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May 24, 1883
After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world.” ~Labor Tribune

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   Local and National Union News

Molson Coors Teamsters ratify contract, ending strike
May 22, 2024| After more than three months on the picket line, Molson Coors Teamsters in Fort Worth, Texas, voted today to ratify a new three-year agreement. The contract secures wage increases, improves benefits, and restores retiree health care. Throughout the strike, Teamsters launched a nationwide boycott, putting pressure on the brewery giant to reach an agreement covering 420 workers at the Texas facility. Read more here

Webinar on heat safety, harassment, and more
May 14, 2024| Join the Teamsters Package Division and the Teamsters Training and Grants Department for a national contract enforcement training webinar on heat safety, harassment, and other issues. The webinar will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm ET. Registration is required. Please register as soon as possible here. All UPS locals, business agents, and rank-and-file UPS Teamsters are encouraged to participate in this important online training. 

Teamsters nationwide are hosting Presidential Town Halls
May 13, 2024| Teamsters have been gathering at their local union halls to participate in Teamsters Presidential Town Halls and to weigh in on who the union should endorse for president. Straw polls are being conducted during the meetings to give members a chance to make their voices heard. Town halls have been held at more than 100 locals so far, with another 200 set to take place in the coming weeks. Local 992 will hold its Presidential Town Hall for members on Sunday, May 19, 2024, 12:30 to 2 pm, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown.

Teamsters VIP+ open enrollment is now!
May 7, 2024 | Get enrolled in the NEW Teamsters Voluntary Income Protection Plus (VIP+) Plan. These new benefits will help provide Teamster members additional financial protection if they can’t work due to illness, injury, or loss of DOT License and FAA Medical certification for medical reasons. Teamster members who enroll by May 23 will have their coverage become effective on June 1, 2024. Visit TEAMSTERSVIP.COM to learn more.

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Why Corporations Choose Lawlessness to Fight Unions

May 23, 2024 | JUSTICE | Workers in Towson, Maryland, have earned the distinction of becoming the first Apple retail workers in the nation to vote to strike over failed union negotiations with their employer. The approximately 100 Apple workers were also the first in the nation to successfully form a union. They did so in 2022, joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). Apple could have embraced the Towson store union, respecting the legal right of its workers to bargain collectively for their rights. Instead, the company chose a depressingly familiar path of using its economic power to break labor laws and resist the union at all costs. Nation of Change

This Isn’t the End for Mercedes Workers’ Union Fight

May 20, 2024 | ORGANIZING | A no-holds-barred campaign by Mercedes management convinced a majority of workers at its Alabama factory complex to vote against forming a union. In addition to anti-union videos and mailings, captive-audience meetings, firings, and an onslaught of pressure from state politicians and even a local pastor, the winning move was to fire the company’s US CEO and replace him with a vice president who promised to care about the “team members.” …“We have a year. We have that year to see what he does. If he doesn’t make positive changes, we can bring the union in.” Jacobin

Week Ending 05/17/2024

  • Corporate America never really quit forced labor
  • Unions need to spend big to seize the day
  • ‘May Day and the Fight Over The Work Day
  • Boeing, union firefighters return to negotiations
  • Sysco Teamsters in Long Island overwhelmingly ratify new contract
  • Pressure from unions, and senators force DeJoy to pause postal closures
  • Union roots, worker power propels Sarah Elreth to victory in Md. primary
  • 9,000 nurses across 8 Michigan hospitals seek to unionize with the Teamsters

Big Labor’s Communications Playbook

May 18, 2024 | LABOR UNIONS | Support for labor unions grew in 2023, with workers voting to unionize 83% of the time, according to the National Labor Relations Board. The success is due in part to an intentional overhaul of their communication strategies, union organizers told Axios. Union wins have swept the Southeast in 2024, with the United Auto Workers (UAW) recent win at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant and the Association of Flight Attendants' Breeze Airways win in Charleston, South Carolina. Mercedes workers in Alabama are voting this week on whether to join UAW, with results expected Friday afternoon. Labor groups across industries have pivoted to nimble, blunt, and personalized communication campaigns that are being deployed through social media, local and national press, and direct outreach to workers. Axios  Related: Mercedes workers vote against unionization
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