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Sept. 25, 1891
Two African-American sharecroppers are killed during an ultimately unsuccessful cotton-pickers strike in Lee County, Ark. By the time the strike had been suppressed, 15 African-Americans had died and another six had been imprisoned. A white plantation manager was killed as well.
- DC Labor

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    US Foods drivers in VA choose Teamsters Local 355
    Sept. 25, 2020 Delivery drivers at US Foods in Manassas, Virginia, who are seeking a strong voice on the job and a more secure future, have voted to join Teamsters Local 355 in Baltimore. The vote was 50-30. Voting took place in recent weeks and ballots were counted on Thursday, September 24. “We welcome the drivers in Manassas to Local 355 and we will work hard to win them a strong contract,” said Denis Taylor, President of Local 355. “US Foods closed its Baltimore facility years ago shortly after losing its bid for a merger with industry leader Sysco, sending a portion of that work to the nonunion Manassas facility. So now, those drivers are once again part of the Teamster union family.” There are 110 drivers in the bargaining unit. The drivers, frontline workers in the pandemic, voted Teamster to improve working conditions and their health and welfare protection. Carlos Hurtado, a leader of the group of US Foods workers who voted to form their union, never got to see the vote results. Hurtado, 44, died on September 10, 2020 after suffering a heart attack before the votes were counted on September 24. More information here and here.

    Now available: The latest newsletter of “Drive Up Standards”
    Sept. 25, 2020 The latest issue of the Drive Up Standards Newsletter is here! Click on the files below to here how Teamster school bus and transit workers are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. View/download it here.

    New Teamsters Podcast: Rounding Up the Vote
    Sept. 23, 2020 Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how Pennsylvania Teamsters are using different techniques to turn out the vote this year. Plus, get a Capitol Hill update and learn from a NIOSH official how to stay safe on the job.

    Brother Jim Harvey, 1960-2020
    Sept. 14, 2020 Local 570 mourns the loss of Brother Jim Harvey, who passed away suddenly on Sept. 3, 2020 while on the job at Toyota. The Local 570 Executive Board extends its deepest condolences to Brother Harvey’s family and friends during this difficult time. Read his obituary here.

    Older news stories can be found at Local News

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    Economic Inequality Costs Average Worker $42,000 Annually
    Sept. 24, 2020 | OPINION | Economic inequality is one of those hazy concepts that can mean lots of different things to people. But take note members of Congress, here’s a number that all of your constituents will understand: $42,000. That’s how much more money the typical full-time, prime-age working person would make if we wiped away the economic inequality of the past four decades. Instead of $50,000 a year, they would take home $92,000. Or put another way, that $42,000 is the money stolen from the average working person and delivered to the wealthiest 1 percent by policies enacted by previous Congresses. Policies to give a big chunk of that back are on the ballot this November… The Hill
    Much At Stake for Workers in Federal Appeals Courts
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    Hoffa: Honoring Ginsburg, a Friend to Working, Disenfranchised People
    Sept. 21, 2020 | IN MEMORIAM | The following is a statement from Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President, on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “On Friday evening, we lost this nation’s leading judicial voice for everyday Americans who have been repeatedly overlooked and cast aside in this country. When labor and civil rights advocates sought justice at the Supreme Court, we knew that Justice Ginsburg would be there for us. One example came in May 2018, when Justice Ginsburg authored a strong dissent to a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling that … Teamsters
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