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This Week's Teamster News For September 2-8

 

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Campaigns & Organizing

XPO Workers Demand Fairness, Respect at XPO Logistics’ Terminals Nationwide  Teamster.org  ...Workers at multiple locations across the nation today “marched on their bosses,” delivering a clear message to management and demands that XPO Logistics, Inc. bargain their contracts in good faith without delays. They also want the company to respect the rights of its workers to organize and form a union without intimidation or harassment...

Safeway.com Delivery Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters Local 174  Teamster.org  ...Almost 70 delivery drivers at Safeway.com voted today to join Teamsters Local 174, a historic victory with potentially wide-ranging effects as these are the first Safeway.com delivery drivers in the nation to vote to join a Union. “This is huge for us. Everyone at this company was a Union member except for us,” said Safeway.com driver and lead Organizing Committee member Dan Oliver...

Over 1,400 Trades Workers Join Teamsters Local 2010  Teamster.org  ...Skilled trades workers with the State Employees Trades Council (SETC-United) overwhelmingly voted to affiliate with Teamsters Local 2010 on Thursday, August 31. Over 1,000 workers voted from across California, with 75 percent voting in favor of the joining the Teamsters...

Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize  NPR  ...The Broadway League said the casting directors are independent contractors who work on more than one show at a time. Casting directors counter that that's exactly what lighting designers and set designers do. They all work on multiple shows, and they're unionized. Twelve years ago, casting directors joined up with the Teamsters to organize their film and TV work...

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, Canadian Pacific Reach Tentative Agreement  Teamsters Canada  ...The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), which represents the running trade employees at Canadian Pacific, has agreed to a tentative one year agreement with company, subject to ratification by the membership. The one-year agreement includes some improvements to the working conditions for the membership... 

Pilots sue as Horizon defers delivery of EMB-175s  CH-Aviation  ...In its filing, Teamsters 1224 claims that by leasing the aircraft to SkyWest, Alaska is violating an agreement that Union pilots "would have the exclusive right to fly all of those firm order aircraft."  a 2016 Letter of Agreement between the Teamsters and AAG states that "none of the Firm aircraft acquired and placed into revenue service under the Order" shall be flown by anyone except Horizon pilots...

Community Action

Hoosier American Legion, Teamsters 135 Collects Supplies For Hurricane Survivors  WBIW  ...The American Legion, Department of Indiana and the Indiana Teamsters 135 are working to collect supplies and donations in preparation for Hurricane Irma and in response to Hurricane Harvey. Teamsters donated a 53' trailer to be loaded with public donations and driven directly to where the need is greatest next Wednesday, September 13, after Hurricane Irma is projected to make landfall...

Teamster Eber Garcia Vasquez Deported by ICE  Joint Council 16  ...Eber Garcia Vasquez, a long-time New York Teamster member and father of four was deported to Guatemala today. “I am saddened, and frankly shocked that Eber was deported so quickly,” George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents 120,000 workers in downstate New York. The Teamsters union and immigration advocates mounted a campaign to convince ICE to release Eber...

Political Action

Hoffa: Autonomous Vehicle Bill Has Room for Improvement as it Makes its Long March Through Congress  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the vote to pass H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, legislation allowing for the nationwide deployment of automated driving technology: “As the legislation concerning autonomous vehicles moves forward through Congress, the interests of working Americans and the safety of our roadways must be a top priority for lawmakers... 

House passes major piece of driverless vehicle legislation. But questions remain on how trucks fit in.  Washington Post  ...Teamsters were among the groups pushing Congress to stay clear of trucks. The union, which represents 600,000 drivers, commended members of Congress “for recognizing that a starting point for any discussion on this subject was that no legislation should impact commercial motor vehicles or traditional commercial drivers,” Hoffa said in a statement...

Teamsters: New NAFTA Should Follow Lead of Canadian Labor Proposal  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and Teamsters Canada President François Laporte in response to the end of round two of NAFTA renegotiations in Mexico City earlier this week: “We applaud the Canadian delegation for insisting on truly high-standard text – especially as to labor issues"...

Hoffa: unions can jump-start economy  The Detroit News  ...Watching the response of the Teamsters and other unions’ members to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey makes Labor Day this year more meaningful than ever. The Teamsters have always been an early responder in times of crisis. Unions have a decades-long history of growing wealth for workers. The U.S. economy benefits more Americans when unions are strong...

