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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Default Local 355 DHL Express Clerical Workers on Strike

    (WASHINGTON) – On Thursday, Sept. 12, a group of three office clerical workers at DHL Express in Hanover, Md. went on strike against the U.S. subsidiary of Germany based global delivery giant DP DHL. The dispute involves the company’s different treatment of the clerical workers compared to their delivery driver co-workers.

    At the Hanover location, DHL Express drivers are covered by a national master collective bargaining agreement. The clerical employees, however, traditionally were not covered by any contract and received inferior health and retirement benefits. Late last year the clerical employees voted to join Teamsters Local Union No. 355 in an effort to address the disparity.

    “This is really about treating us fairly – we have less retirement security and greater health cost risk than our fellow co-workers,” said James Gekas, a five-year clerical worker.

    In bargaining, however, the company has taken a hardline approach and has refused to agree to allow the clerical employees to have the same health care and retirement programs as the couriers they work with every day. Rather, the company is insisting that the clerical employees continue to participate in a company-controlled health plan that has extremely high out–of-pocket costs and significantly inferior coverage. Likewise, the company refuses to agree to permit the clerical employees to participate in the same retirement plan as the drivers represented by Teamsters Local 355.

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    Retired !

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    Default Re: Local 355 DHL Express Clerical Workers on Strike

    Philly Teamsters at DHL support the Baltimore strikers.

    How a 3-person strike in Baltimore is taking Philly workers off the job
    But those workers are represented by the Teamsters, whose members have the right to honor a picket line of their fellow DHL colleagues if the picket line shows up outside their workplace.
    And on Monday, the Baltimore picket line did show up, in Southwest Philly, which meant that about 100 DHL workers — people who unpack the planes, process packages, and deliver them around the city for the German international delivery company — didn’t cross the line and, instead, went home. They did the same on Tuesday and will do so throughout the week if the picket line remains.
    It’s the first Teamsters “roving strike” that’s arrived in Philly in decades, and it comes at a time when strikes are on the rise. The last was likely in the ’70s, when the Teamsters were bargaining with the trucking industry over their national master freight contract. The roving strike is a powerful tool held by unionized workers employed by national companies, as the Baltimore workers of Local 355 can threaten to bring picket lines to other parts of the country. The Teamsters represent 5,000 U.S. DHL workers across 25 locals, including a newly organized group of clerical workers in Seattle.

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    Scab Hating Union Thug

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    Default Re: Local 355 DHL Express Clerical Workers on Strike

    Teamster Strike at DHL in Baltimore Resolved

    "A week-long strike by three DHL clerical workers represented by Teamsters Local 355 in Baltimore has been resolved. The employees unanimously approved an improved offer of settlement from the company that addressed the employees’ concerns about health care.

    The Local Union is also satisfied with the revised offer of the company. Local 355 Principal Officer Denis Taylor stated, “I’m proud of these members for taking a stand and staying strong.* I’m also thankful to the other members of Local 355, Local 107 and Local 500 that honored the strikers’ picket line.”** All employees have returned to work." * * * * * **



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