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January 27, 2022

On This Day in 1695
In what could be considered the first workers’ compensation agreement in America, pirate Henry Morgan pledges his underlings 600 pieces of eight or six slaves to compensate for a lost arm or leg. Also part of the pirate’s code, reports Roger Newell: shares of the booty were equal regardless of race or sex, and shipboard decisions were made collectively.
~ D.C. Labor

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    Listen: New Congress delivers big victories for Teamsters
    Jan. 19, 2022 In the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast you’ll hear how President Biden and Congress delivered for the Teamsters, plus the union’s efforts to rein in Republic Services.

    Local 355 mourns passing of Brother Joe Sassman, UPS
    Jan. 14, 2022 It is with great sadness today that we inform our members of the January 7, 2022 passing of Brother Joseph Sassman, Jr. He was 34 years old. Hired in January of 2006 at the Quad Avenue UPS facility in Baltimore as a part-time employee, Joe moved into a full-time driver position then won an inside full-time job two years later. He was elected shop steward in 2016. “When a coworker went to Joe with a possible contract violation, Joe jumped into action to get the grievance filed and then worked hard to resolve the issue,” said Mike Petro, a Local 355 UPS Business Agent. “Every UPS employee loved Joe. When you returned to the building at the end of a bad day you would find Joe there with a great smile and a fist bump –guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.” The Local 355 Executive Board extends sincere condolences to his wife, Monica, and family and friends on behalf of our members. Click here for obituary and service information.

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    Elsewhere in the News

    Coal Miners on Strike for 10 Months Vow Not to Be ‘Starved Out’

    Jan. 26, 2022| STRIKES | About 1,100 coal miners in Alabama have entered 2022 still on strike, more than 10 months since they walked out back in April last year, making it the longest strike in the US since the Covid-19 pandemic began and the longest in Alabama’s history. Workers started the unfair labor practice strike over claims of bad faith bargaining by Warrior Met Coal over a new union contract. Since Warrior Met Coal took over the mines, the company has reported billions of dollars in revenue. “What they’ve said openly in negotiations is that they’re just going to starve us out. They’ve said … and this on record, that ‘we have the money to pay what you’re asking, we do not have the desire to.’ That’s the kind of company these guys have been working for…” The Guardian

    OSHA Withdraws Its Workplace Vaccine Rule

    Jan. 26, 2022 | COVID-19| The Biden administration is withdrawing its requirement that large employers mandate workers be vaccinated or regularly tested, the Labor Department said on Tuesday. In pulling the rule, the department recognized what most employers and industry experts said after a Supreme Court ruling this month — that the emergency temporary standard could not be revived after the court blocked it... New York Times

    Report Shows Unions Make A Difference in Workers’ Lives

    Jan. 24, 2022 | UNION POWER | There is a popular saying within the labor community – the union difference. But what does that really mean? A report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how a higher presence of unions in ones state leads not only to higher wages for all workers there, but to increased health care availability and a better functioning democracy as well. Unions exist to give workers a bigger voice at work, with a direct impact on wages and working conditions. But there also is a correlation between that and unions giving workers a larger say in shaping their own communities. Where workers have this power… Teamsters

    Labor News Wrap-Up: 01/21/2022

      Order free at-home Covid-19 tests here
      • Republic Services Teamsters approve TA, end strike
      • Union battle vs. corporate power isn’t a fair fight
      • America’s new class war: Organized Labor is back
      • CEMEX drivers protest lack of respect for organizing rights
      • Thieves are looting freight trains filled with UPS, FedEx, Amazon pkgs
      • Workers got fed up. Bosses got scared. This is how the Big Quit happened.
      • TA reached, workers end 10-day strike against grocery chain
      • Maryland tax deadline extended to July 15

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General Membership Meetings:
Feb. 6, 2022 - Baltimore
10 a.m. 
Baltimore Union Hall
Feb. 20, 2022 - Salisbury
10 a.m. Salisbury Union Hall

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Masks are required at both meetings.

Teamster News Headlines
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San Diego Union-Tribune: Republic Services Told Workers We Were Family. Strike Negotiations Proved Otherwise
The General Strike No One is Talking About
Report Shows Unions Make a Difference in Workers’ Lives
No Progress Towards Resolution of Teamsters Local 174 Construction Strike as Employer Representatives Arrive to Mediation Unwilling to Negotiate
Teamsters Stage Practice Picket at CEMEX
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Verilife Rosemont Workers Join Teamsters Local 777

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