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Bilal Chaka - Rest in Power

Bilal Chaka, one of the founding members of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, passed away last week at the age of 82. Chaka—as he was known—was a die-hard unionist, a steward at Yellow Freight in Long Beach, California, Local 692, and one of the pioneers of the Teamster reform movement. He helped form the Southern California TDU Chapter in 1976.

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Grocery Workers Fight for Workplace Safety

Frank Halstead—a TDU Co-Chair and steward in Local 572 at Ralphs distribution center in Compton, California—describes how Teamster warehouse workers are dealing with COVID-19 in the grocery warehouse industry.

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YRCW Gets a Delay for H&W and Pension Payments

In a report to all locals representing YRCW members, IBT Freight Director Ernie Soehl told officers that YRC, Holland, New Penn and Reddaway have sought a “grace period” to delay making health and welfare payments to various funds Teamster members are covered under.

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YRCW Freight Call Center Could be COVID-19 Hot Spot

Teamster Local 120 says that the YRCW Freight call center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which employs 160 Teamsters could be a COVID-19 hot spot, and YRCW management is doing “business as usual.”

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New COVID-19 Side Deal Lets UPSers Work Vacations

The IBT Package Division has signed a new side agreement with UPS on a “COVID-19 Vacation Bank” that allows drivers who want to spend more time at work during a pandemic to voluntarily work their vacations.

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IBT Gives OK for Part-Timers to Deliver With Personal Cars

The IBT has approved a letter of agreement to allow UPS to possibly utilize part-timers to deliver overflow volume in their personal cars, if volume grows significantly.

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Unity Wins for Metro-Philadelphia UPSers

UPS Teamsters in Lawnside, NJ have won PPE and improved conditions for hub workers by sticking together to stand up to management. 

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Nashville Teamsters Take Action for Safety, Win Improvements

Fed up with unsanitary and unsafe working conditions, UPS Teamsters in Nashville Local 480 took action. In less than a week, the company changed its practices and began improving conditions.

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TeamCare Extends Health Benefits for Laid-Off Members

In a win for working Teamsters, laid-off members who are covered by our union’s largest Health & Welfare Fund will receive up to eight weeks of continued healthcare coverage at no cost to members.

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Your Rights If You’re Exposed to COVID-19 at Work

OSHA and CDC guidelines are clear about what management should do if someone in your workplace tests positive for COVID-19. Here's what to do if management isn’t following the rules. 

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