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Sept. 21, 1982
National Football League Players Assn. members begin what is to become a 57-day strike, their first regular-season walkout ever.
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News Items - February 2021
Updated On: Mar 08, 2021

Union mourns passing of former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney
Feb. 3, 2021  | The Teamsters today are remembering the legacy of longtime AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who fought for more than six decades to raise wages and benefits and to give hardworking Americans a greater foothold in the middle class. Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, died Monday at the age of 86. He served as… Continued

ABF Teamsters to receive profit-sharing bonus by month’s end
Feb. 3, 2021  | For the second consecutive year, Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System will receive a one percent profit-sharing bonus—negotiated by the union—after the company reported fourth-quarter results yesterday. Full announcement here.

Bakery and Laundry Conference Update
Feb. 8, 2021  | The pandemic that started worldwide lockdowns almost a year ago is still with us, but there are promising signs on the horizon. I truly thank all the Teamsters in the Bakery and Laundry Conference for going above and beyond the call of duty during such a difficult time. While the bakery industry has been robust over the past year, the laundry industry continues to suffer. We have been communicating with government officials on extended unemployment benefits that not only help our members but everyone who has lost their jobs during the pandemic. Our message has been clear: Our members want to go back to work and need assistance until that time comes. The Teamsters Union and the Bakery and Laundry Conference have continued to advocate… Continued

Black History 2021
Feb. 9, 2021  | As we look to Black History Month 2021, a number of factors merge to create unique topics for discussion. The election of the first black woman vice president, the Black Lives Matter movement and a rise in glaring racial hatred in speeches and actions just to name a few. Black leaders across the country have stepped forward to meet the challenges in spite of or because of all the turmoil. Young people have brought new voices and fresh ideas to the table… Teamsters 

Yellow, ABF drivers edge closer to long-term pension protection
Feb. 11, 2021  | Legislation aimed at bailing out multiemployer pension funds in danger of failing — including the fund that holds pensions for tens of thousands of Yellow Corp. and ABF Freight drivers and their spouses — could finally make it into law under the latest COVID-19 relief measure…. Freight Waves

Notice for 2021 IBT Convention delegate and alternate nominations
Jan. 27, 2021  | Local 992 will conduct delegate and alternate nominations for the IBT Convention on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at the Union Hall. Click here to view important information including eligibility requirements and nomination instructions. Both are also available for download.

Teamsters remember James R. Hoffa
Feb. 15, 2021  | On February 14, Teamsters remember the life of the union’s General President Emeritus, James R. Hoffa. Hoffa, born February 14, 1913, served as General President of the Teamsters Union from 1957 to 1971. Hoffa inspired people to stand up for their rights on the job—and their rights as Americans. In the years he served as General President, he raised the membership to its highest number of members and... Teamsters

A shot in the arm
Feb. 16, 2021  | At the UPS center in Baltimore on a cold morning in mid-December, Local 355 member John Guilta prepared to start his work day with a box of the vaccine on board, headed to a warehouse belonging to The Johns Hopkins Hospital...“It just feels good to be doing my part,” Guilta said. “I’m just proud being a UPS Teamster, helping this get to those who need it and helping people’s lives and the economy back on track.” Read more about Local 355 members Guilta, Don Harme, Malik Gordon, and Joe Schwabline Sr., and other Teamsters from around the nation who are doing their part to help get the vaccine to people who need to receive it... Teamsters Previous coverage at 992 News

Honoring the Union’s diverse history and membership
Feb. 18, 2021  | As we reflect upon all of the progress our country and our union have made for racial equality, we are reminded that our work is far from finished. “The history of our union and the history of the civil rights movement are deeply intertwined, just as the work we do today for racial and economic justice is deeply intertwined. In 1917, the Teamsters won a clause in a contract for women laundry workers that required equal pay regardless of race – the first such “color blind” contract clause of its kind. Today… Teamsters

Deadline is March 1 for James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund Scholarship
Feb. 22, 2021  | The deadline for applying for an academic or vocational/training program scholarship from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is March 1, 2021.  The college and vocational scholarship programs are available only for the sons, daughters and financial dependents of active and retired Teamsters. Visit the scholarship fund's website here for information on who is eligible to apply and how to apply.

New on Teamsters Podcast: Pension reform fight progresses
Feb. 24, 2021  | Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how Congress is nearing a vote on legislation that would boost faltering multiemployer pensions, saving the retirements of more than 1 million hardworking Americans. Plus, learn how one Atlanta-based USF Holland trucker has set a standard for safety on the streets. Listen here.

One step closer: The House is voting on our pensions solutions
Feb. 25, 2021  | The full House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a bill that includes a solution to protect our pensions. We have an opportunity to ensure that the pensions we earned are there for us in our golden years. The Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Relief Act of 2021 is included in the broader COVID relief bill. Our votes elected pro-worker champions to Congress. Our voices made pensions relief a priority. Now, our actions will ensure that this critical bill moves through Capitol Hill. As America’s strongest union, we can make it happen. Take two minutes and send a message to your member of Congress and demand that they vote to secure our pensions and pass critical relief for all working people.

Union pleased by House approval of stimulus bill containing pension reforms
Feb. 28, 2021  | The Teamsters are applauding the House’s passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill today that includes language granting relief to hundreds of endangered multiemployer pension plans that would protect the hard-earned retirements of more than 1 million American retirees and workers. Under the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 language inserted into the legislation, more than 50 Teamster pension plans – including its largest, the Central States Pension Fund – will be eligible for assistance at the outset of the bill’s enactment, with more of the union’s plans becoming eligible in 2022…. Continue reading


 
 
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