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Nearly Half the US Population Is Without A Job
07/02/20 - Teamsters local 570
July 2, 2020 | ECONOMY | Nearly half of the population is still out of a job showing just how far the U.S. labor market has to heal in the wake of the coronavirus.  The employment-population ratio — the number of employed people as a percentage of the U.S. adult population — plunged to 52.8% in May, meaning 47.
Summer Labor Blood Drives - 2020
07/02/20 - Teamsters Joint Council 41
2020 SUMMER LABOR BLOOD DRIVES Come to donate and receive a free gift courtesy of the American Red Cross, while supplies last. * Emerald Event Center, Avon July 20th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 100th Bomb Group, Cleveland July 28th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown September 8th 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Why Labor Unions Make People Less Racist
07/02/20 - Teamsters Local 355
July 2, 2020 | EQUALITY | Compared to non-union workers, union members have higher wages and smaller gender and racial wage disparities. A study shows they change the way you see the world too.
Nearly Half the US Population Is Without A Job
07/02/20 - Teamsters Local 355
July 2, 2020 | ECONOMY | Nearly half of the population is still out of a job showing just how far the U.S. labor market has to heal in the wake of the coronavirus.  The employment-population ratio — the number of employed people as a percentage of the U.S. adult population — plunged to 52.8% in May, meaning 47.
Make It a Union-Made Fourth of July!
07/02/20 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
The Fourth of July is here, and it’s time to celebrate America’s birthday. Our flag has been waving high since 1776, but do you know what the colors mean? The red represents the blood shed by those who fought for our nation’s independence.
Happy 4th of July!
07/02/20 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
In observance of the holiday our office will be closed July 3rd. We wish all our members a Happy and Safe Holiday.
Summary Report from the Administrative Officers
07/02/20 - IATSE Local 33
Hello Everyone Please click on the link below from the Administrative Officers. Thank you, I.A.T.S.E.
July Update
07/02/20 - INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL UNION 494
Well, summer is officially here. Enjoy it. While the Union was closed to walk-ins, we were fielding an amazing amount of phone calls and emails from members. We have had daily calls about COVID and unemployment. Most of this information is posted on our website for quick access to our members. Please contact us if you have clarifying questions. Ibew494.com.
IBEW 494 Apparel Store Is Open
07/02/20 - INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS LOCAL UNION 494
The new IBEW Local 494 online store is up and running! To purchase any items go to: store https://ibew494.itemorder.
IATSE ALERT: Film Tax Credit
07/02/20 - IATSE Local B4
The film tax credit would bring Massachusetts, especially Boston, to a level playing field with states like Connecticut and Rhode Island, to be able to create more work in the film, theater, hotel, restaurant, and travel industries.  It will generate a lot of revenue back to our city that we lose to these other cities who are already have this film tax credit.
Happy Birthday America!
07/01/20 - Teamsters Local 776
This Fourth of July promises to be different than previous years; many people may not feel like....
Message from IUEC Safety Director
07/01/20 - IUEC Local 10
Brothers & Sisters, It is with great regret to inform you that there was an on the job accident yesterday June 29th, in Local # 2 Chicago, IL.  Brother Bill Rogers mechanic, 61 years old, was working for Parkway Elevator Co. when the accident occurred during a re-roping job.  Today, June 30th, Brother Rogers passed away due to the injuries he received.
The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman’s Grand Executive Council Endorses Joe Biden for President
07/01/20 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
FRONT ROYAL, VA — On June 11, 2020, the members of the BRS Grand Executive Council voted to unanimously endorse former U.S. Senator and Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. “The Grand Executive Council monitors and promotes candidates who demonstrate that they understand and support our Union values and the working class in this country.
YRC RECEIVES CARES ACT RELIEF
07/01/20 - Teamsters Local 449
TEAMSTERS UNION LAUDS CARES ACT RELIEF FOR YRCW WORKERS 2020.07.01 Loan Will Protect Livelihoods of 30,000 Workers Impacted by Pandemic (WASHINGTON) – A $700 million loan provided by the United States Treasury under the CARES Act will help YRC Worldwide, Inc.
YRC Receives $700M From Uncle Sam
07/01/20 - Teamsters Local 492
TEAMSTERS UNION LAUDS CARES ACT RELIEF FOR YRCW WORKERS Loan Will Protect Livelihoods of 30,000 Workers Impacted by Pandemic A $700 million loan provided by the United States Treasury under the CARES Act will help YRC Worldwide, Inc.
