International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 238 Organizing Director Buzz Malone said Friday that he has been recruiting workers to organize since November. He said the union has approached "400 to 500" current or former employees, primarily tied to Amazon's distribution centers in Grimes and Iowa City.
A group of labor and community organizations is sounding the alarm over what they believe are unsafe practices at a Waterloo employer during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Iowa Council for Worker Safety hand-delivered a letter to Joe Piscitello of Omega Cabinetry in Waterloo last week, according to Jesse Case, the secretary/treasurer of Teamsters Local #238, which is not affiliated with Omega.
“There is a growing humanitarian crisis and the government is failing the people,” said Jesse Case, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 238. “Tens of thousands of people were left without electricity, food and water. Tent cities have popped up around apartment complexes with damaged roofs. Local 238 has set up a food distribution program and we’re collecting thousands of pounds of essential goods and distributing them to families in need.”
“For the first time in history, the campaign staff for a presumptive nominee of a major political party will be covered under a union agreement,” said Jesse Case, the union’s Secretary-Treasurer. “We are pleased to announce that Biden for President field organizers, represented by Teamsters Local 238, have ratified a collective bargaining agreement effective May 1.”
Six leading U.S. presidential contenders shared their views with more than 700 Teamster members and retirees here on Saturday about pension reform, expanding collective bargaining rights and other top issues that matter most to hardworking Americans.
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A new poll from the Retirement Security Coalition finds 2 in 3 voters (67%) recognize that Congress cannot afford to wait to address the multiemployer pension plan crisis and that urgent action and changes are needed to protect 10 million Americans’ retirements. Results show broad voter support (66%) for a comprehensive “shared solution” approach that includes government assistance and added oversight tools. Voters showed empathy for the situation of essential blue collar workers in multiemployer pension plans and the need to protect retirement security. Read More...
"The IBT Constitution should reflect the times we live in while protecting our members. We need to be proactive and progressive as an organization. This motion reflects the wishes of our members and we encourage other locals to take similar action.
"The IBT Constitution should reflect the times we live in while protecting our members. We need to be proactive and progressive as an organization. This motion reflects the wishes of our members and we encourage other locals to take similar action. Read More...