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March 29, 2017

On This Day in 1918:

Sam Walton, founder of the huge and bitterly anti-union Walmart empire, born in Kingfisher, Okla. He once said that his priority was to “Buy American,” but Walmart is now the largest U.S. importer of foreign-made goods—often produced under sweatshop conditions.

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Penske Mechanic Buz Jones Puts His Tools Away
Posted On: Aug 13, 2012

   After more than four decades as a mechanic for Penske Trucking, Henry 'Buz' Jones, Sr. has had enough. On Thursday, August 9, 2012, Buz told the company he wouldn't be back and would they please get his retirement papers ready for his signature.

   Buz hadn't planned to end his career so soon. He would have stayed on a few more years, willing and able to work. But his life was tragically and forever changed Sunday, August 5, 2012 when he's beloved wife, Sandra, passed away from a fast-growing cancer discovered only weeks before.

   Buz and Sandra had been married 46 years. They have three sons and six grandchildren.

   We caught up with Buz at the Baltimore union hall just as he had wrapped up a meeting to go over his health, welfare, and pension benefits with Business Agent Chip Elgert.

   "I was supposed to return from bereavement leave today," said Buz. "But now I know things can happen so quickly…." Pausing for a minute to collect his thoughts, Buz added, "I'm not going to die working. That's why I'm not going back. There is something more important now that I need to be doing and that's spending time with my kids and grandkids."

   Son Joey is an electrical inspector for Anne Arundel County. Michael is a Defense Department employee, and Henry Jr., is a maintenance manager for Southwest Airlines in Texas.

   Buz plans to keep his grandchildren - the youngest of whom he boasts is "a real firecracker" - very, very busy.

   A native of Early Heights, Md., Buz joined Penske in 1966 and in 1968 was drafted into the Army where he served three years. He was stationed in Thailand and as an Army engineer helped build the B-52 airbase there. He has since been regularly recognized for his superior mechanical abilities.

   Buz joined Teamsters Local 355 in 1993 when his shop organized themselves under the direction of Denis Taylor, who was at that time a Local 355 business agent. "Denis was impressive. Sometimes guys just don't know what to do, or what they should do, and there was a lot of hesitation. But this one day Denis came in and gave us all a talk. A powerful one. It made sense. And it made all the difference."

   We wish you the very happiest - and busiest - retirement, Buz!


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  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

 
 
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