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This Week's Teamster News for June 24-30

 

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Beverage Division

Akron Coca-Cola plant's union workers strike after failed contract negotiations  Cleveland.com  ...Some workers at Akron's Coca-Cola distribution plant are striking this week after failed contract negotiations. About 50 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 24, stood outside the center Tuesday morning, at the corner of Triplett Boulevard and Glaser Parkway...

President Coli Rallies Public to Can the Tax  Local 727  ...Amid chants of “can the tax, can the tax,” Teamsters Local 727 President John Coli, Jr. took to the microphone and kicked off the Can the Tax rally held outside at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. Coli framed the tax issue as a threat to hundreds if not thousands of decent-paying jobs throughout Cook County...

Meet the Mom-and-Pop Company That Went from Union-Friendly to Union-Busting  In These Times  ...Now entering its ninth week, the strike is a case study in how relations between family-owned businesses and unionized workers can take a turn for the worse after management passes on to a new generation and new industry pressures take hold. But the conflict also offers a playbook and some hope to squeezed workers...

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Ordered to Make Changes for Member Safety  Local 727  ...The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has ordered The American Bottling Company dba Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to correct safety violations and pay a corresponding penalty of $25,350. “Member safety is of the utmost importance,” said John Coli Jr., President of Teamsters Local 727...

Locals 

Twin Falls Potato Plant Workers Allege Union Busting  Boise State Public Radio  ...Workers at a Twin Falls potato processing plant are claiming the company is trying to bust up a bid to join a local branch of the Teamsters Union next month. Employees of Lamb-Weston claim a so-called “union busting firm” has been hired to dissuade workers at a Twin Falls plant from joining Teamsters Local Union 483...

Lamb Weston employees say anti-union firm is intimidating them at work  Magic Valley  ...A Boise-based union says Lamb Weston has brought in a “union-busting firm” to illegally intimidate and coerce workers at its Twin Falls plant. Lamb Weston employees will vote next month on whether they want to be represented by Teamsters Local Union 483, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters... 

Teamster City of Orinda Workers to Strike  Teamster.org  ...City of Orinda workers, members of Teamsters 856, have voted to go on strike to protest unfair labor practices committed by the city. These workers include city administrative staff, parks and recreation employees, workers in the engineering and planning departments, and civilian workers who respond to citizen requests in the City of Orinda Police Department...

Teamsters Local 853 Fights, Wins for Members  Teamster.org  ...Earlier this month, after hearing from Teamsters Local 853 drivers and dispatchers, both Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) opted to delay a five-year renewal of their contract with Transdev. This important move could lead to improved benefits and wages for Teamsters members...

We are a sanctuary union  Socialist Worker  ...International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 810 in New York City declared itself a "sanctuary union," becoming the first Teamsters local to do so. The resolution was the culmination of a four-month campaign within the union to take decisive action in protecting its membership from the persistent threat of raids and deportations in the wake of Trump's election...

Workers at Carillion Canada Join Teamsters  Teamsters Canada  ...Close to 25 workers at Carillion Canada joined Teamsters Local Union 419 in Toronto, Ontario. These healthcare workers are in the Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, located beside the Humber River Hospital which currently employs 900 members of Teamsters 419...

Political Action

Hoffa: Reject Senate Health Care Bill  Teamster.org  ... In a letter sent to Capitol Hill today, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa called on the Senate to oppose the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” if brought to a vote. Hoffa called the legislation “flawed” and predicted that, if passed, will cost tens of millions of Americans to lose health insurance over the next decade...

Teamsters Call on Lawmakers to Prioritize Workers in Self-Driving Discussion  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Union is calling for any federal legislation regarding ‘self-driving’  technology to take into account public safety and the millions of working Americans employed in transportation and related industries. At a public hearing on Capitol Hill today, House lawmakers discussed 14 pieces of draft legislation on self-driving vehicles... 

Ports & Rail

The Fight to Organize Port Drivers -- Modern-Day Indentured Servants  American Prospect  ...Earlier this month, USA Today released a big investigative story on the plight of port truck drivers—particularly those in the Los Angeles area—who transport cargo from the docks to warehouses in the surrounding area. There are now a handful of port companies in L.A. that have Teamsters contracts...

