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Labor Headlines

US labour news headlines from LabourStart

News Items - December 2016
Updated On: Jan 04, 2017

Teamsters Union disappointed in latest pipeline decision
Dec. 5, 2016 | The Teamsters Union is disappointed in a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not grant an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision blocks two years of review, approvals by four states and approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two federal courts upholding the project. The decision will have a direct and negative impact on the hardworking men and women – including Teamsters and other union members – who have invested their lives in building the infrastructure that makes this country run… teamster.org.

Applications now being accepted for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship
Dec. 7, 2016 | The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship awards.  The Fund is committed to distributing $1.4 million in 2017. Along with the Academic Scholarship, the Fund has initiated a Training and Vocational Programs scholarship. The training and vocational programs must be related to work in a Teamster-represented industry, class or craft. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2017. Materials will be sent to the Local Union office, but if you would like additional information and application materials for downloading, click the scholarship link in the right column. Hoffa scholarships were awarded to two students of Local 355 members in 2016; read their stories in our up-coming Winter newsletter.

Alliance for Retired Americans launch campaign to protect Medicare from privatization
Dec. 7, 2016 | Alarmed by the House Congressional Leadership’s plans to dismantle Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans today kicked off a grass roots campaign to block any attempts to cut or convert guaranteed, earned health benefits into a voucher or privatized scheme. Continue reading…

Pursuing different results to solve income equality
Dec. 9, 2016 | Income equality continues to be a significant issue, even with the economic improvement that has occurred over the last few years. But many in the private sector still don’t seem to get it. Take XPO Logistics [Con-way], for example. The Teamsters joined with labor leaders this week representing 15 European unions who represent XPO to challenge a plan that could give XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs a windfall stock worth $110 million. “We condemn this plan that could lavish Jacobs and other executives at XPO with massive stock awards that would be on the backs of workers in the United States and Europe,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said… teamster.org

‘Tis the season for labor organizing
Dec. 15, 2016 | Efforts to unionize port truck drivers around the country have been met with resistance from private trucking companies, sometimes with the support of public servants. Last June, local police ran a group of organizers out of Port Wentworth for handing out leaflets outside of XPO Cartage, a subsidiary of XPO Logistics, the port’s largest trucking company with over 150 contract drivers. Three members of Teamsters Local 728 were charged with impeding traffic in a public roadway, though the incident took place on a dead end street… connectsavannah.com

Teamster retirees’ annual Christmas party a festive event
Dec. 16, 2016 | More than 240 Local 355 retirees and guests, decked out in their best and brightest holiday attire, attended yesterday’s annual retirees’ Christmas party at the UAW Hall in East Baltimore, a perfect venue for Teamster events. Great food, cake wheels, a 50/50 raffles (congratulations, George Booker!) and music provided by DJ Rod Clark contributed to the festivities. A.R.M. President Bob Eney said the Local 355 Association of Retired Members (A.R.M.) has about 585 members and continues to grow. “We are one of the largest retiree organization in the Teamsters Union,” Eney explained. Continued… Right: Tom Madkins/UPS retired

Merry Christmas!
Dec. 23, 2016 | Teamster 355 will resume posting on Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday season.



Teamsters 355 will resume posting on Monday, August 28, 2017.


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