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This Week's Teamster News for July 15-21

 

TEAMSTERS

Contract Fights

New York-Area UNFI Drivers Win First Teamsters Contract  Teamster.org  ...Drivers who deliver groceries for United Natural Foods, Inc. in Montgomery ratified their first-ever Teamster contract this weekend. The contract guarantees overtime pay after 40 hours worked in a week, yearly pay raises, protections against unfair discipline, among many other improvements demanded by the drivers...

Major Victory for Local 174 as Safeway Teamsters Ratify New Four-Year Agreement  Local 174  ...Teamsters Local 174 members at Safeway voted today to ratify a new four-year contract with their Employer. The agreement covers both the drivers who deliver Safeway products to Safeway stores throughout the state, and workers in the Recycle Center. members...

Clare Rose union workers accept new contract in vote, officials say  Newsday  ...Union delivery drivers and warehouse workers for beer distributor Clare Rose will return to work Sunday after approving a new contract overwhelmingly, union and company officials said. Teamsters Local 812 workers voted 83-12 Saturday to ratify the contract... 

Local 727 Secures Tentative Agreement with FDSA, Avoids Wage Freeze  Local 727  ...After countless hours and several rounds of negotiations, Teamsters Local 727 has secured a tentative agreement with Funeral Directors Service Association of Greater Chicago (FDSA). Throughout negotiations and up to and including the last day, FDSA insisted on including a wage freeze in year 1 of a five-year agreement... 

Bus driver union negotiations continue after contract rejected  KOLO  ...Teamsters Local 533 President Gary Watson says talks will resume on July 26th to settle a new contract with MV Transit, the company that provides drivers, dispatchers, mechanics and support workers for the RTC bus system. Friday night, the union membership rejected the latest contract proposal...  

Teamsters file second complaint against Paris  Sun Journal  ...For the second time in less than a month, Teamsters union Local 340 is filing a complaint against the town with the Maine Labor Relations Board. This time it claims bad faith bargaining regarding the part-time firefighters union, according to Lorne Smith, Local 340 secretary-treasurer and bargaining agent...

Organizing Campaigns

Teamsters Union Scores Victory With Intermodal Workers  Transport Topics  ...A battle to unionize is ongoing at Parsec Inc., a company that provides equipment and other services to those in the intermodal section, as the Teamsters won a second victory. More than 500 intermodal workers in Elwood, Ill., voted to join Teamsters Local 179, after employees at the company’s Commerce, Calif., office voted late last year to do the same...

XPO Workers in Texas Win Recognition With Teamsters Local 657  Teamster.org  ...XPO workers in Laredo, Texas who voted to form their union with Teamsters Local 657 have won a major victory. The group of drivers and dockworkers were the very first former Con-way Freight workers in the country to form their union with the Teamsters. The Texas XPO workforce and Teamsters Local 657 have fought diligently to be recognized as a union...

Rail Victory Extends Teamsters’ Container Supply Chain Reach  Journal of Commerce  ...The Teamsters union scored another victory earlier this month in its national campaign to expand its footprint within the containerized supply chain, after intermodal workers at BNSF Railway terminal outside Chicago voted to join the local Teamsters chapter...

“It’s Not Over”: Teamsters Allege Intimidation, Coercion In Lamb Weston Union Election Loss  WIN  ...Workers at frozen food company Lamb Weston in Twin Falls, Idaho have failed in their bid to form a union in an election that concluded on Saturday.  Timothy Acevez, Secretary Treasurer for Teamsters Local 483 in Boise, Idaho, says they were surprised to receive quite a few votes less than even the number of cards workers had originally signed...

Political & Community Action

Hoffa: Teamsters Disappointed by Lack of Specifics in New NAFTA Objectives  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the White House’s release of its “Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation” last night: “I am disappointed that the latest version of the administration’s goals for a NAFTA replacement is not more specific"... 

