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November 30, 2020

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Unionists and activists shut down World Trade Organization meeting, Seattle, Wash. .
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  • Attention Members
         Updated Nov. 24, 2020 - Our General Membership Meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury for December are canceled. As Covid-19 cases surge in our region, we continue to do our part to protect the health of our members and staff while providing you service and support. All the safety procedures we instituted in March remain in full effect. Click here to read these important notices regarding office and credit union hours of operation. If you need to see your business agent or have questions or concerns, give us a call at 410-566-5700.

    Local and National News

    Hoffa Scholarship Fund now accepting applications
    Nov. 30, 2020 |  The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has begun accepting applications for the 2021 award year. The Fund awards financial scholarships to the sons, daughters, and financial dependents of Teamster members. Academic awards in the amount of $1,000 or $10,000 are awarded to eligible high school seniors. Vocational/Training program awards are available ranging from $500 to $2,000. In 2020, $1.2 million in scholarships were awarded. Details on the application process can be found here.

    Bargaining News: Successor contracts approved at Allied Binding, NuStar*
    Nov. 25, 2020 |  (*Updated Nov. 30 to include Capitol Carbonic.) Members employed at Allied Binding Co. unanimously ratified on Nov. 23, 2020, a new seven-year agreement providing annual wage increases and enrollment in the Teamsters National 401k Savings Plan. Other gains include an increase in the Company’s payment to Health Care, plus improvements to the vacation and sick leave language. Also in November, NuStar members approved a new four-year contract that provides annual wage increases of 3.5%, an increase to the night shift differential, and an increase in the pay for working out of classification (supervisory). The contract was retroactive to the Sept. 30, 2020 expiration date. Members at Capitol Carbonic ratified late in November a new three-year contract that includes annual wage increases, night differential, driver's safe-driving bonus, an increase to the pension contribution, and maintenance of H&W. Important to this contract is  “bid language” for warehousemen and drivers. Wage increases retroactive to Dec. 31, 2019. Negotiations for new agreements continue at RNDC (Republic National Distributing Co.), and the State of Maryland. Upcoming negotiations: Anne Arundel County.

    Having fun is their new job: Three UPS members retire
    Nov. 19, 2020 |  On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, the UPS hub in Harrington, Delaware was the site of another retirement fete for three Teamster drivers with 99 years combined service with the company. Family, friends, and active and retired UPS Teamsters celebrated Frank Biddle (35 years, right), Ron Harris (33 years, below right), and Michael Taylor (31 years, below left) with refreshments and well wishes. Jim Statum, UPS driver (and event coordinator), said Biddle “loves the water” and just bought a new boat. It’s not hard to guess what his retirement plans are. Harris likes the outdoors and hunting, and Taylor, who takes pride in his home projects, looks forward to spending time at home with his family, “time he hasn’t had for three decades.” More photos here.

    New Podcast Edition: Members power political victory
    Nov. 18, 2020 Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how Teamsters reached out to their fellow members to make sure they voted for pro-worker candidates. Plus, drivers hear from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) about how to keep their trucks clean during the coronavirus pandemic. Listen here.

    Older news items are available at 355 News.

    Elsewhere in the News
    Hoffa: This Holiday Season, Give Essential Workers the Unions They Deserve
    Nov. 30, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | This was already a devastating year for hard-working Americans, struggling to keep their jobs amid a pandemic made worse by corporate greed. Now, with the holiday season underway, “essential workers” employed in warehouses, delivering goods, and stocking grocery shelves find themselves in an even bigger crunch. For millions of people who are unemployed or underemployed, it’s easy to lose hope. But it is at this moment, when working people are experiencing multiple intersecting crises, that a mass movement for livable wages, safe working conditions, and equality is more critical than ever… Fast Company
    What Organized Labor Wants From Biden
    Nov. 25, 2020 | UNIONS | Now that they’ve helped elect Biden, there is an end to Trump’s anti-worker regime in sight. But organized labor wants more than a return to the pre-Trump status quo. Unions want progress, and they have clout that they are prepared to wield. They turned out the vote for Democrats, earned major victories in the fight for a $15 minimum wage, and spent the better part of the pandemic protesting dangerous conditions on the job. Nationwide, strike and work-stoppage activity is on the rise. The future, however, will not arrive without struggle. NY Magazine
    Workers in North Dakota Strike to Demand Covid-19 Protections
    Nov. 24, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | […] Since March, essential workers across the country have walked off the job at Whole Foods markets, Amazon warehouses, Taco Bells and McDonald's restaurants, and poultry packing plants to protest working conditions during the pandemic, some asking for hazard pay and others demanding protective gear. Few of these strikes have resulted in major commercial disruptions and product shortages—but as the workforce behind a massive food distribution company, the 75 striking Cash-Wa workers are in a unique position to disrupt a major supply chain if their employer refuses to provide them with more protections. "Workers are asking for temperature screenings, divisions between employees in break rooms, and adequate cleaning supplies," Brian Novak, a business representative at Teamsters Local 120, the union that represents the workers in Fargo. This week, North Dakota reported the COVID-19 highest death rate of any state or country in the world. … Vice
    Millions of Workers for Corporate Giants Rely on Food Stamps, Medicaid
    Nov. 23, 2020 | THE MINIMUM WAGE | A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive. Mil­lions of full-time, adult work­ers in the Unit­ed States — many of them employed by Wal­mart, McDonald’s and oth­er high­ly prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions — are paid wages so low they’re forced to rely on pub­lic assis­tance to make ends meet. For all 15 agen­cies, Wal­mart was in the top four employ­ers of Med­ic­aid enrollees and SNAP ben­e­fi­cia­ries, while McDonald’s was in the top five for 13 of the 15 agencies. Oth­er major retail­ers and fast-food com­pa­nies were found to be among the most com­mon employ­ers of work­ers receiv­ing Med­ic­aid and SNAP, includ­ing Dol­lar Tree, Dol­lar Gen­er­al, Tar­get, Ama­zon, Burg­er King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal­greens and CVS… In These Times
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      • CDC warns American: Do not travel on Thanksgiving
      • 12 million Americans set to lose unemployment benefits after Christmas

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