Local and National News
Union denounces assault on democracy, murder of U.S. Capitol police officer
Jan. 11, 2020 | The International Brotherhood of Teamsters join our brothers and sisters across the labor movement in condemning the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and decrying the murder of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Officer Sicknick was a member of the U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee. “This past week we witnessed an unprecedented assault on our democracy, as a mob of extremists stormed the sacred halls of the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to thwart the will of the people and prevent the certification of the Presidential election… Continue reading here.
2021 International Convention to be conducted virtually
Jan. 7, 2020 | In a memo issued yesterday, General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall announced, “It is with regret that we advise that the General Executive Board has determined that the pandemic will prevent the International Union from conducting the International Convention in-person… While we are hopeful that the new vaccines will be distributed and administered to much of the public before June, we cannot put delegates and convention planners at risk.” Read the entire memo here.
Hoffa: Why Teamsters are hopeful for 2021
Jan. 6, 2020 | The new year often brings the feeling of a clean slate, and that need to clear the decks is even more necessary in 2021 given everything Americans experienced during the previous 12 months. Words truly fail to describe the depths to which 2020 brought us. Of course, there was (and still is) the coronavirus, as well as a bitterly divisive presidential election. Millions of hardworking Americans lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and many still haven’t gotten them back. By the time the holiday season arrived, a lot of people were just ready for a long nap, hoping they would reawaken in a world that seemed normal again. Well, normalcy might not be here yet, but… Continue reading here.
Schedule for nomination, election of 2021 IBT Convention delegate, alternate
The Local 888 plan to nominate and elect one delegate and one alternate to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention to be held in June 2021 has been approved by the IBT Election Supervisor. The nominations will be conducted Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 at 5 PM, Teamsters Local 888 Union Hall. Local 888's Plan Summary is available here. The Nominations Notice, including instructions for written nominations, seconds, acceptances and ballot voting, are available here.
Advisories, industry-specific fact sheets, and resources for members
Our Union is closely monitoring the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with other unions, public health officials and other experts in our Safety and Health Department, the Union is focused on providing Local Unions and staff with the most up-to-date information and resources to help everyone in this difficult time. Click on COVID-19 Outbreak Resources for Members for local and regional resources. On the left column, click on COVID-19 News for Industry-related Fact Sheets and other critical information from the IBT.
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Jan. 21, 2021 | NLRB | "The Teamsters were pleased to see President Joe Biden wasted little time in terminating the NLRB’s general counsel, an anti-union attorney who chose not to honor the traditional protocol of submitting his resignation to the incoming Biden administration. U.S. workers deserve to have an NLRB that will give them a fair shake. That’s why they voted for Joe Biden. Hardworking Americans want the opportunity to join together to negotiate for fair wages, safe workplaces and a secure retirement. Robb would have hampered that, just like he did during the Trump administration, so he had to go. It’s time for our nation to move forward.”… Continued here
Jan. 19, 2021 | U.S. LABOR | The 1.4-million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters is hoping to remind Biden — and the Democratic leaders now in control of Congress — of the union’s priorities. It plans to launch a grassroots “Build Back Stronger” campaign today to push for seven pages of policy changes that organized labor has been seeking for years. Topping the list: a fix for the multiemployer pension crisis and beefed-up workplace safety enforcement amid the coronavirus pandemic… Politico