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October 22, 2016

On This Day in 1933:
Wisconsin dairy farmers begin their third strike of the year in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to producers during the Great Depression. Several creameries were bombed before the strike ended a month later. The economy eventually improved, allowing the farmers to make more money.

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Updated: Oct. 22 (21:01)

Stewards 2016
Teamsters Local No. 19
Election Results
UAW Local 4911
Nomination Notice of UAW Local 2200 Officers
UAW local 2200
Officer Elected by Acclamation--POOL Unit Chair
UAW local 2200
Union Plus and theUnion Plus Credit Card Program 30th Anniversary
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
JCBA Update 10.21.16
TWU Local 568
Oct. 13: Day 170 Strong, together!
#A Shift - Jim Brown, Ernie Warfield, Doug Robinson, Joe Bell, Bob Schultz, Jay Treuth, Dave Moore, Dave White, Charlie Grams
Strike Enters Seventh Month
Determined Teamsters Dave Trasko, Larry Blackman, and Jim Ramper
Aug. 4: Day 100 and still holding the line
(L-R) Local Business Agent Eric Wood, Dave Moore, Charlie Grams, Jay Treuth, and Joe Bell
July 18: Day 85
Picket lines extended to Buffalo, N.Y. and Streator, Ill.
July 7: Day 75
This morning picket lines went back up at US Foods in Streator, Illinois. #USFoodsStrike
July 1: Day 69
Red, Hot & Blue: You're not listening. We're not going away.
June 24: Day 59
Members protest US Foods destruction of veterans' jobs.
June 21: Day 56
Picket line back up at Swedesboro, NJ (Philly) facility. Thanks Local 628!
June 20: Day 55
Strike lines went up early this morning at US Foods in Bridgeport, NJ. Locals 107 and 169 members support the extension of our strike lines.
June 18: Day 53
Unite Here joined the Severn, Md. strike line to support us. Thank you!
June 17: Day 52
We extended our strike line to Chicago. Thank you Local 705! #solidarity
June 10: Day 45
USF drivers take their message to Gaithersburg, Md.
June 4: Day 39
Right, Gilbert Howdershelt (Burris Foods, Del.), came from the Eastern Shore to support his brothers & sisters.
June 3: Informational leafleting at Red Hot & Blue, Annapolis
May 25: Picket line up in Indianapolis, Local 135

Local and National Union News

Your vote is your voice in the election of top officials in your union
On Oct. 6th, the Office of the Election Supervisor (OES) mailed ballots for the International Officer election to all members of the IBT. Watch for your secret ballot in the mail. When you receive it, follow the directions to cast your own vote then mail your secret ballot yourself using the postage-prepaid envelope. The secret ballots must be returned to a post office box controlled by the OES by 9am Monday, Nov. 14th. Important: If you do not receive your ballot by Oct. 17th, contact the OES toll-free at 1-844-428-8683 to request a ballot. The count is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 14th.

Drivers, warehouse workers at XPO Logistics are choosing Teamster representation
Oct. 13, 2016 | Workers across the country are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for fairness and respect at one of the world's largest transportation and logistics companies. Seventy-four drivers at the former Con-way Freight in Aurora, Illinois, join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, California. Warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn., became the first warehouse workers at the company to form a union in the U.S.

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
Organize or Die
Oct. 20, 2016  | FUTURE OF LABOR | …Organized labor should direct its money and resources into adding new members, and other liberal groups should pick up their slack in political donations. Do they need to organize more low-wage workers? Yes. Do they need to organize more white collar workers? Yes. Do they need to build on existing union strength in friendly states? Yes. Do they need to do the hard work of building a presence in union-unfriendly states? Yes. Do they need to break into new industries like tech where unions have little presence? Yes. And speaking of tech, do they need to figure out how to bring a whole generation of young workers into unions even though they have little connection with or affinity for the withered husk of organized labor? Yes. Is all of this easier said than done? Of course. It’s not easy. It’s necessary…
Organization of Police Chiefs Apologizes for Past Treatment of People of Color
Oct. 18, 2016 | SOCIAL JUSTICE | On Monday, during an annual convention for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leader of the 18,000-member organization issued a formal apology to “communities of color.” But the apology stopped short of acknowledging current injustices that those communities face…
Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
Oct. 17, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning "gig economy," Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it's a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs associated with hiring professional delivery services: "Amazon Flex is the e-commerce behemoth's new service meant to help meet its delivery demand without depending on the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx. Flex drivers originally only made deliveries for same-day local orders throughout the Prime Now app, but recently the company let drivers deliver regular Amazon packages too." Its also a way for Amazon to avoid hiring their own drivers, to whom the company would than owe fair pay and full benefits. That's where the lawsuit comes in…
Unions Take Water Crisis Message on the Road
Oct. 17, 2016  | UNIONS | Concerns about drinking water came to the attention of most Americans when the Flint water crisis became national news almost a year ago. Teamsters from all over the country became involved, bringing fresh water to thousands of residents. But as noted before, the problem isn't just in Flint. And that's the message of a group of mothers, led by a union teacher from the poisoned Michigan city, are taking on the road…
In Case You Missed It

  • Report: Workers are worried about their jobs.
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  • A national strike against prison slavery.
  • Teamsters launch Fed Up newsletter at FedEx freight.
  • Nation's largest union links Trump to rise in schoolyard bullying.
  • Americans like their jobs, but worry about keeping them.

FedEx Loses Latest Bid to Decertify Driver 'Micro Union'
Oct. 13, 2016  | LEGAL | A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday handed the National Labor Relations Board its latest victory in a challenge to the agency's standard for approving bargaining units that include only certain groups of workers, dismissing a bid by FedEx Freight Inc to decertify a unit of delivery drivers. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals said the NLRB last year properly certified an International Brotherhood of Teamsters unit of about 50 FedEx drivers…

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Nov. 6, 2016  - Baltimore
Nov. 13, 2016  - Salisbury

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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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • 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) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • 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.

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