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Jan. 23, 1936
In Allegany County, MD, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps, a New Deal era public works program employing unmarried men aged 18-25, are snowbound at Fifteen Mile Creek Camp S-53 when they receive a distress call about a woman in labor who needs to get to a hospital. 20 courageous CCC volunteers dig through miles of snow drifts until the woman is successfully able to be transported.

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Teamsters Present Initial UPS and UPS Freight Contract Proposals to Company
XPOexposed Union Activists and Workers Unite, Discuss Strategies
Teamster Drivers Secure First Contract With Construct Oil
BLET Statement on Not-Guilty Verdict in Lac-Megantic Trial
UNFI Drivers in California Choose Teamsters Local 853 Representation
Public Employees In King County, Washington, Ratify New Contract
Union Contract Ratified at Hunts Point Produce Market
SEC Greenlights AmerisourceBergen Shareholder Proposals Tied To Opioid Crisis
Statement on Bus Attack Impacting California Teamster Drivers, Tech Shuttle Passengers
Union Coalition Demands End to Health Care Discrimination at Cummins, Inc.
 
     

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Local and National Union News

Teamsters present initial UPS and UPS Freight contract proposals to Company
Jan. 23, 2018 | The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee presented the union’s initial UPS and UPS Freight contract proposals to the company yesterday, marking the start of negotiations. These are the initial contract proposals and are subject to change during negotiations. The contract proposals are available on the app. (If you have not downloaded the app, we encourage you to do so to receive the most up-to-date information. Download the app by searching “UPS Rising” in the App Store or Google Play.) Negotiations are scheduled to continue through Thursday of this week, and multiple dates have been scheduled for future negotiations. More information will be released later this week.

Bargaining set to begin. Here’s how you can get involved.
Jan. 19, 2018 | UPS and UPS Freight contract negotiations will kick off later this month. For an update on the process of negotiations and what you can do to be involved, please join Denis Taylor, Director, IBT Package Division, for a conference call on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 6 pm eastern time. Details here.

Teamsters honor legacy, celebrate contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan. 15, 2018 | Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for striking sanitation workers in Memphis before an assassin struck him down. “The Memphis sanitation workers’ strike is remembered as an example of powerless African-Americans standing up for themselves. It is also remembered as the prelude to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” according to a recent Smithsonian magazine story. Teamsters across the country will honor the legacy of civil rights and labor leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, 2018. More at Teamsters…

Teamsters, ABF address non-economic issues as negotiations kick off
Jan. 12, 2018 | The meetings this week focused primarily on language issues but ABF continues to raise claims that its employee and operating costs are too high. The National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) however, has made it clear that the members are not interested in a concessionary contract…Teamsters Follow ABF Teamsters on Facebook.

Teamsters win $1 million settlement on behalf of road drivers at YRC Freight
Jan. 12, 2018 | The collective bargaining agreement with YRC Freight limits the amount of over-the-road freight that can be put on trains or hauled by non-bargaining unit personnel. The Teamsters Union monitors those amounts. After reviewing the situation and convening a meeting of the committee that monitors compliance, it was determined that the company had in fact exceeded the permissible amounts… Teamsters

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Elsewhere in the News
Catholic Church Backing Unions in Supreme Court Case
Jan. 23, 2018 | JUSTICE | In an amicus brief recently filed by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church has sided with the union. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees could have long-term negative consequences for municipal unions across the country and support from religious organizations is greatly appreciated. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are backing public sector unions in this upcoming Supreme Court case. The Conference, which represents all Catholic Bishops in the United States, is opposed to the anti-worker Right to Work movement and supports working people. The bishops note their longstanding opposition to “right-to-work” legislation. The Church has a history of supporting unions and the right of individuals to join a union… Labor Press
‘When Women Have a Union, You Don’t Have to Walk in Alone’
Jan. 22, 2018 | #MeToo | […] the human resources department of your employer can go from being, frankly, a dangerous place for most women to walk into if they have a sexual harassment claim against their employer, because human resource departments in fact are there to defend the employer, and make sure that their bosses aren’t being sued. Except for when you have a union. Because, when women have a union, and if the issue is abuse of some kind on the continuum of sexual harassment, whether that’s—by the way—disparate pay going on in the workplace, or whether its actual sexual harassment, you don’t have to walk in alone. You, typically, are advised never to walk in alone… You walk in not alone, you walk in with a witness, you walk in with a strategy, you walk in with the power to actually do something about it, because it comes from a union-negotiated collective agreement. Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Unions Held Their Own in 2017
Jan. 22, 2018 | UNIONS | Unions had a pretty good year in 2017: they didn’t lose any ground. According to the latest edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual survey, released this morning, 10.7 percent of employed wage and salary workers were members of unions, unchanged from last year. There was a mild uptick in the share of private-sector workers represented by unions (aka union density), from 6.4 percent to 6.5 percent. Density was unchanged at 34.4 percent for public-sector workers — mildly surprising, given the war on labor being conducted by Republican governors and legislatures across the country… Jacobin
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Working People Are Watching You, Mr. President
Jan. 19, 2018 | OPINION | To Washington, D.C. insiders, this month’s budget negotiations are just the latest partisan exercise in a series of manufactured crises that too often result in short-term solutions. But for those who live and work outside of the Beltway bubble, much more is at stake. What happens in the coming days has the potential to fundamentally shift the balance of power in the workplace. Nothing less than the right to dream, live, work and retire in security is on the table as Congress faces key decisions and deadlines.… The Hill
 
 
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