Union leaders skeptical about Trump’s “New NAFTA” negotiating objectives  People's World  ...Leaders of major industrial unions, and their allies in the war against job-losing so-called “free trade” treaties, reacted skeptically to Trump administration negotiating objectives for a “new NAFTA.” Lighthizer said the objectives included decisions based on three days of public hearings – where the Teamsters, the AFL-CIO and the Auto Workers interrupted a constant stream of corporate witnesses...

Trump's tax plan is all about the rich: Teamsters President James Hoffa  FOX Business  ...During an interview with the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, James Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters president, said President Trump’s tax plan favors the rich. He sparked a debate with Bartiromo after she asked him if he was happy with the tax reform package...

Teamsters Military Assistance Program Partners With FirstGroup, ABF and U.S. Military  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) announces a new partnership between the Teamsters, FirstGroup America and the U.S. Military to create job opportunities for veterans and their spouses. FirstGroup America is the largest passenger transportation company in the nation, providing school and community transportation at over 700 locations across the US and Canada...

Washington Tunes Into Fixes for Teamsters’ Failing Central States Pension  Transport Topics  ...A short meeting with the nation’s Treasury Secretary couldn’t fix the failing Central States Pension Fund, but it did fix attention on possible solutions. Secretary Steven Mnuchin met last week with 25 Teamsters retirees from groups in 15 states. They included Tom Schwarzenberger, who said the focus on possible solutions to the pension’s funding shortfall marked something of a milestone... 

International unions back Gate Gourmet workers in Argentina  AJOT  ...Unions who have already pledged to act are the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (US), Parat (Norway), Unite the Union (UK), the Transport Workers’ Union of Australia, UNITE HERE of the USA, and ver.di (Germany). Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, ITF civil aviation secretary, said: “This is a classic – and very worrying – case of workers being denied their right to organise"...

Strikes & Lockouts

Teamsters Reach Agreement After Two-Day Strike at Twin River Casino  Teamster.org  ...Teamster Local 251 members have won an agreement for a new contract at Twin River Casino after a 41.5 hour strike from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Teamster members unanimously authorized a strike when Twin River demanded a contract that imposed health care cuts and eliminated workers’ job security...

Furniture Deliveries Stopped at New York Presbyterian Hospital as Unions Protest “Cheap” Contractor Jobs  Joint Council 16  ...Nurses, nurse aides, and other healthcare workers from New York Presbyterian Hospital joined fired Teamsters today outside the hospital. Workers are protesting New York Presbyterians’ decision to take furniture deliveries from Waldner’s Business Environments amidst a union lockout and terminations of Waldner’s long-time workers...

‘Determination & Grit’: Inside the Fight to Save Middle-Class Jobs At Waldner’s  Labor Press  ...Roach, a 33-year veteran of Waldner’s Business Solutions — one of the largest office furniture outfits in New York City — previously walked the line with his Teamsters brothers & sisters at Clare Rose and experienced their inspiring perseverance first hand. Waldner’s has negotiated union contracts for the last 50 years. Suddenly, however, that all came to a halt on June 30... 

Teamster Locals

Local 727 Benefit Fund Trustees Approve 10% Increase to Pension Accrual  Local 727  ...Current members of Teamsters Local 727 whose employers participate and contribute to the Funeral Industry pension plan or the Parking Industry pension plan, thanks to their union contract, will soon be seeing a 10 percent increase in their pension accrual...

911 Teamster Dispatchers Attend National Police Week  Local 117  ...This year’s National Police Week took place May 14 – 20 in Washington, DC. Jennifer Abruzzo and Stephanie Scott, South Sound 911 Dispatchers, were the Teamsters who were union-sponsored to attend the event alongside Michelle Woodrow, Local 117 President and Director of Corrections and Law Enforcement... 

Teamsters Local 710 Triumphs at UPS Grievance Panels  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Local 710 UPS Business Agent Team of Del Schaefer, Ron Dillon, Simon McNamara and Neil McKinney have been fighting hard for UPS members at grievance panels. “We’ve been very successful at the panels these past few weeks,” said Schaefer...

