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This Week's Teamster News for August 12-18

 

TEAMSTERS

Charlottesville

America Must Stand Up Against New Wave of Racism, Anti-Semitism  Teamster.org  ...A statement by the Teamsters in response to the violence propagated by white nationalists and neo-Nazis during their planned rally in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday that led to the deaths of counter-protester Heather Heyer, as well as state Troopers Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates: "The Teamsters were saddened and disgusted by the behavior of hatemongers this weekend"...

Contract Campaigns

Penn State Workers Ratify New Contract  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters at Pennsylvania State University voted to ratify their most recent contract by over 80 percent on Monday. The three-year agreement covers more than 2,600 workers in hospitality, maintenance, landscaping and various other support roles for the university. “This is a solid contract and we are all extremely pleased with what we have accomplished,” said Jonathan Light, President of Local 8...

Teamsters at SuperValu vote overwhelmingly to ratify new contract  Local 117  ...This Saturday, members who work at SuperValu voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new one-year agreement. The new contract contains wage and pension increases, health and welfare protections, and for the first time Local 117 members employed at the company will have coverage for domestic partners under their health plan...

Teamsters, School District of Philadelphia Reach Tentative Agreement  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters Local 502/Commonwealth Association of School Administrators and the School District of Philadelphia reached a tentative agreement today on a contract covering more than 670 school administrators. School administrators will take part in a ratification vote on August 24...

Workers at NYC’s Largest Recycling Plant Win First Teamsters Contract  Joint Council 16  ...Sims Municipal Recycling workers in Sunset Park voted to approve their first union contract as members of Teamsters Local 210 today. The vote caps an organizing drive by workers at the recycling facility, which processes all of the city’s residential recycling. Under the contract, workers will receive immediate raises...

New Contract Ratified by Teamsters at Shuttle Park 2  Local 117  ...Teamsters at Shuttle Park 2, an airport parking lot in SeaTac, voted to unanimously ratify their contract last Sunday. They had been in bargaining since May. “Previous contract negotiations lasted over a year,” says Guled Ali, a Teamster and Shuttle Park 2 employee who was present at the bargaining table. “It went faster this time because we had better experience.” The members’ main concerns was safety...

Locals

Teamsters Local 710 UPS Team Recoups $13,500 for Members in 9.5 Pay Claims  Local 710  ...Teamsters Local 710 UPS business agents were extremely successful at panel last Thursday, securing more than $13,500 from the company in lost wages for UPS members in Belleville and Alton on 9.5 grievances. UPS is subject to the grievance procedure whenever it forces a member to work nine-and-one-half hours or more on at least three of five days they are scheduled to work...

NLRB files complaint against Shred-It amid Teamsters organizing effort in New York  Waste Dive  ...The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 29 has issued a consolidated complaint against Shred-It, based on charges filed by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 813, for a series of alleged violations earlier this year at the company's Westbury, NY facility...

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty Receives Award of Recognition from Teamsters  Teamster.org  ...On August 15, Teamsters Local 701 presented Belmar, New Jersey Mayor Matt Doherty with its coveted Solidarity Award. The award recognized Mayor Doherty for boldly standing with 113 Teamster members who were locked out by Shore Point Distributing in April and May of this year...

NLRB Issues Complaint Against CDT  Local 727  ...Region 13 of the National Labor Relations Board issued its first-ever complaint based on a ULP filed by Teamsters Local 727 against Cook-DuPage Transportation. The complaint, issued on August 8, 2017, was as a result of CDT’s refusal to provide information to the Union. This information was necessary for Local 727 to perform its duties as the representative of CDT employees...

Regular floods of raw sewage plague homeless shelter locker rooms on Wards Island  NY Daily News  ...“It floods raw sewage — it happens every time there is a major rain event,” Derek Jackson, director of Teamsters Local 237’s law enforcement division, fumed over the foul problem. Jackson’s union represents Department of Homeless Services peace officers who provide security at city shelters...

Santa Rosa taps Recology as new garbage hauler  Press Democrat  ...The higher rates would result in a number of service improvements, he said. The approximately 400 workers at The Ratto Group, who earlier this year joined the Teamsters, would receive higher wages and better benefits. “I believe Recology is the right choice for Sonoma County all the way around,” said Mike Yates, president of Teamsters Local 665...

Weeks from a new school year, where are the bus drivers?  WHAM  ...Back-to-school is just weeks away, and the question many districts are grappling with: How will students get to class? Many will start the school year short of the number of bus drivers they need. "There's really a crisis in that whole industry. It's a grossly underappreciated profession," said Paul Markwitz, President of Teamsters local 118...

