Local and National News
Advisories, industry-specific fact sheets, and resources for members
Apr. 28, 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. Click on COVID-19 News for Industry-related Fact Sheets and other critical information from the IBT.
Important Maryland voter registration and vote-by-mail info
May 21, 2020 | Be sure to register and update your voter registration information by May 27, 2020. It’s important that the Board of Elections has your current address in order to mail you your ballot. Click here to make sure your voter information, party affiliation, and address is updated.
New Teamster Podcast: Coronavirus Update 10
May 21, 2020 | Listen here to the latest special edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear from a Local 952 laundry driver about life on the job, plus more health and safety tips, a legislative update, and news from the Graphic Communications Conference.
Former Baltimore County executive: The Sun needs local ownership
May 18, 2020 | If a city loses its professional sports teams, it loses its spirit. If a city loses its newspapers, it loses its soul. We fight to keep our ballclubs. It’s time to fight to keep our newspaper. Why should we care what happens to The Baltimore Sun? If we lose our newspaper, we announce to the nation that Baltimore is no longer a big-league city. Here’s a chance to do something noble for our town. Now is the time to rally around the paper. To save it from the corporate demands for profit and restore it to local ownership… The Baltimore Sun
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• Teamsters strike Hood River Distillers
• Teamster’s son wins battle against coronavirus
• Georgia sanitation workers fighting for basic PPE
• Teamsters target Tyson plant after COVID-19 spreads
• The collective power of pandemic’s essential workers
• Local, state governments need Congress to grant additional relief
• Hoffa talks with LA radio reporter re Covid-19 challenges for union members
• President expressed opposition to extending UI benefits enacted in response to pandemic
• Meatpacking jobs were dangerous before pandemic – now they’re life-or-death
May 21, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Calls for a general strike are growing as millions of people consider going back to work after months of quarantine. Could a mass work stoppage be on the horizon? What about waves of local and regional general strikes as more cities and states move to reopen businesses during a global pandemic? Let’s consider the conditions of our current moment. As COVID-19 continues to claim hundreds of lives every day, workers across the United States face an impossible choice: return to work and risk their health and the health of their loved ones at home, or potentially lose their jobs and their unemployment benefits. While some employers are working with their employees to decide how and when to reopen, others want to jumpstart business and spend Paycheck Protection Program funds so loans provided under the program are forgiven. This requires convincing furloughed and laid-off workers to come back and earn a paycheck, or replacing them with new hires… Truthout
May 21, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | The AFL-CIO on Monday filed a petition to compel the Labor Department to issue an emergency temporary standard that would offer stronger protection for U.S. workers against the coronavirus as states begin to reopen. The labor group is asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to immediately implement the measures. It notes that thousands of essential workers have been exposed to the coronavirus while on the job and those numbers are likely to increase as the economy reopens and nonessential workers return to work… The Hill
May 20, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | As demonstrations against McDonald’s continued across the country, many of the company’s anti-worker practices have been addressed. Under pressure from employees, unions, community organizations, and the public, McDonald’s has finally addressed Coved-19 with equipment in stores, increased paid sick leave, and raised pay for employees. With workers’ fears of catching the coronavirus, McDonald’s faced unprecedented protests by employees as the coronavirus pandemic continued. Their organization had been slow to address an unprecedented crisis. As a result, the employees working in franchise stores reacted by striking, protesting, and demonstrating… Labor Press
• Care after COVID-19
• What will reopening look like in Maryland?
• UFCW opposes reopening meatpacking plants
• CEOs cutting millions of jobs, not their own bonuses
• Administration says it can hire, fire labor panel at will
• Families sue meat companies after workers die of COVID-19
• Restrictions eased in Maryland: Here’s what you need to know
• Nonprofit workers turn to unions during pandemic uncertainty
• New rules ease rest mandate for truck drivers. Teamsters aren’t so sure
• How the pandemic is driving labor activism among essential workers
• Union: Workers lose laundry jobs after minding stay-at-home order