July 19, 2017
EPISODE NOTES: Learn more about the role drug distributors like McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health play in the explosion of opioid painkillers availability in this country, and what the Teamsters are doing to try and curb the problem. Plus, an update on the latest strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. And finally, Chance the Rapper stands up for the rights of working musicians.
SHOW NOTES: Podcast features Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Local 24 President Travis Bornstein; Teamsters International Vice President and Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise; Pennsylvania state Rep. John Taylor; Dawn Becker, emergency room nurse at Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Michigan; Michael Pryce-Jones, senior governance analyst, Teamsters’ Capital Strategies Department; Teamsters Port Division Director Fred Potter; Gabriel Persel, XPO port driver; Daniel Conseko, Intermodal Bridge Transport driver; Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor; Tracey Ellis, Shippers Transport driver
June 21, 2017
Getting the low down on the future of automated trucks and how truck driver jobs and highway safety could be affected; an update on the XPO Logistics campaign; the value of Teamsters running for public office; and Queen Latifah’s long history as a union member.
Podcast features interviews with Jim Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Lamont Byrd, Director of the Teamsters Safety and Health Department; Jay Grimes, Director of Federal Affairs with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; Jose Garcia, Teamsters Local 813 member and private sanitation truck driver; Tom George, Director of the Teamsters AGC Training Center in Pasco, Washington; Frank Martinez, Director of the Southern California Construction Teamsters Training Trust; Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation; Sam Loesche, Legislative Representative with the Teamsters Political and Legislative Action Department; Cassandra Ogren, Research Director with the Teamsters Strategic Research and Campaigns Department; Doug Bloch, Political Director for Teamsters Joint Council 7; Eric Teoh, Senior Statistician with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition; Tom Bower, fired XPO worked at Trenton facility and Local 701 member; Curtis Antoniak, Mayor-elect of Jeannette, Pennsylvania and Local 30 member; John “Bubs” Carl, Assistant Shop Steward, Jeannette, Pa. Sanitation Department and Local 30 member; and Payton Corbett, Candidate for Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Local 122 Trustee
May 17, 2017
Learn about the Teamsters’ fight to help keep so-called right-to-work laws at bay both in states around the country as well as at the federal level, and efforts to halt other anti-worker legislation across the country. Plus, Teamsters airline mechanics compete at competition to show off their maintenance skills and union training. And finally, a song from one of the nation’s most beloved bluesmen.
Features interviews with Dale Lance, Aramark Uniform Services route sales representative; Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute associate labor counsel; Ken Hall, IBT General Secretary-Treasurer and Local 175 President; Jim Kabell, President, Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters; Jeff Padellaro, Local 633 Principal Officer; Chris Moore, Chairman, Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition; Bob Fisher, International Representative, Teamsters Airline Division; Marcos Penpol, UPS Air Cargo mechanic; Boyd Ingram, UPS Air Cargo mechanic; John Goglia, AMC competition co-founder; Jarred Hegna, United Airlines mechanic; and Shiva Ramcoobair, United Airlines mechanic
April 12, 2017
Inside the Teamsters’ XPO organizing effort, including why the giant logistics company is bad for workers and what unions across the globe are doing about it. Plus, how Philadelphia’s soda tax is killing good Teamster jobs across the City of Brotherly Love. And finally, how a former Army captain got his song in the hands of the “Man in Black”.
Features interviews with Jeff Farmer, Director, Teamsters’ Organizing Department; Ryan Janota, XPO driver; Jose Ramirez, XPO driver; Nilaja Abraham, XPO warehouse worker; Ramiro Chamurro, XPO port driver; Louis Malizia, Assistant Director, Teamsters’ Capital Strategies Department; Thierry Mayer, XPO driver; Tony Sheldon, National Secretary, Transport Workers Union; and Danny Grace, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 830
March 8, 2017
EPISODE NOTES: Teamsters Call on Pharmaceutical Company to Address Opioid Crisis; ALJ Orders Sysco to Negotiate with Local 406; Union Opposes Overturning of OSHA Rule; W.Va. Cummins Workers Raise Health Insurance, Retirement Concerns; Organizing News; Contract News; This Week in Teamster Music; The Future of the Podcast
