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May 22, 1969
The first strike by Chicago teachers began on this day and lasted for three days.
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Keeping Our Members Safe
Local 570 delivers protective face masks to workers deemed "essential" under federal guidelines

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Important Maryland voter registration and vote-by-mail info
May 21, 2020 Be sure to register and update your voter registration information by May 27, 2020. It’s important that the Board of Elections has your current address in order to mail you your ballot. Click here to make sure your voter information, party affiliation, and address are updated.

New podcast: Coronavirus Update 10
May 21, 2020 Listen here to the latest special edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear from a Local 952 laundry driver about life on the job, plus more health and safety tips, a legislative update, and news from the Graphic Communications Conference.

Local 570 distributes protective masks to members 
May 16, 2020 | Personal protective equipment (PPE) remains in short supply nationally but Local 570’s aggressive effort to source protective equipment for its members has paid off. Local 570 staff members began their drive to distribute protective face masks to all members designated “essential employees” and thus at risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus while doing their job. Locations recently visited include Toyota, Southern Wine & Spirits, Ecology Services, RMA, Chesapeake Beverage, Cloverland Dairy, Costco, Leonard Paper, Pepsi, and RNDC. The drive to deliver continues. (Note: If you are not wearing a protective mask, please follow social distancing guidelines!) See more photos in the Photo Gallery.

March/April issue of shop steward newsletter now online
Apr. 1, 2020 Until further notice, delivery via the USPS of the steward’s newsletter, On the Front Line, is suspended. Stewards may view the current issue here.

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  • Georgia sanitation workers fighting for basic PPE
  • Teamsters target Tyson plant after COVID-19 spreads
  • The collective power of pandemic’s essential workers
  • Local, state governments need Congress to grant additional relief
  • Hoffa talks with LA radio reporter re Covid-19 challenges for union members
  • President expressed opposition to extending UI benefits enacted in response to pandemic
  • Meatpacking jobs were dangerous before pandemic – now they’re life-or-death

Wage Gap Becomes Unscalable Ravine for Too Many
May 22, 2020 | ECONOMY | Income inequality, already a significant issue for the nation’s workers before the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, has exploded in recent weeks due to tens of millions of U.S. workers who have lost their jobs. And even once more people return to work, the wage gap is unlikely to improve significantly. The Federal Reserve Bank last week reported that nearly 40 percent of low-wage workers lost their jobs in March, bearing the brunt of the economic fallout. That compares to 13 percent of those who make more than $100,000 a year. A big difference is that those who earn more are much more likely to be able to work from home than those who earn the least… Teamsters
AFL-CIO Sues OSHA to Demand Standard for Worker Protection
May 19, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | The AFL-CIO on Monday filed a petition to compel the Labor Department to issue an emergency temporary standard that would offer stronger protection for U.S. workers against the coronavirus as states begin to reopen. The labor group is asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to force the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to immediately implement the measures. It notes that thousands of essential workers have been exposed to the coronavirus while on the job and those numbers are likely to increase as the economy reopens and nonessential workers return to work… The Hill
Labor Vs McDonald’s - The Battle Continues
May 18, 2020 | SAFETY & HEALTH | As demonstrations against McDonald’s continued across the country, many of the company’s anti-worker practices have been addressed. Under pressure from employees, unions, community organizations, and the public, McDonald’s has finally addressed Coved-19 with equipment in stores, increased paid sick leave, and raised pay for employees. With workers’ fears of catching the coronavirus, McDonald’s faced unprecedented protests by employees as the coronavirus pandemic continued. Their organization had been slow to address an unprecedented crisis. As a result, the employees working in franchise stores reacted by striking, protesting, and demonstrating… Labor Press
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  • Families sue meat companies after workers die of COVID-19
  • Restrictions eased in Maryland: Here’s what you need to know
  • Nonprofit workers turn to unions during pandemic uncertainty
  • New rules ease rest mandate for truck drivers. Teamsters aren’t so sure
  • How the pandemic is driving labor activism among essential workers
  • Union: Workers lose laundry jobs after minding stay-at-home order

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