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July 12, 1933
The Screen Actors Guild holds its first meeting. Among those attending: future horror movie star (Frankenstein’s Monster) and union activist Boris Karloff.  ~ Labor Tribune

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Updated: Jul. 12 (08:04)

2024 Back to School Drive
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Registration Now Open - 2nd Annual SLPOA Golf Tourney
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Teamsters Local 89
Illinois Amazon Drivers On Strike Against Union Busting
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2024 Joint Council Picnic at Darien Lake
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Warehouse Worker Protection Act needs co-sponsors
July 11, 2024|  A bipartisan legislation called the Warehouse Worker Protection Act would require large warehouses like Amazon to disclose quotas that workers are judged by and make sure that workers are not required to meet a quota that interferes with their health and safety, or their ability to take breaks and to use the bathroom. Amazon’s injury rates are more than double the injury rate of competing warehouses. Email your representative today, and ask them to become an original co-sponsor of the Warehouse Worker Protection Act.

Maryland under a high heat advisory
July 8, 2024|  (Updated.) Much of Maryland is under a heat advisory from the National Weather Service until Thursday. Heat indexes of around 105 degrees are expected. If you work outside you need to protect yourself: Drink water often. Rest in the shade. Report heat symptoms: Dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, fast heart beat, nausea, vomiting, weakness and cramping are symptoms of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat stroke are red, hot and dry skin, high body temperature, confusion, fainting, convulsions. Both types of heat illness require emergency care. Check out OSHA's website for additional information and advice about the hazards of working in hot weather.

Teamster-made, Teamster-delivered products for July 4th
July 3, 2024| Getting ready for Fourth of July barbecues, cookouts and picnics? We have an online list of Teamster-made and Teamster-delivered products so that you can celebrate the July 4th festivities and support the Teamster brothers and sisters behind many of your favorite brands! The list is here.

Amazon ULP strike in Illinois over labor law violations
July 1, 2024| Amazon drivers at the company’s DIL7 delivery station in Skokie, Illinois went on strike yesterday over the delivery giant’s numerous violations of federal labor law. The 100 drivers who organized with Teamsters Local 705 in Chicago are holding strong, demanding Amazon recognize their union and bargain a fair contract. “I work for one of the richest men in the world and I’ve had to skip meals to make sure my child eats and my bills are paid,” said Ebony Echevarria, a striking Amazon driver. “That’s just not right…” Learn more here.

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Illinois Amazon Drivers On Strike Against Union Busting

July 11, 2024 | STRIKES | (Click image to enlarge.) Amazon workers are striking the Skokie delivery center known as DIL7, because of the company’s union-busting tactics which violate federal laws. The drivers have faced Amazon’s unfair labor practices, a response to the workers’ efforts to organize with Teamsters Local 705. …“We’re making our presence known, we’re making history right now, this is only the second time this has ever happened,” said Amazon driver Luke Cianciotto, referring the strike of Amazon drivers in Palmdale, California last year. “We’re holding Amazon accountable for all the crimes that they commit, everywhere from illegally terminating our contract to just robbing people in every one of their paychecks.” Fight Back! News

Senators, Steelworkers Raise Concerns Over Purchase of U.S. Steel

July 9, 2024 | UNION JOBS | Senators and United Steelworkers (USW) leaders together raised concerns over proposed purchase of U.S. Steel as the deal rolls forward. U.S. senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey Jr. (D-Penn.) and John Fetterman (D-Penn.) wrote a joint letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on June 27 warning that Nippon Steel’s record of dumping steel products in the U.S. presents a clear conflict with defending the U.S. steel industry, according to USW. “Nippon’s acquisition of U.S. Steel poses a grave threat to the international trade system that seeks to protect American manufacturers and workers from those who would unfairly dump steel into the American market,” the senators wrote. “Given the clear and present threats that a Nippon Steel acquisition poses to American workers and a critical industry, we believe executive action to block this deal is urgent.” Labor Tribune

First Major Heat-Safety Rules in US Could Protect 36M Workers

July 8, 2024 | HEALTH & SAFETY | The dog days of summer… could get their first US leash. Fourth of July sweat stains are no joke: 75M Americans were under heat alerts to start the month as high temps and humidity scorched the country. Last week the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed a rule that could protect 36M workers from excessive heat on the job. It would apply to both outdoor workers (like delivery drivers and construction workers) and indoor workers (such as warehouse and kitchen staff). If passed, it would be the first major federal heat-safety standard in America. Sherwood

Week Ending 04/05/2024

  • New Maryland laws go into effect
  • IATSE issues statement of support for Teamsters
  • SCOTUS ruling curbing agency powers could hobble NLRB
  • American Airlines flight attendants inching towards a strike
  • Starbucks employee says tips being withheld from unionized employees
  • Hollywood Teamsters see ‘fearmongering tactics’ in ongoing contract talks
  • Teamsters, lawmakers demand Amazon stop illegal union busting
  • This is the most pointless website on the planet. It’s fantastic.

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