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This Week's Teamster News | March 11-17

 

TEAMSTERS

UPS / Package

Teamsters Fight Back Against UPS “Golf Cart” Bill in Kentucky  Teamster.org  ...Earlier this month, the Kentucky House passed a bill that would allow UPS to deliver packages via golf carts in residential areas. House Bill 404, otherwise known as the “Golf Cart” Bill, was introduced in the Transportation Committee in February with a UPS representative on hand to testify on behalf of the measure. “We strongly condemn HB 404 as an attack on UPS members’ safety and welfare,” said Fred Zuckerman, President of Teamsters Local 89...

DHL Clerical Workers Vote to Join Teamsters  Teamster.org  ...Eight workers at DHL Express voted to join Teamsters Local 769 on Thursday, March 9. The vote was 7-1. The eight workers deal with DHL’s logistical avionics, and they process airway bills and paperwork necessary for the travel of documents and packages across international borders. The campaign was short, with six weeks elapsing for a petition and election...

XPO Campaign

XPO Logistics Settles with Georgia Teamsters  Teamster.org  ...XPO Drayage, Inc., has reached a settlement agreement with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by Teamsters Local 728, Atlanta,  following a widely-publicized incident, which was captured on police audio tape and subsequently shared on the Huffington Post, outside XPO’s Wentworth, Ga. facility...

XPO Logistics Drivers in Trenton Seek Teamster Representation  Teamster.org  ...Drivers at XPO Logistics in Trenton, N.J. filed for Teamster representation today, the latest action by workers across the U.S. who are banding together to fight for fair treatment at one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the world. The 33 drivers at the former Con-way Freight want to join Teamsters Local 701 in North Brunswick, N.J...

Warehouse

US Foods Teamsters Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify 4-Year Contract  Local 117  ...Teamsters who work at US Foods voted overwhelmingly yesterday afternoon to ratify a new 4-year contract. The agreement covers 128 drivers and warehouse workers who operate out of the US Foods facility in Fife as well as members of three other Local Unions. Secretary-Treasurer Scearcy headed up the negotiations that involved four Teamster Locals - Locals 117, 162, 483, and 690...

Regulations

Teamsters Present Oral Arguments in Challenge to Open Borders for Mexican Trucks  Teamster.org  ...Wednesday, the Teamsters Union made oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, challenging the FMCSA's 2015 decision to open the border to Mexico-domiciled motor carriers for long-haul operations. The lawsuit contends that the FMCSA’s final report to Congress in January 2015 violated the Administrative Procedures Act...

Industry Contracts

Teamster Pipeline Locals Vote To Extend Agreement  Teamster.org  ...By an overwhelming majority, Teamster local unions representing workers in the growing pipeline construction industry have voted to extend the current Teamsters National Pipeline Agreement for three years.  The contract covers more than 4,500 workers nationwide currently building the Rover, Utopia and Atlantic Coast pipelines, among others...

Locals

Local 710 Successfully Settles “One Punch Rule” Pension Grievance at ABF  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters Local 710 Trustee John T. Coli has signed an agreement making Local 710 freight members at ABF whole in their pensions. The Teamsters secured an important grievance win settled in favor of the union on February 23. ABF had continually refused to meet its pension contribution obligations as stated in the Local 710 supplement agreement for dock and yard workers...

Uber has produced 18 episodes of a podcast warning drivers about the dangers of joining a union  Quartz  ...By the time the Teamsters start organizing Uber drivers in Seattle next month, the ride-sharing company will have already spent a year fighting the effort. Teamsters local 117 got final approval March 3 to organize independent drivers who work for apps or taxi companies...

Local 727 Secures First Five-Year Contract for Laz Meters Employees  Joint Council 25  ...Teamsters Local 727 won a five-year contract for eight Laz Meters street closure monitors, folding it into an existing Laz Meters contract the union secured on behalf of the parking meter company’s 40 other employees. This was the first contract of its kind for this group of workers and it took only two weeks of negotiations to reach ratification...

