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  • Danville Teamsters Ratify Newest Contract With First Student

    Danville Teamsters Ratify Newest Contract With First Student

    (DANVILLE, Ill.) — Teamsters Local 26 members that work as drivers, mechanics and monitors at First Student approved an agreement yesterday with the company after several months of negotiations and the threat of a strike, which would have affected 6,000 students in Danville Public Schools. The agreement, which covers approximately 110 workers, was ratified by more than a 75 percent margin.

  • St. Paul Public Schools Teamsters Ratify Strong Contract

    At Minnesota's St. Paul Public Schools, 300 workers work hard each day feeding 39,000 kids. It’s not an easy job, but these nutrition service workers love what they do. Many have memorized thousands of kids’ names and which kids have which food allergy. It’s a population where 72 percent of the kids are eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches and some receive three free meals a day to ensure they get enough to eat.

  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- George Brewster was making a delivery to a Northeast Side bar when he noticed his supervisor parked nearby, watching him. 

    What Brewster didn't know was that his Sysco supervisor was apparently setting him up to lose his temper by hiding Brewster's truck keys under his seat while he was inside the restaurant. This provoked a profanity-laced outburst by Brewster, which led to his 2015 firing, according to court documents. 

    The crux of this setup: Brewster had been identified by company management as a potential Teamsters union organizer. 

    Brewster's firing is among 79 labor practice violations made by Sysco leading up to a failed 2015 union vote, concluded Michael Rosas, an administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board, following a hearing last year. 

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