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Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars

by Christina Anderson and Neal E. Boudette, December 12, 2017
The New York Times

Tax Plan Aims to Slay a Reagan Target: The Government Beast

NOVEMBER 24, 2017

George Avakian, Record Producer and Talent Scout, Dies at 98

Real Estate Agents Mobilize to Shield Homeowners on Tax Plan

Will a Corporate Tax Cut Lift Worker Pay? A Union Wants It in Writing

Time Inc. Sells Itself to Meredith Corp., Backed by Koch Brothers

From City Hall to the White House? Eric Garcetti May Try to Defy the Odds

Failing Subway Threatens New York’s Financial Future, M.T.A. Chief Says

How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways

Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year. But the crisis was
long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows.

How Every Member Voted on the House Tax Bill

Lower Corporate Taxes, Higher Wages? Voters Are Skeptical

This Tax Bill Is Now a Health Care Bill

Senate Plans to End Obamacare Mandate in Revised Tax Proposal

Ad blitz in California brings tax plan fight home

Senate Tax Plan Diverges From House Version. Highlighting Political Pressures
by Jim Tankersley, Alan Rappeport and Thomas Kaplan, November 9, 2017

A Middle-Class Tax Cut? It Depends Who and Where You Are
by Ben Casselman and Tara Siegel Bernard, November 9, 2017
New York Times

Too Much Caffeine? Coffee Shops Face a Shakeout

After mushrooming in recent years, coffee shops struggle as grocers, gas stations and fast-food chains add specialty beverages
By Julie Jargon

A Billionaire Destroyed His Newsrooms Out of Spite

Trump’s Trade Endgame Could Be the Undoing of Global Rules

DNA Info and Gothamist Are Shut Down After Vote to Unionize

by Andy Newman and John Leland
The New York Times, November 2, 2017

House Tax Bill Would Deliver Blow to California Homeowners
by Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera
the LA Times, November 2, 2017

Amazon Counts Its Suitors: 238 Want to Be Home for 2nd Headquarters

New York to Replace MetroCard With Modern Way to Pay Transit Fares

CVS Makes Blockbuster Aetna Bid
Sources say CVS Health has proposed to buy Aetna for more than $200 a share, or $66 billion

Trump Pulls Back From Senate Deal to Fund Health Subsidies

Bipartisan Health Proposal Is Too Late for 2018, but a Salve for 2019

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable

Trump’s Attack on Insurer ‘Gravy Train’ Could Actually Help a Lot of Consumers

Deep in Trump Country, a Big Stake in Health Care
Medical care is the job engine in an area that strongly backed President Trump, and the cloud over the Affordable Care Act has left residents uneasy.

October 16, 2017

Iowa’s Swing to Republicans Is a Matter of (Lacking a) Degree

Iowa’s status as a swing state in presidential elections may
be in doubt. One key reason: Its economy cannot support
enough college graduates. That’s bad news for Democrats.

Becoming a Steelworker Liberated Her. Then Her Job Moved to Mexico.

Leer en español

Why Aren’t Wages Rising Faster Now That Unemployment Is Lower?

Global Economy’s Stubborn Reality: Plenty of Work, Not Enough Pay

Even as job markets are tight in many major
economies, low unemployment is failing to spur
robust increases in wages, leaving workers angry.

Trump’s Fight With Corker Jeopardizes His Legislative Agenda

More homes evacuated as Northern California fires grow

Che Guevara’s Fiery Life and Bloody Death

Execution Still Haunts Village, 50 Years After Che Guevara’s Death


U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls Trump Nafta Proposals ‘Highly Dangerous’

Business lobby to ramp up coordination with other trade groups to amplify their concerns to administration officials

Whirlpool Wins Backing for Import Protection From Key Government Panel

Trade commission approved company’s petition seeking protection in U.S. market from South Korean rivals

Trump Administration Seeks to Jolt Nafta Talks With Content Demands

Changes laid out in proposal would change core principle of the trade pact and could have far-reaching impact on Detroit’s auto makers

U.S. Lost 33,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.2%


Coach Operators & Other Teamsters Employed at the
Orange County Transportation Authority


On Monday, October 2nd, Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 4th we took strike authorization votes.

We are very pleased to report the results of the vote as follows:

            YES - 209          NO - 103

Negotiations are continuing on the following dates:

Monday, October 16, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We’d like to thank all of those who supported this effort and participated in these events.

Prior to any strike taking place, there will be additional meetings and voting on either a tentative agreement or a last, best and final offer.  Please sign up for receiving text messages with your shop steward.

If you have any questions, please contact a Steward or call your Business Representative Almeta Carter at (714) 887-9279. Thank you to you and your family for your support of the Teamsters Union.

Patrick D. Kelly

Southern California Homeless Advocate,

Huntington Beach City Councilman Republican Billy O'Connell
met with IBT General President James P Hoffa to discuss the homeless issues

On November 3rd in Long Beach there will be a fund raiser
for Colette's Children's Home honoring
Joint Council 42 President
and Local 63 Secretary-Treasurer Randy Cammack

If you are interested in attending or donating to this event please click:

UnMasking Homelessness


Vice President Don Brewster, Business Representative/ Organizer Bobby Block, Organizer Stan Brown and Staff/ Volunteer Organizers were at the XPO Orange Terminal leafleting information about XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs. Jacobs and XPO are the poster children for cooperate greed. Jacobs received a 481% increase in salary to nearly $6 Million per year all off the workers' backs.

