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Oct. 3, 1961
The United Auto Workers calls for a company-wide strike against Ford Motor Co., the first since Ford’s initial contract with the union 20 years earlier. ~Labor Tribune

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News Items - February 2022
Updated On: Mar 07, 2022

Teamsters denounce Freedom Convoy blockade at Canadian border
Feb. 11, 2022 | In a statement released yesterday, General President Jim Hoffa said the truckers’ protest “continues to hurt workers and negatively impact[s] our economy. The livelihood of working Americans and Canadians in the automotive, agricultural, and manufacturing sectors is threatened by this blockade… The Teamsters call on the organizers of this action to end this protest and instead, engage in meaningful political discourse with the Canadian government to find a solution.” Read the full statement at Teamsters.

Teamsters celebrate Black History Month with voting rights push
Feb. 15, 2022 | General President Jim Hoffa and Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Marcus King call for action to protect the rights of workers to vote. “The labor movement of today was shaped by leaders like Carter G. Woodson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and A. Philip Randolph, who organized the first predominantly Black labor union… Randolph’s experience in labor organizing helped push the country towards greater equality and fairness.” The legacy of Randolph and King is under threat from anti-labor and respective voting laws around the country. People deserve the power to vote. Teamsters are encouraged to do their part by clicking here to make sure they are registered and their lawmakers support voting rights for all. Full statement here.

Ruling: Striking Teamsters can continue nearly all picketing activities
Feb. 23, 2022 | After a long-expected “Hail Mary” attempt by the [concrete] companies to forcibly end union picketing, Teamsters Local 174 members are still holding strong on picket lines today as King County Superior Court Commissioner Mark Hillman’s Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) takes effect. The TRO came about after management at the employers filed a frivolous and inaccurate pleading accusing the Teamsters of a litany of misdeeds on the picket lines. “If these employers want us to stop picketing their facilities, they need to come back to the table and make a deal that puts our members back to work. … Read more at Teamsters Local 174

Video: Celebrating 20 years of organizing under General President Hoffa
Feb. 24, 2022 | Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel had a vision: A mighty army of organizers leading the charge, working with Locals, Joint Councils, and Trade Divisions, to bring strong representation to thousands of workers who needed a voice on the job. When Hoffa took over the union, organizing was handled on the local level with limited support from the national union. He knew that to grow Teamster power, that had to change. Watch how the Teamsters’ unprecedented commitment to large-scale national organizing under Hoffa’s leadership energized the labor movement and led to more than 450,000 new Teamster members over 18 years.

Application deadline for James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship
Feb. 28, 2022 | The deadline is tomorrow -- Tuesday, March 1 -- so it's not too late to submit an application for a James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship. The college and vocational scholarship program awards hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to the sons, daughters, and financial dependents of active and retired Teamsters. Don't miss out! Click here for information and application.

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