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This Week's Teamster News for August 4-11

 

TEAMSTERS

Automation

Tesla is in talks to get testing licenses for its self-driving electric semi-trucks  Silicon Angle  ...That the technology will exist in the next few years is a given. Whether it will be allowed to replace the jobs of existing truck drivers is another matter. In July, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a union who represents truck drivers, successfully lobbied Congress for legislation that would place a 10,000-pound weight limit on current driverless vehicles...

Contracts & Strikes

Striking B.C. Coca Cola workers reach tentative agreement  Global News  ...Local workers employed by Coca Cola could be heading back to work soon. About 370 members of Teamsters local 213 who work in plants in Richmond, Coquitlam, Chilliwack, and the Sunshine Coast walked off the job back on July 24. Their collective agreement expired on April 3... 

Hinckley Springs Inside Workers Ratify New 5-Year Contract  Local 727  ...Teamsters Local 727 and Hinckley Springs recently ratified a new five-year contract that guarantees a 2% wage increase each year beginning in 2018. The Union was successful in negotiating a five-year deal despite the company’s preference for a three-year deal. Employees will also receive a $1,000 bonus in the first full pay period after execution of the contract...

Teamsters at SeaTac rental car facility are standing strong  Local 117  ...At the rental car facility that serves Sea-Tac Airport, Teamsters are everywhere you look. We’re booking vehicles going out, and inspecting them as they return. We’re shuttling busloads of travelers to and from the airport. We’re washing and vacuuming cars, and driving them to the rental lots across the street. One group, our members at Fleetlogix, is in the midst of a tough contract fight...

Dr. Pepper Snapple Teamsters in San Diego Ratify 5-Year Contract  Teamster.org  ...After turning down sub-standard offers and showing their unity by honoring Teamsters Local 848’s extended picket line, Teamsters Local 683 members ratified a contract with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group that includes improvements in wages, pension contributions, healthcare coverage and seniority protections... 

Union Suggests Labor Dispute Played Role in Planes Clipping Wings  Aviation Pros  ...No one was injured when two airplanes clipped wings at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. However, a representative for the Teamsters Local 419 union suggested an ongoing strike may have been part of the issue. The collision between a LOT Polish Airlines plane and an Air Canada aircraft is being investigated...

Teamsters Support Spectrum Strikers  Joint Council 16  ...Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda sent a letter to Charter/Spectrum CEO Thomas M. Rutledge today, demanding that the company negotiate a fair contract with its workforce. Spectrum workers have been on strike for four months, over company demands that they give up their pensions going forward and allow the company to subcontract their work...

IBT Leaders

Ken Hall Op-Ed: Has Big Pharma made America a country of opioid drug addicts?  Newsweek  ...More than 70 percent of McKesson shareholders voted down CEO John Hammergren’s pay package. It was a rare rebuke, and followed a concerted effort by the Teamsters to defeat the executive pay plan. McKesson, along with its two biggest competitors are responsible for the distribution of 85 percent of all prescription drugs in the United States and play a key role in flooding communities with prescription opioids...

Election Supervisor Reaffirms Decision Rejecting Claims of Rules Violations in International Officer Election  Teamster.org  ...Richard Mark, the Election Supervisor for the Election of International Union Officers, has issued a supplemental decision reaffirming his rejection last February of claims that the IBT violated the Election Rules. “Now is the time to pull together and move forward united,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President...

Locals

Teamsters Applaud NLRB Complaint Against Shred-It and Stericycle  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters Local 813 applauds the National Labor Relations Board Region 29 for issuing a consolidated complaint against joint employers Shred-It USA, Inc., and Stericycle, Inc., for anti-worker, anti-union activity. According to the complaint, workers at Shred-It were interrogated about union activity as they organized with the Teamsters...

Low-paid East Bay Paratransit drivers, who transport the disabled, flock to Facebook  KTVU  ...Teamsters Joint Council 7 political director Doug Bloch told KTVU that there is definitely a threat of an all-out strike. "Unfortunately this time it seems we will have to actually strike,” he said. “But our drivers really don’t want to. “They know they are carrying around the most vulnerable people who have no other way to get out of the house to get to their dialysis appointments or to the doctor"...

