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August 17, 1985
Year-long Hormel meatpackers' strike begins in Austin, Minn.

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Updated: Aug. 17 (14:05)

New Work Towards a New Labor Law
Teamsters Local 355
Grievance Extension
Charlotte Area Local APWU
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APWU Cleveland Area Local
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 21
T6 Ratifies
IBEW local 2325
New Work Towards a New Labor Law
Teamsters Local 992
 
     

Local and National Union News

New contracts ratified at Entenmann’s/Stroehmann, others
August 3, 2018 | Local 570 successfully negotiated a new collective bargaining agreement that will cover workers employed at Bimbo Bakeries (BBU), formerly Entenmann’s and Stroehmann. The parent company merged its bread and cake operations where Local 57o held two separate contracts… Continued

Hoffa: Teamsters support Spain’s striking Amazon workers
July 18, 2018 | In a letter expressing solidarity to striking Amazon workers at the San Fernando de Henares logistics center, General President wrote in part, “The growth of Amazon is impacting so many of the industries in which Teamsters work and is changing the way people work and life across the globe.” Thousands of Amazon workers in Spain and Germany struck for during a three-day period, July 16 - 18, and workers in Poland staged a work-to-rule during Amazon’s Prime Day promotion. The workers are demanding labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers, according to nbcnews.com

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Elsewhere in the News
‘A National Disgrace’: Port Truckers Demand End to Misclassification
August 14, 2018  | WAGE THEFT | For nearly seven years, Hector Zelaya has worked for K&R Transportation as a truck driver in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company makes clear to Zelaya that he can’t work for anyone else, and it tightly controls his daily schedule. Yet it classifies him as an independent contractor. “The company is the only one who benefits,” Zelaya told me. “It’s my truck, but they put a GPS on it, they tell me what to do, and if I want to work for another company, they retaliate against me…” The Nation
The Meaning of Labor’s Win in Missouri
August 13, 2018 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …What the win in Missouri has taught the broader labor movement is that a sustained, well-financed campaign can educate a largely non-union electorate about “right to work” laws, successfully, and truthfully, recasting them as anti-worker. Labor’s victory in the state also provides the wider movement with more evidence that, despite a series of setbacks in the courts and state legislatures, the public stands with it on key issues… The American Prospect
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Why You Should Care About Unions
August 9, 2018 | OPINION | Unions improve wages, benefits and working conditions for their members. But it’s not just to members’ advantage. Collective bargaining affects pay standards across entire industries, meaning even nonunion workers benefit. Unions also secure legislation that protects all workers, from workplace safety guidelines to a guaranteed weekend. And they reduce gender and racial wage gaps across industries, which contributes to broader equality in society… The New York Times
Missouri Voters Crush ‘Right to Work for Less’
August 8, 2018 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Voters in Missouri rejected a state law banning the union shop by a two-to-one margin in the Aug. 7 primary. Proposition A, which would have allowed the so-called “right to work” law enacted last year to go into effect, lost by almost 500,000 votes out of 1.4 million cast. The measure, which would have let employees refuse to pay dues or fees to the union representing them, got only 32.5% of the vote. “It’s a truly historic moment,” Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis said in a statement. He credited the “thousands of hardworking men and women” who “knocked on more than 800,000 doors, made more than 1 million phone calls, and talked to working people on more than 1,000 different job sites.” Unions, including the national AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Teamsters, and the United Food & Commercial Workers, raised about $20 million for the repeal campaign… Labor Press
 
 
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