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Oct. 21, 1933: Wisconsin dairy farmers begin their third strike of the year in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to producers during the Great Depression. Several creameries were bombed before the strike ended a month later. The economy eventually improved, allowing the farmers to make more money.
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Repeal Would Be Bad for Our Health
Updated On: Jan 12, 2011

   Claiming that the new health care reform law regulations will burden businesses and increase the nation's deficit despite the Congressional Budget Office's report to the contrary, members of the House of Representatives wasted no time making good on their promise to roll it back. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and 161 House co-sponsors on January 5 submitted "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" (H.R.2).
   The Obama Administration issued a statement of administration policy January 6 opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, stating "it would explode the deficit, raise costs for the American people and businesses, deny an estimated 32 million people health insurance, and take us back to the days when insurers could deny, limit or drop coverage for any American." The President has said if presented with H.R. 2 he would veto it.
   A few examples of what repeal would do: It would eliminate free cancer screenings, and reinstate co-pays and deductibles for annual physicals and all associated lab test fees. Adult children (under the age of 26) would lose insurance coverage under their parents' plan. Insurance companies could drop coverage if an insured gets sick. Additionally, repeal of the bill would rescind the cost savings, anti-fraud provisions and other requirements that will keep Medicare financially solvent, and more than 4,000 employer-based health plans that have been approved for aid to offset health care costs of retired workers would lose those funds. (Information about Affordable Care Act benefits can be found at healthcare.gov.)
   It would seem that instead of engaging in such an obvious example of partisan politics, Congress should be concentrating on fully implementing the new law so that the maximum number of Americans can enjoy the benefits of health insurance coverage, prevent insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, charging women higher rates, and imposing absurdly high premiums on older Americans.



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  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

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    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

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  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

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