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Mar. 25, 1947
An explosion at a coal mine in Centralia, Ill. kills 111 miners. Mineworkers President John L. Lewis calls a six day work stoppage by the nation’s 400,000 soft coal miners to demand safer working conditions. Union Communication Services

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Tentative agreement in principle reached
Mar. 22, 2019 |  The Union and the Company have reached a tentative agreement in principle for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the current agreement which is expiring on March 31. TNFINC has granted a contract extension of the current agreement through May 31, 2019 in order to allow the parties to finalize some language and a few supplemental issues as well as to allow the union’s ratification process to take place. As with the union’s practice, details of the tentative agreement will not be released until after they have been reviewed at a two-person meeting which will be scheduled in the near future. Full statement here.

Hoffa marks 20 years as head of the Teamster Union
Mar. 19, 2019 |  Today marks an important milestone in Teamster history. On this date, General President James P. Hoffa became only the second General President to log 20 years as head of the Teamsters Union. “We have accomplished a lot in the last 20 years but there is always more to do. Workers’ rights and the gains we have made never stand still – we are either on the rise or someone is trying to take what we have – we only win by constantly fighting for more.” Reflecting on serving the Teamster membership for 20 years, Hoffa said, “It has been my greatest honor to serve the great men and women of this union… Teamsters

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No Way Out? Blocked Exits at UPS Warehouses Pit Workers at Risk
Mar. 21, 2019 | HEALTH & SAFETY | When Bill Davis complained about blocked exits at the United Parcel Service Inc.warehouse in Sharonville, Ohio, he says nobody at the company listened. But the Occupational Health and Safety Administration did. Davis’ complaint led to a proposed fine exceeding $200,000. On Friday, March 8, Davis was fired. “I complained about these issues almost daily,” said Davis, a 33-year employee who said he was terminated for “gross insubordination.” The former package driver filed a complaint with Cincinnati Area OSHA offices last August over alleged ongoing safety hazards affecting walkways and exits. “The company likes to say they put safety first, but I’d like to see the company live up to their claims,” Davis said. The company is contesting the citations, which were issued by OSHA on Dec. 17... Bloomberg
Look for the Union … Edible
Mar. 21, 2019 | ORGANIZING | […] The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is one of the unions pushing to organize weed workers. Its drivers already transport legal weed throughout the state; now the union is pushing out into the fields and warehouses. At 1.3 million members strong, the IBT is one of the strongest unions in the country and now they're in the thick of a campaign to organize a California cannabis industry that is moving haltingly from illegality to legality. The Teamsters have already been engaged in the cannabis culture in this state for decades...Bohemian   Related: The Leslie Marshall Show focuses on Teamsters Cannabis Division
Unions Back Effort to Block Deportations; Create Pathways to Citizenship
Mar. 19, 2019 | POLITICAL/LEGISLATIVE | Several major American unions have endorsed a bill introduced in the House March 12, that could protect more than 2 million people from deportation. The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), sponsored by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) would enable two sketchily protected groups of immigrants to apply for legal residency and eventually full citizenship. The unions backing it include the Service Employees International Union and its 32BJ local, the Laborers, the United Food and Commercial Workers, and several Teamsters locals, including New York’s Joint Council 16… LaborPress
Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change
Mar. 18, 2019 | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | […] What good is it to negotiate the assignment of overtime when the sky is on fire? Does a public employer really want to claim that its direct complicity in the potential collapse of civilization has no bearing on working conditions? Can government claim that abandoning its workforce to die or flee their homes doesn’t affect working conditions? If employers don’t accept that every choice made today affects the near future, they’re denying science…. Working In These Times
 
 
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