This episode looks at what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to the Teamsters, past and present. It examines the union’s long-standing devotion to equality and justice in the workplace, and how those decades-long efforts are being translated into the modern working world where corporations are trying to tamp down on collective bargaining rights and with it the wages and working conditions of those on the job.
Hear how Teamsters at the local, regional and international level joined together in the Chicagoland region late last year as part of a weeklong organizing “blitz” that challenged logistics companies XPO and ITS ConGlobal to recognize unionization efforts by their workers. Plus, legendary country music venue the Grand Ole Opry’s union ties.
Learn how Teamster women are demanding fairness and equality for themselves and others in the workplace, plus how members Local 238 in Iowa pushed back on anti-union legislation aimed at public sector workers. And hear why the Prophets of Rage aren’t going to take it anymore.
Learn about the Teamsters’ effort to create a new NAFTA that helps North American workers and keeps U.S. highways safe, plus catching up on the union’s disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. And remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting with a performance by country artist Jason Aldean.
Teamsters are pitching in through donations of food, water, money and by volunteering to help their fellow union members in need who have suffered from catastrophic Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in recent weeks. Meanwhile, in New York, members of Local 812 stood up against beer distributor Clare Rose for almost three months before agreeing to a new contract. And meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of gospel music.
Learn more about the role drug distributors like McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health play in the explosion of opioid painkillers availability in this country, and what the Teamsters are doing to try and curb the problem. Plus, an update on the latest strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. And finally, Chance the Rapper stands up for the rights of working musicians.
Getting the low down on the future of automated trucks and how truck driver jobs and highway safety could be affected; an update on the XPO Logistics campaign; the value of Teamsters running for public office; and Queen Latifah’s long history as a union member.
Learn about the Teamsters’ fight to help keep so-called right-to-work laws at bay both in states around the country as well as at the federal level, and efforts to halt other anti-worker legislation across the country. Plus, Teamsters airline mechanics compete at competition to show off their maintenance skills and union training. And finally, a song from one of the nation’s most beloved bluesmen.