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October 13, 1992 | by Cynthia Burton, Daily News Staff Writer
Teamsters are sticking it to both major parties in Northeast Philadelphia's 3rd Congressional district. The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters announced yesterday that it was endorsing John Hughes, a little-known independent candidate in the race. They won't endorse the incumbent, Democrat Bob Borski, because he sponsored legislation banning triple-trailer trucks in Pennsylvania. Borski said he opposed the trailers because they were dangerous. John Morris, the conference president, said banning triple trailers costs the Teamsters 16,000 jobs.
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July 29, 1988 | By Edward Power, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly 1,100 mailers - workers who help assemble The Inquirer and prepare it for distribution - have voted to change their status as an independent union and affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to the mailers' president. Edward T. Savryk, president of the former Newspaper and Magazine Employees Union, yesterday said that his union would be designated Teamsters Local 1414. Savryk said the mailers' union had been independent since it was formed about 1970.
NEWS
March 21, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The tale of the tape has swept three more Teamsters into the beating of two anti-Clinton protesters outside City Hall on Oct. 2, 1998. Yesterday, after Municipal Judge Eric L. Lilian watched videotapes of Don Adams and his sister, Teri, being knocked to the ground and "pummeled" by a mob, he ordered the three to stand trial on charges that included riot, assault and conspiracy. Charles Davis, 27, and Mark Hopkins, 21, both of Clementine Street near Amber, and Norma Bottomer, 47, of Sepviva Street near Norris, were arrested about 11 months after the incident.
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October 11, 1986 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
By better than 4-1, Philadelphia's public school administrators have voted to affiliate with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Almost 80 percent of the district's 750 middle-level managers voted for affiliation with the Teamsters, officials of the American Arbitration Association said yesterday. The final count in the mail-ballot referendum, which was handled by the independent group, was 472-117. Two ballots were returned unmarked. The margin was more than the two-thirds needed under the by-laws of the Philadelphia Association of School Administrators (PASA)
NEWS
October 17, 2012
Newspaper delivery drivers, clerks, dispatchers, security guards, and building services personnel represented by Teamsters Local 628 voted Sunday to authorize a strike against Interstate General Media, the company that owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Approximately 300 union members are working under the terms of their contract that expired Oct. 8. Talks are expected to continue this week, said the union president, John Laigaie.   - Jane M. Von Bergen  
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July 16, 1991 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
When federal prosecutors sued in 1988 to force change in the Teamsters, saying the union was dominated by organized crime, John P. Morris insisted that members ran the union and needed no changes to protect their rights. Now, seeking his first national office under a process set up to settle that racketeering suit, Philadelphia's most powerful Teamster calls the old system "autocratic" and has won the support of many reformers. Such paradoxes have kept observers scratching their heads over just how Morris, 65, the principal officer of Philadelphia's Local 115 and Joint Council 53, fits into the new era of the Teamsters.
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February 14, 2012 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com
About 50 Teamsters protested in front of the Daily News and Inquirer building this morning, complaining that company managers imperiled "journalistic integrity" - and therefore their jobs - by meddling last week with news stories about the sale of Philadelphia Media Network. "They're scrubbing stuff out of the paper," said John Laigaie, president of the Teamsters Local 628, which represents about 400 drivers, security guards and custodians who work for PMN. "They're scrubbing off the website.
NEWS
June 8, 1988 | By Mack Reed, Special to The Inquirer
Unionized liquor-truck drivers and warehouse workers in Delaware are circling their wagons against a California consulting firm that has broken or severely weakened beverage-industry unions in seven states. Officials for Teamsters Local 326, which represents workers for three major Delaware liquor distributors, say that in its work for the distributors, West Coast Industrial Relations Association of Los Gatos, Calif., has already hired replacement workers and has made the Teamsters a three-year contract proposal that will almost surely cause a strike.
NEWS
January 5, 2000 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Lawmen braced for trouble today in a battle over control of Teamsters Local 115. But ousted Local 115 secretary-treasurer John Morris said if it came, it wouldn't come from him. The Teamsters International was to begin three days of hearings today at a Teamsters union hall in Collingswood, N.J., on whether to bar Morris, 73, from resuming leadership of the local he founded in 1955. Union President James P. Hoffa ordered Morris bounced Nov. 15 and replaced with an emergency trustee.
