Today in Labor History Sept. 18, 1999 A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members. ~ DC Labor
Working Americans are facing numerous challenges. Despite top line economic numbers that may look favorable, many workers’ paychecks are not growing. Add to that concerns surrounding pensions and health care benefits, uncertainty looms for the U.S. middle class.
That’s why the 2020 is so very important for this union and its members’ future. The Teamsters are committed to making our presence known and demanding that presidential candidates make commitments that are important to our membership. That starts with input from our members.
“The Teamsters want to hear from members about what their top issues and concerns are as the nation prepares for this pivotal election,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “This union will be putting on a full-court press to demand that any candidate for president listen to our members and address our concerns. The Teamster 2020 survey is an important step as we hear directly from our members on what issues they’ll be voting on.”
“Visibility will be key to maximizing the voice of rank-and-file Teamsters,” said Lawrence Geho, president of Local 888. “So please fill out the survey to let union leadership know your thoughts about what issues mean the most to you. We want all our members to feel they are a part of the process.”
Together, Teamster brothers and sisters can ensure that this great union plays a critical role in electing a president that will truly stand with 0ur members and the nation’s workers.