Today in Labor History July 8, 1966 From July 8 to August 19, 1966, over 35,000 airline workers across the nation employed by five airlines went on strike. After several years of stilted wage gains as the airline industry invested heavily in jet technology, aircraft mechanics and other ground service workers represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) were anxious to share in the substantial profits of 1965. Facing a bargaining impasse between the IAM and the five carriers (United, Northwest, National, Trans World and Eastern) covered in the industry’s first multi-carrier labor contract, a Presidential Emergency Board presented a “compromise” package. In the summer of 1966, IAM members rejected this compromise and walked off the job in the largest strike in airline history. For 43 days during the peak summer travel season, 60 percent of the U.S. commercial airline industry was literally inoperative as 35,000 workers stayed out on strike. ~ Voices of Labor
Hoffa: Janus case is cover for anti-union advocates Mar. 7, 2018 |Workers in Michigan and across the nation have repeatedly come under attack from corporate interests looking to tamp down on wages so they can pocket higher profits. The latest example? A court case argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week that seeks to gut public sector unions in an effort to reduce their effectiveness in the workplace… Teamsters
Teamsters, Sun agree to extend contract, with terms Mar. 8, 2018 |In a contract extension agreement reached in January and ratified by members, the Baltimore Sun has agreed to bring in new mailroom work which will create up to 17 new jobs. In addition, the agreement improves the minimum pay rate for Trainees and modifies pay scales for newly hired or newly promoted Mailer IIIs. All other terms and conditions remain in place through December 31, 2018. Leadership has been informed that as many as 31 jobs (28 PT and 3 FT) will open and be filled on or around April 3, 2018.
Ferro retires as Tronc chairman ahead of Union-Tribune sale Mar. 19, 2018 |Michael Ferro is retiring, effective immediately, from the board of Tronc ahead of the newspaper chain’s $500 million sale of the Los Angeles Times and other California assets. While Ferro is stepping down from the Tronc board, he will continue in his role as a paid management consultant to the company, a result of a three-year, $15 million deal struck in December... Baltimore Sun
Hoffa talks tariffs, pension on Fox Business News Mar. 21, 2018 | “There’s a national emergency right now to protect American jobs,” Hoffa told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Wednesday. “We need steel for national security, we need aluminum. We need to have strong, strong companies here. This is the beginning of something that will save American jobs and protect American security…” Watch the interview here.
Teamster Nation Podcast: Pushing to protect pensions Mar. 29, 2018 | Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast! Get the lowdown on a new joint select congressional panel that holds the future of the Teamsters’ years-long effort to secure the retirements of hundreds of thousands of its members in its hands, and how retirees and workers can help. Plus, how a critically-acclaimed rock band sprung from Teamster security guard jobs at a New York City museum.