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    Our union meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month at the union hall, 6000 Erdman Ave. Baltimore, MD 21205. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Please be present and on time. (And bring a coworker.)

    Today in Labor History
    Mar. 24, 1900 Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: "I wouldn't give th' Commish'ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They're too shtiff."
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    • Local and National News

      Tell Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act
      Mar. 23, 2017 The House is planning to vote today on the American Health Care Act, the legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill would repeal all of the other taxes that were included in the ACA, except for the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” which imposes a 40% excise tax on workers’ health benefit plans. With repeal of these other taxes, insurers, corporations, and the wealthy get a tax cut. Hard working middle class Americans only get a delay in the “Cadillac Tax,” not full repeal. Upon implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Teamster members could see their health care benefits scaled back or dropped. We need you to call upon your representative and urge them to vote AGAINST the American Health Care Act. Take action now! 

      Apply online for Hoffa Memorial Scholarship before March 31
      Mar. 13, 2017 Sons and daughters of Teamster members can now apply online for the 2017 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship. Academic scholarship awards either a $10,000 award split up over four year at $1,250 per semester, or a one-time $1,000 award. Training and Vocational scholarship awards up to $2,000, depending on financial need. (See scholarship amount details in the applications.) “We’d like to see more of our kids further they education with the help of our Teamster scholarships,” said Denis Taylor, Teamster Joint Council 62 president, and president of Local 355 in Baltimore. “The money is there, it’s available for your son or daughter. All you have to do is fill out the form and hit send. But you have to do it before the March 31, 2017 deadline.”

      Teamster International Officer election certified
      Feb. 21, 2017 | The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here. General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

      Older news items can be viewed at 888 News.

      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.com

      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com Nov. 1, 2016  | Gannett Co. has dropped its attempt to buy Tronc, Inc., ending a dramatic months-long pursuit by Gannett to extend its reach as the nation’s largest newspaper publisher amid a rocky revenue environment. The companies in private discussions had recently agreed on a purchase price of $18.75 a share in cash, according to people familiar with the matter…Tronc said the deal fell apart when Gannett couldn’t line up financing… wsj.com

      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.com

      Dec. 6, 2016  | …The postelection uptick in support for journalism has not been limited to nonprofit media; the newspaper conglomerate Tronc Inc. (formerly Tribune Publishing) and The New York Times, among others, have reported thousands of new subscribers since the election. But for the growing number of nonprofit journalism organizations, the moment may provide the kind of opening they have needed to take on a much larger role for a field that continues to face significant financial challenges and sinking public trust… nytimes.com
      Nov. 1, 2016  | Gannett Co. has dropped its attempt to buy Tronc, Inc., ending a dramatic months-long pursuit by Gannett to extend its reach as the nation’s largest newspaper publisher amid a rocky revenue environment. The companies in private discussions had recently agreed on a purchase price of $18.75 a share in cash, according to people familiar with the matter…Tronc said the deal fell apart when Gannett couldn’t line up financing… wsj.com

      Elsewhere in The News

        • GOP pulls bill to repeal Obamacare.
        • UPS Teamsters pitch in for coworker in need.
        • Trump proposes $2.5B in labor cuts.
        • Unions are wondering: Resist or assist?
        • The fake freedom of American health care.
        • Baltimore City Council passes $15 minimum wage bill.
        • What slashing the Labor Dept. budget by 21% would mean.
        • US Senate about to allow dangerous employers to run wild.
        • “Massive” May Day strike begins to take shape.
        • Autonomous cars will put a lot of human drivers our of work.
        • With Teamsters assistance, Lyft drivers win $27 million settlement.
        • Tomorrow in Labor History: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911


      Mar. 23, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | Congress in quick order has decided to renege on an Obama administration rule that allowed for more timely collection of data in order to track workplace injuries and illnesses. Evidently, modernizing the reporting system was a bridge too far for GOP lawmakers indebted to their corporate benefactors. Taking advantage of the rarely used Congressional Review Act, the Senate this week added its nail to the legislative coffin fist laid out by the House earlier this month. After all, why would elected officials be interested in identifying and eliminating job hazards which kill more than 4,800 workers a year and seriously injure almost three million more? teamster.org


      Mar. 23, 2017  | JUSTICE | The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday, March 21, protected the right of Teamsters Local 916 to collect fair share fees and dismissed a challenge brought on by the Right-to-Work Coalition. A 1977 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has held for 40 years that unions are entitled to charge a fair share for work performed to represent individuals who choose to become full dues-paying members. “This decision applies well-established law that employees who get all the benefits of union representation should pay their fair share of the costs of the union negotiations and representation…” teamster.org  Related: Ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. usnews.com

      Mar. 20, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | Health care is a complex matter, one that Congress is attempting to tackle again with the rollout of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). But no matter how one might feel about the latest legislation, there should be something everyone can agree on – workers shouldn’t be punished for having high-quality health insurance benefits. Republicans on Capitol Hill say they want to revamp health care in part because it burdens too many hard-working Americans. Then why late last week did they lead the charge against two amendments to the AHCA offered in a House committee that would have permanently repealed the so-called “Cadillac Tax” levied on such insurance plans? This excise tax, which imposes a 40 percent surcharge on high-quality health insurance offerings often earned by union workers, hits middle-class families hard. Ultimately, it will lead to an increase in their health care plans as insurers pass along the added costs to participants… teamster.org

      Mar. 20, 2017 | ECONOMY | The Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” cuts include a 21 percent, or $2.5 billion, reduction in the Department of Labor’s budget. The budget would reduce funding for or eliminate programs that provide job training to low-income workers, unemployed seniors, disadvantaged youth and for state-based job training grants. It eliminated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) training grants as well as the independent Chemical Safety Board. Eliminating the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) would mean no independent federal agency dedicated to investing devastating industrial accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the West Fertilizer plant explosion… truth-out.org


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