Posts Tagged ‘teamsters’

May
2016
17

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co’s Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows

CA Offers Amnesty to Port Trucking Co's Who Misclassify Workers; International Activism Against the Practice Grows
  The Office of California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has announced an amnesty program for drayage trucking companies that misclassify their drivers as independent contractors.  The program extends through the end of 2016 and allows companies to avoid liability if they reclassify their drivers as employees.   Known as the Motor Carrier…
Apr
2016
22

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime

Historic NLRB Complaint Could Be First Step Toward Making Employee Misclassification a Crime
  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a historic complaint on behalf of port truckers working as independent contractors for Intermodal Bridge Transport (IBT).  The complaint, issued by Region 21 of the NLRB, claims that managers and supervisors for IBT made illegal threats against drivers they viewed as pro-union. It could…
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Mar
2016
18

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft

More Tech Co. Bus Drivers Join the Teamsters; More Taxi Drivers Protest Uber, Lyft
  Drivers of all types are taking action of all kinds these days, and tech companies are usually on the receiving end of the much-needed workers’ rights grab. Another group of drivers who shuttle the employees of giants such as Google and Facebook will now officially be represented by the Teamsters Local 853.  The workers [&hellip…;
Mar
2016
2

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill

Sen. Boxer, Slew of Opponents Again Forced to Beat Back Anti-Trucker Safety Provision in FAA Bill
  In a news conference on Friday, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) exposed a poison pill rider to the latest Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) bill that was attached at the behest of lobbyists who wish to see regulations concerning truck driver safety rolled back.  The same rider was attached to a highway bill last year before [&hellip…;
Feb
2016
11

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV “Right-to-Work” Law, Say Lawmakers Have Something to Hide

Teamsters File Lawsuit Against WV
  As West Virginia moves towards “Right-to-Work,” the Teamsters union has filed a lawsuit claiming that the State Senate did not abide by a Freedom of Information Act request that sought emails between Senate leadership and professors at West Virginia University.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace…
Feb
2016
4

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland

Landmark PLA Combats Misclassification, Discrimination at Port of Oakland
  Construction truck drivers at the Port of Oakland will be protected from employee misclassification thanks to a landmark deal which labor advocates hope will set a precedent for the industry at large.  Last Thursday, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners voted unanimously to pass an enhanced Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to ensure…
Jan
2016
4

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors

L.A. Port Truckers Win $7M Settlement for Being Misclassified as Independent Contractors
  The California Labor Commission has ordered Pacific 9 Transportation to pay 37 port drivers a total of nearly $7 million in back wages after they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees.  Earlier this month, 38 drivers made claims to the Labor Commission that they had been misclassified. Last week, it was…
Nov
2015
18

Teamsters, Operating Engineers Among Detroit Casino Employees Working Without a Contract

Teamsters, Operating Engineers Among Detroit Casino Employees Working Without a Contract
  Over 6,000 casino workers in Detroit are working under a contract extension while the Detroit Casino Council, an umbrella organization of the four unions that represent casino employees, negotiate a new deal. The Council, a consortium of UAW Local 7777, Unite Here Local 24, Teamsters Local 372 and International Union of Operating Engineers…
Nov
2015
9

Election 2015: Six Teamsters Re-Elected to Local Office in NY, NJ

Election 2015: Six Teamsters Re-Elected to Local Office in NY, NJ
  Six Teamsters members who ran for office in the New York and New Jersey metro areas celebrated victories last week.  All six were incumbents. A recent Teamsters Nation piece highlighted the six members, the highest-ranking of whom is Kevin McCaffrey. He was reelected to the 14th District of Suffolk County.  The Republican McCaffrey first…
Oct
2015
26

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways

Hoffa, Teamsters Implore Congress to Disallow Longer, More Dangerous Trucks on US Highways
  Pointing to a 33-foot-long tractor trailer — a “twin 33” — Teamsters General President James Hoffa last week denounced members of Congress who are caving to trucking industry lobbyists who want to expand the legal length of trailers on American highways.  Joining Hoffa at the press conference, which was held on Capitol…
Oct
2015
22

Already Seeking Teamsters Representation, CA Plant Workers Hospitalized After Being Forced to Breathe Dangerous Chemicals

Already Seeking Teamsters Representation, CA Plant Workers Hospitalized After Being Forced to Breathe Dangerous Chemicals
  Workers at a Taylor Farms plant in Tracy, California were exposed to a toxic mixture of acetic acid and chlorine which led to the hospitalization of 20 workers.  The incident is the latest in a string of grievances for the workers at the salad processing plant, who have been seeking to unionize like their [&hellip…;
Oct
2015
9

Seattle Closer to Workaround for Unionizing Uber, Lyft Drivers; Uber Exec Hit With Sexual Harassment Suit

Seattle Closer to Workaround for Unionizing Uber, Lyft Drivers; Uber Exec Hit With Sexual Harassment Suit
  A bill that would allow Uber and Lyft drivers to enter collective bargaining agreements with their employers via non-profit organizations has advanced in the Seattle City Council.  The bill passed on a 7-0 vote, is sponsored by councilmember Mike O’Brien, and is supported by Teamsters Local 117.  It is believed to be the nation’s…