Local 572 Member Update

Re:      Local 572 Update

Dear Members,

I want start by recognizing that today is Juneteenth, a day that honors Black freedom and resistance and celebrates Black people’s unique contribution to the struggle for justice in the United States. I hope you will take some time to recognize and honor this day and perhaps even participate in one of the many Juneteenth events happening throughout the greater Los Angeles area this weekend.

I also want to recognize that June is Gay Pride month.  Gay Pride month honors the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York and serves as a positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to promote dignity and equality, build community, and celebrate diversity. This year marks the 51stanniversary of the Stonewall riots that were largely fueled by transgender women of color who demanded equal protection under the law and an end to police harassment—the same issues that still exist today.  Still, the U.S. Supreme Court has given us reason to celebrate. Just a few days ago on June 15th, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court found that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation and transgender status. Such protections were already available to LGBTQ workers in about half the states, including California, but now these protections are available nationwide. This decision was long overdue, but it underscores that while progress may be slow, it is possible.

During these turbulent times, I’m especially proud that the Teamsters Union has always been on the frontlines of the civil rights movement. The Teamsters have stood and fought for equality for all workers from the beginning, be it on picket lines, through legislation or in partnerships with civil rights organizations even when other unions permitted segregation among their members. I urge you to learn more about the Teamsters and the civil rights struggle by visiting the Teamsters website at:

https://teamster.org/about/teamster-history/teamsters-and-civil-rights/.

We continue to navigate through the many changes COVID-19 has thrust upon our Local Union. As I previously reported, we have re-opened our Local’s front office to member walk-ins, but with LA County-mandated restrictions. Everyone who enters our building must wear a face mask or covering, adhere to social distancing guidelines and be free of COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, coughing, headache, body aches, etc.). The number of positive COVID-19 cases remains high in LA County so please do not let up on safety guidelines that are designed to keep you and your families safe.

As in all my other updates, I’ve included a list of our business agents’ cell phone numbers at the bottom of this message. Make sure to visit our website for regular updates. We can be found at: https://www.teamsters572.org.

We remain eager to get more information about school operations and student transportation in the fall. The new CDC and California Department of Education (CDE) COVID-19 school operation guidelines are just that: guidelines with no real teeth or money behind them.  The guidelines permit each school district to make their own operational and financial decisions (within the wide parameters of those guidelines) regarding how they will operate in the fall.  Stay tuned. Our business agents are in constant contact with district representatives and school bus employers as the districts try to develop firm re-opening plans.

The LA County Federation has done an exceptional job coordinating food banks throughout this pandemic, including one here at Local 572 in April.  For information about upcoming food banks, visit: https://lcs-la.org/events. A drive-thru food bank will be held on June 23rd, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, at LA Trade Technical College. This is open to all union members—get there early.

The LA County “Great Plates Delivered” program has been extended through Friday, July 10th. Great Plates Delivered offers three free home-delivered meals a day from local restaurants to qualifying older adults and adults over 60 who are at high-risk of COVID-19 as determined by the CDC. This program aims to assist those in need of home-delivered meals and to help get our local restaurant, hospitality, and transportation industries back to work.  For more information and to see if you qualify, email greatplates@wdacs.lacounty.gov or call 211 for multi-lingual services.  Some cities have chosen to run their own programs:  in Long Beach, email crystal.slaten@longbeach.gov; in Bell Gardens, email rescobedo@bellgardens.org: in Pasadena, email greatplatesdelivered@cityofpasadena.net; and in Rosemead, email mwong@cityofrosemead.org.

The Teamsters, along with most unions, continue to oppose the Grow Act which is embedded in the pending Heroes Act.  As I previously reported, the Grow Act will weaken our hard-earned pensions. We continue to meet with representatives of Congress to educate them about the negative implications of the Grow Act and demand that they stand with workers in protecting our pensions.

Reminder:  Our June 28th General Membership meeting will be held via Zoom because of ongoing social distancing mandates. Pre-registration is required. The shop steward training for June is cancelled. You should have received an email inviting you to the General Membership meeting.  If you did not receive one, go to our website and scroll down to “Featured Articles” for more information.

Stay safe.

Fraternally,
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 572
R.E. Middleton
Secretary-Treasurer

 

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