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Teamster 2020 survey will identify top issues
July 16, 2019 | With the 2020 Presidential Election approaching, it is more important than ever for Teamster members to get involved and make our collective voice heard in the political process. But before the candidates hear from the Teamsters union, we need to hear from you. Please TAKE THE SHORT SURVEY and let us know what you think! Trade, pensions, collective bargaining rights, and heath care are all major issues for Teamsters and we need to make sure these issues are addressed as the election season heats up. CLICK HERE to TAKE THE SURVEY
Baltimore officials issue ‘Code Red’ heat emergency
July 16, 2019 | The heat index is forecast to surpass 100 degrees in and around Baltimore this week, prompting city health officials to declare a “Code Red” heat emergency. High temperatures are forecast in the lower to mid-90s Tuesday through Thursday, and then could approach 100 degrees Friday and Saturday. Factoring in humidity, which is forecast to rise over the course of the week, it’s expected to feel like about 100 degrees for the middle of the week and potentially close to 110 degrees Friday and Saturday… Baltimore Sun Get Teamster info on heat stress.
Do you have your REAL ID license yet?
June 26, 2019 | If you recently received a letter in the mail from MVA about your driver's license, do not ignore it! For many of you, a valid license allows you to earn a good living so don't put it at risk. The deadline for being REAL ID compliant is fast approaching. If you are not REAL ID compliant by Oct. 1, 2020, a police officer will confiscate the revoked license if you are stopped for a traffic violation and you’ll have to go through the trouble to go to an MVA office with the proper documentation to get it back. Here's what you need to know... 888 News
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July 16, 2019 | STRIKES | The United Auto Workers union is set to start bargaining new contracts covering 150,000 workers at Detroit’s Big Three on Monday in what could be the most contentious negotiations the auto industry has seen in years. The union will be looking to make significant gains over the most recent four-year contracts with the companies, ratified in 2015. Automakers are looking to cut labor costs relative to foreign competitors building cars and trucks inside the U.S. with lower-earning workers. Industry-watchers believe the starkly different expectations create the possibility of a major strike… Huffington Post
July 15, 2019 | LABOR HISTORY | We’ve all had one of those days when the clock seems frozen in time and the workday drags on, and on, and on. Eight hours can feel like a lifetime, the minutes crawling by, your mood souring by the second. Now imagine how much worse you’d feel if you had been standing on a hard factory floor for eight hours already and were staring down two more hours, or four, or even more than that? And what if you were pulling those kinds of interminable days six times a week—or seven? That’s what a typical day used to be like for the typical worker in an American city… Teen Vogue
• Americans surveyed see AI as jobs killer
• Labor raises the floor in Nashville
• Women’s soccer put equal pay on the agenda. Now what?
• US can raise the minimum wage without hurting jobs
• NYC scabby protest survived court challenge by Labor Board
• Teamsters stand in solidarity with California UFCW workers
• NY Teamster pens another fast-paced gripping murder mystery
• Bill that would bolster failing pension plans moves to House vote
• America’s labor movement is waking from its 30-year slumber
• Administration moves to ease drive-time rules for truckers
• “9 to 5” still unites workers after all these years:
July 10, 2019 | VOTE 2020 | By this point, we're all aware of how quickly and easily political misinformation can spread. Whether it comes from a concerned friend or a Russian bot, fake news can easily infest your social media feeds, and perhaps influence your vote. The only way for a population to survive this plague is to be better informed. New research identifies one way to accomplish that goal: increasing union membership. "Union members, particularly those with less formal education ... are significantly more politically knowledgable than their non-union counterparts,” tending to be "better informed about where political parties and candidates stand on the issues”… “Union members engage in more frequent workplace discussion of politics" than non-members… Pacific Standard
July 8, 2019 | WAGES | The first study analyzing the effects of a $15 federal minimum wage is out: Its impact on inequality could be huge — while its impact on job loss is likely small to none. More importantly, doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 would also likely boost incomes for the poorest households in rural counties, according to a white paperreleased Tuesday by economists Anna Godoey and Michael Reich at the University of California Berkeley. They found no evidence that such a large wage hike would lead to significant job losses or fewer work opportunities — something big business groups often warn about… Vox