Political Action

Union throws wrench in self-driving works  Reuters  ...The Teamsters are throwing a wrench into the self-driving movement’s works. The union has convinced U.S. lawmakers to exempt commercial trucks from a bill allowing more autonomous vehicles on the roads. Granted, 3.5 million jobs are at stake. But as Tesla joins Daimler and others in the big-rig tech race, it’d be smarter to prepare haulers for a career shift... 

Hoffa, Laporte: Labor Rights and Solidarity in NAFTA Renegotiation  Huffington Post  ...NAFTA talks start in Washington, D.C. today on an ambitious schedule to come up with a “modernized” agreement by the end of the year. The Teamsters Union will be tracking them closely. As North America’s transportation union, our members on the roads and rails, in warehouses and ports from coast to coast, depend on trade for their livelihoods...

Teamster Official Talks Trade at NAFTA Roundtable In Pennsylvania  Teamster.org  ... Teamsters Local Union 229 Secretary-Treasurer Craig Pawlik participated in a roundtable on trade and the impact of NAFTA on Pennsylvania hosted by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). "Here in Pennsylvania, under NAFTA TAA, more than 185,000 workers have been certified as having lost their jobs due to offshoring or because of increased imports from Mexico and Canada," he said...

Strikes

Teamsters Local 174 Unfair Labor Practice Strike Poised to Expand  Teamster.org  ...Today, on the sixth day of the Unfair Labor Practice strike against sand and gravel company CalPortland, the rest of the nearly 300 Teamsters in the sand and gravel industry prepare to join their 86 CalPortland Brothers on the picket lines. The potential for expanding the strike was discussed at a 9 a.m. meeting...

Workers of Reyco Granning plant in Mount Vernon stage strike  KY3  ...Unionized employees of a manufacturing facility are staging a picket in protest of the compensation and benefits package being offered by their employer. Reyco Granning, which makes front-end suspensions for ambulances and RVs, has been in negotiations with members of Teamsters Local 245 since June...

Strike by concrete drivers threatens Seattle construction projects  Seattle Times  ...More than a quarter of King County’s concrete delivery-truck drivers have gone on strike, and the rest could soon join them — threatening to delay dozens of projects amid the region’s record construction boom. The 300 Teamsters members who drive the concrete trucks in King County have been working without a contract with five local companies since the beginning of August...

CalPortland in negotiation with Teamsters Local 174  World Cement  ...On the morning of 11 August 2017, Teamsters Local 174 instructed CalPortland mixer drivers to strike, leaving dozens of projects in a difficult position across Seattle. Some mixer trucks loaded with perishable concrete were abandoned by drivers, leaving the potential for damage to company property...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

Peru Unions Protest Retaliation Against Striking Miners  Solidarity Center  ...Talks between Peruvian mineworkers and the Ministry of Labor over proposed labor law reforms came to a standstill after the government began retaliating against workers who took part in a recent nationwide strike, despite promises not to do so, according to the National Federation of Mining, Metallurgical and Steel Workers of Peru...

Thousands of Mexicans march to scrap NAFTA, as government fights to save it  Reuters   ...While Mexican government negotiators fought tooth and nail to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of Mexican farmers and workers took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the deal be scrapped...

NAFTA renegotiations are about to begin — and Trump is on a collision course with the auto industry  Business Insider  ...The Trump administration has set a collision course with the auto industry as it launches renegotiations of the 23-year-old NAFTA trade pact this week, aiming to shrink a growing trade deficit with Mexico and tighten the rules of origin for cars and parts...

If Trump pushes 'buy American' in NAFTA talks, he may get more than he bargained for  Los Angeles Times  ... As Trump’s team opens talks Wednesday aimed at rewriting the North American Free Trade Agreement, inserting a buy American provision into the landmark pact could prove to be one of the most contentious issues. NAFTA prohibits preferential treatment for American companies when they bid on U.S. government contracts, with a similar restriction on Mexico and Canada...

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America  (opinion) Quartz  ...Trump is right that the 1994 agreement with Mexico and Canada displaced US jobs—some 850,000, most of which were in manufacturing. But he is wrong in his claim that American workers lost out to Mexican workers because US negotiators were outsmarted. The interests of workers were never a priority for either American or Mexican negotiators...