Animal control officers to strike Friday: Contract negotiations with union, Peninsula Humane Society continue to sour  Daily Journal  ... The nonprofit PHS and a union representing about 34 employees have spent more than a year battling over the provisions related to annual raises for workers covered by Teamsters Local 856. The negotiations peaked in controversy when unionized workers made allegations of animal abuse. Now, animal control officers will strike March 17 in hopes of bringing further attention to the matter...

Bus Drivers at AVTA Prepare to Strike; Call Upon Employer and Transit Agency to Follow Labor Laws and Provide a Safe Working Environment  Local 848  ...Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) bus drivers, who are jointly employed by AVTA contractor Transdev, have had enough with the company’s proposal to violate L.A. City and County minimum wage ordinances, low pay, lousy benefits, unfair and horrendous working conditions, and denial of our civil rights...

IBT Leaders

Becky Strzechowski Appointed to Lead Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission  Teamster.org  ...Becky Strzechowski, President of Local 700 in Chicago and a Trustee of Joint Council 25, has been appointed as the Director of the Teamsters Human Rights Diversity Commission. “I am pleased to appoint Becky Strzechowski to serve as the director of the union’s Human Rights Commission,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa...

Community Action

Going After the Opioid Profiteers  Common Dreams  ...The Teamsters pledged $1.4 million for a nonprofit organization the Bornstein family set up to expand treatment for addicts in Ohio. They’re also going after the drug industry CEOs who’ve been profiting off a national opioid problem of epidemic proportions. The labor union is targeting the three largest U.S. prescription drug wholesalers — McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen — for flooding hard-hit areas with the highly addictive pills...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Brazil workers protest pension reform, disrupt transport  Reuters  ...Brazilian civil servants, rural workers and labor unions staged nationwide demonstrations on Wednesday against President Michel Temer's pension reform plan, with hundreds of protesters occupying the finance ministry in the capital Brasilia. Bus and subway services were partially disrupted in São Paulo...

Chilean Police Attack and Arrest Protesters at TPP Summit  TeleSUR  ...Activists who gathered to protest a summit of the Trans-Pacific Partnership quashed in the U.S. days after Donald Trump took office, in the Chilean coastal town, Viña Del Mar, were violently dispersed and arrested by the Chilean Carabinero police force. Representatives of the 12 member states of the TPP together with China, Colombia and South Korea kicked off a two-meeting Tuesday to discuss trade in the Asia-Pacific region...

Pacific Rim Talks Fail to Back Free Trade Support With Action  Bloomberg  ...The Pacific Rim trade talks in Chile that were meant to send "an important political signal" in support of free trade ended Wednesday with no final declaration after Singapore was the only Asian nation to send a ministerial-level delegation. Chile had called the meeting of 15 countries after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

China says Chile Pacific trade meeting not about TPP  Reuters  ...China said on Monday that a meeting in Chile to discuss a possible regional Pacific trade deal is not strictly about the languishing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as China tries to distance itself from one-time U.S.-led trade pact. Representatives from 12 countries that formed TPP, plus China and South Korea, will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday...

Latin, Asian Nations Pursue Free Trade Without U.S.  Wall Street Journal  ...Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has championed the idea that economies gain the most when they can freely buy and sell goods with each other. Now, amid rising U.S. skepticism of trade pacts, negotiators from other countries are rushing to salvage existing deals and sign new ones—often in talks without major American participation...

Vietnam to Test Trump on Signing Solo Trade Pacts  VOA  ...Vietnam will test U.S. President Donald Trump's openness to one-on-one trade deals as it starts nudging Washington for an eventual agreement to replace its role in the defunct Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Official media outlets in Vietnam say Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told an American business delegation last week he was ready to visit the United States, and that he hoped to meet Trump for a discussion about trade, among other topics...

