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April 16, 1947
Five hundred workers in Texas City, Texas die in a series of huge oil refinery and chemical plant explosions and fires.  ~Labor Tribune

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Updated: Apr. 16 (12:04)

Union Labor Would Bring Strongest Workforce to Rebuild Key Bridge
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Union Labor Would Bring Strongest Workforce to Rebuild Key Bridge
Teamsters Local 992
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   Local and National Union News

Teamsters extend largest strike against Amazon in the U.S.

Apr. 16, 2024 | Yesterday, Amazon delivery drivers represented by Teamsters Local 396 in Southern California escalated their unfair labor practice (ULP) strike against the company by picketing at Amazon’s DAX5 warehouse in the City of Industry, CA. This marks the latest picket extension by Amazon Teamsters in their unprecedented strike, now the largest and longest strike against the company in the U.S. The extension arrives weeks before the one-year anniversary of the Palmdale-based workers’ vote to organize with Local 396, becoming the first union of Amazon delivery drivers in the country. The drivers demand that Amazon address low wages and dangerous working conditions. Learn more here.

Strike and boycott continue as Molson Coors negotiations collapse

Mar. 28, 2024 | Negotiations that included a mediator with Molson Coors broke off on Thursday over the multibillion-dollar beer maker’s refusal to agree to real wage increases for Local 997 Teamsters in a new three-year contract. The company offered just five more cents — on top of its original degrading offer of 99-cent per hour — in its wage proposal to the workers who brew and package its signature beers. Since workers were forced onto the picket line 41 days ago, Molson Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley has been paid more than $5.1 million. Molson Coors is a major sponsor of the NCAA’s March Madness. Teamsters will be out in full force in Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston, and Phoenix, informing and urging the public to boycott Molson Coors products throughout the college basketball tournament. Learn more here.

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Union Labor Would Bring Strongest Workforce to Rebuild Key Bridge

Apr. 16, 2024 | COMMENTARY | When President Joe Biden came to Baltimore to survey the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge, he made a promise all of Baltimore and the region desperately needed to hear. “We’re going to move heaven and earth to rebuild this bridge as rapidly as humanly possible. And we’re going to do so with union labor and American steel,” Biden said, adding that he had a “simple reason: They’re the best workers in the world, and that’s not hyperbole.” No, it’s not hyperbole. It’s fact. Union labor, along with our signatory contractors, time and again have led miraculous rebuilds after accidents and natural disasters. Our skill, training and ability to quickly mobilize are vital in restoring infrastructure and communities. We saw it last year with the I-95 bridge in Philadelphia and in the aftermath of that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City. And we need to see it again in Baltimore… The Baltimore Banner  PHOTO: FLICKR

Week Ending 04/12/2024

  • Key Bridge collapse is a story about deregulation
  • ‘We are the workforce that this country needs’
  • The 32-hour workweek is ours for the taking
  • NLRB refuses to bow to Space X, Amazon pressure
  • Divided Amazon union lurches toward leadership election
  • Steelworkers push back against $14B deal for U.S. Steel as vote looms
  • With Teamster support, Kentucky governor vetoes driverless vehicle bill
New Jersey expands discrimination protection to members of labor unions

The Charleston Cigar Factory Strike

Apr. 12, 2024 | LABOR HISTORY | The Charleston Cigar Factory Strike was a labor strike that involved workers at the Charleston Cigar Factory in Charleston, South Carolina, from October 22, 1945, to April 1, 1946. The strike resulted from the company refusing to institute raises and racial discrimination. The modern version of the gospel hymn and civil rights anthem that would become popular in the 1960s, We Shall Overcome, was first performed by striking worker Lucille Simmons, during the strike. The strike began on October 1, 1945, when Harold F. McGinnis, manager of the Cigar Factory, fired a Black male worker after a White female supervisor accused him of taking familiarities with Black female workers. Most of the Black women workers at the factory, who comprised 60% of the workforce, viewed the firing as racially motivated.

Unemployment for Strikers Would Balance the Scales

Apr. 10, 2024 | COMMENTARY | A bill that would allow workers on strike to access unemployment insurance is currently under consideration in the Minnesota Legislature.  Working people make our biggest gains on the job when we take collective action. When employers fail to pay family-sustaining wages and benefits or refuse to make the workplace safer, it nearly always takes some form of worker action to move management. The most effective action is withholding our labor and going on strike.…Our nation’s labor laws are heavily tilted towards management. Once a collective bargaining agreement has expired, employers have the legal right to lock workers out and replace them, stall negotiations, and cut off benefits — all without any personal sacrifice from managers or their families. When workers decide whether to legally strike, however, we must consider the impact going without pay or health insurance will have on our families. Minnesota Reformer
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