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Global: 6 multinationals, including Walmart & Glencore, running for Public Eye Lifetime Award

Labourstart.org News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
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Israel: The Hatem Affair - short documentary on Palestinian workers' struggle

Labourstart.org News - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: WAC Maan
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Seattle ATU bus drivers to get more bathroom breaks

Current News - 6 hours 37 min ago

Seattle ATU bus drivers to get more bathroom breaks
http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Seattle-bus-drivers-to-get-mor...
By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press
Updated 2:29 pm, Saturday, November 22, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle-area transit officials are making it clear that when bus drivers gotta go, they are free to stop.

The state Department of Labor and Industries fined King County Metro $3,500 on Wednesday for failing to provide bus drivers with unrestricted access to restrooms. Drivers, men and women alike, told investigators disturbing stories about using coffee cups and bottles to relieve themselves because they felt pressure to stick to their scheduled routes, department spokesman Tim Church said Saturday.

"Some told us there were — I'm looking for the right word here — urine-soaked driver's seats because they felt they had no other alternative," Church said.

Drivers have been disciplined for running late because of time spent using or searching for a bathroom, the citation noted.

In a written statement Friday, Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond acknowledged the problem, saying "We take this basic need seriously," and promised to fix it. He reiterated that bus drivers have the right to stop to use a restroom, and he said the agency will try to find more restrooms for drivers to use along their routes.

Metro operates about 200 bus routes in Seattle and around the county, and it has a network of about 280 bathrooms. The agency owns about 50 of them, and some are in public buildings. But the majority are in private businesses, Desmond said.

"We are creating an action plan to identify gaps within this network and work to fill those gaps by identifying locations and creating agreements for use of restroom facilities," he said. "A Metro staff person will ensure the ongoing availability of restrooms along all of our routes and will work directly with operators to make sure their needs are met."

The drivers are provided with lists of where the restrooms are, but Church said some of the facilities were too far from their routes to use. In other cases, drivers would stop at a listed restroom only to find that it was out of order, that someone was sleeping in it, or that they would be required to buy something from a business before being allowed to use it.

Church called it a serious health issue as well as one of dignity: Drivers could suffer urinary tract or bladder infections from lack of restroom access. "These folks were owed the access to a restroom under the law," he said.

Metro reduced break times for drivers a few years ago to cut costs, Desmond noted. Seattle voters this month approved additional money for bus service, and that should help ensure drivers get the break time they need, he said.

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Tags: Seattle Bus Driversatuhealth and safety
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IBT JT Council 7 Teamsters Dispute with Local Trucker Haunts Army Base Project