YRC Expects to Receive CARES act loan
07/01/20 - Teamsters Local 776
A $700 million loan provided by the United States Treasury under the CARES Act will help YRC Worldwide, Inc.’s operating companies pay its employees’....
How COVID-19 Widened America’s Wealth Gap
06/30/20 - Teamsters local 570
June 30, 2020 | INEQUALITY | The novel coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated income inequality, experts say, stretching the racial wealth gap in the United States and making the richest wealthier while leaving many of the poorest without jobs. As the COVID-19 pandemic overtook the U.S.
How COVID-19 Widened America’s Wealth Gap
06/30/20 - Teamsters Local 355
June 30, 2020 | INEQUALITY | The novel coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated income inequality, experts say, stretching the racial wealth gap in the United States and making the richest wealthier while leaving many of the poorest without jobs. As the COVID-19 pandemic overtook the U.S.
How COVID-19 Widened America’s Wealth Gap
06/30/20 - Teamsters Local 992
June 30, 2020 | INEQUALITY | The novel coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated income inequality, experts say, stretching the racial wealth gap in the United States and making the richest wealthier while leaving many of the poorest without jobs. As the COVID-19 pandemic overtook the U.S.
GMM Canceled for July 2020
06/30/20 - IATSE Local 33
Brothers & Sisters: President  Wright is cancelling the July 2020  General Membership Meeting. We will try for one in August.
July Union Meetings Canceled
06/30/20 - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 21
Out of an abundance of caution all July Union Meetings have been canceled. WEAR A MASK! - WORK SAFE! - SOCIAL DISTANCE! - WASH YOUR HANDS! - STAY SAFE!
Officers say they received pizza from El Paso restaurant with a pig drawn on box
06/30/20 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
Police in El Paso say they’re disturbed after two officers were given food with a disrespectful picture drawn on it. In a Facebook post Sunday night, an El Paso police officer said he and his partner ordered dinner at The Pizza Joint in downtown El Paso. But the officers said this pizza came with something extra.
July 3, 2020 Closure
06/30/20 - International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Please be advised, that in accordance with our Local Bylaws, the Boilermakers Local Lodge 104, will be closed on July 3, 2020 in observance of the July 4th Holiday.  We will reopen at 8am on Monday July 6, 2020. The Seattle Labor Temple building will also be closed for the day on July 3rd, 2020 so payments cannot be dropped off at the Seattle Location.
July Meetings Canceled
06/30/20 - Teamsters Local 41
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COVID-19 cases among El Paso first responders
06/30/20 - El Paso Municipal Police Officers' Association
The city of El Paso has provided data on COVID-19 cases within the El Paso Police Department and El Paso Fire Department. According to the city, 128 members of EPPD have been quarantined and 100 have been tested for COVID-19. Of those tested, 14 tests came back positive. City officials said 25 of those quarantined remain out of work and 97 have returned to work.
Online Form Disable Days of the Month
06/30/20 - support.unionactive.com
Two more options have been added for automatically disabling online forms before or after certain days of the month. The disabled after day/time and disabled before day/time allows an online form to be automatically disabled before and after certain dates. For example set the disabled before day/time to the 10th @ 12am and the disabled after day/time to the 16th @ 5pm.
Online Form Disable Times
06/29/20 - support.unionactive.com
The online forms now have an option to disable the form before and after certain times of the day. You can enter a disabled before time and a disabled after time. The form will not be available before a certain time or after a certain time or a combination of both.
Unions Support Workers During Crisis
06/29/20 - Teamsters local 570
June 29, 2020 | OPINION | The COVID-19 pandemic has sent our world into a public health and economic tailspin. As of May, the national unemployment rate was at 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Michigan, it is a staggering 21.2% — worse than the Great Recession. [ In Maryland, it’s 9.9%.
Unions Support Workers During Crisis
06/29/20 - Teamsters Local 992
June 29, 2020 | OPINION | The COVID-19 pandemic has sent our world into a public health and economic tailspin. As of May, the national unemployment rate was at 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Michigan, it is a staggering 21.2% — worse than the Great Recession. [ In Maryland, it’s 9.9%.
Support for Local 188 Brother Agarpao
06/29/20 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Brother Agarpao is President and Local Chairman for Local 188. He was recently involved in a serious dirt bike accident and remains in serious condition at a hospital away from home. Local 188 has created a page for brothers and sisters to offer words of encouragement and monetary donations to help defray  financial burdens associated with this difficult time.
Senator Portman Multiemployer Pension Reform Video
06/29/20 - Teamsters Local 455
Click link below to view: https://www.c-span.org/video/.
