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Philadelphia's longest transit strike ends after 44 days. A key issue in the fight was the hiring and use of part-timers. ~ David Prosten

May 09, 2021
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    Hoffa: Washington lawmakers must do right by workers
    May 5, 2021 The Teamsters and other unions for years have been urging lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to prioritize the needs of working people, given that the wealthy in this country have never done better. Finally, elected officials… Continued

    Bainum continues his quest for Tribune, The Sun as time runs out
    May 3, 2021 Bainum notified Tribune Publishing last Wednesday that he planned to have $300 million in financing that would go toward a revised offer valuing the company at roughly $680 million, according to three people with knowledge of the proposal. As part of the would-be arrangement, $200 million would come from his own fortune. The additional $100 million would come from new debt. The proposal is not quite firm. His offer is contingent on his finding a backer who will take on Tribune’s flagship paper, The Chicago Tribune… New York Times

    Local 355 mourns the passing of Brother George Lucas
    Apr. 30, 2021 It is with deep sadness that we inform our members that Brother George Lucas recently lost a battle with COVID-19. A longtime Teamster, Brother Lucas worked for more than 10 years as a loader at US Foods until 2016 when the company closed its Severn, Maryland facility, and at the time of his death, he was a driver for ABF Freight System. Condolences and cards for his family may be sent to Victory Ministries of Christ, 240 S. Hilton Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21229.

    Teamsters take a stand to keep American families united
    Apr. 29, 2021 The Teamsters are urging Congress to take up soon-to-be-introduced legislation being discussed in a House subcommittee hearing today that would help fix the nation’s broken immigration system by halting the separation of U.S. families that have both legal and undocumented members. The union is coming out in favor of the American Families United Act in part to support 20-year member Jason Rochester, a Georgia UPS worker. Rochester and his wife Cecilia have been separated since 2017… Continued

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      • Amazon plans to raise the wages of 500,000 worker
      • Opinion: Get rid of no-strike clauses and stop begging
      • Labor Dept. withdraws Trump-era independent contractor rule
      • Biden stakes claim to being America’s most pro-union president ever
      • Amazon is dictating personal hygiene, nail length of contract drivers
      • Teamsters honor all health care workers during National Nurses Week
      • Amazon hearing starts with union aiming to overturn Alabama vote

    Sports Unions Come Together to Fight for the PRO Act
    May 7, 2021 | SOLIDARITY | The sports unions for basketball, baseball, football, and hockey have combined forces – and the labor movement is stronger for it. The PRO Act is about as important a piece of labor legislation as we’ve seen in some time. It holds the potential to open the door for workers and organizers to step up and reverse 40 years of losses for organized labor. This is seen as the number one legislative priority for organized labor. The bill’s chances of passing the Senate are regarded as slim, but that isn’t stopping the union movement from trying to get it passed. Now the PRO Act has very loud and proud support from another group of “pros,” the major sports unions of the United States. Together they released a statement where they said… The Nation 
    16 Secrets of Amazon Warehouse Employees
    May 6, 2021 | WAREHOUSE | When we last checked in with Amazon warehouse workers in November 2015, the consensus was that life as an employee at one of the company’s 110 domestic fulfillment centers was physically challenging but financially rewarding. On their feet for most of the day, these “Amazonians” (the company’s term for workers) receive, stock, sort, pick, pack, ship, and problem-solve the hundreds of thousands of items carried by the e-tailer in massive facilities between 600,000 and 800,000 square feet in size. Each can employ over 1500 full-time associates. For more on the job, Mental Floss reached out to several current and former employees. Here’s what they had to say about working with robots, finding time to pee, and the overall experience of what social media has dubbed “Amazon vest life.”... Mental Floss
    Labor Dept. Blocks Trump-Era Rule Affecting Gig Workers
    May 6, 2021 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The Biden administration on Wednesday blocked a Trump-era rule that would have made it easier to classify gig workers who work for companies like Uber and Lyft as independent contractors instead of employees, signaling a potential policy shift toward greater worker protections. "By withdrawing the independent contractor rule, we will help preserve essential worker rights and stop the erosion of worker protections that would have occurred had the rule gone into effect," Labor Secretary Marty Walsh said in a statement. "Too often, workers lose important wage and related protections when employers misclassify them as independent contractors," he said… Reuters Related: Hoffa: Rollback of independent contractor rule is a win for workers
    Workers Strike Back: Inside the New Labor Movement
    May 5, 2021 | LABOR’S FUTURE | We are living through a revivified effort among workers—more likely to be women and people of color and nurses, teachers, and AI scientists rather than soot-covered white men, but nonetheless radicalized like miners of a century ago—to secure more rights, including greater say in how their companies operate. Because empowered workers are the surest path to being able to make positive change and improve the world. In this special package on the present and future of this new worker moment, we profile the leader electrifying this renewed fight, explore novel approaches to growing workers’ power, and showcase employees in Bessemer, Alabama, to present the face of today’s American workforce… Fast Company

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