If you are a worker of XPO or would like to volunteer your time in eliminating corporate greed to allow workers to have a voice and a fair living, contact one of our organizers: Stan Brown (714) 501-6106 or Bobby Block (714) 740-6238.



We are pleased to announce that our Local 952 President Grant Maertz has been appointed to serve on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters National Negotiations Committee for the UPS Collective Bargaining Agreement. We know that Grant will do a terrific job representing all of the membership at UPS.
Patrick D. Kelly

Letter from James P. Hoffa,
General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters




Radio Interview with Frank Mottek
KNX Business Hour Saturday, September 2, 2017

"You're a LOSER if you don't fight!"
Click Here to Listen

Patrick D. Kelly, Principal Officer Addressing Current Critical Events at the General Membership Meeting
Click on the Picture to Watch the Video

Patrick D. Kelly introducing new President, Grant Maertz

Patrick D. Kelly introducing new Recording Secretary, Ruben Lopez


The GOP keeps coming after blue states, especially California

Republicans Are Reconsidering Full Repeal of State and Local Tax Deduction

It's time for Nancy Pelosi and other longtime Democratic leaders to leave, California Rep. Linda Sanchez says
Oct. 5, 2017, 9:04 a.m.

Europe’s On-Demand Economy Draws Complaints. And Regulators.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Mandatory Fees to Unions

What’s Up in Coal
Alternative-Energy Jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar
panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia.

Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: The Boss on His ‘First Real Job’

It’s not a small rock show or a theatrical event.
Inspired by a White House concert, one of rock’s
celebrated storytellers is bringing his tales to a new stage.


This Lawyer Helped Reagan Bust the Air Traffic Controllers Union. Now Trump Wants Him on the NLRB

Michael Arria
September 21, 2017

Senate Republicans Say They Will Not Vote on Health Bill

Wash Post Busted Pressmen’s Union in 1975 Strike. Why It Still Matters Today.

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable

Board approves 10-year Port of Los Angeles labor agreement

Republicans Plan Healthcare Vote; Obama and TV Host Denounce Bill

Blue States Face Biggest Cuts Under
New Republican Health Care Plan

John McCain Faces a New Test of His Principles

Harry Dean Stanton, character actor in 'Twin Peaks,' 'Big Love' and 'Cool Hand Luke,' dies at 91

Is Hilary Clinton Right About Why She Lost?
by FiveThirtyEight Chat, September 13, 2017

Partisanship, Propaganda, and Disinformation: Online Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidental Election
Published August 16, 2017
Berkman Klein Center
for Internet & Society at Harvard University

How Single-Payer Health Care Could Trip Up Democrats

Trump Commemorates Sept. 11 Attacks With Vow to Conquer ‘Evil’

Rick Stevens, Funk-Soul Singer Convicted of Murder, Dies at 77

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Italian-Americans sought as extras for Netflix Scorcese film on Jimmy Hoffa

Posted on September 6, 2017 at 8:51

To Allies’ Chagrin, Trump Swerves Left

Italian-Americans sought as extras for Netflix Scorcese film on Jimmy Hoffa 

- Posted on September 6, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Hurricane Harvey Shifts Political Winds in Washington



Trump Tax Plan May Free Up Corporate Dollars, but Then What?
by Patricia Cohen, August 29, 2017
The New York Times

Home Health Care: Shouldn't It Be Work Worth Doing?
by Eduardo Porter, The New York Times
August 29, 2017

Trump's Threats on Health Law Hide an Upside: Gains Made by Some Insurers
by Reed Abelson, August 26, 2017
The New York Times

Service Union Plans Big Push to Turn Midwest Political Tide
by Noam Scheiber, August 24, 2017
The New York Times

Tesla’s Self-Driving Push Sparked Dissent Among Its Engineers

Bridge of Grand Ambitions Is Set to Open at the Tappan Zee

Administration Scraps Local-Hiring Plan for Public Works

Amazon’s Play to Rattle Whole Foods Rivals: Cheaper Kale and Avocado

Yellen Warns Against Erasing Regulations Made After the Financial Crisis

Bend the Trend: Reviving Unionization in America
by Jared Bernstein, August 24, 2017
The Washington Post

What Will Trump Do to American Workers?
by Paul Krugman, August 21, 2017
The New York Times

Labor Wants to Make Nafta its Friend.
Here's the Problem

by Eduardo Porter, August 22, 2017
The New York Times

Trump doesn't Seem to Like Being President.
So Why not Quit?

by David Von Drehle, August 18, 2017
The Washington Post

Dick Gregory, 84, Dies:
Found Humor in the Civil Rights Struggle

by Clyde Haberman, August 19, 2017
The New York Times

Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91
by Dave Kehr, August 20, 2017
The New York Times

Richard Trumka: Why I Quit Trump's Business Council
by Richard Trumka, August 16, 2017
The New York Times

Health Exchange Premiums Would Rise 20% in 2018 If Subsideies Ended, CBO Estimates
by Stephanie Armour, August 15, 2017
The Wall Street Journal

America's Buses Lose Riders, Imperiling Their Future
by David Harrison, August 12, 2017
The Wall Street Journal

Forgot about Single-Payer Healthcare.
This California Congressman has the Real Solution:  Medicare for All

by George Skelton, August 14, 2017
The Los Angeles Times

On Four-State Tour, Democratic Leaders Try to Reconnect With Workers
by Nick Corasaniti, August 14, 2017
The New York Times

Some California Truck Drivers May Not Be Allowed to Rest as Often if this Federal Bill Becomes Law
by Meg Bernhard, The Los Angeles Times
Augst 14, 2017

