We have been in constant contact with high-level management at both DHL and AEI. Both companies have generally been cooperative and receptive to our efforts to provide as much protection as possible to our members.
We continue to find ourselves in unprecedented situations in the freight industry. Unfortunately, it appears that things are going to get worse before they get better. We have seen a few terminals this week where an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
A Message from IBT Passenger Transportation Director Rick Middleton:
As the coronavirus (COVID – 19) spreads, your Teamster representatives are working relentlessly to ensure the safety and security of our membership in the Passenger Transportation Division. We are available to address any issues that have come about as a result of this unprecedented calamity.
(NEWARK, N.J.) – Legal counsel for The Professional Mover’s Union, Teamsters Local 814, has filed unfair labor practice charges against Cort Furniture, a Berkshire-Hathaway subsidiary. The charges filed today with the National Labor Relations Board are based on what union officials say was the retaliatory firing of 19 workers, most of whom had spoken out about poor coronavirus safety practices and who had also recently signed cards to unionize.
In my last update, I mentioned that the Division has been working with locals on a plan to utilize members facing layoffs in the broadline industry to companies in the grocery industry.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. This fact sheet will be updated online as needed. See links at the end of this fact sheet for the most up-to-date information.
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly within the United States. The outbreak has been declared a national emergency in the United States and a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Protecting essential workers who engage in local and regional parcel delivery should be a priority so that they can continue to provide goods and services without getting sick or spreading the infection to their communities.
Teamsters are on the front line of the COVID-19 response. In this crisis, thousands of Teamster health care workers—from nurses to respiratory technicians to American Red Cross workers and more—are as always united. The Teamsters Health Care Division is asking health care members to take a couple minutes out of your very busy schedules to fill out this important survey to tell us how you are impacted. Responses are confidential and will assist us with member representation through a national and regional perspective on the work and challenges that front-line members face. Click here to complete the survey.
Dean Foods Bankruptcy Update for April 1, 2020.