Local and National Union News
A message from the Passenger Transportation Division
July 2, 2020 | Many of you employed by school districts are hopefully just beginning to enjoy your summer as coronavirus transmissions begin to subside in many parts of the country. For those of you employed in public transit, paratransit and other sectors of passenger transportation, many of you never stopped working, and your country owes you a great debt of gratitude for your continued service during the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, I’d like to keep you abreast of what your union has been doing. School bus and transit workers have been organizing and winning elections in spite of the pandemic… Continue reading here.
Hoffa: Changes to guest worker programs will help protect U.S. livelihoods
June 30, 2020 | In a statement released yesterday about a White House effort to temporarily curtail guest worker programs during the current economic downturn, General President Hoffa said, “U.S. workers are facing a nearly unprecedented loss of jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. Given the current conditions, it only makes sense to prioritize the lives and the livelihoods of hardworking Americans and protect their wages…” Continue reading Hoffa’s statement here.
Update from the Solid Waste & Recycling Division
June 29, 2020 | Members of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division are still on the front lines of this pandemic, keeping our communities clean and protecting the public health from spread. We continue to be in regular contact with Waste Management Inc. (WMI) and Waste Connections to ensure our members are protected on the job. As many of you know, WMI has been negotiating plans to acquire Advanced Disposal Services. Due to the pandemic, the deal has been renegotiated and should take effect in the coming weeks. We are closely watching this merger and will be working with our Teamster brothers and sisters in Canada as we see more consolidation in the private waste industry… Continue reading here.
Teamsters demand Republic Services end abuse of Black workers in Atlanta
June 25, 2020 | Republic Services workers and members of Teamsters Local 728 are demanding Republic Services put an end to Black worker abuse following the unjust termination and layoffs of five Black workers in Atlanta this past month. Last week, Republic Services workers held protests outside the Atlanta facility calling on the company to immediately rehire the five workers who were unjustly terminated and support the lives and livelihoods of their workers of color. The actions were part of the AFL-CIO’s nationwide protests demanding racial and economic justice for all workers both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.
Update from the Brewery and Soft Drink Division
June 25, 2020 | Our industry has not been as hard hit as some during the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to consumer demand. According to Drinks International (see Source, below) wine and beer sales increased dramatically in March. But, the uptick in sales with e-commerce and retail was counterbalanced by the shutdown of bars and restaurants. I have reports from brewery and soft drink local unions that production is ramping up for the seasonal period. Also, members that were on voluntary layoff are returning to work now. With the Independence Day holiday approaching… Continue reading here.
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The May/June issue of the shop stewards newsletter is posted
June 2020 | You may view and download the current issue here. Please note that the newsletter contains clickable links to external pages for additional information. Mail delivery of our Joint Council 62 steward newsletter is suspended until further notice.
Elsewhere in the News In Case You Missed It
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• Covid-19 news updates for July 7, 2020
• Coast-to-coast rallies demand: Keep UPSP viable
• Getting Americans back to work and good jobs
• When essential workers earn less than the jobless
• Baltimore City to provide rental relief
• ‘Strike for Black Lives’: Planned July 20 walkout unites BLM and unions
• New NAFTA will ensure safer roadways, increased rights for workers
• July 15 is Tax Day and the IRS isn’t pushing it back any further
• U.S. Treasury to acquire 30% of YRCW in exchange for $700m loan
• USPS only org. forced to pre-pay for health benefits decades into the future
• “The Killing Floor”: A historical drama of racial conflict and the labor movement
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