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March 24, 2017

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Five days into the Post Office’s first mass work stoppage in 195 years, President Nixon declares a national emergency and orders 30,000 troops to New York City to break the strike. The troops didn’t have a clue how to sort and deliver mail: a settlement came a few days later.

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News Items - September 2013
Updated On: Oct 18, 2013
 

New IBT website has latest information on UPS agreements
Sept. 4, 2013 |
The IBT has launched a new website, upscontractfacts.com, to provide UPS members with the latest information on the National Master Agreement, its supplements and riders, and the most asked questions and answers about the contract and ratification process. You can read the contract highlights, browse the full agreement, the supplements and riders, and get additional information on TeamCare, the national Teamster Health Plan.

TeamCare improvements announced for UPS Teamsters
Sept. 5, 2013 |
Local union leaders representing UPS Teamsters who currently receive TeamCare health care benefits and those moving into the TeamCare plan met September 4th in Chicago to learn about the improvements made since the UPS National Master Agreement was ratified in June. The improvements apply to all UPS Teamsters covered by TeamCare, existing participants and new participants. You will receive via mail an information packet, including a DVD that will explain the improved benefits. Additionally, you can go to www.MyTeamCare.org and click on the UPS link. Read the IBT announcement here.

Teamster locals support aggressive measures to protect contract
Sept. 8, 2013 |
On Friday, Sept. 6, Teamster local unions that represent more than 1,000 Allied Systems Holding workers unanimously supported informing its members on the need to take aggressive action – up to and including a lawful strike – if the current Black Diamond/Spectrum bid to buy Allied proceeds and is approved by the bankruptcy court on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Full press release here.

Sunny, temperate weather create perfect conditions for motorcycle run?
Sept. 8, 2013 | Local 355's bike enthusiasts met at the union hall early Saturday morning for a 50-minute run through Maryland's beautiful rural back roads to Codorus State Park in southern Pennsylvania for an afternoon of brotherhood and a cookout featuring fried chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers and cold beverages. View additional photos here.

Attention 355 retirees: Summer Party photos are up
Sept. 11, 2013 | Check out the photo gallery to view retiree Stan Pietrowski's photographs of A.R.M.'s Summer Party held August 18th at UAW Hall in Baltimore.

National Master agreement approved; some local riders rejected *
Sept. 12, 2013 | Teamsters working at DHL Express across the country overwhelmingly approved the new tentative agreement, as were three national supplements and 21 of 28 local riders. The national contract will not go into effect until the status of the seven riders is resolved. Read the full notice at teamsters.org. * Local-by-local vote results available here.

Allied chooses Jack Cooper Transport bid *
Sept. 16, 2013 | At the auction that concluded September 12, Allied Systems selected Jack Cooper Transport as the entity with the best and highest bid. The selection of the Jack Cooper bid sets up an approval hearing by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on tomorrow, and if approved, an effective sale date of Oct. 31, 2013. Unlike the first auction, where Allied selected a bid from Black Diamond/Spectrum that drew vigorous challenges by multiple constituents including the Teamsters, all major parties supported the sale to Jack Cooper subject to review of the final documents. Read the complete announcement here. * Update: On Sept. 17, U.S. Bamkruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi approved the sale of most of the Allied Systems' assets to Jack Cooper. For further updates, visit www.teamster.org/Allied.

TTP: Out of the shadows!
Sept. 17, 2013 | Lead negotiators for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement will be meeting in Washington, DC this month for several days of horse-trading aimed at speeding the massive pact towards conclusion. This round is even more secretive than the last three years of closed-door negotiations, in that they are not even including a stakeholder process. Please join representatives from the environmental, labor, family farm, faith, consumer, public health and other social justice movements for a lunch-hour rally that lets TPP negotiators know that people are watching and will hold them accountable no matter how far underground they take their negotiations. Rally - 12:00 Noon, Friday, September 20, 2013 - Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 600 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Can't make it? You can still make a difference by telling friends in the DC area, and by writing your Members of Congress urging them to oppose Fast Track for the TPP. Click here for the fact sheet. Here's why it matters.

Teamsters turn out for Bridget and Bradley Heart Run fundraiser
Sept. 24, 2013 |
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, dozens of Local 355 Teamsters and family members participated in the 2nd Annual Bridget and Bradley 2013 Heart Run at Gunpowder State Park in Chase, Md. The 5k Run/3k Walk was a sponsored event to benefit the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Bridget Diveley and Bradley Catterton were born healthy, but developed viral myocarditis, an infection that caused irreparable damage to their heart muscles. Both received life-saving heart transplants at Johns Hopkins. Bridget is the youngest daughter of Teamsters 355 member Scott Diveley (UPS/Quad Ave). Local 355 was among the sponsors of the family-friendly event that attracted 278 participants and raised more than $10,000. Photos are available here and here. Pictured: Bridget and dad, Scott Diveley; Bradley and mom, Michele Catterton.  Photo/Teamsters Joint Council 62

Reminder! New Maryland cell phone, seat belt laws in effect Tuesday, Oct. 1 *
Sept. 27 , 2013 |
Effective Tuesday, October 1, if you are caught driving while talking on your hand-held cell phone, you will be pulled over and issued a $75 ticket. Previously, police could only ticket a driver for cell phone use if the driver was stopped for a primary offense, such as speeding. Maryland's new get-tough law upgrades the state's existing hand-held cell phone law to primary status. A second offense will cost you $125, a third and subsequent offenses, $175. Additionally, the new seat belt law requires all passengers to wear a seat belt while traveling in the backseat of any vehicle. It is a secondary law and carries a $50 fine. (The primary law covers an unrestrained driver and/or passenger in the front seat.) * The Baltimore Sun: New law cracks down on cellphone chatting while driving


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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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