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This Week's Teamster News | March 25-31

 

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National Agreements

Teamster Carhaul Members Ratify National Contract, Regional Agreement  Teamster.org  ...Teamster carhaul members ratified a new national auto transporters contract and a regional agreement which will maintain and protect health, welfare and pension benefits through May of 2021 and provide annual wage increases. The national contract was ratified by a margin of over 86 percent, and the Central Southern supplement was also ratified by 84 percent. Voting took place over the past three weeks and ballots were counted on Thursday...

Strike averted as Purolator and Teamsters reach tentative agreement  Canadian Press  ...Purolator says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with Teamsters Canada ahead of this week's strike deadline. The company says it is returning to normal operations and again accepting shipments after stopping them on Tuesday. Teamsters Canada had issued the 72-hour strike notice on Sunday after most of its more than 8,000 members at Purolator voted to reject the company's final offer.

UC Teamsters

Teamsters and UC reach tentative deal in which employees get raises  Merced Sun-Star  ...The University of California announced a tentative labor agreement with the Teamsters union, which covers approximately 12,000 administrative, clerical and support workers. More than a dozen workers protested outside of UC Merced in January, demanding higher pay. They are among the nearly 100 UC Merced employees represented by Teamsters Local 2010, according to union representatives...

Jobs & Regulations

Teamsters Call For Full Funding For Amtrak  Teamster.org  ...President Trump has presented his budget to the American people, and despite making public statements that his administration would spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, his first budget proposal consists of cuts that hurt American workers. Included in this budget is the complete elimination of funding for all long distance Amtrak trains. These cuts would negatively impact rail service...

Teamsters Denounce House Joint Resolution Eliminating Protections for Federal Contractor Workers  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Union denounced the signing of House Joint Resolution 37, which eliminates the worker protections put in place by the Obama administration through the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. Signed in July 2014, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces EO established clear guidelines for federal agencies to implement when reviewing companies for government contracts...

Teamsters Applaud Presidential Permit for Keystone XL  Teamster.org  ... The Teamsters Union is pleased with the Trump administration's prompt issuance of a presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The $8 billion project is projected to create more than 42,000 American jobs building critical energy infrastructure. “This project will put thousands of Americans, including Teamsters, to work in good union jobs that will support working families,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President... 

Putting The Brakes On Platooning: UPS Teamsters Raise Concerns On Connected Vehicle Technology  Teamster.org  ...As the logistics industry remains ever focused on streamlining its operations, the jobs of UPS Teamsters are becoming more impacted by cost-cutting “modernization” schemes. In recent years, companies have been trying to advance platooning technology, which allows a contained pack of trucks to be digitally connected and driven in formation as a way to reduce wind resistance and increase fuel efficiency. Companies like UPS are clearly interested in this controversial concept...

Teamsters, UFCW at Odds on California Pot Distribution  Labor Press  ...With California’s legislature trying to set up a system to begin legal adult-use marijuana sales in the state next year, the Teamsters and law enforcement are at odds with business groups and the United Food and Commercial Workers over how cannabis should be distributed. The Teamsters want a three-level system similar to that used for alcohol, in which manufacturers have to go through a third-party distributor to ship it to retailers...

XPO Campaign

Hoffa: Workers Of The World Unite Against Global Greed  Huffington Post  ...Jacobs, facing increasing discontent from his workers, has repeatedly attacked the Teamsters, most recently at an industry conference where he said that the union was “out of control.” Jacobs has tried to drive a wedge between the Teamsters and European unions with whom he claims XPO has “cordial, respectful, courteous” relations. That assertion flies in the face of XPO’s recent labor strife in Europe... 

XPO's Jacobs Misremembers European Labor Relations  (opinion) Journal of Commerce  ...European unions were dumbfounded when XPO Logistics CEO Bradley S. Jacobs announced at the JOC’s 17th Annual TPM Conference that he believes in “some unions” and that “in Europe we have a cordial, respectful, courteous [labor relationship], it works well, it’s very functional.” Clearly, Jacobs has forgotten about his encounter with us at the company’s 2016 shareholder meeting in Connecticut...

Locals

Chicago Teamster Membership Surges at Canteen Vending  Joint Council 25  ...Teamsters Local 710 is growing 150 members stronger after Canteen Vending acquired Ace Vending at the beginning of March — a nearly 140 percent increase in membership for the Chicagoland area bargaining unit. The former Ace Vending was a non-union entity. Now, under a Teamster contract, those employees will earn the improved benefits and protections all workers deserve...

Members at Viking vote unanimously to ratify new contract  Local 117  ...Teamsters at Viking Sprinkler voted unanimously to ratify a new three-year contract. The agreement, which was negotiated by Local 117 Secretary-Treasurer John Scearcy, provides wage and pension increases, and significant improvements to the employees' dental coverage. "We're really happy with this contract, it's probably the best we've had," said Tim Smith, a member of over 20 years. "John worked his tail off getting us a good contract"...

