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March 23, 2018

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Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety.
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Korea (South) : UAW Takes Action to Support Incarcerated Korean Trade Unionists
After 5 Months, the #NYCStripperStrike Is Poised to Go Nationwide
Disney uses its promised $1,000 employee bonus as leverage over union negotiations
State House Blocks Effort to Roll Back Minimum Wage
Turning 40, the Steelworkers Union looks to future
News Items - March 2018
Updated On: Mar 20, 2018

Teamsters call on Joint Select Committee to move quickly on pension crisis
Mar. 1, 2018 | Following today’s announcement of the final members of Congress that will serve on the bipartisan, House-Senate Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans tasked with finding a solution to the nation’s looming pension crisis, the Teamsters Union called for a commitment by the legislators to report a bill as soon as possible, and not wait until the November deadline. The retirement security of as many as 1.5 million active and retired workers could be at risk if pension legislation is not passed soon… Teamsters

New contracts ratified by First Transit/BWI members, others
Mar. 2, 2018 | As bargaining continues for successor contracts at ABF, UPS, Anne Arundel County to name a few, members employed at other Local 355 employers recently ratified new contracts. Details here.

Union negotiators continue to push for improvements
Mar. 2, 2018 | The Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee pushed for improvements on a variety of issues as the fourth round of contract negotiations with UPS and UPS Freight wrapped up today. “We still believe it is early in the negotiations process and things are progressing. We are maintaining our stance on issues that members have indicated are the most important,” said Denis Taylor, Director of the Teamsters Package Division and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee. “During UPS Freight national negotiations this week, we continued to make gains,” said Kris Taylor, Co-Chair of the Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee. This week’s full update here.

Teamsters make continued progress in bargaining
Mar. 5, 2018 | Representatives from the union and the company discussed the status and role of ABF within the ArcBest corporate family and had a positive dialogue concerning the future of ABF in the evolving transportation marketplace. The two sides also discussed various methods for growing work at ABF Freight and preserving Teamster jobs, and both sides also discussed equipment improvements… Full update here.

Hoffa: Janus case is cover for anti-union advocates
Mar. 7, 2018 | Workers in Michigan and across the nation have repeatedly come under attack from corporate interests looking to tamp down on wages so they can pocket higher profits. The latest example? A court case argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week that seeks to gut public sector unions in an effort to reduce their effectiveness in the workplace… Teamsters

Automated driver assistance systems helpful to promote safety, UPS exec says
Mar. 8, 2018 | Features designed to avoid collisions, such as lane-departure warning systems, automatic emergency braking and video-based onboard safety monitoring systems would boost the safety of drivers and motorists, said Carlton Rose, UPS president for global fleet maintenance and engineering, to executives at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 6. “They’re coming. The real question is when. We just can’t look at the technology coming at us. We must be actively engaged.” … Transport Topics

Is Tronc due for a crash?
Mar. 12, 2018 | [Last] Thursday marked a day of reckoning for Tronc. The company — the last big public newspaper company to report year-end earnings — released those numbers for 2017. They weren’t good, as I had signaled in my earlier reporting on the chaos at and subsequent sale of the Los Angeles Times. But what followed seems to be much more than a reaction to that report. In a single stunning trading session, Tronc lost almost a quarter of its market value — or $160 million, down 24 percent.… Neiman Lab

Amazon and UPS are betting big on drone delivery
Mar. 14, 2018 | In theory, getting a recent purchase delivered in mere minutes is every consumer's dream. In practice? It's not exactly easy to do. The logistics are complex and intense. The regulatory hurdles are steep and covered with red tape… UPS has estimated that cutting off just one mile for the routes of each of the company's 66,000 delivery drivers would amount to $50 million in savings. For this reason, UPS is testing drone deliveries, using the top of its vans as a mini-helipad… Business Insider

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, 2018 @ 10 a.m.
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