Sunday, August 7, 2011

Teamsters battling across the USA

The war on workers isn't limited to state capitals. (But you knew that.) Teamsters are fighting back against employers who keep wanting more, more, more for themselves and less, less, less for their employees.

Here's a quick recap of some headline-grabbing Teamster actions:
  • Teamsters sue to block Frontier Airline concessions. The Denver Post reports the International Brotherhood of Teamsters sued Frontier in U.S. District Court on Aug. 3. The IBT argues that a concession deal worked out between Frontier and its former union was illegal.
  • Teamsters escalate protests against BMW across the country. reports the Teamsters set up protests outside 50 BMW dealerships in 11 states – California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York and Virginia. The German company, which received a $4 billion bailout from U.S. taxpayers, now wants to lay off nearly 100 longtime Teamsters in Ontario, Calif., -- just because it can.  
  • Sotheby's locks out unionized art handlers, sparks picket line. Reuters reports New York Teamsters set up a picket line outside of Sotheby's, the high-end auction house, after they were locked out during a contract dispute.
  • Teamsters Local 79 sued the State of Florida for requiring state employees to contribute to their pension plans in violation of their contract.
  • Minnesota Public Radio reports Teamsters won't deliver to American Crystal Sugar because the company locked out workers who are members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union.