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Romney Link to Union Suppression Ruling

Appeared in the Financial Times on August 16, 2012
By Robin Hardin in Washington

A company controlled by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital ran an unlawful campaign to suppress a potential union in the 1980s, according to U.S. court and federal agency documents.

East Dundee, Countryside Fire Protection District Overwhelmingly Ratifies First Contract

Nineteen workers at the East Dundee/Countryside Fire Protection District overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract on Aug. 8 with Teamsters Local 330.

The part-time firefighters, paramedics and EMTs voted 12-1 to secure their rights after voting to join Elgin-based Local 330 last December. During seven rounds of contract negotiations from February through June, the local union worked to establish job security, safety and seniority rights for the public employees. The union also fought to secure strong wage increases for the length of the three-year deal.

O’Reilly Auto Parts Drivers Ratify First Contract

The distribution drivers for O’Reilly Auto Parts have ratified their first contract with Teamsters Local 728. The unit of about 50 tractor-trailer drivers delivers auto parts from the regional distribution center in Atlanta to O’Reilly Auto Parts retail stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.  O’Reilly is the second-largest auto parts distributor in the country.

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