Current News - 19 hours 16 min ago

IBT JT Council 7 Teamsters Dispute with Local Trucker Haunts Army Base Project
http://postnewsgroup.com/blog/2013/06/23/teamsters-dispute-with-local-tr...
By Post StaffPosted June 23, 2013 6:35 pm
Bill Aboudi By Ken A. Epstein A high profile lawsuit has reignited a long simmering dispute between Oakland Army Base small businessman Bill Aboudi and the Teamsters union.When you hear what the sides are saying, it sounds like you are talking about two different people. The union accuses Aboudi of criminally mistreating his workers and says he should be shut down.But many of his employees and West Oakland community leaders repeatedly turn out to defend the businessman as a “stand up guy” who goes out of his way to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and gives jobs to the formerly incarcerated. Aboudi is owner of AB Trucking, a company with 12 employees and six trucks that does business with the Port of Oakland. He also owns Oakland Maritime Support Services (OMSS), which has earned national recognition for providing a place where air-contaminating trucks can park on port land away from the West Oakland community, which had been suffering from off the charts asthma rates. OMSS is also the home of 18 small businesses: a mini-mart, doctor, sign painter, truck repair, tire replacement and scales where big rig truckers can find the services they need without driving into West Oakland. The Teamster’s opposition to Aboudi seemed to be vindicated on May 21 when an Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a court order in a wages and hours lawsuit, ordering him to pay 73 workers about $965,000 in back wages and interest, dating back to 2004. “We know that for the past several years that the word inside (City Hall) has been that the big bad Teamsters have been trying to take out the small local businessman who has done good for West Oakland,” said Doug Bloch, political director for Teamsters Joint Council 7, speaking at last week’s meeting of the City Council’s Community and Economic Development committee. The real issue, said Bloch, is that the” Alameda County Superior Court has just handed down a … verdict against AB Trucking. Good people were hired… and not paid at all for the work that they did.” Defending Aboudi at the CED meeting was Margaret Gordon, former port commissioner and co-director of West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, who has been a leader in the fight for breathable air in West Oakland. “I’ve known Bill since 1996,” she said. “When we started the maritime air quality improvement plan, the Teamsters weren’t there. Bill was there. “OMSS has been a life saver for West Oakland. (Bill) has always participated in every event that we have had. He’s been there when the union was not there.” According to Aboudi, the legal dispute is not settled. He said he is appealing the ruling, arguing that the judge based his decision in part on state regulations, not federal Department of Transportation rules for the trucking industry. He also emphasized that the lawsuit and judgment was against AB Trucking, which is a separate entity from the OMSS. He accuses the Teamsters of promoting the suit against AB Trucking as a reason why the city should cancel its rental agreement with OMSS. The issues for the Teamsters have their roots in the federal deregulation of the trucking industry in the 1980s, which resulted in the creation of many low-paid, non-union owner-operators with only one truck, as well as small operations like Aboudi’s. The Teamsters want to organize owner-operators into the union. In their Oakland campaign, the union has focused on Aboudi, portraying him as an enemy of labor. A Teamsters website describes him as “a greedy California hustler who doesn’t care about the port truckers.” Outspoken in his position, Aboudi says the choice should be up to the owner-operators. He argues they have the right to choose to become employees and join a union or continue to own their businesses. As for the owner-operators, many of whom are people of color, there is widespread concern that should the industry become unionized, they would not be the ones to be hired in those jobs, Somewhere along the line Aboudi also ran into conflicts with Master Developer and Army Base landlord Phil Tagami. Aboudi claims that the city’s agreement with Tagami allows him to benefit financially if OMSS loses its rental agreement with the city. Dexter Vizinau, a consultant who represents some of the businesses at the Army Base, also spoke in favor of Aboudi. “I am pro union,” he said. ”I have a client that has come under attack, and in the past I have tried to mediate. “I don’t agree to the way they (the Teamsters) go about trying to fill their ranks by attacking (him). The way you get people is to educate them, embrace them and show them what the benefits are,” he said. Erick Gaines, who identified himself as a former addict and an ex felon, told the audience at the CED meeting that Aboudi had saved his life when he hired him nine years ago and gave him the opportunity to give back to the community by training others to drive trucks. “When I crossed over, I got a second chance at a first class life – it all feels good now,” he said. “I don’t know what I’d do or where I’d go” if Aboudi’s trucking company closed, he said. “I don’t think there’s any more people like Mr. Aboudi,” who would give him a job and allow him to use the company’s equipment for free to train new drivers, said Gaines. “He’s been a pillar to the community, and it would be a travesty to lose him.” The Teamsters website is http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2013/03/big- ftrouble-for-teamster-hating-union.html. Bill Aboud’s website is www.helpabtrucking.com

Tags: IBTport of Oakland
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UAW IBT 856/986 Mechanics To Picket UAL At SFO On 11/25/14

Current News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 21:03

UAW IBT 856/986 Mechanics To Picket UAL At SFO On 11/25/14
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Member Alert
Your Teamsters SFO Action Team is mobilizing an informational picket line at Terminal 3 against United Airlines on
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Spread the word and R.S.V.P. to your
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Tags: IBT 856/IBT 986UAL MechanicsProtest
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Los Angeles port truckers vote to end strike in "truce" agreement

Current News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:18

Los Angeles port truckers vote to end strike in "truce" agreement
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/nov/21/los-angeles-port-trucker...
By - Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Truckers from three companies have voted to end their strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

The vote Thursday came after a truce brokered by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The mayor, the Teamsters union and the companies said in a joint statement that the two sides would “continue discussions to resolve outstanding issues.”

Truckers had accused the firms - WinWin Logistics Inc., QTS Inc. and LACA Express - of improperly classifying them as contractors, not full-time employees, to minimize wages and benefits.

The companies said in the statement that they have agreed to “respect drivers’ right to choice with regard to unionization.”

