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January 29, 2020

On This Day in 1834
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal workers rioted on this date, prompting President Jackson to send in troops. This was the first time American troops were used to suppress a domestic labor dispute. Workers were rebelling because of terrible working conditions and low pay. The canal project had been designed by George Washington and was intended to facilitate transportation of goods from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River Valley. Construction teams were made up mostly of Irish, German, Dutch and black workers who toiled long hours for low wages in dangerous conditions. The use of federal troops set a dangerous precedent that gave business leaders the confidence that they could count on the federal government to quash labor unrest in the future.
- Voices of Labor

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About Your Local 

Teamsters Local Union 355 is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, America's most powerful labor organization with more than 1.4 million members nationwide.

Originally chartered in 1933, Local 355 currently represents more than 6,000 men and women employed in private and public sectors of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. We represent our members in the areas of contract administration, contract service, and organizing.

Our membership is as diverse as the communities in which we live.

Our members are engaged in a wide range of occupations in industries that include:

• Small Parcel Delivery
• Car Haul

• Institutional Food Service
• Liquor & Wine Delivery
• Toll Facilities
• Car Rental
• Food Production
• Candy & Tobacco Delivery

• Bakery Distribution
• Manufacturing
• Airport Transportation
• Paper Supply
• Newspaper Production
• Hospital Services

• Moving & Storage
• Racing
• County Sheriff's Department

• County Fire Department
• County Parks Department

• Correctional Facilities
• Poultry Processing & Delivery
• Meat Processing & Delivery
• Frozen Food Warehouse/Delivery
• State & Municipal Departments
• Movies

Our primary goals are to negotiate - and maintain – strong employment conditions with good wages and benefits so that all classes of workers – and their employers – will benefit.

We encourage you to come back and visit us often, for it is here where you will be kept informed on local issues and learn more about the labor environment at the local, state and national levels.

And one last thing: Good communication is vital to any business in today's society, and that includes keeping two-way communication strong in our local and our union. Your shop steward, in addition to representing you in union and workplace matters, is your first line of communication and is responsible for transmitting information to the Local. 

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