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March 30, 2017

On This Day in 1990:

Harry Bridges, Australian-born dock union leader, dies at age 88. He helped form and lead the Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) for 40 years. A Bridges quote: “The most important word in the language of the working class is ‘solidarity’.”

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May/June 2014 Newsletter
Posted On: Jul 21, 2014

Brothers and Sisters:

May is here in all its glory with Mother's Day on May 11th, and Armed Forces Day is May 17th. This is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. At the end of the month, on May 26th, we celebrate Memorial Day--a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country.

Also in May we will have the bowling banquet on the 14th(bowlers only) and retirees meeting on the 15th and as always the retirees will be doing a cook-out for the Sunday Union meeting on the 18th. We need volunteers, so if you can help please be at the hall around 08:30. May 31th is the date for the spring golf outing at Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton Md. Please call the hall for more information.

In June, Flag Day is on the 14th and Father’s Day is the 15th. and summer rolling in on June 21st.

Bowling is over for the year and will resume again in September. A special thanks goes out to Joe Reichet, Mike Brett and Mel Holden for doing a outstanding job running the bowling league.

We need adult beverages for the basket of cheer.

A very special thanks goes out to Jen Collins of Local 335 office staff who is retiring at the end of May. She has been an invaluable asset to all of the retirees and our executive board. We wish her well in her retirement.

FYI: If you’re confused about what those food expiration labels mean, you’re not alone. Most Americans are tossing safe and perfectly edible foods in the trash after looking at food “dates” that are vague at best.

You might be surprised to know that most food dating is voluntary, and not government mandated (except for infant formula and some baby foods), leading to a lot of variability in what these labels represent. Understanding what these terms actually mean will help extend your food budget and avoid waste, while also helping to avoid food spoilage.

Here are some popular labels for fresh (refrigerated) items that are the most confusing:

• Pack date simply means when the food was packaged and does not indicate freshness or shelf-life.
• Sell-by date is the last day a grocery store, or any retailer, can have the food on shelves for sale. Most foods, if stored properly, are safe to eat for up to several days or several months after this date, depending on the food (see below).
• Use-by or best if used by date means a food is safe to eat, with optimal taste, flavor, and freshness until this date when properly stored. It refers only to quality, not safety, and is not an index of spoilage.
• Guaranteed fresh by date usually refers to baked goods, and indicates optimal freshness. The products are still safe and edible beyond the date.

However, these dates don’t apply after you’ve opened the package. While hot dogs may have a "use by" date of three months ahead, once you've opened the package, you only have about a week to eat the rest. Food safety also extends to how and where you store your foods. Get a food thermometer to make sure foods are stored at 40 degrees or below. More perishable foods should be kept in the "meat drawer," which is usually the coldest section. It's OK to store condiments in the refrigerator door, but keep eggs, milk and yogurt in the main compartment for optimal freshness.

Here are a few guidelines:
• In the door: This is the least cold part of the fridge and is best for condiments, pickles, salad dressings and other foods with a high acid (think vinegar) content to resist bacterial growth.
• The coldest shelf: The middle of the fridge, sometimes also containing a separate meat drawer, is best for highly perishable foods like fish, deli meats, eggs or dairy.
• The middle/lower shelves: These are a great place for leftovers.
• Bottom drawers: The fruit and vegetable crispers maintain higher humidity, helping to preserve thin-skinned veggies like peppers, broccoli and leafy greens.

Here are USDA recommendations for food storage:

In the fridge:
• fresh meats: 1-2 days
• lunch meats: 3-5 days 
• hot dogs: 1 week opened
• salads: 3-5 days
• chicken, fish: 1-2 days
• hard cheese: 3-4 weeks
• milk: 5 days
• yogurt/sour cream: 7-10 days
• leftovers: 3-4 days

In the freezer:
• beef: 3-4 months
• soups/stews: 2-3 months  

• chicken: 9-12 months
• cheese: 6-9 months

Be sure to double wrap foods in plastic wrap to avoid “freezer burn,” which doesn’t affect food safety but creates an odd texture and reduces flavor. Remember that these are all approximate dates and will depend on optimal storage conditions including quick transport from the store to your home and refrigerating perishable items immediately after use. The "smell test" is not a reliable because food can still be contaminated without a bad odor. But remember, when in doubt, throw it out!

New Members: Carroll Miller, Bradley Schmidt and John Armstrong
Sick Members: Ron Cusick, Cephas Hall and Jimmy Hinton
Deceased Members: Douglas Largent (Penske), Ernest McNew (Penske) and Charles Rabuck (TLI)
Please keep these members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

The next meetings will be on May 15th and June 19th. in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland Street, Baltimore, MD. Coffee and donuts are served at 9:30 a.m. The Executive Board meets at 10 a.m., and the general meeting begins at 11 a.m. A light lunch is served following the general meeting. Hope to see you there. Remember to bring another retiree with you.

Bob Eney,

General Membership Meetings:
Apr. 2, 2017  - Baltimore
Apr. 9, 2017  - Salisbury

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

Bring a coworker!

Current Campaigns
  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • 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) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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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