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Jan. 17, 1962
President John F. Kennedy signs Executive Order 10988, guaranteeing federal workers the right to join unions and bargain collectively.

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Updated: Jan. 17 (10:05)

11 PSE's to be Converted, 1/19
APWU Cleveland Area Local
National Day of Action
Communications Workers of America Local 1107
Update on the operation and equipment moves at the Mid-C P&DC
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Advocacy Day for Statewide Film Industry on Monday, March 18 in Olympia
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Update: Bargaining continues between Teamsters and Costco
Jan. 11, 2019 | Your National Negotiating Committee concluded bargaining this week following three days of meetings in Seattle. The committee has successfully resolved a majority of language items and anticipates moving into economics next week. There are several language items that still need to be addressed but the committee remains hopeful that it will conclude bargaining with Costco next week.

Thousands of federal employee union workers rally for end to government shutdown
Jan. 10, 2019 | Teamsters stood with federal workers and other trade union allies at a rally today in Washington, DC to demand an end to the government shutdown. Tens of thousands of our union brothers and sisters are locked out or working without pay. Chanting ‘Shut the shutdown now,” they demanded government leaders “do your job” and reopen the government so they can go back to work. More than a dozen members of Congress joined the rally to stand with the workers including leaders from Maryland (House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Senators Chris Van Hollen, and Benjamin Cardin) and Virginia (Senator Mark Warner and Representative Don Beyer).

Unions call on the president and Congress to reopen the government
Jan. 9, 2019 | Every day the government shutdown drags on, hundreds of thousands of working people are denied a paycheck and millions lose the vital government services they deserve. America's working families are looking to the president and Congress to end this debacle. Join us for a rally to end the government shutdown at Noon, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at AFL-CIO, 815 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Or, call your legislators and demand that they vote to reopen government: 1-866-803-8830. Download the rally flyer here. Download the informational flyer "President and Congress Must Reopen the Government" here.

Teamster members also work for federal government, contractors
Jan. 2, 2019 | The International Brotherhood of Teamsters calls on Congress and the President to end the current budget impasse that could result in the partial closure of the federal government. The Teamsters Union represents thousands of hardworking members who are either federal employees or federal government contractors. Many of these members will be forced to either work without pay or face furlough or layoff during a government closure. The impact on these members and their families, as well as all federal employees impacted by a shutdown, would be catastrophic… teamster.org  Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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Elsewhere in the News
Teamsters: Fed Workers Deserve Respect – and Pay – for Their Jobs
Jan. 16, 2019 | WAR ON WORKERS | Some 800,000 Americans who work for the federal government are closing in on a month of going without pay. And that is not good news for this country. As it stands, the U.S. government currently owes federal workers some $5 billion in back wages. The effect of the federal furlough reaches far beyond these government workers, however. The Teamsters joined with other unions at the rally in Washington to demand that elected officials make sure these workers return to work soon. And it may only be the start of federal workers flexing their muscles to demand change… Teamsters Union
Supreme Court Ruling Gives Truckers a Victory and a New Weapon in Labor War at L.A. Ports
Jan. 16, 2019 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  A U.S. Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for drivers to sue trucking companies could have a major impact on the labor battle that has raged for years at Southern California’s ports, according to worker advocates. Trucking firms may not block workers from filing class-action lawsuits, even if they consider them to be independent contractors rather than employees, the court ruled Tuesday. The unanimous decision came in a case filed by Dominic Oliveira, a long-haul driver for New Prime, a Missouri-based carrier with 5,000 contractors… Los Angeles Times  Related: Teamsters call ruling a great victory for workers in the transportation industry
Here’s Why LA Teachers Are Walking Out in a Historic Strike
Jan. 14, 2019 | COLLECTIVE ACTION |  After nearly two years of bargaining, public-school teachers in Los Angeles have initiated a strike in protest of their district’s policies. Starting today, teachers are picketing outside of their workplaces, underscoring an inveterate lack of investment in public schools made worse by a pro-charter-school “austerity agenda.” From April of 2017 to January of this year, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)—which represents more than 35,000 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)—had been in negotiations with the district, and eventually reached an impasse… Working In These Times
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As Government Shutdown Goes On, Workers’ Finances Fray
Jan. 11, 2019 | WAGES |  Since Dec. 22, furloughed workers and those working without pay have been living off their savings, credit cards and the last paychecks that landed in their accounts. But many of those wells are now dry. And as President Trump warns that the shutdown could last months or years if Democrats do not agree to fund his border wall, unpaid federal workers across the country, from the Washington suburbs to farming towns to remote federal prisons, are growing increasingly desperate and furious at the political impasse. They are now in shutdown survival mode: opening new credit card accounts to pay off their bills, borrowing from relatives and eating the dregs of their pantries… New York Times
 
 
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