Today in Labor History Aug. 14, 2003 The Northeast of the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout, which affected 50 million people. Initially concerned that it could be a terrorist attack, it soon became clear that it was the failure of Ohio-based First Energy Corporation to maintain its portion of the electrical grid. In a statement following the costly blackout, the Utility Workers Union of America called on Ohio’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate the industry’s maintenance practices and urged the state legislature to revise its deregulation laws that led to lax standards and mass layoffs of line workers. ~ Voices of Labor
General membership meetings canceled until further notice Apr. 1, 2020|In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Gov. Hogan declared a state of emergency on March 5, 2020, and renewed it on March 17, 2020. To reduce the spread of the virus, the CDC and the Maryland Dept. of Health recommend canceling large gatherings and social distancing in smaller groups. To that end and to reduce the threat to our membership and staff, Local 888 is canceling all in-person meetings until further notice.
Teamsters fight for protection, economic relief for its members Apr. 16, 2020|More than a month into the nationwide fight to combat the coronavirus, the Teamsters are using their legislative lobbying power to protect workers from both illness and economic distress. The union’s Department of Political and Legislative Action has been active in letting lawmakers know about the needs of members, be it for personal protective equipment (PPE), expanded unemployment benefits or direct stimulus checks many are receiving right now… Teamsters
Workers’ Memorial Day: Mourn for the dead, fight for the living Apr. 28, 2020|The Teamsters Union, and trade unionists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers' Memorial Day — an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work. Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace injuries and illnesses, and to promote the fight for improving health and safety at each and every workplace. To help mark this important day, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) is providing the following resources to help with the planning of activities at local unions and workplaces… Continue reading
A message from Graphics Communications Conference President Kurt Freeman Apr. 27, 2020|The COVID-19 crisis is presenting our union with many challenges. But, it is also showing us how our members and union companies have innovative ideas. The GCC/IBT has numerous companies that have retooled their operations and are now producing face masks and other PPE… Continue reading here
Update from the Newspaper, Magazine Conference Apr. 23, 2020|Many members of the newspaper conference continue to work due to the newspaper industry being classified as “essential”. Furloughs and layoffs are occurring, though, as advertisers cease operations. The amount of newspapers typically carried at grocery stores has increased, however, because consumers are apparently buying these when they are food shopping as opposed to buying them at a newsstand near their offices… Continue reading at Teamsters
Remembering the fallen: A message from General President Hoffa Apr. 28, 2020|Today, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember workers killed or injured on the job and to fight for strong safety and health provisions for all workers. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this day takes on an even deeper meaning. We have had reports of rank-and-file Teamsters who have been infected, and some who have died, from COVID-19. We are in the midst of a national emergency and essential workers—many of them Teamsters—are putting their own health on the line to keep the rest of us safe, healthy and fed. Before COVID-19, an average of 14 workers died each day of workplace injuries. The most recent data available tells us… Teamsters