Today in Labor History Nov. 17, 1916: To the huge relief of Post Office Department employees, the service sets a limit of 200 pounds a day to be shipped by any one customer. Builders were finding it cheaper to send supplies via post than via wagon freight. In one instance, 80,000 bricks for a new bank were shipped parcel post from Salt Lake City to Vernal, Utah, 170 miles away. The new directive also barred the shipment of humans: a child involved in a couple’s custody fight was shipped—for 17¢—from Stillwell to South Bend, Ind., in a crate labeled “live baby”. ~ Union Communications Services
Teamster convention approves slate of resolutions on final day July 6, 2016| Attendees at our union's 29th annual convention approved resolutions that clarify the union's policy stances on everything from airline organizing to worker misclassification. A full slate of resolutions can be read here. (Note: The convention is the highest governing body of the union, subject to the right of referendum by the membership. The General Executive Board has the authority to carry out the policies and directives approved by convention action.)
Teamsters, AFL-CIO mourn shooting death of Philando Castile July 8, 2016| Teamsters Local 320 and the Minnesota AFL-CIO have issued statements mourning the shooting death of Philando Castile, who was killed Wednesday night after his car was stopped by police in Falcon Heights. Castile was a member of Local 320 since 2002 and worked as a nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul. "The 11,000 members of Teamsters Local 320 are saddened and grieving the loss of Teamster brother Philando Castile," Local 320 said in a statement. "This is a tragedy on every level and all Teamsters are encouraged to keep the Castile family in our thoughts and prayers."… workdayminnesota.org
Teamsters increase strike benefits July 13, 2016| Strike benefit increases approved by delegates at the 29th International Convention become effective on July 1, 2016. Under the new constitutional provisions, which were unanimously approved by delegates on June 30, 2016, the changes raise strike benefits, increase minimum benefits and allow for benefits to begin earlier than in the past… teamster.org
Give blood, save a life at Local 570's blood drive, July 17 July 13, 2016| Our brothers and sisters over at Local 570 are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive Sunday, July 17th, 10 am to 3:30 pm at their union hall – 6910 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224. Let's help out and do our part to prevent a summer shortage. To schedule your life-saving donation, visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code: teamsterblood. (More details here.) See you there!