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Sept. 22, 1934
United Textile Workers strike committee orders strikers back to work after 22 days out, ending what was at that point the greatest single industrial conflict in the history of American organized labor. The strike involved some 400,000 workers in New England, the mid-Atlantic states and the South.
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    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.

    Listen to the latest Teamster podcast for the latest news
    Sept. 3, 2020 Listen here to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and get the latest news about the union, including its endorsement of the Biden-Harris ticket, participation in 2020 March on Washington and health and safety concerns.  Featuring audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Teamsters Canada President François Laporte; Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Marcus King; Health and Safety Department Director Lamont Byrd; and Department of Political and Legislative Action Director Christy Bailey.

    Update from Dairy and Food Processing Division
    Sept. 2, 2020 Director Rome Aloise writes: “It goes without saying that the pandemic has dragged on for longer than any of us could have hoped. In spite of that, your union has not and will not stop advocating on your behalf. Our union’s demand that essential service workers in the food supply chain be given the wages and working conditions that reflect their value has not let up since the national food supply day of action that took place in June. At Netroots Nation, a political convention for progressive activists that was held last month, The Teamsters participated in a panel  that addressed the ways that workers in the food supply chain and the labor unions that represent them can institute plans that emphasizes protective measures…” Continue reading here.

    Older news stories can be found at Local News

    Elsewhere in the News
    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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    50 Reasons the Trump Administration is Bad for Workers
    Sept. 18, 2020 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The Trump administration has systematically promoted the interests of corporate executives and shareholders over those of working people and failed to protect worker’s safety, wages and rights. This Economic Policy Institute report provides a review of the administration’s most egregious attacks on working people since Trump took office. This analysis reveals that President Trump’s time in office has been marked by a clear commitment to advancing a pro-corporate, anti-worker agenda. These attacks include failure to act to protect the health of workers during the pandemic; denied workers a minimum wage increase; obstructed workers’ right to fair union elections; prevented millions of workers from receiving overtime; and repeatedly nominated anti-worker candidates for positions at the Department of Labor. Read the report here.
    OSHA Offers Toothless Response to COVID-19 Workplace Deaths
    Sept. 17, 2020 | HEALTH & SAFETY | How much are the lives of essential workers who are keeping food on the tables of their fellow Americans worth? Not much, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A recent ruling by the federal agency fined two meatpacking plants in South Dakota and Colorado a measly $29,000 after at least 12 workers there died and some 1,500 were infected with the coronavirus. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) called the penalties “a new low,” and it’s hard to argue otherwise. OSHA could have issued a fine 10 times the size it did, but choose not to because, evidently, the agency felt these were not willful violations by Smithfield and JBS Foods. One only wonders how many would need to die for it to qualify as such… Teamsters
    How Millennials Are Changing the Manufacturing Industry
    Sept. 16, 2020 | THE FUTURE OF LABOR | […] Today’s manufacturing industry looks a lot different from the one of decades past, but manufacturing is still a vital part of the American business landscape. As the manufacturing industry tackles the challenges of the 21st century, millennials are beginning to put their own stamp on the industry in all kinds of ways. There are five ways that millennials are making big changes in the manufacturing workplace as they come into their own, including bringing back the unionized workplace… RT Insights

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