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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default DOT Succumbs to Big Business, Grants Petition Undermining Drivers

    I know I posted about this several days ago and cannot find the post but here is the teamster reaction.
    (WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) decision to grant petitions preempting the state of California’s meal and rest break rules. The announcement was made at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018 in what was clearly an effort to avoid public scrutiny of the corporate giveaway at the expense of working men and women.

    “FMCSA’s suggestion that California’s meal and rest break rules negatively impact highway safety is ludicrous. The idea that providing a 10-minute rest break after four hours and a 30-minute meal break after five hours somehow makes the roads less safe is beyond comprehension. This is simply a giveaway to the trucking industry at the expense of driver safety.

    The FMCSA decision to bail out the trucking industry after it failed to achieve a legislative fix and numerous court rejections – and to do it late on a Friday before a holiday – smacks of political cronyism at its worst.

    The Teamsters and our allies will continue the fight to ensure worker safety isn’t compromised so that the FMCSA’s corporate benefactors can grow their profits.”
    https://teamster.org/news/2018/12/do...mining-drivers

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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Re: DOT Succumbs to Big Business, Grants Petition Undermining Drivers

    Teamsters ask court to reverse FMCSA’s decision on California breaks

    Less than two weeks after the U.S. DOT declared that motor carriers are exempt from California’s meal and rest break laws, the Teamsters Union is already seeking a challenge in court.

    The group filed a petition with a federal appeals court on Dec. 27 asking for a review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision, issued Dec. 21. FMCSA asserted that carriers do not have to provide drivers with the meal and rest breaks dictated by California’s labor code. The California laws conflict with federal hours-of-service regulations, the agency says, and therefore are superseded by federal law. The agency said that, despite being more stringent, California’s break laws do not provide greater safety benefits than federal hours regs.

    The Teamsters Union filed their petition Dec. 27 to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — the same court that ruled in 2014 that carriers must provide drivers with the California-dictated breaks. Those breaks include a 30-minute meal break for every five hours working and a paid 15-minute rest break every four hour
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    https://www.ccjdigital.com/teamsters...fornia-breaks/

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