June 23, 1947: Congress overrides President Harry Truman's veto of the anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act. The law weakened unions and let states exempt themselves from union requirements. Twenty states immediately enacted open shop laws and more followed.
L.A. port drivers win $7 million in back pay; end misclassification Jan. 5, 2016| The underpaid, exploited port truck drivers at the nation's largest cargo terminal, Los Angeles-Long Beach, have won another round in their long fight for fair pay and job protections. he Teamsters and their Southern California Joint Council 42 have waged a years-long campaign to both win employee status for the thousands of port truckers and to organize them. People's World
Rick Daniels named publisher of The Baltimore Sun Jan. 6, 2016| Tribune Publishing Co. named Richard J. "Rick" Daniels as publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun Media Group on Tuesday, dropping "interim" from the title it gave him in September. …The Baltimore Sun also has seen its staff shrink and the media group now employs about 720 people, Daniels said. He declined to disclose revenue figures, citing rules that govern public companies, but said both The Sun and The Morning Call are "cash flow-positive and profitable." "There are no cuts planned, but we are also planning on a certain level of revenues and we have to make sure we can attain those," he said of The Sun. Baltimore Sun
Hoffa: We stand with Flint Jan. 20, 2016| “Over the past month the water crisis in Flint, Mich. has been brought to the nation’s attention. However, this is a tragedy that Michiganders have been aware of and the families of Flint have been dealing with since April 2014. Decisions made by state officials over the last year-and-a-half have led to a community being forced to use water from the Flint River – a source that has been found to contain unacceptable levels of lead." teamster.org