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Long-time Hoffa Rep and his Enforcer Convicted of Racketeering

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

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

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

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

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

The truth about multiemployer plans

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:47
Nick ThorntonBenefits ProNovember 20, 2014View the original piece

Could it be that the vast majority of the country’s multiemployer pension plans are in fine shape? 

The headlines around multiemployer plans this year have not been pretty, so it’s easy to assume they’re all in trouble.

Click here to read more at Benefits Pro.

Issues: Pension and Benefits
Categories: Labor News, Unions

$15 an Hour and Full-Time

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:47

November 19, 2014: Walmart workers are planning protests, sit-ins and strikes at stores across the country on Black Friday.

Protests against low-wages, lack of full-time jobs, inadequate and expensive healthcare, and disrespect from management will take place at 1,600 locations nationwide on the biggest shopping day of the year.

Walmart employs more than 1.4 million workers—who they term “associates”—making it the largest employer in the country. “Associates” make on average just $8.81 an hour.

Walmart workers need allies to show their support—click here to find a Black Friday action to join up with.

And click here to hear stories from Walmart workers and learn more about what they’re fighting for.

Categories: Labor News, Unions

Truckers Stranded in New York Storm Along Thruway

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:10
Michele FuetschTransport TopicsNovember 19, 2014View the original piece

Record-breaking snowfall and winds have stranded truckers and other travelers on a 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway that’s been shut down for nearly two days.

“It’s bad; it’s definitely an emergency situation out there,” said Kendra Hems, president of the New York State Motor Truck Association.

“I don’t know what the exact number is, but they have vehicles that are basically buried, both cars and trucks,” Hems said. “And it’s not just the Thruway. It’s other roads in the area.”

Cars and trucks are stranded on shoulders, in highway lanes and on access and exit ramps, she said.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard is helping clear snow and rescue stranded motorists.

“They’re running against time, though, because there’s another storm system coming through that could dump another 2 to 3 inches of snow,” Hems said.

Tandem trucks were ordered off at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, and within two hours, the stretch of the highway running east-west through Buffalo into Pennsylvania was closed, she added.

Right now, the most important task is to rescue stranded motorists and get vehicles off the roads so they can be reopened, Hems said.

“I think their decision to shut the road was made in a fairly timely fashion based on the information they were given,” she added. “I think where the questions are going to be and what needs to be discussed to hopefully prevent this in the future is ‘OK, well, now you’ve shut the road down, what do we do about getting everybody off it and where do you put everybody that’s trying to get on it?’ ”

 

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Defend Teamster Jobs at Sysco-US Foods

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:17

November 19, 2014: Teamsters spoke out at the annual shareholders meeting of Sysco to defend Teamster jobs and contracts in the face of the proposed merger of Sysco and US Foods.

Last December, Sysco announced it would buy its competitor US Foods for $8.2 billion. Both companies sell food products to restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and schools.

More than 7,600 Teamsters work at Sysco and another 4,000 Teamsters work as US Foods.

The proposed deal threatens as many as 2,500 Teamster jobs. Sysco management says it will save $600 million over the next four years. The threat is those savings will come at the expense of Teamster job loss as the company consolidates its operations.

Sysco has not agreed to honor Teamster contracts if the deal goes through.  

The Federal Trade Commission has not approved the purchase. Sysco has twice announced delays in closing the deal since it was announced in December 2013.

A merged Sysco-US Foods would control 25 percent of the market. The danger for customers is if there are few other options, Sysco will be able to raise prices. 

In other news, Teamsters Local 848 is threatening Sysco Foods with strike action and launching a customer outreach campaign. The company is demanding healthcare cuts and to put half of all drivers on four ten-hour schedules.   

Issues: Warehouse Newswire
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Electronic log rule is a year away

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 07:01
Eric MillerTransport TopicsNovember 19, 2014View the original piece

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does not expect to publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices for carriers until Sept. 30, 2015, the agency said in its November significant rulemakings report.

The rule would not be effective until two years after it is finalized.

Other regulatory projections affecting truckers:

• The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will send its heavy-duty truck speed-limiters proposed rule to the Office of Management and Budget next month, and publish the rule March 16, 2015. 

• FMCSA plans to send its carrier safety fitness determination rule to OMB in late December and publish its proposed rule April 2, 2015. The rule would replace the current SafeStat system using Compliance, Safety, Accountability data to rate carriers as satisfactory, conditional or unsatisfactory.

• FMCSA left unchanged its plan to publish an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking this month that will explore whether to raise the current $750,000 insurance minimum for carriers. The ANPRM will seek comments from carriers to assist the agency in deciding whether to move forward with a proposed rule.

• FMCSA expects to issue its final drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule Oct. 30, 2015, and a final rule prohibiting the coercion of drivers by carriers and brokers on Sept. 10, 2015.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Most Big LTLs make Big Profits

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 06:59
SCDigest Editorial StaffSupply Chain DigestNovember 19, 2014View the original piece

We're finishing up this week SCDigest's regularly quarterly review of the results and comments from leading transportation carriers by mode, this week for the less-than-truckload carriers, as the last of them finished up their Q3 2014 earnings reports in the last few weeks.

