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Trade unions provide great benefits for nonunion workers

Trade unions provide great benefits for nonunion workers

One of the benefits of trade unionism is that when unions are strong, nonunion workers earn higher wages and receive better benefits. But, while nonunion workers benefit from strong unions, they also suffer when that strength diminishes, as it has in the United States for the past 35 years. In those years nonunion workers have suffered massive wage losses, according […]

by gunner· · Uncategorized
Mom says Idaho Teamster’s fast action saved her family

Mom says Idaho Teamster’s fast action saved her family

RIRIE, Idaho — A quick thinking Idaho Teamster’s heroic action recently is credited here by a local mother of saving her and her two young sons from what could have been a deadly fire. Sheldon Bonnell (in photo), a Teamsters Local 983 steward and full time package driver and backup feeder driver for United Parcel Service (UPS), was working as […]

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Vairma: Don’t ignore state legislative races Nov. 8 apply

Vairma: Don’t ignore state legislative races Nov. 8 apply

During highly contentious presidential election years, voters sometimes tend either to overlook or to ignore state legislative races as they get caught up in the presidential campaigns that capture most of the headlines and television time. For one good reason, union members can’t afford to do that in this election year: State legislatures vote on more issues vital to working […]

by gunner· · Steve Vairma's Column

Paul Ryan’s hot new idea: more corporate giveaways

By Jim Hightower The House speaker’s “economic agenda” would fix the economy in the same way a vet fixes your dog. Attention people, there’s big news out of Washington: Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House, has announced that he has an idea! This is news because the GOP leadership hasn’t offered a new idea in years. Instead, they’ve […]

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Joint council states at top, bottom and middle of income gap statistics

Recent economic activity in three Teamsters Joint Council 3 states — Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming—was covered extensively in a paper recently released by the Economic Policy Institute. The paper shows that between 2009 and 2013, the top one percent captured 85.1 percent of total income growth in the United States. It also shows that same group of income earners […]

by gunner· · Montana, New Mexico
AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

Two local unions in Teamsters Joint Council 3 are heavily involved in an ongoing nationwide protest against US Foods, the nation’s second largest food service provider, for its widespread practice of engaging in unfair labor practices against employees. Arizona Local 104 and Colorado Local 455 are the Joint Council unions involved. Both have endured troubled labor-management relationships with the company […]

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Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

In almost every election year for the past 30 years, union leaders have been exhorting their members to register and vote for labor-endorsed candidates. If they don’t, the story goes, they might lose their jobs or have their wages slashed below the poverty level. No doubt, segments of the rank-and-file sometimes view these periodic warnings as the old “sky will […]

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Hoffa: Workers should count at EXPO!

Hoffa: Workers should count at EXPO!

By James P. Hoffa General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Recently in the upscale suburbs of Connecticut, rank and file union leaders from a continent away joined U.S. truck drivers and the Teamsters outside a shareholders’ meeting for XPO Logistics to take the company to task for its treatment of workers both here and abroad. It is a historic uniting of […]

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Our Poverty Myth

The illusion that people are to blame for their own poverty goes back centuries in our culture By Jill Richardson If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing. I don’t personally believe that, but the idea has roots in our culture going back centuries. In The Wealth of Nations, the […]

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Do ‘damn Teamsters’ perplex WS equity firm?

The money managers and their eye-shaded bean counters in the fancy Wall Street offices of CD&R, a New York private equity firm, were probably muttering about “those damn Teamsters” last month as they gnashed their teeth and scratched their heads. So what were those damn Teamsters doing that could cause consternation among the New York money guys—those who buy targeted […]

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