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EEOC Race Discrimination Case Against YRC/Yellow Transportation Ends with $11 Million Decree

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission June 29, 2012 View the original piece Class of Black Employees Suffered Hangman's Nooses, Racist Graffiti and Epithets, Harsher Discipline, and Tougher Work Assignments, Federal Agency Charged CHICAGO – An $11 million consent decree entered here today in federal court has ended the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) race harassment and discrimination lawsuit against a major transportation company. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox granted preliminary approval of the decree....

Standing Up for Union and Civil Rights

June 25, 2012: TDU member Mike Spruill interviewed about how and why he became a TDU member and a Teamster. How did you get involved? It runs in the family. The union movement and civil rights struggle crossed paths a lot in my house. My uncles were union, and my great aunt Mary Lou Mobley in North Carolina was very involved with Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights struggle. They never let me...

TNBC Conference, Aug. 9-14, Detroit

May 3, 2011: The 36th Annual Educational Conference and Banquet of the Teamster National Black Caucus will be held August 9 to 14 in Detroit, Michigan. The event will be held at the Marriot Hotel at the Detroit Renaissance Center. The registration fee for rank-and-file Teamsters is $175 and includes workshops, the Saturday morning prayer breakfast, the Clara Day luncheon and a ticket to the Saturday night banquet. Registration fees for Teamster officers is $225....

Martin Luther King: 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike Was Powered By the Rank and File

“…If you stand up straight, people can’t ride your back. And that’s what we did. We stood up straight.” That's how Taylor Rogers explains the success of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike. Rogers was a principal organizer of the historic strike. That strike ended in victory, but it was also the setting for the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King on Workers' Rights See Martin Luther King's last speech to striking...

Workers left to rot by U.S. Food Service

August 9, 2010: When Thomas P. Samatas, co-founder of Labor One Inc., was building his business, he turned to a part of the work force that is often shunned. Samatas hired young black men -- some saddled with felonies -- from CHA's Cabrini-Green housing development to unload trucks at U.S. Food Service's Bensenville facility. Click here to read more at Sun-Times Media.
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