Watch the YRCW ballot count online today May 3, 2019| The proposed YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn National Master Freight Agreement ballot count will take place today at 4 pm (Eastern). You can watch the ballot count online at here. Or listen live, call 1-866-767-0669.
Teamsters back effort to revamp federal labor law to benefit workers May 3, 2019| “The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families,” General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement issued yesterday. The legislation that would comprehensively update the National Labor Relations Act was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Read more at teamsters.orgAnd from Intelligencer: [The PRO Act] would ban employers from forcing hires to sign away their right to pursue collective or class-action litigation and from permanently replacing workers who go on strike. It would also require employers to begin bargaining a contract no later than ten days after a union has been certified...
National Master Contract approved; one supplement rejected May 4, 2019| Teamster-represented workers at YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn have voted to approve the national master portion of the new YRCW National Master Freight Agreement that raises wages, restores a week of vacation and protects benefits. The national master portion of the agreement, which covers about 25,000 workers, was ratified by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin. However, all but one (Joint Council 40) of the 27 regional supplemental contracts passed. The national contract will not go into effect until that supplement is resolved. The parties currently have an extension agreement in effect. Employees should report to work as usual. More information at teamster.org
Teamster leaders gather for Unity Conference May 8, 2019| With major challenges facing workers and the 2020 elections looming, the importance of mobilizing members is more critical than ever, Teamster leaders heard at the annual Unity Conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Leaders have been attending important divisional meetings, where they are hearing about the latest issues facing workers and the union, and strategies for winning. The meetings continue today and Thursday … Read more at teamster.org
National Master UPS Agreement contract book is available May 9, 2019| The full contract of the newly ratified National Master UPS Agreement is now available to view online here.
Important information for UPS part-timers May 10, 2019| With the new contract now in effect, part-timers may find the information in this flier helpful. The new agreement contains significant increased start rates and wages for part-timers. Click here to learn more.
YRC Freight, Holland, and New Penn contract takes effect immediately May 15, 2019| The last supplement to the YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn National Master Freight Agreement has now been ratified by the affected membership, which means the new national collective bargaining agreement and all supplemental agreements are now fully ratified and will take effect immediately. The National Master portions of the agreement and all other supplements were previously approved by the membership on May 3. The only outstanding supplement following the May 3 vote, the Joint Council 40 Supplement, was approved this week. “The national contract will now take effect and I want to thank all our members for their support during this long process,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “The wage increases are retroactive to April 1 and it is anticipated that any retro pay will be distributed within the next 30 days.”
355 Update: New contracts ratified, and other news May 15, 2019| Fire battalion chiefs, deputy sheriffs, and park rangers employed by Anne Arundel County recently ratified contracts providing cost-of-living (COLA) increases and merit raises; maintenance of Health and Welfare, and other improvements specific to each unit… Poultry workers at Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, ratified a five-year contract that includes a $1.50 p/hr increase over term, participation in the Teamsters Membership Pension Program, raises for live-haul drivers with job security for the term of the contract and retroactive pay back to December 2018... A new five-year contract is in place at Contanda (formerly Westway Terminals) that provides wage increases, maintains Health & Welfare, allows members to enroll in the Local 355 Teamster Retirement Plan, and reimburses boiler operators for the cost of renewal licenses. Praxair, new owner of dry ice firm Capitol Carbonic, Bridgeville, Del., agreed to recognize Local 355 as exclusive bargaining agent for its employees. Negotiations for a new contract produced... Continued Pictured: UPS feeder drivers in Baltimore elected new stewards following the May membership meeting. (L-R) Shannon Hilderbrand, Nick Lozzi, Local 355 Business Agent Eric Wood, and Brian Rigg.
Hoffa on trade with China: “They’re keeping us out” May 16, 2019| Hoffa discusses the impact of President Trump’s tariffs, and what should be done to get tough with China on trade, during interviews with Ali Velshi of MSNBC and Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour… Teamsters
Local 355 mourns the passing of Brother Jim Deene (updated) May 20, 2019| Local 355 officers, staff and members are mourning the sudden loss of Jim Deene, a business agent for Teamsters Local 355 in Baltimore, Md., who passed away suddenly on May 17, 2019. Deene began his Teamster career as a driver for U.S. Foodservice. He served as a shop steward from 1997 until 2002, when he became a business agent for the Local. Friends may visit Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm in the Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 11 am in Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville, MD 21108. Photos of Jim can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
The Baltimore Sun: James 'Jimmy' Deene, trucker, union official and business agent... May 21, 2019| Brother Deene was chief negotiator for The Sun's drivers and pressmen. Today it published a nice obituary for our Local 355 brother...Read it here
Teamster Podcast: United in power at Unity May 22, 2019| Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how the union united for power at its annual Unity Conference in May, plus its plans for greater wins in the workplace and at the ballot box.
General Membership Meetings: Baltimore - Mar. 3 @ 10 a.m. Salisbury - Mar. 17 @10 a.m. Please be present and on time. And bring a coworker!