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Oct. 26, 1825
After eight years and at least 1,000 worker deaths – mostly Irish immigrants – the 350-mile Erie Canal opens, linking the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean.
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    The Local 570 Executive Board extends its thanks to the members for their continued support. 

    Local 570 officers and trustees re-elected for another 3-year term
    October, 2020 On Sunday, October 11, 2020, nominations for the election of the Local 570 Executive Board were held during the monthly membership meeting at the Local Union Hall. Incumbents were nominated and, as there were no other nominations, all are re-elected. Pictured above, left to right: Larry Kelly, Trustee (Republic National Distributing Co.); Richard Brown, President; Karen Miller, Trustee (Costco); Moses Jackson, Vice President; Sean Cedenio, Secretary-Treasurer/Principal Officer; Joseph Fowler, Recording Secretary; and Angelo Wilson, Trustee (Cloverland Dairy). The Executive Board vowed to continue its hard work for strong contracts, maintain and improve benefits, and grow the Local Union membership. The three-year term is January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2024. Click here to view more photos in the Photo Gallery. (Note: Image loading time varies.)

    Early voting in Maryland begins Monday. Here’s what to know.
    Oct. 26, 2020 The end is in sight. With eight days left in the U.S. presidential campaign, early in-person voting begins today in Maryland. In an election reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic and colored with uncertainty, more than 800,000 Maryland voters have already submitted ballots by mail or drop box. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.

    Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Team570 negotiators hammer out new contracts, a few extensions
    Oct. 20, 2020 The business of our union doesn’t stop for anything, not even a global pandemic. With more nearly two dozen contracts expiring this year, Local 570 bargaining teams succeeded in bringing back new contracts for ratification and, in some cases, approved extensions for others. Given the difficult circumstances we live with in this coronavirus environment, the Local and the negotiating committees appreciate the commitment and patience of our members. Principal Officer Sean Cedenio said recently. “In this time of crisis, you stood up, and no matter what, you continue to go to work and do your job. Thank you for helping us work through some tough times.” An update on ratifications and current negotiations is here

    Hoffa: Biden-Harris will improve lives of workers
    Oct. 8, 2020 2020 is a year for the record books. A global pandemic has wreaked havoc not only with the health of Americans, but also on their wallets. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, and millions are still out of work. But if we are honest with ourselves, these tumultuous times did not start back in March. Working families all over the country have been struggling for years with a federal government that’s prioritized the corporate class over the working class. That’s why we’ve seen a curtailing of union rights and a lack of attention to pension security issues. We need a change at the top… Continue reading here

    Notice: Proposed plan for nomination and election of IBT Convention delegates 
    The Local 570 plan to nominate and elect delegates to the IBT Convention to be held in June 2021 has been submitted to the Election Supervisor for approval. The Election Plan is available for review at

    Older news stories can be found at Local News

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    How to Boost Unions’ Power? Sectoral Bargaining.
    Oct. 22, 2020 | LABOR UNIONS | In 1980 about a tenth of work­ers were cov­ered by mul­ti-employ­er agree­ments that set indus­try-wide stan­dards, espe­cial­ly work­ers in steel, auto, truck­ing, con­struc­tion and mining. What hap­pened? An onslaught of dereg­u­la­tion and anti-union attacks reversed those gains. Unions sim­ply lack the pow­er and mem­ber­ship to orga­nize entire sec­tors and indus­tries. Sec­toral or mul­ti-employ­er bar­gain­ing does exist — in heav­i­ly union­ized indus­tries, like hos­pi­tal­i­ty — but, most­ly, unions nego­ti­ate wages and improve con­di­tions at one indi­vid­ual work­site at a time. The Pro­tect­ing the Right to Orga­nize Act would remove some of the major dif­fi­cul­ties faced by union orga­niz­ers and passed in the House ear­li­er this year. It now waits in the Sen­ate. Like so much else, its chance of becom­ing law any time soon great­ly depends on who wins in Novem­ber. If it does pass, unions can begin the process of rebuild­ing their bar­gain­ing pow­er from the bot­tom up… In These Times  [Note: The Teamsters Union has national master agreements in the freight, warehouse, and passenger transportation industries, among others.]
    Why Stronger Labor Unions Would Speed Up the U.S. Post-COVID Recovery
    Oct. 20, 2020  | COMMENTARY | Recessions always inflict the most pain on Americans in the middle and lower end of the income distribution range, destroying jobs, eroding wages, and wiping out savings for those working in industries such as construction, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail. But the crushing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have reached levels unseen in the last four decades, and the long-term scarring will be severe without intervention from Congress – not just in the form of emergency relief, but also with targeted policy solutions.  One solution lawmakers should prioritize is a historic workers’ rights proposal, given that defanged labor protections are a large part of the reason the downturn has been so devastating to those who can least afford it... Fortune
    Workers Who Were Laid Off Say They Were Passed Over – for Their Own Jobs
    Oct. 19, 2020 | JOBS | Like millions of Americans who lost their jobs during the pandemic, Jorge Padilla had hoped to work for many more years before the economic meltdown interrupted his plans. But in March, Padilla was laid off from his job as a banquet server in the Las Vegas area and even though his old company has ramped up hiring again, it hasn’t contacted him. Station Casinos, which owns the Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino where he worked for nine years, is making anyone who wants a job reapply and is hiring mostly lower-paid workers rather than longtime employees like him. “We worked hard for this company, and we were loyal for many years. Now it’s time for them to give us a chance to come back.” Labor unions agree, and as the bleak U.S. job situation shows no sign of a major revival, they are pushing for legislation to ensure that people who lost jobs in the pandemic get first dibs when those positions reopen. Such ordinances, known as Right to Recall or Right of Recall bills, have passed in cities and counties across the nation. A Baltimore city council committee approved one such bill in September, but it has not yet been signed by the mayor… Time
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