The IWW was founded on June 27, 1905, and we haven't aged a bit! Read more on the history of the One Big Union, as well as minutes from the founding convention: http://www.iww.org/history/founding.
Senate appropriators on June 25 voted to include a provision that would allow the use of twin 33-foot trailers nationwide in a fiscal 2016 transportation funding bill. The provision, introduced as an amendment sponsored by Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, was adopted by a vote of 16 to 14, mostly along party lines. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) voted favorably on the amendment, while Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) opposed it.
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FedEx and UPS Use Election Spending, Lobbying and Backdoor Tactics to Push for Weaker Truck Safety Rules
A freight industry-created coalition that is using backdoor tactics to weaken truck safety rules has spent tens of millions of dollars on elections and lobbying in the past two election cycles, a Public Citizen analysis shows.
The new Coalition for Efficient and Responsible Trucking (CERT) is seeking to place a rider on congressional funding bills to overturn state laws prohibiting larger and heavier trucks. Other riders permit already overworked truck drivers to work longer hours and block stronger insurance requirements.
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Sysco Corp.’s planned $3.5 billion takeover of US Foods Inc. was blocked by a federal judge, who said a merger of the food distribution giants would probably reduce competition and raise prices for hotels and restaurants. The Federal Trade Commission’s request to delay the proposed merger was granted by a federal judge in Washington on June 23. The case now shifts to the FTC’s in-house administrative court, where the agency will seek to permanently block the deal.
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June 24, 2015: TDU members are joining the petition drive to give Teamsters a choice in the 2016 International Union election. Find out more and how you can help.
Teamster members want a choice against Hoffa-Hall so we can elect new International Union leadership next year. Now we’re taking action to make it happen and TDU members are all-in.
Tim Sylvester and the Teamsters United Slate have launched an Accreditation Petition Drive to collect a minimum of 50,000 petition signatures from Teamsters across North America by August 15.
Once the petition drive is completed, Tim Sylvester and Teamsters United will be certified by the Election Supervisor as official accredited candidates against Hoffa-Hall.
As accredited candidates, Tim Sylvester and Teamsters United will be allowed to publish information about their campaign in future issues of the Teamster magazine—free mailings to 1.3 million Teamsters.
As accredited candidates, the Teamsters United campaign will also get a copy of the Teamster membership list which will be used to support slates in the elections for Convention Delegate next year.
Just as important, the petition drive is a tool for reaching out to Teamster voters. It will take 200,000 votes to win the election next year. That means building a Teamster-to-Teamster volunteer network that can reach 200,000 members and talk to them about the election, our union and why they should vote for the Teamsters United Slate.
If you want new leadership and a new direction, sign up with Teamsters United to be a petition drive volunteer.
For information on election rules and how to participate in the petition drive, contact TDU or phone us at 313-842-2600.Issues: Hoffa Watch