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Butch Lewis

The pension protection bill is named in honor of Butch Lewis, who died in December 2015, and was an important leader in the pension protection movement. His widow, Rita Lewis, has carried on the fight and was a featured speaker at the Washington DC press conference.

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Central States Releases Actuarial Findings on Proposed Butch Lewis Act

Central States Pension Fund Director Thomas Nyhan has issued a letter to Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) that, if approved, his proposed pension legislation could stabilize the Fund’s finances without benefit cuts to active Teamsters or retirees.

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Investigations Officer Calls for Permanent Ban on Aloise

The Independent Investigations Officer (IIO) has recommended that Judge Barbara Jones expel Rome Aloise from the IBT, and impose a permanent ban on contact between Aloise and any Teamster. 

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Corruption Allegations Cloud Tentative Rail Labor Agreement

Allegations of insider-dealing and violations of fiduciary duty swirl around the top officers of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET-IBT), following a tentative labor contract they signed. 

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Ohio Senator Plans to Introduce Butch Lewis Bill to Protect Pensions

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) held a press conference at Local 377 in Youngstown, Ohio to announce he and Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) will introduce a bill that would create an office inside the U.S. Treasury called the Pension Rehabilitation Administration. The bill, if passed, would provide loans to pension funds in critical or declining status to guarantee payments of promised pension benefits. Monies would be raised by U.S. Treasury issuing bonds that would be purchased by private investors. 

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Election Appeals Judge Says No to Rerun

The Election Appeals Master issued a ruling today denying members a rerun of the International Union election. Judge Kathleen Roberts declined to overrule the Election Supervisor, saying he could only be overturned for “abuse of discretion” and that the appeal did not meet this high standard. (Reprinted from Teamsters United)

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Dates Set for UPS and UPS Freight Negotiations

Contract negotiations for the UPS and UPS Freight national agreements will start on January 22, 2018 in San Diego with additional dates set in February, March, and April.   Get the full bargaining schedule here.

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Rome Aloise: Guilty as Charged

After stonewalling corruption charges for more than a year and a half, Rome Aloise, Hoffa’s main power-broker in the West, has been found guilty of all charges in a 60-page decision by Judge Barbara Jones. 

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First Look at UPS Contract Proposals

The proposals have been approved for the UPS national contract. Here are some of the issues that will be on the table when negotiations begin in January.  (Reprinted from www.TeamstersUnited.org)

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UPS Bargaining Proposals Set

The Teamster bargaining demands for the UPS contract were approved by representatives from UPS locals today at the Two-Person meeting held near Washington, DC. (reprinted from www.TeamstersUnited.org)

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