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Started by Joe Balkis Jan 1, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on August 22, 2014 at 18:33
John McCormick, who ran on the reform slate against James Hoffa in the national Teamster election last year, first challenged the entrenched leaders of Chicago's big Teamster Local 705 in the early 70s. Louis Peick, then the local's top officer, was a politically connected powerhouse in the international union who ran his domain with a steel fist. Union agents and off-duty cops broke up meetings that McCormick and other reformers called, and sometimes beat up the dissidents, vandalized their cars, even threatened their families. At regular union meetings independent-minded members who tried to speak out were at times confronted by bullies brandishing chains or beaten up.
To vote in union elections, members went to the union hall. When reformers ran, their supporters had to walk a long gauntlet of jeering thugs. With a wink and a nod from the union, employers also frequently disciplined or fired dissident leaders. One reformer, Bennie Jackson, lost his job seven times; he kept winning it back by hiring outside attorneys who defended him against both management and the union, but he spent many months out of work.
Not surprisingly, insurgents were invariably crushed by wide margins. But they didn't give up, and neither did reformers across the country who faced similar obstacles. As a result of their tenacity--and pressure from the federal government--there have been striking victories at both the local and national levels over the past decade. But there have also been demoralizing losses and monumental setbacks. The task of reforming the Teamsters--the second-largest union in the country, after the National Education Association--has proved extraordinarily difficult. And nowhere has that been more true than in Chicago.
The base of the Teamster reform movement in Chicago has long been at United Parcel Service. In 1969 Jackson led workers in a wildcat strike against both the company and union leaders that won workers more control over the shifts they worked and the length of their workday. They and other reformers continued to protest bad contracts and demanded union representation of their grievances and the right to speak out at union meetings. They also objected to second-class treatment of the growing ranks of part-time workers, which the union had permitted as a concession to management. McCormick, who'd started at UPS part-time in 1961, was among those reformers. "My issue was that you couldn't get anything done with the union," he says. "It was a company union."
In the mid-70s this small vocal opposition--maybe 50 out of 12,000 members in Local 705--began linking up with dissident groups that were emerging around the country, including PROD (Professional Drivers Council for Safety and Health), UPSurge, and Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU). But the UPS reformers also knew they had to find allies among the other trucking and warehouse workers in their local, and they had to overcome the difficulties of organizing part-time workers, who typically thought of the job as temporary and were more likely to quit than fight over injustices.
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 20, 2014 at 22:15
Teamsters Assisting Global Efforts To Organize DHL, FedEx And UPS
By Doug Cunningham
The International Transport Workers Federation’s (ITF) 43rd global conference wrapped up over the weekend in Sofia Bulgaria. The ITF consists of 360 unions from 116 countries. It has 4.5 million members. Tim Beaty is Director of Global Strategies for the Teamsters union in the U.S. From the ITF conference Beaty spoke with Canada’s Radio Labour about global efforts to organize workers at delivery companies like DHL, FedEx and UPS.
[Tim Beaty]: “For DHL workers around the world to be able to organize has been extremely important for us. We assisted Tunc Tus in Turkey in their first organizing drive with UPS, the well-organized company in the United States. And we encouraged them to organize DHL and provided solidarity when they were organizing in the form of training and also pressure on the company. But we said that they weren’t going to be able to maintain a good contract with UPS if they didn’t organize the competitors. And so Tunc Tus, smartly, began to organize in the rest of the sector – including with DHL. We’re very pleased with the result and encourage workers worldwide – at UPS, at FedEx and at DHL to organize. Because if we can organize throughout the parts of the system we’ll create a high standard for all the workers in the industry.”
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 19, 2014 at 23:53
The United Way of New York City said yesterday that an internal investigation had determined that its former leader, Ralph Dickerson Jr., diverted $227,000 of charitable assets for personal use in 2002 and 2003.

Mr. Dickerson has agreed to reimburse the organization, its officials said.
Carter McClelland, the chairman of the organization, said that the New York attorney general's office had been notified of the findings — the potential problems first came to light in January — and that the New York United Way was prepared to review more of Mr. Dickerson's 15-year tenure. Mr. Dickerson is not currently facing charges from the findings.
"The organization is very resilient, responsive and continuing to build on the momentum it had when this came to light," Mr. McClelland said. It is putting a new program in place to better protect whistle-blowers and will hire an outside accounting firm to conduct internal audits routinely.
Mr. Dickerson, whose 33 years at the United Way included work in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and other cities and who was regarded as one of its top leaders, left the organization in 2003. He did not respond to messages left at his homes in New Jersey and Manhattan.
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 19, 2014 at 3:12

OSHA Awards Damages and Reinstatement for Truck Driver

 
Truckers Justice Center
In a decision issued August 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has found that truck owner Terry Unrein fired truck driver Rebecca Barnhard for refusing to drive a truck with a defective steer tire and for complaining that a headlight on the truck operated only intermittently. Unrein owned and operated five trucks, and transported goods under contract with Gulick Trucking.
OSHA ordered Unrein to reinstate Ms. Barnhard to her former position as a truck driver, to pay her back pay, and to pay her attorney fees. OSHA also ordered Unrein to post a copy of a notice at its work place indicating that Ms. Barnard had won her case, and that the Surface Transportation Assistance Act protects drivers from retaliation for making complaints about violations of commercial vehicle safety regulations, and for refusing to drive in violation of a commercial vehicle safety regulation.
Ms. Barnhard states, “I am delighted with OSHA’s decision and feel that my decision to refuse to drive an unsafe truck has been vindicated. My employer wanted me to take shortcuts to sidestep DOT regulations and I am happy that the law protected me when I refused to take shortcuts with safety.” 
Mr. Barnhard was represented by Paul O. Taylor, an attorney with Truckers Justice Center in Burnsville, MN. Truckers Justice Center
 
 
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Comment by Joe Balkis on August 17, 2014 at 1:33

Timothy Bishop v. UPS

Driver illegally terminated for accurately recording waiting time as on-duty.

Comment by Joe Balkis on August 16, 2014 at 3:06
Picket and Rally with Golan's Strikers
 
 
Saturday, August 16th
11am-12:30pm
Golan's Moving & Storage
3600 West Jarvis, Skokie
 
 
Bring the entire family and a dish to share.
Burgers will be grilling!
 
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 14, 2014 at 7:22
Another united way scandal!! FACTS!! WAS YOUR DONATION USED PROPERLY?? GLORIA PACE KING PAID HERSELF 1.2 MILLION $ IN 2007 on YOUR DONATIONS !!
I don't make these up!! Click the link
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Comment by Joe Balkis on August 14, 2014 at 3:32

Don't donate one penny to united way, you'll need every cent for your out of pocket expense for your health insurance!

United Way leader’s fraud scandal marred charitable legacy

Comment by Joe Balkis on August 13, 2014 at 6:26
UPS became the company it is today during the 1950s and '60s, but its aggressive pursuit of profit stirred anger among workers.
Comment by Joe Balkis on August 11, 2014 at 20:40
 

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