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Apr. 18, 1941
After a four-week boycott led by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., bus companies in New York City agree to hire 200 Black drivers and mechanics.
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Statement by Capt. David Bourne on "60 Minutes" Segment Regarding Allegiant Air
Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Death in the Warehouse: XPO Workers Demand End to Toxic Culture at Global Logistics Giant
Teamsters Applaud Inclusion of Labor Provision in New FAA Reauthorization Bill
School Bus Drivers File Wage Theft Claims Against Durham School Services
Minnesota Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Unsafe Conditions
UPS Contract Negotiations Update, April 13, 2018
Illinois Probation Officers and Youth Counselors Authorize ULP Strike
CBS: Twin Cities Beer Truck Drivers Strike Over Safety Conditions
Teamsters Applaud Sen. Sherrod Brown's Call for Congress to Act on Pensions
ABF Local Union Leaders Approve Tentative Contract Agreement
 
     

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Local and National Union News

Report: New ABF/Teamsters contract suggests union negotiators won the day
Apr. 18, 2018 | The first independent analysis of the proposed five-year labor contract between Fort Smith-based ABF Freight and the Teamsters suggests the union negotiators won the day. An April 13 investor note from Little Rock-based Stephens Inc. concludes that the agreement favors the Teamsters “more than what we previously expected.” talkbusiness.net

Hoffa discusses death of Memphis XPO warehouse worker; reports of other XPO violations
Apr. 16, 2018 | President Hoffa was on the Leslie Marshall Show last week to discuss the suspicious job site death of an XPO warehouse worker and multiple accounts of sexual harassment and discrimination at the Memphis warehouse facility. The Teamsters are fighting to win respect and dignity for XPO workers. Listen to the interview here.

Contract negotiations update
Apr. 16, 2018 | The Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee concluded the sixth round of negotiations last week and focused on subtracting and other issues. The UPS Freight National Negotiations Committee made strides on compensation claims, equipment and safety, and other issues. “This week was very productive in terms of moving forward on the issue of subcontracting. which continues to be a major issue for our members in many areas of the country,” said Denis Taylor, Director of the Teamsters Package Division and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee. “We are in a good position now to move into economic proposals and will continue to keep the members update on our progress.” Click here for details.

Local Union leaders approve tentative contract agreement
Apr. 13, 2018 |  Leaders of local unions that represent ABF Teamsters met yesterday and overwhelmingly approved the tentative ABF National Master Freight Agreement and supplements, paving the way for a member ratification vote to begin later this month. Click here to read more about the process, and for highlights of the agreement. Click here to view the actual tentative agreements which show the proposed changes to the existing contract.

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Elsewhere in the News
Even If Trump Wants to Rejoin TPP, That Ship May Have Sailed
April 18, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | […] Most experts still deem it unlikely that all current CPTPP members will welcome the U.S. back with open arms, especially if the president makes tough demands. Last week, trade ministers from Australia, Japan and Malaysia made clear that they would welcome the U.S. joining the CPTPP, but that the U.S. should not expect substantial changes to be made. Second, while agricultural interests, farm-state members of Congress and some manufacturers are keen to rejoin the Asia-focused trade pact of Pacific nations, U.S. unions are not… The Hill
The Teachers’ Union Boomerang
April 18, 2018 | STRIKES | The successful strike by teachers in West Virginia in March has kicked off a wave of organizing and walk-outs in other places, including Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky. To appreciate the significance of this movement, it’s worth looking at the wave of attacks on teachers’ unions that swept the country starting back in 2010, as labor relations scholar Étienne Cantin did in a 2012 paper. When teachers’ unions rose up in the 1960s and ‘70s, using radical and often illegal techniques to gain recognition, they relied on the rest of the labor movement for support… daily.jstor.org
Forget Robots, The Future Belongs to Workers
April 16, 2018 | JOBS | Is the future going to be a workers’ paradise? Maybe not, but leverage in the workplace may finally be shifting from bosses to the rank and file after a lost decade for labor. The stage is set, according to a new survey of the U.S. and global labor markets. The world economy is stronger than it’s been in years, good talent is increasingly hard to find and an aging population suggests labor shortages are only going to get worse in developed countries. The result: Companies will have do more to recruit or retain employees with higher pay, better benefits and improved working conditions… Market Watch
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The Emerging Plan to Save the American Labor Movement
April 12, 2018 | U.S. LABOR | The Center for American Progress has just proposed a big idea for raising Americans’ wages. It calls for the creation of national wage boards, tasked with setting minimum wage and benefit standards for specific industries. Fast-food companies, say, would send representatives to meet with union officials and other worker representatives, and hammer out a deal that ensures workers get a fair shake. Same goes for nurses, or retail workers, or home health aides, or accountants. … The secretary of labor would create separate boards for different industries and occupations, and work with unions and other worker groups to enforce the wage rules once they’re adopted. This may seem like an extreme idea… vox.com
 
 
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