The truckers’ action comes as the powerful dockworkers union and multinational shipping lines are negotiating a new contract for about 20,000 West Coast workers.

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Tags: LA Truckers
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Too few bathroom breaks drove bus drivers to adult diapers

Current News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:48

Too few bathroom breaks drove bus drivers to adult diapers
http://crosscut.com/2014/11/19/transportation/122868/king-county-bus-dri...
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Too few bathroom breaks drove bus drivers to adult diapers
An upcoming report from the Department of Labor and Industries is expected to call Metro out for not giving drivers enough access to bathrooms.

By Laura Kaufman
The state Department of Labor and Industries has determined King County Metro failed to provide unrestricted bathroom access for its drivers, according to an Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587 representative. Neal Safrin, vice president and assistant business representative of Amalgamated Transit Union, also told Crosscut that L&I also found the transit agency did not provide water, soap and paper towels at all of its rest stops — a less serious violation.

The lack of bathroom facilities has gotten so severe, according to Safrin, vehicle maintenance crews have told him they annually replace 60 urine-soaked driver seats. Metro employs about 2,600 drivers.

L&I spokesman Tim Church declined to confirm the results of the agency's inspection. "We had a final meeting with Metro to spell out the results of what we found and we are finalizing those results," Church said. If Safrin's claims are correct, that could involve issuing a citation to Metro, which typically includes a fine. The agency would then have 15 business days to appeal. According to Church, even if an agency does appeal, it is not excused from fixing any problems.

Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer did not respond to repeated requests for comment. (Editor's Note: After this story was published, Switzer sent Crosscut the following statement.) In September, Switzer told Crosscut, “We actively monitor and manage our comfort station program to ensure that bus operators have access to clean and convenient facilities. We’re cooperating with L&I on this issue and will make improvements where needed.”

Safrin said he was "pleasantly surprised" by the state’s findings. "All the drivers know it is a significant problem," Safrin said, "but whether L&I would acknowledge it, I really didn’t know."

The six-month open inspection into Metro driver access to bathrooms began in May, in response to a complaint received by L&I. Crosscut's earlier report is here. Metro initially reduced route layovers between trips following a 2009 audit. That meant turnaround times — used for bathroom breaks in some cases — shrunk to five minutes or less.

Drivers found ways to cope. “We’ve had drivers wear Depends diapers,” said Metro operator Hal Poor, a former ATU shop steward. “We’ve had operators carry a jar for urination." According to Poor, drivers sometimes stand by the back door to use it in order to escape the lens of the video cameras aboard many buses. (Get caught doing so, however, and you could be slapped with a major infraction.)

“We’ve got pregnant women who are still driving. You know what kind of pressure that puts on your bladder. We have gentlemen 60 or older. They can’t hold it anymore,” said Poor.

Metro operators have suffered from urinary tract infections and some have voluntarily restricted their fluid intake, due to a paucity of drinking water facilities and bathrooms along their routes, Safrin said. Also, inadequate access to restrooms has forced some drivers to hold their water, resulting in lost elasticity to their bladders, causing urine leakage.

The L&I investigation found lack of available restrooms to be even more acute late at night. “Not all, but many Starbucks are official Metro rest stops,” Safrin noted. Most though close at 8 or 9 o’clock. As for using restrooms in bars? “It’s not acceptable,” Safrin said. “It looks bad,” — as if the driver stopped in for a drink. A 25-year veteran of the road, Safrin was once was falsely accused of that.

Metro’s contract guarantees a five-minute break between runs, but also states Metro shall “schedule” at least a 15-minute layover on assignments exceeding five hours. According to Safrin, that language reads more like "a hope and a prayer.” (A proposed Metro contract rejected by drivers in September would have enshrined that 15 minute break.)

“How guaranteed is the 15 minute break if you want to stay on schedule and you’re 12 minutes late?” asked Poor. “It’s on paper, but if you get caught in traffic, it doesn’t mean you’re getting it.” Bus routes become clogged on Mariner or Seahawks game days, or when food banks are open along certain routes and riders haul their loaded carts onto the coaches.

Tags: health and safetybus drivers
Categories: Labor News

Poland: 200 miners occupy company headquarters

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL
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Iran: Let’s talk about unions in Iran

Labourstart.org News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
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Whole Foods Concedes To IWW Demands To Increase Wages!

