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Updated Sept. 23, 2020 - Our October general membership meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury are canceled. The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to take steps that protect the health of our members and our staff as we continue to provide service and support. To that end, essential procedures instituted March 25 remain in 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.
New Hours of Service regulations in place
Sept. 30, 2020 | On June 1, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised four provisions of the hours of service regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on Sept. 29, 2020. Read the information on the revised provisions here.
Find out how you can vote absentee or by mail
Sept. 29, 2020 | This November, Teamsters can elect leaders who will support Teamster members and our families. But it doesn’t mean you need to head to the ballot box on Nov. 3. To find out how you can vote absentee or by mail in your state, and check if you are registered too, go to teamsters.org now!
Local 355 mourns tragic death of Burris Foods selector
Sept. 28, 2020 | Joseph Herrmann, Jr. died following a workplace accident on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. An electrician by trade, Herrmann was a recent hire at Burris Foods. He is survived by his wife, Angel, and four children. Services will be held tomorrow, September 29, 2020 at Melvin Funeral Home, 15522 South DuPont Hwy., Harrington, Delaware. The Local 355 Executive Board extends its deepest condolences to Herrmann’s family and friends during this difficult time. Read his obituary here.
US Foods drivers in VA vote to join Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 25, 2020 | Delivery drivers at US Foods in Manassas, Virginia, who are seeking a strong voice on the job and a more secure future, have voted to join Teamsters Local 355. The vote was 50-30. Voting took place in recent weeks and ballots were counted on Thursday, September 24. “We welcome the drivers in Manassas to Local 355 and we will work hard to win them a strong contract,” said Denis Taylor, President of Local 355. “US Foods closed its Baltimore facility years ago shortly after losing its bid for a merger with industry leader Sysco, sending a portion of that work to the nonunion Manassas facility. So now, those drivers are once again part of the Teamster union family.” There are 110 drivers in the bargaining unit. The drivers, frontline workers in the pandemic, voted Teamster to improve working conditions and their health and welfare protection. Sadly, Carlos Hurtado, a leader of the group of workers who voted to form their union, never got to see the vote results. Hurtado, 44, died on September 10, 2020 after suffering a heart attack before the votes were counted on September 24. More information here and here.
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