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New York's most famous rat

Marketplace
01/09/2015

It's a chilly day in midtown Manhattan, but union organizer Julian Tysh is undeterred. He's here representing Teamsters Local 814 to protest businesses that hire non-union movers. And he's not alone. 

After unfurling what looks like an inflatable mattress, he pulls the cord on a small engine, and a balloon begins to take shape: first the belly, then the claws, then the buck teeth, and finally the yellow eyes.

Rats, Fatcats, and Corporate Pigs

October 31, 2014: A New York district judge ruled this week that Scabby the Rat is protected by the First Amendment. So are Fat Cats, inflatable corporate pigs and more. Check out our photo gallery and choose your favorite.

New York TDU Chapter Bowls for Teamster Reform

June 13, 2014: The NY Chapter raised more than $6,000 at a Bowl-athon in May. Members sold raffle tickets to help pay a $500 team-entrance fee and team captains recruited more than 60 bowlers.

How Members Saved the Maspeth 250

May 12, 2014: New video shows how Local 804 members teamed up with community allies, customers, elected officials, and other public supporters to stand up to UPS.

New York TDU Bowl-a-thon

April 15, 2014: The New York TDU Chapter is hosting a Bowl-a-Thon to build solidarity and raise funds for rank-and-file reform and grassroots union democracy.

Big Brown Waves White Flag

Labor Notes
04/11/2014

In the wake of a relentless grassroots labor-community solidarity campaign, UPS waved the white flag and agreed to rehire all 250 New York City drivers the company fired last month. The campaign united drivers, elected officials, and even UPS customers.

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