Tuesday, September 27, 2005

DHL drivers strike to 'stay union'

About 20 DHL Express delivery drivers picketed the West Kelso station Wednesday, saying they are striking to retain their Teamsters-negotiated wages and resist becoming lower-paid independent contractors."We want to stay union," said driver Toni Hiles. Full story here.......http://www.tdn.com/articles/2005/09/22/area_news/news05.txt

Hoffa swings through Bay Area

TEAMSTERS leader Jim Hoffa kicked off his campaign for national re-election here over the weekend with a call to rebuild the U.S. labor movement by organizing more workers and making unions stronger.
In July, Hoffa and a dissident group of labor leaders led a dramatic split from the AFL-CIO, labor's national governing body, and are expected today to announce the start of a new national labor federation called the Change to Win federation. Full story here.......http://www.insidebayarea.com/businessnews/ci_3066120

Yellow Roadway Corporation Names Michael Rapken Senior Vice President

Yellow RoadwayCorporation announced today that it has named Michael Rapkensenior vice president and chief information officer. Rapken will be responsible for the development of a strategic technology roadmap. He will also focus on the advancement of the Yellow RoadwayTechnologies organization team and build upon existing capabilities to supportfuture growth. Rapken will report directly to Bill Zollars, chairman, president and chiefexecutive officer of Yellow Roadway Corporation. "Michael is an excellent addition to our leadership team," said Zollars."He has the proven skills to lead the Technologies organization inimplementing systems solutions to enhance the customer experience and driveour productivity and synergy initiatives." Rapken will join Yellow Roadway Corporation from Sprint Nextel where he served as vice-president-applications development. Rapken holds a Bachelor ofScience degree in Computer Science from Illinois State University.