Arlene Gottfried, Photographer Who Found the Extraordinary in the Ordinary, Dies at 66
by William Grimes, Agust 10, 2017
the New York Times

Mike Pence Rejects Report That He Is Positioning for 2020
by Peter Baker, August 6, 2017
The New York Times

The Secret Life of the City Banana
by Annie Correal, August 4, 2017
The New York Times

U.A.W. Accuses Nissan of "Scare Tactics" as Workers Reject Union Bid
by Noam Scheiber, August 5, 2017
The New York Times

How Many People Across America Are at Risk of Losing Their Health Insurance?
by Haeyoun Park, July 27, 2017
The New York Times

The Real Civil War in the Democratic Party
by Lee Drutman, July 26, 2017
The New York Times

Economy Needs Workers, but Drug Tests Take a Toll
by Nelson D. Schwartz, July 24, 2017
The New York Times

Assemblyman Tom Daly

 Strong fighter for Ready-Mix Drivers with Teamsters!

Pictured from left to right:

Jeff Sweet - LU952, Assemblyman Tom Daly, Louie Diaz LU848,

Bobby Block LU952 and Eddy Ronceros LU952

August 16, 2017

Shop Stewards Power Building Training Held at Teamsters Local 952 on August 16, 2017. Local 911 Secretary-Treasurer speaking on behalf U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal.


Election Supervisor Reaffirms Decision Rejecting Claims
of Rules Violations in International Officer Election

August 8, 2017

click here to read article


Teamsters Local 848 representing 7UP Account Managers and Relief Account Managers conducted an unfair labor practice strike against 7UP (The American Bottling Company) starting on Monday July 24th. These pickets lines were extended to various locations. Members from various Locals including San Fernando and Vernon (Locals 495, 848 & 896), Orange (Local 952), Riverside (Local 63), and San Diego (Local 683) honored those pickets lines.
Picket Lines went down on Tuesday, July 25th at about 4:00 PM.

Local 848 and the 7UP Bargaining Committee
have agreed to go back to the bargaining table.

We want to thank all of our Teamster Brothers and Sisters for your continued support.  We will keep you notified of any further developments.
If you have any questions,
please contact Business Representative/Organizer Jeff Sweet at (714) 740-6230



Effective Thursday July 21, 2017
Donna Metcalfe has resigned as President of Local 952.
Business Representative/Recording Secretary Grant Maertz has been appointed as successor for President of Local 952.
Business Representative/Organizer Ruben Lopez has been appointed as successor for Recording Secretary of Local 952





Brothers and Sisters

On behalf of our members, Executive Board and Staff at Local 952, we want to wish you and your families a great Labor Day Weekend. We want to thank all of the Veterans, Retirees, Senior Members and actives of the Teamsters who have fought so that we may enjoy the benefits and dignity of Teamster Membership and residency in the USA

We have a lot of tough fights going on and coming. We need to remember that as long as we are united and fight we can WIN. Please be sure to make sure that you and your family are registered to vote and we ask all of you to participate in the D.R.I.V.E. program.

Fraternally Patrick D. Kelly, Secretary-Treasurer

*Listen to Patrick D. Kelly's interview on KNX 1070 a.m. on "Mottek on Money", Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 at 8 pm or the Podcast at this website when it becomes available.

Former $2 Billion Private Equity Fund Now Nearly Worthless: WSJ
by Reuters, July 16, 2017
The New York Times

Health Care Has G.O.P. Down. Tax Cuts May Be the Cure
by Jeremy W. Peters, July 19, 2017
The New York Times

Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Automation are Reshaping Iowa's Workforce.  is Your Job at Risk?
by Kevin Hardy, July 10, 2017
The DesMoise Register

Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement
by Kashana Cauley, July 13, 2017
The New York Times

Revised GOP Healthcare Bill Succeeds at Making things Even Worse
by David Lazarus, July 14, 2017
The Los Angeles Times


How robots, Al and Automation are Shaking up Iowa's Workforce. Is your job at risk?
by Kevin Hardy, July 8, 2017
Desmoines Register

'Auntie Maxine' Waters Goes After Trump and Goes Viral
by Yamiche Alcindor, July 7, 2017
The New York Times

G.O.P. Support of Senate Health Repeal Erodes During Break
by Jennifer Steinhauer and Robert Pear, July 7, 2017
The New York Times

Retail giants enable trucker exploitation
By Brett Murphy - June 29, 2017

Port truckers who carry your favorite goods to market are being cheated to save you money
- Contact Reporter
June 29, 2017 8:55 AM


The Mitch McConnell Sinkhole


Every New York City Subway Line Is Getting Worse. Here’s Why

By Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Ford Fessenden and K.K. rebecca Lai
June 28, 2017


UPS to Freeze Pension Plans for Nonunion Staffers
Carrier has a U.S. pension deficit that reached $9.85 billion at the end of 2016

The G.O.P. Rejects Conservatism 

Recipe for disaster: How not to cook up healthcare reform

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has every reason to smile: His own healthcare won't be affected by the Senate's healthcare bill. (Associated Press)
By David Lazarus - Contact Reporter
June 22, 2017 4:10 PM


Secretary-Treasurer Patrick D. Kelly
remarks to the OCTA Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, June 12, 2017

Click the above link to listen to the audio
On lefthand side of screen, click onto
29. Public Comments
Go to 1:52:56 to hear Patrick Kelly's Comments


17th Annual Orange County Celebration of our Flag



click here for copy of flyer



Teamsters Joint Council 42
Newpaper Articles
June 1, 2017

Click here to read more....