Nafta Talks Open With Spat Over How to Resolve Tariff Conflicts  Wall Street Journal  ...Talks to remake the North American Free Trade Agreement are starting off today with an early dispute—over how to settle disputes. Under Nafta, the U.S., Mexico and Canada have resolved tariff conflicts by submitting them to expert panels that can sustain or overturn tariffs. The system has helped guide the trilateral relationship for 23 years...

Danny Glover and Bernie Sanders seek France's help after Nissan union vote  The Guardian  ...The actor Danny Glover and Senator Bernie Sanders are preparing to lobby the French government for help in the heated attempt to unionize a Nissan car plant in Mississippi. The United Auto Workers suffered a historic defeat of the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, this month...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

New Michigan proposal would 'weaken collective bargaining' for state workers, unions say  MLive  ...State of Michigan labor unions worry a proposed rule change to limit union negotiations is a ploy to further weaken collective bargaining in the state. State Personnel Director Jan Winters, this week, sent a letter to unions and human resources personnel proposing the changes, which would limit what items unions could bargain on...

Michigan: paid sick time petition back before state board  Detroit News  ...A reconstituted Michigan group is preparing a statewide petition drive for a proposal that would require businesses to provide employees with paid sick leave, aiming to make the 2018 ballot after failing to do so for 2016. The Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Thursday will consider the form of a petition submitted by MI Time to Care seeking to create the Earned Sick Time Act...

Iowa GOP opens new front against public worker unions  The Hill  ...The Iowa legislature is finalizing rules that would amount to one of the most ambitious assaults on powerful public employee unions in recent memory, potentially stripping thousands of state workers from union rolls in the coming months...

Arizona, DC, Washington: new Paid-Leave Laws Still Under Scrutiny  Bloomberg  ...Paid leave measures in Arizona, the District of Columbia, and Washington recently became law, but work related to the measures continues, and the developments keep coming. A requirement that Arizona employers provide workers at least three days of paid sick leave took effect July 1, 2017, the result of a voter-approved measure that also raised the state’s minimum wage to $10...

North Carolina Gov. Signs Worker Misclassification, Tax Bills Into Law  US News & World Report  ...Gov. Roy Cooper says legislation he signed will help North Carolina workers when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and other benefits. Cooper signed two bills Friday the General Assembly approved last week. One addresses employee "misclassification" by confirming the creation of an office within the North Carolina Industrial Commission...

Vermont economists debate impact of $15 hourly minimum wage  VT Digger  ...Vermont’s current minimum wage is around $3 dollars an hour higher than the federal level but it’s still substantially lower — after adjusting for inflation — than its peak in the late 1960s, according to analysts. Last week, state economists told lawmakers that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have both positive and negative effects...

Wisconsin: Trump, Walker, and the Foxconn Con  American Prospect  ...Gou’s company, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, best known as an iPhone supplier for Apple, was entering into an agreement with Walker’s state to invest $10 billion in a gigantic 20 million-square-foot LCD television factory in southeastern Wisconsin. The Foxconn deal is just the latest instance of Trump and the Republican Party’s rigged approach to economic development...

State Republicans Have A New Plot To Gut Medicaid And They Don’t Need Congress  Talking Points Memo  ...A wave of Republican-controlled states are petitioning the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for permission to enact measures that will knock more people off Medicaid and the Trump administration has signaled they will give a green light to these efforts...

 

U.S. LABOR

Union’s Loss Is the South’s Loss, Too  New York Times  ...Workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., picked a bird in the hand when they recently voted against forming a union, and that’s understandable. Veteran workers, who generally opposed the union, make $26 an hour. That is less than the nearly $30 an hour for similar autoworkers in unions at the major American carmakers —but almost twice the median hourly wage in Mississippi...

Striking berry workers say conditions ‘unbearable'   KIRO  ...Farm workers should be working the large berry fields of Sarbanand Farms, a stone's throw from Canada. They are among 600 workers from Mexico who are here on H-2A visas. But they say this summer's heat and the smoke from the BC fires made working conditions unbearable. When a worker died, they demanded answers, they said, and they were fired...

Metro Transit’s largest union approves 3-year contract  Kent Reporter  ...King County Metro Transit on Tuesday announced that Amalgamated Transit Union Local 587 – which represents about 4,100 Metro employees – has approved a three-year labor contract. The contract increases wages by 9 percent over three years, and includes key provisions that will help Metro recruit bus drivers...

Allegiant Air attendants in Punta Gorda highlight union fight  News-Press  ...About 20 flight attendants took part in the “informational” protest, which included leafleting, between 5 a.m. and noon, Thom McDaniel said. McDaniel is international vice president of Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO Local 577, who has led the negotiations with the Las Vegas-based airline...

