• Today in Labor History
    Oct. 19, 1949: The National Association of Letter Carriers achieves equalization of wages for all letter carriers, meaning city delivery carriers began receiving the same wages regardless of the size of the community in which they worked.
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      Teamster News Headlines  
     
    Teamsters Lydia Torres joins Senator Elizabeth Warren on Capitol Hill for the Real Aid, Right Now!
    Philadelphia Rally to REPEAL Beverage Tax - Thursday, Oct. 19
    Leaders from UPS Local Unions Overwhelmingly Accept Contract Proposals
    Teamsters Urge Performance Food Group (PFG) Shareholders to Withhold Votes from Directors
    Tommy Blitsch Appointed Director of Trade Show & Convention Centers Division
    Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Tuesday, October 17
    Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Monday, October 16
    Teamster Leaders in U.S., Canada Laud Their Respective NAFTA Negotiators
    Hurricane Maria's Aftermath: Friday, October 13
    Hall to Cardinal Health Shareholders: Vote FOR Independent Board Leadership, Accountability in Opioid Crisis
     
         
    • Local and National News
      Horseshoe Casino workers join Day of Action
      Oct. 16, 2017 | Workers from the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino will celebrate their first union contract with a rally and march this Thursday in Baltimore. Members of Teamsters Local 355, UNITE HERE, IATSE, UAW, and IUOE will rally at McKeldin Square to announce this great victory and then march to City Hall… D.C. Labor

      The Los Angeles Times’cliche anti-union tactics
      Oct. 12, 2017 | Last week, a majority of newsroom staffers at the Los Angeles Times announced their intention to join together in union and join their colleagues at other newspapers [including The Baltimore Sun] who are already members of NewsGuild-CWA. Soon after, Tronc, the corporate owners of the paper, issued a letter to tell the Times staff that their union wasn’t welcome…jwj.org

      Las Vegas Teamster sells his Harley to go to Puerto Rico and volunteer
      Oct. 12, 2017 | When Marco Cruz heard about the need for truck drivers to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico he knew he could help. The single dad of two teenagers was born in Puerto Rico but has lived in Las Vegas for over 40 years. Cruz has a commercial drivers license and experience driving tanker trucks. But to pay for his humanitarian mission, Cruz had to sell his Harvey Davidson motorcycle… thedenverchannel.com

      Two California Teamsters among the dead in Vegas shooting
      Oct. 2, 2017 | Two Teamsters members from California, Dana Gardner of Local 1932 in San Bernardino, and Rachael Parker of Local 911, a police records clerk from Manhattan Beach, were among 59 people killed in the shooting massacre in Las Vegas the night of October 1-2, the Southern California Teamster reported. A kindergarten teacher from southern California, Jenny Parks, a member of a National Education Association local there, also was shot to death… peoplesworld.org

      Teamsters denounce false reports of striking drivers in Puerto Rico
      Oct. 2, 2017 | The Teamsters Union denounces reports from online, anti-union sources that stated Teamster truck drivers in Puerto Rico have refused to move supplies from the port as part of an effort to leverage wage increases from the government. These reports are false and have no basis in fact. The truth is that members from Teamsters Local 901 in San Juan have been working or volunteering since the day after the hurricane passed, helping with disaster relief and recovery… teamster.org

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      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 July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.com

      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.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
      July 24, 2017 | The pursuit of the Chicago-Sun Times was thwarted by a Department of Justice decision to prevent the owner of the Chicago Tribune from also owning the city’s second-largest daily newspaper. So what’s next for Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing that also ons the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun and the Orlando Sentinel? thestreet.com

      Mar. 14, 2017 | Newspaper publisher Tronc may close on an acquisition of the celebrity news magazine Us Weekly as soon as next week, paying over $100 million, according to sources familiar with the potential purchase. Representatives for Tronc and Us Weekly didn't return calls seeking comment, but the sources said it's still possible the parties may not reach agreement on final terms… chicagobusiness.com


      Elsewhere in The News
      Oct. 17, 2017 | U.S. LABOR | As concertgoers fled the mass shooting at the country music festival outside the Mandalay Bay in Clark Country, Nev., at the end of the Las Vegas strip, dozens of off-duty fire fighters attending the concert sprang into action. Twelve were among the wounded by gunfire. At the same time, more than 150 fire fighters and paramedics from Clark County Local 1908 and surrounding locals rushed to the scene to save lives, treat the wounded and help the survivors… aflcio.org

      Oct. 16, 2017  | COMMUNITY ACTION | Unionists on the extended relief mission to hurricane-smashed Puerto Rico call the situation there, three weeks after Maria hit, dire. The head of the Puerto Rico Labor Federation is blunt about the attitude of the U.S. government: “They want us to die.” What the union volunteers found when they arrived, and still find, is absolute devastation, with a lack of food, no running water, virtually no electricity outside the capital of San Juan and spotty cellphone service, if it works at all. Volunteers came from unions with nurses, the Teamsters, the building trades, and others to clear roads, repair crumbling structures, and more… peoplesworld.org

        • Unions, in some form, are here to stay.
        • Millennials really have taken it on the chin.
        • NFL players’ union defends members – again.
        • The vital role of education in authoritarian times.
        • It’s Labor vs. Finance for the future of Puerto Rico.
        • Justices wrestle with mandatory arbitration vs. labor law.
        • Workers deserve better pay, protections as part of NAFTA.
        • Supplemental committees meet to exchange proposals with UPS.
        • It’s not regulation that’s a threat to jobs, it’s climate change.
        • Women’s reproductive and workplace rights will help the economy.


      Oct. 12, 2017 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | Labor unions took to social media and Capitol Hill Wednesday to demand that lawmakers end a free trade agreement which critics claim has hurt domestic workers. Labor unions used the opportunity to demand that the trade deal be replaced with something that helps workers. The AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) were among the unions that delivered 400,000 petitions to lawmakers. The AFL-CIO suggested earlier in the year that the trade deal be reformed to include new labor and procurement rules, consumer protections, and protection against currency misalignment and tax dodging… insidesources.com Related: The Teamsters have been calling for NAFTA withdrawal or its dramatic renegotiation for more than 20 years…

      Oct. 11, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | A Texas labor union has reportedly filed a grievance against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after he said players who refuse to stand during the national anthem will not be allowed to play. According to ESPN.com's Todd Archer, Local 100 of the United Labor Unions said Tuesday that Jones' statement violated the National Labor Relations Act because it showed he is "attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity.” bleacherreport.com


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