Brothers & Sisters meeting with Strong Labor Supporter Assemblymember Tom Daly in Sacramento.
(L-R) LU986 BA Greg Bashem, LU952 Organizer Stan Brown, LU952 Trustee Rudy Lopez, LU952 Trustee Marlene Salazar, LU952 BA Bobby Block, AM Tom Daly, LU848 VP Louie Diaz, LU952 ST Patrick D. Kelly, LU952 BA Mark E. Woomer, LU952 Trustee Dennis Dodd and LU952 BA Norma Lopez.

Congratulations to Brother Kris Knalson!!!


Teamsters Local 952 Retirees Successfully Lobby for Passage of Transportation Bill SB-1 in California

April 10, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown to Sign Bill into Law After Grassroots Outreach to Legislators

After intense lobbying by Teamster retirees from Teamsters Local 952, lawmakers in the State Senate and Assembly approved SB-1, a $52 Billion transportation infrastructure package, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democratic governor strongly supports the legislation and is expected to sign it.

The bill, which raises the gas tax, will result in roughly $5 billion per year in infrastructure spending, including a 20 percent investment in transportation infrastructure. The legislation will create good-paying union jobs in the construction and transit industries while also providing some much-needed improvements to roads, highways, and other crucial facilities throughout the state.

Teamster retirees engaged in strategic phone-banking to members of the Assembly and State Senate to persuade elected officials to vote yes on SB-1. More than 500 calls were made in a time span of only three to four hours. The phone-banking clearly made a difference in swaying the handful of undecided legislators that were needed to pass the bill: lawmakers in the Assembly barely cleared the two-thirds super-majority needed to send the legislation to the Governor’s office.

Congratulations to all of our Teamster retirees who volunteered their time to make this happen! Thanks to your efforts, Californians will continue to have good-paying jobs doing work that serves to benefit all of their fellow citizens.

Teamsters Mourn the passing of
Mike Garcia and Celebrate his life

In Loving Memory of Mike Garcia

Mike's commitment to building a better future for all families was present in everything he did. He made SEIU a better, bolder and stronger union through his dedication and passion. His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of SEIU members everywhere.

“I had the privilege and honor of working with brother Garcia for over 25 years. He was the best organizer in the USA in the last 30 years.
I love you Bro..."
Patrick D. Kelly -Secretary-Treasurer

Mike Garcia
4/22/1951 – 3/25/17



The Election Supervisor has certified the results of the 2016 IBT International Officer Election. The certification statement is available here.

Election Supervisor's Certification of Results of the 2016 IBT International Officers Election


We are asking for donations for Brother Billy who tragically lost his life while on the job (YRC)

Donations to the family can be made to:
Union Yes Federal Credit Union
“Friends of Billy De Oss Fund” #89387
1918 W. Chapman Ave., Ste. 100
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 704-2800



International Officer Ballot Count

Election Results (Not Certified)

*Local Union     *Region        *Hoffa     *Zuckerman     *Total
*IBT 952          *Western      *609       *449                *1058





Employees Seek Better Wages and Benefits,
Strong Voice on the Job

Westside Building Materials 


Business Representative Bobby Block with several Local 952 members standing in unity and showing their support.
If you have any questions, call Bobby at (714) 740-6238.


click here for flyer in English and Spanish


Click here to

Key Note Speaker: 
Fred Potter, International Vice President
Director, Teamsters Port Division
International Brotherhood of Teamsters

to Download Registration Form Click Here 

Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan, June 22, 2017
The New York Times

DWP Contract Could Spark Costly Demands from Other City Unions
by David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes and Dakota Smith, June 21, 2017
The Los Angeles Times

Nancy Pelosi Tells Democratic Critics, 'I Think I'm Worth the Trouble'
by Jonathan Martin and Matt Flegenheimer, June 22, 2017
The New York Times

Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid  

DWP contract could spark costly demands from other city unions 
, and - Contact Reporters
June 21, 2017 3:40 PM

Trump Takes Steps to Undo Obama Legacy on Labor
by Noam Scheiber, June 20, 2017
The New York TImes

Amazon's move Signals End of Line for Many Cashiers
by Claire Cain Miller, June 17, 2017
The New York Times

Rigged. Forced into Debt. Worked past exhaution. Left with Nothing.
USA Today, June 16, 2017
by Brett Murphy

Where Democrats Can Find New Voters
by Thomas B. Edsall, June 15, 2017
The New York Times

Union Rep. Says San Francisco UPS Gunman Filed 'Excessive Overtime' Grievance
by Joe Vasquez, June 14, 2017

Unions Come Into the Justices' Cross Hairs, Again
by Adam Liptak, June 12, 2017
The New York Time

Finally, Something Isn't the Matter With Kansas
by Michael Tomasky, June 12, 2017
The New York Times

Column Customers Battle Whole Foods to Save a Newstand, and a Way of Life
by Steve Lopez, June 10, 2017
Los Angeles Times

Jimmy Gomez on Winning the 34th District: 'Was that a dream?'
by Christine Mai-Duc, June 6, 2017
The Los Angeles Times

Labor Department walks back Obama-era guidance on 'joint employers' and gig workers
by Natalie Kitroeff, June 7, 2017
The Los Angeles Times


America's Truckers Embrace Big Brother After Costing Insurers Millions
by Leslie Scism, June 4, 2017
Wall Street Journal

German Shipping Firm Rickmers Files for Bankruptcy
by William Wilkes and Costas Paris, June 4, 2017
Wall Street Journal

The Single-Payer Party? Democrats Shift Left on Health Care
by Alexander Burns and Jennifer Medina, June 3, 2017
The New York Times

