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Teamsters protest at Air Liquide HQ

HOUSTON — Today, Airgas employees and Teamsters representatives protested outside Air Liquide’s U.S. headquarters as Airgas shareholders approved the purchase of Airgas [NYSE: ARG] by France-based Air Liquide for$10.3 billion. Airgas employees held signs that read, “Air Liquide: Stop the Attacks,” demanding that Air Liquide stop Airgas’ attacks on workers and their unions. “Last year, Airgas locked out workers in Massachusetts, halting […]

by gunner· · Uncategorized
IBT mechanics reject UAL final offer; vote to strike

IBT mechanics reject UAL final offer; vote to strike

WASHINGTON–Teamster mechanics voted overwhelmingly Wednesday (Feb.17) to reject United Airlines’ final offer and authorize a strike. There are more than 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit. Over 93 percent of mechanics who voted cast ballots against the company’s offer. “The membership has spoken clearly. The final offer from United Airlines was soundly rejected today and the membership has authorized a strike because of the […]

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Labor leaders issue strong dissent to trade report

Labor leaders issue strong dissent to trade report

Three prominent American labor leaders, including Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, who represent union workers on the most important presidential advisory committee on trade, believe the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is “a bum deal” they cannot support. That’s why Hoffa and Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, and Dennis Williams, president of the United Auto Workers recently issued a […]

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Steve Vairma

Time to go to war

Almost everyone agrees that the general malaise afflicting most workers today is a serious problem, but, unfortunately, those with power to do something about it haven’t put much, if any, effort into finding a solution. The workers’ problem is caused by a growing income gap between rich and poor and the long term stagnation in the wages of working men […]

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RTW introduced again in CO

DENVER — For the 25th time in the last 27 years, a right-to-work (for less) bill has been introduced in the Colorado Legislature, and it didn’t take long. The bill was introduced six days after the 120-day session convened. The bill, sponsored by 12 Republican senators, including the senate leader, was sent to the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee, […]

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Protests mount over pension cut

Protests mount over pension cut

By James P. Hoffa Opposition is growing across the Midwest against a devastating pension cut proposal put forward by the Central States Pension Fund that would slash benefits by as much as 65 percent. Thousands of Teamsters are letting the federal government know they must reject the plan if they want retirees to be able to subsist on their own. […]

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New executive board sworn in

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 2 EXECUTIVE BOARD Bill Rowe, secretary-treasurer Karen Bouley, president Aaron Ralph, vice president Terry Bartle, recording secretary Chris Conway, trustee Shawn Fontaine,trustee Milan Kubla, trustee BUTTE — The year 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy one at Teamsters Local 2. The new executive board was seated on Saturday, January 9, 2016. We are excited to begin […]

by gunner· · Montana, Uncategorized

Membership growth is essential

POCATELLO — We hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of our members. Local 983 is looking forward to a new and productive year. We are still trying to emphasize the importance of internal organizing and growing the membership of our organization. We are still hard at work in the middle of several negotiations including all three […]

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New e-board takes the helm

BOISE — The office at Local 483 would like to wish everyone a happy and successful New Year. Local 483 would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing administration for all their work and to congratulate Mark Briggs on his retirement after working for the local for over 14 years. Mark served years championing the cause of hard […]

by gunner· · Idaho
June decision expected in Supreme Court case that could stifle workers’ wages

June decision expected in Supreme Court case that could stifle workers’ wages

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that could profoundly affect the economy and the ability of millions of workers to improve their wages and working conditions. Friedrichs challenges the right of a majority of workers, through their democratically elected union, to bargain a contract with their public employer that makes […]

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