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April 27, 2017

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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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US labour news headlines from LabourStart

News Items - August 2014
Updated On: Sep 08, 2014

Teamsters praise Obama crackdown on companies that abuse workers
Aug. 4, 2014
| The Teamsters strongly supports President Obama's executive order to crack down on corporations that break laws but still win government contracts. Two members of the Teamsters Union stood with President Obama last Thursday to announce the new policy: Mike Petro of Baltimore, a UPS driver with Teamsters Local 355, and Etta Epps of Landover, Md., also a UPS driver, with Teamters Local 639. "I am so proud of how my union makes sure I earn a good wage, health care benefits and retirement security," Petro said. Continue reading here. Watch the video here. IBT photo: Mike Petro, third from right, was among UPS Teamsters who attended the President's executive order signing ceremony at the White House last Thursday.

Tribune completes spinoff of newspapers, including The Sun
Aug. 5, 2014
| Tribune completed the spinoff Monday of Tribune Publishing Co., which includes The Baltimore Sun and nine other daily papers…First announced in July 2013, the spinoff of the newspapers allowed Chicago-based Tribune Co. to offload its publishing assets while avoiding the large capital gains taxes associated with an outright sale. Continue reading here. Business Agent Jim Deene said there is no indication of changes looming on the horizon, but more will be known when negotiations for a new contract begin in the fall. Stay tuned.

Teamster: Trade deal caused refugee crises at border
Aug. 12, 2014
| The nine-year-old CAFTA trade deal caused thousands of desperate children to flock to the U.S. border seeking safety, Teamsters legislative representative Mike Dolan explained recently on the Thom Hartmann Show. He calls them 'CAFTA kids.' They are actually the second generation of economic refugees to leave their land and their homes. The first wave came after NAFTA took effect on Jan.1, 1994. Continue reading here. Related: Blame CAFTA for children at the border

US Foods worker outlines his merger concerns to trade commission
Aug. 14, 2014
| Frank Rinetti, a Teamster member and employee of US Foods, recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking information about the proposed Sysco-US Foods merger and he also outlines his concerns about the merger's impact on jobs. Read it here.

Teamsters assisting global efforts to organize DHL, FedEx, UPS
Aug. 18, 2014
| The International Transport Workers Federation's (ITF) 43rd global conference wrapped over the weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. The ITF consists of 360 unions from 116 countries. It has 4.5 million members. Tim Beaty, IBT Director of Global Strategies spoke with Canada's Radio Labour about global efforts to organize workers at delivery companies like DHL, FedEx and UPS.

UFCW president issue's statement on the mother of Michael Brown
Aug. 22, 2014
| Joe Hansen, International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), today released the following statement regarding UFCW member Lesley McSpadden whose son Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Feguson, Missouri.

Hoffa: Weary U.S. workers are still experiencing hard times
Aug. 26, 2014
| Some naysayers have tried to brush off the income inequality discussion as a trumped-up effete to agitate Americans. However, while they might have wanted to ignore such calls from the Teamsters and other worker advocates, they cannot turn their back on the debate when their friends with ties to the financial world sound the alarm. Full story here.

1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike, precursor to Wagner Act
Aug. 26, 2014
| The tensions had been simmering for months in Minneapolis. The Teamsters, trying to organize the city's truckers - who were key to transportation of food and industrial goods all over the Upper Midwest - had been browbeaten by the bosses. The so-called Citizens Alliance, a secret cabel of leading businessmen, was confident it could beat the Teamsters - particularly Local 574 - again. After all, the alliance's virulent and sometimes violent anti-unionism had ruled labor relations in Minneapolis since the early 1900s. This time, in 1934, it didn't turn out that way. Continue reading here.


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