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Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits. The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal. Their victory is part of a larger movement — recently coined “Silicon Valley Rising” — in which labor unions, community groups, and churches have improved wages and conditions for the region’s service workers. The nearly 200 bus drivers employed by Compass provide shuttle services to companies such as Apple, eBay, Yahoo, Evernote, Genentech, Zynga, and Amtrak.
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NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.

NY Heating Oil Company Acquired. Teamsters Fired. Non-Union Crew Hired.
 
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Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?

Facebook Bus Drivers to Join Teamsters; Silicon Domino Effect Coming?
Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.
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Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters

Sick of Hauling BS, PA FedEx Drivers Vote to Join Teamsters
At the FedEx Freight Terminal in East Philadelphia, a group of 47 drivers have made history by voting to join Teamsters Local 107. The final result of the vote was 26-18 in favor of joining the union.
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Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.

Unions Gaining Members? In TEXAS?! Yup.
Freight drivers in Texas voted to unionize. The workers at Con-Way in Laredo drive for the busiest inland port in the US, with over 7,000 trucks crossing the border each day.
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Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections

Uber Drivers in SoCal Align with Teamsters, Prepare to Fight for Safety, Living Wage Protections
Southern California Uber drivers belonging to the California App-Based Drivers’ Association have aligned themselves with Teamsters Local 986 in hopes of organizing. The drivers perceive many of the business practices mandated by Uber as “unsafe, deceptive, and unfair.”
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Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes

Labor-Friendly NYC Mayor Cleaning Up Bloomberg's Union Contract Messes
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg left quite a mess for current Mayor Bill de Blasio to clean up. A number of union contracts, including pay scale equity for female Teamsters, had been left to rot. Until now, that is.
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CA Trucking Company's Efforts to Keep Misclassified Workers from Unionizing Are Downright Dastardly

CA Trucking Company's Efforts to Keep Misclassified Workers from Unionizing Are Downright Dastardly
A case to be heard by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on August 25th revolves around California trucking company Green Fleet Systems, who the Teamsters union claims has used threats, coercion, and the termination of two employees to squash unionization efforts among misclassified independent contractors. Green Fleet Systems is also accused of illegal surveillance of its workers, including using anti-union agents.
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Chaz Bolte
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Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting

Secret Recording Reveals Staples Held Captive Audience Union-Busting Meeting
Last Monday, workers at an Atlanta-area Staples fulfillment center seeking to organize with the Teamsters union showed up to work wearing union buttons as a sign of solidarity. By the end of the week, they were being forced to attend a mandatory captive-audience meeting in which they were read the company’s anti-union script. The meeting was secretly recorded and has now made it to the Internet.
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Pennsylvania’s 2011 Employee Misclassification Law Hasn’t Resulted in a Single Prosecution

Pennsylvania’s 2011 Employee Misclassification Law Hasn’t Resulted in a Single Prosecution
Awareness about employee misclassification is growing and with it new laws have been enacted. But enacting a law and enforcing one are two different things, as demonstrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of Pennsylvania effort to combat the workers’ rights issue. Act 72, which set standards for who can and cannot be labeled an independent contractor, went into effect in 2011 but has resulted in very few court cases.
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