BLET Members Ratify New Contract with Indiana/Ohio Railway  Teamster.org  ...Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) working at Indiana and Ohio Railway recently ratified a new five-year contract. The agreement covers wages, work rules and health/welfare benefits fore the 50 engineers, conductors and trainees in the unit.  Members will see wage increases of 28.6 percent over the life of the agreement...

UPS Teamsters

The Latest UPS Delivery Vehicle Isn’t a Drone—It’s a Golf Cart  Wall Street Journal  ...Union leaders, who had opposed the legislation, argue that having the vehicles share the road with cars and trucks puts workers at risk. They also object because at UPS golf cart drivers earn less than traditional truck drivers. “They’re just looking to pay the drivers less at the expense of the safety,” said James DeWeese, a member of Teamsters Local 89, which represents UPS drivers in Kentucky...

UPS Teamsters Receive Surprise Visit from IBT Package Division Director Sean O’Brien  Local 174  ...UPS Teamsters working at the Pacific building received a surprise visit this morning from IBT Package Division Director Sean O’Brien, along with the entire Local 174 UPS Business Agent staff and several others. The purpose of the visit was to speak candidly with the members, both to listen to their concerns for the upcoming UPS contract negotiations...

Waste Division

Government Orders Queens Sanitation Company to Bargain with Teamsters  Joint Council 16  ...The National Labor Relations Board this week ordered a Queens sanitation company, Planet Waste, to end its efforts to remove Teamsters Local 813 as the union representing its employees, through a settlement of outstanding charges before the board. If the company had not settled the case, the NLRB would have proceeded through the enforcement process. ..

Teamsters advocating for better Sonoma County garbage operations  Press Democrat  ...The union that recently organized workers at The Ratto Group, Sonoma County’s dominant garbage hauler, is joining forces with environmental and social justice groups to push the county toward a goal of zero waste. Concerned about their futures in the county’s fast-shifting garbage landscape, Ratto employees last month voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the Teamsters...

Newly-ratified Republic contract is a win decades in the making  Local 117  ...Teamster recycle and yard waste drivers who work at Republic Services achieved an historic victory yesterday. With the terms of their new contract, the group accomplished a goal that had been pursued for more than three decades: Wages and working conditions that are equitable with the garbage drivers... 

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

Report: Global Rise in Violence, Repression of Workers  Solidarity Center  ...Workers around the world experienced rising physical violence and threats over the last year—and in more countries–according to this year’s ITUC Global Rights Index. The report documents attacks on union members in 59 countries and shows that 60 percent of countries are now excluding entire groups of workers from labor law...

Greek garbage workers suspend strike over jobs as trash piles grow in heatwave  Reuters  ...Hundreds of striking Greek sanitation workers ended a 10-day strike in Athens on Thursday over jobs as steaming mountains of garbage piled up across the country and temperatures soared. "We decided to suspend the strike partly because of the heatwave, among other reasons," a union official told Reuters...

US Commerce Secretary: US, Europe Should Have Trade Accord  US News & World Report  ...U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday that the United States and the European Union should have a free trade agreement, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for work on such an accord to resume. President Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from an agreement with nations around the Pacific...

‘Do no harm,’ U.S. industries plead with Trump administration at NAFTA hearing  The Star  ...A variety of U.S. business interests arrived at the first day of Washington hearings on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with an identically phrased plea to the Trump administration: “Do no harm.” U.S. President Donald Trump calls NAFTA a “catastrophe” that privileges Mexico and Canada while hurting America...

Trump Is Trying to Make NAFTA Even Worse. It’s Time to Throw Sand in the Gears  In These Times  ...NAFTA’s legacy is marred by lost jobs, lower wages, increased inequality and a litany of environmentally destructive practices. While the people who gathered in Mexico City have long opposed NAFTA for its pro-corporate bent, a consensus emerged that President Trump and his team are cooking up something even worse...

U.S. Trade Policy Fails Workers  AFL-CIO  ...Nine years after workers in the United States and Guatemala joined forces to challenge the failure of the Guatemalan government to abide by the labor chapter of the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement, we now have yet more proof that these labor provisions simply do not work...

Trump causes 'major' shift in global view of US: Pew  BBC  ...Donald Trump's presidency has had a "major impact on how the world sees the United States", a large new study says. The survey, by the Pew Research Center, interviewed more than 40,000 people in 37 countries this year. It concluded that the US president and his policies "are broadly unpopular around the globe"...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Missouri Gov. Greitens courts wealthy donors to Koch network at Colorado resort  News-Leader  ...Gov. Eric Greitens left Missouri last weekend to speak to a roomful of well-heeled conservative donors in Colorado, raising questions about whether he'll grant a request for what could be a third special session of the 2017 summer. He spoke to 400 contributors at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs as part of a three-day private retreat assembled by Charles Koch...

