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News Items - May 2024
Updated On: May 17, 2024

Anne Arundel County Teamsters ratify new contracts
May 1, 2023  | Contract negotiations can often be routine and predictable, but the 2024 round of bargaining against Anne Arundel County (AAC) officials was anything but! Local 355 has four collective bargaining agreements with the County –– park rangers, police communications, fire battalion chiefs, and correctional program specialists –– covering 80 members. Each of the existing contracts are one-year agreements and beginning in December 2023, dozens of bargaining dates were scheduled for new contract talks. Local 355 News

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 1, 2023  |  During this month, the Teamsters reaffirm our commitment to prioritizing mental health as we continue the fight to improve our members’ health care and wellbeing. We are dedicated to helping create a society that recognizes the importance of mental health, reduces stigma, and provides accessible, compassionate, and evidence-based support and resources for everyone.

Teamsters, members of Congress take on Amazon safety crisis
May 3, 2023  |  Teamsters leaders and Amazon workers joined with Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) today to announce the introduction of The Warehouse Worker Protection Act in the U.S. Senate that would hold Amazon accountable for its dangerous safety practices and abusive production quotas. A bipartisan House version of the bill will also be introduced in the coming weeks. Learn more.

Teamsters VIP+ open enrollment is now!
May 6, 2023  |  Get enrolled in the NEW Teamsters Voluntary Income Protection Plus (VIP+) Plan. These new benefits will help provide Teamster members additional financial protection if they can’t work due to illness, injury, or loss of DOT License and FAA Medical certification for medical reasons. Teamster members who enroll by May 23 will have their coverage become effective on June 1, 2024. Visit TEAMSTERSVIP.COM to learn more. 

Costco Teamsters rally in Norfolk, Virginia
May 6, 2023  |  (Click image to enlarge.) Rank-and-file Costco Teamsters from Maryland and across the nation joined General President Sean M. O’Brien at a rally Sunday in Norfolk, Va., in support of the union-wide initiative to organize and mobilize workers at the wholesale retailer ahead of national contract negotiations this year. “Working families in Norfolk have energized national organizing efforts at Costco. Now, Teamsters across the country are standing together to make Costco the ‘good employer’ it claims to be,” O’Brien said. Since the landmark victory in Norfolk, the Teamsters have set up massive organizing efforts for Costco workers across the country. Why this matters: More than 900 Costco workers in Maryland are members of Teamsters Local 570 (Baltimore).

Happy National Third Shift Day!
May 8, 2023  |  Today we celebrate and salute all of the Teamsters and workers nationwide who keep essential services and supply chains moving while most of us sleep. Thank you for all that you do! Happy #NationalThirdShiftWorkersDay.

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