Today in Labor History July 27, 1919 Coal miner and labor leader Albert Ginger Goodwin is shot and killed by Canadian police. Although he had been ruled unfit for military service during World War I because he had lung disease, the conscription board reversed its decision just days after Goodwin led smelter workers on strike for the eight-hour day. Opposed to the war, Goodwin fled and for months avoided capture by the authorities. His death inspired Canada's first general strike on August 2 in Vancouver. ~Today in Labor History
Teamsters join legal challenge to presidential executive orders that impair union and employee rights June 13, 2018 |Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters joined with 12 other labor unions in bringing a lawsuit to stop the implementation of three executive orders issued by the President on May 25. Two of the orders impair long-established federal labor relations procedures by limiting the ability of federal workers and their union representatives to perform union business and by weakening the process for negotiating contracts on behalf of unionized federal employees. The third order seeks to impair the due process rights of employees alleged to have performance problems… Teamsters
Hoffa pledges solidarity with UAW during union’s convention June 13, 2018 |General President Hoffa addressed the 1,100 delegates at the United Auto Workers (UAW) 37th Constitutional Convention in Detroit yesterday. “Their is no greater solidarity than that between the Teamsters and the UAW,” he said. “Next year is a pivotal moment for the UAW as you had into negotiations with the Big 3 [automakers]. I am here to tell you that the 1.4 million members of the Teamsters Union will be there to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.” More at Teamsters
UPS strikes deal with Teamsters, averting national strike June 25, 2018 |United Parcel Service workers and their union have reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract. If approved, the pact averts what threatened to be the first walkout in decades at the shipping giant. The deal negotiated with the Teamsters covers 250,000 workers -- mostly drivers and package handlers -- and includes pay increases. It also lays the groundwork for Sunday deliveries by UPS. Denis Taylor, co-chairman of the Teamsters' UPS national negotiating committee [and president of Local 355 in Baltimore], in a statement called the agreement "among the very best ever negotiated for UPS members." Union members will vote next month on the contract… More at MoneyWatch
Newsprint tariff harmful to smaller community newspapers, democracy June 29, 2018 |The U.S. Commerce Department has added anti-dumping duties of up to 32 percent on newsprint and some other paper products from Canada. According to the agency, these products benefit from unfair Canadian government subsidies. Most newspaper publishers across the country disagree. The newly imposed tariff on newsprint is a direct threat to a cornerstone of democracy….General president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, James P. Hoffa states that the Teamsters oppose this tariff because of “the potential adverse effect to small and medium sized publications throughout the country and their workers.” Read more...