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July 16, 2019

On This Day in 1919
Ten thousand workers went on strike at Chicago’s International Harvester operations.
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Teamsters stand in solidarity with striking Amazon workers
July 15, 2019 Teamsters across North America stand in solidarity with the Amazon fulfillment workers striking in Minnesota. Similar to workers moving Amazon goods, many of our 1.4 million members pick and stow product in warehouses, drive trucks, and deliver packages and have fought for decades to win better working conditions, respect, and a voice on the job. This fight is ongoing. Amazon workers in Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, France and the United Kingdom have also engaged in numerous protests, strikes, or other activities to demand their rights and as Teamsters, we support this growing worker-led movement. Every worker deserves… Teamsters

New contracts ratified at Allen Foods, J.W. Treuth, others
July 11, 2019 Following months of difficult bargaining, members employed at Allen Foods and in attendance at last month’s ratification meeting unanimously approved a new contract providing a 90-cent per hour wage increase over its three-year term, improves medical, and provides retroactive pay back to January 2019. Members can also participate in the Teamster Members Pension Plan. Drivers at J.W. Truth ratified... 355 News

Brother Abney remembered during UPS safety cookout
July 8, 2019 During a June 27th cookout coordinated by the UPS Baltimore hub Safety Committee, members took time to remember their friend and coworker, Damian Abney, who died suddenly while at work in the facility on June 14th. Janet Genovese, a UPS Safety Committee member and Local 355 trustee, said the cookout, timed to the 5 pm shift, was planned as a thank-you to all for working safely but also provided an opportunity for Abney’s coworkers to “take pause and reminisce together” about their well-liked friend whom they affectionately called “Bird.” In his honor, many wore Oriole or Ravens garb, while others simply wore orange or purple. Photos of Abney were on display and orange balloons hung alongside the UPS brown and gold. More photos here.

Hoffa Memorial Scholarship awarded to LU 355 retiree’s daughter
June 27, 2019 Congratulations to Ashley Goudy, daughter of Bill Goudy (UPS, retired), for her award of a $10,000 scholarship from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMS). She has set her sights on a career in marketing and communications and will attend the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) in September. We’ve included here the essay Ashley wrote as part of the application requirements for the JRHMS. It is a moving tribute to the vital role the Teamsters Union has played in her young life… 355 News

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Elsewhere in the News
How American Workers Won the Eight-Hour Workday
July 15, 2019 | LABOR HISTORY | We’ve all had one of those days when the clock seems frozen in time and the workday drags on, and on, and on. Eight hours can feel like a lifetime, the minutes crawling by, your mood souring by the second. Now imagine how much worse you’d feel if you had been standing on a hard factory floor for eight hours already and were staring down two more hours, or four, or even more than that? And what if you were pulling those kinds of interminable days six times a week—or seven? That’s what a typical day used to be like for the typical worker in an American city… Teen Vogue
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Trump NLRB Head Moves to Oust Agency Inspector
July 11, 2019 | NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD | National Labor Relations Board Chair John Ring has filed a formal complaint against agency Inspector General David Berry, the official who got a 2017 NLRB decision reversing an Obama-era “joint employer” rule voided. Ring’s complaint to the panel overseeing federal inspectors is that Berry allegedly treated agency employees harshly. But three current and former senior NLRB personnel and four congressional staffers, speaking to Bloomberg Law on condition of anonymity, said Ring’s main motive is replacing Berry with someone more compliant with the Trump administration’s anti-union agenda… Labor Press
Union Membership Boosts Political Knowledge
July 10, 2019 | VOTE 2020 | By this point, we're all aware of how quickly and easily political misinformation can spread. Whether it comes from a concerned friend or a Russian bot, fake news can easily infest your social media feeds, and perhaps influence your vote. The only way for a population to survive this plague is to be better informed. New research identifies one way to accomplish that goal: increasing union membership. "Union members, particularly those with less formal education ... are significantly more politically knowledgable than their non-union counterparts,” tending to be "better informed about where political parties and candidates stand on the issues”… “Union members engage in more frequent workplace discussion of politics" than non-members… Pacific Standard
Study: A $15 Federal Minimum Wage Won’t Cost Americans Jobs
July 8, 2019 | WAGES | The first study analyzing the effects of a $15 federal minimum wage is out: Its impact on inequality could be huge — while its impact on job loss is likely small to none. More importantly, doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 would also likely boost incomes for the poorest households in rural counties, according to a white paperreleased Tuesday by economists Anna Godoey and Michael Reich at the University of California Berkeley. They found no evidence that such a large wage hike would lead to significant job losses or fewer work opportunities — something big business groups often warn about… Vox
Rediscovering America: A Quiz for July 4th
July 4, 2019 | HISTORY | Near the end of his life, Thomas Jefferson described the Declaration of Independence as “an expression of the American mind.” On Independence Day, Americans should remember not only the Founding Fathers and the Revolutionary War but, more importantly, the fundamental principles and ideals that created and sustain the nation. This quiz, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence… Inside Sources
Labor Unions and Inequality
July 2, 2019 | OPINION | […] The American public has repeatedly been told that policies that restrain foreign competition are a form of protectionism that subsidizes inefficient domestic industries and raises prices. The issue of job losses is ignored. The benefits of free trade allegedly exceed the costs of lost jobs, especially for those who work with their hands. Assumed consumer benefits should be considered when it comes to trade policy, but so should giving working-class people a fair shot at the American Dream. Americans need a more balanced way of thinking about free trade and the offshoring of American jobs… The Enterprise
 
 
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