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May 24, 2017

On This Day in 1995:

Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains.

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Bargaining update: Negotiations for local supplements to begin
May 18, 2017 | The Teamsters National DHL Committee and the company have held 15 bargaining sessions over seven weeks and believe the major issues facing the membership have been addressed and the parties’ positions established on national issues. Your committee has decided to release DHL to commence bargaining on Local Riders and Supplements with affected Locals over the next several weeks to address your Supplemental issues consistent with past practice. It is anticipated that negotiations with DHL to exchange economic proposals will resume once this process is concluded. We anticipate granting another short contract extension in order to complete supplemental and national negotiations. For additional information, contact your shop steward.

Hoffa: Teamsters will continue to fight for workers' needs as part of NAFTA 2.0
May 18, 2017 |  General President Jim Hoffa’s response to the White House’s issuance of a final NAFTA notification letter today that will lead to a renovation of the North American trade agreement in the coming months: “ From the beginning more than a quarter century ago, the Teamsters have been front-and-center in sticking up for workers and their rights under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). And that won’t change… Our members have stood in historic opposition to this broken trade pact due to terrible provisions such as… Read the full statement here.

Budweiser distributor begins illegally replacing Teamsters on strike
May 16, 2017 | Clare Rose began permanently replacing striking union members at the Long Island (NY) Budweiser distributor on Monday. It is a violation of federal labor law to permanently replace workers who are striking over unfair labor practices. “This is union busting 101,” said Mark Pooler, who has delivered beer at Clare Rose for 26 years. Workers at Clare Rose have been on strike since April 23rd, when the company unilaterally cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended workers’ pensions. Read more at teamster.org

UPS Teamster locals, leaders meet at Unity Conference to discuss 2018 contract
May 15, 2017 | Hundreds of local union leaders, business agents, shop stewards and members packed a room at the Teamster Unity Conference on Wednesday to hear about preparations being made fro negotiations on the UPS 2018 contract. “We have many issues we need to face in the upcoming negotiations. Package Division Director Sean O’Brien told meeting attendees there is no commitment yet on whether or not to pursue early negotiations. But he said surveys will be used via social media, as well as focus groups and polling, to determine what members think about when to start negotiations and what the focus of bargaining should be. Read the full report here.

Local 355 retirees club celebrates another bowling season
May 11, 2017 | The Local 355 Association of Retired Members (A.R.M.) bowling league finished their 2016-2017 season with awards and banquet. Retirees

New contracts ratified by Anne Arundel County members; others
May 9, 2017 |  Anne Arundel County members employed under four collective bargaining agreements recently ratified new one-year contracts that provide merit increases and COLA. Battalion chiefs, in lieu of merit, received wage adjustments based on years of service with the County, and maintenance of all benefits. Park rangers received clothing allowances, designation of emergency essential personnel, and new in this contract, a meal allowance. Correctional programs specialists (CPS) won retention bonuses and field training pay. Deputy sheriffs… Read more. Photo: Anne Arundel County stewards (L-R) Justin Ramos/park ranger; Mike Messick/fire battalion chief; Gary Collins/CPS; Mike Smith, fire battalion chief; Dave Belisle/deputy sheriff.

Members vote to suspend general membership meetings for the summer
May 9, 2017 |  Members in attendance at Sunday's general membership meeting unanimously voted to suspend Local member meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury for the months of June, July, and August. The next meeting will be held Sunday, Sept. 10th at 10 am in both locations.

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Elsewhere in the News
Teamsters: Don’t Trade Overtime for Comp Time
May 19, 2017  | WAGES | Lawmakers who cozy up to corporate America love to sponsor legislation that to the uninitiated might sound like a good thing for workers, but in the end is just another pathway for big business to line their pockets with even higher profits. The Workplace Families and Flexibility Act of 2017, which passed the House earlier this month, is being touted by Republican supporters as one that would give workers more say in the workplace. But really it gives companies an out from paying workers overtime. While supporters claim that the legislation grants U.S. workers greater balance by giving them the flexibility to take comp time instead of overtime if they prefer, the reality is companies ultimately can decide to decline these time-off requests… teamster.org
40,000 AT&T Workers Threaten Strike This Weekend
May 18, 2017 | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | AT&T wireless and wireline workers said they’ll stage a three-day strike if the carrier doesn’t offer a fair proposal by Friday afternoon. Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) issued a deadline of 3 p.m. ET tomorrow for AT&T to present what they deem “serious proposals” to avoid a walkout over the weekend. The strike would include 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers and would mark the first time the carrier’s wireless workers held a strike. The CWA threatened the move could disrupt “a large number of retail stores” across the United States over the weekend... fiercewireless.com
Retiree Groups, Unions Oppose GOP Health Care Bill
May 17, 2017 | HEALTH CARE | The nation’s two big retiree groups, the labor-backed Alliance for Retired Americans and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are gearing up to defeat Congress’ ruling Republicans’ health care bill. The Senate is now the battle scene. Unions are also trying to mobilize their members to stop the GOP legislation. They appear to be succeeding: Republicans who attempt to defend it out on the hustings are broadcasting mixed messages about their own measure to crowds of angry constituents in meetings – when they dare have them – that have stretched up to five hours… peoplesworld.org
Workers Rally to Back Pension Protection Bill
May 16, 2017 | PENSIONS | The Teamsters, and many other unions, held rallies across the nation [last] week in support of a bill introduced in the House and Senate that would guarantee that workers’ pensions are there when they need it. The new bill would restore the financial health of multi-employer pension plans, which are common in construction and other industries where workers are employed by many different contractors. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who also introduced the bill, said it could save the pensions of up to 10 million workers the multi-employer plans cover. Called Keep Our Pension Promises Act, Sanders introduced the measure last year as well. To show support for the measure, members of Minnesota Pension Rights and of the Teamsters – whose multi-employer Central States Pension Fund faces insolvency – organized a rally… peoplesworld.org
Trump is Waging a War on Workers
May 15, 2017  | THE WAR ON WORKERS | … The working people who were crucial to Trump’s victory may not be impressed by more evidence that he’s a scoundrel. Most of them considered him a scoundrel when they voted for him. Their hope was that he might be their scoundrel, in contrast to the “corrupted politicians” and “failed political elite” that he railed against. Trump understands this. That’s why so many of his stunts and boasts – the Carrier deal to keep 800 jobs here, posturing over the North American Free Trade Agreement, claiming credit for new jobs stemming from corporate decisions made long before he was elected – are designed to be seen and loved by working people. But these stunts cover the reality: Trump is shafting the very working people who supported him. Consider these key measures… ourfuture.org
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  • House passes a bill that forces workers to work without pay.
  • Reviving manufacturing would help all of us – not just white men.
  • “Our democracy is in danger”: Key reactions to Trump’s firing of James Comey.

Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attacks on Unions
May 11, 2017 | UNIONS | Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to defund and dismantle unions, the most significant force for higher wages and better working conditions in America. Publicly, the Bradley Foundation spins this agenda as “employee rights.” Behind the scenes, newly disclosed Bradley documents detail an aggressive political agenda. The Bradley Foundation is pouring money into the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Why does Bradley want to annihilate unions? … exposedbycmd.org
 
 
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