Oregon could become first in nation to regulate work schedules  Statesman Journal  ...A bill that would make Oregon the first state in the nation to regulate employee work schedules is headed to the House for a final vote. Senate Bill 828 underwent significant changes before it passed the Senate last week, but both workers and employers should feel good about it...

Wisconsin prevailing wage repeal will hurt taxpayers, workers  (opinion) Ashland Daily Press  ...In 2015, the Legislature ended prevailing wage for local construction projects, and the impact was disastrous for Wisconsin’s workers. Since the repeal came into effect, there has been a 50 percent increase in construction projects going to out-of-state contractors. Now, Republican legislators want to repeal prevailing wage for state projects as well...

Joint Employer Debate Takes a Twist in California  Bloomberg  ...Workers at the center of a closely watched dispute over liability for businesses that use staffing arrangements may be close to resolving a separate complaint against another company that also doesn’t want to be tagged as their employer. An appeals court in Washington, D.C., is expected to soon decide a hot-button lawsuit challenging whether Browning-Ferris Industries is the joint employer...

The Creative Way New Jersey Is Fighting The Gender Wage Gap  Bustle  ...A new bill could soon make asking about salary history illegal for New Jersey employers, in an effort to tackle the gender wage gap. After passing in the New Jersey General Assembly with a 49-19 vote last month, the state Senate approved the bill with a 30-9 vote on Monday...

Blue State Trio Joins Appeal Court Fight Over Gay Rights at Work  Bloomberg  ...A trio of solidly Blue States urged a federal appeals court to extend a federal anti-discrimination law to protect workers from being fired for being gay, raising the profile of a divisive social issue that’s likely to be decided by the Supreme Court. The attorneys general of New York, Vermont and Connecticut say the Title VII protection also encompasses sexual orientation...

Kentucky governor seeks dismissal of right-to-work lawsuit  Courier-Journal  ...Gov. Matt Bevin has filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to Kentucky’s new law banning mandatory union fees in workplaces. The Republican governor and Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey are defendants in the lawsuit, which claims the right-to-work law violates Kentucky’s Constitution...

Seattle’s higher minimum wage is actually working just fine  (opinion) Washington Post  ...The release of a new study this week from a group of researchers at the University of Washington has brought opponents of minimum wage increases out of the woodwork again. One would do well to dismiss these naysayers. The new study’s findings are out of step with a large body of research pertinent to Seattle’s minimum wage increase...

  

U.S. LABOR

Labor Department Rethinking Obama-Era Overtime Pay Rule  NPR  ...On Tuesday the Department of Labor got closer to dismantling an Obama-era overtime regulation that has been in limbo for months and would make millions of Americans eligible for additional pay. The department sent a formal request for information on the rule to the Office of Management and Budget...

Trump DOL Proposes Rollback of Beryllium Protections  NELP  ..."Once again, the Trump administration’s Labor Department is taking us backwards and undermining the core principle that no worker should have to sacrifice his or her life for a job," said Christine Owens, Executive Director of the National Employment Law Project. “At the behest of corporate special interests, the Labor Department issued a proposed rule to loosen health protections for workers exposed to beryllium"...

Connecticut State Employee Unions Sign Tentative Contract Deal  WNPR  ...Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a tentative agreement with state employee union leaders which he says will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. The contract is an attempt to help the state plug an approximately $5 billion budget gap in the upcoming biennium...

SAG-AFTRA Planning to Send Strike Authorization to Members  Hollywood Reporter  ...Negotiations with the AMPTP studios have failed to reach a deal. Also, the union released an independent accountants’ report refuting unrelated claims of wrongdoing. Citing “outrageous rollbacks,” the union’s national board on Sunday voted unanimously to send out strike authorization ballots to its members... 

Massachusetts hospital locks out staff nurses for 3 days  Boston Herald  ...A western Massachusetts hospital has locked out its nurses for three days. The lockout started ahead of a planned one-day strike Monday by the 90-bed hospital's roughly 200 staff nurses, who have been in a labor dispute with management since the fall. Baystate Franklin's nurses say the the hospital is understaffed and they are overworked, putting patient safety at risk...

