Teamster News

Ohio congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Bernie Sanders offer new legislation to repeal private pension cut provisions

Akron Beacon Journal

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, are introducing legislation Thursday to repeal pension cut provisions in the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.

The act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in December, would allow significant pension payment cuts to hundreds of thousands of retirees — primarily retired union members — covered by troubled and severely underfunded multiemployer plans.

FedEx Settles Contractor Suit for $228 Million

Transport Topics

FedEx Corp. has agreed to pay $228 million to settle long-running lawsuits in California that challenged the status of workers at its Ground unit, who are classified as contractors by the company. The company’s announcement involves litigation that is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs in that case alleged that the workers at FedEx Ground were employees because of the extent of the company’s control over their activities.

NTSB Calls for Collision Avoidance Systems to Be Standard

Transport Topics

The National Transportation Safety Board on June 8 issued a recommendation that collision avoidance systems be standard equipment on all new cars and commercial trucks. The recommendation was contained in a new NTSB investigative report, “The Use of Forward Collision Avoidance Systems to Prevent and Mitigate Rear-End Crashes,” that said deployment of the technology would prevent or lessen the severity of rear-end crashes, mitigating more than 80% of the 1,700 deaths and half-million injuries each year in the United States.

Carhaul Negotiations Open

June 4, 2015: Teamster and employer negotiators met today to exchange initial proposals, with bargaining set to begin on June 10. The union’s proposals are available here. The contract expires on August 31.