Republicans Pose Growing Challenge to Trump’s Trade Agenda  Wall Street Journal  ...Republican lawmakers are showing increasing resistance to President Donald Trump’s trade agenda, worried that his plans could hurt exports from their states and undermine longstanding U.S. alliances. The concerns indicate that the biggest threat to Mr. Trump’s trade policy...

Women’s Pay Gap “Biggest Robbery in History”: UN Women  Inter Press Service  ...A new UN initiative launched on Monday night calls the women’s pay gap, which sees women paid 23 percent less than men globally: “the biggest robbery in history.” During the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meeting, UN Women and the International Labor Organisation (ILO) launched the high-profile Equal Pay Platform of Champions to raise awareness on the persistent gender wage gap...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Gov. Scott Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin remains elusive  Journal Sentinel  ...More than six years ago as a candidate for governor, Republican Scott Walker promised that if he was elected, the state would add 250,000 private-sector jobs in four years. That goal continues to be elusive. A report issued Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development includes the final job creation tally for 2016...

After 'right to work' passage, Missouri lawmakers continue debate on controversial labor bills  Post-Dispatch  ...Weeks after passing a 'right to work' bill prohibiting mandatory union dues, Missouri Republicans continue to move full steam ahead on the labor reform proposals. The election of Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, has opened the door for the GOP-led Legislature to revisit pro-business policies once blocked by former Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto pen, including the “paycheck protection bill”...

Supreme Court affirms Arizona's higher minimum wage  Tucson.com  ...The state’s new higher minimum wage is here to stay. Without comment late Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously rebuffed a bid by business groups to void the voter-approved law. The ruling leaves the current minimum wage at $10 an hour, up from $8.05 last year...

New Illinois $15 minimum wage bill reopens wage fight  Chicago Tribune  ...A new bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage to $15 an hour is expected to be introduced in the state House this week as Democratic representatives revive a push they had largely abandoned over the past several years. State Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, who plans to be the lead sponsor of the legislation, hopes Illinois follows the lead of California and New York...

Coal Country Republicans Set to Cut Mine Safety Inspections  Huffington Post  ...A bill approved by Kentucky lawmakers Tuesday would cut back the number of state inspections of coal mines per year. It would allow the state’s Department of Natural Resources to substitute some of those safety inspections with what’s known as safety analyses. Conveniently for coal operators, the analyses do not pose the threat of citations and fines... 

West Virginia Republicans want to gut mine safety rules as Trump looks to loosen federal standards  Raw Story  ...A bill under consideration by the West Virginia Senate would eliminate mine safety enforcement as the White House considers weakening federal health and safety standards. The Republican-backed legislation would strip regulators of their authority to write health and safety regulations, and mine operators wouldn’t be fined for violating those standards, reported the Charleston Gazette-Mail...

Emboldened by Trump, Minimum-Wage-Hike Opponents Fight Back  The Prospect  ...Chambers of commerce, restaurant organizations, and other opponents of a livable wage have launched lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Arizona and Washington ballot measures and have embarked on heavy-handed lobbying campaigns in Maine to convince friendly Republicans (and even some Democrats) to undermine the minimum-wage ballot measure...

 

U.S. LABOR 

Caterpillar, UAW reach tentative 6-year contract deal  Journal Star  ...There's a tentative agreement between Caterpillar Inc. and the United Auto Workers. The union posted a statement on its bargaining website Wednesday indicating the tentative agreement. A ratification vote is expected March 26 on the six-year pact, according to company officials.

Vegas Hotel Settles NLRB Complaint, Recognizes Union  Bloomberg  ...Palace Station hotel and casino in Las Vegas agreed to recognize its workers’ union as part of its settlement of an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board March 14. Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 expect to begin collective bargaining with the casino soon, the unions said in a statement March 14. The unions will bargain jointly with Station Casinos...

