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Some 2,600 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers begin what is to be a successful six-day strike for higher pay and against a two-tier wage system.
~ DC Labor

September 16, 2021
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    Sept. 9, 2021 | The website administrator is away. Posting will resume Sept. 20.

    Sysco Teamsters in Illinois strike
    Sept. 1, 2021 Teamsters Local 703 warehouse workers went on strike at Sysco Corporation in Des Plaines beginning Monday, August 30 at 2:00 a.m. over the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith and treat workers with the dignity and respect they deserve. “One year ago, Sysco’s CEO referred to his employees as ‘heroes’, as the men and women who helped keep America fed. Now they won’t even offer a fair wage increase. These are the essential workers that kept hospitals and schoolchildren fed throughout the pandemic’s darkest days,” said Teamsters Local 703 Vice President Pat Bruno… Continue reading

    Reminder: General President Candidates’ debate is tonight
    Sept. 1, 2021 Make sure you know where the candidates stand on the issues that matter to you. Don’t miss out on tonight’s first live debate with the candidates for Teamsters General President at 6:30 pm ET. RSVP on Facebook to watch the candidates discuss their vision for the union and answer your questions LIVE. Or, go here or here to watch a replay if you miss it.

    Hertz emerges from bankruptcy
    Aug. 25, 2021 Hertz has emerged from bankruptcy more than a year after filing and all Teamster contracts are still in force. The Teamster employer was one of the first major companies to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after the pandemic halted most travel in 2020. The company was already struggling with debt before COVID-19. During the bankruptcy, the union worked overtime for Hertz Teamsters. In addition to negotiating contract extensions for the Teamsters that continued working through the pandemic… Continue reading

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    Elsewhere in the News

    Collective Bargaining and The Workplace

    Sept. 8, 2021 | UNIONS | The American labor movement has been shaped by many factors throughout its history. Geopolitical factors, as well as economic factors domestically, have changed the landscape in which American workers struggle to expand their rights to collectively bargain as well as live a life of dignity as provided to them by the democratic process found within the fabric of strong labor unions. Unfortunately, not all areas of the workplace are fully protected by strong legislation. The National Labor Relations Board [NLRB], for example, was ideally designed and created as a measure to prevent disruption of commerce and economic tension between worker and employer, not fundamentally to protect workers themselves. Fundamentally, collective bargaining challenges tyrannical workplaces by … Labor Press

    NLRB Reviewing Rule Change That Has Helped Bosses Bust Unions for Decades

    Sept. 7, 2021 | NLRB | A top labor regulator is reviewing an obscure rule change that has helped bosses get away with illegal union-busting activities for decades. The decision could result in workers being more capable of exercising their right to organize a union without fear of retaliation by their managers. General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Jennifer Abruzzo asked agency lawyers to pursue cases that could revive the Joy Silk doctrine, which was in effect from 1949-1969 when it was suddenly abandoned by the agency… Truthout

    History of Labor Day Is Right Now – Workers Protest Overwork and Low Pay

    Sept. 6, 2021 | OPINION | […] In 2021, conditions workers are now protesting really reminds me of what they were protesting in the 19th century. The scale and brutality are different, but health and safety and extreme intensity of the working hours are fueling worker fatigue and rage… Now, workers everywhere are pushing out more goods and services with fewer and fewer people. Labor productivity increased, you could call it sweating, 2.3 percent in the second quarter of 2021 because output increased almost 8% (7.9) percent while hours worked only increased 5.5 percent…. Forbes

    This Week's News Wrap-Up: 9/03/2021

      To Labor Day and Labor Days ahead
      • Voting rights equal worker rights
      • New British union leader vows to take on Amazon
      • Labor Day reminds us that all workers are essential
      • Full General President candidates’ debate video here
      • Warehouse workers in Des Plaines reach deal with Sysco, end strike
      • FedEx faces labor union challenge over billionaire CEO’s pay
      • Hotel rooms should be cleaned every day. Please sign this petition
      • 10 charts on the state of U.S. workers on the 2nd pandemic Labor Day

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