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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


Labor Headlines

US labour news headlines from LabourStart

News Items - February 2015
Updated On: Mar 10, 2015

Sysco offers to sell 11 facilities to win merger approval *
Feb. 2, 2015
| Sysco said on Monday that it had agreed to divest 11 distribution centers in a bid to obtain the blessing of regulators including the Federal Trade Commission. Sysco will sell the centers for an undisclosed sum to Performance Food Group, which will be its nearest rival after the deal for US Foods closes. Full story here. *Update: Sysco reaches agreement to sell 11 US Foods distribution centers (none are in Maryland), contingent on consummation of merger.

Black history is the story of every Teamster
Feb. 3, 2015
| [Editor's note: February is Black History Month.] …From the inception of the union, many Teamsters understaff that racial divisions play into the bosses' ploy to divide and weaken the working class. Black unionists were at the center of the Teamsters since our founding in 1903. At a time when Jim Crow held sway in the south and discrimination against African Americans was commonplace nationwide, the Teamsters called for "no color line" in the union as early as 1906. Learn more here.

Boston GCC Teamsters halts deportation of Salvadoran refugee
Feb. 3, 2015
| Demonstrating the importance of community outreach, Graphics Communications Conference/IBT Local 3-N in Boston has worked successfully with the local Jobs With Justice branch, elected officials and faith-based organizations to halt the threatened deportation of a Salvadoran GCC/IBT press operator. Full story here.

Teamsters remember leader who changed the future for working men, women
Feb. 16, 2015
| Each year in February, Teamsters take a moment to reflect upon and remember James R. Hoffa, born February 14, 1913. Hoffa served as General President of the Teamsters Union from 1957 to 1971. In that time, he inspired thousands to stand up and let their voices be heard. His words, spoken more than 50 years ago, resonate jet as profoundly today as they did then: “While working men and women have long known the value of a dollar – it is a lesson well taught to one who labors for a living – it has taken a long, long time to teach employers the value of a human being, and in many cases has not yet been successfully taught. Few give though to what happens to displaced workers, but they can analyze to the penny what the profits will be.” Learn more...

Local 355, US Foods mutually agree to 90-day contract extension
Feb. 18, 2015
| The parties have agreed to extend the current contract due to expire March 15, 2015, in order to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. The extension is due to expire June 15, 2015. The extension shall include retroactive pay back to March 15, 2015, the original expiration date.

Sysco not in talks to settle U.S. lawsuit to stop merger
Feb. 24, 2015
| Sysco said it would fight the Federal Trade Commission in court and that no settlement talks were underway… The federal court hearing will likely be set in 60 to 90 days. Full story...


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