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Dec. 2, 2009
Court documents filed in Boston say Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $40 million to 87,500 Massachusetts employees who claimed the retailer denied them rest and meal breaks, manipulated time cards and refused to pay overtime.
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    Successor contracts approved at Ecology Services, RMA Coach, others
    Nov. 25, 2020 Members employed at Ecology Services in Pasadena, Md. ratified a three-year contract in October providing annual wage increases and new pay incentives for drivers and helpers in addition to their current compensation. The agreement also adds new safety protection language. Members also received a signing bonus. Charm City Circular drivers, maintenance workers, and detailers ratified in November their first contract with RMA Coach, LLC. The agreement provides … Continued

    Hoffa Scholarship Fund now accepting applications
    Nov. 30, 2020 The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has begun accepting applications for the 2021 award year. The Fund awards financial scholarships to the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members. Academic awards in the amount of $1,000 or $10,000 are awarded to eligible high school seniors. Vocational/Training program awards are available ranging from $500 to $2,000. In 2020, $1.2 million in scholarships were awarded. Details on the application process can be found here.

    New Podcast Edition: Members power political victory
    Nov. 18, 2020  Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how Teamsters reached out to their fellow members to make sure they voted for pro-worker candidates. Plus, drivers hear from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) about how to keep their trucks clean during the coronavirus pandemic. Listen 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

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    Dec. 1, 2020 | HEALTH & SAFETY | […] In the absence of offi­cial num­bers, much of what we know about Covid-19’s toll on health­care work­ers comes from whistle­blow­ers like those at Fres­no Med­ical Cen­ter in California. Poor work­ing con­di­tions — as well as long-stand­ing con­cerns about patient safe­ty issues, which have been exac­er­bat­ed by the pan­dem­ic — have prompt­ed health­care work­ers to launch a series of dra­mat­ic on-the-job actions. In These Times spoke with more than a dozen health­care work­ers who have par­tic­i­pat­ed in strikes and protests, as well as field orga­niz­ers with nation­al and local health­care unions. As concern about contracting Covid-19 at work increased, so did workers’ interest in protesting conditions and forming unions to improve them. In These Times
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    What Organized Labor Wants From Biden
    Nov. 25, 2020 | UNIONS | Now that they’ve helped elect Biden, there is an end to Trump’s anti-worker regime in sight. But organized labor wants more than a return to the pre-Trump status quo. Unions want progress, and they have clout that they are prepared to wield. They turned out the vote for Democrats, earned major victories in the fight for a $15 minimum wage, and spent the better part of the pandemic protesting dangerous conditions on the job. Nationwide, strike and work-stoppage activity is on the rise. The future, however, will not arrive without struggle. NY Magazine
    Workers in North Dakota Strike to Demand Covid-19 Protections
    Nov. 24, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | […] Since March, essential workers across the country have walked off the job at Whole Foods markets, Amazon warehouses, Taco Bells and McDonald's restaurants, and poultry packing plants to protest working conditions during the pandemic, some asking for hazard pay and others demanding protective gear. Few of these strikes have resulted in major commercial disruptions and product shortages—but as the workforce behind a massive food distribution company, the 75 striking Cash-Wa workers are in a unique position to disrupt a major supply chain if their employer refuses to provide them with more protections. "Workers are asking for temperature screenings, divisions between employees in break rooms, and adequate cleaning supplies," Brian Novak, a business representative at Teamsters Local 120, the union that represents the workers in Fargo. This week, North Dakota reported the COVID-19 highest death rate of any state or country in the world. … Vice
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    Nov. 23, 2020 | THE MINIMUM WAGE | A new GAO (Government Accountability Office) report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders shows that corporations are soaking up profits—while paying workers so little they depend on government assistance to survive. Mil­lions of full-time, adult work­ers in the Unit­ed States — many of them employed by Wal­mart, McDonald’s and oth­er high­ly prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions — are paid wages so low they’re forced to rely on pub­lic assis­tance to make ends meet. For all 15 agen­cies, Wal­mart was in the top four employ­ers of Med­ic­aid enrollees and SNAP ben­e­fi­cia­ries, while McDonald’s was in the top five for 13 of the 15 agencies. Oth­er major retail­ers and fast-food com­pa­nies were found to be among the most com­mon employ­ers of work­ers receiv­ing Med­ic­aid and SNAP, includ­ing Dol­lar Tree, Dol­lar Gen­er­al, Tar­get, Ama­zon, Burg­er King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal­greens and CVS… In These Times
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