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This Week's Teamster News for September 16-22

 

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Community Action & Relief

Teamsters Local 769 Relief Efforts to the Florida Keys  Local 769  ...On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Teamsters Local 769 Recording Secretary and Business Agent Rolando Pina and David Renshaw, Business Agent and Human Rights Commission, were granted access and made a round trip to Key West. During that one day round trip, the two of them made 16 stops throughout the Keys. At each stop they delivered some much needed supplies to the members and to communities within the Florida Keys...

Teamsters Mourn Death of Memphis Sanitation Worker Who Went on Strike in 1968  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Union is mourning the death of Alvin Turner, who participated in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike and who has stood with the Teamsters over the years to help raise standards for workers in the waste industry. Turner, along with Baxter Leach, participated in numerous rallies and events for the Teamsters over the years...

New York Teamsters stand for sanctuary  Socialist Worker  ...Teamsters Joint Council 16, representing 120,000 Teamsters in 27 locals across the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Long Island, the Hudson Valley and Puerto Rico, has declared itself a "sanctuary union." The vote to do so was given added urgency by the early September deportation of Eber García Vasquez...

Contract Campaigns

Republic Parking Teamsters unanimously ratify new contract  Local 117  ...A small group of Teamsters who work for Republic Parking in downtown Seattle voted to ratify a new three-year contract last week. It was unanimous – all members voted in favor of the agreement. Members will receive wage increases in every year of the contract and increased contributions to their retirement plan...

Union and First Transit DuPage Reach Tentative Agreement  Local 727  ...After several rounds of negotiations, Teamsters Local 727 and First Transit DuPage were able to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract. The proposed three-year agreement represents the best contract First Transit DuPage members have ever had. It includes significant wage increases over the life of the contract, enhanced seniority privileges, and improved working conditions...

Moving Closer to a Strike, UPS Aircraft Mechanics File New Request to Be Released from Mediated Negotiations  Teamster.org  ...Following close to four years of UPS refusing to bargain fairly on a new contract with its aircraft mechanics and related classifications, the workforce of approximately 1,300 employees who maintain the company’s air fleet filed a new request with the National Mediation Board (NMB) today asking to be released from mediated contract negotiations with the  company...

St. Paul school nutrition workers fight for new contract  Fox  ...Dozens of St. Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services workers took their fight for a new contract to Tuesday night’s school board meeting. The previous contract expired on June 30. The workers tell Fox 9 the latest offer includes no raises for many of the lowest-paid workers after years of only minimal bumps in pay. “What it means for our members is they are unable to keep up with the cost of living,” said Brian Aldes, Secretary/Treasurer for Teamsters Local 320...

Saugus public safety dispatchers ask town to negotiate contract  Wicked Local  ...A union representative for the Saugus public safety dispatchers is pressing the town to engage in the collective bargaining process with the union. Joan Corey, a business agent with Teamsters Local 25, appeared in front of the Board of Selectmen Sept. 13 to brief board members on the contractual status of the town’s public safety dispatchers...

Union workers at Yakima's S.S. Steiner go on strike over contract language  Yakima Herald  ...Two dozen union workers at S.S. Steiner went on strike at noon Tuesday over the hop supplier’s proposals, which they say will dilute essential worker rights. One point of contention is contract language that would remove the power of the arbitration process, the final step in a union worker grievance process, said Leonard Crouch, administrative officer for Teamsters Local Union No. 760...

Teamsters trustee: 'We are not there yet' on Maple City Ice strike  Norwalk Reflector  ...Maple City Ice Co. and Teamsters’ Union Local 20 met for nearly six hours Tuesday. The session with a federal mediator started about 3 p.m. and ended about 8:45. The next set of negotiations is set for Sept. 29. “Currently we are under a five-year contract. I proposed a three-year contract,” Teamsters trustee and business representative Mark Schmiehausen said... 

National Campaigns & Action

Teamsters Women Conference Convenes in San Antonio  Teamster.org  ...The 2017 Teamster's Women's Conference kicked off Sunday, in San Antonio, Texas where over a thousand Teamster women gathered from all across North America in solidarity and unity of sisterhood. The three-day annual conference perfectly themed "Teamster Women Spur Change", provides the opportunity for women of all backgrounds to unite and empower one another through educational workshops, panels, and social activities...

Teamster Women Spur Empowerment  Teamster.org  ...Teamster Women's Conference continued its second day on Monday, with an address from Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer  Ken Hall, to more than a thousand Teamster women in San Antonio, Texas. "We’re thrilled to be in San Antonio, in a room filled with such amazing and vigorous Teamster women. It is because of your commitment and energy to the Teamsters Union, that makes this event so successful every year," said Hall...

