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August 23, 2019

On This Day in 1945
Five flight attendants formed the Airline Stewardess Association, the first labor union representing flight attendants. They were reacting to an industry in which women were forced to retire at the age of 32, remain single, and adhere to strict weight, height and appearance requirements. The association later became the Association of Flight Attendants, now a division of the Communications Workers of America.
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News Items - April 2019
Updated On: May 15, 2019

LA Teamsters provide members seeking citizenship with valuable assistance
Apr. 1, 2019 Teamsters Local 630 has about 7,000 members. They’re warehouse workers, truckers, and food service employees. Nearly 80 percent of the union is Hispanic. Guillermo Flores’ wife is in the union. For years he has lived, worked, and paid taxes in the United States, thanks to a permanent resident status. On Saturday, March 30 he took a major step toward U.S. citizenship because of Local 630. He submitted the N-400 Application for Naturalization. One of his motivations is political. As a permanent resident Flores isn’t allowed to vote. “The more people that could cast their votes and understand the laws or what’s going to go on in the future, I think it’s better for everybody,” said Flores. Flores’ parents brought him straight to California from Mexico…Spectrum

New contract approved at First Transit Baltimore MTA
Apr. 3, 2019 Workers at First Transit Baltimore MTA have approved a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. Highlights include significant increases in wage rates and paid time off allowance. In a major improvement to their health care coverage, workers will move from the company’s high-cost healthcare plan to a new no-deductibles plan in the second year of the agreement. The new contract covers more than 300 transit operators.

New apprenticeship program puts more Teamsters behind the wheel
Apr. 5, 2019 Anyone who works in trucking or follows the transportation sector knows there is one topic that has dominated the industry in recent years. That topic is the persistent shortage of drivers and how it has plagued carriers nationwide… Today, Teamsters are paving a new road for countless workers who want to build careers in the transportation industry. The new Teamsters Apprenticeship Program is the first national effort by the union that is focused on the transportation industry. “This program is designed to promote the craft and train people to build strong middle-class careers in the transportation industry… The driver shortage is a real problem in the industry and we believe this program offers a unique solution…” Teamsters

Teamsters set April 10 meeting to discuss YRC contract
Apr. 5, 2019 | Two-person teams of the Teamsters union will meet with top union officials April 10 in Chicago to discuss the tentative contract reached last month between the Teamsters and three units of YRC Worldwide, Inc. Under Teamsters bylaws, after the meeting, the two-person teams will brief local leaders and the rank-and-file who will make the ultimate decision to ratify or reject the contract. Between 20,000 and 25,000 employees at national unit YRC Freight and regional units New Penn and Holland are Teamsters members. The current collective bargaining agreement has been extended until May 31, two months past its original expiration date, to allow for the language to be fully vetted and for the rank-and-file to vote…. FreightWaves

The latest on Teamster Podcast: These women work!
Apr. 10, 2019 Listen to the latest edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how Local 237 in New York City used an event honoring former staffer and journalist Marie Colvin to also pay tribute to three school safety agents who stood up for fair pay for themselves and their colleagues. Plus, the Teamsters create an apprenticeship program to produce more truckers.

Local Union offices will be closed Monday, April 22nd 
Apr. 15, 2019 In observation of the Easter holiday, our Local Union offices will be closed Monday, Apr. 22, 2019, and will reopen Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 9 am. Everyone at Local 355 wishes you and your family a safe and happy Easter holiday.

Eastern Shore union hall opens to members for April membership meeting
Apr. 16, 2019 The Local Union Hall in Salisbury, Md. will be fully operational by September after being closed for necessary renovations since July of 2017. The building, originally constructed in 1940 and suffering accumulated damage from age and environmental wear, has been extensively renovated with an open floor plan. “This is a much better space for our needs,” said Denis Taylor, President of Teamsters Local 355. “It will now accommodate meetings with our Eastern Shore companies. There’s no need to rent other space; all meetings will be held here going forward.” The renovation and repair project was expensive, Taylor said, but well worth it. The Hall will be open for next month’s General Membership Meeting. Photo Gallery: 2019 April Membership Meeting Salisbury 

Final supplement ratified, National Agreement takes effect
Apr. 28, 2019 | The five-year contract covering about 250,000 Teamster-represented workers at UPS will take effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, April 29, after workers in Michigan ratified the last outstanding supplemental agreement. The national contract will increase wages, protect benefits and create thousands of new full-time jobs. Economic improvements in the contract are retroactive to August 1, 2018. The company has been notified of the ratification and will attempt to implement required raises during the next weekly pay period. More info here.

Teamsters, NewsGuild warn Gannett shareholders about Alden Global Capital
Apr. 29, 2019 In a letter recently released, The NewsGuild-CWA and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters urged Gannett shareholders to reject the slate of directors nominated by vulture hedge fund Alden Global Capital. Through its subsidiary MNG Enterprises, Alden made a hostile bid to buy Gannett (NYSE:GCI) in January 2019. The offer was rejected in February by the Gannett Board of Directors. Later in February, MNG Enterprises launched a fight for the Gannett board by nominating six candidates…“There is a lot at stake in the outcome of this proxy vote for Gannett shareholders and workers alike,” said George Tedeschi, President of the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters. “We urge investors to vote the white ballot to protect the integrity of our business and the future of our company.”  LaborPress


 
 
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