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    Labor Union Benefits

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    Founded in 1907, the United Parcel Service (UPS) is the world’s largest package delivery service company, headquartered in Sand Springs, Georgia. On August 4, 1997, 185,000 UPS workers, who served as members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters or the Teamsters Union walked out on the company led by Teamster reformer Ron Carey, President of the labor union. The situation was centered on two main issues—increase the number of part-time workers and control over the UPS pension funds. In addition, workers stipulated higher wages. Prior to the strike, UPS offered a final contract, but it was rejected by the Teamster Union on August 2. The strike began on August 4 and went on for fifteen days. It was seen as the largest strike thus far in U.S. history. All of the UPS workers, who are members of the Teamster Union, were involved in the strike. During the strike, UPS suffered from over $650 million in losses (Krause, 1997). The company controlled over eighty percent of the package deliveries in the United States. For the duration of the strike, the company had to shut down its delivery service affecting many people in the community and businesses. After fifteen days, UPS and Teamster came to an agreement for a five-year contract accepting the grievances that were stated by the union. UPS upgraded the workers’ wages, healthcare benefits, and increased the number of part-time workers. In the end, the union may have won, but many…

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    In 1903 the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) formed. This was when two driver unions came together with the help of Samuel Gompers, who was the leader of the American Federation Labor. Samuel Gompers persuaded two competing unions, the Team Drivers International Union (TDIU)and the Teamsters National Union (TNU) to join together because they would be make a much stronger union together than apart. Together the TDIU and TNU formed a new union called the International Brotherhood of…

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    Jimmy Hoffa Theory

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    The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is a mystery still to this day. Hoffa was the president of the Teamsters Union, as well as a labor organizer (“Jimmy Hoffa Biography”). He disappeared mysteriously on July 30, 1975 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (“James R. Hoffa | Biography - American Labour Leader”). There are many theories for Hoffa’s disappearance, such as the belief that he was murdered by a Teamsters enforcer (“Wisley”). To sum this up, many people are searching for even the slightest trace…

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    Over the years we have seen the number of union memberships decrease and we have also seen the wages of employees decrease too. In the 1950’s when the Teamsters were at their full strength, the wages and union membership numbers were at their highest point in American history. After Kennedy and others exposed the corruptions inside of unions, membership numbers have declined every year. Most people believe that the blue-collar industry decline is the main reason for that, but corruption by union…

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    Provenzano. Although, Hoffa’s assiduous and ambitious lifestyle created many friends and foes, the enigma around the sudden disappearance has befuddled and exasperated many theorists. Though the whereabouts and what actually happened to him are heavily disputed, a few were for certain. Hoffa was an extremely influential and powerful individual (Miller). He is credited or completely changing the Teamsters, a labor union (Miller). However, that transformation did come with its own costs as shown…

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    Hostess Brands

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    The movement was founded in 1886, and in 1957 the BCTGM was officially formed. Today the Baker’s falls under the Guidance of the Teamsters Union. The Teamsters are a formidable opponent when it comes to advocating for their members. Over the years, their collective bargaining with Hostess had always worked out for the members and management, avoiding any work stoppage. However, this time around the climate had changed and the outcome did not did not fare so well for the company or the…

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    He boycotted nonviolently using strategies such as strikes, fasts, picketing, and marches. The people of the nation appealed to him because of insistence on nonviolence, his reliance on volunteers from urban universities and religious organizations, his alliance with organized labor, and his use of mass mobilizing techniques. The first contracts were signed in 1966, but years of struggles still continued. The same year victory finally came (1970), the Teamsters signed sweetheart contracts with…

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    connections with D’Mato he also formed a friendship with Frank Sinatra, who introduced Judith Campbell. Campbell maintained an intimate friendship with Kennedy and also with Chicago’s mob boss Sam Giancana. Campbell claims that she acted as a courier for JFK and delivered cash to Giancana to use in the 1960 president campaign. Once in office, JFK and his relationship with the mob changed for the worse. JFK and his brother (attorney general) started to pursue the mob and ties to the Teamster…

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    However, in five years the Teamsters did little to nothing to gain the confidence of the workers, or reap any favorable concessions. The Teamster’s fragmented by an upstart fringe of dis-satisfied correctional workers both in the officer and probation fields and were successful in gaining a vote to splinter from the national organization of Teamsters. The Teamster’s United was born and was making great strides at bargaining and gaining media attention. This however was short lived and they were…

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    Ethics In Labor Unions

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    protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the US economy.” (NLRB) History Channel facts state that “By the end of WWII, more than 12 million workers belonged to unions and collective bargaining had taken hold throughout the industrial economy.” (History.com Staff, 2009) With 12 million workers paying union dues, the…

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