Teamsters mourn the loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
Aug. 5, 2021 | In a statement today, Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said: “Today, the entire labor movement lost a true champion for working men and women. Richard Trumka was a friend, a colleague, and my brother in the fight for workers’ rights in America. Throughout his outstanding career, Rich’s tireless work and dedication improved the lives of millions of union members and he will be remembered as one of the greatest labor leaders of our generation. On behalf of the Teamsters Union, I offer our deepest condolences to Rich’s family during this difficult time. He will be missed.”
Local 355 47th Annual Scholarship Award recipients announced
Aug. 11, 2021 | Koron Lambert, son of Deric Lambert Sr. (Yellow Freight), and Kaitlyn Matheny, daughter of William Matheny (Dow Jones), are the 2021 recipients of the Teamsters Local 355 47th Annual Scholarship Awards. The students’ names were selected on August 6, 2021, in a drawing of scholarship applications at the Local Union hall in Baltimore. Koron and Kaitlyn will each receive $4,000 paid out at the rate of $1,000 per academic year. Aaron Brown, son of Mark Brown (UPS), and Anna Harmon (UPS) are runners-up. If for any reason Koron or Kaitlyn cannot finish their college program, the runners-up will be eligible for the remaining scholarship award. Congratulations to all!
Watch the General President candidates' election debate Sept. 1
Aug. 23, 2021 | The candidates running for Teamster General President will discuss their vision for the union at a forum Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 6:30 pm., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. You can watch it live on Facebook here. The internet audience can submit questions that may be posted to the candidates during the debate. You can also watch the debate later or read the transcript at www.ibtvote.org. Learn more here.
Biddle to retire from IBT Package Division
Aug. 23, 2021 | Assistant to the Director of the IBT Package Division Keith Biddle, a longtime member of Local 355, will retire effective October 1, 2021. Brother Biddle is a member of the Division team instrumental in coordinating the UPS Master Agreement and Supplements, among other Division responsibilities. Anticipating his retirement, he said, “It has been my absolute privilege to serve the UPS members and assist the Local Unions in understanding and enforcing the National Master UPS Agreement." Biddle worked at UPS from 1977 to 1994, and served as a Local 355 Business Agent and Recording Secretary from 1994 until 2006 when he joined the IBT staff as a Package Division Representative. In a memo to UPS Local Unions announcing Biddle's retirement, Division Director and Local 355 President Denis Taylor said, “We, the Package Division, and all members working at UPS, benefited greatly from Keith’s commitment to the union. He will be sorely missed and we all wish him well in his retirement.”
Teamsters to join March on Washington fight for voting rights
Aug. 24, 2021 | The Teamsters are renewing their commitment to voting rights and racial equality with their participation in this year’s March on Washington on Aug. 28. The union is calling on members to meet and join together with tens of thousands of other Americans in rallying for justice at the ballot box, in the workplace, and in our communities. That means pushing for new laws that protect the rights of all to participate in democracy as well as to join together as an advocate for better pay, benefits, and workplace safety on the job… Continue reading
Hertz emerges from bankruptcy
Aug. 25, 2021 | Hertz has emerged from bankruptcy more than a year after filing and all Teamster contracts are still in force. The Teamster employer was one of the first major companies to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after the pandemic halted most travel in 2020. The company was already struggling with debt before COVID-19. During the bankruptcy, the union worked overtime for Hertz Teamsters. In addition to negotiating contract extensions for the Teamsters that continued working through the pandemic… Continue reading