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Apr. 6, 1905
Teamsters in Chicago began a sympathy strike in support of locked-out Montgomery Ward & Co. workers who were on strike to protest the company’s use of nonunion subcontractors. When other businesses rallied to the company’s defense, the dispute spread quickly. Workers battled strikebreakers, police, and scabs for 105 days; 21 people died.
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Local Union Update: Important Notice to All Members
As you are aware, we are in unprecedented and challenging times
the likes we have never seen in our lifetime; the coronavirus pandemic has
created a global health crisis. So to prevent the spread of the virus (COVID-19)
and balance the safety and health of the Union staff employees, our
Office will remain open but all in-person Union office meetings
must be scheduled by appointment
. Details here.
For Benefit Funds Office information, click here.

Our April general membership meeting is canceled. More on that here.
Updates will be provided as necessary. Posted Mar. 31, 2020 

Local and National Union News

An important message to our members: Thank you 
Apr. 2, 2020  | Teamsters Local Union No. 992 understands these are not normal times or conditions that we are living in, and the COVID-19 crisis poses unprecedented challenges that face every member who is on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Our members are working tirelessly despite their fears and sacrifices to serve the local communities they serve with the goods and services needed to keep the country and our local communities moving forward during this ongoing crisis… 992 News

Teamsters update for Package and Feeder Delivery operations 
Apr. 2, 2020  | The IBT Safety & Health Department has issued this operations fact sheet that includes guidance for package, feeder and inside operations employees. Because the coronavirus pandemic is proving to be a rapidly evolving situation, this and other fact sheets will be updated as more information becomes available. Be sure to check the end of the fact sheet for the most up-to-date information.

Special podcast: Taylor on UPS Teamsters on the front lines 
Apr. 1, 2020  | Listen to this special edition of Teamster Nation Podcast focused on the UPS Teamsters who are on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic: General President Jim Hoffa provides an overview of work of the Union on behalf of the entire membership; UPS Package Division Director Denis Taylor on the current issues facing front-line UPS delivery workers; and Lamont Byrd from the Safety & Health Dept. on what his department is doing to support UPS members, including an update on the impact of government decisions (such as the FMCSA hours-of-service waiver) on our members. In addition, advisories and industry-specific fact sheets that keep you up-to-date on legislative policy developments around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to become available for download. Read the latest Unemployment and Paid Sick & Family Leave Protections.

March/April issue of shop steward newsletter now online 
Apr. 1, 2020  | Until further notice, delivery via the USPS of the steward’s newsletter, On the Front Line, is suspended. Stewards may view the current issue here.

Enforcement notice on expiring CDLs * 
Mar. 26, 2020  | FMCSA grants, until June 30, 2020, a waiver from certain regulations applicable to interstate and intrastate commercial driver’s license and commercial learner’s permit holders and to other interstate drivers operating commercial motor vehicles. You can find the Enforcement Notice here* For additional information, see the Teamsters CDL Drivers Coronavirus Factsheet

Older news items are posted at 992 News.

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Maryland’s Stay-at-Home Order: 10 Common Questions
Apr. 2, 2020 | COVID-19 |  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order Monday to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Although the order largely didn’t change anything since the Republican governor had already ordered severe restrictions that closed schools, colleges, sit-down restaurants, malls, casinos, gyms, theaters and nonessential businesses. And the governor previously had banned gatherings of more than 10 people. We’ve highlighted 10 of the most frequently asked questions Ricci has answered on Twitter since Hogan issued the order…  992 News
Today, Equal Pay Day, There Are 11 Things You Must Know
Apr. 1, 2020 | WAGES |  Equal Pay Day calls attention to the persistent moral and economic injustice working women face. For a woman to earn as much as a man, she has to work a full year, plus more than a hundred extra days, all the way to April 10. The problem is even worse for women of color, LGBTQ women and part-time workers. Here are 11 things you need to know on Equal Pay Day… People’s World
Hoffa: Lawmakers Must Prioritize Safety of All Essential Workers
Apr. 1, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH |  Our country is currently facing unprecedented uncertainty due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is not only threatening our health but our wallets as well. Many workers are rightfully worried about the future. There are no easy answers. But the Teamsters are doing all they can for their members and all workers to make sure they are protected so they can continue to care for their families. That means advocating for their wellbeing in the workplace before Congress. The Teamsters represent more than 50,000 health care workers. It goes without saying that their safety and that of all those in the medical field is paramount as they tend to the tens of thousands of Americans currently with COVID-19. Thankfully, Capitol Hill lawmakers took a substantial step towards attending to their need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) when they approved stimulus legislation last week. But there are still many essential workers whose health and safety has not been addressed… Detroit News
Despite Coronavirus, Millions of Workers Can’t Stay Home. Are They Safe?
Mar. 30, 2020 | COVID-19 | At a time when tens of millions of Americans have been told to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, millions of others have no choice but to show up to work. Some say they are being forced to, though their office and clerical duties could be done remotely. Others, who deliver packages, clean buildings and work on assembly lines, can't fulfill their roles offsite. Whatever the job, there is one thing many of those workers have in common – they don't feel safe, and they are clashing with employers as they demand more protections. Workers, union leaders, and activists are calling for more safeguards against the virus… USA Today
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