Minnesota Democrats say they want to bolster the state's ability to go after businesses that fail to fully compensate workers.http://www.kare11.com/news/politics/minn-democrats-aim-to-crack-down-on-wage-theft/408691861
On Thursday, February 16 a call was conducted to present Teamster carhaul members with information about the tentative National Agreement and Supplements.
(SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Workers at Liberty Bakery Kitchen in Brockton voted this week to join Local 653, joining a dozen drivers at the facility that produces donuts for Dunkin’ Donuts who organized with the Teamsters last year.
BOILERMAKERS AND OTHER union members from Virginia’s building and construction trades gathered at the Virginia State Capitol on January 30 to advocate for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Danny Watson, Business Manager/Secretary Treasurer for Local 45 (Richmond, Virginia) spoke at the rally. He said they were also there to show support for Governor Terry McAuliffe, who backed the project in spite of opposition from environmental activists.
Teamster carhaul members are urged to attend a local union meeting to learn more about the tentative National Agreement and supplements. Click here to see the schedule of upcoming meetings.
The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here.
Attached is a fact sheet about the Kellogg's/Keebler announcement about Direct Store Delivery.https://teamster.org/sites/teamster.org/files/kellogs_faq_flierv3.pdf
Leaders of Carhaul local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed a new tentative National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) today in Detroit, paving the way for members to vote on the contract.
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union applauds the defeat of right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire today, where the House of Representatives voted 200-177 in a bipartisan rejection of the anti-worker bill.
UAW President Dennis Williams spoke to the media today about the membership, Tesla, trade and more.
Driver or No driver, Local 5960 Workers Build Quality
UAW members at Local 5960 in Lake Orion, Michigan, have been building quality vehicles for drivers for decades. Now they will build quality vehicles for cars without drivers.
General Motors announced in December that its Orion Township assembly plant will build test fleet Chevrolet Bolt EVs equipped with fully autonomous technology. The plant currently manufactures the electric Chevrolet Bolt EV and Sonic.
“GM’s selection of the Lake Orion plant restates its confidence in the ability of our Local 5960 members and their dedication to quality,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who directs the union’s General Motors Department. “It makes perfect sense to have the same workers who build quality Chevy Bolts for traditional drivers to make the autonomous versions.”
The Chevrolet Bolt EV won the prestigious North American International Auto Show’s Car of the Year Award in January.
The autonomous technology equipment includes Light Detection and Ranging (LI-DAR) technology, cameras, sensors and other hardware designed to ensure system safety. The test fleet vehicles will be used by GM engineers for continued testing and validation of GM’s autonomous technology already underway on public roads in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as part of the Michigan testing fleet.
Since the beginning of 2016, GM has taken significant steps in its development of autonomous vehicle technology. The announcement to have our members build these special vehicles is another step in the right direction.
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Dear Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,
On behalf of the one million active and retired members of the International Union, UAW, I am writing to call on your government to immediately release all detained garment trade union leaders and worker activists, and drop all charges against them.
We are particularly outraged by the following actions:
– In December, 2016 the police called a meeting in Ashulia to discuss the strikes. They proceeded to arrest strike leaders who attended voluntarily. In filing charges against these detainees, they relied on section 16(2) of the 1974 Special Powers Act, which was repealed in 1991.
– Union offices in Ashulia have been forcibly shut down, ransacked and vandalized, sustaining substantial property damage and theft.
– Criminal cases have been filed against hundreds of named and unnamed workers.
– In Gazipur, police arrested union organizers, workers and at least one journalist. Some of those detained were beaten in custody.
Wages in Bangladesh’s garment industry are among the lowest in the world. It is unacceptable that the demand to increase the minimum wage is met with arbitrary detentions, suspended production at 59 factories, the firing of well over 1,600 workers and police cases against 600 workers and trade union leaders. Garment workers in Bangladesh have the unequivocal right to organize and must be paid a living wage on which they can survive.
Freedom of assembly is a well-established international legal right, binding on all states and protected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Collective participation in peaceful assemblies to promote and defend the interests of members is an essential aspect of trade unionism and fundamental to the right of freedom of association.
Bangladesh is a member of the International Labor Organization (ILO), which has repeatedly declared that freedom of assembly, opinion and expression are essential to the normal exercise of trade union rights. The ILO’s Committee on the Freedom of Assembly has specifically found that sentencing trade unionists to long imprisonments for “disturbance of public order” can constitute repressive measures.
I urge the government to immediately and unconditionally release the detained trade union leaders and activists, and drop all related criminal cases.
Dennis Williams, President
International Union, UAW
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(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union applauds the introduction of a resolution by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) calling for the start of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).