Various news reports are coming in today speculating that President Obama will make a recess appointment of the extremely qualified Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Becker, a labor lawyer, is more than capable of serving on the NLRB, whose mission is to uphold the laws governing relations between unions and private sector employers.
Sanitation Workers in King County, Washington today raised informational pickets calling on Waste Management and Allied Waste to end hazardous practices before they provoke a strike.
These workers provide a tremendous service to King County, which includes the city of Seattle and its suburbs. Let's hope the companies come to their senses soon to avoid a strike.
Municipal employees in the New York state towns of Wappinger and Fishkill are among our newest Teamsters, joining Local 445 in Newburgh. The workers in Fishkill are employed by the Highway Department and in Wappinger by the Clerical Department. Adrian Huff, Local 445 Secretary-Treasurer, says the Local has organized nearly 1,400 people in four years. Congratulations!
It was a big deal (editing Joe Biden here) when President Obama signed the health care reform bill. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa supported the bill because it provides health insurance to millions of Americans who don't have it and controlling costs for millions more who do.
Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey has introduced a bill that would address problems with multi-employer pension plans. Casey's bill would protect pension payments of retirees of failed businesses, AND, assist companies like YRC Worldwide Inc. You can read Casey's bill here.
- You never know where you'll find a copy of Teamster magazine. This photo was taken in the Manhattan (New York) Borough Rent Office.