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
Tips for members & shop stewards posted every Monday Dec. 2, 2020| For more than 18 months, the Teamsters worked hard in key states like Michigan to get a pro-worker president elected. So the union was delighted when Joe Biden emerged victorious and looks forward to his swearing in as the 46th president next month. President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are committed to moving forward on an agenda that prioritizes working Americans, both on the job and in their golden years after work is done … Teamsters
Members, Teamster stories are needed! Dec. 7, 2020| A House Ways and Means Committee round table discussion is scheduled this Wednesday, Dec. 9th, to address the ways that frontline workers needs during the COVID pandemic. We want to make sure Teamster voices and Teamster stories are heard. How has the COVID public health crisis and recession impacted you and your work? What do you need to feel safer in you work environment? To upload your COVID stories, use this link for video (90 seconds or less), or this link for written response. It’s easy! Do it today! Note: If you have problems submitting your testimony, you may also email it to TDoyle@teamster.org
Teamsters to play key role in distribution of COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 11, 2020| In 1955, Teamsters (left) aided in rushing the new life-saving Polio vaccine throughout the nation within days when it was made available. Today, Teamsters will again play an essential role in the delivery of a life-saving vaccine. Distribution giant UPS, the single largest employer in the Teamsters Union, and it’s rival, FedEx, are “ready and prepared” to deliver 660 million Covid-19 vaccine doses nationwide. (The vaccine requires two doses per person.) UPS is also shipping vaccine kits that include syringes, mixing vials and fluid, personal protective equipment, and instructions for administering the vaccine. Nationally, the Teamsters represent more than 260,000 package and freight workers. More than 3,500 of them are members of Local 355 in Baltimore, Local 453 in Cumberland, and Local 992 in Hagerstown. Additionally, Local 355 represents workers at dry ice manufacturer Capitol Carbonic in Baltimore. Members there are making and distributing dry ice pellets needed to keep the Pfizer vaccine at its required sub-zero temperature of -70 Celsius. Watch the video here.
Teamster Local 391 member makes UPS’ first delivery of COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 18, 2020| When a Teamster Local 391 member headed to work Monday he had no idea he was about to make history. The driver, Danny P., who has been a Teamster for nearly four years, delivered the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine at about 7:20 a.m. today to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. NBC TV’s Today show reported that it was UPS’ first vaccine delivery in the nation. Continue reading here.