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This Week's Teamster News for October 14-20

 

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Teamster Leaders in U.S., Canada Laud Their Respective NAFTA Negotiators  Teamster.org  ...At the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiation, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters dispatched staff from both its U.S. and Canadian trade policy teams to track and influence the negotiations on behalf of several top Teamster priorities, including highway safety, dairy supply management and worker rights...

Teamsters applaud NAFTA progress; talks extended Today's Trucking ... Policy teams representing the Teamsters Union from the United States and Canada on hand during the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations this week are applauding the decision to fix the NAFTA cross-border trucking provision ...

Teamsters Push to Strip Cardinal Health CEO of Chairman's Role  Bloomberg  ...The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is taking aim at Cardinal Health Inc. in the union’s quest to demand accountability from companies it says are responsible for fueling the U.S. opioid crisis, and it’s asking other shareholders to join in. The Teamsters called on the drug distributor’s investors to support a shareholder proposal seeking to appoint an independent chairman...

Teamsters Seek Ouster of Big Pharma Boss  NBC  ...The Teamsters are seeking to punish a Big Pharma boss for flooding the country with prescription painkillers. The powerful labor union is calling on Cardinal Health Inc. shareholders to strip the company's CEO, George Barrett, of his title and replace him with an independent chairman at their Nov. 8 meeting...

Contract Campaigns

Supplemental Committees Meet to Exchange Contract Proposals with UPS  UPS Rising  ...Earlier this week, members of the Teamsters UPS Upstate New York Supplement Committee met with the company to exchange proposals. This meeting comes two weeks after the Southern Region Supplement Committee met and exchanged proposals with UPS. Over the course of the next two months, supplemental committees are meeting to begin the process of negotiating the 19 regional supplement agreements that are part of UPS contract negotiations...

Total solidarity in contract vote at Wanke Cascade  Local 117  ...A small group of Teamsters who work at Wanke Cascade in Tukwila are all on the same page. The group voted unanimously last month to ratify a new 3-year contract. The agreement provides guaranteed wage increases nearly double that of the previous contract, and significant reductions in the amount members will be paying toward their medical...

Disaster Relief

On The Ground In Puerto Rico With The Teamsters And Other Union Volunteers  Labor Press  ..."Like a war zone with most of the island still without power." That’s how Teamsters Local 445 truck driver Daniel Maldonado, 40, described the scene in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday night — three weeks after Category 4 Hurricane Maria smacked the island with 155-mile-per-hour winds. Maldonado was one of 79 Teamsters from across the country who flew to Puerto Rico last Wednesday, October 4...

St. Louis Teamsters disaster-relief veteran says Puerto Rico faces ‘the worst infrastructure devastation’ he has ever seen  St. Louis American  ...When Roy Gillespie says Puerto Rico currently faces “the worst infrastructure devastation” he has ever seen, he speaks as someone who has seen a wide variety of infrastructure devastation. Gillespie, who is human rights commissioner for Teamsters Joint Council 13 in St. Louis, is a disaster-relief first responder for the Teamsters in partnership with the American Red Cross...

Labor unions bring real rebuilding assistance to Puerto Rico  People's World  ...Unionists on the extended relief mission to hurricane-smashed Puerto Rico call the situation there, three weeks after Maria hit, dire. And the head of the Puerto Rico Labor Federation is blunt about the attitude of the U.S. government: “They want us to die.” Volunteers came from unions with nurses, the Teamsters, the building trades, and others to clear roads, repair crumbling structures, and more...

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Monday, October 16  Teamster.org  ...Teamsters from the tristate area made up a significant portion of the membership that went to Puerto Rico to help out with Disaster Relief. New York and New Jersey Teamsters are well prepared for Disaster Relief, having lived through 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. “I was notified instantly from my business agent, and I said, ‘I gotta go,’ said Paul Delaney, a Local 863 tractor-trailer driver in Elizabeth, N.J... 

Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Tuesday, October 17 Teamster.org ...It goes without saying that within the past month, Teamsters Local 901 in Puerto Rico has been through quite the ordeal. Hurricane Maria left their headquarters without any electricity. After the storm, three generators were brought into the building, and the local was converted into a temporary disaster response center ...

Volunteer Reflects on Time in Puerto Rico CBS St. Louis ... A St. Louis-area man is returning home after going to Puerto Rico to help Hurricane Maria survivors. Roy Gillespie, a human rights commissioner with the Teamsters Union, says after the things he saw, it feels like he’s been gone six months, instead of the past two weeks ...

Teamsters' Lydia Torres joins Senator Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill for the Real Aid, Right Now! Teamster. org ... Four weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, millions of people are still left without power, clean water, food, shelter, and medical help ...

Leaders

Tommy Blitsch Appointed Director of Trade Show & Convention Centers Division Teamster.org ... International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has appointed Tommy Blitsch director of the Teamsters Trade Show and Convention Centers Division...

Capital Strategies

Teamsters Urge Performance Food Group (PFG) Shareholders to Withhold Votes from Directors Teamster.org ... Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, in a letter to PFG shareholders, recommends withhold votes from Chairman of the Board Douglas Steenland and Director Jeffrey Overly at the company’s annual meeting on November 10 because of a litany of poor governance practices ...

Locals

Those with drive find jobs that deliver  Boston Globe  ...The Teamsters Local 25 program, launched about 18 months ago, aims to backfill a critical shortage that continues to grow as truck drivers reach retirement age and retailers’ Internet sales — which depend on truck deliveries — steadily increase. Since March 2016, 70 students have completed the Local 25 program, earned their commercial driver’s licenses, and now have jobs...

