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February 22, 2017

On This Day in 1834:

Responding to a 15 percent wage cut, women textile workers in Lowell, Mass., organize a “turn-out”—a strike—in protest. The action failed. Two years later they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded. One worker’s diary recounts a “stirring speech” of resistance by a co-worker, 11-year-old Harriet Hanson Robinson.

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Updated: Feb. 22 (05:01)

James R. Hoffa Memorial College Student Essay
Teamsters Local Union No. 677
Teamsters 89 Opposes UPS “Golf Cart” Bill – HB 404
Teamsters Local 89
Tonight's Meeting in Culpeper
CWA Local 2222
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #9
Communications Workers of America Local 2336
Unions Fear More States Will Approve RTW Laws As Similar Bill Comes to Congress
Teamsters local 570
Unions Fear More States Will Approve RTW Laws As Similar Bill Comes to Congress
Teamsters Local 355
 
     

Local and National Union News

Teamster International Officer election certified
Feb. 21, 2017 | The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here. General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

Local 355 carhaul members unanimously endorse new national agreement
Feb. 20, 2017 | Members who transport newly manufactured cars and trucks for carhaul companies Cassens Transport, Annapolis Junction Rail and Jack Cooper Transport on Sunday reviewed and approved the latest tentative agreement (TA) recently endorsed by the carhaul union leaders from around the country. Members have twice rejected the tentative agreement... Read more

Anti-union forces set sites on Iowa public sector
Feb. 20, 2017 | Just days after Missouri enacted so-called right-to-work legislation, Republicans in Iowa are pushing forward with an effort to restrict collective bargaining for public sector workers. State and local government workers in the Hawkeye State would be prohibited from negotiating issues such as health insurance, seniority or extra pay. The bill would also make it more difficult for unions to collect dues. Iowa Teamsters, whose members include many working in law enforcement, have been active in an effort to defeat the legislation… teamster.org

Dial in tonight to the carhaul conference call
Feb. 16, 2017 | Carhaul members are urged to take part in a national conference call scheduled for 8 pm tonight (Thursday) to learn more about the tentative national carhaul agreement. Teamster carhaul members will be on the call to review and discuss the tentative national contract, regional supplements and TeamCare improvements. To join the call dial 877-229-8493 with ID code 111566. You may also receive a call on your phone that will connect you to the call.

Maryland lawmakers introduce right to work legislation
Feb. 6, 2017 | On January 30, 2017, Delegate Warren Miller (R- Carroll County), supported by eleven other delegates, introduced an anti-worker bill designed to benefit business interests at the expense of hard-working men and women and their families. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate. We cannot stand by silently while anti-worker forces seek to erode the rights of Maryland’s working people. Fight back! Details here…

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
Unions Fear More States Will Approve RTW Laws As Similar Bill Comes to Congress
Feb. 21, 2017  | RTW4LESS | A national right-to-work law has once again appeared in Congress – but unions fighting the legislation say the real threat is on the state level. Currently, in states that don’t have right-to-work laws, an employee can decline to join a workplace union – but they can’t avoid paying at least some dues if they work at a unionized facility… Last week, New Hampshire narrowly missed becoming the 29th state. It rejected a right-to-work bill in a tense 200-177 vote in its House of Representatives. The Teamsters, one of the nation’s largest unions, launched a massive call to action just ahead of the Feb. 16 decision. “Our members and their families worked hard to send a message to the legislature that right to work is wrong got New Hampshire… nydailynews.com
House Democrats Reintroduce Bill to Strengthen OSHA
Feb. 20, 2017  | HEALTH & SAFETY | It went nowhere in the prior, Republican-run Congress, but House Democrats who specialize in workers’ issues have reintroduced their bill to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The measure comes just after OSHA announced inflation-adjusted increases in fines for job safety and health violations – but it is unclear if the new GOP Trump Administration plans to roll those fine hikes back. The Protecting America’s Workers Act, which unions, workers, and their allies strongly back, “would give OSHA the tools to ensure that employers promptly correct hazardous working conditions, protect workers from retaliation when they blow the whistle on unsafe working conditions, and hold employers accountable for violations that cause death or serious injury to workers”… peoplesworld.org
Unions Promise to Probe Acosta, New Trump Labor Secty Nominee
Feb. 17, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | Leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees promised to rigorously probe the record of Alexander Acosta, dean of a Florida law school and chairman of a South Florida bank, who is President Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor. Acosta is also a former Republican named National Labor Relations Board member. Trump named Acosta barely 24 hours after the president’s first choice, fast food executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew in the face of certain Senate defeat. Workers, unions and their allies exposed his bad record on worker’s rights, the minimum wage, overtime pay, safety and health violations and wage theft at his restaurants and sexism … “Working people are still in this fight for an economy and political system that works for all of our families and where hard work means our families can get ahead,” Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry said. “This is the lens through which we will examine” Acosta’s record…. More at teamsters355.com
Andrew Puzder Withdraws from Consideration as Labor Secretary
Feb. 15, 2017  | BREAKING NEWS | The fast food executive Andrew F. Puzder withdrew his nomination to be President Trump’s labor secretary on Wednesday amid growing doubts among Republican senators that he can be confirmed. Conservatives, including the editors of National Review and Breitbart News, focused their fire on his employment of an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper and his failure to pay taxes for her services. The groundswell of opposition had led several Republicans to waver in their support for Mr. Puzder ahead of his confirmation hearing on Thursday morning... nytimes.com Related: Puzder lacks the votes to win confirmation... washingtonpost.com
Senate Bill Would Tamp Down Construction Wages
Feb. 13, 2017  | WAGES | Despite promises of renewed interest in the plight of workers, Republicans in Congress sure have a funny way of showing their concern. While the effort to curb collective bargaining power through passage of so-called right-to-work legislation has gotten more attention, other lawmakers are entertaining their own ways of minimizing the wages of working families. Late last moth, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) rolled out a bill that would repeal the 86-year-old Davis-Bacon Act, which ensures middle class wages for construction workers across the nation. The measure would slash wages at a time when increased infrastructure spending could be putting thousands of hard-working Americans on the job. That’s not a path Congress should continue to follow… teamster.org
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Teamsters, Unions Look to Upend Missouri’s RTW Law Through Public Vote
Feb. 10, 2017  | POLITICAL ACTION | … If they successfully get a referendum onto the ballet, the right-to-work statute itself will be delayed from going into effect until after voters weigh-in during the November 2018 election. Unions such as the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters are coordinating with a host of labor interest groups including the Faith-Labor Alliance, Jobs With Justice, Working America and the Alliance of Retired Americans... missourinet.com

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Current Campaigns
  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

 
 
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