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June 18, 1941
Union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph and others meet with President Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt orders that the industries desegregate.
~ Labor Tribune

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Maryland archeologists join Teamsters 992
June 11, 2024| Archeologists at Goodwin and Associates, a cultural resource management firm, have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 992 in Hagerstown. This is the second group of archeologists to join the Teamsters in two months. “Congratulations to the newest members of North America’s strongest union,” said Secretary-Treasurer Tom Krause. “These workers are experts in their field and deserve to be treated as such by their employer.” The 13 new Teamsters formed their union with Local 992 because they wanted a structured work-life balance and fair compensation that aligned with their expertise. Learn more here.

Amazon Labor Union formally affiliates with Teamsters
June 4, 2024| The Amazon Labor Union has formally affiliated with the 1.3 million-member strong Teamsters Union. The affiliation was announced by Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien during the union’s General Executive Board meeting today in Washington, DC. The Teamsters' board unanimously approved the affiliation. This story is developing. Stay tuned for more details.

Ascend cannabis workers join Teamsters Local 570
May 29, 2024| Budtenders and shift leads at Ascend Cannabis in Aberdeen, Maryland, have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 570. The workers are the first in the state to join the Teamsters Union. Ascend customers were supportive of the workers during the organizing drive, with many of them wearing “vote yes” buttons inside the dispensary during the lead up to the vote. “We come from an area that's very blue-collar, very working class, so the customers want us to win a union just as bad as we do,” said Ryan Bennett, an Ascend worker on the organizing committee. Full press release at Teamsters.

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The Best Way to Secure LGBTQ Rights: Unions

June 14, 2024 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | […] Now is an appropriate time to assess why queer advocacy seems commonsense to many of today’s unionized workers. One answer is that unions promoting LGBTQ issues can deliver — through negotiations — often more readily than civil rights law or supposedly progressive corporations can. However, inspiring as an unabashedly queer working-class politics might be — that is, an approach to labor struggle that centers specific LGBTQ reforms such as antidiscrimination contract provisions and trans-inclusive health care plans — organized labor’s ability to improve queer workers’ lives stems ultimately from its power to raise standards for all workers. This is in no small part because the basic union contract gains that positively impact LGBTQ workers are essentially the same ones that address the health, income, and housing needs of all workers. Jacobin

Supreme Court backs Starbucks Over Fired Pro-Union Workers

June 13, 2024 | LEGAL | The U.S. Supreme Court sided on Thursday with Starbucks in the coffee chain's challenge to a judicial order to rehire seven Memphis employees fired as they sought to unionize in a ruling that could make it harder for courts to quickly halt labor practices contested as unfair under federal law. The justices unanimously threw out a lower court's approval of an injunction sought by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordering Starbucks to reinstate the workers while the agency's in-house administrative case against the Seattle-based company proceeds. The justices ruled that lower courts had used an improper legal standard… Reuters
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