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Dec. 14, 1995 
Some 33,000 striking members of the Machinists end a 69-day walkout at Boeing after winning pay and benefit increases and protections against subcontracting some of their work overseas.

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Port Of Charleston Drivers Vote To Join Teamsters Local 509
Allegiant Airlines Mechanics File For Teamster Representation
Hoffa Joins Members of Congress, Retirees to Rally Support for Pension Legislation
Pennsylvania Paycheck Deception Bill Defeated
Teamsters Proud to Partner With Robotics Innovators in San Francisco
LA City Council Moves To Investigate Port Trucking Companies Breaking Laws
Amazon Shuttle Drivers Join Teamsters
Massachusetts Red Cross Workers Join Teamsters
Broadway Casting Director Booted from 'Norma Rae' Musical After Union Push
UPS and UPS Freight Supplemental Committees Continue Talks With Company
 
     

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Local and National Union News

Teamsters, ABF to exchange contract proposals December 18
Dec. 14, 2017 | The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) is prepared to exchange initial national contract proposals with ABF on Monday, December 18, 2017, and TNFINC is ready to negotiate a contract that addresses members’ issues. Following the initial contract proposal exchange, negotiations will commence in earnest on January 8, 2018… Full announcement here.

Pennsylvania paycheck deception bill defeated
Dec. 13, 2017 | Pennsylvania legislators voted last night against the proposed Senate Bill 166 which was characterized as a “paycheck protection” bill, but was actually a means to silence the voice of working families. [ “Paycheck protection” bills seek to end payroll deductions for political contributions from workers’ paychecks.] “We applaud the legislators who voted NO on this bill,” said William Hamilton, president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and International Vice President. “As it stands, union members choose whether to join a union, set their own dues, elect their own leaders and vote on where and how their money will be spent.” Right to Voice Political Views Upheld

UPS and UPS Freight contract negotiations begin January 22, 2018
Dec. 12, 2017 | As the union prepares for UPS and UPS Freight national talks to begin in January, supplemental committees have been meeting over the course of the last two months to exchange proposals and engage in bargaining sessions with the company. Sessions for national negotiations have been scheduled through June. We will provide updates to local unions and members at the end of each weekly negotiating session. Please check Uprising.org, the UPS Rising Facebook page and the UPS Rising mobile app for regular updates as we enter the next few critical months of negotiations in our fight for a strong UPS contract in 2018. Full update here.

Hoffa to UPS CEO David Abney: 70-hour work week not acceptable
Dec. 5, 2017 | General President Jim Hoffa wrote to Abney about the company’s implementation of the 8 day/70-hour workweek for package drivers: “On behalf of the 250,000 Teamster-represented UPS employees, I want to express my outrage and concern over the Company’s decision… We have instructed our Local Unions to utilize all contractual and legal remedies to protest the Company’s actions… I assure you the Union will make every effort at the bargaining table to ensure that its members will not have to pay the price for the Company’s mismanagement in the future.” Read Hoffa’s letter here.

Package Drivers: Important information regarding the 70-Hour rule
Dec. 3, 2017 | The Package division issued a memorandum about UPS's intent to implement an 8-day/70-hour workweek for purposes of package drivers' hours of service under DOT regulations – View the memorandum here.

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Elsewhere in the News
Generation Screwed
Dec. 14, 2017 | ECONOMY | … What is different about us [millennnials] as individuals compared to previous generations is minor. What is different about the world around us is profound. Salaries have stagnated and entire sectors have cratered. At the same time, the cost of every prerequisite of a secure existence—education, housing and health care—has inflated into the stratosphere. From job security to the social safety net, all the structures that insulate us from ruin are eroding. And the opportunities leading to a middle-class life—the ones that boomers lucked into—are being lifted out of our reach. Add it all up and it’s no surprise that we’re the first generation in modern history to end up poorer than our parents… Huffington Post  Related: Why millennials should lead the next labor movement
NAFTA Withdrawal Could Cost 14 Million Jobs
Dec. 13, 2017 | JOBS | President Donald Trump could jeopardize a trillion dollars in trade and 14 million jobs if he withdraws from a massive trade agreement he is currently renegotiating, warned a report Monday. The American Action Forum, a center-right nonprofit, released the report to examine the negative economic impact the United States would face if it withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The research found that withdrawing from the trade deal would have a negative impact on trade, job growth, and consumer costs… Inside Sources
New NLRB General Counsel Seeks Reversal of All Pro-Worker Rulings
Dec. 12, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Rulings on: discrimination against union workers during bargaining; holding joint employers—a corporate headquarters and its local franchise-holders—responsible for obeying, or breaking, labor law; use of company e-mail systems to announce union meetings. These National Labor Relations Board decisions, and more, are under threat, according to a memo from the agency’s new general counsel, Peter Robb... “Cases should be processed and complaints issued according to existing law. No new theories will be presented on cases that have been fully briefed to the board, to avoid further delay,” his memo said. And “the general counsel will not offer new views” on NLRB’s court cases, unless the board or the courts order him to do so. But the heart of the memo is Robb’s order that cases “involving significant legal issues” should be sent to the board’s advice division in advance—including cases during the last eight years where “the board overruled precedents and involved one or more dissents.” The implication is Robb wants to reverse those pro-worker rulings… Peoples’ World
Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say
Dec. 11, 2017  | JOBS |  Republicans call their tax bill the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. But critics say maybe it should have been named the Tax Cut and Robots Act. That's because it doesn't create new tax incentives that specifically encourage companies to hire workers and create jobs, some employers and economists say. But it does expand incentives for companies to buy robots and machines that replace workers. Republicans say that lowering taxes will boost the economy and spur job creation. But critics say that the tax legislation would create an imbalance favoring machines over workers. NPR
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