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Md. election officials: Don’t mail ballots; use drop boxes
Oct. 29, 2020 | With reports of slow mail delivery across the country, Maryland election officials are urging voters to return their mail-in ballots at drop-boxes throughout the state instead of using the Postal Service. Learn more here.
Early voting in Maryland begins Monday. Here’s what to know.
Oct. 26, 2020 | The end is in sight. With eight days left in the U.S. presidential campaign, early in-person voting begins today in Maryland. In an election reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic and colored with uncertainty, more than 800,000 Maryland voters have already submitted ballots by mail or drop box. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.
Hoffa: Biden-Harris will improve lives of workers
Oct. 22, 2020 | 2020 is a year for the record books. A global pandemic has wreaked havoc not only on the health of Americans, but also on their wallets. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, and millions are still out of work. But if we are honest with ourselves, these tumultuous times did not start back in March… The Democratic ticket has proposed a bold plan to protect the interests of hardworking Americans going forward. Biden and Harris both signed the Teamsters Pledge last year promising to back the union’s priorities… Continues at teamsters.org.
Update from the Newspaper Conference
Oct. 15, 2020 | With the U.S. Presidential election coming up in just a few weeks, the importance of news coverage has only increased, despite the enormous amount of articles and reports generated since the beginning of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Our Newspaper Conference members have held fast and continued printing, mailing and delivering the news on a daily basis throughout the country… Continue reading here.
Hoffa: House-passed stimulus bill brings much-needed relief to US workers
Oct. 2, 2020 | Read General-President Hoffa’s statement on the House’s passage last night of a $2.2 trillion stimulus package that will fund much-needed relief for airline workers, Amtrak workers and state and local governments that have been suffering from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. It also boosts pension plans and workplace safety provisions… Teamsters
Find out how you can vote absentee or by mail
Oct. 2, 2020 | This November, Teamsters can elect leaders who will support Teamster members and our families. But it doesn’t mean you need to head to the ballot box on Nov. 3. To find out how you can vote absentee or by mail in your state, and check if you are registered too, go to teamsters.org now!
Older news items can be viewed at 888 News.Elsewhere in The News
• COVID-19 news updates for Oct. 29, 2020
• American households are doing better than expected
• Trump Administration’s attacks on workers are relentless
• Why the Republican Party wants to destroy labor unions
• The specter of pension failures haunts the election
• U.S. workers fear for future as election, COVID-19 loom
• Workers keep getting fired for reporting COVID-19 safety violations
• AFSCME sues federal labor agency in court over anti-union policies
• Thousands of aviation layoffs loom amid a dysfunctional Congress
• HOS rule’s legality questioned by Teamsters, safety groups
• A special message from Vice President Joe Biden to Teamster members:
Oct. 30, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers, sued President Trump Monday claiming the executive order was “a textbook example of the president acting contrary to Congress’s express and limited delegation of authority.” Trump’s order instructs federal agencies to review their rosters and place employees with jobs that involve policy-making in a newly created category without protections afforded to most government employees… Bloomberg Law
Oct. 29, 2020 | OPINION | […] As Americans go to the polls, workers are prepared to render judgment on a president who has failed to keep his promises. Corporate profits have soared and executive compensation has exploded, all on the backs of American workers. But our middle class has shrunk and millions labor for poverty wages. And if work isn’t valued, Americans can’t earn their way to a better life for their families – no matter how hard they work… As American workers head to voting booths and mail-in ballots in numbers so large they cannot be ignored, they send a clear message to political leaders: we are the backbone of this country, our work has dignity, and you cannot continue to exploit us. We must pay people for the true value of their work, and give them power in their workplaces, with higher wages and empowered unions… Fox News
Oct. 29, 2020 | WAGES | The minimum wage in the United States hasn’t budged in 11 years. Whether it should was a hotly contested question during Thursday’s final presidential debate. President Donald Trump asserted that increasing the minimum wage would crush small businesses, many of which are already struggling as a result of the pandemic, arguing that the decision should be left to the states. Democratic nominee Joe Biden repeated his campaign pledge to raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $15. Establishing a $15 wage floor has been a long-term goal of union-backed advocacy groups, which began putting pressure on big companies like McDonald’s and Walmart to pay workers $15 an hour in 2012… NBC News
• COVID-19 news updates for Oct. 21, 2020
• The Fight for $15 is more important than ever
• Why I’m voting against hate
• Famous protests in US history and their impacts
• Teamsters call for zero emissions in private waste industry
• Laid-off Disney Teamsters work as volunteers at food bank
• Baltimore Teachers Union urges parents to boycott school reopening
• American Postal Workers Union continues fight to save USPS
• Labor prepares for a last-minute general strike if Trump tries to steal the election
• The Baltimore Sun’s Maryland Voter Guide 2020