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
Teamster leaders gather for Unity Conference May 3, 2019|With major challenges facing workers and the 2020 elections looming, the importance of mobilizing members is more critical than ever, Teamster leaders heard at the annual Unity Conference taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. Leaders have been attending important divisional meetings, where they are hearing about the latest issues facing workers and the union, and strategies for winning. The meetings continue today and Thursday … Read more at teamster.org.
Teamsters back effort to revamp federal labor law to benefit workers May 3, 2019| “The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families,” General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement issued yesterday. The legislation that would comprehensively update the National Labor Relations Act was introduced yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Read more at teamsters.org And from Intelligencer: [The PRO Act] would ban employers from forcing hires to sign away their right to pursue collective or class-action litigation and from permanently replacing workers who go on strike. It would also require employers to begin bargaining a contract no later than ten days after a union has been certified...
Local 355 mourns the passing of Brother Jim Deene May 20, 2019 | Local 355 officers, staff and members are mourning the sudden loss of Jim Deene, a business agent for Teamsters Local 355 in Baltimore, Md., who passed away suddenly on May 17, 2019. Deene began his Teamster career as a driver for U.S. Foodservice. He served as a shop steward from 1997 until 2002, when he became a business agent for the Local. Friends may visit Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm in the Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy, Severna Park, MD 21146. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 24, 2019, at 11 am in Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville, MD 21108.
The Baltimore Sun: James 'Jimmy' Deene, trucker, union official and business agent... May 21, 2019|Brother Deene was chief negotiator for The Sun's drivers and pressmen. Today it published a nice obituary: “He was [a] tireless worker who bent over backward for his union members,” said Lawrence E. Geho, president of Baltimore Mailers Local 888...Read it here
Teamster Podcast: United in power at Unity May 22, 2019|Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how the union united for power at its annual Unity Conference in May, plus its plans for greater wins in the workplace and at the ballot box.