Boston teachers’ union calls for protest as contract talks stall  Boston Herald  ...The Boston Teachers Union is calling on its members to protest stalled contract talks after it says Boston Public Schools officials have “barely budged” on key issues, including pay equity for staffers at autonomous schools, paid maternity leave and supporting inclusion classes...

700 laid-off GM workers will get their jobs back  CNN  ...It the kind of news that no one who gets laid off expects to hear -- you're rehired! But that's exactly what's about to happen 700 General Motors workers who were laid off earlier this month when the automaker cut 1,100 jobs. The automaker said Wednesday that it is adding 500 jobs back to its Lansing Delta Township plant in 2018...

Democrats to Trump: Act on paid family leave  CNN  ...It's time for paid family and medical leave in the U.S. That's the message a group of Democratic Senators had for President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The lawmakers, which included Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders, called on the president to support proposed legislation that would set up an insurance fund to offer paid leave for working Americans...

Worker Safety Rules Are Among Those Under Fire in Trump Era  New York Times  ...Even as the Labor Department awaits confirmation of a new secretary, officials say enforcement actions are moving forward against companies accused of violating workplace safety rules. There is just one issue: The public isn’t likely to know much about them. In a sharp break with the past, the department has stopped publicizing fines against companies...

Court: Discrimination Against Gay Workers Not Prohibited  NBC  ...n a setback for gay rights advocates hoping for an expansion of workplace discrimination protections, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that employers aren't prohibited from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 2-1 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn't protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation...

Despite Some Union Support, Trump’s New Labor Pick Would Be Terrible for Workers  (opinion) In These Times  ...President Donald Trump’s new pick to head the Labor Department is getting an early boost from a “divide-and-conquer” strategy against labor unions and their allies, even before his qualifications and background as a civil servant are scrutinized in a Senate confirmation hearing...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Trump budget proposes 13 percent cut to Transportation Dept  The Hill  ...The Department of Transportation (DOT) faces a $2.4 billion cut under President Trump's proposed federal budget blueprint — a surprising figure given Trump's pledges to improve U.S. infrastructure. The department's funding would be cut by 13 percent, to $16.2 billion, according to the proposal released early Thursday...

Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor  Washington Post  ...President Trump on Thursday will unveil a budget plan that calls for a sharp increase in military spending and stark cuts across much of the rest of the government including the elimination of dozens of long-standing federal programs that assist the poor, fund scientific research and aid America’s allies abroad...

White House analysis of Obamacare repeal sees even deeper insurance losses than CBO  Politico  ...A White House analysis of the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare shows even steeper coverage losses than the projections by the Congressional Budget Office, according to a document viewed by POLITICO on Monday. The preliminary analysis from the Office of Management and Budget forecast that 26 million people would lose coverage over the next decade...

Hawaii and Maryland Judges Block Trump's Second Muslim Ban  Truthout  ...On Wednesday, only hours before the Trump administration's new travel ban was set to go into effect, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide halt to the executive order, which would have temporarily suspended refugees and people from six majority-Muslim nations from entering the United States. This morning, a federal judge in Maryland also blocked part of the travel ban...

Trump’s Childcare Plan Will Only Help the Rich  The Nation  ... According to the broad outlines of the plan reported so far, Trump wants to fund childcare through the tax code with a package of cuts and deductions. This would skew benefits toward well-off married couples, while offering the poorest parents perhaps just a few dollars a month...

Groups, Members of Congress Call for Scrutiny of Gorsuch's Record on Money in Politics  PR Watch  ..The Center for Media and Democracy joined 120 other democracy reform and advocacy organizations yesterday in a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Judiciary Committee calling for close scrutiny of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's stance on Citizens United and the escalating influence of big money in politics...

Less than 20 percent of Americans think jail should be punitive  Think Progress  ...Approximately 12 million people are held in jail each year. The majority of them are nonviolent offenders and people detained for their inability to pay bail. But as the country braces for President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on crime, few Americans agree with how jails are being used...

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