Hoffa: COVID-19 Vaccine Offers Freedom, So Do Your Part to Help
June 2, 2021 | In a column published in the Detroit News yesterday, President Jim Hoffa wrote that the vaccines against the coronavirus that has held us captive for 15 months is allowing hardworking Americans and their families to reclaim their lives, just in time for summer. Everyone must do what they can to get us back on track. Hoffa appeals to all of us: “The Teamsters have a vested interest in snuffing out the coronavirus. After all, more than a million of our members are essential workers and put their lives and those of their families at risk to show up on the job each day… They deserve to be safe. That won’t happen, however, unless more people get immunized.” Read Hoffa's column here.
Amazon’s Labor Exploitation A Return to the 1920s – And Unions Are Our Best Hope Out
June 14, 2021 | There is perhaps no clearer manifestation of how America is failing the working class than Amazon. In the blink of an eye, Amazon has become the largest and wealthiest logistics company the world has ever seen. Millions of Americans work in warehouse, shipping and package delivery jobs, where Amazon heavily dominates its competitors. The company will soon be the nation's largest employer, redefining both the American workforce and how people shop worldwide. Amazon claims to be innovative, but its strategies of market dominance and labor exploitation are as old as capitalism itself and were perfected by predecessors like Standard Oil, General Motors, US Steel, AT&T, Walmart, and Microsoft. My union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, views this as history repeating itself... Originally posted at Salon
Randy Korgan is the Teamsters' National Director for Amazon.
Maryland Governor Ending COVID-19 State of Emergency July 1
June 16, 2021 | Maryland will end a state of emergency for COVID-19 on July 1, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday. The governor made the announcement as health metrics continue to improve in the state. “Masks or face coverings will not be required in any settings anywhere, including schools, camps, and child care facilities," Hogan said. “If you have been vaccinated, you are safe, but those who have not gotten vaccinated will continue to be at risk," Masks won’t be required by state law. But restaurants, venues, and other businesses and workplaces may continue to require them. Here's a look at what Gov. Larry Hogan said about Maryland's road to recovery amid the pandemic restrictions being rolled back. Updated 6/17: Baltimore will follow the state and end both its state of emergency and mask mandates on July 1.
Teamsters Pass Landmark Resolution to Build Worker Power at AmazonJune 25, 2021 | ORGANIZING | On Thursday, delegates of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters voted overwhelmingly to formalize a resolution to address Amazon’s exploitation of its employees, contractors and employees of contractors by committing all levels of the union to unite with core platforms of member engagement, worker and community engagement, antitrust enforcement and policy reform, and global solidarity. The resolution states that the union will fully fund and support the Amazon Project and supply all resources necessary. It also calls for ultimately creating a special Amazon Division to aid Amazon workers and defend and protect the standards in Teamster-represented industries from the existential threat that is Amazon. Continue reading at Teamsters.
Local 570 Members at Johnson & Towers Ratify New Contract
June 28, 2021 | Teamsters employed at truck repair shop Johnson & Towers and Johnson Truck Center in Baltimore, Md. recently ratified a successor four-year agreement that provides significant wage increases in each year of the contract, maintains healthcare coverage during the contract term at no additional cost to members, and guarantees job security for all current employees. View photos of the ratification meeting here.