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On This Day in 1947

Hollywood came under scrutiny as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) opened hearings into alleged Communist influence within the motion picture industry. Dozens of union members were among those blacklisted as a result of HUAC’s activities.
- Union Communication Services


Labor Headlines

US labour news headlines from LabourStart

Local and National Union News

Leaders from UPS local unions overwhelmingly approve proposals
Oct. 18, 2017 | More than 260 local union leaders who represent Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight gathered today in the Washington DC area to review national contract proposals, all of which were approved. General President Jim Hoffa, Chairman of the UPS National Negotiating Committee (NNC), said the proposals will be submitted to the company when national negotiations begin in January. Contract proposals adopted today by the NNC focus on subcontracting, excessive hours and other issues. For UPS members, additional proposals were adopted related to ongoing harassment and increases in the average size and weight of shipments; UPS Freight proposals also took up the issue of blackout weeks… teamster.org

Notice of nomination and election of officers of Local 355
Oct. 16, 2017 | Nominations for election of President (Principal Officer), Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and three Trustees for the 2018-2020 term will be accepted at special membership meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury on Sunday, November 5, 2017. Members, click here for the entire notice.

Las Vegas Teamster sells his Harley to go to Puerto Rico and volunteer
Oct. 12, 2017 | When Marco Cruz heard about the need for truck drivers to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico he knew he could help. The single dad of two teenagers was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in Las Vegas for over 40 years. Cruz has a commercial drivers license and experience driving tanker trucks. But to pay for his humanitarian mission, Cruz had to sell his Harvey Davidson motorcycle… thedenverchannel.com

Older news items are posted on 355 News.

Elsewhere in the News
The Better Deal That America’s Workers Deserve
Oct. 19, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | … People need to be able to band together to get a fair shake in their dealings with powerful corporations and large government bureaucracies, yet the Supreme Court is likely to make it much harder for them to do so by distorting existing laws and engaging in pro-corporate judicial activism. These cases should serve as a call to action for policymakers – especially those at the state and local level of government – to assert that workers have the right to join together to improve their workplaces and communities… governing.com
The Best Protectors for Workers Are Other Workers
Oct. 17, 2017 | U.S. LABOR | As concertgoers fled the mass shooting at the country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay in Clark Country, Nev., at the end of the Las Vegas strip, dozens of off-duty fire fighters attending the concert sprang into action. Twelve were among the wounded by gunfire. At the same time, more than 150 fire fighters and paramedics from Clark County Local 1908 and surrounding locals rushed to the scene to save lives, treat the wounded and help the survivors… aflcio.org
Labor Unions Bring Real Rebuilding Assistance to Puerto Rico
Oct. 16, 2017  | COMMUNITY ACTION | Unionists on the extended relief mission to hurricane-smashed Puerto Rico call the situation there, three weeks after Maria hit, dire. The head of the Puerto Rico Labor Federation is blunt about the attitude of the U.S. government: “They want us to die.” What the union volunteers found when they arrived, and still find, is absolute devastation, with a lack of food, no running water, virtually no electricity outside the capital of San Juan and spotty cellphone service, if it works at all. Volunteers came from unions with nurses, the Teamsters, the building trades, and others to clear roads, repair crumbling structures, and more… peoplesworld.org
In Case You Missed It

  • Unions, in some form, are here to stay.
  • Millennials really have taken it on the chin.
  • NFL players’ union defends members – again.
  • The vital role of education in authoritarian times.
  • It’s Labor vs. Finance for the future of Puerto Rico.
  • Justices wrestle with mandatory arbitration vs. labor law.
  • Workers deserve better pay, protections as part of NAFTA.
  • Supplemental committees meet to exchange proposals with UPS.
  • It’s not regulation that’s a threat to jobs, it’s climate change.
  • Women’s reproductive and workplace rights will help the economy.

The Los Angeles Times’ Cliche Anti-Union Tactics
Oct. 13, 2017 | ORGANIZING | Last week, a majority of newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times announced their intention to join together in union and join their colleagues at other newspapers [including The Baltimore Sun] who are already members of NewsGuild-CWA. Soon after, Tronc, the corporate owners of the paper, issued a letter to tell the Times staff that their union wasn’t welcome…jwj.org
Labor Unions Urge Lawmakers to End NAFTA
Oct. 12, 2017 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | Labor unions took to social media and Capitol Hill Wednesday to demand that lawmakers end a free trade agreement which critics claim has hurt domestic workers. Labor unions used the opportunity to demand that the trade deal be replaced with something that helps workers. The AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) were among the unions that delivered 400,000 petitions to lawmakers. The AFL-CIO suggested earlier in the year that the trade deal be reformed to include new labor and procurement rules, consumer protections, and protection against currency misalignment and tax dodging… insidesources.com Related: The Teamsters have been calling for NAFTA withdrawal or its dramatic renegotiation for more than 20 years…
Union Files Complaint Against Cowboys Owner Over Anthem Order
Oct. 11, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | A Texas labor union has reportedly filed a grievance against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he said players who refuse to stand during the national anthem will not be allowed to play. According to ESPN.com's Todd Archer, Local 100 of the United Labor Unions said Tuesday that Jones' statement violated the National Labor Relations Act because it showed he is "attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity.” bleacherreport.com

General Membership Meetings
Baltimore: Nov. 5 @ 10 a.m.
Salisbury: Nov. 5 @ 10 a.m.

The Salisbury meeting will be held
at the Hampton Inn Salisbury,
121 East Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21801








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