Teamster News

Strikes Win Staffing Protections at University of California

Labor Notes
05/08/2014

University of California executives hoped this round of bargaining would extract deep concessions on benefits from 22,000 hospital and campus workers. And like many large university and health care employers, UC wanted to replace full-time work with contingent work by expanding the use of temps and private contractors.

IAM President Defends Pensions, While Hoffa is MIA

May 2, 2014: Surrounded by corporate lobbyists who support pension cuts, the President of the IAM denounced efforts to change pension law and reduce pensions. While the IAM speaks out, Hoffa is MIA.

Raising the Minimum Wage

May 2, 2014: Seattle’s Mayor has announced the City will phase in a new minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. As the battle over the minimum wage heats up, will the Teamsters Union mobilize and help lead the fight?

TeamCare Update for UPS Teamsters

May 2, 2014: How will the transition to new TeamCare coverage work for UPS Teamsters? TDU brings you the latest info and a sneak peak at upcoming mailings from TeamCare.

Trucking used to be a ticket to the middle class. Now it’s just another low-wage job.

The Washington Post
05/01/2014

It’s a few minutes into a run carrying a load of scrap copper from the Port of New Jersey to a waste transfer station outside Philadelphia, and Miguel Tigre reaches over the dash of his maroon-and-yellow cab to grab a folder stuffed with the receipts squeezing him dry. He reels off calculations: He gets paid $400. It’s about 150 miles round-trip, and his truck gets 5.2 miles per gallon, so that's $180 in fuel. Tolls are $20. Taxes take about a quarter off the top -- but then there's insurance for the truck, and any repairs, which came to $22,000 last year.

YRC Worldwide’s 1Q Loss Widens

Transport Topics
05/01/2014

YRC Worldwide Inc. said May 1 its first-quarter loss nearly tripled due to factors such as winter weather and claims costs.

UPS to Take Pre-Tax Charge on New Labor Contract

Wall Street Journal
04/24/2014

United Parcel Service Inc. on Thursday said that it will record a $1.05 billion pre-tax charge in the second quarter as it moves the remaining 125,000 unionized package delivery employees off its own health-care plan and into multi-employer health-care plans.

The move will fundamentally change the way UPS pays for its union members' health plans. Instead of being committed to providing benefits on UPS's own plan, it will now pay funds into multi-employer health-care plans, union-run plans that are financed by the workers' employers.

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