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 »

Goldberg & Solovy Foods Members Ratify New 4 year contract

IMG_0012Congratulations to the members from Goldberg and Solovy Foods, Inc. for their unanimous ratification of a new 4 year contract. This agreement includes historic improvements to wages, pension, vacation leave, and sick pay benefits, as well as holding the line on Health Care costs. Special thanks go out to negotiation committee members Sergio Ortiz, shop steward, and Ralph Black, Business Representative at Local 848 for a job well done.

City of Monterey Park Sued for Violating California Labor Law

BusCity Officials Failed to Follow the Law When It Came to Public Transit Bid, Suit Says

The City of Monterey Park’s new Spirit Bus service operator, First Transit, was awarded a contract through an illegal bidding process. Specifically, Monterey Park and First Transit violated California Labor Code Section 1072, which requires bidders to declare whether or not they intend to keep the current workforce for at least 90 days, and requires the awarding agency (the City of Monterey Park) to give a 10% preference to those who declare that they will keep the current workforce for at least 90 days.



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