Teamsters Package Division Opposes New UPS “Seasonal Personal Vehicle Driver” Classification  UPS Rising  ...Teamsters Package Division Director Denis Taylor sent a letter to UPS Labor to express the objections of both the master and supplemental negotiating committees to UPS’s unilateral move to create a new “Seasonal Personal Vehicle Driver” (SPVD) classification...

Teamsters UPS and UPS Freight Screening Committees to Meet Sept. 25th  UPS Rising  ...The UPS and UPS Freight Screening Committees are scheduled for September 25th and the Two-Person Review is scheduled for October 17th. Teamsters Package Division Director Denis Taylor, Co-Chair of the UPS National Negotiating Committee, will lead the meetings along with Kris Taylor who is Co-Chair of the UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee...

Teamsters Demand Lobbying Transparency at FedEx  Teamster.org  ...The Teamsters Union along with Investor Voice, a representative of the Equality Network Foundation, are sponsors of a shareholder proposal calling on FedEx to publicly disclose the corporation’s lobbying activity. “I strongly urge all FedEx shareholders to join us in sending a strong demand for transparency and accountability at FedEx,” said Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall...

Locals

Wismettac Asian Foods Workers Vote to Join Teamsters  Teamster.org  ...Following a six-month organizing effort, 140 warehouse workers, drivers and other employees at Wismettac Asian Foods voted on September 19 to join Teamsters Local 630 in Los Angeles. The vote count was 75-22 in favor of union representation. “I joined this fight because I want a voice at work with respect and dignity,” said Tim Ho, a warehouse worker who has been working at Wismettac for 26 years...

Teamsters distribute leaflets at Boston Globe headquarters, cite ‘anti-worker tactics’ by management  Boston Globe  ...Members of the Teamsters Local 25 representing drivers who deliver the Boston Globe newspaper handed out leaflets Monday outside the company’s headquarters in downtown Boston, asserting company leadership is engaging in “anti-worker tactics.” One of the Teamsters handing out leaflets said they were being forced to start working out of a facility in Newton that isn’t completely ready...

Amazon Prime Air Pilots Protest Working Conditions  Pay Scale  ...Teamsters Local 1224 pilots hope to draw attention to what they say are poor working conditions and low compensation at these carriers, and to provoke Amazon to exert pressure on their partners to improve. “We want Prime Air to succeed, and that’s why it’s our responsibility to expose the ticking time bomb behind the marketing hype and let customers and investors know what’s really going on,” said Capt. Michael Griffith...

UPS Driver by Day, Country Rock Star by Night  UPS Rising  ...When it comes to parcels and pitch, Criss Petersen has a gift. When he’s not driving a UPS truck out of the Colts Neck center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, the 11-year UPS employee and member of Teamsters Local 177 spends much of his time playing gigs and practicing with his band, American Road. Criss’s band is making a name for itself in the modern country music scene...

One-actor show portrays leader of 1934 Teamsters strikes  Workday Minnesota  ...Veteran solo performer,  playwright and former Minneapolis resident Howard Petrick returns to the Twin Cities with his new show, “Fight for 52 Cents,” an engrossing and electrifying memoir of Minneapolis’ revolutionary labor leader, Vincent Raymond Dunne. Dunne led the 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strikes, among the most influential in American history...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

G.M. Workers Strike in Canada as Mexico Jobs Raise Tension  New York Times  ...Workers at a General Motors assembly plant in Ontario went on strike late Sunday as union leaders reported an impasse in talks to keep Canadian jobs from moving to Mexico. The roughly 2,750 unionized employees at the factory, in Ingersoll, Ontario, may have been emboldened because it builds the Chevrolet Equinox, a small sport-utility vehicle that is a sales success for G.M...

25 Million in Forced Labor Globally in 2016  Solidarity Center  ...Some 25 million people toiled in forced labor around the world in 2016, and 18 percent were children, according to two new reports by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation. “Global Estimates of Child Labor” and “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery” estimate that overall, 40.3 million people are victims of “modern slavery,” which the report describes as including forced labor and forced marriage...

Mexico-U.S. trade would survive any NAFTA rupture: Mexico foreign minister  Reuters  ...Trade between the United States and Mexico would not end if the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was terminated, Mexico’s foreign minister said on Friday, after a new U.S. plan emerged to build a five-year sunset provision into the treaty...

Push for NAFTA Overhaul May Fall Short, U.S. Negotiator Says  New York Times  ...The top United States trade negotiator said Monday that it was unclear whether Canada, Mexico and the United States could reach a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement within the ambitious timetable set by the Trump administration. The Trump administration has carved out a narrow path to victory on NAFTA, pledging to hammer out substantial changes in a matter of months...