IWW - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:15

Update: Join Whole Foods Workers for a 24 Hour Picket at Whole Foods' Northern California Distribution Center This Weekend! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/517441525025495/

Whole Foods Union Wins Raise for San Francisco Stores’ Lowest-Paid Employees

By Tim Maher - Whole Foods Workers Union, November 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A fledgling union of workers at the South of Market Whole Foods in San Francisco used workplace actions to compel Whole Foods management to implement a $1.25 per hour wage increase for those employees at the lowest wage tier.

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A Historical Argument Against Uber: Taxi Regulations Are There for a Reason

Current News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:08

A Historical Argument Against Uber: Taxi Regulations Are There for a Reason
http://time.com/3592035/uber-taxi-history/
Sam Frizell @Sam_Frizell Nov. 19, 2014
Taxi Rank
Yellow cabs waiting in line at LaGuardia Airport, New York City, in March of 1974
Michael Brennan—Getty Images
The author of a cultural history of the NYC taxi — a former cabbie himself — explains why he believes oversight is necessary

Uber, the ride-sharing app, has grown explosively in the five years since its inception, challenging established taxi services, expanding its annual revenue to a projected $10 billion by the end of next year and attracting drivers away from its competitors. Uber drivers get 80% of a fare, and the company only takes a 20% cut. Uber’s cars are mostly slick, clean and easy to hail via the company’s app.

But a big reason Uber has grown so quickly is that it’s not regulated the same way that traditional taxi services are. Uber proponents say it’s about time for monopolistic, overregulated city cab services to be broken up. Riders deserve options, they say, and better pricing, and more nimble technology. Still, the company is no stranger to controversy, most recently over reports of executives abusing the company’s ability to track riders.

And, says one taxi expert, history shows that the larger reason to be concerned about Uber is that those regulations were established for a good reason.

Graham Hodges is the author of Taxi! A Cultural History of the New York City Cabdriver and a professor at Colgate University — and a former cabbie himself, who patrolled New York’s dangerous streets in the early 1970s for a fare. Hodges is suspicious of upstarts like Uber and says that the cab industry needs to be regulated.

Hodges’ argument? Taxis are pretty much a public utility. Like subway and bus systems, the electric grid or the sewage system, taxis provide an invaluable service to cities like New York, and the government should play an important role in regulating them. They shouldn’t be, Hodges argues, fair game for a private corporation like Uber to take over and control, any more than an inner-city bus service should be privatized.

Without getting too much into the nitty-gritty of taxi rules, what do passengers get out of cab regulation? Regular taxi maintenance, says Hodges, which taxi commissions like New York’s require. “You want to know you’re getting in a safe cab that’s been checked recently,” he explains. “They’re taking a pounding every day.” Knowing your fare is fixed to a predictable formula is important, too, says Hodges. (Uber does that, though the company’s surge pricing at peak hours can really up the cost.) And you want to know that your driver has had a background check, which established taxi services usually require, so that you can be less afraid of being attacked with a hammer, abducted or led on a high-speed chase, as has allegedly happened on some Uber trips.

Regulations have been around for a long time, Hodges says: “Taxi regulations developed out of livery and hansom-cab regulations from the 19th century. They’re a necessary part of urban transportation. They’ve been that way since the metropolitization of cities in the 1850s. And those in turn are based on a long-term precedent in Europe and other parts of the world. From hard-earned experience, those regulations ensure fairness and safety.”

In the 1970s, when Hodges drove, those regulations ensured that a driver made a decent living, and could comfortably choose his or her own hours. (“I made $75 the first night I was out,” he says. “I felt fantastic.”) The golden days of cab driving, Hodges continues, were even earlier, in the ’50s and ’60s. Think sometime before seedy New York full of troubled men like Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976), and more like the omnipresent, wise-seeming driver of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).

“Back then, drivers stayed on for a long time,” says Hodges. “They were beloved. They were culturally familiar. That’s where you get the classic cabbie and someone who was an encyclopedia of the city. Those are guys who dedicated their lives to the job and owned their taxis. They had a vested interest in a clean, well-managed auto that lasted a long time.”

