UPS Pledges to Buy 46 Million Gallons of Renewable Diesel

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:51
Transport TopicsJuly 29, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. said it will buy 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over three years, 15 times greater than prior contracts, as the company seeks to further reduce carbon emissions. In its statement, the package company said the move will enable it to buy more than 12% of ground fuel from alternative sources within two years and become “one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world”.

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Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS Profits Jump to $1.3 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:19

July 28, 2015: UPS profits for the second quarter went up, even though revenue is down. The company is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker.

UPS posted second-quarter $1.23 billion in profits after taxes. Brown’s profits were 171 percent higher than they were in the second quarter last year.

The profit spike was boosted by a one-time charge on the company’s books for last year related to retiree healthcare. But even adjusting for that, UPS profits were still up by 12 percent from last year—on less revenue.

UPS is squeezing more profits out of every package and every worker thanks to a concessionary contract from Hoffa-Hall that has opened the door to more harassment, heavier loads, more speed-up, and more subcontracting through Surepost and Access Point.

For More Information:

UPS Profits Up, Revenues Down -- Atlanta-Journal Constitution

UPS Pressroom Announcement on 2nd Quarter Profits

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

UPS' Second-Quarter Net Income Rises to $1.23 Billion

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:37
Transport TopicsJuly 28, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. posted second-quarter net income of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per share, helped by stronger results in the international sector. The results represented a 9.9% increase over last year’s second quarter, when net income was $1.11 million, or $1.21, excluding a $665 million charge for pension-related costs. Revenue dipped 1.2% to $14.1 billion, affected by fuel surcharge and currency factors.

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Central States to Propose Cuts August 31?

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/28/2015 - 09:00

July 28, 2015: The Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) Trustees have sent a letter to the US Department of Treasury stating that they want to propose their “rescue plan” pension cuts on or about August 31.

They also state that they want to make extra-big cuts on participants who are “terminated-vested”, which means that they lost or left their Teamster jobs, and are not yet old enough to retire. If you left the pension fund when Preston or CF went down, this is you. Once they can start picking which participants to hit with bigger cuts, watch out: you could be next on their list.

They claim that it is urgent that cuts be made more quickly than the proposed regulations would allow, and – incredibly – they claim that a three month delay would cost 35,000 - 40,000 Teamsters a bigger cut by 7-10%. They want their cuts in place by March 2016.

You’ve heard that figures don’t lie but liars can figure, but this one has to win a prize in that league. First of all, who are the 35,000-40,000 (out of 400,000 participants) slated for this bigger cut? And let’s see the facts behind this nonsense. We do note that in the past six years, the fund has actually grown in assets, so how does that fact come into this tale.

We call upon Sue Mauren, the Retiree Advocate, to have her independent actuary investigate and report to Teamsters and retirees the truth behind these claims. If she can’t provide that basic information, at least have the decency to resign and let someone else do it.  

On August 31, the final regulations governing the new law (MPRA) will not be issued; in fact there is a public hearing on September 10 in Washington DC on the regulations, and Teamsters and retirees will be present in force. So CSPF plans to announce cuts based on the temporary and proposed regulations.

We note also that the CSPF letter is dated July 1 but only revealed to Teamsters three weeks later, and that they retained a high-power law firm to produce it. Apparently CSPF’s several staff attorneys were too busy lobbying against the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.

The movement to defend pensions is fighting back every day and on multiple fronts against this attack.

Want to be part of defending earned pensions? Then stay informed about the movement to save pensions, or join TDU to help support the movement.

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PSR Fleet Memo for July 25 2015

IBU - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:37
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Judge says 2014 Chicago pension overhaul unconstitutional

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:19
Sara BurnettDaily ChronicleJuly 27, 2015View the original piece

A Cook County judge on Friday threw out a 2014 law aimed at reducing multibillion-dollar shortfalls in two Chicago pension funds, a decision city officials have said could leave the retirement accounts insolvent in a little more than a decade or lead to massive tax increases.

Judge Rita Novak wrote that the changes to pensions for some 61,000 current and retired municipal employees and laborers in unconstitutional. She also said workers and retirees who have been paying more into their retirement funds or have been receiving less in benefits since the law took effect on Jan. 1 are entitled to recoup their losses. Click here to read more.


Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

New York Plans $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:31
Patrick McGeehanThe New York TimesJuly 23, 2015View the original piece

The labor protest movement that fast-food workers in New York City began nearly three years ago has led to higher wages for workers all across the country. On Wednesday, it paid off for the people who started it.

A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended on Wednesday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants throughout the state to $15 an hour over the next few years. Wages would be raised faster in New York City than in the rest of the state to account for the higher cost of living there.

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Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Los Angeles is now largest city in America with $15 minimum wage

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:27
CNN MoneyJuly 23, 2015View the original piece

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 over the next five years. The move was expected after city council had passed the legislation by a near unanimous vote.

