up protections and pay. While online shopping and grocery delivery is at an all-time high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the protests come as some employees are testing positive for the virus and neither Instacart nor Amazon are doing enough to keep employees safe…. Nation of Change
Despite Coronavirus, Millions of Workers Can’t Stay Home. Are They Safe?
Mar. 30, 2020 | COVID-19 | At a time when tens of millions of Americans have been told to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, millions of others have no choice but to show up to work. Some say they are being forced to, though their office and clerical duties could be done remotely. Others, who deliver packages, clean buildings and work on assembly lines, can't fulfill their roles offsite. Whatever the job, there is one thing many of those workers have in common – they don't feel safe, and they are clashing with employers as they demand more protections. Workers, union leaders, and activists are calling for more safeguards against the virus… USA Today
In Case You Missed It

  • Message from Airline Division Director
  • Message from Carhaul Division Director
  • Message from Express Division Director
  • Update from National Freight Division Director
  • Message from Health Care Division Director
  • Message from Public Services Division Director
  • Message from Dairy and Food Processing Director
  • Message from Convention, Trade Show & Casino Director
  • Message from Bakery & Laundry Conference Director
  • Message from Graphic Communications Conference Director
  • Message from Waste & Recycling Division Director
  • Message from Motion Picture & Theatrical Trades Director
  • Union wants stimulus bill to address safety for all workers
  • Teamster HC workers in Michigan fight for, win protective equipment
  • UPS takes steps to slow spread of virus, reaches sick leave deal with Teamsters

Hoffa: Senate-Passed Stimulus Bill Good Start but More Must Be Done
Mar. 27, 2020 | LEGISLATIVE | In a statement released yesterday following the Senate’s passage of a coronavirus-related stimulus bill, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said, “The Teamsters are pleased to see that the Senate took action on legislation that will boost unemployment benefits to those who have been put out of work by this pandemic, provides billions of federal dollars to hospitals and community health centers to be used for medical supply shortages, and makes available more than $60 billion in relief for the airline industry, almost all of which will go to support its workers. However, there were several important aspects not included in the Senate bill that must be dealt with by Congress in any future legislation addressing this crisis. That includes addressing the health and safety needs of all essential frontline workers across industries, ensuring the pensions of hardworking Americans and retirees are protected and further expanding… Teamsters
Truck Drivers Are America’s Unsung Heroes
Mar. 26, 2020 | FOR THE GREATER GOOD | As media outlets around the world race to cover vital angles of the coronavirus crisis, much attention has been paid to health care workers — and rightfully so. But in most of that coverage, the work of other essential workers — such as sanitation personnel, grocery store clerks and truck drivers — has largely gone unrecognized. And as Crissy Becker, a truck driver for Maine's Blevin Logistics, tells CBS News, that's a travesty. "I'm a mom," she writes. "Instead of going home, I stayed out driving my truck sometimes 24 hours at a time, lately six weeks. So y'all got what you need. And there are hundreds of thousands more like me but instead of going home are running until we can't see straight in our tracks.”.. CBS News
Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, Amazon Look to Protect Customers, Employees
Mar. 24, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the U.S., more people are relying on the mail and delivery services to provide them food, medicine, and household items. At a time people are social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, could you contract the virus from deliveries to your home? And are steps being taken to protect the U.S. Postal Service and shipping carrier employees who are staffing massive warehouses and making those deliveries? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have each concluded the risk of contracting the coronavirus from mail or packages is low. The CDC said coronaviruses generally spread through respiratory droplets… Transport Topics
Maryland Governor Announces Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
Mar. 23, 2020 | COVID-19 | Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday he was ordering closed all non-essential businesses in the state, including retail stores that had been allowed to remain open. Hogan said the additional step was necessary to “slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland.” The order, which takes effect at 5 p.m. today, does not include essential or critical industries as defined by the federal government: health care, law enforcement, emergency workers, food, energy, water, transportation, public works, communications, government, critical manufacturing, financial services, chemicals, and defense. Liquor stores are exempted from the order… Baltimore Sun
 
 
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