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July 25, 2005: The Teamsters and Service Employees unions break from the AFL-CIO during the federation's 50th convention to begin the Change to Win coalition, ultimately comprised of seven unions (4 by 2011: SEIU, Teamsters, UFCW and the UFW). They say they want more emphasis on organizing and less on electoral politics.
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Doug Slusher, 34-year veteran at Toyota, retires
July 24, 2017 |  “For the first time in my entire adult life, I can watch the playoffs and World Series games,” Orioles fan and long-time Teamster, Doug Slusher, told us when we visited he and his wife, Darlene, in June. “I have never been able to watch a whole game because either I had to go to work or go to bed so I wouldn’t be late for work the next morning. Slusher had just retired after 47 years working for Local 570 companies when we caught up with him at his trim and tidy raised-ranch home in Glen Burnie, Maryland... Continue reading.

Teamster President Hoffa on Mornings with Maria: We have to get jobs back
July 20, 2017 |  Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a Fox Business News interview yesterday that the interests of workers must not be forgotten as the administration begins to renegotiate NAFTA. Watch here.

Clare Rose, Teamsters have TA after weeks of strike
July 17, 2017 |   Clare Rose and its 130 delivery drivers and warehouse workers have negotiated a new contract, ending a nearly three-month strike against East Yaphank beer distributor, company and union officials said. The deal restores pension contributions for workers but remove a sales function that had been responsible for part of drivers’ pay. Ed Weber, president of Local 812,said in a statement the union was pleased to reach and agreement “that preserved our pension and provides fair wages under a new sales model.” … newsday.com

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July 24, 2017 | POLITICAL LEGISLATIVE | The renegotiation of NAFTA is finally heating up, with the first round of talks set [to begin August 16] in the nation’s capital. But there is a lot to be sorted out before any new deal can be struck. The Teamsters have real concerns about what a new Noth American trade pact will look like. And the White House’s release of its “Summary of Objectives for the NAFTA Renegotiation” earlier this week did little to assuage the union’s doubts… teamster.org
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Labor Board Set for Power Shift Under Trump
July 17, 2017 | COLLECTIVE BARGAINING | … Randy Johnson, senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, noted the majority of NLRB policies come from rulings in cases that are brought before the board, so it has to wait for a case before it can reverse a policy. “It’s not going to be instantaneous,” he said. The cases that come before the board depend largely on the board’s general council, Richard Griffin Jr., who was appointed by President Obama in 2013. But employee rights groups are quick to point out that Griffin’s term expires in November… thehill.com
 
 
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