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May 19, 2019

On This Day in 2004
Twelve Starbucks baristas in a midtown Manhattan store, declaring they couldn’t live on $7.75 an hour, signed cards demanding representation by the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.
- Union Communication Services

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Hoffa on trade with China: “They’re keeping us out”
May 16, 2019 Hoffa discusses the impact of President Trump’s tariffs, and what should be done to get tough with China on trade, during interviews with Ali Velsh of MSNBC and Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour… Teamsters

355 Update: New contracts ratified, and other news
May 15, 2019 Fire battalion chiefs, deputy sheriffs, and park rangers employed by Anne Arundel County recently ratified contracts providing cost-of-living (COLA) increases and merit raises; maintenance of Health and Welfare, and other improvements specific to each unit… Poultry workers at Mountaire Farms of Delmarva, ratified a five-year contract that includes a $1.50 p/hr increase over term, participation in the Teamsters Membership Pension Program, raises for live-haul drivers with job security for the term of the contract and retroactive pay back to December 2018... A new five-year contract is in place at Contanda (formerly Westway Terminals) that provides wage increases, maintains Health & Welfare, allows members to enroll in the Local 355 Teamster Retirement Plan, and reimburses boiler operators for the cost of renewal licenses. Praxair, new owner of dry ice firm Capitol Carbonic, Bridgeville, Del., agreed to recognize Local 355 as exclusive bargaining agent for its employees. Negotiations for a new contract produced... Continued  Pictured: UPS feeder drivers in Baltimore elected new stewards following the May membership meeting. (L-R) Shannon Hilderbrand, Nick Pozzi, Local 355 Business Agent Eric Wood, and Brian Rigg.

YRC Freight, Holland, and New Penn contract takes effect immediately
May 15, 2019 The last supplement to the YRC Freight, Holland and New Penn National Master Freight Agreement has now been ratified by the affected membership, which means the new national collective bargaining agreement and all supplemental agreements are now fully ratified and will take effect immediately. The National Master portions of the agreement and all other supplements were previously approved by the membership on May 3. The only outstanding supplement following the May 3 vote, the Joint Council 40 Supplement, was approved this week. “The national contract will now take effect and I want to thank all our members for their support during this long process,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “The wage increases are retroactive to April 1 and it is anticipated that any retro pay will be distributed within the next 30 days.”

Important information for UPS part-timers
May 10, 2019 With the new contract now in effect, part-timers may find the information in this flier helpful. The new agreement contains significant increased start rates and wages for part-timers. Click here to learn more.

National Master UPS Agreement contract book is available
May 9, 2019 The full contract of the newly ratified National Master UPS Agreement is now available to view online here.

Older news items are posted on 355 News.

Elsewhere in the News
In Case You Missed It

  • American workers are not happy
  • Teamsters stand with law enforcement officers
  • Video game workers see power in a union
  • Flight attendant union leader, Sara Nelson’s art of war
  • Labor Board: Uber drivers are contractors, not employees
  • Democrats have ambitious plan to save U.S. labor unions
  • Trump labor board gave huge gift to Uber amid its stock struggles
  • Public service Teamsters plan strategy to build member power
  • This FB page shares pix of dogs UPS workers meet every day

Dear Delta Airlines: Video Games and Beer Cannot Compete With Joining A Union
May 16, 2019 | ORGANIZING | In its latest offensive to beat back unionization, Delta Air Lines displays total contempt for labor unions and an astonishing ignorance about what unions have accomplished to lift American workers. Delta has a new anti-union poster that tells employees, “A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying dues to the union.” In mounting an all-out offensive against unionization, Delta is acting like many American corporations…Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said Delta spent $38m … The Guardian  Related: Dear Gamers of Delta Airlines, you have nothing to lose but your chains
It’s Time to Finally Fund Infrastructure Investment
May 15, 2019 | TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS | The Teamsters know a little something about infrastructure. Approximately 600,000 of our members drive the nation’s roadways as part of their job. And we have tens of thousands of members who work on railroads and aircrafts delivering passengers and goods to their final destinations. These same workers have witnessed firsthand the decline of the nation’s transportation network. Crumbling roadways and bridges, cracked rails and overcrowded airports and public transit systems plague travelers and commuters from coast to coast, endangering the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans. The U.S. economy suffers because of it… Teamster.org
Hoffa: 2020 Democrats Are Vying For Union Support, and That’s A Welcome Shift
May 14, 2019 | OPINION | As the 2020 primary season heats up, presidential candidates in the massive Democratic field — from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden — are vying for critical support from labor unions. Don't dismiss this as typical election posturing. Those of us who have watched the labor movement’s ebbs and flows over the past few decades know things have changed. Democrats' actual support for labor unions has fluctuated wildly in recent decades. The failure to focus on economic insecurity and the industrial heartland in 2016 allowed anti-union Republicans to make gains among union voters… USA Today
Human Error? Stop Blaming Workers for Their Own Deaths
May 13, 2019 | OPINION | The blame game for the April 27 fatal collapse of a construction crane in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood began almost before the dust had settled at the accident site. Within hours, experts were already calling out human error as a likely culprit in the tragedy, which killed two ironworkers disassembling the crane and two people in cars on the street below. …blaming the workers for their own deaths — are common following workplace accidents. They also grossly oversimplify the complex causes of on-the-job injuries and fatalities and the factors that contribute to them, most of which are beyond the control of any worker. Individuals clearly bear some responsibility for workplace safety. But we know that the risk of injury or death on the job is largely determined by other factors, such as the availability of high-quality workplace training, workplace culture and other factors that are largely determined by the employer and organizational context of the work… Seattle Times
In Case You Missed It

  • Teamsters stand in solidarity with Uber, Lyft drivers
  • Sanders campaign ratifies union contract with workers
  • The rise of workers who self automate their jobs
  • The 10 most unionized U.S. cities
  • Trump’s trade war: Where America’s workers are hit hardest
  • Where GM layoffs stand after stunning blow to workers
  • Union accuses VA secretary of trying to strip workers’ rights in new proposal

Uber, Lyft Driver Strike Latest Move to Organize Gig Workers
May 10, 2019 | ORGANIZING | A strike by Uber and Lyft drivers in cities across the United States this week caused barely a ripple to passengers looking to catch a ride, highlighting the challenges in launching a labor movement from scratch in an industry that is by nature decentralized. Activists and others involved in the labor movement are still declaring it a success. It grabbed headlines, trended on Twitter and won the support of several Democrats running for president. The action was also closely watched by labor organizers, who are brainstorming about ways to build worker power in the 21st-century economy… Star Tribune

General Membership Meetings:
May 5, 2019 - Baltimore
10 a.m. 
Baltimore Union Hall
May 19, 2019 - Salisbury
10 a.m. Salisbury Union Hall

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Just Sayin’
    "The essence of trade unionism is social uplift. The labor movement has been the haven for the dispossessed, the despised, the neglected, the downtrodden, the poor."
~A. Philip Randolph, civil rights leader and founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters




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Teamsters Stand with Law Enforcement Officers
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Sea-Tac Airport Fuelers Ratify First Contract With Teamsters Local 174
 
     
 
 
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