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    CSA 2012

    Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program designed to provide motor carriers and drivers with attention from FMCSA and State Partners about their potential safety problems with an ultimate goal of achieving a greater reduction in large truck and bus crashes, injuries, and fatalities. How does CSA affect drivers? […]

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    ALEC: Bad For UPS, Worse For You

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization bankrolled by corporate money – including UPS and FedEx – to write model legislation that attacks middle class working families. ALEC is behind legislation designed to: Misclassify employees as independent contractors so companies like FedEx can increase profit by paying workers less Drive wages and benefits […]

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    Patty’s Corner — July 2016

    Teamster Convention I had the pleasure of attending the 29th International Convention the last week of July as an Alternate Delegate for 174. 1600 Delegates and Alternates from around the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, along with around 3000 guests, were in attendance. The Convention not only nominates candidates for the upcoming election of International […]

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    Teamster Nation News for June 29-July 5

    TEAMSTER NATION | In this week’s podcast: Raucous Quinquennial Celebration Draws More Than 5K; Union Call on Members to Stand Up and Be Counted; Freight, Warehouse, Tech, Port Workers Share Stories from the Front Lines; Local 24 Leader Raises Awareness on Prescription Drugs; Rage Guitarist Slays with Performance

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    John Timothy “Stack” Stackpool

    October 12, 1055 – April 21, 2016 Our hearts are heavy with the sudden passing of Stack at his home in Libby, Montana. Born in Seattle, Wash. and raised in Lake Forest Park, Wash., Stack joined the Teamsters Local 174 at age 18 and was a member for over 30 years.  Most of his professional […]

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    FMCSA Now Requires Medical Exams For Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

    Source: Teamster Nation The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently issued a rule that establishes a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry). Healthcare professionals who are on the National Registry are the only individuals who are permitted to perform physical qualification examinations for commercial truck and bus drivers who operate commercial motor […]

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    1934 Teamsters’ strike turned Minneapolis from ‘scab’ town to union supporter

    Posted: July 8, 2015 Source: MinnPost “No trucks shall be moved! By nobody!” was the rallying cry of Minneapolis Teamsters Local 574 as they struck in the summer of 1934. Their demands were clear: a fair wage, union recognition, and the trucking firms’ recognition of inside workers as part of the union. Despite the violent […]

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    Teamster History: 1932, Teamsters for Roosevelt!

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: Teamster.org During his first run for the White House in 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt needed strong support from the labor movement. In order for the economic recovery efforts to succeed, he would have prove himself a loyal believer in the cause. Throughout the campaign, he will spend […]

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    Teamster History: 1931, Hard Times, New Opportunities

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: Teamster.org In the April 1931 issue of the International Teamster, Dan Tobin takes to the page to address members with one of his most forward-thinking editorials yet. The depression, still in full force at this time, has left Tobin impatient. He wants change – both economic and social – and […]