Mexico reels following devastating earthquake  USA Today  ...Mexicans were reeling Wednesday, as rescuers worked through the night to try and find survivors of a devastating earthquake that rocked central Mexico the previous day. The country's civil defense chief lowered the death toll to 217 early Wednesday. It had previously been put at 248 by authorities...

Nicaragua Joins Paris Accord, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria  Bloomberg  ...Nicaragua will reportedly join the Paris climate accord, leaving the U.S. and Syria as the only two nations left refusing to support the landmark deal to fight global warming. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told state media that his government planned to sign the agreement...

How white supremacy went global  Washington Post  ...Recently, global white supremacy has been making a comeback, attracting adherents by stoking a new unease with changing demographics, using an expanded rhetoric of deluge and cultivating nostalgia for a time when various white governments ruled the world (and local cities). At the fringes, longing for lost white regimes forged a new global iconography of supremacy...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES 

W.Va. right-to-work injunction overturned  News and Sentinel  ...The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower’s court’s injunction that blocked the implementation of a right-to-work law passed by the Legislature in 2016. The court reversed a decision by Kanawha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey, who granted the injunction requested by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and other unions...

Wisconsin appeals court upholds 'right-to-work' law, dealing blow to unions  Journal Sentinel  ...The state Court of Appeals upheld Wisconsin's "right-to-work" law Tuesday, dealing a second legal blow to unions two months after a similar federal lawsuit was thrown out. GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers in 2015 approved the law, which prohibits labor contracts that require all workers in certain job classifications — including those who don't want to belong to a union — to pay union fees...

Michigan OKs $12 minimum wage proposal aimed at 2018 ballot  Detroit Free Press  ...Organizers of a petition drive to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 got the green light from the state Board of Canvassers Tuesday and will begin to collect signatures for the November 2018 ballot. The group is proposing gradually increasing the minimum wage to $12 by 2022, and for workers who receive tips, the minimum wage would get to $12 per hour by 2024...

Minnesota: appeals court rejects Chamber bid to block Minneapolis sick-leave rule  Business Journal  ...The Minnesota Court of Appeals has let stand Minneapolis' new ordinance requiring most employers to give workers sick leave, turning back an effort from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to block the rule. It upholds a lower court decision from early this year...

Arizona Labor Activists Preserve Local Control  American Prospect  ...Labor activists in Arizona fought to uphold the law, and this time, the law won. In some areas of the country, conservative state legislators are trying to pre-empt municipal labor regulations on issues like paid sick days. Arizona legislators passed a measure last year, HB 2579, that bans towns, cities, and counties from requiring employers to provide “additional employee benefits”...

California union power on display in just-completed legislative session  SacBee  ...Organized labor left its stamp on the just-completed California legislative session. Unions’ efforts sent to Gov. Jerry Brown measures that give their leaders access to employees’ emails, restrict ports from expanding automation that could displace workers and expand prevailing wage requirements for housing construction...

Rhode Island: Anti-Trump Anger Energizes State To Pass Paid Sick Leave  Huffington Post  ...Rhode Island is about to become the eighth state in the country to give workers paid sick leave ― and activists are partly crediting the anti-Trump movement for their victory. On Tuesday, the state’s legislature passed a bill requiring employers to offer three paid days off per year to sick workers beginning in July 2018, with the number increasing to five days in 2020 and beyond...

GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention  The Hill  ...A group of GOP state legislators spent four days last week in Phoenix outlining how to run a constitutional convention that would pave the way for new amendments mandating a balanced budget and possibly congressional term limits. Nineteen states including Arizona, Iowa and New Hampshire had representation at the meeting...

 

U.S. LABOR

Rally for Striking Spectrum Workers Draws Crowd in NYC  Multichannel News  ...As a strike by more than 1,700 union-member employees of Charter Communications' Spectrum cable and broadband operations in the New York City area passes the six-month mark, a union-backed demonstration Monday in Brooklyn and Manhattan drew thousands of the sidelined workers and their supporters.. The strike, largely over economic issues such as pension and health-care benefits, is with Local 3 of the IBEW, which called for the demonstration...

Unions Are Training Hotel Workers to Face Down Immigration Raids  Bloomberg  ...Hotel workers in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York have been gathering for training sessions recently on how to handle visits from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sessions, organized by the labor union Unite Here!, teach workers how to effectively stonewall ICE agents, emphasizing employees’ right to refuse to answer questions or show identification...

Trump to nominate management-side lawyer Peter Robb for NLRB general counsel  Reuters  ...Robb has been with Vermont-based law firm Downs Rachlin Martin since 1995 and in the past few years published articles critical of NLRB rules designed to speed up the union election process and board decisions that struck down common workplace rules. He must be confirmed by the Senate...

Trump Stacks Labor Department with Friends of Big Business  American Prospect  ...Despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric that promised to bring a voice for workers into the White House, he is filling the DOL with lobbyists, anti-union activists, industry executives, and management-side lawyers who appear hell-bent on erasing the work of Obama’s Labor Department...

