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Application deadline for Local 355 scholarships is Friday, July 30
July 28, 2021 | This is your reminder that applications for the Teamsters Local Union No. 355 Annual Scholarship must be received at the Local Union office no later than Friday, July 30. Applications are available for download here.
Teamsters go big in pushing the PRO Act
July 27, 2021 | Teamsters from coast-to-coast turned out in force last week with their fellow union brothers and sisters to urge the Senate to pass the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would empower hardworking Americans in their efforts to join together and fight for better wages and benefits as well as safer jobs. Whether it was through rallies or other events, the Teamsters were on the ground getting the word out that more has to be done to help workers… Teamsters
Local 355 mourns the passing of Brother Don Riley
July 23, 2021 | Retired UPS package driver Donald Joseph Riley passed away June 14, 2021. Brother Riley was a proud member of Local 355 for 33 years. He served as a shop steward at the UPS facility in Hunt Valley, Maryland for many years, and as a Local 355 trustee from 1999 until his retirement from UPS in 2008. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am August 7, 2021, at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, P.A., 2325 York Road, Timonium, Md. 21093. An informal reception is open to all beginning at 10 am.
Important Senate hearing tomorrow: The Right to Organize
July 20, 2021 | The PRO Act Week of Action is underway with Teamsters attending rallies and events around the country calling on the Senate to pass this historic pro-union legislation, putting power in the hands of workers and strengthening our unions. Our allies in the Senate are taking an important step. Tune in at 10 am ET as the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee holds a hearing on the PRO Act. Link is here. This hearing is crucial to getting the PRO Act through the Senate and to President Biden’s desk. Strong unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions, and dignity for workers all across America. Make your voice heard: Share your story – tell Congress why passing the PRO Act matters to you.
The other victims of the pandemic: Workers killed in fights over masks
July 19, 2021 | Essential workers have borne the brunt of a pandemic poisoned by politics. BuzzFeed News found at least four frontline employees who died in fights over masks, including Local 355 member Frankye Duckett, a Baltimore MobilityLink bus driver killed in January 2021. “How do you kill somebody because they tell you to put your mask on?”... Continued at Buzzfeed News
First-contract proposal meeting for Harrington US Foods drivers
July 13, 2021 | Drivers at US Foods in Harrington, Delaware had their first contract proposal meeting Sunday, July 11, at the Local’s Salisbury office. The workers brought their ideas and proposals for improved benefits, including better health coverage. “The group is seeking to have the terms of their working conditions and benefits guaranteed in a legally binding contract,” said Ed Mulford, Local 355 business agent. A date to begin negotiations has yet to be scheduled.
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Weekly News Wrap-Up: 7/23/2021
• NLRB says ‘Scabby the Rat’ is free speech
• Extreme heat is killing American workers
• AFL-CIO: Paywatch data shows need for PRO Act
• New report details housing crisis for workers
• Amazon to end on-site Covid testing for warehouse workers
• It’s been 12 years since Congress raised the minimum wage
• First rank-and-file Teamster appointed to AEI national bargaining committee
• Companies claim there’s a labor shortage. Their solution? Prisoners.
• For minimum-wage workers, rent is now unaffordable in every county in America
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