Lyndon John's Living Room War
by Chester Pach, May 30, 2017
The New York Times

A 2016 Review: Why Key State Polls Were Wrong About Trump
by Nate Cohn, May 31, 2017
The New York Times

Gregg Allman, Influential Force Behind the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69
by Bill Friskics-Warren, May 27, 2017
The New York Times

The Question Isn't Why Wage Growth Is So Low. It's Why It's So High
by Neil Irwin, May 26, 2017
The New York Times

Uber Fires Former Google Engineer
at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute

by Mike Isaac and Daisuke Wakabayashi, May 30, 2017
The New York Times

Blind Spots in Trump's Trade
Tirade Against Germany

by Mark Landler, May 30, 2017
The New York Times

Read the C.B.O. Report on the House Health Care Bill
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released their findings on the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives. The Senate has already vowed to rework the bill.

New C.B.O. Score: G.O.P. Health Bill Would Save Government Billions but Leave Millions Uninsured  

L.A. bus ridership continues to fall; officials now looking to overhaul the system
By Laura J. Nelson - Contact Reporter
May 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Economists See Little Magic in Tax Cuts to Promote Growth  

Trump’s Problematic Math: Budget Plan Adds Growth, but Doesn’t Subtract Cost 

Larry Summers: Trump’s budget is simply ludicrous
By Lawrence H. Summer  May 23, 2017 at 5:00 AM


News Release No.: 2017-39                                             Date: May 23, 2017

U.S. District Court Upholds Labor Commissioner Awards of Almost $1 Million for Misclassification of Port and Rail Truck Drivers

Los Angeles—A federal court judge has sided with California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su, affirming her office’s judgment in favor of five port and rail truck drivers against XPO Cartage Inc. The ruling awards the drivers reimbursement for expenses and unlawful deductions in the amount of $958,660 plus attorney’s fees and costs.

The Labor Commissioner previously issued awards to the five drivers following hearings that found they had been misclassified as independent contractors. XPO Cartage appealed the five decisions in Superior Court and the case was removed to Federal Court, where attorneys for the Labor Commissioner represented the drivers. After a four-day bench trial and post-trial briefing, U.S. District Court Judge William Keller ruled the cases were not preempted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 and that all five drivers were misclassified as independent contractors entitled to reimbursement for expenses and unlawful deductions.

“The United States District Court’s decision in this case vindicates the rights of five employees who have sought for years to recoup the deductions unlawfully withheld from their wages due to being misclassified as independent contractors,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “My office is dedicated to ensuring workers are paid what they are due under the law and ensuring workers are properly classified.”

State courts have also upheld the Labor Commissioner’s awards in misclassification cases in the port and rail trucking industry. In 2013, Superior Court Judge Michael Vicencia rendered judgment in favor of four port truck drivers and against Seacon Logix Inc. in the amount of $107,802.  The Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Judge Vicencia’s judgment in its published decision Garcia v. Seacon Logix, Inc. (2015) 238 Cal.App.4th 1476. In 2015, Superior Court Judge Ross Klein also affirmed the Labor Commissioner’s finding of misclassification and awarded port truck driver Ho Lee $179,390 for reimbursement of expenses and unlawful deductions following a three day bench trial.

The Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, also known as the Labor Commissioner’s Office, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, investigates retaliation complaints, issues licenses and registrations for businesses, enforces prevailing wage rates and apprenticeship standards in public works projects, and educates the public on labor laws. Its Wage Theft is a Crime multilingual public awareness campaign was launched in 2014 to help inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities.

Members of the press may contact Erika Monterroza or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore

Lack of Workers, Not Work, Weighs on the Nation’s Economy

Democrats dominate California but squabble among themselves
Dan Walters - Observations on California and its politics
May 20, 2017 5:25 PM

Albertsons Chief Administration Officer and Deal Maker Justin Dye Leaves Grocer
By Heather Haddon - May 17, 2017 3:05 P.M. ET


Climb inside the massive tunnel 60 feet below downtown L.A.
By Thomas Curwen - Photography by Mel Melchon
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Something Trump and Elizabeth Warren agree on:  Bringing back Glass-Steagall to break up big banks
May 12, 2017 - 9:15 AM


On Trade, a Politically Feisty Trump Risks Economic Damage

Health Law Repeal Will Miss Trump’s 100-Day Target Date

Coal Mine Reality for President Trump

Shortage of Auto Mechanics Has Dealerships Taking Action
by Norman Matersohn, April 27, 2017
The New York Times

Glen Campbell and The Lone Ranger
(The William Tell Overture)

Hard to believe this talented man who could remember the music to the

"William Tell Overture" is now suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and

most likely cant remember a note.  Sad ..

*The Lone Ranger rides again!*

For most of the 1960s, Glen Campbell's brilliant guitar playing was known

only by a select few top recording studios and artists.

Long before Glen became known nationally as an outstanding vocalist, actor

and TV personality, he was one of the most in-demand recording studio

guitarists in the world. He could have earned a 7-figure annual income as a

high-end, requested-for-studio guitarist for years on end if that had been

all he cared to do.

How good was he? The Lone Ranger! You will enjoy!

Take a look at this video, one you may have never seen before.

Hi’Yo Silver, Away! - It doesn't get much better than this. "The  William

Tell Overture" by Giaochino Rossini.

Many of us grew up watching the Lone Ranger and Tonto on black and white


Years later, many of us watched the Glen Campbell show on TV as well.

This video is a clip of an older Glen Campbell playing the William Tell

Overture (with symphony orchestra) and dedicating it to Clayton Moore, who

played the Lone Ranger, and Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto.