Yale Shuttle Drivers Threaten Strike  New Haven Independent  ...Fifty Yale Shuttle drivers have given notice that they may strike next week if they don’t reach a new contract. Teamsters Local 443 President and Business Agent Thomas Bayusik confirmed that the union is in negotiations with First Transit. He declined comment on details. “As a policy we don’t say anything to the media. I am negotiating with my steward and First Transit and that’s all I can say at this time,” he said...

Teamsters cry foul as Coca-Cola axes eight Bronx veterans  NY Daily News  ...Eight veteran workers of a Coca-Cola facility in the Bronx were laid off March 22. The termination’s came without notice said Teamsters Local 812, which also alleged the layoffs were a breach of contract. The dismissals occurred at Coke’s Cold Drink Equipment Service Department. Most worked for the company for more than a decade delivering and servicing Coke fountain and vending machines, Local 812 said...

New York pols furious at MetLife for hiring N.J. moving company despite big state tax breaks  NY Daily News  ...State and city officials are looking to box in a Manhattan company that’s hired an out-of-state firm to help it move into a new office. MetLife Inc., a $50 billion global enterprise that receives millions in state and federal tax breaks, went with New Jersey-based All Season Movers to handle its shift to a new building at 200 Park Ave. — over protests from Teamsters Local 814...

Teamsters Local 688 Schnucks boycott over  Labor Tribune  ...After 277 days of boycotting Schnucks Markets, the 102 members of Teamsters Local 688 still working in the Schnucks Bridgeton warehouse ratified a new five-year contract March 20 that guarantees their job security for the life of the agreement, Local 688 Chief Executive Officer Mike Goebel told the Labor Tribune. Acceptance of the new agreement immediately ended the nine-month boycott...

Teamster Mechanics Protest Cummins Health Care Cuts  Teamster.org  ...Last weekend, Cummins engine mechanics and service workers from West Virginia attended the Mid-America Trucking Show to protest Cummins’ unaffordable health insurance. In a week dominated by news of attacks on Americans’ health care protections, the struggle by Cummins’ West Virginia employees, members of Teamsters Local 175, to hold on to affordable, quality health care became big news at the trucking show...

Teamsters Local 495 Members Ratify Contract at Toyota Logistics  Teamster.org  ...After months of hard bargaining, a strike vote and continuous pressure put upon Toyota Logistics, the Teamsters Local 495 bargaining committee was able to pressure the company to revise their previous last and final offer. This resulted in the majority of the 173 Toyota Logistics members in Long Beach, Calif., voting to ratify the contract. The new three-year agreement includes numerous improvements each year in wages, Teamsters pension contributions and full maintenance of benefits... 

Gig Economy

Unionize Uber? Legal fight over Seattle drivers draws national attention  Seattle Times  ...The city has given Teamsters Local 117 permission to begin trying to organize drivers, and companies must turn over drivers’ contact information to the group by April 3. That is, unless the court intervenes. Teamsters Local 117 is moving forward with its efforts to organize for-hire drivers, saying a union would give them the chance to collectively bargain on a company-by-company basis over issues such as better pay... 

Pensions

Retired truckers lobby to save their pensions  Indy Star  ...Outfitted in Teamsters regalia and patches on motorcycle vests, the current and retired union truckers in their 50s, 60s and 70s call themselves the "Committee to Protect Pensions." Numbering in the thousands on a national scale, they all have a stake in the Teamsters' Central States Pension Fund, the nation's second largest multiemployer pension fund...

Immigrant Rights

Why We Must Organize to Rebuild The American Dream  Medium  ...As  Teamsters, our strength is in our solidarity and in our workplaces. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, we have seen an increase of attacks on our immigrant sisters and brothers in the form of ICE raids at homes, job-sites, and schools. Our members, many of whom are immigrants, are standing strong...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Guiana Workers Revolt in France’s South American Colony  TeleSUR  ...A Black-run worker’s organization in French Guiana is leading mass protests against the French government, demanding higher wages and protesting the poor quality of social services. French Guiana, considered an “overseas department” of France, was colonized by the European country in 1503. Since then, France has denied the colony the same labor and health care rights that those on the mainland enjoy..

UK: Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights  The Guardian  ...A group of Deliveroo couriers is planning legal action against the food delivery firm to claim better employment rights including the minimum wage, sick pay and holiday. The 20 delivery riders say they are employees and not, as the company argues, self-employed contractors...

Trump Administration Signals It Would Seek Mostly Modest Changes to NAFTA  Wall Street Journal  ...The Trump administration is signaling to Congress it would seek mostly modest changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement in negotiations with Mexico and Canada, a deal President Donald Trump called “a disaster” during the campaign. According to an administration draft proposal, the U.S. would keep some of Nafta’s most controversial provisions... 