Toledo council OK’s pact with Teamsters  The Blade  ...Toledo City Council unanimously approved a new three-year contract with nearly 80 employees represented by Teamsters Local 20 during a special meeting Tuesday. The union’s contract expired Dec. 31, 2015. The new contract gives all employees a $750 lump payment, a 1 percent wage increase for 2017 retroactive to Jan. 1...

Teamsters Decry Shutdown of L.A. Cannabis Facility With Union Ties  Teamster.org  ...A cannabis cultivator who just last week reached a labor peace agreement with Teamsters Joint Council 42 for the right to organize some 150 employees at his three facilities in the city has been forced to shut down one location after a police raid resulted in a nearly $2 million loss for the company...

Raid on Los Angeles marijuana grow has Teamsters up in arms  Marijuana Business Daily  ...A raid by local police on a marijuana cultivation facility in Los Angeles has a chapter of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters crying foul. A spokeswoman for Teamsters Joint Council 42 called the raid on THC Design “ridiculous,” according to a news release. THC Design runs three cultivation operations in the L.A. area...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

Peru Mine Workers from 56 Union Wage Nationwide Strike  Solidarity Center  ...Mine workers from 56 unions in Peru started an indefinite, nationwide strike yesterday to protest the government’s proposed labor reforms, says Ricardo Juarez, secretary-general of the National Federation of Mining, Metallurgical and Steel Workers of Peru (FNTMMSP). Miners voted to approve the strike in May...

South Korea to Boost Minimum Wage by 16%  Bloomberg  ...South Korea’s minimum wage is set to increase next year by 16 percent to 7,530 won ($6.60) per hour, the biggest jump since 2001, giving President Moon Jae-in an early victory in his push to boost incomes. Moon is seeking to nudge the economy away from its export dependence to a structure that relies more on household spending...

India's low-paid garment workers seek $7.6 mln compensation  Reuters  ...Tens of thousands of workers in India's textile and garment hub are seeking millions of dollars in compensation after a court ruled they had long been grossly underpaid. The Madras High Court ordered that the garment workers should receive a pay rise of up to 30 percent - the first minimum wage hike for 12 years - and that they could claim arrears going back to 2014...

U.S., Canada, Mexico Agree on Fast-Paced NAFTA Talks - Sources  New York Times  ...U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials have agreed to an aggressive timetable to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), sources said, aiming to conclude early next year to avoid Mexico’s 2018 presidential elections. The plan is to hold seven rounds of talks at three-week intervals...

Veteran U.S. Official to Lead Nafta Talks  Wall Street Journal  ...The Trump administration on Wednesday tapped a veteran trade official involved in the original North American Free Trade Agreement to lead new talks with Canada and Mexico on an overhaul of the agreement starting next month. John Melle, the current assistant U.S. trade representative for the Western Hemisphere, will serve as chief negotiator for the Nafta talks...

Trump’s Renegotiation of NAFTA Is Starting to Look a Lot Like the TPP  The Nation  ...At first glance, it’s a very mixed bag. The negotiating objectives for NAFTA are mostly vague, and in parts revisit the well-worn tactic of using trade rules to guarantee corporate profits. In fact, several provisions are ripped directly from the Trans-Pacific Partnership...

TPP, the Trade Deal Trump Killed, Is Back in Talks Without U.S.  New York Times  ...When President Trump pulled out of his predecessor’s signature trade deal on his first full weekday in office, the 11 other countries that had negotiated the pact were left wondering if years of work had just gone down the drain. This week, those countries indicated that they wanted to press ahead with the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP...

White House unveils ‘Made in America’ week, though many Trump products are made overseas  Washington Post  ... President Trump, whose company outsources the manufacturing of many of its products to overseas factories, is unveiling “Made in America” week at the White House to promote products made in the United States...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLE

Missouri: latest Labor Union Efforts Could Put 'Right to Work' Back on the Ballot  KRCU  ...Labor unions are still pushing back against Missouri’s right-to-work law, which is set to go into effect on August 28. The latest efforts to block the controversial legislation is through a petition that Mark Baker, a business representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Cameron Redd, who works for the United Steelworkers International say has a good chance...

