On This Day in 1989 An explosion and fire demolished the Phillips Petroleum refinery in Pasadena, Texas killing 23 and injuring 314. The initial blast registered 3.5 on the Richter scale, and the fire took 10 hours to bring under control. - Voices of Labor
Bike run postponed June 8, 2018 | Our 20th Annual Motorcycle Run scheduled for Saturday, June 16 has been postponed until later this year. Members who have signed up will be contacted directly. Stay tuned here for a re-scheduled date. Ride safe, brothers and sisters!
UPS, UPS Freight members vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike June 5, 2018 | UPS and UPS Freight members have approved giving their respective negotiating committees the right to call a strike, if necessary. UPS members voted by a 93% margin to authorize a strike; UPS Freight members by 91%. "This vote by our UPS and UPS Freight members gives the negotiating committees bargaining leverage this week and during subsequent negotiations for the national contract and the supplements," said Denis Taylor, Director of the Teamsters Package Division and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee. "It is very helpful to have the members’ backing as we work toward negotiating strong contracts at UPS and UPS Freight."c vote results live Tuesday, June 5: Join a conference call at 8pm by dialing877-229-8493withID code 111566, or listen and watch via a live web page atibt.io/UPSstrikecount.
Bargaining Update: Committees discuss several important issues June 8, 2018 | This week the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee convened for the ninth week of negotiations, and the union leaders discussed a variety of topics that are important to members. The committee met throughout the week, winding up Thursday afternoon. Topics that were discussed include pulling loads off the rails to create additional sleeper teams throughout the country; allowing destination locals to file grievances on subcontracting; 70-hour work week; health & welfare and pension; as well as wages and progressions… PDF update here.
Teamsters join legal challenge to presidential executive orders that impair union and employee rights June 13, 2018 | Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with 12 other labor unions in bringing a lawsuit to stop the implementation of three executive orders issued by the President on May 25. Two of the orders impair long-established federal labor relations procedures by limiting the ability of federal workers and their union representatives to perform union business and by weakening the process for negotiating contracts on behalf of unionized federal employees. The third order seeks to impair the due process rights of employees alleged to have performance problems… Teamsters
Hoffa pledges solidarity with UAW during union’s convention June 13, 2018 | General President Hoffa addressed the 1,100 delegates at the United Auto Workers (UAW) 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit yesterday. “Their is no greater solidarity than that between the Teamsters and the UAW,” he said. “Next year is a pivotal moment for the UAW as you had into negotiations with the Big 3 [automakers]. I am here to tell you that the 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union will be there to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.” More at Teamsters
Opioid epidemic’s other battleground: Teamsters vs. McKesson June 19, 2018 | A Local Union leader’s speech at the June 2016 convention about the death of his son from an opioid overdose represented a reckoning for the Teamsters, said General Secretary Ken Hall. Dozens of union members would come forward and speak about their own families' struggles with addiction set in motion by opioids. "They've got family members dying from the flooding of the market of these opioids," Hall said. "It's happening in the Teamster family — that made it an issue." It also put McKesson Corp. in the crosshairs of the 1.4 million-member union, creating a new front in the war on opioids. Instead of fighting the epidemic via the health care system, the courts or legislatures, the Teamsters are taking it to McKesson's annual shareholder meeting and corporate boardroom. And in many ways, the union is winning… Teamsters
Settlement in principle reached on National Master UPS Agreement June 21, 2018 | The National Negotiating Committee has agreed to a settlement in principle on the National Master UPS agreement, subject to the resolution of supplemental agreements and approval by UPS local unions. The term of the national agreement is set at five years, expiring on July 31, 2023. UPS Freight negotiations will continue in Minneapolis, July 9-12, with economics and subcontracting as the main topics. Click here to view the update.
Delaware legislature passes bill to kill RTW in Sussex County June 25, 2018 | Democratic lawmakers this week quashed the burgeoning Sussex County right-to-work movement and invalidated a Seaford ordinance that limits the influence of labor unions. The Delaware House on Thursday voted along party lines to pass a bill that guarantees the right of private employers to enter into labor deals that require their employees to join or pay fees to a union. The bill, approved by a vote of 25-13, effectively blocks what had been an effort to create a patchwork of individual counties, towns and other geographic zones where "union shops" would be forbidden… Delaware OnlineRelated:Bill requiring union membership in Delaware’s private sector industries approved by Assembly.
What you and your family need to know June 25, 2018 | Sometime this week the Supreme Court will issue its ruling on Janus vs. AFSCME. Three things you and your family need to know about the case:
1. The Janus vs. AFSCME case is an attempt by organizations that have spent tens of millions of dollars to eliminate the ability of public employees to have the freedom to negotiate with their employer over benefits, wages, working conditions, and other issues. 2. In states where similar laws have been put in place, wages and health benefits fall while poverty and workplace fatalities rise. This very real danger not only impacts public employees but entire families in communities across America. 3. The American middle class was built by working people like public employees who joined together in union. You have the power to ensure that the United States maintains a middle class for future generations by standing together as union members.
Teamster golfers undeterred by damp, humid course conditions June 26, 2018 | Saturday's steamy weather didn't stop sixty-four avid golfers from attending our bi-annual Local Union golf outing on the Eastern Shore... 355 News
Teamsters don’t mourn, we organize! June 28, 2018 | Teamsters 396 Secretary- Treasurer Ron Herrera writes: “[Yesterday], the American Labor Movement received some tough news. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued its ruling regarding the Janus v. AFSCME case which effectively makes all public sector workers right to work under a union contract without the obligation to pay for the support of their brothers and sisters. While this decision does not impact private sector workers, we know that our opponents will stop at nothing to destroy all sources of worker power…” Continue reading
Contract Update: New combination driver classification protects weekends for package car drivers, addresses other issues June 29, 2018 | Since the settlement in principle was reached last week with UPS for the National UPS agreement, plans have been made for negotiations on the supplemental agreements. As stated in the previous contract update (June 21), the supplemental agreements must be resolved and approved by UPS local unions first. This week’s update will focus on the new classification of Full-Time Combination Driver and further materials will be issued about other highlights of the settlement. A new classification, Full-Time Combination Driver, will protect weekends for package-car drivers, will address the issues of excessive, forced overtime and will create thousands of new full-time job opportunities for part-time employees… Full update here. Proposed 22.4(b) contract language here.
General Membership Meetings Baltimore: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 @ 10 am Salisbury: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 @ 10 am Please be present and on time.