Successor contract ratified at Penske Truck Leasing
July 6, 2021 | Teamsters Local 355 members recently ratified a new three-year contract with Penske Truck Leasing. The agreement provides a 2.5% wage increase, an improved vacation entitlement increase after 25 years, a new $200 boot allowance, an extra $1 per hour hourly compensation for those who regularly work off-site, among other improvements. The contract covers refrigeration techs, mechanics, preventative maintenance techs, apprentice techs, and customer service reps at the Jessup and Wicomico Street locations.
2021 Teamsters Convention: A virtual first for the union
July 6, 2021 | The 30th International Convention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters held June 22-25 was like no other event in the union’s 118-year history. Delegates and alternates from Maryland Locals 355, 453, 570, and 888 (below, click to enlarge), were among 1,600+ delegates representing more than 500 Teamster locals... Continued at 355News More photos in the Photo Gallery.
(L-R) Front row: Alternate Nick Hart, Local 355; Bill Heil, staff, Local 570; Delegate Dave White, Local 355; Alternate Larry Kelly, Local 570; Alternate Dale Pink, Local 355; Alternate Tim Seto, Local 355; Alternate Alvinia Crowell, Local 888; Alternate Karen Miller, Local 570; Delegate Sean Cedenio, Local 570; Delegate Janet Genovese, Local 355; Delegate Gilbert Howdershelt, Local 355; and Alternate Felix Guinto Jr., Local 355. (L-R) Back row: Delegate Moses Jackson, Local 570; Alternate Richard Taylor, Local 570; Delegate Denis Taylor, Local 355; Delegate Joe Fowler, Local 570; Alternate Al Richardson, Local 355; Delegate Mark Garey, Local 355; Alternate Gary Ward Jr., Local 355; Delegate Bill Alexander, Local 355; Delegate Chris Greene Sr., Local 355; Delegate Richard Brown, Local 570; Delegate Larry Wolfe, Local 453; and Delegate Larry Geho, Local 888.
Hoffa: Teamsters unite to take on Amazon threat
July 7, 2021 | The Teamsters Union at its 30th International Convention late last month made a historic decision to commit and unite the union to protecting and improving the wages and workings standards in the goods movement industry under threat from Amazon’s exploitative employment model. Amazon’s reprehensible labor practices are well documented and recent groundbreaking reporting confirms there are continuing abusive practices. A recent analysis by Jeff Bezos’ own Washington Post and a report by the Strategic Organizing Center shined a light on Amazon’s atrocious health and safety record that found, among other things, Amazon workers are injured at rates twice the industry average… teamster.org
Maryland offers $50,000 scholarships in vaccine push for teens
July 8, 2021 | State residents ages 12-17 who both live and are vaccinated in Maryland will be eligible to win in Maryland’s “VaxU” incentive program. Two scholarships a week will be awarded every week through Labor Day… Details here