The minimum wage is already set to increase to $10 per hour across California in 2016.

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UPS Makes Collision-Mitigation Technology Standard on Class 8 Tractors It Orders

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:22
Neil AbtTransport TopicsJuly 23, 2015View the original piece

UPS Inc. announced it is making collision-mitigation technology from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems standard equipment on every Class 8 tractor the company orders. Atlanta-based UPS plans to take delivery of more than 2,600 new tractors this year. The technology includes lane-departure warnings, electronic stability control and air disc brakes. The systems also can alert drivers to objects in front of the tractor and to moving objects around the vehicle.

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Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Foss Negotiating Committee Election

IBU - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 11:50
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Warehouse District plaque dedicated to remember violent 1934 truckers' strike

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:53
Stephen MontemayorStar TribuneJuly 21, 2015View the original piece

Pickets returned to the Minneapolis Warehouse District on Saturday, nearly 81 years to the day after a strike there turned violent when police shot 67 truckers, killing two and sparking the city’s labor movement.

Their cause this time: To remember the events of July 20, 1934, by dedicating a plaque on the side of the Sherwin Williams building on 3rd Street N., where striker Henry Ness was killed by officers. Click here to read more.Issues: Labor Movement
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Teamsters, without a contract for last year-and-a-half, go on strike Thursday

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:48
Will BussBelleville News-DemocratJuly 21, 2015View the original piece

Some local construction sites may not be receiving concrete Thursday after about 80 metro-east laborers went on strike Thursday morning.

The Teamsters Union Local 50 in Swansea announced the work stoppage after members had been delivering ready-mix concrete while working without a contract for the past year and a half. Union president Scott Alexander said the laborers were no closer to a settlement over their wages, pension and health care benefits.

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Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article27389368.html#storylink=cpy


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JOHN PERSAK for Seattle City Council!

IBU - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 16:30
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IBU - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 16:25
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Register Now for 2015 TDU Convention—and Save!

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 10:08

June 20, 2015: Reserve your spot early for the TDU Convention—Oct. 23-25, Cleveland Airport Sheraton—and save money. If you have any questions or want help booking travel, give us a call: 313-842-2600.

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Lockheed to Buy Teamster-Employer Sikorsky

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:47
Chad BrayThe New York TimesJuly 20, 2015View the original piece

Lockheed Martin said on Monday that it would buy Sikorsky Aircraft, the maker of the Black Hawk helicopters favored by the United States military, from United Technologies Corporation for $9 billion in cash.

The deal would further bolster Lockheed’s status as the world’s biggest military contractor, giving it another major business line in addition to its already hugely popular military equipment, including the F-35 fighter jet.

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1934 Teamsters Strike Memorialized In Minneapolis

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Mon, 07/20/2015 - 07:28
CBSJuly 20, 2015View the original piece

A memorial plaque commemorating the 1934 Teamsters Strike in Minneapolis was unveiled Saturday.

Historians call that strike one of the watershed moments in the history of the American labor movement.

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Coli’s Real Estate Deal Costs Local 700 Members $2.3 million

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 11:20

July 17, 2015: International Vice President John Coli and Chicago Local 700 have been hit with a $2.3 million judgement for trying to escape a building lease.

$2.0 million in damages are owed jointly by Coli and Local 700, and $320,000 by the local alone.  The judgement came about when Local 700 ran away from a building lease, and an agreement to buy the building, signed by Local 726, when Local 726 was merged into Local 700 in 2009.

The court ruled that Local 700 is a successor to Local 726, and Local 700 is responsible for the damages. According to a press report issued by the winning attorney, the judge found the evidence “overwhelming” that Coli orchestrated “an unlawful scheme to defraud a creditor.”

The local and Coli may appeal the ruling. Thus the ultimate decision may come later.

How the local will pay $2.3 million is anybody’s guess, but you can bet your mortgage money that John Coli will not personally pay a penny. He will have Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski assess the members if necessary to cause it to be paid by dues money from the rank and file members of Local 700. 

You can read the decision of Judge Raymond Mitchell

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IWW Greece Marches Against Austerity - July 15, 2015

IWW - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:39









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Top 100 Carriers Get More Selective With Freight as Capacity Remains Tight

Teamsters for a Democratic Union - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 06:53
Daniel P. BearthTransport TopicsJuly 17, 2015View the original piece

The nation’s largest for-hire carriers are becoming more selective about the freight they haul, taking steps to minimize delays and focusing on better utilization of equipment and personnel as strong demand and a shortage of drivers continue to strain capacity. But tight capacity isn’t necessarily hampering growth for carriers on the Transport Topics Top 100 list, as the number of companies on this year’s ranking with annual revenue of at least $1 billion increased to 35 from 30 the previous year.

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Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions


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