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Oct. 24, 1940: The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier.

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Your vote is your voice in the election of top officials in your union
On Oct. 6th the Office of the Election Supervisor (OES) mailed ballots for the International Officer election to all members of the IBT. Watch for your secret ballot in the mail. When you receive it, follow the directions to cast your own vote then mail your secret ballot yourself using the postage-prepaid envelope. The secret ballots must be returned to a post office box controlled by the OES by 9am Monday, Nov. 14th. Important: If you do not receive your ballot by Oct. 17th, contact the OES toll-free at 1-844-428-8683 to request a ballot. The count is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 14th.

Drivers, warehouse workers at XPO Logistics are choosing Teamster representation
Oct. 13, 2016  | Workers across the country are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for fairness and respect at one of the world's largest transportation and logistics companies. Seventy-four drivers at the former Con-way Freight in Aurora, Illinois, join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, California. Warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn., became the first warehouse workers at the company to form a union in the U.S.

Teamster women take over Hollywood...
Sept. 28, 2016  | Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract…

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Unionism and The Promise of Working Class Citizenship

Oct. 24, 2016  | LABOR HISTORY | Robert Bussel’s Fighting For Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, And Working Class Citizenship is a welcomed addition to our understanding of the Teamsters’ Union, two of its most important local leaders, Gibbons and Calloway, and the ever-changing dynamic of labor-community collaboration. Both sons of working class miners, Gibbons was born into an Irish immigrant, working class family, while Calloway, was an African American one generation removed from slavery. Arguably, their upbringing mirrored the experiences of many working class Americans raised during the Great Depression. However, while both Gibbons and Calloway articulated and fought for an expanded view of unionism, a total person unionism, they also made many compromises along the way, often mimicking the tactics of their patron, the Teamsters’ President, Hoffa. In short, Gibbons and Calloway were simultaneously pragmatic and idealistic…

Organize or Die
Oct. 20, 2016  | FUTURE OF LABOR | …Organized labor should direct its money and resources into adding new members, and other liberal groups should pick up their slack in political donations. Do they need to organize more low-wage workers? Yes. Do they need to organize more white collar workers? Yes. Do they need to build on existing union strength in friendly states? Yes. Do they need to do the hard work of building a presence in union-unfriendly states? Yes. Do they need to break into new industries like tech where unions have little presence? Yes. And speaking of tech, do they need to figure out how to bring a whole generation of young workers into unions even though they have little connection with or affinity for the withered husk of organized labor? Yes. Is all of this easier said than done? Of course. It’s not easy. It’s necessary…
Organization of Police Chiefs Apologizes for Past Treatment of People of Color
Oct. 18, 2016 | SOCIAL JUSTICE | On Monday, during an annual convention for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leader of the 18,000-member organization issued a formal apology to “communities of color.” But the apology stopped short of acknowledging current injustices that those communities face…
Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
Oct. 17, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning "gig economy," Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it's a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs associated with hiring professional delivery services: "Amazon Flex is the e-commerce behemoth's new service meant to help meet its delivery demand without depending on the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx. Flex drivers originally only made deliveries for same-day local orders throughout the Prime Now app, but recently the company let drivers deliver regular Amazon packages too." Its also a way for Amazon to avoid hiring their own drivers, to whom the company would than owe fair pay and full benefits. That's where the lawsuit comes in…
Unions Take Water Crisis Message on the Road
Oct. 17, 2016  | UNIONS | Concerns about drinking water came to the attention of most Americans when the Flint water crisis became national news almost a year ago. Teamsters from all over the country became involved, bringing fresh water to thousands of residents. But as noted before, the problem isn't just in Flint. And that's the message of a group of mothers, led by a union teacher from the poisoned Michigan city, are taking on the road…
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