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News Items - May 2018
Updated On: Jun 13, 2018

Airline pilots may be next in the corporate war on unions
May 1, 2018 | Some 550 pilots will start voting Wednesday on whether to embrace the company’s entreaties to dump the Teamsters, which arrived at Flexjet just a few years ago. The government supervised vote comes two years after the pilots narrowly voted to join the union… The union said it was “investigating evidence of election interference” by Flexjet management… Bloomberg

Teamster-led non-profit celebrates 22nd mission to assist wounded veterans
May 2, 2018 | Over the weekend, IPods for Wounded Veterans (IFWV), a charity founded and overseen by retired Teamster and Vietnam veteran Paul Cardello, celebrated its 22nd visit to veterans in need. The organization provides free electronics and other goods to veterans in hospitals who are recovering from injuries they received in combat… Teamsters

Sysco is hiring - Job Fair scheduled for May 15
May 2, 2018 | Sysco Baltimore is conducting a job fair Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 from 4 - 7 pm for CDL A delivery truck drivers at its Jessup, Md. facility. Details here.

Local 355 sponsors reunion cookout for former US Foods members
May 7, 2018 | More than 60 Teamsters and their guests recently joined Local business agents and officers at the Baltimore hall for an afternoon of eats, drinks, and camaraderie. US Foods closed its Severn, Maryland facility after provoking a June 2016 unfair labor practices strike that lasted nearly six months. Members approved a negotiated closure agreement valued at $2.6 million in October 2016. Among the picnic attendees were five long-term food service members who began their career with Monarch Foods and remained with the company as it went through buyouts and mergers with JP Foodservice, Mazo Lerch, Alliance Foods, Continental, US Foodservice and US Foods. More…

UPS Local union leaders approve strike authorization vote by members *
May 9, 2018 | Updated May 10 On Tuesday, May 8 leaders of local unions that represent UPS Package members approved a strike-authorization vote by members. On Wednesday, May 9 leaders of local unions that represent UPS Freight members also appoved a strike-authorization vote by members. The local union leaders overwhelmingly approved proceeding with the member vote later this month. Members will vote electronically. Details will be forthcoming soon.

Members vote to suspend monthly meetings for summer
May 9, 2018 | Following a long-held tradition, Local Union members in Baltimore and Salisbury voted during the May 6th meeting to take a summer break from general membership meetings. The next meeting will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 in both locations. In addition to the monthly financial report, negotiations updates and President’s Report, a proposal to allocate funds to update the electric lighting in Baltimore meeting hall was unanimously approved by the membership. The improvement will generate more than $300 in utility savings per month.

Freight Teamsters at ABF ratify National Master portion of contract
May 11, 2018 | ABF members have ratified the national master portion of the agreement and all but 9 supplements. The supplements that were rejected, however, must be addressed before the national agreement can take effect. The Maryland-District of Columbia Freight Council supplement was approved. Read more at Teamsters.

Strike-authorization vote ballot information and timeline
May 11, 2018 |  Balloting information and instruction for electronic voting will be mailed on or about May 15 and all members should receive their ballots by Monday, May 21. Details for UPS members here. Details for UPS Freight members here.

UPS/UPS Freight strike-authorization votes due June 3
Call the Local Union now at 410-566-5700 if you have not received voting information. Requests for a new credential or re-credential code for voting will be accepted until noon (Eastern time) Friday, June 1.

Drivers at XPO in Erie, PA seek Teamster representation
May 14, 2018 | Drivers at XPO Logistics in Erie, Pa. filed for Teamster representation today with Local 294, the latest action by workers across the U.S. who are banding together to fight for fair treatment at one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the world... Teamsters

Teamsters from all across North America gather at 2018 Unity Conference
May 16, 2018 | Leaders from Local 355 joined Teamsters from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico at the 2018 Unity conference this week to discuss building the union, political challenges and national organizing campaigns. “Every election year they say, 'this is the most important election in our lifetime,” said General President James P. Hoffa. “Well guess what: in regards to the upcoming midterms, it's actually the truth. We've got to go to the polls and vote like never before.” General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall delivered a report on the union's financials.“Over the course of the past year, both our membership and our assets have increased - but we need to remain vigilant,” Hall said. Hundreds of Teamsters took part in workshops that included “A History of Overcoming Challenges and Changes in the Workplace,” “Determining Company Profitability,” and “The War on Workers.” Teamsters  Photo: Director of the Teamsters Package Division and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee (and Local 355 President) Denis Taylor gave Unity attendees an update on UPS negotiations.

Multi-employer pension crisis sparks reform
May 22, 2018 | What went wrong with America’s union-sponsored multi-employer pension plans, including the fourth largest, the Teamster Central States Pension Fund? And how can Congress fix the crisis? In an in-depth and informative article, Northwest Labor Press – an independent, union-supported newspaper – explains what happened to the pension plans and explores how Congress could fix them. More than 1,300 plans were battered by the 2000 and 2008 financial crashes and "more than nine tenths of them have either recovered or are on track to recover. But the remaining tenth are in a death spiral, and not because of anything the trustees did or didn’t do. Looking back, it’s clear that policies set by Congress created the crisis.” Read it here.

Teamsters oppose a ‘skinny’ NAFTA
May 23, 2018 | "We’ve waited nearly a quarter of a century to get out of the flawed and failed NAFTA deal," said General President Hoffa in a statement released yesterday. "The premise of these talks all along has been that if something is worth doing, it’s worth doing all the way." For the Teamsters to support a ratification of NAFTA in Congress, the new deal must represent “real reform around key Teamster priority issues like labor, cross-border trucking and the elimination of the old ‘investor-to-state’ mechanism in the investment chapter". Read more at Teamsters

Teamsters reach tentative agreement for flight dispatchers at Allegiant Air
May 24, 2018 | The IBT Airline Division and Teamsters Local 986 have reached a tentative agreement with Allegiant Air on a five-year contract for approximately 34 flight dispatchers at the company. The tentative agreement comes shortly after an election in which the company’s mechanics voted to join the Teamsters. A contract ratification vote for the flight dispatchers is anticipated before the end of July… Teamsters

Make your voice heard: Say NO to ‘skinny’ NAFTA
May 25, 2018 | Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people. What's worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then, to strong language protecting workers being left out of those new agreements. A ‘skinny’ NAFTA wouldn’t include important protections for American workers, and that is unacceptable to Teamster members. Today’s NAFTA protects corporations, but there were promises that NAFTA 2.0 would protect working families. NAFTA 2.0 must be negotiated in the open, with input from working families, environmental groups and everyday Americans. A ‘skinny’ NAFTA would exclude all of these voices, and just be more of the same bad trade policy that caters to corporate interests. Use your voice to tell the U.S. trade representative to stay at the table until working families get the deal they need. 

Union receives UPS’ initial economic proposals
May 25, 2018 |  The Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee received UPS’ initial economic proposal this week, and the union will be responding during the next round of negotiations. The company’s action comes after the union committee made its initial economic proposal during the last negotiations in late April. “As we anticipated, the company’s initial economic proposals do not address our members’ needs as written,” said Denis Taylor, co-chair of the committee. The next round of negotiations will take place June 4-7. More on UPS Freight negotiation, and an update on the Safety and Health Committee in this update.


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