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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.
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Local Union News Update - July 2019
Updated On: Jul 11, 2019

July 11, 2019

Allen Foods members in attendance at last month’s contract ratification meeting unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement providing a 90-cent per hour wage increase over the contract's three-year term; improves medical; and provides retroactive pay back to January 2019. Members can also participate in the Teamster Members Pension Plan.

Drivers at J.W. Treuth ratified in June a three-year contract providing above-average annual wage increases, a signing bonus, and increases to the pension plan. In addition, the sick leave policy is updated to comply with Maryland law.

A successor contract with First Transit Baltimore MTA was ratified in June by members. Highlights of the three-year agreement include significant wage increases; gains in paid time off (PTO); the addition of a healthcare HMO option in the second year of the agreement that offers lower deductibles; and retroactivity back to January 2019.

Members employed at Hertz/BWI approved in June a three-year contract providing wage increases; raises start rates for all classifications; creates an overnight shift differential, and increases the afternoon shift differential; and maintains Health and Welfare. In addition, the contract provides gains in paid time off for all members.

A new contract covering drivers at Acme Paper is in place. The agreement provides wage increases in each year of the five-year term; maintains 54 employees at the top-tier pay rate; increases company contributions to the 401(k) each year and the company match in the second through fifth year; and adds sick leave at 40 hours per contract year in compliance with Maryland law.

Holly Poultry drivers ratified a five-year contract providing wage increases over the term.

Negotiations continue for a first collective bargaining agreement at Arnold Packaging.

Bargaining preparations are underway at Piedmont/American Airlines on behalf of flight dispatchers.


 
 
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