You may never have seen Glen play like this before.  This is world-class

guitar playing andCampbell makes it look easy.

The sounds of Glen Campbell on guitar and the symphony orchestra playing

Rossini's "William Tell Overture" will take you back to those golden days

of yesteryear, when the strains of Rossini's masterpiece coming over

the radio meant the Lone Ranger show was about to begin.

 Glen Campbell - William Tell Overture (smokin' instrumental)

Judge allows California high-speed rail project to proceed
By Don Thompson - April 26, 2017 2:20 PM

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director, Is Dead at 73

Winners and Losers in the Trump Tax Plan

What Changed in the Health Repeal Plan to Win Over the Freedom Caucus
Margot Sanger-Katz @sangerkatz - April 26, 2017

Arthur Laffer’s Theory on Tax Cuts Comes to Life Once More


Zombies of Voodoo Economics
Paul Krugman - April 24, 2017

Trump Saved Carrier Jobs. These Workers Weren’t as Lucky

Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why 
By Natalie Kitroeff April 22, 2017

Though shovels are ready, Trump officials delay grant for Caltrain upgrade

Washington Post  April 22, 2017

SAN JOSE — The railway shuttles 65,000 people a day between San Francisco and San Jose, its cars crammed with Silicon Valley workers tapping on sleek laptops and hoisting bikes into designated cars. But the signs of aging are unmistakable — 1980s control panels devoid of digital technology, the dusting of sea-green foam that has escaped from the seat cushions and settled on the floor.

All of that was supposed to change with the launch of a $2 billion upgrade, underwritten in part by a $647 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration approved days before President Barack Obama left office. But then the Trump administration arrived, and within a month the FTA informed Caltrain that it was “deferring a decision.”

The delay has infuriated California officials, who had hoped the long-awaited project would mesh nicely with President Trump’s call for fresh spending on the nation’s aging infrastructure. But in this era of distrust and polarization, an otherwise popular initiative has become a GOP target, seen as a pet project of the former president.

The move to shelve the grant is reverberating far beyond the Golden State, alarming officials in cities across the nation. The White House wants to slice nearly $1 billion from the transportation budget this year, with the cuts aimed primarily at urban transit projects such as the Purple Line in Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

More cuts may be in store: Trump’s budget request for fiscal 2018 ignores two major New York City projects: an extension of the Second Avenue subway line and a new train tunnel under the Hudson River. In a note to Congress last month, the White House budget office wrote that when it comes to improvements to Caltrain and the D.C. Metro system, “localities should fund these localized projects.”

Christopher Leinberger, chair of George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, said the cuts suggest Trump is “playing to the base,” because he got much less support in urban areas than in “drivable suburban locations.”

“This is about pure politics,” Leinberger said

Last month, the American Public Transportation Association sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao calling the Caltrain delay “concerning.” In more than two decades, the association wrote, “no project has failed to secure final signature after successfully meeting evaluation criteria.”

Transportation officials were noncommittal, saying the project would be considered along with other priorities for fiscal 2018.

For Caltrain general manager and chief executive Jim Hartnett, whose company started planning for the upgrade in the late 1990s, the delay is disheartening. The project, which would finance a switch from diesel engines to high-performance electric commuter rail trains, has already received $73 million in federal appropriations but cannot tap the cash without the Transportation Department’s approval.

“We are more than shovel-ready,” Hartnett said. “Our shovel is in the ground and ready to turn.”

At Caltrain’s San Jose Diridon Station last month, company officials pointed out the signs of wear and tear on a railway system that was inaugurated during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.

More than two-thirds of its locomotives date to 1985; more than half of its passenger trains are that old. There is no diagnostic software. “When something goes wrong, we put in a part and hope for the best,” said Caltrain’s director of rail operations, Joe Navarro.

A few weeks ago, half of the red-and-silver Caltrain signs started peeling off the side of a passenger car at the South San Francisco stop, prompting a half-hour delay. Doing a “midlife” overhaul, which extends a locomotive or passenger car’s life by an additional decade, costs $2.2 million per locomotive and $1.5 million per car.

“We’re the second-oldest railroad west of the Mississippi, and we have advanced that far beyond the steam engine,” Navarro said. “We’re running diesel.”

Caltrain first contemplated an electric rail line two decades ago, but the idea has taken on new urgency as Silicon Valley has boomed and ridership has doubled since 2005.

Officials approached the FTA about the project in 2001, while also tapping local funding sources, including money approved by Proposition 1A, a 2008 ballot measure intended to connect transit projects to the state’s planned high-speed rail system.

This annoyed Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), who chairs a key House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee. Denham has lobbied Chao to deny the grant because the new Caltrain cars would run slower than 220 mph, the rate that defines high-speed rail. He urged California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to find a different source of state financing for Caltrain and then reapply for the federal money.

“I am supportive of Caltrain and the electrification project, but they have to be funded the right way,” Denham said. “I would expect any new administration to fund what their new transportation policy is going to be and what their priorities are.”

Brown, who met with Chao last month to discuss the grant, said of Denham in a phone interview: “That’s called blackmail.”

Californians “voted for a bond issue” for high-speed rail “but envisioned other projects” using the cash, the governor said. “To go against it is the rawest, stupidest form of politics.”

For the moment, Caltrain has obtained a four-month delay from its contractors in exchange for paying a penalty, meaning it could still proceed with the project if it gets an infusion of federal funds by June 30.

