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April 2020 | 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.
Listen to the latest Teamster podcast for the latest news
Sept. 3, 2020 | Listen here to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and get the latest news about the union, including its endorsement of the Biden-Harris ticket, participation in 2020 March on Washington and health and safety concerns. Featuring audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Teamsters Canada President François Laporte; Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Marcus King; Health and Safety Department Director Lamont Byrd; and Department of Political and Legislative Action Director Christy Bailey
Teamsters join historic March on Washington 2020
Aug. 28, 2020 | Teamsters joined the 2020 March on Washington Friday to confront the systemic racism that plagues the United States and to demand widespread change. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters co-sponsored the historic demonstration, and the union’s Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Marcus King (pictured) delivered remarks to the crowd of thousands about the importance of confronting systemic racism and economic exploitation by demanding solutions from the government and corporations. The union is fighting to dismantle racist corporate and government policies and advocating that the Senate prioritize the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 (H.R.7120)…. Continue reading here.
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Sept. 18, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The Trump administration has systematically promoted the interests of corporate executives and shareholders over those of working people and failed to protect worker’s safety, wages and rights. This Economic Policy Institute report provides a review of the administration’s most egregious attacks on working people since Trump took office. This analysis reveals that President Trump’s time in office has been marked by a clear commitment to advancing a pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda. These attacks include failure to act to protect the health of workers during the pandemic; denied workers a minimum wage increase; obstructed workers’ right to fair union elections; prevented millions of workers from receiving overtime; and repeatedly nominated anti-worker candidates for positions at the Department of Labor. Read the report here.
• Watch: Teamsters march on Washington
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• UFCW: OSHA’s Smithfield fine ‘a slap on the wrist’
• Hoffa on Teamsters Military Assistance Program
• Ohio auto workers watch a way of life circle the drain
• FAQs re the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
• 886,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week
• Unions eye long term as pandemic weighs on members
• The price of inequality? Lost annual income $42,000 for typical worker
• Workers at Republic Services need your help. Sign the petition here.
Sept. 17, 2020 | THE FUTURE OF LABOR | […] Today’s manufacturing industry looks a lot different from the one of decades past, but manufacturing is still a vital part of the American business landscape. As the manufacturing industry tackles the challenges of the 21st century, millennials are beginning to put their own stamp on the industry in all kinds of ways. There are five ways that millennials are making big changes in the manufacturing workplace as they come into their own, including bringing back the unionized workplace… RT Insights
Sept. 16, 2020 | OPINION | […] Our message must be heard by those wanting to destroy labor unions and our right to bargain collectively to improve the standard of living for working Americans. Our words must be heard by those who believe that the race to the bottom for American workers is the right direction. Our words must be heard by those who want to control the ballot box and our words must be heard by those who will do anything to deny Americans their right to vote in our free elections… It is our collective responsibility to show the people what a labor union is, where our strength comes from, who the union belongs to, what collective bargaining is and what we mean by union solidarity… The CT Mirror
Sept. 16, 2020 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Amazon landed in hot water this week when job posts revealed apparent details about the company’s strategies for identifying potential union activity in its workforce. The company quickly took down the two employment ads for intelligence analysts whose duties were to include tracking “labor organizing threats,” saying they did not accurately describe the roles. But it was just the latest illustration of the uneasy and, at times, contentious relationship between unions and one of the country’s largest private employers. Amazon has successfully avoided unions in its ranks for years, despite a workforce that includes hundreds of thousands of front-line warehouse and logistics workers. However, labor leaders say growing scrutiny of Amazon, coupled with the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, could usher in a new era of unionization at the tech giant… Geekwire