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News Items: August 2023
Updated On: Sep 15, 2023

Register for the August 6 Atlantic Area Supplement webinar
Aug. 4, 2023 
|  (Updated to include video.) Local 355 UPS members are covered by the Atlantic Area Supplement, which includes wage increases, pension benefits, and other gains specific to the new TA. In the webinar on Sunday, August 6, at 7 pm, we’ll hear from International Vice President and Atlantic Area Chair James Wright and the supplemental committee for updates on the supplement and a full presentation of the tentative agreement. Registration is requiredActive UPS Teamsters have received voting instructions in the mail. Watch the Atlantic Area Supplement webinar, then this video for step-by-step instructions for casting your ballot.

Members at YRC, New Penn: Visit the Teamsters Career Center for current job openings
Aug. 7, 2023 
|  All Teamsters impacted by Yellow Corp.’s profound mismanagement and its recent shutdown of operations are strongly urged to visit the Teamsters Career Center for state-by-state resources of current job openings at union facilities and other valuable tools. The online database can quickly assist members in need with good-paying union work opportunities and resources regarding health care and retirement benefits. Members at Yellow and other companies can use the Teamsters Career Center to search job openings or find benefit information by local union or geographic areas.

Teamsters want Yellow members ‘first in line’ for relief payments
Aug. 8, 2023 
|  The Teamsters Union on Monday said that, following Yellow officially filing for bankruptcy, its legal and economic teams are closely following Yellow’s moves throughout bankruptcy proceedings. John A. Murphy, Teamsters National Freight Director, said the union will do everything it can “to prioritize our members at Yellow and their families during this bankruptcy.” Commercial Carrier Journal 

Ratification vote update tonight at 8 pm ET
Aug. 22, 2023 
| Join Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien this evening for a full report on the ratification vote results. The update is audio only. No registration is necessary. Listen in at:

Local 355 mourns retired UPS shop steward, Bobby Walls
Aug. 24, 2023 
| Robert B. “Bobby” Walls, retired Eastern Shore UPS package driver and shop steward, passed away August 12, 2023 after a long battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life for Bobby will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N. Church Street, Milford, Delaware, where friends may visit with the family from 11 – 12 pm. Obituary and details here.

Contract Update: Ratifications at Dry Ice, ABF, Kraft-Heinz, others
Aug. 24, 2023 
| Contracts recently approved by Local 355 members will provide substantial wage increases and improvements to benefits and contract language. Three national master agreements were ratified, including an “historic” contract with the largest private-sector employer of unionized workers in the nation, UPS. Sadly, there was bad news for 150 Local 355 Yellow Corp. freight drivers and 22,000 of their Teamster brothers and sisters nationwide who, despite giving back more than $5 billion in wages and benefits since 2009, were abruptly out of jobs at the end of July. Details herePHOTO/GETTY IMAGES

Final supplement ratified; contract takes effect
Aug. 25, 2023 
| The Teamsters’ new National Master Agreement with UPS has officially gone into effect, protecting more than 340,000 full- and part-time workers, after an outstanding supplemental contract was resolved and ratified in Florida. The LAI supplement for 174 members of Teamsters Local 769 was voted and successfully passed by affected workers Friday afternoon. New wage increases for 340,000 UPS Teamsters will take effect on Sunday, August 27. UPS will soon issue retroactivity checks to workers for the month of August. Teamsters

Ryder Transportation Solutions workers join Local 355
Aug. 30, 2023 
| Workers at Ryder Transportation Solutions in Eldridge, Md. have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 355. The 15 drivers distribute Hill’s pet food to retailers along the East Coast. The new Teamster members stood strong, overcoming a well-funded anti-union campaign by their employer. “We wanted to have a voice at work, so we collectively decided to join the Teamsters,” said Tony Lewis, a 13-year driver. “We were well prepared for the anti-union tactics the company used in attempt to trick us, but their attempts to divide us only made us stronger.” “These drivers endured weeks of harassment and stress from management, and they held together in solidarity. I am proud to have the opportunity to represent such a strong and united group,” said Mark Gary, President of Local 355. “This is the first organizing victory under my administration, and we plan to keep the momentum going. We have several groups who have inquired about joining Local 355, and we are confident we will follow our success at Ryder by helping more workers gain strong Teamster representation.”

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