SHOW NOTES: Philly Protest Highlights Growing Problem of Prescription Drugs; NLRB Sides With Teamsters in Sysco Dispute; Workplace Safety Rule Faces Defeat in Congress; Local 175 Cummins Workers Tell Community About Company’s Shortcomings; Sims Recycling Workers Join Local 210; Idaho Sysco Workers Organize With Local 690; Shaw’s Workers Now Part of Local 340; Savage Services Drivers Align with Local 283; Southwest Airlines to Negotiate With Teamster Members; Pipeline Locals Urged to Send Back Ballots; “Dueling Banjos” is Union Made; New Podcast Format to Debut in April
March 1, 2017
Teamsters Call on XPO CEO Jacobs to Improve Worker Rights; IIO Withdraws Recommendation of Charges Against Hall; Regional Freight Coordinators Appointed; UPS Aircraft Mechanics Ask for Release from Mediated Negotiations; Contract News; Organizing News; This Week in Teamster Music; Mexican Trucks at Center of New NAFTA Debate
Union Members Protest XPO During Calif. Shipping Conference; Recommendation of Charges Against Hall Dropped; Grisham, Murphy, Paffenroth Take on Freight Leadership Roles; National Mediation Board Should Drop Local 2727 Mediated Negotiations With UPS; Local 200 Nestle Workers OK New Deal; WeDriveU Workers Ratify First Contract; Southern Glazer’s Deliver Drivers Join Local 988; Connecticut Airgas Workers Align with Local 493; Bo Diddley Sings “Bo Diddley”; Environment, Highway Safety Must Be Considered While Revisiting NAFTA
February 22, 2017
IBT Election Results Certified; Unions Unite to Celebrate DOL Nominee’s Withdrawal; Carhaul Locals Endorse Tentative Agreement; Teamsters Laud DeFazio’s NAFTA Resolution; Union Plays Big Role in Defeat of RTW in N.H.; Contract News; Organizing News; This Week in Teamster Music; Anti-Union Forces Set Sites on Iowa Public Sector Workers
Hoffa-Hall Victory Finalized; Sanders Paints Path for Worker Movement Post-Puzder; Carhaul Members to Vote Next Month on Tentative Contract; Crack down on Mexican Trucks Plays Prominent Role in NAFTA Resolution; N.H. Teamsters Help Defeat RTW in State; Local 200 Roundy’s Workers Ratify New Deal; Liberty Bakery Workers Join Local 653; Ray Parker Jr. and “Ghostbusters”; Corporate Cronies in Hawkeye State Hand Defeat to Everyday Iowans
February 15, 2017
O’Brien, Soehl Appointed to Lead Package, Freight Divisions; Union to Fight Kellogg’s Elimination of 1,200 Jobs; Teamsters Denounce Missouri RTW Law; Local 700 Files ULP Against Illinois County; Teamster Disaster Relief Fund Offers Assistance in Mississippi; Contract News; This Week in Teamster Music; Senate Bill Would Tamp Down on Construction Wages
Boston, N.J. Teamster Leaders Take Over IBT Posts; Axing Keebler Direct Store Delivery Could Cost 1,200 Teamster Jobs; Missouri GOP Pushes Through Anti-Union Law; County Drops Health Insurance for Sergeants While Contract Talks Continue; Teamsters in 3 Miss. Counties Eligible for Union Relief; N.J., Philly Headstart Workers Ratify First Contract; Brian Holland, Hit Maker; Effort to Pull Prevailing Wage Won’t Help Workers
February 8, 2017
Teamsters Come Out Strong Against RTW Measure; Union Endorses Rep. Ellison for DNC Chair; IBT Raises Concerns about Gorsuch Supreme Court Pick; Local 251 R.I. Hospital Workers Join Rally; Teamsters Ask White House to Reconsider Fed Contractor Order Statement; JC 32 Backs Frey for Minneapolis Mayor; This Week in Teamster Music; House GOP Renews War on Workers with RTW Bill
Anti-Union House Bill Would Strip Workers of Collective Bargain Rights; Teamsters Back Pro-Worker Ellison to Head Democratic Party; High Court Nominee Pick Would Tamp Down on NLRB; R.I. Teamster Hospital Workers Want End to Punitive Policies; Government Should Reward Contractors Following Law, Not Breaking It; Minn. Mayoral Candidate Wins Backing of Local Teamsters; Joe Ely and “She Had Everything”; and Limiting Collective Bargaining is No Way to Help Workers
February 1, 2017
Hoffa Talks Up Trade Reform, Pensions on TV; Horizon Air Pilots Say Company Violated Contract; Airlines Must Bargain in Good Faith With Teamsters, Judge Says; Minn. O’Reilly Drivers Reject Agreement; Bill Would Eliminate Prevailing Wage on Fed Infrastructure Projects; Contract News; This Week in Teamster Music; Defeat of TPP Shouldn’t End Trade Reform Efforts
NAFTA Issues Still Need to be Revamped, Hoffa Says; Recruiting, Retaining Pilots a Top Concern at Horizon Air; Teamsters Win Another Motion for Relief Against Flexjet, Flight Options; Minn. Drivers Say O’Reilly Must Address Safety Risks; Prevailing Wage Bill is a Loser for Workers; Carhaul Local Leaders to Review Agreement; Local 118 Reaches Agreement with Genesee Brewing; Illinois Fire Department Teamsters Ratify New Contract; Ruth Brown and “Lucky Lips”; More Work to Be Done to Make Trade Fair