Last week, we covered the US rail carriers (see Rail Carriers Enjoy Mostly Blow Out Q3 on Strong Volume Growth) and the week before the truckload sector (see Q3 2014 Truckload Carrier Review and Comment).

Click here to read more.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Stop Congress from Cutting Retirees' Hard Earned Pensions

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:08

November 18, 2014: Unless we act now, Congress may end up cutting a legislative deal by year’s-end to allow pension plan trustees to slash the already-earned benefits of retirees as a purported way of saving deeply-troubled multiemployer plans.

This would be a radical departure from the federal pension law and it would wipe out the anti-cutback rule which states unequivocally that once a retiree starts receiving a pension – it cannot be taken away unless a plan becomes insolvent. 

It is outrageous for Congress to contemplate allowing cuts in retirees’ benefits as a way of staving off insolvency, without exploring other options to preserve hard-earned pensions.

We all care deeply about the health of our pension plans, but we do not think that they should be allowed to balance their books on the backs of retirees who are most vulnerable.

Say no to retiree benefit cuts. Tell Congress there are other alternatives that must be explored to save multiemployer plans.

Tell Congress no backroom deals.

You can help by contacting your Senators and Congressional Representative in your state and Congressional district. You can also contact their Washington office. The Capitol Hill switchboard is (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative.

Take Action. Have you signed the Protect Our Pensions petition yet? Click here.

 

Issues: Pension and Benefits
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Louisville UPS pilots taking complaints to company's investors

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:50
Gil CorseyWDRB.comNovember 14, 2014View the original piece

Louisville UPS pilots are taking their complaints to the company's investors. 

The company's pilots placed a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal Thursday, pushing for a new contract.

Click here to read more at WDRB.com

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Teamster Power in a Global Economy

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:38

November 13, 2014: UPS is growing fast internationally and so is the middle class. How do we build union power in a global economy?

UPS’s business is driven by middle-class consumers sending packages and buying products online.

While UPS’s middle-class customer base is expected to grow rapidly through 2030, only a small amount of growth will come from the US.

Most of the growth in the global middle class is expected in Asia, especially China, and India.

Teamsters are still the engine of UPS’s revenue and profits. We’ve generated 61% of UPS’s revenue so far this year—and UPS Freight Teamsters piled more revenue on top of that.

Teamsters will continue to be central to the company’s operations and profits—but UPS has a long-term plan and we need one too in a global economy. We’ve got to build global union ties and global labor solidarity for union power in the long run. 

UPS has a long-term plan. Our union needs one too. The time to start is now.

Issues: UPS
Categories: Labor News, Unions

New Activists Report on TDU Convention

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:51

November 13, 2014: The TDU Convention in Cleveland last weekend drew a record number of new participants, who were able to link up with stewards, leaders, and concerned Teamsters from across North America.

Some of the new folks, like Jeff Williams, were experienced Teamsters but new to TDU and ready to take back our union.

"Meeting rank and file Teamsters and TDU members from across the country was terrific. Seeing Fred Zuckerman talking about building a coalition with other great leaders at the convention brought a tear to my eye. WE can take back our union!"

Jeff WilliamsLocal 89, LouisvilleHolland

Some were elected stewards aiming to gain new skills, like Kirk Sikora.

"Thanks to TDU for hosting such an eye opening convention. The workshops were highly interactive. The “Ask the Expert” session was tremendously useful. It was my first convention and I will be back."

Kirk SikoraLocal 327, NashvilleCassens Transport

Some were younger Teamsters –the future of our union -- like Imani Vidal.

"As an alternate shop steward, the TDU convention provided me with useful info and dialog. It gave me a boost for believing in the right to be treated as a human being in the workplace. It was a great bonding experience with folks from Local 804 and Teamsters nationwide. I recommend it to all Teamsters."

Imani VidalLocal 804, New YorkUPS

All of them left ready to build TDU and the movement for a new direction in our union. 

Issues: TDU
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Freight Groups Ask White House for West Coast Port Talks Mediator

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:08
Rip WatsonTransport TopicsNovember 12, 2014View the original piece

More than 100 groups that are concerned about the direction of newly contentious West Coast port contract talks asked President Obama to name a federal mediator to foster a settlement.

“While the parties to the negotiation stated earlier this year that they would continue operations throughout the negotiations, we have seen crisis levels of congestion at the ports since September,” said the letter signed by American Trucking Associations, the National Retail Federation and the Transportation Intermediaries Association. “Both parties recently issued press releases accusing each other of reneging on this commitment.”

Earlier this week, the Pacific Maritime Association, the management negotiators representing ocean carriers and terminal operators, claimed the International Longshore & Warehouse Union orchestrated slowdowns in Pacific Northwest ports. After the union denied that was the first public outburst since talks began, PMA said similar disruptions began in Los Angeles and Long Beach, the largest U.S. ports.