Today, Uber drivers do enjoy some of those benefits. Though they’re hardly known for an encyclopedic knowledge of the cities they drive, or as cultural touchstones, they own their own cabs and have a lot at stake in driving. What’s more, they get a large cut of each fare and have a lot of freedom. And regulation doesn’t always work the way it’s supposed to: even after the Taxi and Limousine Commission started more closely regulating taxi drivers in the 1970s, riders were often in for a surprise. Taxis were rusty tin-bins and drivers were erratic.

In 1976, TIME offered a sardonic view of the New York cab ride:

A taxi ride is the chief means by which New York City tests the mettle of its people. A driver, for example, is chosen for his ability to abuse the passenger in extremely colorful language, the absence of any impulse to help little crippled old ladies into the cab, ignorance of any landmark destination, an uncanny facility for shooting headlong into the most heavily trafficked streets in the city, a foot whose weight on the accelerator is exceeded only by its spine-snapping authority in applying the brakes. Extra marks are awarded the driver who traverses the most potholes in any trip; these are charted for him by the New York City Department of Craters, whose job it is to perforate perfectly good roadways into moonscapes.
The taxi machines are selected with equally rigorous care. Most are not acceptable until they have been driven for 200,000 miles in Morocco. After that, dealer preparation calls for denting the body, littering the passenger compartment with refuse, removing the shock absorbers, sliding the front seat back as far as it will go, and installing a claustrophobic bulletproof shield between driver and passenger—whose single aperture is cunningly contrived to pass only money forward and cigar smoke back. All this is designed to induce in the customer a paralytic yoga position: fists clenched into the white-knuckles mode, knees to the chin, eyes glazed or glued shut, bones a-rattle, teeth a-grit. To a lesser extent, the same conditions prevail in other taxi-ridden U.S. communities.
In the end, Hodges says, cabbies and passengers have always wanted the same things — “We don’t want to have hyper competition, we don’t want reckless driving, we don’t want drivers about whom we don’t know very much,” he says — and, whether or not it always works perfectly, he believes that history has shown that regulation is the best way to get there.

Tags: cabsUberTaxi driversregulation
Categories: Labor News

Benicia port death leads to Port of Oakland work ILWU Stop Work Action

Current News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:30

Benicia port death leads to Port of Oakland work stoppage
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Benicia-port-death-leads-to-Port-o...
By Henry K. Lee Updated 9:11 am, Thursday, November 20, 2014

Workers at the Port of Oakland were staging a daylong stoppage Thursday in reaction to a worker at the Port of Benicia killed on the job. Photo: TIM HUSSIN / Special To The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

Workers at the Port of Oakland were staging a daylong stoppage Thursday in reaction to a worker at the Port of Benicia killed on the job.
Image 1 of 1 Workers at the Port of Oakland were staging a daylong stoppage Thursday in reaction to a worker at the Port of Benicia killed on the job.
Dockworkers at the Port of Oakland were staging a daylong stoppage Thursday in reaction to an incident in Benicia that killed a worker, a union official said.
Thomas Hoover, 57, was stricken while on the job Wednesday at the Port of Benicia, officials said. He died at Kaiser Permamente Medical Center in Vallejo.
Hoover was found unresponsive and may have suffered an asthma attack that led to a “cardiac event,” according to the Solano County coroner’s office. His death was considered one from natural causes, and after considering his medical history, no autopsy was conducted, authorities said.
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“The worker appeared to be in distress, was taken to the hospital and expired sometime afterwards,” said Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Long-time Hoffa Rep and his Enforcer Convicted of Racketeering

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 13:03

November 20, 2014: A jury in Boston yesterday convicted a former member of the Hoffa administration of racketeering and extortion. His “enforcer” was convicted also, and both will be sentenced to a federal prison term in February.

John Perry, who was Hoffa’s Trade Show National Director until the IRB removed him from the union, was convicted of multiple counts, along with Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, Perry’s enforcer.

Perry’s power was maintained by intimidation of members and job-rigging for his political pals. Those crimes stole money from hard working Teamsters and weakened our union.

Perry rigged hiring to get his friends and family work and punish any outspoken members

TDU members and other concerned trade show Teamsters took a stand against Perry, who headed Boston Local 82, and fought for democratic reforms and against sweetheart contracts in their union ratified by phony votes. Perry and Burhoe responded with intimidation and violence, sending one member to the hospital. Members appealed to Hoffa for help, but he replied that he would do nothing about his appointee’s corruption and violence. That struggle is reported here.   

