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April 27, 2017

On This Day in 1978:

A cooling tower for a power plant under construction in Willow Island, West Virginia collapses, killing 51 construction workers in what is thought to be the largest construction accident in U.S. history. OSHA cited contractors for 20 violations, including failures to field test concrete. The cases were settled for $85,000—about $1,700 per worker killed.

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Labor Headlines

US labour news headlines from LabourStart

News Items - March 2013
Posted On: Apr 15, 2013

Anne Arundel County Teamsters ratify contracts
Mar. 29, 2013 | Teamster 355's Anne Arundel County deputy sheriffs and correction program specialists have ratified new one-year contracts. The park rangers and the County are at impasse and the dispute has been scheduled for a fact-finding proceeding. Details here.

YRC change of operations info; contract extension at ABF
Mar. 29, 2013
| YRC's proposed "Network Optimization 2013" change of operations will be heard April 19, 2013 in Dallas. Read the YRC update here. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee agreed to grant a 30-day extension so that negotiations with ABF could continue. Any economic improvements in a new contract will be retroactive to April 1, 2013. Read the ABF contract update here.

UPS and UPS Freight bargaining updates
Mar. 28, 2013
| Updates from the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee on UPS Package and UPS Freight bargaining were posted today. The Union told the Company it is prepared to return to the bargainig table the weeks of April 15th and April 22nd "provided the Company is prepared to reach an Agreement acceptable to our members during those two weeks."

Additional steward photos are posted
Mar. 25, 2013
| Shop stewards by company are available here. More to come.

Labor Notes' coverage of UPS bargaining
Mar. 25, 2013
| Jane Slaughter, editor of Labor Notes, writes that bargaining for a settlement in the largest private-sector union contract in the U.S., covering nearly 250,000 Teamsters, is expected to wrap up in early April. The contract expires July 31 "but UPS wants an early agreement to keep FedEx from luring away customers scared about a possible strike. Read it here.


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