Union Stands United with Soda Members in Light of Cook County Beverage Tax  Local 727  ...On August 2, 2017, the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax Ordinance went into effect. As a result of this tax and the burden it places on businesses, hundreds of good paying jobs in Cook County are now at risk. “Many of our members have 20 or 30 years of seniority at these bottling companies, servicing thousands of businesses,” said John Coli, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 727...

Pensions

General Executive Board Reviews Legislative Solutions to Pension Crisis  Teamster.org  ...The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Executive Board met in Washington, D.C. yesterday to receive comprehensive briefings on four legislative proposals that address the growing pension crisis that could affect millions of active and retired members across the nation. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and representatives from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), UPS and the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP) presented their proposals...

Teamsters' pension cuts are a step closer to happening  Buffalo News  ...Proposed pension benefits cuts for some active and retired Teamsters, including about 5,200 in Western New York, are a step closer to happening. The Treasury Department approved a plan submitted by the New York State Teamsters Conference Pension and Retirement Fund, requesting permission to implement the cuts. The reductions could take effect Oct. 1...

Rail Teamsters

Teamsters TCRC-CTY ratifies new CN contract  Railway Age  ...CN announced that the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference – Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons (TCRC-CTY) union that represents the company's conductors and yard crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement. The three-year pact, retroactive to July 23, 2016, provides wage increases and benefit improvements to approximately 3,000 conductors...

Teamsters ratify new pact for CN conductors, yard crews  Progressive Railroading  ...The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Conductors, Trainpersons and Yardpersons union that represents CN conductors and yard crews in Canada has ratified a new collective agreement with the Class I. Retroactive to July 23, 2016, the three-year contract provides wage increases and benefit improvements to 3,000 conductors...

UPS Teamsters

Package Division Director Sean O’Brien Visits Local 89 UPS Members  UPS Rising  ...After addressing Teamsters Local 89 stewards about the upcoming contract campaign, Package Division Director Sean O’Brien, Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman and staff walked through the UPS LCH location. Six hours later, the group walked through WorldPort, where more than 100 planes and 1.3 million packages went through the system completely handled by Teamsters.... 

Teamsters accuse UPS of thwarting organizing efforts at Lehigh County warehouse  Business Cycle  ...IIn February 2016, about 30 truck drivers at UPS Ground Freight voted overwhelmingly to join the Teamsters union. But the union claims UPS Freight is refusing to negotiate a labor contract, and legal appeals filed by company have prevented the workers at a Weisenberg Township warehouse from joining the rank-and-file...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

360 Airport Workers Strike in Barcelona  TeleSUR  ...Around 360 airport workers held a partial strike at Barcelona’s El Prat airport in Spain to demand better working conditions. The workers argue Eulen, the company in charge of airport security and control, have failed to respond to their demands which include a pay rise of 350 euros and measures to deal with the excessive workload...

Over 6,000 workers in Egypt strike over delayed bonuses  Egypt Independent  ...Over 6,000 workers of the Egyptian Spinning and Weaving Company in Mahallah city, Gharbiya, began an open-ended strike on Monday evening, demanding the 10 percent bonus promised to them by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the parliament...

A Nafta Win for Trump May Rest on Helping Mexican Workers Get a Raise  Bloomberg  ...Trump wants to stop U.S. companies from moving to Mexico, where workers earn a quarter of what U.S. counterparts make. Closing that gap might convince American firms to stay, which is why U.S. negotiators will push for higher wages and better conditions for Mexican workers when negotiations on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement get underway next week...

As NAFTA talks approach, Mexican officials meet with business leaders in border states  Tucson  ...As talks about revisiting the North American Free Trade Agreement approach, Mexico is aggressively promoting a message of wanting to preserve and enhance the 23-year-old treaty. But rolling back any provisions that Mexico views as favorable to all three countries is not negotiable, Kenneth Smith Ramos, head of the Trade and NAFTA office at the Embassy of Mexico, said...

Australia ready to move forward on 'TPP 11': trade minister  Asian Review  ...Despite America's withdrawal, members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact are focused on reaching an agreement for the 11 remaining countries, Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo said. Australia prefers the agreement stay as close as possible to the original treaty, he said... 

NAFTA needs an overhaul to improve workers’ rights: McQuaig  (opinion) The Star  ...NAFTA has been key to the transformation of Canada over the last two decades, enabling corporations to become ever more dominant economically and politically, while rendering our labour force increasingly vulnerable and insecure...

