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On This Day in 1916

To the huge relief of Post Office Department employees, the service sets a limit of 200 pounds a day to be shipped by any one customer. Builders were finding it cheaper to send supplies via post than via wagon freight. In one instance, 80,000 bricks for a new bank were shipped parcel post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah, 170 miles away. The new directive also barred the shipment of humans: a child involved in a couple’s custody fight was shipped—for 17¢—from Stillwell to South Bend, Ind., in a crate labeled “live baby” .
- Union Communication Services


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Local and National Union News

ABF, Teamsters set schedule for bargaining
Nov. 17, 2017 | ABF Freight and the Teamsters union will exchange initial proposals on Dec. 18 and 19 for a new collective bargaining agreement covering about 8,600 unionized employees… DC Velocity

Fight for $15 just scored big in Maryland. We have unions to thank
Nov. 16, 2017 | A law establishing a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Maryland’s Montgomery County was signed into law Monday. It’s a meaningful victory for the Fight for $15, the union-inspired campaign to raise wages nationally. Montgomery is the most populous county in the state, with a larger population than the nearby cities of Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. It’s also a bellwether for Maryland politics, where organizing has begun already ahead of the 2018 statewide elections, including organizing aimed at improving Maryland’s wage laws…Working In These Times 

Kansas City Teamster drivers strike Sysco
Nov. 16, 2017 |  Teamsters Local 41 Sysco drivers are now on strike at the company’s Olathe, Kan., distribution center after management allegedly threatened reprisals for the workers’ union activity. Pickets went up around 4 a.m. CST, one day before Sysco convenes its 2017 annual shareholder meeting in Houston, Texas, the company’s headquarters. More than 40 Sysco city drivers at Sysco-Kansas City voted to become Teamsters on October 31, 2014. But workers don’t yet have an agreement, said Steve Vairma, Teamsters International Vice President and Warehouse Division Director, because the company has failed to bargain in good faith… Teamsters

Teamsters Union salute those who serve
Nov. 10, 2017 | Veterans Day is a time to remember the contributions of all this who are or have served in the nation’s armed forced protecting our freedom. The Teamsters recognize the sacrifice those in the military incur and are honored that so many have chosen to become a part of our union family… Continued

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  • Republicans put union-busting lawyer in charge of enforcing labor law.

New Measure Would Address Pension Problem
Nov. 17, 2017 | PENSIONS | The Teamsters have been working diligently for years with key members of Congress trying to come up with a solution to the multi-employer pension crisis that could hit tens of thousands of its members hard. And with the release of new legislation yesterday by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the union believes it has found it. Brown called the introduction of the “Butch Lewis Act of 2017,” named after the former Teamsters Local 100 President who died in late 2015 while fighting to prevent cuts to the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund, one of the proudest days of his life. He said workers deserve to receive the pensions they worked so hard for to get. “The bill is comprehensive. It includes miners, the Teamsters, and others,” he said. It makes no cuts…” Teamster
People Reject GOP Tax Cut for The Rich
Nov. 16, 2017 | TAXES | …The latest addition to the tax bill would repeal the $700 tax imposed on people who do not get health insurance through their employers, federal programs or the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. Repeal of the “individual mandate” would raise some $338 billion over a decade, to help offset the $1.5 trillion in red ink the Republicans’ tax cut for the rich would produce, not counting interest on the deb...The combination brought the protesters against the tax cut to Capitol Hill, on the eve of the key House vote on the GOP scheme on November 16. And unions, including the Steelworkers, the Teamsters, the Communications Workers and the AFL-CIO, urged members to redouble their efforts by phone and e-mail against the legislation… People’s World
Universalizing Resistance to Attacks on Labor
Nov. 15, 2017 | WAR AGAINST WORKERS | In the last few months, Richard Trumka, president of the national AFL-CIO, resigned from a key Trump advisory board after Charlottesville; unions nationally are rallying with progressive Democrats to stop Trump's anti-union appointees to the National Labor Relations Board; graduate students at Harvard, Boston College and many universities are fighting to unionize; and Bernie Sanders has introduced a "Medicare for All" bill. This is the beginning of the "universalizing" resistance to the right wing seeking to destroy unions, end social protections, including the Affordable Care Act, and return to a Gilded Age plutocracy… Truth-Out
Federal Agencies Used Port Trucking Companies With Labor Violations
Nov. 14, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The U.s military helped fuel labor abuse at America’s largest ports by relying on trucking companies to move goods even after they violated labor laws and were found to have cheated drivers out of fair pay, a USA TODAY Network investigation found. XPO Logistics and California Cartage, both found guilty of labor infractions, and another company. Konoike-Pacific, accused of the same kinds of violations by a quarter of its drivers, continue to work as federal contractors or subcontractors…USA Today
Senate Confirms Union-Buster as NLRB Counsel
Nov. 13, 2017 | LABOR LAW | The Senate has voted to confirm Peter Robb, management-side lawyer who helped decertify the air-traffic controllers union during its 1981 strike, as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The 49-46 vote was on strict party lines… In 1981, he was the Reagan administration lawyer who litigated unfair-labor-practice charges against the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, enabling Reagan to fire more than 11,000 air-traffic controllers and break the union. “Let’s be clear about how Mr.Robb has chosen to spend his professional life: Helping management close plants and cut jobs, suing unions, delaying workers’ rights to collectively bargain, and defending companies that violate workplace safety and fair pay laws,” said Sen Gary Peters, D-Mich… Labor Press
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  • Trump has betrayed union rank and file who voted for him.
  • Public sector Teamsters stand up to anti-union efforts.
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  • Union compels UPS to pay Health & Welfare delinquency.
  • End of ‘House of Cards’ wipes out more than 2,000 jobs.
  • Republicans defeat the ‘Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs’ amendment.
 
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  • To all our members who have served or are currenty serving...

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