Union Welcomes 22 New Members from Non-Union GLCCD Locations Teamsters Teamsters Local 727 ... Twenty-two employees of Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution have recently become members of Teamsters Local 727. They were relocated from non-union GLCCD facilities in Portage, IN and Kankakee, IL to a Local 727-represented facility in Alsip, IL ...

Local 727 Stands Strong in the Fight Against Breast Cancer Teamsters Teamsters Local 727 ... Braving wet and windy weather, members of Teamsters Local 727, along with families and friends, walked in Park Ridge on Saturday, October 14 to join in solidarity in the fight against breast cancer ...

Commissioners Approve Collective Bargaining Agreement With Teamsters for Juvenile Probation, Clerical Staff The Chronicle ... The Board of Lewis County Commissioners on Monday unanimously approved a collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 252 representing juvenile probation and clerical employees for the calendar years 2016 through 2019 ...

 

GLOBAL LABOR & TRADE

U.S. demands regional steel, aluminum in NAFTA auto rules: sources  Reuters  ...The Trump administration is demanding the use of North American-made steel, aluminum, copper and plastic resins in cars and trucks sold under North American Free Trade Agreement rules, as it seeks to give U.S. industry a boost. People briefed on the matter said U.S. negotiators issued the proposal, which could force automakers to shift sourcing of some components to North America from Asia...

Facing populism, world finance chiefs defend globalization  ABC  ...Global finance officials on Friday defended their efforts to promote free trade and closer international links against a rising ride of populism around the world and criticism from a Trump administration intent on pursuing its "America First" agenda. Finance ministers from the world's major economies wrapped up two days of talks...

 

STATE & LIVING WAGE BATTLES

Connecticut unions to state lawmakers: We would see you in court  CT Mirror  ...State employee unions sent a letter to all 187 General Assembly members Thursday, warning them to avoid pension changes that would lead to a court battle. The letter from the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition comes as Democratic and Republican legislative leaders push toward a bipartisan budget deal that could include changes to worker pensions starting in mid-2027...

Feds cut off housing funds to Missouri after GOP-led discrimination law goes into effect  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  ...Missouri is on track to lose an estimated $500,000 in federal funds after officials found a new state law does not comply with federal discrimination rules. In a July 14 letter not previously disclosed by Gov. Eric Greitens’ administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the law making it harder to sue for discrimination resulted in state and federal rules no longer being “substantially equivalent”...

Donald Trump sued by 18 states for ending key Obamacare payments with executive order  Independent  ...Donald Trump has been slapped with a lawsuit by US states after he signed an executive order scrapping a key component of Obamacare. Mr Trump said he wanted to end subsidies to insurers that help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses because “I don’t want to make the insurance companies rich”...

 

U.S. LABOR

Service Workers To Rally Against Trump Immigration Policies  Huffington Post  ...The hospitality workers union Unite Here was tangling with Donald Trump long before he ever became president. While the business mogul made his run for the Republican nomination last year, the group waged ― and eventually won ― a scrappy battle to unionize the housekeepers and restaurant workers at his hotel on the Las Vegas strip...

A Historic Rule Has Held McDonald’s Liable for Labor Abuses. The GOP Is Close to Undoing It.  In These Times  ...In what was hailed as a major victory for labor unions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2015 redefined what constitutes a “joint employer,” ruling that any company that has “indirect” control over a business can be held responsible if that business violates labor law. Now, a new bill could reverse that decision ...

AFL-CIO says repealing Jones Act would cost jobs  The Hill  ...The nation's largest federation of labor unions on Friday warned against repealing a century-old shipping law, saying that doing so would decimate the domestic shipping industry and cost jobs. In a letter to senators, the AFL-CIO said that repealing the Jones Act would open up the U.S. maritime industry to low-wage foreign workers and weaken the country's ability to respond independently to crises...

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE & OTHER NEWS

Amazon's second headquarters hits some resistance Mashable ...Cities have been desperately trying to attract Amazon’s second North American headquarters — but some groups want to know exactly what kind of jobs "HQ2" will bring ...

One week later, firefighters gain ground on historic California fires  USA Today  ...A week after a series of the most deadly, devastating fires in California history began roaring across a wide swath of rich wine country north of San Francisco, authorities say the worst may finally be over. “Conditions have drastically changed from just 24 hours ago, and that is definitely a very good sign," California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant said... 

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site  CNN  ...More than three weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged this island, more than 35% of the island's residents -- American citizens -- remain without safe drinking water. Friday afternoon, CNN watched workers from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, or AAA, distribute water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site...

FBI Targets “Black Identity Extremists” Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence  Democracy Now  ...A leaked FBI counterterrorism memo claims that so-called black identity extremists pose a threat to law enforcement. That’s according to Foreign Policy magazine, which obtained the document written by the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit. The memo was dated August 3, 2017—only days before the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville...

“Alt-right” meets Christian right: A marriage made in hell  Salon  ...Despite Trump's long record of immoral behavior, white conservative evangelicals are among the most fervent and loyal of his supporters. A Reuters poll last month showed more than 60 percent of white evangelicals back him, a far higher number than his overall approval rating, which hovers in the 30s. At the gathering of activists this weekend, they responded in ecstasy as Trump robotically read a speech about how he and they were unified...

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