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Comment by Joe Balkis on July 14, 2014 at 20:18

Give Veterans the Health Care They Deserve, Staff the VA

AFL-CIO
 
The recent revelations of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking treatment at Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facilities and of management cover-ups has prompted AFGE to again call on Congress to fully staff the VA in order to provide the health care veterans deserve.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 12, 2014 at 12:56

80th Anniversary Celebrates Historic '34 Teamster Strike  

 
    Eighty years ago, in a defining moment for the American labor movement, the Teamsters Union defeated employers in a titanic truck strike in Minneapolis. It made Minneapolis a union town, spurred over-the-road organizing across the Midwest and paved the way for the Teamsters to become a powerhouse international union.
 
The strike will be celebrated in Minneapolis in July with two events:
  • A street festival on Saturday, July 19 from 4 to 10 p.m. at 7th Ave and 3rd St. Music will include acoustic folk, classic rock and hip hop, along with speakers and an historical display.
  • A family picnic on Sunday, July 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at Wabun Picnic Area D, at Minnehaha Park. There will be short speeches, free lunch, children's games, an historical display and music. Strike descendants will be honored.
The July weekend was chosen because it coincides with a turning point in the strike that occurred on July 20, 1934 when police opened fire on unarmed strikers, shooting 60 people, almost all in the back and killing two strikers, Henry Ness and John Belor.
 
The Remember 1934 Committee is organizing the event and includes rank-and-file activists and support from a large group of Minnesota labor unions, including Teamster locals. Members of the Minnesota chapter of Teamsters for a Democratic Union are helping organize the events.
 
Teamsters Local 120 has called a march of its members from the Star Tribune printing plant to the festival on July 19.
 
The Minneapolis struggle employed innovative strategies and tactics that provide valuable lessons on how to win a strike, including a daily strike newspaper, cruising pickets, a committee of 100 that consulted with the leadership, and mass mobilizations of workers and the unemployed.
 
More information about the July 19-20 events commemorating this historic strike can be found here.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 11, 2014 at 6:43

Got Union: New York Dairy Teamsters Taking Back Their Local

 A group of rank-and-file reformers, Local 584 Members First, are organizing to empower members, defend their jobs, and take back their union.

Comment by Joe Balkis on July 11, 2014 at 5:07

ABF Road Driver Bret Subsits: 'Supporting Hoffa was The Biggest Mis...

 Bret Subsits is an ABF road driver in Local 710, a truck driver for over 30 years, formerly in Chicago locals 703 and 705. Bret was a Hoffa supporter in 1996 and 1998. He says that was “the biggest mistake of my life.”

Comment by Joe Balkis on July 10, 2014 at 1:34

Pregnancy and Your Rights By MARSHA MERCER newsadvance.com                                    

If you were outraged by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, take a deep breath and get ready for the next battle over women’s rights.
A case that will affect millions of working women is on the Supreme Court docket for the term beginning Oct. 6. Young v. United Parcel Service will test the law prohibiting employment discrimination against pregnant women. And it’s anybody’s guess how this court will rule.

The essential issue in Young is whether an employer who provides accommodations to some workers with work limitations must also provide them to pregnant workers who are “similar in their ability or inability to work.”

The obvious answer: Yes, of course. It’s been against the law for employers to discriminate against pregnant workers since the era of the Bee Gees, Laverne & Shirley and big hair.
Congress passed and President Jimmy Carter signed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 in response to a boneheaded 1976 Supreme Court ruling that found discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was not sex discrimination but discrimination between pregnant and non-pregnant people.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 10, 2014 at 1:34

The pregnancy act says employers must treat a pregnant woman who is temporarily unable to perform her job the same way it treats other temporarily disabled employees.

Despite the law, allegations of discrimination against pregnant workers persist more than 35 years later. Some members of Congress and President Obama want stronger laws to ensure that pregnant workers don’t face discrimination.
And now the Supreme Court is getting involved.
Peggy Young was a part-time “air” driver for United Parcel Service in Landover, Md., in 2006 when she took a leave of absence for in vitro fertilization treatments. She became pregnant and her midwife said Young should not lift packages heavier than 20 pounds for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy and 10 pounds subsequently.
Young wanted to return to work. As an air driver, she met an early morning shuttle from the airport and delivered letters and packages by 8:30 a.m. These packages cost more to send and tend to be lighter than other UPS packages, according to court documents.
But her job description required that she be able to lift packages weighing 70 pounds. Young asked to return to her regular job or for light duty.
Her boss empathized but refused, saying Young was too much of a liability to work at her regular job and citing the company’s policy to provide light duty only to employees injured on the job, to those who meet the criteria of disabled under the federal disability law or to those who lose their federal driver certificate.
UPS says its policies are “pregnancy neutral” and are specified in its collective bargaining agreement negotiated with the Teamsters. Young was a member of the union. Young went on unpaid leave and lost her health insurance. She returned to work after the baby was born.
Contending she was treated differently from others temporarily unable to perform their jobs, she complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which authorized her to sue UPS. She did with the support of the ACLU and women’s groups.
UPS contends it treated Young “exactly the same way it treats all employees — regardless of pregnancy — who are unable to perform essential functions of the job as a result of an off-the-job injury or condition.”
The district court ruled for UPS, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision. Young took her case to the Supreme Court.
The justices asked the U.S. solicitor general for his advice on whether to hear the appeal. The government’s lawyer, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., said no.
While the lower courts’ rulings were wrong and the questions raised are “important and recurring,” Verrilli said, a disability law passed in 2008 law will help resolve the legal issues. Besides, the EEOC is working on guidance for employers. The justices decided to take the case anyway. They never say why.
America’s working women will be waiting and watching. This time, surely, a majority of justices will stand up for women’s rights.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 10, 2014 at 1:08

