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Sept. 17, 1989
The ten-month Pittston Coal strike began on this date, as 98 miners and a minister occupied the Pittston Coal Company’s Moss 3 preparation plant in Carbo, Virginia. The strike began after Pittston terminated health benefits for retirees, widows and disabled miners. State troopers were called in to arrest strikers after violent conflicts erupted, yet the struggle barely made the news the United States. Arguably the most militant strike of the time, the United Mine Workers (UMWA) engaged in a variety of actions, ranging from a nonviolent takeover to mineworkers blockading the road into the plants, leading to their arrest. The United Mine Workers (UMWA) ultimately won, and the Pittston strike became one of the few labor victories of the 1980s.
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Local News Update - November 2014
Posted On: Nov 10, 2014

On Saturday, Oct. 18th, warehouse workers at Hanover, Md.-based foods distributor Rhee Bros. ratified their first contract since organizing with the Teamsters in December 2013. The three-year agreement provides wage increases/bonuses, implementation of a wage progression scale, health insurance percentages locked in for the term of the agreement. In addition, workers are guaranteed a 40-hour work week, a grievance and arbitration process, and current vacations and holidays are protected.

Wage negotiations on behalf of United Care Connections (UC2) drivers and day-center aides produced wage increases and signing bonuses effective January 1, 2015.

Negotiations with Leonard Paper began Thursday, Oct. 16th.

Bargaining continues with Bond Distributing and Stroehmanns.

In other news, members present at the Union's monthly General Membership Meeting held Sunday, October 12th, unanimously returned all Local 570 leaders to office for the January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017 term. The following members were declared elected officers of Teamsters Local 570:
   Ray Valentine, President
   Richard Brown, Vice President
   Sean Cedenio, Secretary Treasurer/Principle Officer
   Robert Brown, Recording Secretary
   Moses Jackson, Angelo Wilson, and Christopher Price, Trustees


 
 
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