BUSINESS
April 18, 1996 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Teamsters Union was to release a report today criticizing Union Pacific Corp. chairman Drew Lewis as one of the nation's most overpaid executives and faulting the company's board of directors for failing to protect shareholder interests. The release was timed to coincide with the Bethlehem transportation company's earnings report today and its annual meeting tomorrow in Salt Lake City. "The collective image of Lewis and the UP board is that of an inbred, insulated club, where poor performance is not punished, nepotism is financed, and potential conflicts of interest abound," the report said.
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February 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
James M. Hart Jr., 86, of Pennsauken, a Teamsters local officer for 42 years, died of complications from heart disease Wednesday, Feb. 12, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. Born in Camden, Mr. Hart graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1944 served as a Marine infantryman in 1945 and 1946. A son, Gregory, said that Mr. Hart worked for the Camden Courier-Post, the Bulletin, and The Inquirer as a mailer, assembling newspapers for delivery. Mr. Hart joined the Newspaper & Magazine Employees Union in 1950 when its office was in Center City, his son said, and when it became Teamsters Local 1414, now based in Old City, he became its secretary-treasurer.
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December 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Montgomery County correctional officers voted 120-82 on Monday to join the Teamsters, a union official said. The balloting took place at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence Township, with 225 guards eligible to vote, said Chris O'Donnell, business agent for Teamsters Local 384. "Long overdue," he said of the results. Once the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board certifies the Teamsters as the officers' bargaining representative, the union will talk more to its new members and draft a contract proposal.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013
The union local representing more than 325 truck drivers and other employees for The Inquirer on Sunday declared its support for the two newspaper co-owners seeking to reinstate fired editor William K. Marimow. During its monthly meeting in Bridesburg, Teamsters Local 628 president John P. Laigaie said the owners, Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, would preserve the editorial integrity of the paper. Lenfest received a standing ovation when he entered the union hall. He told members that co-owner George E. Norcross III supported Marimow's ouster to get editorial control of The Inquirer.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Corey Williams, Associated Press
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Federal agents revived the hunt for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa on Monday, bringing excavation equipment to a field in suburban Detroit where a reputed Mafia captain says the Teamsters boss' body was buried. Robert Foley, special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit division, said the agency and its partners had a search warrant allowing them to dig at the property in Oakland Township, about 25 miles north of Detroit. Officials are "here to execute a search warrant, based on information that we have involving the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa," Foley said.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2013
In the Region Coal-fired plant closing early NRG Energy Inc. , of Princeton, agreed to shut down its coal-fired Portland Generating Station in Mount Bethel, Pa., six months earlier than scheduled to settle a federal lawsuit over its emissions. NRG, which acquired the plant in December as part of its merger with GenOn Energy Inc. , will close the plant by June 1, 2014, rather than January 2015. The closure ends a lawsuit brought by the States of New Jersey and Connecticut for alleged noncompliance with the federal Clean Air Act. The 570 megawatt plant is located 26 miles northeast of Bethlehem on the Delaware River.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Teamsters local at The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News overwhelmingly approved a new two-year labor contract with Interstate General Media that allows for continued publication of the two newspapers, the head of the union, John Laigaie, said Sunday night. Without giving an exact count, Laigaie estimated 98 percent of the members who voted Sunday approved the contract. Local 628, based in Montgomery County, represents about 300 truck drivers, security officers, building service employees, and others.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2012 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
By the time brothers Robert and Joe Ryder meet for Thanksgiving, it'll be a moot question whether the unions should have caved into management demands from Hostess Brands Inc., makers of Twinkies and Wonder Bread. In bankruptcy twice in a decade, the company said Friday it would shut down, putting 18,500 people out of work, including more than 400 in the Philadelphia area. Despite its financial issues, the company blamed the bakers' union, saying it refused to return from a strike and make the necessary concessions to allow the company to survive.
NEWS
October 17, 2012
Newspaper delivery drivers, clerks, dispatchers, security guards, and building services personnel represented by Teamsters Local 628 voted Sunday to authorize a strike against Interstate General Media, the company that owns The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Approximately 300 union members are working under the terms of their contract that expired Oct. 8. Talks are expected to continue this week, said the union president, John Laigaie.   - Jane M. Von Bergen  
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nick A. Pico, 70, of Richboro, a longtime member and business agent of Teamsters Local 107 and a tireless pursuer of self-improvement, died of lung cancer on Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. The Philadelphia native joined the 5,000-member Teamsters local in 1964 at the age of 22 and began his career as a truck driver at Transcon. In the 1980s, he was elected chief shop steward at Transcon in Philadelphia, said Jackie Hopkins, Mr. Pico's secretary when he was serving as the Teamsters business agent.
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