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News Items - May 2014
Updated On: Jun 06, 2014

In honor of May Day, Teamster ally gives away labor music
May 1, 2014 | In celebration of May Day, activist and musician Tom Morello is offering his "Union Town" EP for free download today only. "…this record is dedicated to working people of every nationality, age, color, and religion who have the courage to stand up for justice and dignity in the workplace, and beyond. Enjoy the tunes and fight the power!" said Morello. Morello has worked with Teamsters in the past. More at

Teamsters mobilize at 2014 Unity Conference
May 6, 2014 | The 2014 Teamsters Unity Conference convened Sunday, May 4, in Las Vegas and will run through Wednesday, May 7. The Teamsters' annual conference conducts dozens of educational workshops and division meetings for more than 1,400 Teamsters. In the news: The Union has major organizing campaigns underway in a number of key industries such as school bus drivers, port truck drivers, parking workers, and taxi cab drivers, has had success in fighting against misclassification of workers in New York and Los Angeles, recently won a victory that saved carhaul jobs and is now fighting to protect existing jobs and organize new workers after the Sysco/US Foods merger projected to be complete later this year. Check in at for conference updates and photos. Pictured: Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division and Roy Gross, Co-Director.Chip Elgert and Jim Deene.

Super-sized, global fast food worker strike!
May 14, 2014 | Fast food workers will strike tomorrow, May 15, in 150 cities and 30 cities overseas, escalating the movement for fair wages and the right to organize that now encompasses port truck drivers, warehouse workers, processing workers, Walmart associates and government contractors…Decades of union-busting in this country lowered wages to the point where half the workers in America earn wages at or near the poverty level. Now tens of thousands of workers at a time are taking to the street to demand a fair day's wage for a day's work. Full story at

UPS will add thousands of new union package jobs
May 15, 2014 | General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall announced today that UPS will add thousands of new package jobs across the country this year in the face of strong Teamster enforcement of the new National Master UPS Agreement… Hiring has already started, and the news jobs will be in addition to the regular filling of jobs through attrition….The contract also tackles excessive overtime by making it easier for workers to get on the "9.5 list" limiting hours, providing access to penalty pay in the first week of a violation, prohibiting the company from piling on work at the end of a week and allowing the union to address inadequate staffing. Read the full announcement at

Membership meetings suspended for summer, will resume in September
May 19, 2014 |
Members attending general membership meetings at the Salisbury union hall May 4 and Baltimore union hall May 18 unanimously voted to suspend the meetings until September. The next meeting in Baltimore will be September 7th; in Salisbury, September 14th. Winners of Local 355’s 40th Annual Scholarship were drawn at the Baltimore meeting from submitted member applications. We’ll post their names once the students are notified. Interviews with the college-bound winners will be in the next Local Union newsletter. Stay tuned for more information and photos from the May meetings. Photo: President Denis Taylor welcomed USALCO employees (L-R) Maurice Daniel, Troy Spence and Harry Collic who, along with 12 other drivers voted in April to become Teamsters. Business Agent Chip Elgert (right) assisted with their organizing campaign.

Tell the SEC: We demand corporate transparency
May 21, 2014 |
With the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United in 2010, corporations were given the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. As if it weren’t bad enough that there are no limits to what companies can now spend to support anti-worker candidates or promote job-killing free trade agreements, what’s even worse is that a lot of this political spending is done in secret. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is being petitioned to require publicly-traded companies to disclose their political spending. Please help us tell the SEC that we demand corporate transparency by submitting this comment in support of the petition today.

Driver's physical must now be performed by Certified Medical Examiner*
May 22, 2014 | 
The Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration is reminding the trucking industry [May 21] marks the start of new regulations requiring all U.S. DOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners…Current medical certificates held by commercial driver's license holders will continue to be valid until the expiration date that is shown on the card. Only then will the driver need to seek a certified medical examiner to perform their new examination. Full story here. * Update: Important Teamster information here. Questions? Contact your business agent.

Teamsters: Time to start the war for workers at the ballot box*
May 26, 2014 |
A new election season is quickly approaching and the Teamsters, like Americans as a whole, have much to ponder. While there has been some economic improvement since 2012, workers trying to cover their families' day-to-day expenses are still facing an uphill climb…It's OK to be angry at Washington. A sizable contingent of anti-worker lawmakers has done much to deserve our ire. But what working people can't afford is to make bad choices at the ballot box. Americans can't just throw up their hands and give up. Corporate America isn't, and they will continue to donate mountains of money to lawmakers and candidates alike trying to influence them. Read more at

July 26th Bull Roast in Glen Burnie to benefit grieving families
May 27, 2014 |
Tickets are now on sale for a Bull Roast whose proceeds will benefit Cuz We Care, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who have experienced the sudden lost of a child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The event is slated for Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the LaFontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, Md. Local 355 retiree Mike Brett provided us with the details we've posted here.

Fact Check: Medicare under observation
May 30, 2014 |
Attention 355 retirees: sets the record straight on allegations in a letter from an alleged Medicare beneficiary that has gone viral. The question: Is it true that, under the Affordable Care Act, "Medicare will not pay anything" for patients receiving only "observation" care in hospitals? The answer with full explanation at here.

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