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July 09, 2020

On This Day in 1966
From July 8 to August 19, 1966, over 35,000 airline workers across the nation employed by five airlines went on strike. After several years of stilted wage gains as the airline industry invested heavily in jet technology, aircraft mechanics and other ground service workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) were anxious to share in the substantial profits of 1965. Facing a bargaining impasse between the IAM and the five carriers (United, Northwest, National, Trans World and Eastern) covered in the industry’s first multi-carrier labor contract, a Presidential Emergency Board presented a “compromise” package. In the summer of 1966, IAM members rejected this compromise and walked off the job in the largest strike in airline history. For 43 days during the peak summer travel season, 60 percent of the U.S. commercial airline industry was literally inoperative as 35,000 workers stayed out on strike.
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Teamsters Demand Stronger Protections as States Reopen
Updated On: Jun 25, 2020
June 25, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | As states begin the tumultuous process of “reopening” their economies, the workers who have been picking, processing, and packing the nation’s food supply won’t miss a beat. For them, the economy was never really on pause; many have been working even harder and for longer hours, as consumers under stay-at-home orders snatch up produce and pantry ingredients at the supermarket. But as commercial activity ramps up and pressure on the food system intensifies, the Teamsters have issued a call to action, demanding decent safety conditions, medical support for COVID-19 testing and tracing, and stronger labor protections in the food processing and dairy facilities that the union represents. Although unionized workers in the food supply chain generally enjoy better working conditions than their non-union counterparts, a survey of members in the Teamsters’ Food Processing and Dairy Divisions revealed that, as of late May, workplaces were facing both widespread infection and a lack of adequate testing to monitor transmission … Dissent

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