North Carolina: Union Organizers, Supporters Gather To Criticize Farm Law  WUNC  ...Advocates for migrant labor in North Carolina fields are gathering outside Gov. Roy Cooper's office to amplify their unhappiness with a bill he signed they say makes it harder to improve worker conditions through union agreements. The new law makes it unlawful for farmers to collect union dues for workers and transfer the money to a union...

Pennsylvania: Mauck, Hill-Evans lead calls for minimum-wage hike  York Dispatch  ...Thousands of families in York County are being left behind by Pennsylvania’s unwillingness to raise its minimum wage, West York Mayor Shawn Mauck said Thursday.  Pennsylvania’s minimum-wage stagnation has left millions clinging to their wallets...

Minnesota Gov. Dayton To Appeal To Supreme Court To Overturn Ruling Limiting His Veto Power  The Uptake  ...A Ramsey County District Court judge has ruled that Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of funding for the legislature is unconstitutional. Dayton had vetoed the funding as a way to force Republican lawmakers back to the bargaining table on other issues...

Louisiana groups to push for raising minimum wage, 'banning the box'  WWLTV  ...After efforts to increase Louisiana’s minimum wage have failed in recent years, a coalition of local groups is urging candidates to address that and other economic issues. Members of Step Up Louisiana, 30 faith based leaders, labor unions and community organizations will meet Tuesday to pledge their commitment to an economic justice three-point platform...

As Cities Raise Minimum Wages, Many States Are Rolling Them Back  NPR   ...State legislatures and city halls are battling over who gets to set the minimum wage, and increasingly, the states are winning. After dozens of city and county governments voted to raise their local minimum wage ordinances in the last several years, states have been responding by passing laws requiring cities to abide by statewide minimums...

Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver  Center for Media and Democracy  ...Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures, thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate. This week in Denver, July 19-21, ALEC will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders to vote on corporate legislative priorities...

Not so fast: U.S. restaurant workers seek ban on surprise scheduling  Reuters  ...New York recently became the largest U.S. city to require fast-food restaurants to schedule workers at least two weeks in advance, or pay them extra for changes. The law, which the restaurant industry vigorously opposed, also requires employers to allow 11-hour breaks between shifts, offer part-time staff additional work before hiring new employees, and pay retail workers to be "on call"...

 

U.S. LABOR

SAG-AFTRA Reaches Deal for NPR Staffers, Averting Strike  Variety  ...Management of National Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA have reached a tentative three-year deal, averting a possible strike by more than 400 of NPR’s news and programming employees. The deal was announced late Saturday night near the end of a 24-hour extension of the expiration...

The Massachusetts Nurses Association Is Reviving the Strike  The Nation  ..The central issue in the Tufts dispute—nurses’ being asked to work way too hard with far too few staff, leading to unsafe conditions, incredible stress, and burn out—is at the root of just about every health-care dispute in this country, if not every workplace in America. Also at issue in the Tufts strike is the gender pay gap...

Union tells FTC Amazon Whole Foods purchase threatens closures, consumer choice  Chicago Tribune  ...Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, sees Amazon the way some Rust Belt workers see global trade — as a threat to American jobs. Perrone wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that letting Amazon buy Whole Foods would trigger a wave of store closures and eventually quash customer choice...

UAW chief: U.S. Nissan workers would vote for union right now  Reuters  ...The president of the United Auto Workers said on Thursday he feels "very strongly" that workers at Nissan Motor Co Ltd's plant in Canton, Mississippi, would support union representation if they voted now, but added that reports of intimidation by the automaker could change that... 

As Media Focuses on Russia Collusion, Trump Is Quietly Stacking the Labor Board with Union Busters  In These Times  ...It might not get as much press coverage as other Donald Trump administration calamities, but the U.S. president is set to appoint a known union buster to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), push the body to a Republican majority and reverse Obama-era protections that rankle Big Business...

Wage-Hour Enforcement Unchanged, Labor Department Official Says  Bloomberg  ...The Labor Department’s recent decision to scrap a pair of Obama-era informal guidance documents hasn’t changed how the department enforces federal wage-and-hour laws, at least in one part of the country, DOL Regional Solicitor Janet Herold told Bloomberg July 17. “There is no change in our enforcement practice in my region because the law has not changed,” said Herold...

