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Newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declare victory after the city’s breweries give in to their demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere (they had typically been required to live in the breweries), a 10-hour day, six-day week, and a board of arbitration. ~Labor Tribune

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News Items - September 2014
Updated On: Oct 16, 2014

Learn about the influential people in our Labor history
Sept. 1, 2014
| The workplace rights and protections we enjoy today were won for us by generations of America's working heroes. The brief biographies of some the greatest figures in working America history – César Estrada Chávez, Joe Hill, Mother Jones, Frances Perkins and others – may inspire you to join in and continue the fight for American Labor.

Sign the petition against elections controlled by the 1%
Sept. 4, 2014
| When the Senate returns from recess next week, they will be voting on a motion to proceed to a resolution (S.J. Res. 19) calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions. Citizens United opened the floodgates for political spending by outside organizations. In the four years since the decision was handed down, spending by outside groups has increased by over 500%. Most of the new outside money, over 70% of it, goes to support anti-worker candidates backed by big corporations and billionaire plutocrats like the Koch brothers. Please sign our petition today calling for the U.S. Senate to vote “yes” on this measure and overturn these anti-democratic rulings that have shifted control of our elections from the will of the people to the wallets of the super-rich.

Numerous contracts ratified as bargaining continues at other companies
Sept. 4, 2014
| Local Union members employed at eleven Teamster-represented companies ratified new contracts during recent months. Concluding more than a year of difficult negotiations that produced­­­­ a strike authorization vote and last-minute meetings between top-level Teamster and Hertz representatives, Hertz members ratified in June a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that is retroactive to May 10, 2013. More...

Solidarity: Local 355 members help Calif. US Foods workers organize
Sept. 8, 2014
Updated: Additional link added. | On Thursday, Sept. 4, US Foods warehouse workers in Corona, Calif. voted by more than a 2-1 margin to join the Teamsters. Local 355 US Foods shop stewards Joe Schwabline and Ed Mulford assisted with their campaign, lending encouragement and support to the California workers in their drive to unionize as the potential Sysco acquisition of US Foods looms. The workers are concerned about job security as Sysco attempts to acquire their employer. Read more about the vote here and here.

'Be strong and believe in yourselves'
Sept. 8, 2014
| "Employers will continue to shock you with unfair labor practices and it is possible that your employer will do you wrong, but the Teamsters will fight for you. And you will win." Laura Lucafo, a pharmacist and member of Teamsters Local 727 in Chicago, told her story of unfair treatment at last week's 2014 Teamsters Women's Conference. "I was called into the office at my work one day, when I was three months pregnant with my first child, and terminated. I was told my termination was effective immediately. There was no notice or cause given. I was shocked…" Read an excerpt from her story here.

Workers apprehensive about Sysco acquisition of US Foods
Sept. 10, 2014
| … Food giant Sysco has provided no assurances about what will happen after they finish their acquisition of US Foods however they claim the merger will result in $600 million in savings from what they call "synergies." Full story here.

Teamsters aim to organize FedEx Freight Indy drivers
Sept. 12, 2014
| The Teamsters union is trying to whip up pro-union sentiment among 250 local FedEx Freight drivers as it lays the groundwork for a possible unionization vote. An organizing campaign that began in January "is going absolutely great," and an election could be coming for the drivers to vote on unionizing, said Jeff Combs, an organizer for Teamsters Local 135 in Indianapolis… The Teamsters have already filed with the NLRB to hold secret ballot union elections for FedEx workers in eight cities… Full story here.

Tell Sysco CEO to respect his workers NOW!
Sept. 12, 2014
| Thousands of Teamsters at foodservice giants Sysco and US Foods are worried about their jobs and their livelihoods. Sysco is attempting to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Sysco and US Foods have refused to provide workers with information about how the merger would affect their jobs, especially in markets where consolidation is likely to occur. Teamsters are worried. Please sign this appeal today. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. Please sign this appeal to Sysco CEO William J. Delaney III in support of the Teamsters at Sysco and US Foods who are demanding answers today.

Teamsters celebrate Truck Driver Appreciation Week - again!
Sept. 15, 2014
| Last year, the IBT asked Teamsters to submit photos of themselves and their trucks to the Teamsters Facebook page. The response was overwhelming. Hundreds of Teamsters sent in photos, along with their comments. This year, the Union is asking you again to send photos of you and your trucks, either by posting directly to the Teamsters Facebook page or by sending a direct message to the page. Go ahead, do it!

Con-Way Freight workers in Texas join Teamsters LU 657
Sept. 15, 2014
| On September 12, 2014, drivers and dockworkers at Con-Way Freight in Laredo, Texas voted to join the Teamsters Local 657. “This is a great victory for the workers at Con-Way and we hope this campaign spreads,” said Frank Perkins, President of the San Antonio-based Local 657. “These workers are seeking fair wages, respect on the job and job security. They also want to have a pension and improved health care coverage…We choose Laredo because it is the busiest inland port in the United States. Seven thousand trucks cross the border with Mexico every day.”

Leaked memo: YRC tweaks discipline policy; union takes exception
Sept. 16, 2014
| The IBT is taking exception to a new discipline policy at YRC Worldwide Inc., according to a leaked internal memo. The memo, shared on industry message board, details a new, zero-tolerance policy concurring actions that will harm its DOT safety scores. Full story here.

Golfers undaunted by pouring rain during annual Fall Golf Outing
Sept. 18, 2014
| Forty members and retirees participated in Local 355's annual Fall Golf Outing. Story and photo gallery link here.

Trade Commission considers challenge to food merger
Sept. 25, 2014
| The Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit to block the planned merger of Sysco and US Foods, concerned that combining the nation’s two biggest food suppliers to restaurants, schools and other institutions could threaten competition, according to people familiar with the matter…The commission hasn’t yet decided whether to challenge the deal but a decision could come within weeks, these people said. Full story here.

Burning landfill near a nuclear dump?! Sign this petition to Bill Gates!
Sept. 26, 2014
| Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is the dominant shareholder of Republic Services, which owns the burning landfill. He has the power to convince Republic Services to evacuate families living next to the burning landfill. State health investigators found a high rate of brain and nervous system cancers among the children in the area near the landfill. The Teamsters represent about 9,000 of Republic’s workers and despite a contentious relationship with the company, has joined the call for buyouts and removal of the waste. Bill Gates can help protect families living in the nearby community. Please sign the petition here.

Attention members! Who do you know at Con-Way Freight and FedEx Freight?
September, 2014
| Organizing campaigns are underway nation-wide at both freight companies. Con-way Freight workers in Texas last week voted to join Teamsters Local 657, and a recognition vote has been scheduled in Philadelphia for Fed-Ex Freight drivers. Local 355 has active campaigns at Con-way and Fed-Ex locations in the Baltimore and Eastern Shore areas. If you have family members or friends working for either one of these companies, please contact Bill Alexander (Con-way) or Mark Garey (Fed-Ex) at 410-566-5700.

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