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New on the Teamsters Podcast: Pension reform fight progresses
Feb. 24, 2021 | Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how Congress is nearing a vote on legislation that would boost faltering multiemployer pensions, saving the retirements of more than 1 million hardworking Americans. Plus, learn how one Atlanta-based USF Holland trucker has set a standard for safety on the streets. Listen here.
Deadline is March 1 for James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship
Feb. 19, 2021 | The deadline to apply for an academic or vocational/training program scholarship from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is March 1, 2021. The college and vocational scholarship programs are available only for the sons, daughters, and financial dependents of active and retired Teamsters. Visit the scholarship fund's website here for information on who is eligible to apply and how to apply.
Honoring the Union’s diverse history and membership
Feb. 17, 2021 | As we reflect upon all of the progress our country and our union have made for racial equality, we are reminded that our work is far from finished. “The history of our union and the history of the civil rights movement are deeply intertwined, just as the work we do today for racial and economic justice is deeply intertwined. In 1917, the Teamsters won a clause in a contract for women laundry workers that required equal pay regardless of race – the first such “color blind” contract clause of its kind. Today… Teamsters
Baltimore Sun Media poised to be acquired by Maryland nonprofit
Feb. 17, 2021 | Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state’s largest newspaper and its affiliates are poised to be acquired by a nonprofit formed by businessman and philanthropist Stewart Bainum Jr. that would operate the media organization for the benefit of the community… As part of the acquisition, the nonprofit Sunlight for All Institute would acquire The Baltimore Sun, the Capital Gazette papers in Annapolis, the Carroll County Times, and several other Baltimore-area weeklies and magazines, as well as the affiliated online properties. The Sun deal is contingent on the Alden-Tribune deal going forward [with] the approval of Tribune Publishing’s shareholders.… Full story at Baltimore Sun [Note: Local 355 represents Baltimore Sun drivers and pressmen.]
A shot in the arm
Feb. 16, 2021 | At the UPS center in Baltimore on a cold morning in mid-December, Local 355 member John Guilta prepared to start his work day with a box of the vaccine on board, headed to a warehouse belonging to The Johns Hopkins Hospital...“It just feels good to be doing my part,” Guilta said. “I’m just proud being a UPS Teamster, helping this get to those who need it and helping people’s lives and the economy back on track.” Read more about Local 355 members Guilta, Don Harme, Malik Gordon, and Joe Schwabline Sr., and other Teamsters from around the nation who are doing their part to help get the vaccine to people who need to receive it... Teamsters Previous coverage at 355 News
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Elsewhere in the News Amazon, Union Organizers at Odds Over ‘Pay to wait’ Bonus Four Influential Leaders in Labor History Weekly News Wrap-Up: 2/19/2021
• Covid-19 news update for Feb. 19
• Congress closes in on multiemployer pension fix
• Can this man save the Baltimore Sun?
• Maryland residents: Covid-19 vaccine questions answered
• Md. lawmakers debate legislation that would protect essential workers
• “Together we fight, together we will win”
• Black History Month is American History Month
• Why the Alabama Amazon struggle matters to workers everywhere
• Panel to Congress: Transportation workers at higher risk of coronavirus
• From Amazon to Google, tech workers seek unions and a voice
• Hoffa: Federal agencies should back scientists’ recommendations for safer jobs
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