UPS workers protest against supervisor
Mar. 3, 2016| UPS employees claim that they have been victims of racial slurs and discrimination at the company's warehouse in Riviera Beach, Fla. Warehouse workers and Teamsters protested Tuesday morning outside the facility. Employees said they've filed several grievances against their supervisor, but he was only moved to a different position. wpbf.com
Teamsters apply heat to US Foods after failed Sysco merger
Mar. 4, 2016| US Foods is coming under fire from its biggest union as it tries to go public following last year’s failed merger with Sysco. The Teamsters is pushing back against the company’s plan to close a distribution center near Baltimore, while union members at other centers are working without a contract. nypost.com
The fight against the corporate agenda begins now
Mar. 7, 2016| Corporate cronies for years have sought to do everything they can to push their platform to the public in hopes of getting more anti-worker policies passed at all levels of government. But a new report shows that effort might be succeeding… The agenda of the right wing includes takeovers of federal, state and local governments through extensive and permanent political organization down to the local precinct level and destruction of foes – notably unions – who oppose the corporate program. Its agenda includes everything from enacting so-called "right to work" laws to fighting school district taxes. It's because of such efforts that the Teamsters are debuting a new program for activists… teamster.org
The 2016 Local 355 Scholarship Award applications are now available
Mar. 8, 2016| For the past 41 years, our Local has offered scholarships to the sons and daughters of Local 355 members who seek to fulfill their dreams through higher education. Applications are now available for our 42nd Annual Scholarships to be awarded during the May 2016 regular monthly membership meeting. Eligibility requirements: You must be in continuous good standing in our Local for 12 consecutive months before May 2016, and your student must be a graduating senior this year. No tests, no long application process! Easy, right? Download the application here. (Stepchildren, if living in the same household as you, are also eligible to apply.) Contact your steward for additional details.
Despite election losses, FedEx must negotiate with Teamsters
Mar. 17, 2016| Despite losses in six elections at FedEx Freight locations in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, the Local 107 in Philadelphia and the Local 71 in Charlotte will be recognized — and the company must bargain with the unions at both terminals. According to industry publication Transport Topics, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that said FedEx Freight must recognize the unions. bizjournals.com
Contract negotiations resume April 12th
Mar. 23, 2016| The Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee and the carhaul employer representatives will resume negotiations on Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13 in Detroit. Stay tuned...
Supreme Court upholds Tyson Foods workers class-action suit
Mar. 23, 2016| This Supreme Court case and the justices' ruling perfectly illustrates why the nomination of worker-friendly Supreme Court justices are so important to the future of working men and women in America. It is also a strong affirmation of workers' right to band together to sue their employer for its failure to follow federal law. (More than 3,000 employees sued Tyson Foods for not properly compensating them for hours worked.) The New York Times reports "The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with thousands of workers at an Iowa pork processing plant who has sought to band together in a single lawsuit to recover overtime pay from Tyson Foods… The Tyson workers performed tasks that were 'grueling and dangerous' at a plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, Justice Kennedy wrote, slaughtering hogs, trimming the meat and preparing for shipment. They sought to be paid for the time they had spent putting on and taking off protective gear to prevent knife cuts…" nytimes.com
Why won’t these French company talk to U.S. workers?
Mar. 28, 2016| ...The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is calling on one of the largest providers of industrial and medical gases in the world to quit taking toxic anti-labor cues from stateside advisors — and immediately start talking with worker representatives. In a controversial bid that’s sparking anti-competitiveness concerns, Air Liquide is poised to purchase the biggest distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases here in the United States for a whopping $13.4 billion... Labor Press
Reminder: Hoffa scholarship application deadline is tomorrow, March 31
Mar. 30, 2016| Deadline for the application is Thursday, March 31, 2016. Applications must be received by this date or will not be considered. Email the application as one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org OR it can be faxed to (202) 624-7457, or mailed to the following address: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 25 Louisiana Ave NW Washington, DC 20001. Finalist notification will be given by June 2016 via email. Awards will be disbursed to the student's school by August 2016.
Paid sick leave bill gains key approval in Maryland House
Mar. 31, 2016| A bill that would require companies to offer sick leave to workers is advancing in the House of Delegates. The bill would require companies with at least 15 employees to allow workers to earn up to seven days of paid leave per year – a change from 10 employees in the original bill. Smaller companies would only be required to offer unpaid sick leave... Baltimore Sun