LGBTQ Workers Still Face Legal Discrimination  Fortune  ...There is currently no nation-wide law to protect gender and sexual minorities from employment discrimination in the private sector or under state employment. In a majority of states, being fired due to sexual orientation or gender orientation is a reality. In Arkansas, the state government went as far as passing a law to prevent local governments from passing separate laws to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation...

Five-Month Delay Proposed for OSHA Injury Data Requirements  Bloomberg  ...Employers would have another five months to comply with OSHA’s rule requiring them to submit injury and illness data electronically to the agency under a delay proposed June 27. The compliance deadline would be pushed from July 1 to Dec. 1, 2017, which would allow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to further review and consider the rule...

Union busting for God: Catholic colleges invoke ‘religious freedom’ exception to block employee union organizing   Raw Story  ...As a Catholic college run by the Spiritan religious order, Duquesne’s mission statement, which includes “profound concern for moral and spiritual values,” appears not to extend to its contingent faculty. Duquesne has repeatedly engaged in legal battles to block its adjuncts from forming a union with the United Steelworkers (USW)...

A New Farm Worker Union Is Born  American Prospect  ...It was a quiet end to four years of strikes and boycotts, in which these workers had organized the first new farm-worker union in the United States in a quarter-century—Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ). The union itself will not be like most others. At the ratification meeting held the previous night, many of the people packed into the hall of Mt. Vernon's Unitarian Church spoke with each other in Mixteco...

Trump announces pick for last open labor board seat  The Hill  ...Business groups are lauding President Trump for announcing his intent to fill the last open seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with labor-law attorney William Emanuel. Emanuel represents employers in labor and employment law matters at Littler Mendelson in Los Angeles...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Koch brothers to spend $400 million in 2018 elections  The Hill  ...Charles and David Koch's wealthy network of donors will spend approximately $400 million to push it conservative agenda forward in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, the group told Fox News on Saturday. This announcement on political and policy spending comes shortly after Republicans in the upper chamber rolled out their version of an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill on Thursday...

'They’re sentencing me to death’: Medicaid recipients on the Republican healthcare plan  The Guardian  ...On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled legislation that would satisfy a long-held campaign promise: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The plan would also achieve another GOP priority: deep cuts to Medicaid...

22 Million More Uninsured Under Senate GOP Health Care Bill, CBO Reports  Huffington Post  ...Twenty-two million fewer people would have health coverage over the next 10 years under legislation that Senate Republicans aim to bring to the floor for a vote this week, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The measure would dramatically scale back federal funding for Medicaid and financial assistance that low- and middle-income people receive...

Republicans have long dreamed of cutting Medicaid. Trumpcare might really do it.  (opinion) Washington Post  ...Republicans have been trying to gut funding for Medicaid for more than 35 years. The only difference is that this time, they might get away with it. Medicaid is a promise. It promises the most vulnerable Americans that their basic needs for health care and disability-related supports will be met...

The Supreme Court’s take on the Muslim ban has already created a huge mess  Think Progress  ...On Monday, the Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a partial victory. It temporarily reinstated Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, but not for all people impacted by the ban. Under the Supreme Court’s decision, the Muslim ban may not be enforced against individuals who have “a close familial relationship” with someone in the United States...

Trump’s Crackdown on Immigration Is Terrible News for Anyone Who Eats Food  Mother Jones  ...The entire country is governed by a chief executive who vows to make life miserable for undocumented immigrants. Pursuing what might be called his “bad hombre” theory, President Donald Trump swiftly made good on promises to ramp up deportations after taking office. Just as in Georgia, the rest of the nation’s farms lean heavily on the very group of people targeted by the president...

As Trump moves to privatize America's national parks, visitor costs may rise  The Guardian  ...America’s national parks need a staggering $11.5bn worth of overdue road and infrastructure repairs. But with the proposed National Park Service budget slashed by almost $400m, the Trump administration says it will turn to privatizing public park services... 

EPA To Dismantle Rule That Would Protect Drinking Water For 117 Million  Huffington Post  ...The Environmental Protection Agency is set to undo yet another Obama-era environmental regulation after releasing a proposal on Tuesday meant to dismantle a rule protecting rivers and streams from pollution. The latest target from the notably anti-environmental administration of President Donald Trump is the Clean Water Rule...

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