The electrification upgrade is expected to generate 4,700 jobs in more than a dozen states, including Utah, where the new trains would be manufactured. Caltrain officials have reached out to more than a dozen members of the House and Senate who represent areas that would benefit from the project.

In an interview, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said the project “would be very beneficial to Utah, no question.”

Although it may be challenging to free up the money, Hatch said, “we’re going to do what we can to get that done.”

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• Trump administration backs right-to-work laws

• House Republicans seeking national measure

• Right-to-work laws block unions from charging nonmembers fees as part of the collective bargaining unit

By Tyrone Richardson and Ben Penn

The Trump administration reaffirmed support for right-to-work laws, days after House Republicans reintroduced a bill that would prevent unions from requiring nonmembers to pay representation fees.

“The president believes in right to work. He wants to give workers and companies the flexibility to do what's in the best interest for job creators,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during the Feb. 3 daily news conference. “Obviously the vice president has been a champion of this as well.”

The National Right to Work Act (H.R. 785), introduced by Reps. Joe Wilson (S.C.) and Steve King (Iowa), would prohibit “union security” clauses in collective bargaining agreements, which require nonunion members who are covered by the agreements to pay representation fees. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Robert Pittenger (N.C.) and Jeff Duncan (S.C.), was referred to the Education and the Workforce Committee Feb. 1. Wilson is vice chairman of the committee.

Similar bills introduced in recent years didn't move, but supporters say GOP control of the White House and Congress could make this time different.

President Donald Trump expressed support for right-to-work laws on the campaign trail during his run for the White House.

Vice President Mike Pence is the former governor of Indiana, which is one of 27 states that has enacted right-to-work laws. That number could increase in coming months, as Missouri and New Hampshire lawmakers consider measures.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tyrone Richardson in Washington at; Ben Penn in Washington at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at; Terence Hyland at; Christopher Opfer at

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Pilots Say the Alaska Air-Owned Regional Carrier is Breaking the Law With Irresponsible Policies That Have Grounded Flights, Warn of Pilot Strike

(SEATTLE) – Pilots at the SeaTac-based Horizon Air took legal action against their employer on Friday, claiming that executives at the airline broke the law by violating the terms of a labor contract.

Horizon’s actions, the pilots say, are not only illegal, but also bad for business. In the face of a nationwide pilot shortage, Horizon is unable to hire and retain enough pilots to fly the company’s fleet of airplanes—a growing problem that is systemically disrupting the travel plans of loyal customers, jeopardizing the economic vitality of dozens of communities across the Pacific Northwest and risking the financial success of Horizon’s parent company, Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK).

Horizon Air was forced to cancel 720 flights in December 2016 because there were not enough pilots to fly scheduled routes. Alaska Air instead flew many of the routes on larger planes, adding a significant additional expense for Alaska Air and putting a strain on its staff and regularly scheduled flights.

Horizon’s ability to recruit and retain pilots is strained because pilots at Horizon make substantially less money than pilots at comparable airlines. From last summer through December, the pilots at Horizon had been negotiating with Horizon executives to alter compensation and resolve a severe staffing shortage.

Company executives broke faith with the negotiation process and began making unilateral changes to compensation – a drastic step that will not address the pilot shortage and violates the terms of the Railway Labor Act, a federal law which governs labor relations in the airline industry.

The pilots say they will make strike preparations if executives continue to put the financial stability of Horizon and Alaska at risk and violate the contract agreement. In a September 2016 survey of Horizon pilots, over 80 percent of respondents said they are ready to strike.

“Short-sighted maneuvers won’t solve the staffing problem, and as our airline continues to ground flights, the real victims will be the passengers, customers and communities in the Pacific Northwest that rely on Horizon Air for their livelihood,” said Capt. Jeff Cox, a longtime Horizon pilot and Executive Council Chairman of APA Teamsters Local 1224. “Many of us have worked at Horizon for decades, through thick and thin. We cannot stand idly by and watch executives destroy an operation that provides vital air services to communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

Recently, in a desperate attempt to recruit more pilots, Horizon and Alaska executives started offering new Horizon Air pilot recruits signing bonuses – a move that pilots confirm will do nothing to curb the massive retention issues for experienced pilots.

“A one-time payment to new recruits does nothing to address the pilot retention issues at Horizon Air that are already jeopardizing service,” continued Capt. Cox. “While they bring in millions in profits, Horizon and Alaska executives are trying to put a Band-Aid over gaping wounds and forcing our passengers to suffer. The only way we can continue serving our loyal customers in the months and years ahead is to offer industry-standard pay and benefits so we can recruit and retain skilled pilots. We also need a career path that allows Horizon pilots to grow in the nine-time J.D. Power award-winning Alaska family that we are so proud to be part of. The Horizon Air pilots remain ready and willing to negotiate with the company to resolve these long-term issues and are deeply disappointed that the company has not shown the same respect for the bargaining process.”

Alaska Air Group, Inc. brought in $700 million profits in the first nine months of 2016 and recently acquired Virgin America for $2.6 billion. Its subsidiary, Horizon Air, employs approximately 675 pilots and connects passengers on the West Coast, flying routes between Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada.

Among 16 regional airlines similar in size – including PSA Airlines, Republic Airways, Mesa Airlines and ExpressJet – pay rates for new hires at Horizon Air rank second to last.

"The pilot family at Teamsters Local 1224 stands united with the Horizon pilots. We will not stand by and allow Horizon Air and Alaska Air executives to ignore the provisions of the contract and willfully disregard negotiations with the pilot group by unilaterally changing the terms and conditions of employment," said Daniel C. Wells, president of the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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Trump Administration Signals New Approach to Trade Policy

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on President Donald Trump signing an executive order to formally withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Withdrawal

“Today, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs.

