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Mar. 23, 2005
Fifteen workers die, another 170 are injured when a series of explosions rip through BP’s Texas City refinery. Investigators blamed a poor safety culture at the plant and found BP management gave priority to cost savings over worker safety.

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Hoffa talks tariffs, pension on Fox Business News
Mar. 21, 2018 |  “There’s a national emergency right now to protect American jobs,” Hoffa told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Wednesday. “We need steel for national security, we need aluminum. We need to have strong, strong companies here. This is the beginning of something that will save American jobs and protect American security…” Watch the interview here.

Brewery reform taps out as Md. House committee rejects bill
Mar. 20, 2018 | Unhappy with Comptroller Peter Franchot’s bold venture into policymaking, a House committee voted 17-4 against the Reform on Tap bill the Democratic comptroller had been pushing for months as the best way to fix what he viewed as flawed beer regulations approved last year by the General Assembly…“This bill would have had devastating consequences for many family-owned small businesses that have been in Maryland for generations,” said Best, vice president of the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association. “We’re glad to keep working with brewers to sell more Maryland beer in what’s been a historic year for craft beer expansion in the Maryland brewing industry.” Baltimore Sun

Hoffa: Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise
Mar. 19, 2018 | Years of hard work by Teamsters, retirees and other unions to reform the faltering multiemployer pension system finally are paying off. Late last month, congressional leaders announced the members of a bipartisan congressional pension committee, tasked with finding a solution to the nation’s looming pension crisis by this November, and the panel met for the first time on Wednesday. It’s not a moment too soon… As it stands, there are about 200 multi employer plans across the country –including the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund – that are in danger of falling… The Hill

Liquor industry is pushing to get self-driving cars on the road
Mar. 16, 2018 | Automakers and tech firms have long been the ones hustling to get self-driving cars onto streets. Now they've been joined by a surprise ally: America's alcohol industry. In recent weeks, two industry groups — one representing wine and liquor wholesalers, the other representing large producers — have thrown their weight behind coalitions lobbying to get autonomous vehicles on the road faster… Los Angeles Times

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  • More workers choosing to delay retirement.
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  • Trump is determined to privatize the VA.
  • Push to settle McDonald’s case a threat to franchise model.
  • John Hopkins nurses eye unionizing over staffing, benefits.
  • Teamsters file overtime suit against Republic in Ohio.
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The Janus-Faced War on Unions
Mar. 22, 2018 | OPINION | In their quest for even bigger profit margins, the rich and powerful have always tried to divide and suppress working people. Whether they’re seeking to quash worker protections, lower wages, cut benefits or weasel out of pension obligations, they know their biggest roadblock to unchecked power has always been a strong union. Today, those forces are as shameless and well-funded as ever. This time, a flurry of corporate interests has launched a full-blown assault on working people through the courts, attempting to strip unions of our ability to effectively advocate for public workers… NY Daily News
New Court Ruling Puts Workers, Retirees on The Back Burner
Mar. 21, 2018 | PENSIONS | Big business beat the nation’s workers, retirees and savers in federal court as the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed out the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule – the one that requires your pension and IRA advisors to put your interests first. The 2-1 decision by a panel of the judges on March 15 upset the National Consumers League, one of many consumer groups which lobbied for the rule, handed down during the Obama administration. The court, “with Chief Justice Carl Stewart offering a spirited dissent, issued a legally flawed decision that undoes a critically important Labor Department rule intended to protect the financial interests of retirees and other investors,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg. “Simply put, the DOL rule requires financial advisors to put the interests of their clients first. …” People’s World
McDonald’s Reaches Deal with Labor Board in Franchise-Retaliation Case
Mar. 19, 2018 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | McDonald’s and the U.S. National Labor Relations Board asked an agency judge to approve the settlement of a long-running workplace-retaliation case, cutting short a trial that could lead to increased corporate liability for alleged wrongdoing by franchisees. The trial, which was to resume Monday after a two-month delay, stems from claims by McDonald’s franchise employees that they were fired for joining a national effort to obtain a $15 hourly wage, the so-called Fight For $15 movement backed by the Service Employees International Union. ““Donald Trump’s NLRB is trying to railroad workers into terrible settlements and let corporations violating labor laws off the hook,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said in a statement…“Today’s proposal by McDonalds is not a settlement. In a real settlement, McDonald’s would take responsibility” for the alleged actions of its franchisees, said Micah Wissinger, an attorney for the Fast Food Workers Organizing Committee. “We look forward to presenting our objections to the judge.”… Bloomberg
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  • The debate over the steel and aluminum tariffs.
  • Baltimore votes to ban crude oil export terminals.
  • Hoffa disappearance revisited in Scorsese film.
  • See how much of GOP tax cuts will go to the middle class.
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  • Teamster Military Assistance Program offers job opportunities to military spouses.
  • YRC Teamster honored for accident-free driving for 5 million miles.
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