Teamsters Local 344
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    What We Do
    Local 344 has been fighting for working class families for more than 75 years. We stand up for our members in the workplace, political, and social landscapes.
    Who We Are
    Our staff is made up of hard working women and men who know workers rights. Our E-Board has more than 150 years of combined experience standing up to employers.
    Who We Represent
    We represent workers in the Package Division, Brewery & Soft Drink Division, Bakery and Linen Division, Airline Division and the Sales and Service Industry. We cover Milwaukee and contiguous counties for Sales and Service, and Statewide for Package and Airline.

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    White House Announces COVID-19 Action Plan

    OSHA Developing Rule Requiring All Employers with 100+ Employees to Ensure Their Workers Are Vaccinated or Tested Weekly

    The White House released a COVID-19 Action Plan: Path Out of the Pandemic. As part of the six-part blueprint for combating the pandemic, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing rules that will impact large employers.

    OSHA is developing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100 or more employees to:

    • Ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work; and 
    • Provide paid time off (PTO) for the time it takes employees to get vaccinated or recover from side effects post-vaccination.

    Because this is an ETS, it will undergo an expedited review process before taking effect and won’t involve solicitation of public comment. The ETS release is expected in the coming weeks.

    When enforcing the rule, OSHA would have the ability to fine non-complying businesses up to $14,000 per violation.

    In the coming weeks, Local 344 will be working closely with the IBT and Legal Counsel to develop a response to any policy Employers may implement that impacts our members' safety, job security and working conditions.

    Teamsters Local 344 welcomes the workers of Likewise, LLC into our union!
    The agreement was signed today and gives these workers guarantees on shifts, pay, scheduling, representation, and more.  These workers begain organizing during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, where, as essential workers, they continued to perform their duties throughout the year.  Teamsters Local 344 looks forward to engaging with more workers in the service and hospitality industry across southeast Wisconsin in a fight to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for workers who put themselves out there during these difficult times.
    "I am honored to have been able to work with employees Molly Kiefer, Steph Achter, and others to organize and win a first ever union contract with their employer. We've been through elections, board hearings, company shutdowns and restarts, a change of ownership, and 7 months of negotiations and they won a union contract in the coffee industry that is, to my knowledge, the first of its kind in the city of Milwaukee in the service and hospitality industries,"  said Kevin "Kas" Schwerdtfeger, Local 344 Business Agent.


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