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Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:09 AM PDT

Teamsters form human wall against planned Westboro Baptist picket at bombing victim’s funeral

byLaura ClawsonFollow forDaily Kos

To block planned picketing by Westboro Baptist Church, Teamsters line the route to the funeral of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell.
attribution: Teamster Nation

Good luck being seen through this wall of Teamsters, Westboro Baptist assholes.
The attention-seeking scum of Westboro Baptist Church, true to form, threatened that they’d be picketing at the funeral of Boston Marathon bombing victim Krystle Campbell this morning. In response, Teamsters from Boston’s Local 25 laid plans to form a human shield. By 8 AM, the Boston Globe reports, 200 Teamsters had gathered at the funeral site.

“It’s the right thing to do,” [local president Sean] O’Brien said of the decision to protect the funeral. “The family deserves a peaceful grieving process that’s free from any coward-led group.”

O’Brien said the Teamsters mobilized their members and other unions through Twitter and Facebook yesterday. He added that about 350 Teamsters are expected this morning, “and we can get 1,000 if we need them.”

The Teamsters lined the road leading to the church. According to O’Brien, residents of Medford, where the funeral is being held, reached out to the Teamsters; Local 25 is a long-time, major force in the Boston area. Krystle Campbell’s mother and brother are members of UNITE HERE Local 26, intensifying the local union community’s sense of solidarity and support for all the victims of the bombing. Not that they’d welcome Westboro Baptist to any of the funerals.

Potential Healthcare Changes

UPSers Press for Vote On Change to Their Health Plan

April 22, 2013: More than 100,000 Teamsters will be moved out of their current health plan if UPS management gets its way in contract negotiations. Now some locals are demanding a separate vote on the issue.
     UPS wants to move more UPS Teamsters out of company health plans. The company and Ken Hall were all but set on moving these Teamsters into the Central States Health & Welfare Fund. But members and some local unions are saying, “Not so fast.”
     A debate has broken out on the National Negotiating Committee with some officers calling for alternatives to the Central States option and a separate vote by affected members only.
     Officers from every local in the West held a conference call last week and spoke out against any transfer to Central States Health & Welfare Fund. Teamsters Local 177 which represents some 6,000 UPSers in New Jersey also joined the call.
     “My local’s members deserve a separate vote on this issue,” an officer from a large affected local told TDU. “Members whose health benefits are going to stay the same should not be deciding whether our members get moved into a different plan with different coverage.”
     The International Union organizes the ratification vote and has the power to give affected members a separate vote.
     UPSers’ co-pays, drug costs, deductibles, and retiree healthcare costs would all go up under the top coverage that is currently offered by the Central States Health Fund, the C-6 plan.
     The proposal to move UPS Teamsters out of company health plans would affect members in some of the largest UPS locals in the country, including locals in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, St. Louis, Ohio, Iowa, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.
     Part-timers nationwide are covered by company plans that provide coverage that’s superior to the C-6 plan.
     Negotiations continue in Washington, D.C. this week. It’s too soon to know if the proposed contract will move Teamsters in company health plans in C-6 in the Central States, an improved Central States plan or alternative plans.
     Stand Up Against Healthcare Cuts
Before contract negotiations began, Ken Hall vowed, “We’re not going to be talking about concessions, we’re going to be talking about improvements.”
     Will this apply to Teamsters who will be moved out of their current health plan?
     These members deserve a separate vote by affected members only and complete information on changes to their benefits and retiree coverage under any proposed new health plan.
     That’s where we stand. How about you? Click here to send us a message and team up with other UPS Teamsters who are working together to oppose health benefit cuts and a separate vote by Teamsters who would be moved into a different health plan.

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