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Mar. 24, 1900 Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: "I wouldn't give th' Commish'ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They're too shtiff."
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Local 570 stewards brush up on their skills at bi-annual seminar
March 2017 | (Click image above to enlarge) Update: Additional photos can be viewed here and here.
Every two years the Local 570 Executive Board sponsors a training seminar for its frontline stewards and alternate stewards. More than 130 stewards are attending this year’s seminar in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Top on the agenda is a frank discussion about the threat posed to American workers by the national RTW bill (H.B. 785, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in early February) – what it is, and what it is not. Other areas of training include the IBT’s role in fighting RTW; the importance of Organized Labor’s role in the continued fight to improve conditions and protections in the American workplace; workman’s comp, health & welfare and pension information; and best practices of the grievance procedures. Stay tuned for more photos here, and additional coverage in the next issue of The 570 Express.

Tell Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act
Mar. 23, 2017 The House is planning to vote today on the American Health Care Act, the legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill would repeal all of the other taxes that were included in the ACA, except for the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” which imposes a 40% excise tax on workers’ health benefit plans. With repeal of these other taxes, insurers, corporations, and the wealthy get a tax cut. Hard working middle class Americans only get a delay in the “Cadillac Tax,” not full repeal. Upon implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Teamster members could see their health care benefits scaled back or dropped. We need you to call upon your representative and urge them to vote AGAINST the American Health Care Act. Take action now!

New! Apply online for Hoffa Memorial Scholarship before March 31
Mar. 13, 2017 Sons and daughters of Teamster members can now apply online for the 2017 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship. Academic scholarship awards either a $10,000 award split up over four year at $1,250 per semester, or a one-time $1,000 award. Training and Vocational scholarship awards up to $2,000, depending on financial need. (See scholarship amount details in the applications.) “We’d like to see more of our kids continue their education with the help of our Teamster scholarships,” said Denis Taylor, Teamster Joint Council 62 president, and president of Local 355 in Baltimore. “The money is there, it’s available for your son or your daughter. All you have to do is fill out the form and hit send. But you must do it before the March 31, 2017 deadline.

Pepsi members overwhelmingly ratifies a 5-year contract
Mar. 6, 2017 | Bulk drivers, engineers, sales merchandisers, warehouse workers, fleet mechanics, and systems operators approved in February a contract that brings all Local 570 members employed at the Columbia and White Marsh, Md., facilities under one agreement. Among other gains, the contract significantly improves benefits, reducing by as much as half the annual deductions and out-of-pocket costs to members.

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Worker Safety Takes Back Seat to Corporate Profits

Mar. 23, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | Congress in quick order has decided to renege on an Obama administration rule that allowed for more timely collection of data in order to track workplace injuries and illnesses. Evidently, modernizing the reporting system was a bridge too far for GOP lawmakers indebted to their corporate benefactors. Taking advantage of the rarely used Congressional Review Act, the Senate this week added its nail to the legislative coffin fist laid out by the House earlier this month. After all, why would elected officials be interested in identifying and eliminating job hazards which kill more than 4,800 workers a year and seriously injure almost three million more?

In Ruling for Illinois Teamsters, Court Confirms Constitutionality of Fair Share
Mar. 23, 2017  | JUSTICE | The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday, March 21, protected the right of Teamsters Local 916 to collect fair share fees and dismissed a challenge brought on by the Right-to-Work Coalition. A 1977 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has held for 40 years that unions are entitled to charge a fair share for work performed to represent individuals who choose to become full dues-paying members. “This decision applies well-established law that employees who get all the benefits of union representation should pay their fair share of the costs of the union negotiations and representation…”  Related: Ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Grammar Quirk Wins Maine Truckers Overtime-Pay Lawsuit
Mar. 21, 2017 | JUSTICE | A comma missing from a Maine state law about overtime tipped a federal appeals-court decision that will give 75 truck drivers up to $10 million in back pay. On Mar. 13, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court ruling and held that drivers at the Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine, were eligible for overtime pay. The case turned on the “serial comma,” the comma that is sometimes inserted before the “and” in a list of items, and sometimes isn’t. In this case, Maine law said workers don’t have to be paid time-and-a-half for overtime if they’re employed in the “canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of” perishable foods. The drivers’ lawyers argued that meant the exemption applied to workers involved in “packing for shipment or distribution”; if the state had wanted to exempt drivers as well as packers, the law would have read “storing, packing for shipment, or distribution.” “That comma would have sunk our ship…”
Having Good Health Insurance Shouldn’t Be Punished
Mar. 20, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | Health care is a complex matter, one that Congress is attempting to tackle again with the rollout of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). But no matter how one might feel about the latest legislation, there should be something everyone can agree on – workers shouldn’t be punished for having high-quality health insurance benefits. Republicans on Capitol Hill say they want to revamp health care in part because it burdens too many hard-working Americans. Then why late last week did they lead the charge against two amendments to the AHCA offered in a House committee that would have permanently repealed the so-called “Cadillac Tax” levied on such insurance plans? This excise tax, which imposes a 40 percent surcharge on high-quality health insurance offerings often earned by union workers, hits middle-class families hard. Ultimately, it will lead to an increase in their health care plans as insurers pass along the added costs to participants…
What Slashing the Labor Dept. Budget by 21 Precent Would Mean
Mar. 20, 2017 | ECONOMY | The Trump administration’s “budget blueprint” cuts include a 21 percent, or $2.5 billion, reduction in the Department of Labor’s budget. The budget would reduce funding for or eliminate programs that provide job training to low-income workers, unemployed seniors, disadvantaged youth and for state-based job training grants. It eliminated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) training grants as well as the independent Chemical Safety Board. Eliminating the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) would mean no independent federal agency dedicated to investing devastating industrial accidents such as the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the West Fertilizer plant explosion…
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