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May 24, 2019

On This Day in 1903
An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area. Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children.
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News Items - May 2019
Updated On: May 22, 2019

Watch the YRCW ballot count online today
May 3, 2019 The proposed YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn National Master Freight Agreement ballot count will take place today at 4 pm (Eastern). You can watch the ballot count online at here. Or listen live, call 1-866-767-0669.

Teamsters back effort to revamp federal labor law to benefit workers
May 3, 2019 “The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families,” General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement issued yesterday. The legislation that would comprehensively update the National Labor Relations Act was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Read more at teamsters.org  And from Intelligencer: [The PRO Act] would ban employers from forcing hires to sign away their right to pursue collective or class-action litigation and from permanently replacing workers who go on strike. It would also require employers to begin bargaining a contract no later than ten days after a union has been certified...

National Master Contract approved; one supplement rejected
May 4, 2019 Teamster-represented workers at YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn have voted to approve the national master portion of the new YRCW National Master Freight Agreement that raises wages, restores a week of vacation and protects benefits. The national master portion of the agreement, which covers about 25,000 workers, was ratified by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. However, all but one (Joint Council 40) of the 27 regional supplemental contracts passed. The national contract will not go into effect until that supplement is resolved. The parties currently have an extension agreement in effect. Employees should report to work as usual. More information at teamster.org

Teamster leaders gather for Unity Conference
May 8, 2019 With major challenges facing workers and the 2020 elections looming, the importance of mobilizing members is more critical than ever, Teamster leaders heard at the annual Unity Conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Leaders have been attending important divisional meetings, where they are hearing about the latest issues facing workers and the union, and strategies for winning. The meetings continue today and Thursday … Read more at teamster.org

National Master UPS Agreement contract book is available
May 9, 2019 The full contract of the newly ratified National Master UPS Agreement is now available to view online here.

Important information for UPS part-timers
May 10, 2019 With the new contract now in effect, part-timers may find the information in this flier helpful. The new agreement contains significant increased start rates and wages for part-timers. Click here to learn more.

YRC Freight, Holland, and New Penn contract takes effect immediately
May 15, 2019 The last supplement to the YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn National Master Freight Agreement has now been ratified by the affected membership, which means the new national collective bargaining agreement and all supplemental agreements are now fully ratified and will take effect immediately. The National Master portions of the agreement and all other supplements were previously approved by the membership on May 3. The only outstanding supplement following the May 3 vote, the Joint Council 40 Supplement, was approved this week. “The national contract will now take effect and I want to thank all our members for their support during this long process,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “The wage increases are retroactive to April 1 and it is anticipated that any retro pay will be distributed within the next 30 days.”



ATTENTION
CREDIT UNION MEMBERS!

In order for the staff to attend the funeral of Business Agent Jim Deene, the credit union hours on Friday, May 24th are:
Open: 9 - 10 am
Closed: 10 am - 2 pm
Open: 2 - 5 pm


Just Sayin’
    "The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor."
~A. Philip Randolph, civil rights leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters




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