Historic Louisiana Flooding

20943418-FloodThe International Union has received numerous calls from Joint Councils, Local Unions and members requesting information on how to assist members affected by the historic flooding in Louisiana.

The Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is working closely with Local Union officials and the Red Cross to ensure that every Teamster member who is impacted by the flooding and FEMA approved receives a contribution from the Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

First Transit Workers Ratify First-Time Agreement

First Transit Logo.docxCongratulation to our newest members working at First Transit Pomona for successfully ratifying a new first-time contract for the Road Supervisors and Dispatchers. This contract provides a great package for wage, pension, and healthcare. The Local would like to express its appreciation to the committee for their leadership and hard work, throughout the organizing and negotiation process and to all the members for being patient.

Pepsi Merchandisers Ratify New 4 Year Agreement

PepsiPepsi merchandisers represented by Teamsters Local 848 have ratified a new 4 year agreement that provides for higher wages, more company contributions for Health Care, and, for the first time, participation in the Pepsi 401-K matching plan that provides a $.50 company contribution for every $1 employee contribution. Congratulations to everyone involved on a job well done.

DOT Wants Your Opinion on Sleep Apnea Rule

sleep-apnea-pre-ruleThe Department of Transportation last week published its sleep apnea ‘pre-rule,’ notice that seeks feedback from the trucking industry about the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among truck drivers and the costs associated with treatment. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with the Federal Railroad Association, list 20 questions in the notice that the agencies would like answered in public comments. The questions touch on the problem of obstructive sleep apnea, the cost and benefits of treatment, screening procedures and diagnostics, medical personnel qualifications and restrictions and treatment effectiveness. Read the rest of this entry »

Fired bus driver alleges discrimination by AVTA

Yvette-Holmes-former-AVTA-bus-driverLOS ANGELES – A bus driver is suing the Antelope Valley Transit Authority for allegedly firing her because of her physical disability, race and gender.

Attorneys for Yvette Holmes contend that AVTA and its executive director, Len Engel, violated federal and state law by unjustly terminating her decade-long employment after bus exhaust fumes caused her to have respiratory problems, making her unable to drive the few buses in the system that emit fumes into the passenger cabin. Read the rest of this entry »

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