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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 - January 2024
Updated On: May 06, 2024

Teamsters respond to UPS layoffs at Louisville facility
Jan. 3, 2024 
| On Thursday, UPS said it would eliminate the day shift sort at the Louisville Centennial ground hub (LCH) in February 2024. The company said the move was made due to low package volume. The company said the layoffs are not related to the unionization effort by some administrative and specialist employees. In a statement released Friday, Teamster Local 89 said it’s unclear how exactly UPS plans to accomplish the closing. However, the union is actively investigating the situation and plans to meet with UPS Labor Management soon to discuss the company’s plans.

2023-2028 National Master Agreement now available
Jan. 4, 2024 | A full copy of the UPS Teamsters National Master Agreement is now available on the UPS Teamsters app. Members are encouraged to view the full document and use it as a reference and resource to help enforce their rights and job protections. Open the UPS Teamsters app or use the link below to access the National Master Agreement. Supplemental contract books will all be added to the UPS Teamsters app soon. Look out for more updates. View the contract here.

16,000 CWA-IBT members at American Airlines ratify contract
Jan. 8, 2024 | Passenger service workers at American Airlines, jointly represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA)-International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Association, have voted by a three-to-one margin to ratify a groundbreaking, five-year agreement. The contract covers approximately 16,000 passenger service workers and provides for average initial wage increases of 20 percent for members, many of whom have not received pay raises in four years despite working for one of the largest U.S. airlines. Learn more here.

Senators, Amazon Teamsters call out Amazon’s mistreatment of delivery drivers
Jan. 10, 2024 | Amazon delivery drivers from Palmdale, CA, joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill this morning to put a spotlight on Amazon's exploitative Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program. Murphy led 28 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy requesting information about the company’s business model, which subcontracts delivery drivers while controlling their working conditions at every level. Continue reading at 355 News

DHL-CVG Teamsters ratify contract by 98%
Jan. 11, 2024 | Following a 12-day unfair labor practice strike that saw picket lines extended nationwide, 1,100 DHL ramp and tug Teamsters at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) have ratified their first contract with the logistics giant by a 98 percent margin. The new contract significantly increases hourly wages, doubles the company’s 401(k) retirement contribution, establishes a worker safety committee at CVG, and requires DHL to pay for the costs of health care premiums. Represented by Teamsters Local 100, workers load and unload airplanes at the company’s largest and busiest logistics hub in North America. Press release hereWhy this matters: Local 355 proudly represents DHL Express drivers and clerical workers in Hanover, Maryland.

Teamsters celebrate King’s struggle for civil rights, workers’ rights
Jan. 15, 2024 | The Teamsters are proud to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of fighting for civil rights and workers’ rights on January 15, 2024. King, an honorary Teamster member, gave his life in 1968 while standing alongside striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. With the help of strong unions, much progress has been made for workers in the years following Dr. King’s work, but the fight for higher wages and better working conditions for all workers continues. The Teamsters remain committed to continuing Dr. King’s fight for social and economic justice for workers and their families across North America. Teamsters

Baltimore Sun sold to chairman of Sinclair TV stations
Jan. 16, 2024 | The Baltimore Sun, the largest newspaper in Maryland, has been sold to David D. Smith, the executive chairman of the nationwide Sinclair network of television stations and other media. Mr. Smith, who grew up in Baltimore, bought Baltimore Sun Media, which includes The Sun, in a private deal from Alden Global Capital. In an interview with the paper, Mr. Smith said, “We have an absolute responsibility to serve the public interest,” adding, “I think the paper can be hugely profitable and successful and serve a greater public interest over time.” New York Times  Why this matters: Teamsters 355 proudly represent The Sun’s delivery drivers.

Teamsters, union allies make the case for unionization at Delta Airlines
Jan. 19, 2024 | The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) joined the Congressional Labor Caucus on Capitol Hill for a roundtable on the coalition’s ongoing organizing campaign at Delta Air Lines. In November 2022, the Teamsters, AFA-CWA, and IAM announced a coordinated campaign to unionize the 45,000 workers at the passenger carrier. “Airline technicians and mechanics are highly skilled at their craft and are the reason we are safe when traveling via aircraft,” Teamsters Organizing Director Chris Rosell said. “But one of the biggest issues these workers are facing across the country is maintenance outsourcing…” Learn more here.  Did you know? Teamster 355 mechanics, dispatchers, and store clerks are employed at Piedmont Airlines on the Eastern Shore. Piedmont is a regional subsidiary of American Airlines, Inc., and is headquartered at the Salisbury Regional Airport.

Trump, Biden invited to meet with members, leadership on Jan.31
Jan. 24, 2024 | The Teamsters Rank-and-file Presidential Roundtables will continue on Wednesday, Jan. 31, as former President Donald Trump has committed to meet with union members, the Teamsters General Executive Board, General President Sean M. O’Brien, and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman at the union’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden has been invited to join a Teamsters rank-and-file roundtable the same day. The Teamsters have extended invitations to all Presidential candidates, regardless of party, to sit down with union members and discuss issues most important to working Americans. Learn more here.

Teamsters at Anheuser-Busch ‘prepared for full-scale strike and national boycott’
Jan. 26, 2024 | Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien delivered a stern message to Anheuser-Busch as contract negotiations resumed [yesterday] in Washington, D.C. — agree to the demands of the workers or risk another brand boycott and national walkout. Joined by Teamsters Brewery, Bakery, and Soft Drink Conference Director Jeff Padellaro and the Anheuser-Busch Teamsters National Negotiating Committee, O’Brien reminded AB InBev negotiators that Teamsters will not work a minute beyond the expiration of the current contract on Feb. 29, without a new deal. After telling Anheuser-Busch to respect the workers and sign the model contract that Anheuser-Busch Teamsters across the country overwhelmingly pre-ratified last week, O’Brien walked out of negotiations. Full release hereWhy this matters: More than 5,000 Teamsters at Anheuser-Busch brew, package, and ship Budweiser, Bud Light, and other products, maintain breweries and equipment, and care for the world-famous Clydesdales. 

Drivers at Up To Date Laundry vote unanimously to join Local 355
Jan. 29, 2024 | A group of 27 delivery drivers employed by Up To Date Laundry in Baltimore, Maryland, unanimously voted on January 24, 2024, to join Teamsters Local 355 in a secret ballot vote supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Jamon Conway, a driver with the company for 13 years, was pleased with the vote’s outcome. “We knew we were not getting a fair shake, so we reached out to the Teamsters for assistance.” More at 355 News

Trump attends rank-and-file presidential roundtable
Jan. 31, 2024 | Former President Donald Trump met with Teamster union workers from around the country on Wednesday, including the Teamsters General President, General Secretary-Treasurer, and General Executive Board, as the union continued its series of rank-and-file Presidential roundtables. Trump met with the Teamsters for more than an hour at the union’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C., and heard directly from rank-and-file Teamsters about critical issues for the labor union of 1.3 million members. Read more on Teamsters Facebook.

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