A radical Republican proposal to roll back worker protections  The Hill  ...Republicans in Congress, urged on by wealthy corporate lobbyists, have introduced H.R. 3441. They say it is intended to overturn Browning Ferris. The bill would certainly do that, but it would do much, much more. In fact, as a practical matter the legislation would eliminate joint employment under the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act...

15 GOP Senators Introduce Bill To Curb Unions  Labor Press  ...Fifteen Senate Republicans introduced a bill Sept. 8 intended to make it harder for unions to win the ability to represent employees in a workplace and keep it. The legislation, called the Employee Rights Act, would outlaw employers recognizing unions by card check, and mandate that unions not just win a majority of those who cast votes in a secret-ballot election, but a majority of all employees in the workplace...

Bump in U.S. Incomes Doesn’t Erase 50 Years of Pain  New York Times  ...When the Census Bureau released its annual report on the country’s economic well-being on Tuesday, it showed unmistakable progress. For many Americans, though, the recent progress is still dwarfed by profound changes that have been building for nearly a half-century: rising inequality and rusted-stuck incomes...

How Heat Kills Farmworkers  Mother Jones  ...With laborers harvesting in some of the hottest regions of the country, at least four  US farmworkers die from heat annually—20 times the rate in all non-military employees, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But such tragedies are preventable. Indeed, it was the death of 10 outdoor workers in 2005 that actually prompted California to institute a heat protection law...

White people are really confident that things are getting better for black people  Washington Post  ..Americans, especially wealthy whites, vastly overestimate progress toward racial economic equality despite evidence of persistent gaps between black and white workers when it comes to hourly wages, annual income and household wealth, according to a new paper by Yale University researchers published Monday...

A handful of ultra-rich dynastic families are bleeding the country dry — and destroying American democracy  (opinion) Raw Story  ...Those children will be able to live off of the income these assets generate, and then leave the bulk of them – which in the intervening years will have grown far more valuable – to their own heirs, tax-free. After a few generations of this, almost all of the nation’s wealth will be in the hands of a few thousand families...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS 

Puerto Rico entirely without power as Hurricane Maria hammers island with force not seen in ‘modern history’  Washington Post  ...Hurricane Maria raked across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, ripping roofs off buildings, filling homes with water and knocking out power to the entire population. "Definitely Puerto Rico — when we can get outside — we will find our island destroyed," Puerto Rico's emergency management director, Abner Gomez, said...

Latest GOP Effort To Replace Obamacare Could End Health Care For Millions  NPR  ...The bill, introduced Sept. 13 by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., with little hope of going anywhere, has gained steam in its short life and now looks like it may actually come to a vote in the Senate in the coming days. Many opponents say the bill will result in millions of people losing their insurance coverage...

Report finds that every state would suffer under Trumpcare  Think Progress  ...The latest attempt by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, spearheaded by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would reduce federal funding to states by $215 billion over ten years, ultimately decreasing funding for all states, according to an analysis released Wednesday. The bill has the support of President Donald Trump...

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers  New York Times  ...At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. The reason, experts say: Opioid drugs are generally cheap while safer alternatives are often more expensive...

Despite 80 arrests so far, St. Louis activists are still protesting acquittal of killer cop  Think Progress  ...Scores of protesters are in the streets of downtown St. Louis again on Monday morning in a fourth consecutive day of mass demonstrations against the acquittal of former St. Louis Police Department officer Jason Stockley on Friday. The group marching Monday is smaller than the crowds that protested over the weekend, when local reporters said about 1,000 people met for rallies, die-ins, and street marches each day...

Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn't leave poor behind?  Christian Science Monitor  ...If Houston is able to recover from Harvey in a way that doesn’t maintain or exacerbate inequality in the city, it will become an exception to the rule for disaster-hit American cities. In a study of disasters in the United States from 1920 to 2010, a group of researchers from around the country found that poverty rates increased by one percentage point in counties hit by disasters...

Trump Pick for Civil Rights Role Is a Lawyer Who’s Pushed Voting Restrictions  Mother Jones  ...The appointment of Cameron Quinn to a prominent civil rights role is a testament to the influence in the Trump administration of a small cadre of conservative lawyers and activists who have fought against voting rights in recent years, many of whom Trump appointed to the commission he convened to ensure election integrity...

174 Television Stations Are Being Forced To Air Trump Propaganda Disguised As News  Politics USA  ...Sinclair Broadcasting is forcing all 174 stations that they own across the country to air daily pro-Trump propaganda segments. The Providence Journal reported: The company that owns WJAR-TV is mandating the broadcast of multiple programs favorable to President Donald Trump on the state’s most-watched television station...

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