Teamsters to Dreamers: “We Stand with You”  Joint Council 16  ...Teamsters Joint Council 16 President George Miranda, who also serves as president of the Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus, on the administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): "The Teamsters stand with immigrant workers and immigrant families. We stand with our members and their families, whether they have documents or not"...

Hoffa: Teamsters Support Immigration Reform with Path to Citizenship  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on the decision handed down from the White House today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order originally put in place under President Obama. “The Teamsters are disappointed by this decision, as the union has long supported immigration reform and a path to citizenship for our nation’s ‘dreamers’...

Strikes

Strikers say community support is strong  Norwalk Reflector  ...The eight drivers, members of the Teamsters Local 20 who all have at least 20 years of service to the company, said the strike is all about their pensions and the company pulling their money out of the pension. “This isn’t fair,” said another driver. “We have worked too long and too hard for this to happen”...

Striking ground crew members blocking traffic at Toronto Pearson airport  Global News  ...About 700 baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and other ground crew employed by Swissport at Torontos Pearson International Airport have been on strike since late July. Workers have complained of scheduling issues, a wage freeze and a lack of respect from Swissport for their work. The Teamsters union said it is also fighting benefit cuts by Swissport...

UPS Teamsters

Taylor Named Package Division Director  Teamster.org  ...Denis Taylor, principal officer of Local 355 in Baltimore, has been appointed Package Division Director and co-chair of the UPS National Negotiating Committee. Denis is a long time Teamster and also serves as an International Trustee on the General Executive Board and President of Joint Council 62...

Local 104 Wins More Than $14,000 in Rewards for Subcontracting Grievances at UPS  UPS Rising  ...UPS Teamsters in Phoenix scored a major victory against subcontracting at UPS with the settlement of 81 grievances filed against the company for violations during Amazon Prime week. All told, Local 104 secured $14,258.19 for 24 feeder drivers affected by the subcontracting...

Teamsters Reject UPS Proposal for Full-Time Seasonal Personal Vehicle Drivers  UPS Rising  ...Teamsters Package Division on the company’s proposal to create a new classification of Full-Time Seasonal Personal Vehicle Drivers: "We have no intention of permitting the company to utilize seasonal employees to transport ground packages in their own vehicles. We would consider any attempt by the company to initiate such a program to be a violation of the current contract"... 

UPS plan to hire delivery drivers using personal vehicles riles union  WDRB  ...he union representing thousands of UPS drivers across the country is pushing back on the company’s plan to hire people to deliver packages using their personal vehicles during this year’s busy holiday season. The union warned the company against attempting to “establish a parallel work force to which it can divert” work reserved for union-represented employees under UPS’ labor contract with the Teamsters...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE 

UK: McDonald’s workers rally outside parliament amid first UK strike  The Guardian  ...Up to 200 people rallied outside the Houses of Parliament in London to protest against poor pay and conditions at McDonald’s as workers at the restaurant staged their first UK strike. Employees, union workers and members of parliament, including the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, gathered on College Green as part of an international day of action on Monday...

ITF and IKEA begin dialogue to eliminate supply chain exploitation  AJOT  ...Global union federation the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has commenced talks with IKEA aimed at eradicating exploitation from the Swedish furniture giant’s European supply chain. The two organisations met on Friday to discuss concerns raised by trade unions about conditions for drivers in companies contracted by IKEA... 

Canada demands U.S. end ‘right to work’ laws as part of NAFTA talks  Globe and Mail  ...Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called "right to work" laws – accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money – as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal...

Round of NAFTA talks ends amid resistance over Mexico wages  Washington Post  ...The second round of talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement ended Tuesday amid resistance to discussing Mexico’s low wages and large differences over dispute resolution mechanisms. The head negotiators for all three countries at the talks in Mexico City said progress had been made...

The Auto Industry Is a Major Obstacle to Trump’s NAFTA Deal  Fortune  ...NAFTA negotiators discussed rules of origin on Monday as the Trump administration's expected demand for U.S.-specific automotive content requirements was emerging as a major obstacle to a deal, auto industry lobbyists said. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to abandon the 23-year-old pact unless it can be rewritten to reduce U.S. goods trade deficit...

U.S. Trade Representative Looks for ‘Successful’ Discussions With South Korea  Wall Street Journal  ...The Trump administration’s chief trade negotiator said Tuesday that he is looking to negotiate some changes to the Korea-U.S. free-trade agreement and that he is hoping for a “successful discussion” with the South Koreans—avoiding any mention of a possible termination of the five-year-old pact...

