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May 20, 2024

Today in 1926
The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions. ~ Labor Tribune

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  • Local and National Union News

    Important change to administration of Local 355’s Health and Welfare Plan
    Effective April 1, 2024, we changed plan administration from Zenith American Solutions to BeneSys, Inc. The change will enhance the efficiency and quality of services provided to you and provide positive improvements to the administration of your health benefits. Please click here to learn more about what has changed and what has not changed.

    General membership meetings suspended until September 
    May 20, 2023  |  Members in attendance at this month's meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury voted to suspend meetings in June, July, and August. Dates for the September meetings will be posted as soon as they are scheduled.

    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.

    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.

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    Elsewhere in the News

    This Isn’t the End for Mercedes Workers’ Union Fight

    May 20, 2024 | ORGANIZING | A no-holds-barred campaign by Mercedes management convinced a majority of workers at its Alabama factory complex to vote against forming a union. In addition to anti-union videos and mailings, captive-audience meetings, firings, and an onslaught of pressure from state politicians and even a local pastor, the winning move was to fire the company’s US CEO and replace him with a vice president who promised to care about the “team members.” …“We have a year. We have that year to see what he does. If he doesn’t make positive changes, we can bring the union in.” Jacobin

    Week Ending 05/17/2024

      • Corporate America never really quit forced labor
      • Unions need to spend big to seize the day
      • ‘May Day and the Fight Over The Work Day
      • Boeing, union firefighters return to negotiations
      • Sysco Teamsters in Long Island overwhelmingly ratify new contract
      • Pressure from unions, and senators force DeJoy to pause postal closures
      • Union roots, worker power propels Sarah Elreth to victory in Md. primary
      • 9,000 nurses across 8 Michigan hospitals seek to unionize with the Teamsters

    Big Labor’s Communications Playbook

    May 18, 2024 | LABOR UNIONS | Support for labor unions grew in 2023, with workers voting to unionize 83% of the time, according to the National Labor Relations Board. The success is due in part to an intentional overhaul of their communication strategies, union organizers told Axios. Union wins have swept the Southeast in 2024, with the United Auto Workers (UAW) recent win at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant and the Association of Flight Attendants' Breeze Airways win in Charleston, South Carolina. Mercedes workers in Alabama are voting this week on whether to join UAW, with results expected Friday afternoon. Labor groups across industries have pivoted to nimble, blunt, and personalized communication campaigns that are being deployed through social media, local and national press, and direct outreach to workers. Axios  Related: Mercedes workers vote against unionization

    Teamsters Denounce Molson Coors at Shareholder Meeting

    May 16, 2024 | STRIKES | Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, along with rank-and-file Teamsters from across the U.S., demanded that Molson Coors negotiate a fair contract and end the strike in Fort Worth, Texas, at the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Golden, Colo. “Molson Coors brags to shareholders about an ‘incredible year of growth’ but you know who make this company successful—the workers!” Zuckerman said. “We’re here today to remind them of that. We’re here to demand that Molson Coors delivers a fair contract for 420 Teamsters in Fort Worth.” Members of Local 997 were forced out on strike on February 17, after Molson Coors failed to come to terms on an agreement that rewards Teamsters with their fair share of the company’s profits. Workers are seeking pay raises, improved retirement benefits, and to maintain good Teamsters health care. Teamsters
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