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they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded.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.
Three-year-old Bridget, the youngest daughter of 355 Teamster and UPS package driver Scott Diveley and his wife Jennifer, and sister of Allison and Andrew, is a lucky little girl with a new lease on life after receiving a new heart March 7, 2010 at Baltimore’s John Hopkins Children's Hospital.
On the morning of Sept. 22, 2009, her mother noticed that her breathing was unusually rapid and irregular. Bridget had no other symptoms, except that she was more tired than usual and a little on the cranky side, but Jennifer whisked her off to Bridget’s pediatrician who determined she needed to go to the ER immediately for a chest x-ray and EKG. Following a battery of tests, Bridget was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease that enlarges the heart, limiting its ability to supply blood to the body’s tissue and organs. Though the actual cause is unknown, doctors suspect Bridget contracted a common viral infection that attacked her heart.
With the diagnosis confirmed, Bridget was sent to John Hopkins Hospital where she could receive the care she needed. She was hospitalized for a month after which she was sent home with medication everyone hoped would heal her damaged heart. But in January 2010 Bridget was rushed back to the hospital. Tests confirmed that Bridget needed a heart transplant but there was no way of knowing how long she would wait for a donor.
As Scott and Jennifer paced nervously in the waiting room soon after Bridget's admittance, a sympathetic stranger who had overheard their conversation about the diagnosis suggested they contact the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a non-profit organization that helps children and young adults who need or have had a life-saving transplant. COTA supports transplant families, helping to raise the needed funds to pay for transplant-related expenses. One hundred percent of all the funds are used for transplant-related expenses. Soon after Scott and Jennifer hooked in to COTA, the organization immediately set to work to help raise funds. Red rubber bracelets stamped with "My Heart is With Bridget" were quickly produced to sell to coworkers and friends, the proceeds of which went directly to Bridget's family.
A small group of volunteers formed Team Bridget, and COTA trained members on fiscal requirements of fund-raising and the coordination and planning of events and activities. The team was comprised of family members and close friends, including UPS coworkers Bill Goudy, and Mike Petro and his sister Tina Leonard (wife of UPS driver Tom Leonard). They spearheaded a number of fundraisers, all of which were heavily attended by Teamsters and supported by Local 355. Events included face-painting and balloon creations at Rita's Italian Ice in July 2010, and a Bull Roast and Shrimp Feast in Parkville October 30, 2010. Bill and Mike put the word out at UPS/Quad Avenue early on about Bridget's condition. Scott said the response from his coworkers was overwhelming as cash donations quickly filled up envelopes. "[Bill and Mike] told me they would do it every month if they had to, and they did," said Scott. He and Jennifer were both on unpaid leave for months. The bills piled up, and the envelopes of cash donations provided much-needed money for their family’s daily costs. Jennifer said they couldn’t have done it without "a little help from our friends."
Scott was on family leave for several months, returning to work in April 2010. “I'll never forget that first day back. Everyone was wearing Bridget's bracelet. It really affected me. Not a day goes by when someone here doesn't ask me how I'm doing and how the family is,” said Scott, speaking about his coworkers and pausing to gather his emotions. “It's not small talk. They really are concerned and I'm just so grateful.”
“This has changed our lives,” Scott said. “We know we can't ever take anything for granted.”
“We are grateful, blessed, appreciative, humbled,” Jennifer wrote in a recent COTA blog post. “ There are too many words to describe how we feel. Please know, that when we say thank you, it is genuine, and from the bottom of our hearts. There is one little heart in particular that will also be thankful for all of this support. She is the reason for our efforts and I can't think of a better reason out there.”
Bridget will need another transplant in 15-20 years. She requires numerous medications daily and continued medical monitoring. Through COTA, Bridget will be able to access donated funds for the rest of her life to help pay her medical costs. Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Bridget D.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at www.COTAforBridgetD.com.
Below is the Channel 2 video interview with the Diveley family at the February 23, 2011 Hopkin’s Children’s Radiothon. Bridget served as ambassador to the fund-raising event for the kids at the John Hopkins Children's Center.
General Membership Meetings: Mar. 5, 2017 - Baltimore Mar. 12, 2017 - Salisbury 10:oo am.
Please be present and on time. Bring a coworker!
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.
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.
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.