Trump says new Pennsylvania coal mine created 45,000 jobs. The actual number is 70.  Daily Kos  ...During a White House event called the “Made in America product showcase,” Trump made some very inaccurate claims. If you think 45,000 mining jobs in two weeks is a bit suspect, you are correct. In fact, NBC News did some fact checking and found the real numbers are nowhere nearly as impressive...

Carrier lays off first 300 employees on 6-month anniversary of Trump's presidency   IndyStar  ...The terminations are the first wave of about 630 planned before the end of the year as the company shifts work to Mexico. Carrier's parent company, United Technologies Corp., also plans to lay off another 700 workers at a factory in Huntington near Fort Wayne...

How bosses are (literally) like dictators  Vox  ...Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while on duty, calling this “time theft.” Apple inspects the personal belongings of its retail workers, some of whom lose up to a half-hour of unpaid time every day as they wait in line to be searched. Tyson prevents its poultry workers from using the bathroom...

Half of American jobs are at risk from automation, new study suggests  CNBC  ...The American workforce is under tremendous pressure, with change coming on multiple fronts. That uncertainty is leading to political and social turbulence, a new research paper suggests. One in four American jobs are at risk of being shipped overseas in the coming years and about half could be replaced by automation...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

As 'Repeal Only' Effort Stalls in Senate, Resistance Urges Medicare for All  Common Dreams  ...The latest Republican effort to plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act—getting rid of the law without replacing it—appears to have stalled less than 24 hours after being introduced, as three Republican senators have come out against the proposal. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) all confirmed Tuesday that they would not vote for a plan to repeal the ACA...

Trump's tax outline would cost trillions, benefit wealthy: analysis  The Hill  ...A tax plan that’s consistent with the proposal the White House released in April would lower federal revenue by trillions of dollars over 10 years and largely benefit wealthy taxpayers, according to an analysis from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC)...

House GOP unveils budget plan that attaches major spending cuts to coming tax overhaul bill  Washington Post  ...House Republicans unveiled a 2018 budget plan Tuesday that would pave the way for ambitious tax reform legislation — but only alongside a package of politically sensitive spending cuts that threaten to derail the tax rewrite before it begins. GOP infighting over spending, health care and other matters continues to cast doubt on whether the budget blueprint can survive...

The NAACP LDF Is Suing Trump And His Election Commission Over 'Racist Rhetoric'  Blavity  ...The Washington Post reports that the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit this week alleging that the administration’s voter fraud commission “was formed with the intent to discriminate against voters of color in violation of the Constitution.” The group's suit is the seventh federal lawsuit brought against the Trump administration...

The Voter Purges Are Coming  (op-ed) New York Times  ...The Trump administration’s election-integrity commission will have its first meeting on Wednesday to map out how the president will strip the right to vote from millions of Americans. It hasn’t gotten off to the strongest start: Its astonishing request last month that each state hand over voters’ personal data was met with bipartisan condemnation...

Smoking Marijuana While Black  (editorial) New York Times  ...Although the city has reduced the number of arrests for low-level marijuana possession, black and Latino New Yorkers are far more likely to be arrested for smoking in public than whites, who are just as likely to use marijuana. These arrests have virtually no public safety benefit and can cause lasting damage to people who often have had no other contact with the criminal justice system...

How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Undermines Civil Rights & Favors Predatory Lenders Over Students  Democracy Now  ...Attorneys general in 18 states are suing DeVos and the Department of Education over a rule to protect student loan borrowers that was set to go into effect on July 1, until DeVos announced a "reset" of the rule, known as "borrower defense to repayment"...

Trump has repeatedly broken his core campaign promise  Washington Post  ...The president is anxious to assure the public that he remains the competent deal-maker-in-chief, tweeting brash, overconfident and contradictory assertions about the future of health-care legislation after the bill’s collapse. And yet, as we noted on Monday, Trump didn’t really do very much to ensure its passage...

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