Unions Support Workers During Crisis
06/29/20 - Teamsters Local 888
June 29, 2020 | OPINION | The COVID-19 pandemic has sent our world into a public health and economic tailspin. As of May, the national unemployment rate was at 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Michigan, it is a staggering 21.2% — worse than the Great Recession. [ In Maryland, it’s 9.9%.
AT&T SIPP Applications Due This Tuesday 6-30
06/28/20 - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 21
June 28, 2020 - This is just a reminder all Enhanced General SIPP applications for eligible AT&T employees must be received by noon Tuesday June 30, 2020. The $80,500 SIPP amount is an incentive to allow employees who have been considering leaving the company to retiree and save the position of other employees who are not ready to leave their employment with AT&T.
Kroger Negotiations Update 5
06/27/20 - UFCW Local 455
As the pandemic continues to surge in the greater Houston area, along with Kroger's profits, they are not willing to share!
IATSE WCO Food Drive Thru - Wednesday, July 1, 2020
06/27/20 - IATSE Local 33
Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Kin, On July 1, 2020, the IATSE West Coast Office will be hosting another Food Bank Drive Thru sponsored by the LA County Fed & LA Food Bank. This food drive will be open to all Entertainment Industry Union Kin. No membership ID will be required to receive food.  When: Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
In Case You Missed It
06/26/20 - Teamsters local 570
  • The jobs we need   • Update for Industrial Trades Teamsters   • Workers are striking during coronavirus   • COVID-19 news updates for June 25   • GCC Local in Pa.
In Case You Missed It
06/26/20 - Teamsters Local 355
  • The jobs we need   • Update for Industrial Trades Teamsters   • Workers are striking during coronavirus   • COVID-19 news updates for June 25   • GCC Local in Pa.
COVID-19 extensions
06/26/20 - CWA Local 2222
Dear Mike, As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Company will continue to eliminate the annual limit on the number of hours an employee can utilize on Bright Horizon back-up care benefits and will pay for all hours an employee utilizes on such benefits instead of having that funding come out of the ACFC Committee funds.
Gone Golfing
06/26/20 - Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 44
Networking opportunities don't get any better than this! Whether you bring a group of clients or colleagues to play in the tournament, host an activity on the course or simply take advantage of one of our sponsorship opportunities, the UA Local 44 tournament offers everyone a way to gain exposure and promote their business.
In Case You Missed It
06/26/20 - Teamsters Local 992
  • The jobs we need   • Update for Industrial Trades Teamsters   • Workers are striking during coronavirus   • COVID-19 news updates for June 25   • GCC Local in Pa.
Recent Developments
06/26/20 - Theatrical Stage Employes Local No.4, IATSE
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Summary of Material Modifications to The Railroad Employees National Health Flexible Spending Account Plan
06/26/20 - Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
This summary of material modifications to The Railroad Employees National Health Flexible Spending Account Plan (the “FSA Plan”) is being provided to you to highlight important changes to the FSA Plan. If you have any questions regarding these changes or if you are unsure if these changes apply to you, please contact Railroad Enrollment Services at 1-800-753-2692.
In Case You Missed It
06/26/20 - Teamsters Local 888
  • The jobs we need   • Update for Industrial Trades Teamsters   • Workers are striking during coronavirus   • COVID-19 news updates for June 25   • GCC Local in Pa.
As States Reopen, Workers, Executives Want Gov’t to Make Masks Mandatory
06/25/20 - Teamsters local 570
June 25, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Business executives and front-line workers are pushing government officials to require customers to wear masks, a step that could allow companies to avoid alienating a portion of the public. As coronavirus cases surge around the U.S.
As States Reopen, Workers, Executives Want Gov’t to Make Masks Mandatory
06/25/20 - Teamsters Local 355
June 25, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | Business executives and front-line workers are pushing government officials to require customers to wear masks, a step that could allow companies to avoid alienating a portion of the public. As coronavirus cases surge around the U.S.
Join the March for Healthcare Justice Sat. June 27th
06/25/20 - Teamsters Local 743
Join Teamsters Local 743 and other community organizations as we come together to help end healthcare disparities and demand a single standard of care for all people! We will be meeting at 1835 W. Harrison at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27.
RIP Brother Simonton
06/25/20 - IBEW Local 191
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you of the passing of Peter Simonton. My brother now rests in the arms of Jesus. I know that he knew and loved many of you and thought you should know. Please pray for his daughters, they are devastated. Come celebrate Pete's life: Saint Coyote 135 W. Dimond Blvd. Anchorage, Alaska Friday July 3 5-8pm.
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  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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