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Trucker driver job-related injuries in overdrive
Aug. 18, 2016  | When you think of dangerous jobs, what comes to your mind? Police officers, firefighters and construction workers might top the list for most people. Tractor-trailer truck drivers probably don't come to mind, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that driving a truck is risky in ways you might not expect… blog.dol.gov

Local news update...
Aug. 17, 2016  | Members employed at U.S. Silica approved a two-year agreement after months of negotiations during which the Union succeeded in convincing the Company to withdraw its proposal to weaken the union security clause. (West Virginia became a right-to-work state effective July 1st.) Highlights of the contract include… Continued

Combating 'drowsy driving' requires keeping trucker standards
Aug. 12, 2016  | The Teamsters have been leaders in standing up for proper rest breaks for truck drivers. After all, union drivers know all-to-well what can happen when forced to work too many hours on the road. But now a new report shows the true dangers that come from "drowsy driving." teamster.org

Teamsters increase strike benefits
July 13, 2016  | Strike benefit increases approved by delegates at the 29th International Convention become effective on July 1, 2016. Under the new constitutional provisions, which were unanimously approved by delegates on June 30, 2016, the changes raise strike benefits, increase minimum benefits and allow for benefits to begin earlier than in the past… teamster.org

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This Election Could Decide the Fate of American Labor, And That's The Problem

Aug. 18, 2016  | OPINION | …and that's the problem. One of the many questions to be decided in this election is the future of U.S. labor policy. Unions entered the race with high hopes, having recently made big gains. They had won rising support for the $15 minimum wage, reformed overtime rules and dodged a potentially devastating blow from the Supreme Court, which, had it not been for the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, undoubtedly would have crippled Labor's ability to collect fees from millions of public sector workers who benefit from union contracts. But any hope of translating such victories into a broad union revival hinges on the outcome of the election… washingtonpost.com

Union and Conservative, Better Together
Aug. 17, 2016  | WORKING FAMILIES | …It is in unions that a communal spirit wins out over a narrow self-interest. In unions, working people hone a sense of obligation to one another. In unions, working people build a fierce loyalty to a vision of a shared economy that honors and respects them, and where labor it treated with dignity. It is in the experience of union democracy that men and women shape their political visions. Unions are the place where the fundamentally conservative beliefs and the fundamentally radical orientations of working-class Americans can be integrated into a true and coherent populist politics that is neither conventionally left nor right… alternet.org
One of The Biggest Crimes Waves in History Isn't What You Think
Aug. 16, 2016 | WAGES | In dollar terms, what group of Americans steals the most from their fellow citizens each year? The answer might surprise you: It's employers, many of whom are committing what's known as wage theft. It's not just about underpaying workers. They're not paying workers what they're legally owned for the labor they put in. It takes different forms: not paying workers the federal, state, or local minimum wage; not paying them overtime; or just monkeying around with job titles to avoid regulations. … Research suggests American workers are getting screwed out of $20 billion to $50 billion annually… theweek.com
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  • In labor vs. capital, labor is now winning.
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  • A 'culture of fear' contributes to declining union membership.
  • Organized labor ready to challenge WV's right to work in court.
  • Trump Taj Mahal workers continue strike despite impending closure.
  • Baltimore City Council OKs $15 min. wage; final vote expected next week.
  • Must-see TV: John Oliver on why we're so ill-informed:

The Battle over Trump's Taj Mahal Is a Battle for Us All
Aug. 11, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | … The [ongoing] Trump Taj Mahal strike is an important moment for us all because these workers are on the frontline against forces that threaten us all and that lay bare what a Donald Trump presidency would have in store for millions of American workers. Both Trump, who built the Taj Mahal, and [Carl] Icahn, who is the current owner, have taken millions from the property, driven it into bankruptcy, and left workers holding the bag… this struggle in Atlantic City sheds light on some important mystifications that need to be clarified if we hope to turn the tide against intensifying predatory assaults on American workers' standard of living… commondreams.org

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