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Juneteenth holiday enshrines importance of freedom for all
June 18, 2021 | Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Marcus King, the Director of Human Rights and Diversity Commission, issued this statement Thursday on the signing of legislation that would memorialize Juneteenth, the June 19 anniversary of the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally notified they had been freed as a result of the end of the Civil War two months earlier, as a paid federal holiday.
Local 355 golfers glad to be back on the links
June 16, 2021 | Local 355 golf enthusiasts got together for the first time since September 2019 for the Local’s bi-annual golf outing held on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Queenstown Harbor Golf Course in Queenstown, Md. Check out the top finishers and additional photos here.
Maryland governor ending COVID-19 state of emergency July 1
June 16, 2021 | Maryland will end a state of emergency for COVID-19 on July 1, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. The governor made the announcement as health metrics continue to improve in the state. “Masks or face coverings will not be required in any settings anywhere, including schools, camps, and child care facilities," Hogan said. “If you have been vaccinated, you are safe, but those who have not gotten vaccinated will continue to be at risk." But restaurants, venues, and other businesses and workplaces may continue to require them. Update 6/17: Baltimore will follow the state and end both its state of emergency and mask mandates on July 1.
US Foods workers in Harrington, DE vote to join Local 355
June 11, 2021 | Drivers working out of a US Foods drop yard in Harrington, Delaware voted on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in favor of joining Teamsters Local 355. Despite their employer’s surprisingly intense anti-union campaign, the workers stayed strong in their drive for better and more affordable health insurance, and the security and respect on the job that a Teamster contract will provide. There are 11 drivers in the bargaining unit.“We welcome this group of US Foods drivers and we will work hard winning them a first contract that addresses their concerns,” said Denis Taylor, President of Local 355.
UPS workers to receive cost-of-living wage boost
June 11, 2021 | Today, June 11, the Package Division sent out the attached memorandum to all UPS local unions about a COLA increase. Click here to view memo.
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