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Pres. Woodrow Wilson signs the Clayton Antitrust Act – often referred to as "Labor’s Magna Carta" – establishing that unions are not "conspiracies" under the law. It for the first time freed unions to strike, picket, and boycott employers. In the years that followed, however, numerous state measures and negative court interpretations weakened the law. 
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October 18, 2021
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    Fall Golf 2021 winners, photos 
    Oct. 15, 2021 Fifty Local 355 golfers made the early-morning trek to Rising Sun, Md., located in the far northeastern part of the state, for this year's Fall Golf Outing. The bi-annual event was held Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. It was the Local's first event at the Chesapeake Bay Golf Course. Check out the top finishers here, and additional photos in the photo gallery, 2021 Fall Golf.

    Teamsters stand in solidarity with striking John Deere UAW workers 
    Oct. 14, 2021 The Teamsters Union is proud to support some 10,000 striking John Deere workers represented by the United Auto Workers who walked out today after the company failed to address worker concerns with wages, working conditions and retirement benefits.  “These frontline workers, who have been on the job throughout the coronavirus pandemic, build the equipment used to harvest crops and feed America,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “As brothers and sisters in the labor movement, the Teamsters understand the struggle for fairness on the job and will honor the UAW’s picket lines.” … Teamsters

    Your vote will help decide the future of our union 
    Oct. 14, 2021 For more than a century, Teamsters have come together to fight for better pay, stronger protections, and fair benefits for all workers. The strength of our union is because of members like you, and this fall, we need Teamsters to once again come together -- this time to decide the future of our union. Ballots were mailed Monday, Oct. 4th. Watch for yours then make sure your voice is heard by marking and returning your ballot by November 15th. Questions? Information about your ballot and the voting process is here.

    Negotiations Update: Contract ratified at Old Line Custom Meats 
    Oct. 13, 2021 Local 355 members employed at Old Line Custom Meats Company voted September 30, 2021, to accept a new three-year contract. The agreement provides a five percent increase in the first year and increases in the remaining two years. The raises were retroactive to the original expiration date of September 6, 2021. The new term of the contract will be from September 7, 2021, through September 6, 2024. Old Line Custom Meats is among Maryland’s largest meat processing companies, providing services to individual customers and wholesale clients.

    Teamster feeder driver to House Committee: ‘The threat to the industry I work for is Amazon’ 
    Oct. 12, 2021 In a hearing last week held by the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, UPS feeder driver and Teamsters Local 177 member, Dan Gross, urged Congress to pass antitrust laws addressing the excessive power that large, powerful corporations, like Amazon, have over their workers. “I’ve seen firsthand what large corporations try to get away with due to corporate greed when workers don’t have a collective voice to demand decent pay and working conditions,” said Gross to members of the Subcommittee… Watch Gross’ testimony (beginning at 37:16): “Reviving Competition, Part 4: 21st Century Antitrust Reforms and the American Worker.

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    Weekly News Wrap-Up: 10/15/2021

      In Hollywood and America, the strike is back
      • U.S. workers are in a militant mood
      • Nurses and other health care workers are in revolt
      • Is a new labor movement brewing?
      • Once hailed as heroes, health care workers face rash of violence
      • Mail delays, price hikes are coming at USPS. Here’s why.
      • 784 misclassified XPO drivers achieve nearly $30M in settlements
      • Hoffa: End misclassification of port drivers to fix supply chain issues
      • How the pandemic lockdown & retail walkouts mobilized IATSE members
      • SS benefits to rise 5.9% in 2022 - highest bump in 40 years
      • The do’s and don’ts of supporting a strike

    More Than 100K workers Threaten Strikes As Unions Flex Muscles

    Oct. 13, 2021 | STRIKES | […] More than 100,000 unionized employees — between Hollywood production crew members, John Deere factory workers, and Kaiser Permanente nurses — have overwhelmingly voted to authorize strikes and are preparing to join the picket line unless they get stronger collective bargaining agreements. Thousands are already on strike, including 2,000 New York hospital workers, 700 Massachusetts nurses, and 1,400 Kellogg plant workers in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee… The Hill

    America Is in the Midst of a Dramatic Labor Resurgence

    Oct. 12, 2021 | WORKING AMERICA | Our nation is in the midst of a labor revolution. It’s a wonderful thing, and you may not be aware of it. After an emotionally, physically, and mentally taxing year dealing with ramifications of Covid-19, workers across the country are standing up for basic dignity and respect on the job in a historic way. And through the pandemic, the nation was reminded of the essentialness of labor—not the labor of Wall Street; rather, the labor that drives our hospitals, our groceries, our mail, our livelihoods. They are striking; they are picketing; they are demanding fair contracts. They are forming new unions… The New Republic

    Wave of Unrest Could See Tens of Thousands on Strike Within Weeks

    Oct. 6, 2021 | COLLECTIVE ACTION | Tens of thousands of workers around the US could go on strike in the coming weeks in what would be the largest wave of labor unrest since a series of teacher strikes in 2018 and 2019, which won major victories and gave the American labor movement a significant boost. The unrest spans a huge range of industries from healthcare to Hollywood and academia, and is largely focused on higher wages, fighting cuts, and better working and safety conditions, especially in light of Covid-19… The Guardian  Photo/Paul Sancya, AP
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