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March/April 2012 Newsletter
Updated On: Mar 08, 2012

March / April 2012

Brothers and Sisters:

I know that some of you snow lovers don’t care for it, but it has been a super Winter as far as I am concerned. Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time is March 11. (This is when you set your clocks forward.) St. Paddy’s Day is March 17, and the first day of Spring (yeah) is March 20. In April, we have Easter on the 8th, and that dreaded tax day this year is April 17. We have an extra bowling date that had to be added because of our bowling banquet. It will be Monday, March 19.

The Spring Golf Tournament will be held on April 21 at Queenstown Harbor on the Eastern Shore. Contact the Union Hall for more information. Remember that in the past, retirees have won this tournament! Hope to see you there.

The Fund office has asked me to remind you that it is important that you inform them of any address or phone number changes. Their number is (443) 573-3632.

Here's good info on buying American-made products: Some of the easiest - and most inexpensive - ways to buy American are in areas where the consumer is really indifferent as to which product to buy. The good news is that when it comes to simple, everyday items like soap, deodorant, or cotton swabs, usually any product will do since the price difference is usually negligible. The even better news is that sometimes it's even cheaper to buy American than not. So here are eleven easy ways to buy American in 2012 using the money you're already going to spend anyway.

  • Cotton Swabs - Don't call them Q-Tips. The Q-Tips brand is made in America, but guess what? The company that owns the brand isn't American at all. The name of the company is called Unilever (ever seen Lever 2000 soap?), which is a joint venture between England and The Netherlands. An American alternative would be the CVS or Walgreen's brand, which are both made in the USA as well, for about the same price. Both CVS and Walgreen's are American-owned companies and are based in the United States.
  • Deodorant - Suave and Dove are both owned by Unilever, so the profits go overseas and the taxes are paid overseas to foreign governments when you buy either of these brands. Want an American brand to buy, and save money, too? Go to the Dollar Tree store and buy the Speed Stick brand for $1, which is made in the USA by American-owned Colgate Palmolive. If you drop five or ten dollars, you won't have to go back to the store for this item anytime soon.
  • Bath Soap - Irish Spring sounds like it might be foreign, but it's actually an American brand made in the United States. Ivory soap is American, too. Jergens is made in America, but Jergens is owned by a Japanese company. Think of it like this: Just like a Toyota made in the U.S. is still a Japanese car, a bar of Jergens soap made in the U.S. is still a Japanese soap. Dial is owned by a German company.
  • Mustard - French's mustard isn't French. It's owned by the British. Grey Poupon sounds like it might be foreign, but it's owned by an American company, and is made in America.
  • Pasta sauce - Did you know Ragu is owned by Unilever, the foreign-owned company we learned about in the first two examples? Prego is an American brand owned by the Campbell Soup Company, and is made in the United States.
  • Disinfectant - Lysol and Clorox are both effective disinfectants and there is little if any price difference between the two, but only one is American owned. Lysol used to be owned by Kodak, but Kodak sold it to a British company in 1995. Clorox is American owned.
  • Coffee - Two of the most popular brands in the United States are Maxwell House and Taster's Choice, but only one is owned by a company based in the United States. Taster's Choice is made by Switzerland-based Nestle, the largest food company in the world. Maxwell House is an American brand. The coffee beans for both brands are imported, however. For truly American coffee from tree to cup (the beans come from Hawaii), check out the USA Coffee Company at www.USACoffeeCompany.com.
  • Cosmetics - Revlon is an American-owned company and many (not all) of their products are made in the United States. Maybelline was American-owned until 1996 when French-owned L'Oreal bought the company for $758 million.
  • Bottled water - Now that we know the French own at least one brand many probably thought was American owned, what other popular brands are owned by companies based in France? You might be surprised to know that Dannon bottled water (and other Dannon products like yogurt) are French owned. Aquafina (owned by Pepsi) and Dasani (owned by Coca Cola) are American brands.
  • Peanut Butter - They say choosy mothers choose Jif. Choosy patriotic Americans choose Jif, too, because Jif is American owned. Skippy is owned by our favorite foreign brand, Unilever.
  • Apparel - Why shop at Wal-Mart and buy foreign-made tee shirts when you can buy American-made tee shirts from All American Clothing Company? (www.AllAmericanClothing.com) where they use 100% U.S.-grown cotton for just $7.99. Are the shirts in Wal-Mart that much cheaper? I have to admit I don't know, because I don't shop there. But I do know Wal-Mart is the biggest seller of Chinese-made goods on the planet.

Okay, I had to give another example because this is probably the best one. Swiss Miss is American owned, but Carnation is owned by the Swiss. The good news is that the more we buy American-owned and American-made products, the more powerful and positive impact we will have on the U.S. economy. And the even better news is we can usually do it without any extra cost or inconvenience to the consumer. Awareness is the key.

Remember to purchase some of the 3, 2, 1 and baskets of cheer tickets.

New Members: Roland Hall, Charles Stevens, Wilbur Henderson and Joseph R. Bezelik

Sick members: Steve Golwacki, Milt Stapf, Jesse Artis, Ray Bingel, John Dehn, Lawrence Hopson, Perry Conway

Deceased members: James Chaney

Remember to keep these members in your thoughts and prayers.

The next meetings will be on March 15, 2012, and April 19, 2012, in the Sullivan Hall, Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland St., Baltimore, MD 21223. Coffee and donuts are served at 9:30 a.m., the Executive Board meets at 10:00 a.m., and the General Meeting begins at 11:00 a.m. A light lunch is served following the General Meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to bring another retiree with you.

Fraternally,

Bob Eney
President


General Membership Meetings:
Mar. 5, 2017  - Baltimore
Mar. 12, 2017  - Salisbury

10:oo am.
Please be present and on time.

Bring a coworker!

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  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

 
 
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