“The Teamsters Union has been on the frontline of the fight to stop destructive trade deals like the TPP, China PNTR, CAFTA and NAFTA for decades. Millions of working men and women saw their jobs leave the country as free trade policies undermined our manufacturing industry. We hope that President Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 31 opens a real dialogue about fixing the flawed NAFTA.

“We take this development as a positive sign that President Trump will continue to fulfill his campaign promises in regard to trade policy reform and instruct the USTR to negotiate future agreements that protect American workers and industry.”

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Why Workers Everywhere Should Be
Scared by Kentucky's Assault on Unions
By John Nichols Twitter 

“A lot of working people voted for change in this election,” argued Bill Finn, the director of the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council, as Kentucky legislators were shredding labor rights in the Bluegrass State. “They didn’t vote for this. They didn’t vote for a pay cut.”
Finn got that right. Kentucky Republicans launched the new year with a race to enact sweeping anti-labor legislation, and they weren’t concerning themselves with the question of whether they had a mandate to assault labor unions and undermine wages and workplace protections. They are moving immediately, aggressively, and thoroughly to implement an across-the-board assault on workers and the unions that represent them.

And with just two weeks to go before Donald Trump is inaugurated as president, Kentucky Republicans were doing something else. They were providing a powerful reminder of the threat to working families that arises when Republicans gain “trifecta control” (taking charge of the executive branch and both legislative chambers) of the governing process. Until this year, Democrats controlled the Kentucky House of Representatives and were able to block anti-labor legislation that was advanced by Republican Governor Matt Bevin and his allies in the Republican-controlled state Senate—with strong backing from national anti-union groups financed by the Koch brothers and other billionaire donors. But in November Republicans won a majority in the Kentucky House. That gave them complete control of the process, and they made it their first priority to approve anti-labor measures.

Union busting moved onto a fast track in Kentucky, where Republican legislators refused to even consider the arguments of workers, community leaders, responsible business owners, and academics who explained that assaults of worker rights do little or nothing to promote economic development—and much to harm working families. Among those expressing thoughtful opposition to the anti-union measures that were approved by Kentucky legislators was Bishop John Stowe of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, who wrote in an open letter that “The weakening of unions by so-called ‘right to work’ laws, has been shown to reduce wages and benefits overall in the states where such laws have been enacted. This cannot be seen as contributing to the common good.”

When Republicans take full control of the executive and legislative branches of government, workers are threatened.

Unfortunately, there was no stopping Kentucky’s newly empowered Republicans. They were on a deliberate and determined mission that was not going to be delayed by economic, social, or moral arguments. “The chants of union workers were little deterrent to Gov. Matt Bevin and his GOP colleagues in the Kentucky House and Senate, who have made approving the bills their top priority of the 2017 General Assembly,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday. “Shouts and banging could be heard from the hallway, but the meeting room itself was packed with supporters as the House Committee on Economic Development and Workforce Investment passed House Bill 1, which would allow workers to avoid paying union dues even if they work under a union-negotiated contract, and House Bill 3, which would repeal the prevailing wage law.”

By the weekend, the anti-labor initiatives had been approved.

“Trump’s true priority [is] assaulting the rights of working people and helping corporate CEOs line their pockets.”

Kentucky is just one state. But this is not a one-state phenomenon. Kentucky Republicans followed a playbook written by Republican governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker. That playbook suggests that, upon grabbing the reins of power, Republicans should move immediately  to undermine unions that might support Democrats and that argue for maintaining public services and public education. Former Indiana governor Mike Pence, the incoming vice president, is a Walker-allied anti-labor zealot. And he is already working closely with House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Walker ally from Wisconsin, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who praised the anti-labor push in his homestate of Kentucky, on the new administration’s agenda. Trump has already sent a strong anti-labor signal with the nomination of corporate CEO Andrew Puzder, a harsh critic of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage, to serve as secretary of labor.

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No one should be fooled by this president-elect’s attempts to portray himself as a friend of workers. Trump and Pence were elected on a militantly anti-labor Republican platform that is dismissive of the federal minimum wage, declaring (in a stance similar to the one Trump appears to have evolved toward) that decisions about base hourly wages “should be handled at the state and local level.” That platform endorsed the anti-union “right-to-work” laws enacted by Republican governors such as Walker, and calls for taking the anti-union crusade national with a proposal “for a national law” along “right-to-work” lines. The 2016 GOP platform also attacked the use of the Fair Labor Standard Act to protect workers; ripped the use of Project Labor Agreements to raise wages and improve working conditions; and proposed to gut the 85-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, which guarantees “prevailing wage” pay for workers on federal projects.

There may still be a few Republicans who recognize the historic GOP position, as stated by President Abraham Lincoln, that “Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.” But they are few and far between. And the evidence from Kentucky suggests that the combination of a Republican executive with Republican-controlled legislative chambers — which the United States will see on January 20 — must be recognized as a threat to workers.

Last July, after Trump selected Pence as his running mate, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said,

Everything Donald Trump says shows he is desperate to be working people’s friend, but everything Donald Trump does proves he is our enemy. This decision proves that he does not stand with working families. Mike Pence might be the right choice for Donald Trump, but he’s the wrong choice for America… Mike Pence once again proves Donald Trump’s true priority of assaulting the rights of working people and helping corporate CEO’s line their pockets.

Trumka was right to be wary. Workers should be preparing, with a sense of urgency, to push back as the Republicans who control the White House and the Congress bring their anti-union agenda to Washington.       


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