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News Items - May 2024
Updated On: Jun 04, 2024

Anne Arundel County Teamsters ratify new contracts
May 1, 2023  | Contract negotiations can often be routine and predictable, but the 2024 round of bargaining against Anne Arundel County (AAC) officials was anything but! Local 355 has four collective bargaining agreements with the County –– park rangers, police communications, fire battalion chiefs, and correctional program specialists –– covering 80 members. Each of the existing contracts are one-year agreements and beginning in December 2023, dozens of bargaining dates were scheduled for new contract talks. Local 355 News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 1, 2023  |  During this month, the Teamsters reaffirm our commitment to prioritizing mental health as we continue the fight to improve our members’ health care and wellbeing. We are dedicated to helping create a society that recognizes the importance of mental health, reduces stigma, and provides accessible, compassionate, and evidence-based support and resources for everyone.

Teamsters, members of Congress take on Amazon safety crisis
May 3, 2023  |  Teamsters leaders and Amazon workers joined with Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) today to announce the introduction of The Warehouse Worker Protection Act in the U.S. Senate that would hold Amazon accountable for its dangerous safety practices and abusive production quotas. A bipartisan House version of the bill will also be introduced in the coming weeks. Learn more.

Teamsters VIP+ open enrollment is now!
May 6, 2023  |  Get enrolled in the NEW Teamsters Voluntary Income Protection Plus (VIP+) Plan. These new benefits will help provide Teamster members additional financial protection if they can’t work due to illness, injury, or loss of DOT License and FAA Medical certification for medical reasons. Teamster members who enroll by May 23 will have their coverage become effective on June 1, 2024. Visit TEAMSTERSVIP.COM to learn more. 

Costco Teamsters rally in Norfolk, Virginia
May 6, 2023  |  (Click image to enlarge.) Rank-and-file Costco Teamsters from Maryland and across the nation joined General President Sean M. O’Brien at a rally Sunday in Norfolk, Va., in support of the union-wide initiative to organize and mobilize workers at the wholesale retailer ahead of national contract negotiations this year. “Working families in Norfolk have energized national organizing efforts at Costco. Now, Teamsters across the country are standing together to make Costco the ‘good employer’ it claims to be,” O’Brien said. Since the landmark victory in Norfolk, the Teamsters have set up massive organizing efforts for Costco workers across the country. Why this matters: More than 900 Costco workers in Maryland are members of Teamsters Local 570 (Baltimore).

Happy National Third Shift Day!
May 8, 2023  |  Today we celebrate and salute all of the Teamsters and workers nationwide who keep essential services and supply chains moving while most of us sleep. Thank you for all that you do! Happy #NationalThirdShiftWorkersDay.

Teamsters nationwide are hosting Presidential Town Halls
May 13, 2023  |  Teamsters have been gathering at their local union halls to participate in Teamsters Presidential Town Halls and to weigh in on who the union should endorse for president. Straw polls are being conducted during the meetings to give members a chance to make their voices heard. Town halls have been held at more than 100 locals so far, with another 200 set to take place in the coming weeks. Local 355 held its presidential town hall on Saturday, May 11.

Webinar on heat safety, harassment, and more
May 14, 2023  |  Join the Teamsters Package Division and the Teamsters Training and Grants Department for a national contract enforcement training webinar on heat safety, harassment, and other issues. The webinar will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm ET. Registration is required. Please register as soon as possible here. All UPS locals, business agents, and rank-and-file UPS Teamsters are encouraged to participate in this important online training. 

Molson Coors Teamsters ratify contract, ending strike
May 22, 2023  |  After more than three months on the picket line, Molson Coors Teamsters in Fort Worth, Texas, voted today to ratify a new three-year agreement. The contract secures wage increases, improves benefits, and restores retiree health care. Throughout the strike, Teamsters launched a nationwide boycott, putting pressure on the brewery giant to reach an agreement covering 420 workers at the Texas facility. Read more here

DHL sorters at CVG push back against intense company anti-union campaign
May 28, 2023  |  Publicly, DHL claims to be an “employer of choice” that respects freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. However, the company’s actions towards sort workers at its global hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) tell a different story. Workers at CVG are organizing to become Teamsters, but instead of respecting its workers, DHL has launched an intense anti-union campaign that violates its own corporate policies and the neutrality agreement it established with the Teamsters. In the past few weeks, the Teamsters have filed over a dozen unfair labor practice charges against the company for violating workers' rights and federal labor law. But instead of addressing the company's disgusting anti-union behavior, DHL’s top executives in Germany... Watch the video and learn more here. PHOTO/THE ENQUIRER

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