A trade war is brewing inside the White House between rival camps  Los Angeles Times  ...Soon after President Trump took office, an executive order was quietly drafted to suspend talks with China on an obscure but potentially far-reaching treaty about bilateral investment. But the executive order never even got to the president’s desk. Killing the order was a small victory for a White House faction that supports free trade and the global economy... 

Mexico Lagged the Rest of Latin America in the NAFTA Era, Report Finds  CEPR  ...Despite President Trump’s suggestions to the contrary, Mexico has not fared well during the 23 years it has been party to NAFTA. An updated report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research finds that poverty in Mexico went up under NAFTA, while per capita economic growth lagged the rest of Latin America. Real wages have hardly risen since NAFTA’s implementation in 1994...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Kentucky: police and firefighters flex political muscle as workers’ comp bill stalls  Herald Leader  ...Labor unions have a long list of problems with the bill, but the largest battle has focused on a provision that would allow employers to stop paying benefits after 15 years for partial disabilities that are permanent. The bill would exempt some injuries, such as loss of a limb, hearing, eye or teeth, from the 15-year cap, but opponents argue that it isn’t enough...

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback vetoes Medicaid expansion bill  Reuters  ...Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday vetoed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying he could not support legislation that provided tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. State lawmakers in the Republican-controlled senate voted in favor of the measure on Tuesday...

Missouri judge rules changes must be made to right-to-work ballot language  Missouri Times  ...A judge has ordered changes made to ballot language written by former Secretary of State Jason Kander regarding 2017 initiative petitions that would essentially repeal right-to-work in Missouri. Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem ruled Thursday that while Kander had used unbiased language at the time he drafted the language for the initiative petitions, the passage of SB 19, Missouri’s right-to-work law, in February had changed the political landscape...

Missouri House votes to repeal public construction wage law  News Sentinel  ...The Missouri House took a key first step Tuesday toward repealing the state's "prevailing wage" requirement for public construction projects, the latest in a series of moves by Republican-controlled states to limit union powers. The legislation, which won initial House approval by a 93-60 vote, would undo longtime Missouri law...

Pennsylvania house bills seek to make state right-to-work  Public Opinion  ...Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are set to reintroduce a series of seven bills that would make Pennsylvania a "right-to-work" state. The bills are part of the Pennsylvania "Open Workforce Initiative" which seeks to eliminate mandatory dues to unions for state employees. ​ Right-to-work states are increasing in the country, with 28 now... 

Ohio Democrats push proposal setting up equal pay hotline  The State  ...Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio are proposing an equal pay hotline that they say could help fight wage discrimination. State Reps. Kent Smith, of Euclid, and Janine Boyd, of Cleveland Heights, introduced legislation Tuesday establishing the hotline...

California: $52B Needed to Fix Roads, Taxes and Fees Proposed  US News & World Report  ...California's governor and legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed raising $52 billion to fix the state's roads through a big gasoline tax increase, higher car registration fees and a charge on emission-free vehicles. The 10-year plan would boost gasoline excise taxes for the first time in more than two decades, raising them 12 cents per gallon — a 43 percent increase... 

Iowa: GOP's minimum wage rollback headed to Branstad's desk  Des Moines Register  ...The Iowa Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill that freezes the state's minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, although Democrats angrily denounced the bill, accusing Republicans of failing to support poor Iowans. House File 295 rolls back minimum wage increases already approved in four counties, including Polk, Johnson, Linn and Wapello... 

 

U.S. LABOR

AFL-CIO Ready to Sue If Trump Waters Down Overtime Regulations  Yahoo.com  ...The AFL-CIO will sue if the Department of Labor tries to water down a boost in overtime eligibility put in place by the Obama administration, the chief of the labor federation said in an interview. “Anything that dilutes it is bad,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in his Washington office...

WGA Says It Wants to Keep Negotiating Despite Strike Vote  Variety  ...The guild confirmed into a statement to Variety on Wednesday that it is ready to resume talks on a new master contract whenever the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is ready to meet. Meanwhile, the AMPTP says it has been waiting to hear back from the guild on the next step for the talks. The sides ended talks last  Thursday after two weeks of bargaining...

Trump Repeals Regulation Protecting Workers From Wage Theft  Huffington Post  ...Companies that commit wage theft and put their workers in harm’s way just received a favor from the Trump administration. President Donald Trump signed a bill Monday repealing a regulation that had encouraged federal contractors to follow labor laws. Under the Obama-era rule, companies with an egregious record of violating wage and safety laws would lose their government contracts...