UPS Plans to Invest $1 Billion in European Operations

 
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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News
UPS Inc. plans to invest $1 billion in its European operations in the next three to five years, chief financial officer Kurt Kuehn told a German newspaper, Reuters reported.
A majority of the investment would go to expanding the company’s logistics centers in Germany, one of the company’s fastest growing markets.
Kuehn said the company’s new strategy will be announced in November and involves acquisitions, especially in the health-care sector, according to Reuters.
In January 2013 ,UPS abandoned its $6.8 billion bid to buy European package carrier TNT Express NV after European regulators moved to block the deal. The company said it would focus on other acquisitions consistent with its long-term growth strategy.
UPS is ranked No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.
By Transport Topics
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 6, 2014 at 2:45
The driver of a UPS tractor-trailer that flipped onto its side, shutting down traffic for hours along busy Interstate 95 in Delaware on Friday, fell asleep at the wheel, state police say. The fully-loaded 16-wheel truck was merging off of Interstate 295 onto southbound I-95 at 4:08 a.m. in New Castle, Del. when it drifted off the road and into the right lane guardrail. The truck then overturned and slid to a stop -- the cab landing between two guardrails and the trailer crossing all four lanes of the highway, state police said. Delaware State Police say their preliminary investigation found driver Phillip Bates, 45 of York, Pa., had dozed off when he lost control of the truck. Bates was trapped in the truck's cab for an hour. Once first responders were able to free the man, he was taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
The driver of a Mercedes sedan, Wai Phoon, was also involved in the crash. State police say he was unable to stop in time and slammed into the truck's undercarriage. He was also taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
UPS said in a statement that the company cares deeply about the safety of its staff and the public and that its safety team is investigating the incident.
The southbound lanes of the highway remained closed for nearly five hours as crews worked to upright the rig and clean up the mess. The highway was reopened around 8:45 a.m.
State police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The UPS driver's alleged drowsy driving comes weeks after another big rig crash that critically injured actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man.
In that crash, which took place along the New Jersey Turnpike in Central New Jersey, a Wal-Mart truck driver slammed into the back of a limo bus carrying Morgan and his 3 friends. The limo, which was bringing the group back from a performance in Delaware, was sitting in traffic. Three people, including Morgan were critically hurt. Comedian James McNair was killed.
That truck driver, Kevin Roper, is facing Death by Auto charges to which he has pleaded not guilty.
New Jersey State Police said Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board also analyzed the truck's on-board computer and found it was speeding at the time of the collision. There's no indication Roper fell asleep.
Still, the crash sparked a debate among lawmakers and transportation officials about limits set on truck drivers.
Nearly 4,000 people die in large truck crashes each year, and driver fatigue is a leading factor, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety administration. The rate of fatal crashes involving large trucks rose from 1.03 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009 to 1.29 in 2012.
Trucking industry advocates say new rules will simply hinder drivers and still won't change what they're doing in their off time.
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 4, 2014 at 5:07
Take Back Our Union got off to an amazing start this weekend. Two hundred Teamsters turned out to our meetings in New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
We came together from 20 locals in 5 states around one goal: to build a movement that can take back our union in 2016 so that Hoffa and Hall can never sell us out again.
The fight against concessions at UPS, Freight and in UPS Freight was the beginning of a new spirit in our union—and it can be the end of Hoffa and Hall. In the last election, the opposition vote was split. This time, we’re working together in a coalition effort.
We are getting started by working together to fight Hoffa’s efforts to end fair elections in the Teamsters. We’re collecting signatures from Teamsters online to tell Judge Loretta Preska to reject Hoffa’s legal bid to destroy our voting rights.
The first thing we are asking concerned Teamsters to do is to download this leaflet and petition and collect signatures from other Teamsters to stop Hoffa from taking away our right to fair elections. (You can pass out leaflets and collect signatures at your job but you must do it in non-work areas and at non-work times.)
We can save our voting rights and we can use them to win the 2016 election. But we’ve got to work together to make it happen.
If you want to join other Teamsters in making history, click here and let us know you’ll help Take Back Our Union. Let us know you’re out there and you care.
 Mark Timlin
Package Driver, Local 177
Founder—Vote No on UPS Contract Facebook Page
P.S. We started raising funds so we can hold more meetings. Chip in if you can and help Take Back Our Union. (Only current Teamster members can donate.)
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 4, 2014 at 3:19
During the fight against concessions at UPS, an incredible 94 percent of Teamsters in Louisville Voted No on their supplemental agreement—only to have that contract shoved down their throat by Hoffa and Hall.
 
That’s what Teamster democracy means to Hoffa and Hall. Now they are going to federal court to try to gut our voting rights in International Union elections too.
 
The Judge who will be ruling on this issue needs to hear from Teamsters that we want to save fair elections in our union.
 
Our online petition is taking off. But we want to take this issue straight to Teamsters where they work. Will you help?
 
Download this flyer and petition and to collect signatures, email addresses and phone numbers from Teamsters at work. 
 
Please make sure to collect email addresses as well as signatures. We need to be able to keep Teamsters informed about this important issue going forward. 
 
Teamsters are stepping up across the country. Will you help with the petition drive.
 
Together, we can save fair union elections and elect new Teamster leadership in 2016.
 
In solidarity
 

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