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October 04, 2022

On This Day in 1932
State troopers march into Kincaid, Illinois, to guard against a sympathy strike by more than 160 of the town’s 180 high school students, protesting the use by their school of scab-produced coal from the Peabody Coal Company while their fathers are on strike over wages.  
~ Today in Labor History

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    Reminder: UPS contract proposal meetings Oct. 9 and Oct. 16
    Contract proposal meetings will be conducted at the union halls in Baltimore on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 11 am and in Salisbury on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 11:15 am, following the general membership meeting. This is your chance to be heard! Download the fillable PDF proposal forms of the Master Agreement and Atlantic Area Supplement. Complete, print, and submit them at your meeting. (Shop stewards will also have copies of the forms).

    Take the UPS Teamster Bargaining Survey
    Oct. 3, 2022 As the Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee prepares to negotiate the new national master agreement, it is important that all UPS Teamsters weigh in on the key issues that need to be addressed at the bargaining table. You will soon receive a letter in the mail, if you haven’t already, which contains your survey access code. Click this link to go to the survey and enter your access code to begin the survey. The survey must be completed by Oct. 24. Bargaining survey results will be available on the Teamsters app. Get the app here. Note: If you misplaced your access code or have not received it in the mail by October 12, please request a replacement access code by contacting the Local office.

    Sysco Teamsters in Syracuse, N.Y., on ULP strike
    Sept. 30, 2022 Teamsters Local 317 members at Sysco Syracuse are on strike after weeks of contentious contract negotiations with the company. More than 230 drivers and warehouse workers walked off the job Tuesday night in response to unfair labor practices being committed by management. Picket lines could extend to more locations across the country in the coming days. Learn more at Teamsters.

    Teamster golfers take on a new, but challenging, course  
    Sept. 28, 2022 | Last weekend, 60 Teamster golf enthusiasts trekked up to Westminster, Maryland, for the Local’s Fall Golf 2022 outing. Despite the rolling, hilly terrain of the new course, great weather and team spirit made for a fantastic day outdoors. Overheard on the fairway: “My worst day on the golf course still beats my best day at work.” Check out the winners and photos. Click the image to enlarge. 

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    Elsewhere in the News

    Week Ending 09/30/2022

      We need to elect more labor leaders into government
      • Teamsters fight for safety, workers' protections in AV bills
      • Amazon, Starbucks aren’t worried about breaking the law
      • Home Depot workers want to form the chain’s first store union
      • 80% of US voters want gov't to enact paid family, and medical leave
      • The first congressional staff union in American history has formed
      • Teamster pilots at Horizon Air secure industry-leading agreement
      • First Chipotle restaurant in US vote to organize - with the Teamsters
      • Millennials, Gen Zers: Most pro-union generation since the 1930s and ’40s
      • New ‘Striketober’ looms as US walkouts increase amid a surge in union activity

    How Long Will Union Resurgence Last? What History Has to Say

    Sept. 29, 2022 | COMMENTARY | There have been almost two open jobs for every unemployed job seeker for over a year. Those looking for work and current employees are in a historically advantaged position. Employers simply can’t afford to lose their on-the-line talent. This in turn has created a resurgence of labor union activity, interest, and strength. But how long will it last? The dynamic in the U.S. labor market is unusual but not unprecedented. To understand how much change is coming to the workplace, it helps to look to history. If the imbalance in the labor market persists, experience suggests there’s good reason to believe unions’ newfound vitality could produce lasting change.  Barron’s

    Starbucks Says It Wants Union Bargaining to Begin

    Sept. 27, 2022 | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | Starbucks said Monday that it wants to start contract negotiations next month at hundreds of U.S. stores that have voted to unionize. The Seattle coffee giant said it sent letters to 238 stores offering a three-week window in October to start negotiations. All of those stores have voted to unionize in elections that were certified by the NLRB. But Workers United, the union organizing Starbucks’ stores, expressed skepticism about the company’s request. Starbucks opposes the unionization of its 9,000 company-owned U.S. stores. Casey Moore, a labor organizer and union spokesperson, said the union’s focus right now is developing core proposals on both economic and non-economic issues to help guide bargaining at individual stores. A national bargaining committee — made up of representatives from unionized stores — has been meeting weekly to discuss those proposals. CNBC

    Rail Bosses Said No to Paid Sick Leave – So We’re Still on Track for A Strike

    Sept. 26, 2022 | FREIGHT | Earlier this month, when railroad workers threatened to strike over “grueling” conditions—like formal discipline for taking any time off at all—the Biden administration brokered a tentative deal, avoiding a work stoppage that could have crippled supply chains and cost the US billions of dollars a day. Crisis averted. Or not. As more details of the deal come to light, it’s unclear that union members—who have to vote on the deal—will get on board. Workers had complained of weeks on call without a day off, overwork after staff cuts, and underpayment amid high inflation. One engineer told my colleague Noah Lanard that workers were “just fighting for the basic right to be able to be people outside of the railroad”—not for the $10 million-plus pay packages of top rail CEOs… Mother Jones   Note: The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 U.S. rail employees.

    Week Ending 09/23/2022

      The hidden costs of being an American worker
      • NLRB revises $13M calculations in Warrior Met strike
      • 1,200 at Teamsters Women’s Conference in Seattle
      • Workers plan to renovate Home Depot with a union
      • Yes, you can wear union gear to work. The NLRB says so
      • Rail workers have yet to vote; many remain skeptical
      • Deal averting railroad strike has potential to fall apart
      • After 64-day strike, Boston Starbucks workers declare victory
      • While fighting workers, railroads made $10B+ in stock buybacks
      • ‘No regard for the law’: Starbucks to deny union workers new paid leave benefits

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