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    • MDHHS Issues Three-Week Epidemic Order To Save Lives and Protect Frontline Heroes During Fall COVID-19 Surge

      LANSING, MICHIGAN (NOV. 15, 2020) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order today that enacts a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.

      Under this order, indoor residential gatherings are limited to two households at any one time. However, MDHHS strongly urges families to pick a single other household to interact with over the next three weeks, consistent with new guidance released by the department. The order is aimed at limiting residential and non-residential gatherings where COVID-19 spreads rapidly. Bars and restaurants will be open for outdoor dining, carry-out and delivery only. Gyms will remain open for individual exercise with strict safety measures in place. Casinos, movie theaters and group exercise classes will be closed. Professional and college sports meeting extraordinary standards for risk mitigation may continue without spectators, however all other organized sports must stop. Colleges and high schools may proceed with remote learning, but must end in-person classes.

      “In the spring, we listened to public health experts, stomped the curve, and saved thousands of lives together. Now, we must channel that same energy and join forces again to protect our families, frontline workers and small businesses,” Governor Gretchen Whitmer said. “Right now, there are thousands of cases a day and hundreds of deaths a week in Michigan, and the number is growing. If we don’t act now, thousands more will die, and our hospitals will continue to be overwhelmed. We can get through this together by listening to health experts once again and taking action right now to slow the spread of this deadly virus."


      Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

      Michigan Teamsters salute your leadership and look forward to brighter and stronger days ahead for all Americans.

      MIOSHA Issues New COVID-19 Workplace Safety “Emergency Rules”

      New “Emergency Rules” have been issued by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) to protect Michigan working families during the continuing COVID-19 Pandemic.

      Michigan Teamsters are encouraged to review the new rules and look to the posted guidelines by industry. 

      These rules largely mirror requirements that MIOSHA has been enforcing using the general duty clause based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and OSHA, as well as the governor’s Executive Orders.  MIOSHA has updated all of these presentations on the COVID Workplace Safety website

      DHHS has used their authority to cover more transient issues like capacity, customer masking requirements, non-workplace environments, etc., so you will not find those pieces in the MIOSHA rules.

      Governor Whitmer Outlines Six Phases of Her MI Safe Start Plan

      Click below to read entire press release

      Understanding Your Rights Under the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act

      Click graphic to read entire document

      Comprehensive List of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Orders

      As of May 19, 2020

      Michigan Teamsters Applaud Governor Whitmer's Expansion of Child Care for Michigan's Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic

      Click graphic above to read entire press release concerning expanded child care benefits for COVID-19 front line health care workers

      State of Michigan Expands Unemployment Benefits To Help Workers During COVID-19 Health Pandemic

      Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced on April 10th that self-employed workers, gig workers, 1099-independent contractors and low-wage workers can apply for federal unemployment benefits starting Monday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. online at Michigan.gov/UIA.

      Online is the fastest and easiest way to access these unemployment benefits.

      Click link below to read the entire press release concerning Michigan's COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Expansion

      Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Orders Concerning Coronavirus Pandemic



      Q: Are transit employees, truck drivers, first responders, mail carriers, and sanitation workers considered members of the public under Executive Order 2020-20?

      A: For purposes of Executive Order 2020-9, transit employees, truck drivers transporting for critical infrastructure purposes, police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, mail carriers, and sanitation workers entering an open place of public accommodation are not “members of the public” if they are on duty and entering solely for the purpose of using restroom facilities.



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      Michigan Teamsters Join Statewide Coalition Demanding Enhanced Workers’ Compensation Coverage Resulting From COVID-19

      Click to read entire letter to Governor Whitmer

      IBT Update Concerning Emergency Coronavirus Legislative Actions 

      Click to read entire Legislative Report

    • Governor Whitmer’s Safe and Secure Plan to Reopen Michigan

      Click to read plan details

      Information  On Filing for Unemployment Benefits Resulting From COVID-19

      If you are one of the tens of thousands of Michigan workers out of work because of the Coronavirus, make sure you apply for Unemployment Benefits.

      Click to apply for Michigan Unemployment Benefits.

      Current Campaigns
      • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

        While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

        The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

        Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

        Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

        Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

        That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

      • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

      • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

      • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

      • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

        XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

        This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

        XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

        Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

        Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

      • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

      • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

      • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

      • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

      • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

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