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July 14, 2024

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The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff. pay increases. ~Labor Tribune

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    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.

    Teamster-made, Teamster-delivered products for July 4th
    July 3, 2023  |  Getting ready for Fourth of July barbecues, cookouts and picnics? We have an online list of Teamster-made and Teamster-delivered products so that you can celebrate the July 4th festivities and support the Teamster brothers and sisters behind many of your favorite brands. The list is here.

    Richard Joseph Petro: Rest in peace
    July 2, 2023  |  The father of Mike Petro, Local 355 Recording Secretary and UPS business agent, passed away on June 29, 2024. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Rd., Nottingham, MD, 21236, on Tuesday July 2, 2024, from 2-4 p.m., and 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 3024, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. On behalf of all our members, Local 355 officers, trustees, and staff extend our deepest condolences to Mike and his family.

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       • Microsoft to pay $14M amid allegations of retaliation, discrimination against workers

    Unions Urge Lawmakers to Resist GOP Efforts to Undo Pro-Labor Rules

    July 12, 2024 | U.S. LABOR UNIONS | Nearly 50 labor organizations representing a wide range of U.S. workers — from teachers to letter carriers to mine workers — are urging members of Congress this week to oppose Republican efforts to roll back a slew of Biden administration rules aimed at protecting the nation’s workforce from abusive employers and unscrupulous Wall Street investors. Led by the AFL-CIO, the country’s largest federation of labor unions, the groups sent a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday warning about the GOP’s attempted use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn pro-worker rules enacted by the Department of Labor and other U.S. agencies. Truthout

    Illinois Amazon Drivers On Strike Against Union Busting

    July 11, 2024 | STRIKES | (Click image to enlarge.) Amazon workers are striking the Skokie delivery center known as DIL7, because of the company’s union-busting tactics which violate federal laws. The drivers have faced Amazon’s unfair labor practices, a response to the workers’ efforts to organize with Teamsters Local 705. …“We’re making our presence known, we’re making history right now, this is only the second time this has ever happened,” said Amazon driver Luke Cianciotto, referring the strike of Amazon drivers in Palmdale, California last year. “We’re holding Amazon accountable for all the crimes that they commit, everywhere from illegally terminating our contract to just robbing people in every one of their paychecks.” Fight Back! News

    Senators, Steelworkers Raise Concerns Over Purchase of U.S. Steel

    July 9, 2024 | UNION JOBS | Senators and United Steelworkers (USW) leaders together raised concerns over proposed purchase of U.S. Steel as the deal rolls forward. U.S. senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Penn.) and John Fetterman (D-Penn.) wrote a joint letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on June 27 warning that Nippon Steel’s record of dumping steel products in the U.S. presents a clear conflict with defending the U.S. steel industry, according to USW. “Nippon’s acquisition of U.S. Steel poses a grave threat to the international trade system that seeks to protect American manufacturers and workers from those who would unfairly dump steel into the American market,” the senators wrote. “Given the clear and present threats that a Nippon Steel acquisition poses to American workers and a critical industry, we believe executive action to block this deal is urgent.” Labor Tribune
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