Progressive Workers Will Not Be Divided In Fight Against NAFTA  (opinion) Huffington Post  ...NAFTA set the stage for corporations to play one country's workers off against another. The result has been a race to the bottom and a drain of good jobs from Canada and the United States to Mexico for the past 23 years. Not that Mexican workers have benefited from this trade deal. The opposite is true...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

West Virginia: Right-to-Work law could be headed for more delays after Supreme Court arguments  Metro News  ...he overriding issue is whether employees who join a workplace represented by a union have to pay some form of dues, whether they embrace union representation or not. Tuesday’s arguments were the first of the fall term for the Supreme Court. The Court could make one of any number of decisions with the case. An order is expected sometime later this year...

Michigan group plans $12 minimum wage petition  The Detroit News  ...Michigan’s minimum wage would rise to $12 per hour by 2022 and tipped workers would earn the same guarantee by 2024 under a potential ballot proposal announced Thursday. The state minimum wage is already set to rise from $8.90 an hour to $9.25 next year... 

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens warns against raising minimum wage to $15  Kansas City Star  ...Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens came out strongly against raising the minimum wage to $15 while promoting his economic agenda Wednesday in Kansas City. The Republican governor visited the downtown offices of Spring Venture Group, a Kansas City insurance company that is set to expand its workforce from 400 to 800 over the next two years...

Missouri labor unions use the holiday to fight against Missouri's "Right-to-Work" law  KY3  ...The latest show of strength by the labor unions came after the Missouri legislature passed and Gov. Eric Greitens signed a new right to work law earlier this year that gave workers the right not to join unions or pay dues. That law was to have taken effect on August 28, but the labor unions around the state gathered up 310,000 signatures to place the issue on the November 2018 ballot...

California unions on a political roll, but see threats on horizon  CalMatters  ...Union leaders have not been shy about using that clout. At their behest, dozens, or even hundreds, of bills are introduced in each legislative session, and while not all make it into law, many – especially those sponsored by the public sector unions – are successful. The efforts of private economy unions often face stiff opposition from business and employer groups...

States file lawsuit challenging Trump decision on Dreamers  Reuters  ...Fifteen states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to end protections and benefits for young people who were brought into the United States illegally as children. The multistate lawsuit filed by a group of Democratic attorneys general on Wednesday to protect beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program argues their state economies will be hurt if residents lose their status...

Bradley Foundation Funnels Millions to State Policy Network Groups  ExposedbyCMD.org  ...Earlier this summer, CMD exposed the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, a $800 million tax-exempt “charitable” organization pursuing a highly partisan game plan: funding an “infrastructure” on the right that benefits the Republican Party, while at the same time attempting to defund labor unions, “a principal funding pillar of the left” and a key supporter of the Democratic Party...

These Labor Laws Are Suppressing Black Workers  Fortune  ...A total of 28 states, including three this year, have passed right-to-work legislation, a sledgehammer that dilutes worker organization and bargaining, paving the way for lower wages and a host of labor violations. The brainchild of known white supremacists in the first half of the 20th century, right-to-work is a direct descendent of Jim Crow...

 

U.S. LABOR

Thousands Demand $15 and a Union in U.S. Labor Day Protests  UNI Global Union  ...Chants echoed, signs were hoisted, and demands were made as tens-of-thousands of activists protested in more than 400 American cities for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the right to freely form a union. The U.S. Labor Day protests also launched a year-long drive to mobilize voters to defeat anti-worker attacks spearheaded by right-wing elected officials...

Picketing continues as Spectrum strike surpasses 5th month  SI Live  ...Amid a strike dragging into its sixth month, workers continue to picket outside of Spectrum's Staten Island office to protest what they call "unfair labor practice" and to "protect" their medical and pension plans. The ongoing labor dispute has now surpassed 157 days...

WGA West President David Goodman: ‘We Will Need Another Strike Threat’  Variety  ...Hollywood writers will need to issue an official strike threat in 2020 to get a decent contract, according to the incoming president of the Writers Guild of America West. David A. Goodman, who will become the new WGA West president on Sept. 18, has told members in recent days that getting a strike authorization is essential... 

Nike says it will lay off 745 in Oregon by month's end  Oregon Live  ...Nike says it will eliminate 745 jobs in Oregon by the end of September, quantifying for the first time how the broad restructuring announced in June will affect its home base. That means just over half the layoffs planned by the company will take place at its corporate headquarters in Washington County...

