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Between 400,000 and 500,000 unionists converge on Washington D.C., for a Solidarity Day march and rally protesting Republican policies.
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News Items - October 2013
Updated On: Nov 22, 2013

Teamster employer is Maryland's ‘Greenest’ Distributor
Oct 9, 2013 |
Local 355 members employed by Leonard Paper joined other employees and invited guests Tuesday in a ceremony marking the company's switch from traditional energy reliance to full solar power, making it one of Maryland's most energy efficient distributors. The family-owned company, a wholesale supplier of environmentally-friendly janitorial supplies and food service disposables, employs more than 153 workers at its Baltimore facility, including 35 Local 355-represented drivers. Shop steward and 26-year employee Jerry Eggleston (right) said the switch to solar power will save the company a lot of money. "It's good for the environment, good for the company and good for us," he said. Full story at 355 News.

Last DHL local rider approved; contract is ratified
Oct. 11, 2013 |
The remaining contract rider between the Teamsters Union and DHL Express was approved on Wednesday, October 9, paving the way for the national contract between the parties to take effect. The agreement is now fully ratified. The old agreement had been extended through today to allow the ratification process to be completed. Operational changes contained in the new agreement will likely be implemented over the next few weeks. More information here.

ABF Teamsters approve western office supplement
Oct. 15, 2013 |
Teamsters at ABF, who work under the Western Office Supplement, have approved the supplement. Ballots were counted on Monday, October 14. About 67 workers are covered by the supplement. Updates available here.

Bargaining with your future
Oct. 18, 2013 |
The government shutdown that began on October 1 once again [showed] right-wing extremists in the U.S. House of Representatives favor ideology over their constituents. [During those] two-weeks, hard-working Americans had their livelihood threatened with furloughs, the suspension of vital services. Behind closed doors, lawmakers have considered a reckless proposal to enact the "Chained-CPI" measure to Social Security, cutting a vital source of income for our elders by thousands of dollars. Our fiscal challenges cannot be solved on the backs of America's seniors. Continue reading...

Teamsters stop FMCSA attack on truck drivers
Oct. 21, 2013 |
The Teamsters Union helped score a victory for truck drivers this week when H.R. 3095 was signed into law compelling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to follow the formal rulemaking process to set strict guidelines for when they can require screening, testing and treatment for sleep apnea…"This law, which passed the House with a unanimous vote, protects millions of working men and women who turn a key for a living from being forced to spend money on a test they may not need at the whim of a federal agency," said General President Jim Hoffa. Read more at Teamster.org.

Top 5 reasons to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5
Oct. 25, 2013 | Election day is coming. Are you registered? It's important — and not only because people have gone on hunger strikes and been murdered so their fellow Americans can vote. Voter registration is one of the most powerful means union members use to make our voice heard, and it's a priority of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Find out why it is important for you to register and show up on November 5.

Local shop news and updates are available
Oct. 29, 2013 | Check out October 2013: Shop News at "Members" under Members Resources on the left rail.

ABF Central Region members decline to authorize strike
Oct. 30, 2013 | IBT statement: In a vote with 77 percent turnout, a majority of the membership covered by the Central Region Local Cartage Supplement has overwhelmingly (70% to 30%) chosen not to authorize a strike at ABF. Consequently, in accordance with the IBT Constitution, TNFINC is going to poll the ABF Master Negotiating Committee within the next 24 hours to determine whether to accept ABF’s final offer on the last remaining open supplement. ABF statement.

YRC requests meeting with Teamsters to talk about company's future
Oct. 30, 2013 | The company announced late on Monday it has reached an agreement with the Teamsters to hold a "company update" in Dallas on Nov. 5 at the request of the company. Read more at Kansas City Business Journal.


General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: Oct. 1 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury: Oct. 8 @ 10 a.m.

The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801







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