The U.S. Department of Labor has published a short guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It is recommended basic reading for all active Teamsters to be informed as to their rights, and to help co-workers get informed.
Click here to download a copy of the guide.
Click here to visit the DOL's website and watch a webinar for more information.
A more thorough and useful guide, written by labor attorney and labor educator Robert Schwartz, is available in book form the TDU Store. Click here to order.
By Ken Paff, TDU National Organizer — As we continue to vigorously demand that the Hoffa administration renegotiate, we need to look to the future. We need a new leadership and a new direction. To make that future, we need to understand the past.Read more
Management at Hollander Sleeping Products is telling employees to go to the TDU website to find out more about the Teamsters. So here’s a message from TDU straight to employees at Hollander: you should join Teamsters Local 89, a union you can be proud of!Read more
One hundred Teamsters gathered in Queens, NY this last Sunday for a day-long Teamster Education Conference.Read more
Employers and corporate politicians are pushing anti-labor legislation from State Legislatures to Capitol Hill. Teamster members and our union need to be ready to take action to meet these growing threats.Read more
May 20, 2015: Tens of thousands of workers and supporters in 120 cities rallied, protested, and went on strike on April 15, including Wal-Mart employees, fast-food workers, homecare workers, and others.
Teamster members are joining the growing movement to raise the minimum wage and win union rights for all workers.
New York City
The Fight for $15, a global effort to raise the pay of low-wage workers, has circled back to where it began. Protests by fast-food workers in New York City in 2012 got the movement started, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now given the effort its biggest boost so far by announcing the creation of a board to look into raising wages for the state’s more than 180,000 fast-food workers. Its first public meeting will be in New York City on Wednesday.
Under New York law, a Wage Board, composed of business, labor and public representatives, has the power to propose a raise for any occupation where pay is judged to be too low to support the health or “adequate maintenance” of its workers. The state labor commissioner can then order the raise without legislative approval.
Click here to read more at The New York Times.
We need to expand Social Security to prevent the looming retirement crisis, and we can do it simply by asking billionaires to pay their fair share.
Want a stronger union at work? Consider building a stewards council.
With only five stewards for 1,700 workers, demoralization was high at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Click here to read more at Labor Notes.
Three Walt Disney World performers who were fired from the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom after refusing to wear sweaty, soiled costumes will get their jobs back after winning an arbitration case.
A representative from the Teamsters Local 385 Union said Monday the arbitration process was finally over, and a federal arbitrator ruled in favor of the cast members, who lost their jobs in June 2014 after they said they would not perform in dirty costumes.
According to witness testimony in the case, the sweaty costumes were caught outside in the rain on June 10, 2014. When the time came to prepare for the 6 p.m. show that evening, some performers found the soiled costumes pushed up against their clean clothes.
"They went to management and said, 'We need new unitards. These need to be washed, something,'" said Teamsters representative Donna-Lynne Dalton.
The union said management wanted them to wear the soiled costumes for the sake of the show, but the three performers refused, saying it was unsanitary. Management then cancelled the performance that evening.
The performers did eventually get clean unitards and perform for the next show, but the three, full-time cast members were later suspended and then terminated.
In November, the Teamsters union showed News 13 a copy of the character addendum that stated:
"All costume pieces shall receive a minimum of 12 hours of drying and sanitation between performances…
No character performer shall be required to wear any costume piece worn by another Character Performer."
Now that an arbitrator has ruled in the cast members' favor, the three performers will not only be rehired, but they'll also receive full back pay.
"Disney will comply with the decision," a media representative for Walt Disney World told News 13 on Monday.