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
Podcast highlights Teamster fight against RTW June 6, 2017 |In this month’s Teamster Nation podcast, learn more about our Union’s fight to help keep so-called right-to-work law at bay both in states around the country as well as at the federal level, and efforts to halt other anti-worker legislation across the country.?
Chicago News Guild rebuffs attempt at print news monopoly June 19, 2017 |Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, is looking to expand its media empire in the city of Chicago. The Chicago News Guild, the collective bargaining representative of the editorial staffs of the Chicago Sun -Times and Reader, has said that if Tronc is allowed to move forward unchallenged, the sale would result in an effective print news monopoly in the city. In an attempt to bring this issue to the grassroots, the Guild has started an online petition to ask the Dept. of Justice Antitrust Division to slow the sale and allow more time for potential bidders to come forward…peoplesworld.org
Memorial fund set up for victims of UPS San Francisco shooting June 20, 2017 | Teamsters Joint Council 7 in Northern California announced yesterday the establishment of a fund to help raise money for the families of the victims of the June 14 tragedy at the San Francisco UPS facility that resulted in the deaths of three members at the hand of their fellow driver. “We are encouraging our affiliates and our members to consider joining us in making a contribution to help the families who have been devastated by this terrible act,” said Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. Details here.
More than 1,000 Teamsters rally to keep their ‘fundamental right’ to join a union June 21, 2017 |Union members swarmed the Capitol steps Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to right-to-work legislation in Pennsylvania. The rally was organized by the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and drew and estimated 1200 attendees ranging from Teamsters to Steelworkers and AFSCME members… pennlive.com
Port truck drivers end strike in Los Angeles June 26, 2017 |A week-long strike by Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach truck drivers and warehouse workers culminated in a large and raucous rally on the steps of the Los Angeles city hall on Friday, June 23. Striking workers and their allies then proceeded inside to deliver nearly 10,000 petition signatures calling on Mayor Eric Garrett, as well as Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia, to end indentured servitude at the ports they oversee… teamster.org