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Grammar Quirk Wins Maine Truckers Overtime-Pay Lawsuit

March 21, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - A comma missing from a Maine state law about overtime tipped a federal appeals-court decision that will give 75 truck drivers up to $10 million in back pay. On Mar. 13, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower-court ruling and held that drivers at the Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, Maine, were eligible for overtime pay.

NLRB Reviews Truckers’ Retaliation Complaints

March 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - In the last few months, the National Labor Relations Board has seen a wave of complaints from truck drivers about workplace retaliation for trying to unionize—including several from drivers at XPO Logistics and its subsidiaries, who the Teamsters have been trying to organize.

Uber Makes Seattle Drivers Watch Anti-Union Podcasts

March 17, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Seattle, WA - When Uber drivers here log onto the company’s system, there is now one more thing they have to do before they can start picking up fares: Listen to an anti-union podcast.

NYC Cabbies, Uber Drivers Rally to Protest Cuomo-Backed Uber Legislation; New Social Media Campaign Launched by Independent Drivers Guild

March 13, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – On Thursday, March 9th, yellow cab, green and black car drivers, and Uber and Lyft drivers rallied outside of Governor Cuomo’s New York City office in midtown Manhattan to protest a new bill backed by the Governor.

Winnipeg ATU Calls for Bus Safety After Passengers Disarm Man With Axe

March 13, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Winnipeg, Canada - Less than three weeks after a city bus driver was murdered, passengers on another Winnipeg bus disarmed a man who was carrying an axe and brass knuckles.

NYC Teamster Leaders Serve New Term

March 11, 2017  
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -The Teamsters Joint Council 16 executive board was sworn on March 8, 2017, for a new four-year term to lead the 120,000 member Teamster organization, representing the 27 Teamster locals in New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley. President George Miranda and the six other executive board officers were unanimously reelected in January.

1,800 Union Workers Take Buyouts at Boeing

March 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Everett, WA - More than 1,800 union workers at Boeing have agreed to take buyouts as the company began a new round of job cuts at its Puget Sound aircraft factories last month.

NLRB Orders Sysco to Bargain With Michigan Teamsters

March 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Upholding 79 unfair-labor-practice charges filed by Teamsters Local 406, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge on March 2 ordered the Sysco food-supply company to begin negotiating a contract with the union.

Mississippi Nissan Workers March for Union Rights

March 10, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Canton, Mississippi - About 3,000 people, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, rallied March 4 to support workers trying to organize a UAW local at Nissan’s plant here.

IAMAW: Strike Looms at Nissan

March 9, 2017 
Jerry Levine, LaborPress Canada

Ste Marie, Ontario - Picket lines may go up outside Superior Nissan, Superior Custom Detailing and Superior Used Cars on March 20th and it may not stop there.

After Murder, Winnipeg Bus Drivers Demand Better Security

March 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Winnipeg, Canada - Two weeks after a city bus driver was murdered, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 is calling for better security. Irvine Jubal Fraser, 58, was stabbed to death about 2 a.m. on Feb. 14. A 22-year-old man who police say refused to get off Fraser’s bus at the end of the line has been charged with second-degree murder.

UAW Ups Organizing at VW, Nissan, Tesla

March 6, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Sensing “a doubling or tripling of interest” in union representation from workers at nonunion auto plants, the United Auto Workers is escalating its efforts to organize at Nissan, Volkswagen, and Tesla.

C.W.A. Local 1182 Fights for Disability Rights

March 4, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – C.W.A. Local 1182 Traffic Vice-President Tammy Meadows was sickened by members’ inability to obtain retirement disability benefits – and stepped up to the plate to change their fate.

Outsourcing Boston Bus Repairs Costs $6M Extra

March 4, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - In 2014, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority signed an $18.6 million contract to outsource the repair of 32 city buses.

85 Traffic Enforcement Agents Promoted to Level II

March 3, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – 85 Traffic Enforcement Agents were promoted from Level I to Level II in a ceremony on Wednesday, March 1st, at the Police Academy in College Point, NY. The duties of Level II include directing traffic, while at Level I, TEA’s write summonses. Level Two TEA’s must be on the job for at least one year before promotion, to complete their probationary period.

Teamster Freight Division Appointments

March 2, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has announced the appointment of the following union officers to regional coordinators for the National Freight Division:

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