In the recent trial, International vice president John Murphy testified that his office was in the same building as Perry’s office, and he kept Hoffa informed on a regular basis of the activity in Perry’s Local 82.

Yet Hoffa kept Perry in power.

In May 2011, TDU members’actions led the Independent Review Board (IRB) to throw Perry and Burhoe out of the Teamsters, after Hoffa tried to cover it up.

Burhoe then went to work for management. And Hoffa merged Local 82 into Local 25. 

Perry and Burhoe were convicted yesterday after a seven-week trial.

Issues: Local Union Reform
Categories: Labor News, Unions

2 ex-Teamsters convicted of racketeering

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:44
Milton J. ValenciaThe Boston GlobeNovember 20, 2014View the original piece

Two former Teamsters union members were convicted Wednesday in US District Court in Boston of racketeering — for using violence and threats of violence to win jobs and elections for union office.

Joseph Burhoe, 46, a former Teamsters member with a criminal history, and John Perry, 62, the former head of a local chapter, were convicted of multiple charges, including racketeering, conspiracy, conspiracy to extort businesses, and extortion. Both will be sentenced in late February.

Click here to read more at The Boston Globe.

Issues: Local Union Reform
Categories: Labor News, Unions

FedEx Freight Workers Vote for Teamsters at N.C. Terminal; Union Calls Off N.J. Election

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:09
Michael G. MalloyTransport TopicsNovember 20, 2014View the original piece

Workers at a FedEx Freight terminal in Charlotte, North Carolina, voted to be represented by the Teamsters union, while Teamsters withdrew a petition for an election at FedEx Freight’s terminal in South Newark, New Jersey.

“The union would only take this step if it anticipated losing the election,” FedEx Freight said of the New Jersey vote withdrawal.

FedEx Freight said it may appeal the Nov. 19 Charlotte vote. The Teamsters said that vote affects 222 drivers at the terminal. Neither the company nor the union disclosed the vote tally.

“No other drivers at our more than 360 service centers are impacted by this vote,” FedEx Freight said in a statement. “It remains business as usual at FedEx Freight. and our nationwide network won’t miss a beat.”

Earlier this month, FedEx Freight workers at a Newark, New Jersey, terminal rejected joining the Teamsters, as did workers at a Con-way Freight facility in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Over the past two months of stepped-up Teamsters organizing activity, Con-way and FedEx have won some contests, and the union has prevailed in other representation votes.

FedEx Freight is part of FedEx Corp., which ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Long-time Hoffa Rep and his Enforcer Convicted of Racketeering

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:36

November 20, 2014: A jury in Boston yesterday convicted a former member of the Hoffa administration of racketeering and extortion. His “enforcer” was convicted also, and both will be sentenced to a federal prison term in February.

John Perry, who was Hoffa’s Trade Show National Director until the IRB and the feds removed Perry from the union, was convicted of multiple counts, along with Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, Perry’s enforcer.

TDU members and other concerned trade show Teamsters, took a stand against Perry, who headed Boston Local 82, and fought for democratic reforms and against sweetheart contracts in their union ratified by phony votes. Perry and Burhoe responded with intimidation and violence, sending one member to the hospital. Members appealed to Hoffa for help, but he replied that he would do nothing about his appointee’s corruption and violence. That struggle is reported here.   

In May 2011, TDU members’actions led the Independent Review Board (IRB) to throw Perry and Burhoe out of the Teamsters, after Hoffa tried to cover it up.

Burhoe then went to work for management. Hoffa then merged Local 82 into Local 25. 

Perry and Burhoe were convicted yesterday after a seven-week trial.

Issues: Local Union Reform
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Charlotte FedEx Freight Votes Teamster

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:19

November 20, 2014: The 222 city and road drivers at the big Charlotte terminal voted Yes for the Teamsters Union in an NLRB election. It’s the largest union win at FedEx Freight to date, and brings the number of Teamster-represented FedEx Freight workers to about 400.

Congratulations to the FedEx Freight brothers and sisters, and to Local 71.

The IBT press release on the vote is here.

 

 

Issues: Labor MovementFreight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

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