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Jan. 24, 1935
Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving." ~ D.C. Labor

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Updated: Jan. 24 (22:05)

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IATSE Local 33
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Super Bowl: LACC SBX
IATSE Local 33
Rail Labor’s Largest CoalitionReaches Dead Endon Path to Voluntary Agreement
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Listen: New Congress delivers big victories for Teamsters
Jan. 19, 2022  In the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast you’ll hear how President Biden and Congress delivered for the Teamsters plus the union’s efforts to rein in Republic Services.

Biden, Congress helped fuel worker policy wins in 2021
Jan. 13, 2022 This past year has been a time of real progress for Teamsters and working Americans. Thanks to the hard work of Teamsters, President Joe Biden and pro-worker candidates were elected to the U.S. House and Senate in 2020. Since they took office, Teamster pensions have been saved, unions have been encouraged and good, safe, union jobs have been created and protected. That’s not something Teamster members should forget or take for granted moving forward into 2022… Teamsters Blogwatch

Ratifications at U.S. Silica, negotiations continue at Matheson Gas
Jan. 7, 2022 Local 992 members employed at U.S. Silica in Mapleton, Pa. and at the Berkeley Springs, WV location approved long-term contracts with wage increases and maintenance of Health & Welfare. Negotiations with Matheson Gas are ongoing. Details on these and upcoming negotiations are here.

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The General Strike No One is Talking About

Jan. 24, 2022 | STRIKES | Six weeks ago, union workers in Seattle called for an industry-wide work stoppage that has since expanded its picket line into nearby communities, disrupted a variety of businesses and left building sites across the city vacant. The Teamsters have labeled it a general strike, which is typically defined as a work stoppage in which a substantial proportion of the labor force in a specific location participates to achieve an economic or political objective. As labor’s “nuclear option,” such actions are vanishingly rare and technically illegal…The strike began with 34 drivers at Gary Merlino Construction, but now includes over 300 members of Teamsters Local 174 at six different companies in the Seattle area, and is made up of cement mixer drivers, concrete plant workers, mechanics, lab workers, terminal attendants, quality control workers, and yard workers in the concrete and sand industries… The Nation

Labor News Wrap-Up: 01/21/2022

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  • Republic Services Teamsters approve TA, end strike
  • Union battle vs. corporate power isn’t a fair fight
  • America’s new class war: Organized Labor is back
  • CEMEX drivers protest lack of respect for organizing rights
  • Thieves are looting freight trains filled with UPS, FedEx, Amazon pkgs
  • Workers got fed up. Bosses got scared. This is how the Big Quit happened.
  • TA reached, workers end 10-day strike against grocery chain
  • Maryland tax deadline extended to July 15


Concrete Actions Toward Worker Power

Jan. 21, 2022 | STRIKES | Six weeks ago, union workers in Seattle called for an industry-wide work stoppage that has since expanded its picket line into nearby communities, disrupted a variety of businesses and left building sites across the city vacant. The Teamsters have labeled it a general strike, which is typically defined as a work stoppage in which a substantial proportion of the labor force in a specific location participates to achieve an economic or political objective. As labor’s “nuclear option,” such actions are vanishingly rare and technically illegal…The strike began with 34 drivers at Gary Merlino Construction, but now includes over 300 members of Teamsters Local 174 at six different companies in the Seattle area, and is made up of cement mixer drivers, concrete plant workers, mechanics, lab workers, terminal attendants, quality control workers, and yard workers in the concrete and sand industries… The Nation

Misclassified XPO Truck Drivers File for Union Election in CA

Jan. 20, 2022 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Port and rail truck drivers working for XPO Logistics across Southern California filed for an election to form a union Wednesday, setting up the first-ever National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election involving misclassified port and rail truck drivers. The drivers seeking to form a union at XPO Logistics have long been misclassified as independent contractors, a legal designation that denies them basic rights and benefits including health insurance, paid sick leave, a guaranteed minimum wage and overtime pay. Because federal labor law prohibits independent contractors from forming a union, companies like XPO purposefully misclassify workers as independent contractors to deny them that right. In filing for a union election, the XPO drivers are challenging their misclassification head on… Teamsters

The Business Case for Union Busting is Eroding

Jan. 19, 2022 | LABOR | For many corporate leaders, even mentioning the word “union” can spark a negative reaction. But it may be time for that to change. The recent rise of labor organizing across a wide range of industries speaks to a number of trends that aren’t slowing down. Business leaders still abhor labor unions, using outdated rhetoric to imply that they are worse for workers, worse for the economy, and, depending on your news source, an assault on democracy or a socialist destruction of free-market enterprise. They also hire consulting firms that specialize in bending the law without breaking it as they seek to suppress union activity. In reality, unions are as American as apple pie and the Super Bowl. There is nothing more capitalist than a group of people banding together to improve their pay and benefits… Fortune  Related: Check out Labor Lab’s list of 543 U.S. union-busting consultants.
 
 
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