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Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded. One worker’s diary recounts a “stirring speech” of resistance by a co-worker, 11-year-old Harriet Hanson Robinson.

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March/April 2015 Newsletter
Updated On: Mar 12, 2015

Brothers and Sisters:

I know that some of you snow lovers don’t care for it, but it has been a semi nice winter as far as I am concerned. Not as much snow as last year, but much colder.

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins March 8th (this is when you set your clocks forward). St. Paddy’s day is March 17th, and the first day of Spring (yea!) is March 20th. In Apri,l we have Easter on the 5th. Opening day for the Orioles is on April 6th. Then there's that dreaded tax day – this year it's April 15.

FYI! Check out this website for union-made products: www.unionlabel.com and remember to Buy USA

E-Mail Tracker Programs – very interesting and a must read!

   The man that sent this information is a computer tech. He spends a lot of time clearing the junk off computers for people and listens to complaints about speed. All forwards are not bad, just some. Be sure you read the very last paragraph. He wrote:

  "By now, I suspect everyone is familiar with snopes.com and/or truthorfiction.com for determining whether information received via email is just that: true/false or fact/fiction. Both are excellent sites. Here's advice from snopes.com:

   1. Any time you see an email that says "forward this on to 10 (or however many) of your friends," "sign this petition," or "you'll get bad luck" or "you'll get good luck" or "you'll see something funny on your screen after you send it" or whatever – it almost always has an email tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and emails of those folks you forward to.
   "The host sender is getting a copy each time it gets forwarded and then is able to get lists of active email addresses to use in SPAM emails or sell to other Spammers. Even when you get emails that demand you send the email on if you're not ashamed of God/Jesus – that is email tracking, and they are playing on our conscience. These people don't care how they get your email addresses - just as long as they get them.
   Also, emails that talk about a missing child or a child with an incurable disease "how would you feel if that was your child" - email tracking. Ignore them and don't participate!

   2. Almost all emails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards. All it was, and all any of this type of email is, is a way to get names and 'cookie' tracking information for telemarketers and spammers - to validate active email accounts for their own profitable purposes.
   You can do your friends and family members a GREAT favor by sending this information to them. You will be providing a service to your friends. And you will be rewarded by not getting thousands of spam emails in the future! Do yourself a favor and STOP adding your name(s) to those types of listing regardless how inviting they might sound! Or make you feel guilty if you don't! It's all about getting email addresses and nothing more. You may think you are supporting a GREAT cause, but you are NOT! Instead, you will be getting tons of junk mail later and very possibly a virus attached!
   Plus, we are helping the spammers get rich! Let's not make it easy for them! Also: Email petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress of any other organization - i.e., Social security, etc. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address of the person signing the petition, so this is a waste of time and you are just helping the email trackers.
"

   There has been a change in our policy of sending in the envelopes for our two parties. Starting after this year's summer party on August 20, 2015, you will have to send in a new envelope for each party. You will be given back your envelopes. Brother Joe Reichert started taking the envelopes as a favor to all of us. But like all good things, this has to end mainly because of abuse from some of our members. We are sorry that we have to make this change. Remember, if you have an envelope in for the summer party, it is still okay to leave it. 

5 Tips for Keeping Your Knives Sharp:
   Dull knives can slow you down because they require more force to cut stuff. They’re also dangerous because they’re more likely to slip when slicing, putting your fingers at risk. Factory sharpening doesn’t last long, so it’s up to you to keep the edge sharp. Here’s how from the experts at Consumer Reports:
   Do hone. That smooth-looking edge on a chef’s knife, paring knife, and slicer actually has superfine teeth like a comb. When you chop straight down, they get messed up. Honing on a steel sharpening rod straightens them out again, restoring the edge.
   Don’t scrape. Avoid scraping the edge of the knife across your cutting board to scoop up chopped food; that dulls the knife. Use a pastry scraper for the job instead.
   Do use the right cutting board. Wooden cutting boards are the most forgiving; polyethylene is a close second. Cutting on a plate or other hard surface such as tile or glass will ruin the edge.
   Don’t put knives in the dishwasher. Even if the manufacturer says it’s okay, always hand-wash knives. Excessive heat and chemicals take their toll. Wash with soap and water, and dry immediately.
   Do store them right. Use a block or a wall-mounted magnetic strip. Avoid drawers, where edges can knock against each other or other kitchen implements.

New members: Everett Gray, Dwight Hill
Sick members: Joe Gardner, Lester Evans, Frank Barnett, Milt Stapf
Deceased members: None

   Remember to keep these members in your thoughts and prayers.

   The next meetings will be on March 19, 2015, and April 16, 2015, in the Sullivan Hall at Teamsters Local 355, 1030 S. Dukeland St., 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.

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!

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) 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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