Around the state: Unions approve contract, raises for state workers  Post Bulletin  ...Members of Minnesota's two massive public employee unions have ratified a new, two-year contract for the state's 30,000-plus workers. The contracts for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and AFSCME Council 5 call for a 2 percent raise this year and a 2.5 percent raise in 2018. The results of the vote were announced Tuesday after a union election that began in early August...

D.C. Reaches Contract Agreement With Teachers For First Time In Five Years  DCist  ...“I am so pleased to say that we have a deal,” announced Mayor Muriel Bowser this morning, referencing a tentative contract that will give D.C. Public Schools teachers a nine percent raise over three years. The previous agreement between the Washington Teachers Union and DCPS expired in 2012. D.C. Public Schools employs about 4,000 teachers at 115 schools...

How union stakes in ailing papers like the Chicago Sun-Times may keep them alive  WTOP  ...The recent purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times for a nominal US$1 by a consortium of labor-affiliated organizations and individual investors highlights the troubled state of the newspaper industry. It also raises the question of whether union ownership can bolster the odds that this Windy City daily whose founding dates back to 1929 can survive...

"A Better Deal" for American Workers? Not Without Unions  Truth Out  ...Noticeably absent from "A Better Deal" is any mention of unions. Maybe the Democrats still have much to learn from Jeremy Corbyn's achievement in the British election. In its election manifesto, the British Labour Party makes clear that in striving for "a fair deal at work," it will "empower workers and their trade unions -- because we are stronger when we stand together"...

More employers may be using temps to skirt immigration laws  AOL.com  ...From Alabama poultry plants to Utah hotels, employers who want to hire unauthorized workers — or to escape accountability for their poor treatment of legal workers — appear to be turning to temp agencies and other labor contractors to evade scrutiny. The practice is especially prevalent in Western and Southern states...

High-tech U.S. plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle  Associated Press  ...American manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years. Labor statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs open. The problem? Many of these are not the same jobs that for decades sustained the working class. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Thousands march in Charlottesville against racism and violence  Los Angeles Times  ...eclaring their resolve to “take back the Lawn,” students and faculty descended by the thousands on the University of Virginia as night fell Wednesday. Holding candles, laughing and singing softly, they retraced the steps taken less than a week ago by demonstrators clutching tiki torches and chanting Nazi-era slogans...

The ‘war on whites’ is a myth — and an ugly one  Washington Post  ...The “war on whites” is a core concern of Trump’s base, but it isn’t true. White people, especially white males, still have a huge advantage in American society. White people not only control a vastly disproportionate share of the country’s wealth, income and economic power, they also enjoy tremendous advantages helping them to stay ahead financially...

Rich CEOs are the big winners of Trump’s race war  Vox  ...While Trump is inflicting tangible disproportionate harm to racial minorities across the country, he’s not doing anything substantive to advance the interests of his typical white supporter either. He’s loudly embraced a brand of toxic racial politics while quietly creating a narrow winner’s circle of C-suite executive and inheritors of vast fortunes... 

Trump Rhetoric Pits New Immigrants Against African Americans and Latinos  Mother Jones  ...Academics attribute much of the issue to other barriers to employment, including lower levels of educational attainment, mass incarceration, and, in some cases, discrimination. They say that while some industries may move to hire more African Americans at higher wages, cutting immigration is unlikely to significantly boost the prospects or wages of low-skilled African Americans...

Exxon Mobil still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after civil rights complaint  The Intercept  ...Between 2000 and 2016, while the people who live next to the plant waited for an investigation, the refinery emitted more than 400 million pounds of pollution into the air. Yet in all those years, the EPA never once consulted the people who were most affected...

Trump’s business advisory councils disband as CEOs abandon president over Charlottesville views  Washigton Post  ...President Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments on the violence in Charlottesville this weekend...

Trump Promised Beautiful Bridges and Roads. Now He’s Putting Them in Harm’s Way.  Mother Jones  ...At a signing ceremony that will take place at his New York City Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump will reportedly reverse an Obama-era policy from 2015 that directed agencies to set stricter standards for where roads, buildings, public housing, and other infrastructure projects receiving federal funds can be built...

Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville  Washington Post  ...Cities also are grappling with what to do about their Confederate monuments, an issue that has suddenly become much more urgent. Some are taking preemptive measures under the cover of night: Four Confederate monuments in Baltimore were hauled away in the early morning darkness... 

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