City Council approves law boosting pay, easing unionization for airport workers  Chicago Tribune  ...The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Wednesday that will give airport baggage handlers, janitors and other contracted workers a pay bump and make it easier for them to form a union. The law, expected to affect 8,000 workers, requires airline subcontractors to abide by certain labor standards...

Amazon Warehouse Employees Are the Most Important Workers in America  Splinter  ...The future is not completely unpredictable. Many of the most powerful economic and political trends in this country can be found inside an Amazon warehouse. And what happens to the workers there will say a lot about our collective future...

Charter Schools Insist: Our Teachers Are Public Employees! Or Private Employees! Whichever Means They Can’t Unionize!  American Prospect  ...Last summer the NLRB issued two decisions concluding that charter school teachers are private employees. These two decisions were important because they helped clarify whether charter school teachers fall under the legal jurisdiction of their state’s labor boards...

Justice Department drops appeal to save Obama overtime rule  The Hill  ...The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it will not defend an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have extended overtime benefits to more than 4 million workers after a federal judge struck it down last week. A federal judge appointed by former President Barack Obama struck down the rule, saying it improperly focused on workers' salaries instead of their job description...

The latest fight for employee rights: work schedule predictability  Marketplace  ...Efforts to boost the minimum wage have gotten a lot of attention lately and proponents have scored some major victories. But workers rights advocates are now asking: What good is a wage boost if workers don’t know how many hours they’re working every week? Employee advocates say work schedule predictability is the new minimum wage...

Meet the Anti-Union Crusader in Charge of Rolling Back Regulations at Trump’s Labor Department  Mother Jones  ...Mehrens’ record aligns with what Block sees as the Labor Department’s current effort to “put first and foremost what corporations believe is in their best interest.” In June, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta moved to rescind a rule, targeted by Mehrens, that would have required employers to report the hiring of consultants who campaign against unionization...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Trump administration announces end of immigration protection program for ‘dreamers’  Washington Post  ...President Trump announced Tuesday that his administration would end an Obama-era program that allowed young undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation, calling the program unconstitutional and challenging Congress to address the issue...

4 lies Jeff Sessions told to justify ending DACA  Vox  ...Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the Trump administration will rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields nearly 800,000 young, unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Explaining why the Trump administration is ending the program, Sessions made several dubious claims about DACA, including how it has impacted immigration and the American economy...

The Storm Reaches Puerto Rico: ‘There Is Nothing Like This’  New York Times  ...Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, hit the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday with winds of up to 185 miles an hour, but had slowed to 180 m.p.h. by Thursday morning. The Category 5 storm leveled Barbuda, damaging 95 percent of its buildings and leaving the island “barely habitable”...

Hurricanes Irma, Harvey restart debate on climate change and warmer oceans  Miami Herald  ...Hurricanes Harvey and now Irma became monster storms while swirling over two separate stretches of unusually warm ocean water, a feature that has reignited debate on climate change and the degree it is adding to the intensity of hurricanes. There is scientific consensus that a warming planet will produce bigger and more destructive hurricanes...

Trump sides with Democrats in deal that ties Harvey relief to debt ceiling hike  Texas Tribune  ...The deal, announced by House and Senate Democratic leaders, was a setback for some fiscal conservatives, who had been hoping to avoid pressuring GOP members of Congress from backing ideologically unpopular measures like raising the debt ceiling or continuing to fund the government past Sept. 30 without significant spending cuts...

Disaster capitalism in action: Corporate greed made Harvey worse — now comes the cash grab  Salon  ...Harvey and its aftermath offer an opportunity for gangster capitalists to further undermine the commons and the public square. Harvey has created a stage on which the profiteers and price-gougers will take advantage of a desperate public. Its aftermath also offers an example of what can happen when Trump and the Republican Party’s desire to destroy the infrastructure and legitimacy of government are applied to a national disaster...

This DREAMer And His Friend Drowned Trying To Rescue Houston Flood Victims  BuzzFeed  ...Alonso Guillén and Tomas Carreon were born in a Mexican border town along the Rio Grande, later moving with their families across the river to Texas as children and growing up as undocumented immigrants in the same neighborhood. Last week, upon seeing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, the two friends drove 100 miles together to help rescue those caught in the flooding...

Senator Reveals First Findings in Opioids Inquiry  US News & World Report  ...Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., released on Wednesday a report on the initial findings of her investigation into whether pharmaceutical manufacturers played a part in the overutilization and overprescription of prescription opioids nationwide that have contributed to America's opioid epidemic...

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