Trump’s Labor Nominee, Alexander Acosta, Is More Dangerous than You Think  (opinion) The Nation  ...The confirmation of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta is cruising toward a March 30 Senate committee vote with little fanfare. Yet Acosta’s acquiescence to President Trump’s labor agenda holds frightful if unheralded consequences for America’s workers, millions of them Trump supporters...

Immigration crackdown enables worker exploitation, labor department staff say  The Guardian  ...Undocumented workers are refusing to cooperate with US Department of Labor (DoL) investigations due to deportation fears, in some cases even declining to accept back wages owed to them and running away from staff who show up at their workplace, according to agency employees and internal emails...

Pilots say American Airlines leaving passengers behind to meet departure goals  Business Journal  ...Fort Worth-based American Airlines is leaving tens of thousands of standby passengers at the gate to make sure its flights take off on time, according to figures from the Allied Pilots Association. Nearly 20,000 passengers were blocked from boarding in February even though there were empty seats, Dan Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said in a letter to U.S. pilots...

The US Women’s Ice Hockey Team Is on Strike—and the Solidarity Is Stunning  (opinion) The Nation  ...Time and again, we have seen victories by players associations lead to the financial and competitive growth of the sport itself. That is why the strike of the US women’s ice hockey team before the upcoming World Championships in Michigan matters so much for the future of their sport...

Trump team claims credit for jobs at Ford that were negotiated by a union  Think Progress  ...Ford plans to invest $1.2 billion in three plants in Michigan, creating 130 new jobs at one of them. Yet despite efforts by Trump and his team to take credit for the news, the real credit lies elsewhere: the United Auto Workers union. In 2015, the UAW negotiated a contract with Ford that included a commitment from the company to invest $9 billion in U.S. plants...

Robots Are Slashing U.S. Wages and Worsening Pay Inequality  Bloomberg  ...Robots have long been maligned for job-snatching. Now you can add depressing wages and promoting inequality to your list of automation-related grievances. Industrial robots cut into employment and pay for workers, based on an new analysis of local data stretching from 1990 and 2007... 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS 

Opioid epidemic: Senate committee opens probe of five big painkiller makers  CNBC  ...A Senate committee is investigating whether practices at five of the top makers of opioids in the United States fueled an epidemic of painkiller abuse that has led to the fatal overdoses of tens of thousands of Americans. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday sent letters to the companies seeking information about sales and marketing materials...

Environmentalists Vow To Fight Donald Trump’s ‘Dangerous,’ ‘Embarrassing’ Climate Rollback  Huffington Post  ...Environmentalists and former White House officials on Monday slammed President Donald Trump’s impending executive order that would undo much of the work his predecessor has done to combat climate change. Trump was due to sign the Energy Independence Executive Order on Tuesday, which will target former President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan and open up federal land to coal development...

Thousands Of Lead Water Lines Will Be Replaced In Flint  BuzzFeed  ...Officials have agreed to excavate water lines to at least 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, and replace any that are made of lead or galvanized steel, more than two years after residents began complaining of water quality and health problems. The settlement in a lawsuit filed by a group of pastors, activists, and a Flint mother was approved by a federal judge on Tuesday... 

Trump’s Budget Is Breaking His Promises on Manufacturing  American Progress  ...One of the reasons President Donald Trump won the election was his promise to bring back American manufacturing jobs. Trump’s recent budget proposal breaks that promise. It would defund the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, or MEP, which has been proven to help manufacturers create jobs... 

Judge in Hawaii extends order blocking Trump's travel ban  AP  ... A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban, preventing the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban several hours after hearing arguments. Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state's tourist-dependent economy...

House sends Trump bill to kill landmark broadband privacy regulations  LA Times  ...The  House voted Tuesday to kill landmark privacy restrictions for Internet service providers and sent the bill to the White House, which indicated President Trump would sign it and invalidate the rules before they go into effect. The measure repeals new regulations that would require broadband companies to get explicit customer permission before using or sharing most of their personal information...

Backed by $10 million in ‘Dark Money,’ Gorsuch Claims He’s Apolitical  Huffington Post  ...While Republicans hold a 52-48 advantage in the Senate, Gorsuch’s nomination will need 60 votes to overcome a pledged Democratic filibuster. Helping lead this effort is a little-known group, the Judicial Crisis Network, which pledged to spend at least $10 million to back Gorsuch’s nomination. This ‘dark money’ group doesn’t list its donors, but appears to be tied into the network led by oil barons Charles and David Koch...

Donald Trump’s Tax Plan—The Rich Pay Less, and You Make Up the Difference  (opinion) Daily Beast  ...Now that Donald Trump has failed in his campaign promise to promptly repeal and replace Obamacare with something better, it’s time to turn to his next promise: tax reform. Don’t be fooled. Trump has already severely reduced his big tax cut promise to the vast majority. Trump’s own words show he has no plan to address the deep structural problems in the federal tax system...

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