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News Items - February 2022
Updated On: Mar 07, 2022

Teamsters testify at Congressional hearings on automated vehicles
Feb. 3, 2022 Automation and the future of the workforce is a topic of great importance to Teamsters, transportation workers, and the American public. Testifying before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing yesterday, Doug Bloch, Teamsters Joint Council 7 Political Director, said, “It’s incumbent upon the members of this committee to ensure that workers are not left behind in this process, and it is essential that American workers are not exposed to unproven technologies that could put their lives at risk.”… Teamsters

Teamsters’ concrete strike enters 3rd month with no progress
Feb. 8, 2022 The nine-week Unfair Labor Practice strike by 330 Teamsters against Gary Merlino Construction, Stoneway Concrete, Cadman, Glacier/CalPortland, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, and Lehigh Cement continues — with no end in sight. The rank-and-file bargaining committee and their union representatives from Teamsters Local 174 remain willing to talk through and work around key disagreements, but employer representatives have refused to talk since a failed mediation session on Jan. 20 yielded no progress… The Stand

Teamsters denounce Freedom Convoy blockade at Canadian border
Feb. 11, 2022 In a statement released yesterday, General President Jim Hoffa said the truckers’ protest “continues to hurt workers and negatively impact[s] our economy. The livelihood of working Americans and Canadians in the automotive, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors is threatened by this blockade… The Teamsters call on the organizers of this action to end this protest and instead, engage in meaningful political discourse with the Canadian government to find a solution.” Read the full statement at Teamsters

Teamsters celebrate Black History Month with voting rights push
Feb. 15, 2022 General President Jim Hoffa and Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Marcus King call for action to protect the rights of workers to vote.  The legacy of Randolph and King is under threat from anti-labor and respective voting laws around the country. People deserve the power to vote. Teamsters are encouraged to do their part by clicking here to make sure they are registered and their lawmakers support voting rights for all. Read the full statement at Teamsters

Ruling: Striking Teamsters can continue nearly all picketing activities
Feb. 23, 2022 After a long-expected “Hail Mary” attempt by the [concrete] companies to forcibly end union picketing, Teamsters Local 174 members are still holding strong on picket lines today as King County Superior Court Commissioner Mark Hillman’s Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) takes effect. The TRO came about after management at the employers filed a frivolous and inaccurate pleading accusing the Teamsters of a litany of misdeeds on the picket lines. “If these employers want us to stop picketing their facilities, they need to come back to the table and make a deal that puts our members back to work. … Read more at Teamsters Local 174

Contracts ratified at First Transit/MTA, Dow Jones & Company
Feb. 23, 2022 Members at First Transit/MTA unanimously approved a new three-year contract providing an across-the-board increase to start rates and substantial annual wage increases. Pressmen employed at Dow Jones & Company (The Wall Street Journal) ratified a new collective bargaining agreement with a three-year term. Highlights of the contract include an increase to the minimum starting wage rate plus annual wage increases, and adds Juneteenth to the fixed paid holiday list. Continued…

Video: Celebrating 20 years of organizing under General President Hoffa
Feb. 24, 2022 Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel had a vision: A mighty army of organizers leading the charge, working with Locals, Joint Councils, and Trade Divisions, to bring strong representation to thousands of workers who needed a voice on the job. When Hoffa took over the union, organizing was handled on the local level with limited support from the national union. He knew that to grow Teamster power, that had to change. Watch how the Teamsters’ unprecedented commitment to large-scale national organizing under Hoffa’s leadership energized the labor movement and led to more than 450,000 new Teamster members over 18 years. (Look for members from Local 355 and 570 at 4:55 and 5:15 into the video.)

Application deadline for James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship
Feb. 28, 2022 The deadline is tomorrow -- Tuesday, March 1 -- so it's not too late to submit an application for a James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship. The college and vocational scholarship program awards hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to the sons, daughters, and financial dependents of active and retired Teamsters. Don't miss out! Click here for information and application.

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