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February 23, 2024

Today in 1892
Representatives of the Knights of Labor and the United Mine Workers meet in St. Louis with 20 other organizations to plan the founding convention of the People?s Party. Objectives: end political corruption, spread the wealth and combat the oppression of the rights of workers and farmers. ~ Labor Tribune

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  • Local and National Union News

    Teamsters strike Molson Coors
    Feb. 20, 2023 | Members of Teamsters Local 997 at Molson Coors in Fort Worth, Texas, were forced to strike [Saturday] over the company’s disgusting pay package and complete unwillingness to reach a fair agreement with workers. Teamsters walked off the job after Molson Coors failed to come to terms on a new three-year contract that respects the 420 workers who make, package, and warehouse the company’s beer and beverage brands. The strike shuts down production at the only brewery that services the entire Western region of the United States with major Molson Coors products. Learn more here. Related: ‘Honk for beer’

    Washington State Teamsters lead the way with pro-union legislation
    Feb. 15, 2023 | Thanks to the dogged advocacy of Washington Teamsters, three pivotal bills aimed at safeguarding workers’ rights, enhancing safety measures, and addressing critical issues impacting the labor movement are making their way through the state legislature. “The issues we are advocating for in Olympia will determine the future of the labor movement in our state and nationwide,” said Rick Hicks, Teamsters Western Region International Vice President and President of Teamsters Joint Council 28. Learn more here.

    Applications available for the 2024 Local 355 Scholarship Awards
    Feb. 12, 2023 | For the past 49 years, our Local has offered scholarships to the children and stepchildren of Local 355 members who seek to fulfill their dreams through higher education. Applications are now available for the Teamsters Local Union No. 355 50th Annual Scholarships to be awarded during the May 2024 regular monthly membership meeting. Eligibility requirements: You must be in continuous good standing in Local 355 for 12 consecutive months before May 2024, and your student must be a graduating senior this year. There are no tests and no lengthy application process. Additional information and application here.

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    Elsewhere in the News

    Immigrants Aren't ‘Taking Our Jobs’

    Feb. 22, 2024 | LABOR | The immigrant share of the labor force reached a record high of 18.6% in 2023, according to an Economic Policy Institute analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Anti-immigration advocates have been out in full force, using the growth of immigrant labor as a talking point for deeply misguided commentary and analysis that roughly translates to “immigrants are taking all our jobs.” The reality is that the economy does not have a fixed number of jobs, and what we see today is a growing economy that is adding jobs for both immigrants and U.S.-born workers. Here are six key facts that show immigrants are not hurting the employment outcomes of U.S.-born workers: In These Times

    NLRB: No More Dodging Labor Law With Temp Agencies, Franchise Structures

    Feb. 22, 2024 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Workers will soon have more power to bargain with all the companies that have a say in their working conditions — not just the company whose name is on their paycheck. Under a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule that takes effect Feb. 26, whoever controls a worker’s essential terms of employment — including wages, benefits, and work schedules — is considered an employer and must recognize and bargain with the union representing those workers. The “joint employer” rule is meant to get around shell games some employers have played, in which the entity that really calls the shots, like a franchiser or outsourcer, claims that an employment agency or franchisee is the sole employer. NW Labor Press

    Auto Workers Threaten to Strike Again Over Local Contract Dispute

    Feb. 20, 2024 | STRIKES | The United Auto Workers union [UAW]  is threatening to go on strike next week at Ford Motor Co.'s largest and most profitable factory in a dispute over local contract language. The union said Friday that nearly 9,000 workers at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville will strike on Feb. 23 if the local contract dispute is not resolved. The plant, one of two Ford factories in Louisville, makes heavy-duty F-Series pickup trucks and the Ford Excursion and Lincoln Navigator large SUVs, all hugely profitable vehicles for the company. The union says that workers have been without a local contract for five months. U.S. News

    Amazon Argues Labor Board is Unconstitutional

    Feb. 20, 2024 | NLRB | In the latest sign of a growing backlash within corporate America to the 88-year-old federal agency that enforces labor rights, Amazon argued in a legal filing on Thursday that the National Labor Relations Board was unconstitutional. The move followed a similar argument by SpaceX, the rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk, in a legal complaint in January, and by Trader Joe’s during a labor board hearing a few weeks later. The labor board consists of a prosecutorial arm, which issues complaints against employers or unions deemed to have violated federally protected labor rights; administrative judges, who hear complaints; and a five-member board in Washington, to which decisions can be appealed. New York Times
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