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Big Lots Employees: Is Big Lots Paying You Overtime?
Posted on August 11, 2014

You should know that BIG LOTS… Paid its store managers millions of dollars to settle claims by thousands of store managers that they were improperly denied overtime pay. “I’m finally being compensated for the overtime I did,” said Dana V. Green, a 43-year-old Long Beach man who was a lead plaintiff in a recent case against [...]

Big Lots Employees: Are The Emergency Exits Blocked In This Big Lots Store? Is Heavy Merchandise Dangerously and Precariously Stacked?
Posted on August 11, 2014

Check to make sure you can safely exit this BIG LOTS store in case of an emergency. If you see any problems, report them to U.S. Department Labor at 1-800-321-OSHA. Check to make sure you can safely “The size of these fines reflects both the severity of these hazards and the recurrence of similar violations [...]

Not again!? Toll reignites its North American anti-union crusade
Posted on June 20, 2013

Just when American Toll drivers in New Jersey thought it was safe to form their union…Toll Group pulls a disheartening fast one! Like a terrible case of déjà-vu of Toll’s union-busting barrage on its Los Angeles workforce, the $8.6 billion Australian based company re-launched its anti-union crusade on truck drivers based out of its New [...]

Toll Drivers: The Next Fight
Posted on January 31, 2013

Just weeks after solidifying their historic victory with the ratification of their union contract, drivers at Toll are out at the Los Angeles and Long Beach port terminals making sure their fellow brother and sisters are not left behind.  Toll driver Panni Hunt, jumped at the opportunity to volunteer in support of other port drivers, [...]

Victory at Ports Seen as the Winning Recipe for Workers Everywhere
Posted on January 29, 2013

Port drivers nationwide, along with workers in every industry where hard-working men and women endure back-breaking work for meager wages, are looking at the Toll victory as proof that workers can fight and win. The Teamsters have hit the airwaves and the story of the Toll driver’s courage and determination continues to echo throughout the radio [...]

The American Dream Within Drivers’ Reach!
Posted on January 28, 2013

Jose Ortega Jr., a 36-year-old Toll port driver and single father, will see his earnings almost double with the newly ratified contract. Just last year, an Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC) Lateline news report on the Toll contract fight revealed that Mr. Ortega earned $23,773, in 2011 according to his W-2 filing. Almost instantaneously, Mr. Ortega [...]

Truck Drivers Clinch New Power with First Union Contract at L.A. Ports
Posted on January 9, 2013

They did it again, and this time it paid off in a huge way. L.A’s Toll Group drivers, who made national and international headlines in April by overwhelmingly voting to become Teamsters, cemented their place in history by ratifying the first union contract in the drayage industry in 30 years. And boy is the contract a [...]

Brian Kruger’s Selective Memory?
Posted on October 31, 2012

Union-busting? Us? Never! That’s the amnesiac party line being cried out from Toll Group, even by Toll CEO Brian Kruger, after L.A. driver Karael Vallecillo’s surprise visit to Toll’s Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting. Like being caught with their hand in the cookie jar and left flabbergasted, there’s nothing else left for Toll to say, [...]

Toll’s Never Ending Legal Woes…
Posted on October 29, 2012

The legal woes that began piling up at Toll a year ago with the nation’s top labor agency could have been easily brought to a close by simply taking the high road and admitting wrongdoing, and ending their assault on their workers. But for Toll, the high road is the road less traveled. Now they [...]

L.A. Driver Going the Extra Mile for One Toll
Posted on October 25, 2012

With a bag full of solidarity wristbands for his TWU brothers and sisters, his Teamster t-shirts packed in his luggage, and his passport, Karael Vallecillo, veteran port driver at Toll Group, boarded a plane for a 7,000 mile trip to Australia this past weekend ready to personally deliver the message to Toll’s managerial top brass [...]

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