• Today in Labor History
    Dec. 9, 2001 Ratification of a new labor agreement at Titan Tire of Natchez, Miss., ends the longest strike in the history of the U.S. tire industry, which began May 1, 1998, at the company's Des Moines, Iowa, plant.
    General Membership Meetings
    Effective February, 2016, 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.)
    • Local and National News

      Pursuing different results to solve income equality
      Dec. 9, 2016 | Income equality continues to be a significant issue, even with the economic improvement that has occurred over the last few years. But many in the private sector still don’t seem to get it. Take XPO Logistics [Con-way], for example. The Teamsters joined with labor leaders this week representing 15 European unions who represent XPO to challenge a plan that could give XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs a windfall stock worth $110 million. “We condemn this plan that could lavish Jacobs and other executives at XPO with massive stock awards that would be on the backs of workers in the United States and Europe,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said… teamster.org

      Alliance for Retired Americans launch campaign to protect Medicare from privatization
      Dec. 7, 2016 | Alarmed by the House Congressional Leadership’s plans to dismantle Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans today kicked off a grass roots campaign to block any attempts to cut or convert guaranteed, earned health benefits into a voucher or privatized scheme. Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price, whom President-elect Trump will nominate to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, both said that they were moving to “reform” Medicare in the next Congress. Alliance members will be directly lobbying members of Congress and Senators in Washington and in their home districts, The Alliance will also campaign online and feature dozens of personal stories about why Medicare’s guaranteed benefits are so important on its website, https://retiredamericans.org, and social media. “Our members are irate. they paid into the Medicare system for decade, and heard President-elect Trump repeatedly promise to protect their earned health care benefits. We will fight tooth and nail to protect Medicare from those who try to turn the earned benefits of Medicare into Coupon-care,” said Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance.

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      Apr. 6, 2016  | …  Tribune Publishing said earlier this week that it was firing its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and parting ways with its chief financial officer following disclosures in the past two years that the company had "material weaknesses" in its internal financial reporting … The ongoing trouble reflects poorly on management and the board's audit committee… chicagobusiness.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 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
      Apr. 6, 2016  | …  Tribune Publishing said earlier this week that it was firing its auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and parting ways with its chief financial officer following disclosures in the past two years that the company had "material weaknesses" in its internal financial reporting … The ongoing trouble reflects poorly on management and the board's audit committee… chicagobusiness.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
      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

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        • Retired Teamster has been walking the line for 5 months.

        • Teamsters rally to demand justice for workers of trucking company.
        • Md. Governor Hogan proposes requiring larger employers to offer paid sick leave.
        • Labor video: Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl.


      Dec. 9, 2016  | LABOR |  Labor unions and law enforcement officials have condemned President-elect Donald Trump’s “cruel and baffling” nomination of fast-food executive Andrew Puzder for labor secretary on Thursday. “Trump has once again shown how out-of-touch he is with what working Americans need,” said Service Employees International Union (SEIU) head Mary Kay Henry, calling the appointment “anti-worker extremism”. Trump hurts “working families, including those who elected him” with the nomination, she wrote on behalf of the union… Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison said Puzder was not to be trusted. “How can we expect Puzder to do his job and protect workers when his own employees are having their wages stolen?” said Ellison. “Good jobs and fair wages aren’t in Puzder’s vocabulary.” the guardian.com

      Dec. 8, 2016  | ECONOMY |  … Even with all the setbacks from recessions, burst bubbles and vanishing industries, the United States has still pumped out breathtaking riches over the last three and a half decades. The real economy more than doubled in size... Yet for half of all Americans, their share of the economic pie has shrunk significantly, new research has found… nytimes.com


      Dec. 7, 2016  | UNIONS | While trying not to appear too spooked or rattled by the prospect of a Trump presidency, organized labor (with a nod to Hunter S. Thompson) nonetheless assumes it’s going to be hit with a million-pound shithammer. They’d be foolish to assume otherwise. And that’s not because the AFL-CIO believes Trump is, at root, anti-labor. Indeed, over the years America’s unions have had a surprisingly respectful if not cordial relationship with Trump. Rather, it derives from the belief that a Republican-dominated House and Senate will insist the White House continue their systematic assault on organized labor, the one that began in 1947, with passage of the Taft-Hartly Act… huffingtonpost.com  Related: New House Labor Committee Chair Questions Need for Unions

      Dec. 5, 2016  | VIEWS | …The new rules, which were set to take effect yesterday, December 1, would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half the regular rate of pay for each hour worked beyond 40 in a week to any employee paid less than $47,476 a year. Prior to the Obama rule, employees earning as little as $23,660 could be called “executive” or “administrative” and denied overtime pay even if they spent the majority of their workweek scrubbing floors or stocking shelves. There are 12.5 million salaried workers earning between $23,660 and $47,476, and every one of them would be entitled to overtime pay under the new rule… peoples world.org



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