Articles by: gunner

Hey, Dems Go union!

Hey, Dems Go union!

“A better deal: better skills, better jobs, better wages.” Yep, that’s the Democrats’ sorry excuse for a theme for their 2018 political campaign. Oh, it’s a nice thought, however boring, archaic and short on historical substance. How many times over the years has organized labor heard such banality from the Democrats? Too many times in too many campaigns to count. […]

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EPI report . . . Stagnant wages a clue to corporate motives

Collective bargaining between management and labor, which plays an essential role in today’s labor market by raising the wages and benefits of working men and women, is under attack, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington D.C.-based research organization. The report, How today’s unions help working people, points out that organized labor, in addition to […]

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There’s value in membership

There’s value in membership

Organizing is the life blood of every union. And last week, more than 150 Teamster organizers from across the country gathered in Detroit to strategize how to educate workers about the value of union membership. Michigan is a union state and it is a Teamsters state, so not surprisingly we’ve had some success here. Just last month, for instance, 24 […]

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Tax cuts are for the rich, not you

By Josh Hoxie otherwords.org Soon you’re going to hear about taxes. You’ll see images of families flashing across your TV screen while a soothing narrator assures you that the tax plan being debated in Washington really is good for you. The newspapers you read, the social media apps you scroll through, the websites you frequent, and the snippets of radio […]

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SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT FOR TEAMSTERS LIFE WITH DUES BENEFIT PLAN

SUMMARY ANNUAL REPORT FOR TEAMSTERS LIFE WITH DUES BENEFIT PLAN This is a summary of the annual report of the Teamsters Life With Dues Benefit Plan (EIN 91-1691238, Plan No. 501) for the period ended December 31, 2016. The annual report has been filed with the Department of Labor, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 […]

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Vairma: Strikebreaking threats skew collective bargaining

Vairma: Strikebreaking threats skew collective bargaining

If they aren’t a part of it, and there isn’t a major strike making headlines, most people are blissfully ignorant of the turmoil prevalent today in labor-management relations. With the blessing of the federal government, corporate management for the past 36 years has been able to assume a dominant role in collective bargaining, leaving workers – both union and non-union […]

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Union buster set to be NLRB’s top lawyer

A union-busting lawyer who participated in a 1981 presidential decision that has, over the years, been disastrous for workers was nominated general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the federal agency charged with protecting workers’ rights. Peter Robb, a New England attorney, was nominated by President Trump as his choice to be the NLRB’s top lawyer. This is […]

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Hoffa: Unions can jump-start economy

Hoffa: Unions can jump-start economy

Watching the response of the Teamsters and other unions’ members to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey made Labor Day this year more meaningful than ever. The Teamsters have always been an early responder in times of crisis, donating and distributing emergency supplies, coordinating logistics, raising money for those in need and more. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy […]

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Vairma: What happened to FDR’s legacy?

Vairma: What happened to FDR’s legacy?

During the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a wealthy and socially prominent New York political leader, the Democratic Party became the ally of the working class. The unlikely bond between the blueblood president and a blue collar work force lasted from 1933 until Roosevelt’s death during his fourth term in office in 1945. It began with the establishment of the […]

by gunner· · Steve Vairma's Column

Autonomous vehicles becoming a national issue

Automated vehicles, an issue that will eventually have a serious impact on the trucking industry workforce – especially Teamster Union members – is quickly coming to the attention of both Congress and state legislatures, including two states in Joint Council 3. At the national level, legislation was advanced in the House Energy & Commerce Committee that provides a starting point […]

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