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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…

Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers
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Coronavirus Takes Deadly Toll On NYC’s Frontline Workers

New York, N.Y.—In a week where the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City multiplied to more than 33,000, three transit workers, a high-school principal, and a parking-meter collections assistant became the first city employees confirmed to have died from the lung-afflicting virus. Peter Petrassi, 49, a subway conductor who had been working…

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…

It’s a National War Against COVID-19 and Needs the Federal Government to Take Charge
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It’s a National War Against COVID-19 and Needs the Federal Government to Take Charge

New York, NY – COVID-19 is causing concerns for doctors and nurses regarding the use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The threat to physical safety and overwork is causing health care workers symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and distress. As the troops in the front line become ill, thousands of healthcare professionals will…

Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…
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Mutual Aid Networks: Solidarity in Action…

New York, NY – Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Jackson Heights) recently held a teleconference with longtime activist and organizer Mariame Kaba to highlight the importance of having a Mutual Aid Network [MAN] during emergencies, like the spread of the coronavirus.  “This moment is really revealing who the frontline workers are in our society,” Ocasio-Cortez said….

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