Why ‘Corporate Responsibility’ Campaigns Fail  The Nation  ...Oddly, in an age of global cosmopolitanism, “corporate social responsibility” campaigns, and technocratic regulations, we haven’t evolved out of medieval labor practices like enslavement and child labor. But could technology hold the key to cleaning up the global supply chain?...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES 

Vermont study group puzzles over working families and the minimum wage  Burlington Free Press  ...Vermont's minimum wage has been rising over the past several years and will reach $10.50 per hour next year. After 2018, the state minimum wage will be tied to inflation. One of the challenges with raising the wage further, as some Vermont lawmakers have proposed, is the potential of bumping workers off state and federal assistance programs...

Justice Dept. sides with Ohio’s purge of inactive voters in case headed to Supreme Court  Washington Post  ...The Justice Department has reversed its position in a high-profile voting case in Ohio, siding with the state in its effort to purge thousands of people from its rolls for not voting in recent elections. The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote...

Higher minimum wage gets KC voters’ support; attention turns to statewide campaign in Missouri  Kansas City Star  ...Kansas City voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a measure to raise the city’s minimum wage above Missouri’s, but the immediate effect is symbolic because the state legislature has passed a law barring cities from setting their own wage floors. Meanwhile, attention turned to a separate initiative petition campaign that aims to raise the minimum wage statewide... 

Dark money pouring into campaign to defend Missouri’s right-to-work law  Kansas City Star  ...Two nonprofits donated $600,000 Tuesday to political action committees working to protect a right-to-work law set to go into effect in Missouri later this month. A Kansas City-based nonprofit called American Democracy Alliance donated $350,000 to a PAC called Liberty Alliance and $150,000 to a PAC called Missourians for Worker Freedom...

Iowa Union Lawyer Warns of Lawsuits on Overtime Pay  Iowa Public Radio  ...Iowa’s largest public employees union is warning of likely legal action after hundreds of government workers lost their overtime rights as of July 1st. Under Iowa’s new collective bargaining law, professional employees who hold 160 different government jobs will no longer get paid for overtime... 

More than 100 St. Louis businesses opt to keep $10 minimum wage, despite new state law  Post-Dispatch  ...More than 100 local businesses have pledged to continue paying workers at least $10 an hour, despite a law taking effect this month that will override a minimum wage raise for more than 30,000 workers in St. Louis. Apotheosis Comics, Spoked Bikes, Nixta and Local Harvest are among dozens of restaurants and stores that will continue paying minimum wage workers a rate of $10 an hour...

Trump spurs wave of state immigration laws  The Hill  ...Lawmakers in 42 states and the District of Columbia passed a total of 133 new measures this year governing some part of their state’s relationship with immigrants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Immigrant Policy Project... 

California Considers Suing Trump Administration Over Immigration  TruthDig  ...Following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to withhold certain federal funds from “sanctuary cities” that harbor undocumented immigrants, it appears that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a team of like-minded lawyers are prepared to sue the Trump administration in turn...

 

U.S. LABOR

Under the Hood of Nissan’s Campaign to Stop Thousands in Mississippi from Earning a Fair Return on their Work  Jobs with Justice  ...Last month, Nissan’s autoworkers in Canton decided they wanted to vote and have a say over their working conditions. They were motivated to innovate where Nissan failed to, seeking the safe, healthy, and dynamic workplace the profitable company promised when it opened the plant 15 years ago. But the automaker’s extreme actions robbed its employees of a free and fair vote...

Warehouse workers for major clothing retailers walk out over low wages  NJ.com  ...Workers at Freeze warehouse, also known as Central Mills Inc., walked out of the distribution center on Ridge Road at 8 a.m., alleging unfair labor practices, according to a statement from their union, the Laundry Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United SEIU. The union said long-term employees have been earning wages less than $9.50 an hour...

Tesla's pro-union workers say a skipped step with the Model 3 could lead to injuries during 'production hell'   Business Insider  ...As Tesla prepares to ramp up production for the Model 3, some factory workers are using the occasion to put pressure on management to meet the demands of a union effort. Tesla made company history in July when it delivered the first 30 Model 3 sedans, marking the start of production for its first mass-market vehicle...

Foothill Transit strike ends; normal bus service expected to resume Tuesday morning  San Gabriel Valley Tribune  ...A strike that stranded 24,000 Foothill Transit bus riders Monday was quickly settled the same day, with managers predicting a return to full service Tuesday. The work stoppage began just after midnight Monday when 50 mechanics represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1756 walked off the job and away from contract negotiations...

