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Teamsters and their families across Illinois are encouraged to support military veterans and individuals with special needs during the BraveHearts Bike Run on Sunday, Sept. 14.
The annual bike run and celebration provides necessary funding and awareness for the BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. With locations in Harvard and Poplar Grove, the Illinois-based charity uses horses and equine-assisted therapies to aid veterans and children and adults with special needs.
Tickets for the bike run and a reception to follow are only $20, with all proceeds benefitting the largest program in the U.S. serving veterans through equine therapy.
"BraveHearts is a specialized and remarkable program that truly fights for those who fought for us," said Eddie Rizzo, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 786, who participates in the bike run each year. "Local 786 is asking Teamster families in Illinois and across the country to consider supporting this vital veterans charity. They have put so many on the road to recovery following life-threatening injuries and trauma."
The BraveHearts Bike Run begins at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Salvation Army, 340 Townline Rd., Mundelein, IL. Following the run, a celebration featuring food, raffles, music and t-shirts will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Bravehearts Educational Center, 7319 Maxon Rd., Harvard, IL.
Striking Golan's On YouTube at: http://youtu.be/Wq2ckZVtodo Also archived at: laborbeat.org Monday, July 28, 2014 — Movers draw a line in the sand and go on strike against an employer who literally wants to pay them for half the time they work, in this video from Labor Beat. Newly represented by Teamsters Local 705, the nearly 80 workers at Golan's Moving and Storage walked off the job to enforce their right to a contract after months of negotiations. The workers at Golan's overwhelmingly voted to unionize in December after a long and victorious battle against wage-theft. Here, both rank and file workers and community organizers tell the story of the strike and how their resolve will see them to the finish line. For more info: Richard DeVries, Teamsters Local 705 / firstname.lastname@example.org Length - 7:53 Picket signs go up at Golan's plant in Skokie, IL. Photo: Andrew Friend / Labor Beat Some of the 80 workers picketing at Golan's. Photo: Andrew Friend / Labor Beat Jorge Mujica, Arise Chicago, talking with Golan's strikers. Photo: Andrew Friend / Labor Beat Produced by Labor Beat. Labor Beat is a CAN TV Community Partner, and member of the Evanston Community Media Center. Labor Beat is a non-profit 501(c)(3) member of IBEW 1220. Views are those of the producer Labor Beat. For info: email@example.com, www.laborbeat.org. 312-226-3330. For other Labor Beat videos, visit YouTube and search "Labor Beat". To order this dvd from Labor Beat (Committee for Labor Access): BUY DVD - CLICK HERE (Put title of DVD, "Striking Golan's" in Description box. Put $15 in Unit Price box. $20 for Canada, and $25 for other countries outside the U.S. NTSC format only.) 4 Attachments View all Download all Download Download Download Download
There might be something more interesting than a tennis ball in that FedEx package.
File that illicit drug revenue under “miscellaneous.”
That’s more or less the policy the shipping giant FedEx followed starting in the mid-aughts, according to a 15-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in California on Thursday. According to prosecutors, the company knew the shipping services it provided to two Internet pharmacies ran afoul of the law.
Click here to read more at The Washington Post.
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Less than 90 days from their election, Hoffa is threatening to trustee and merge a New York City local to try to stop members from voting incompetent officials out of office.
After a holiday shipping fiasco that left thousands of customers without packages in time for Christmas last year, United Parcel Service will invest $175 million in peak operations for the rest of 2014, the company announced Tuesday as part of its second quarter earnings statement.
UPS said it will increase operating expenses for "capacity and peak related projects," including for operations on Black Friday and software that optimizes delivery routes.
Click here to read more at USA Today.
UPS made $454 million in after-tax profits and transferred liability for future retiree healthcare costs to Teamcare.
UPS announced $454 million in profits for the 2nd quarter today. That’s down from $1.07 billion for the same period last year.
But don’t cry for Big Brown just yet. The company’s 54% drop in profits is explained by a one-time charge.
UPS posted a one-time $665 million after-tax charge on its books related to the company’s transfer of retiree healthcare benefits to Teamcare for all Teamsters who retire January 1 this year or after.
That Teamcare transfer aside, UPS made $1.2 billion for the quarter, an increase over last year. U.S. revenue rose by 5.2 percent to $8.67 billion. Daily package volume grew by 7.4 percent.
UPS Freight and supply chain revenue rose by 7 percent to $2.35 billion.
Volume is expected to grow. UPS is investing $175 million in peak operations to avoid a repeat of last year when the online sales boom caught the company flatfooted and humiliated executives in Atlanta.
In one negative, profit per package is actually down. The rapid growth in UPS SurePost was the primary cause of the reduction, Nasdaq reports.
The contract includes new language on SurePost that Hoffa and Hall claim will mean fewer packages diverted to the Post Office and more fulltime Teamster driving jobs. But will they enforce it? Click here for tips on documenting violations and pressing Hoffa and Hall to deliver on their Surepost promises.
For more press coverage on UPS profits, check out:
UPS invests $175 million in peak operations
UPS 2nd qt profits improve, excluding pension charge
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