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Death in San Antonio, Texas, of Samuel Gompers, president and founder of the American Federation of Labor.

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UPS and UPS Freight contract negotiations begin January 22, 2018
Dec. 12, 2017 | As the union prepares for UPS and UPS Freight national talks to begin in January, supplemental committees have been meeting over the course of the last two months to exchange proposals and engage in bargaining sessions with the company. Sessions for national negotiations have been scheduled through June. We will provide updates to local unions and members at the end of each weekly negotiating session. Please check Uprising.org, the UPS Rising Facebook page and the UPS Rising mobile app for regular updates as we enter the next few critical months of negotiations in our fight for a strong UPS contract in 2018. Full update here.

Hoffa to UPS CEO David Abney: 70-hour work week not acceptable
Dec. 5, 2017 | General President Jim Hoffa wrote to Abney about the company’s implementation of the 8 day/70-hour workweek for package drivers: “On behalf of the 250,000 Teamster-represented UPS employees, I want to express my outrage and concern over the Company’s decision… We have instructed our Local Unions to utilize all contractual and legal remedies to protest the Company’s actions… I assure you the Union will make every effort at the bargaining table to ensure that its members will not have to pay the price for the Company’s mismanagement in the future.” Read Hoffa’s letter here.

Package Drivers: Important information regarding the 70-Hour rule
Dec. 3, 2017 | The Package division issued a memorandum about UPS's intent to implement an 8-day/70-hour workweek for purposes of package drivers' hours of service under DOT regulations – View the memorandum here.

Hoffa to brief members on NAFTA 2.0 goals
Nov. 29, 2017 | The Teamsters are taking a leading role in helping to craft a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that puts the people above the powerful. And tonight, Teamster General President Jim Hoffa will brief members about the union’s work. Hoffa will be joined by Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y) during the NAFTA teleforum, which Teamsters can preregister for here. Those signing up ahead of time will receive a call when the event starts at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST. More info

Teamsters LU 162 compels UPS to pay Health & Welfare delinquency
Nov. 20, 2017 |  Contracts often contain language that gives the union the right to use important leverage to compel and employer to pay health and welfare contributions in a proper and timely manner. In this case, a recent audit of UPS revealed that it had shorted the Oregon Teamsters Employers Trust over $283,772.32 in health and welfare contributions. With penalties and interest this amounted to a total of $354,420.38… Teamster

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New NLRB General Counsel Seeks Reversal of All Pro-Worker Rulings
Dec. 12, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Rulings on: discrimination against union workers during bargaining; holding joint employers—a corporate headquarters and its local franchise-holders—responsible for obeying, or breaking, labor law; use of company e-mail systems to announce union meetings. These National Labor Relations Board decisions, and more, are under threat, according to a memo from the agency’s new general counsel, Peter Robb... “Cases should be processed and complaints issued according to existing law. No new theories will be presented on cases that have been fully briefed to the board, to avoid further delay,” his memo said. And “the general counsel will not offer new views” on NLRB’s court cases, unless the board or the courts order him to do so. But the heart of the memo is Robb’s order that cases “involving significant legal issues” should be sent to the board’s advice division in advance—including cases during the last eight years where “the board overruled precedents and involved one or more dissents.” The implication is Robb wants to reverse those pro-worker rulings… Peoples’ World
Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say
Dec. 11, 2017  | JOBS |  Republicans call their tax bill the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. But critics say maybe it should have been named the Tax Cut and Robots Act. That's because it doesn't create new tax incentives that specifically encourage companies to hire workers and create jobs, some employers and economists say. But it does expand incentives for companies to buy robots and machines that replace workers. Republicans say that lowering taxes will boost the economy and spur job creation. But critics say that the tax legislation would create an imbalance favoring machines over workers. NPR
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Here’s What the Senate’s Tax Bill Means For Your Wallet
Dec. 8, 2017 | FINANCES | Households can expect to save an average of $1,200 in 2019 thanks to the Senate's proposed overhaul, but the largest tax cuts will go to the highest income earners. Those are the findings of the Tax Policy Center's new analysis of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." In 2019, households across the board will save on taxes under the Senate's version of the bill. Those in the lowest quintile, with incomes below $25,000, would get an average tax cut of $40, while middle-income households earning between $50,000 and $87,000 would get an average tax cut of about $800, according to the Tax Policy Center. For the top 1 percent of households — those whose income exceeds $750,000 — taxes would fall by an average of $28,000, the Tax Policy Center found. But consumers may not benefit in the long haul… CNBC
Trump’s Labor Law Enforcer Freezes Worker-Friendly Reforms
Dec. 5, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | During the Barack Obama years, the National Labor Relations Board took a broad view of worker rights, expanding protections for employees who try to join a union or come together to improve their working conditions. Under the Trump administration, those rights are being reined in to help out employers. In a memo dated Friday, the NLRB’s new counsel, Peter B. Robb, orders board officials around the country to consult his office on cases the involve precedents set on worker rights during the last eight years. The move effectively strips away the discretion of regional officer to pursue cases against employers based upon Obama-era rulings and policies… Huffington Post







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