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Teamsters Reach COVID-19 Agreement with Grocery Industry
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Teamsters Reach COVID-19 Agreement with Grocery Industry

Spokane, Washington – Teamsters have reached an agreement with US Foods and Safeway-Albertsons regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary agreement will allow members of Teamsters Local 455 (Colorado), Local 690 (Washington), Local 174 (Washington) and Joint Council 28 (Washington) to continue working through the public health crisis and serve as a template for other locals…

Congressional CARES ACT Provides Economic Relief to Employees
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Congressional CARES ACT Provides Economic Relief to Employees

Washington, DC – In its latest response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Congress has passed the third package of emergency relief legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. This bill will provide immediate economic relief for workers across the United States, many of whom found themselves out of work overnight due to…

Maximus Not Addressing COVID-19 Crisis
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Maximus Not Addressing COVID-19 Crisis

Bogalusa, Louisiana – Maximus with 11 call centers for medicare and Medicaid services, continues to take inadequate precautions to protect its employees at these federally contracted operations. “While Maximus on Wednesday started making efforts to space workers in the Bogalusa, LA call center where I work two seats apart, it’s not enough. We shouldn’t have to put…

Trump Administration Must Not Rollback Crucial Environmental Regulations
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Trump Administration Must Not Rollback Crucial Environmental Regulations

“At a time when thousands of Americans afflicted with COVID-19 are gasping for breath, the Trump Administration wants to roll back crucial environmental regulations that protect our air, our water, and our health. “Scientists tell us that during earlier outbreaks of respiratory diseases, people in areas with even moderate air pollution were 84 percent more…

Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments
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Workers Need Safe Healthy Work Environments

Washington – DC, The Teamsters are raising concerns that coronavirus-related stimulus legislation is not addressing the health and safety of workers across industries. Whether it’s those in food processing, drivers who transport goods to market, those who stock the shelves, or cashiers who handle the sales, standards are needed to ensure their personal safety in…

Trump’s On A Different Page Regarding COVID-19
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Trump’s On A Different Page Regarding COVID-19

Washington DC – At the White House task force’s daily briefing Thursday, March 25, 2020, President Trump suggested that “due to our superior testing capabilities”, America is surpassing all other countries in cases of COVID-19.The comment followed a letter to the nation’s governors in which Trump alluded to his administration’s plans to relax crucial social…

Walmart & Amazon Employees Continue at Risk
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Walmart & Amazon Employees Continue at Risk

Washington DC —  The health and safety of  Walmart and Amazon employees remain at risk as they continue to provide critical food and supplies to families. “As Walmart associates, we don’t get to practice ‘social distancing.’ Every day, swarms of customers come into our stores — some wearing masks, many wearing gloves — and Walmart…

Unions Praise Senate Democrats for Blocking ‘Corporate Power Grab’
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Unions Praise Senate Democrats for Blocking ‘Corporate Power Grab’

WASHINGTON—Leaders of major U.S. unions praised Senate Democrats for blocking a $1.8 trillion economic-stimulus package Mar. 22, calling it a “corporate power grab” that would have done little to help workers laid off during the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. “This is not a moment for corporate power grabs or crony capitalism,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said…

Charter Communications  Won’t Let People Work From Home; Fires Critic
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Charter Communications Won’t Let People Work From Home; Fires Critic

DENVER, Colo.—The Charter Communications cable-TV and Internet company, whose New York field technicians have been on strike for three years since it slashed their health benefits, is being equally harsh with its office staff. Workers in several different cities told the tech-news site Gizmodo that the company is refusing to let them work from home…

New Unemployment-Benefits Claims Jump by 70,000
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New Unemployment-Benefits Claims Jump by 70,000

WASHINGTON—New claims for unemployment benefits jumped to 281,000 last week—up 70,000 from the previous week—due to layoffs and closings from the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department announced Mar. 19. It was the largest number of new claims since the 299,000 after Hurricane Harvey in September 2017, and the largest percentage increase since 1992, according to…

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