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July 23, 2024

Today in 1886
Newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declare victory after the city’s breweries give in to their demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere (they had typically been required to live in the breweries), a 10-hour day, six-day week, and a board of arbitration. ~Labor Tribune

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  • Local and National Union News

    O’Brien takes on Big Business at RNC

    O’Brien to take the podium at tonight's Republican National Convention
    July 15, 2023  |  Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien will address the American worker — and the nation at 10 pm EDT tonight. Teamsters labor, and Teamsters votes, will not be taken for granted. According to the Associated Press, a number of networks have announced special programming for the prime-time portions of the convention and prime-time speeches. Tune in. You don’t want to miss it!

    Warehouse Worker Protection Act needs co-sponsors
    July 11, 2023  |  A bipartisan legislation called the Warehouse Worker Protection Act would require large warehouses like Amazon to disclose quotas that workers are judged by and make sure that workers are not required to meet a quota that interferes with their health and safety, or their ability to take breaks and to use the bathroom. Amazon’s injury rates are more than double the injury rate of competing warehouses. Email your representative today, and ask them to become an original co-sponsor of the Warehouse Worker Protection Act.

    High heat advisory for Baltimore area
    July 8, 2023  |  Update: Baltimore City Health Department is extending its Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Thursday.  Much of Maryland — including Baltimore, Frederick, Columbia, Annapolis, Gaithersburg and Bel Air — is under a heat advisory from the National Weather Service until Tuesday, 8 pm. Heat indexes of around 105 degrees are expected. What to know about Baltimore's Code Red Extreme Heat Alert. Remember if you work outside: Water. Rest. Shade. Heat illness can be deadly.

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    Elsewhere in the News

    Week Ending 04/19/2024

      • Worth a thousand words
      • Project 2025: A warning for Labor
      • The looming plot against workers
      • AFL-CIO: Project 2025 and Labor
      • The rise of the ‘union curious’
      • Millions of unsold cars are piling up on dealership lots
      • Support for unions growing strong among young workers
      • How UPS trucks saved millions by nixing left turns
      • Clock winding down on Hollywood Teamsters’ bargaining with AMPTP
      • Opinion: O’Brien shouldn’t be taking flak from allies for RNC speech


    NLRB: Union Organizing, and Unions’ Election Win Rate, is Surging

    July 17, 2024 | ORGANIZING | Unions are filing petitions to hold elections and winning them at rates not seen in decades, according to data released by the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday, likely a reflection of the agency's adoption of policies favored by unions during the Biden administration. The board in a release said it has already received more than 2,600 union election petitions during the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, surpassing the total for the full previous fiscal year. NLRB regional offices have seen a 32% increase in the number of petitions filed compared with this time last year, the agency said. … And unions are winning more elections - 79% this year in cases where they petitioned for an election, up from 76% last year, according to the NLRB. Until a few years ago, unions had routinely won about two-thirds, and as few as 60%, of elections held each year. Reuters

    Union Leader Signals Growing Likelihood of Atlantic, Gulf Port Strike

    July 17, 2024 | BARGAINING | The looming threat of a strike at all Atlantic and Gulf Coast ports is becoming more imminent, according to Harold J. Daggett, President of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA). With the current contract set to expire in just 80 days on September 30, 2024, the pressure is mounting on employers represented by the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) to negotiate a new contract and avoid a coastwide strike on October 1. … The ILA halted contract talks with USMX after discovering that Maersk Line and APM Terminals were employing an Auto Gate system, which processes trucks autonomously without ILA labor. Supply Chain 247

    3 Ways Project 2025 Will Impact American Workplaces

    July 15, 2024 | U.S. LABOR | The Mandate for Leadership 2025: The Conservative Promise, a 922-page document also known as Project 2025 *, has been a big topic of conversation as the presidential election draws near. The document, which contains a detailed right-wing proposal of drastic changes for the next Republican president to implement, was drafted by the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation. … Every American should understand Project 2025 and its potential long-term impacts. This article explores three major shifts that the authoritarian playbook will cause in the American workplace if implemented. … Project 2025 wants to dismantle workers’ rights to organize via unions and proposes that employees instead be provided a less powerful alternative called “employee involvement organizations.” Forbes (See Section 3, Chapter 18, "Department of Labor and Related Agencies," beginning on pg 581.)
 
 
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