SAG-AFTRA ratifies new contract with studios  Los Angeles Times  ...SAG-AFTRA said late Monday that its members have voted to approve a new three-year contract with the major Hollywood studios, ratifying the tentative agreement that the union reached in July. Members of the screen actors union voted nearly 76% in favor of the contract...

Restaurants Are the New Factories  The Atlantic  ...Restaurant jobs are on fire in 2017, growing faster than health care, construction, or manufacturing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics calls this subsector “food services and drinking places,” and the jobs are mostly at sit-down restaurants, which make up 50 percent of the category...

Donald Trump Is The Fast-Food President  Huffington Post  ...The oil and gas sector, coal producers and for-profit colleges are all clear winners in the Trump team’s mission to deconstruct the administrative state. But so far, fast food, retail and other lower-wage industries have benefited as much as anyone from the administration’s great regulatory rollback...

California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage  Fortune  ...Farmers say they're having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone. he ongoing battle about U.S. immigration policies is blamed for the shortage...

Braceros Strike After One Worker Dies  American Prospect  ...A farmworker’s death in the broiling fields of Washington state has prompted his fellow braceros to put their livelihoods in jeopardy by going on strike, joining a union, being discharged—and risking deportation. When Honesto Silva Ibarra collapsed and went to the hospital, a group of workers went to the ranch management and asked for safer working conditions... 

Trump’s Bid to Pit Black and Brown Workers Against Each Other  Bill Moyers  ...President Trump has resurrected an old canard in his effort to sell a new effort to restrict immigration into the United States. The legislation he backs, he said at a White House ceremony, was necessary in part to protect “minority workers competing for jobs against brand-new arrivals” under the current immigration system...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

GOP debates deep cut to corporate tax rate  The Hill  ...Republicans are wrestling with how low to cut the corporate tax rate. While GOP lawmakers and the White House all believe that the current rate of 35 percent is too high and makes the U.S. business climate less competitive, some policymakers want to cut it more deeply than others...

Public Works Funding Falls as Infrastructure Deteriorates  New York Times  ...Government spending on transportation and other public works is in decline as federal funding stagnates and state and local governments tighten their belts. Such spending equaled 1.4 percent of the nation’s economic output in the second quarter of 2017, the lowest level on record, according to Census Bureau data...

On The 3-Year Anniversary Of Michael Brown’s Death, How Far Have We Come?  Huffington Post  ...Three years later, on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s inexcusable death at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, it is challenging to contemplate the United States of 2017. Michael Brown’s death sparked genuine conversations about race relations throughout the country, yet America still has such a long way to go...

Trump Rebuffs His Opioid Task Force, Declines To Declare State Of Emergency  Huffington Post  ...President Donald Trump has decided not to officially declare a state of emergency for the opioid crisis, his health and human services secretary said Tuesday, a week after a White House task force recommended the president take “urgent” action to stem overdose deaths...

The definitive proof ICE is going after immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for decades  Think Progress  ...The GEO Group, a for-profit private prison operator that works closely with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, is hardly glum about its disappointing second-quarter earnings report Monday. Profits declined but are expect a rebound thanks to a “gradual increase in interior enforcement”...

Republicans on recess hold town halls, are met with constituents angry about health care  Salon  ...As lawmakers head back to their districts for the August congressional recess, many of them are bracing to hear earfuls from their constituents over national healthcare policy during their latest round of town hall meetings. With the Republicans’ failure to repeal the ACA this summer and with the cost of healthcare continuing to rise lawmakers will struggle to pivot attention away from healthcare...

Trump's Continued Silence on Minn. Mosque Attack 'An Outrage,' Says Rep. Ellison  Common Dreams  ...President Donald Trump's continued silence following the recent bombing of a mosque in a Minneapolis suburb "is an outrage," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Wednesday. The explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minn., took place Saturday morning... 

The Trump Administration Is Going After Some of Our Most Stunning National Monuments  Mother Jones  ...Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is three months into a review of 27 national monuments to determine whether they should be shrunk, abolished or left intact. Zinke’s review comes as he continues to fill his department with pro-industry officials and amid a broader push at the Interior Department for increased energy development on public lands...

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