“The sudden change in tone is alarming and suggests that a full shutdown of every West Coast port may be imminent,” said the letter, also signed by the Retail Industry Leaders Association and groups representing importers of goods including shoes and wood products. “The impact this would have on jobs, downstream consumers, and the business operations of exporters, importers, retailers, transportation providers, manufacturers and other stakeholders would be catastrophic.”

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

The six-year port contract expired July 1. Talks began six months ago. The groups expressed concern that there could be a repetition of a 2002 lockout, which for 10 days paralyzed freight transport in the world’s largest consumer market.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Boston’s parking attendants unionizing

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 07:02
Katie JohnstonThe Boston GlobeNovember 12, 2014View the original piece

Parking attendants around Boston, many of them from East Africa, say they face third-world conditions performing one of the faceless jobs of a first-world economy: parking cars for office workers and visitors in Boston’s booming downtown.

Paid just a dollar or two above minimum wage, the attendants say they are confined to tiny booths, alternately freezing or sweltering with the weather and enduring long shifts with little or no chance for a bathroom break.

Click here to read more at The Boston Globe.

Issues: Labor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

$50 Million Teamster Win in Louisville

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:37

November 11, 2014: Louisville Local 89 and Teamster carhaulers have won a strike victory at Ford in Louisville, despite getting no support from the Hoffa administration.

Teamsters who transport vehicles from the Ford assembly plant to the rails in Louisville have won a victory—and they have won big.

Their victory puts an end to a dirty deal cut between Ford and contractor Voith Industrial in early 2012, which dumped 161 Teamsters who made $20 an hour and replaced them with newly-hired workers making $11-$14 an hour.

The Hoffa administration delayed and denied strike sanction to Local 89 and blocked its leadership from negotiating a solution with the UAW.

But that didn’t stop Teamsters Local 89.

First, the local won multiple unfair labor practice charges at the NLRB against Voith. Then Local 89 finished the job on the picket line. 

It took Local 89 members just four days to win — once the Hoffa administration stopped delaying strike sanction.

Now 161 Teamsters who were on the original seniority board are returning to work with full back pay, benefits, and restoration of their seniority.

Eighty-four more workers hired by Voith since the dispute began in 2012 will get backpay for the wages and benefits they were entitled to under the national carhaul contract too.

The total price tag could surpass $50 million in backpay and benefits; the NLRB will determine the final figure.

Ford has also severed it relationship with Voith. Local 89 Teamsters will be employed by RCS Transportation going forward.

Congratulations to the Local 89 leadership and members. Their victory shows what Teamster power can be.

One local union and its united members defeat a sweetheart arrangement, save over 200 jobs, with full backpay and benefits.

By comparison, Hoffa’s International Union Carhaul Director did nothing while Ford and Voith teamed up in a similar scheme to put Teamster carhaulers in the street in Michigan.

Teamster power in Louisville. A Teamster power outage at the International. It’s time for change.

Click here to read the report on the Local 89 website.

Issues: CarhaulLabor Movement
Categories: Labor News, Unions

Education & Inspiration at the 2014 TDU Convention

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:26

Teamster members, officers and stewards packed the Cleveland Airport Sheraton Hotel this weekend for three days of education, strategizing and solidarity.

Members packed workshops to build skills on organizing and defending themselves on the job

 

 

 

 

 

“Our contract campaign is about putting our members first -- and our patients first.” -- Brooke Reeves, Rhode Island Local 251 and a leader of the campaign for Good Jobs & Quality Care at Rhode Island Hospital.

UPS workers celebrated the Save the 250 Campaign that mobilized members, political officials, customers and the public to make UPS revoke the firings of 250 Teamsters in New York.

“Wal-Mart, Amazon and the Koch brothers want a world where everything is made in a sweatshop, stored in a worker-free warehouse, and delivered by a drone. We can beat corporate power. We have to start by taking on the Teamster power brokers who cut sweetheart deals.” -- Tom Leedham, Oregon Local 206

“Hoffa and Hall have been dishonest with Teamsters. They’ve negotiated weak contracts and imposed concessions. And that's why they’ve got to go in 2016.”  -- Fred Zuckerman, President of Louisville Local 89

Teamsters held a Black Caucus meeting to share ideas for developing African Americans as leaders in our union.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories: Labor News, Unions

Rate hikes, more tonnage boost net income, revenue at ArcBest

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 07:02
The City Wire StaffThe City WireNovember 3, 2014View the original piece

Third quarter net income for Fort Smith-based ArcBest was $19.618 million, well ahead of the $13.982 million in the same quarter of 2013, and thanks in large part to an almost 10% gain in ABF Freight revenue.

Per share earnings of 72 cents missed the consensus estimate of 75 cents. Excluding a one-time charge for a pension settlement, the per share earnings were 74 cents.

Click here to read more at The City Wire.

Issues: Freight
Categories: Labor News, Unions

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