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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 - May 2014
Updated On: Jun 06, 2014

In honor of May Day, Teamster ally gives away labor music
May 1, 2014 | In celebration of May Day, activist and musician Tom Morello is offering his "Union Town" EP for free download today only. "…this record is dedicated to working people of every nationality, age, color, and religion who have the courage to stand up for justice and dignity in the workplace, and beyond. Enjoy the tunes and fight the power!" said Morello. Morello has worked with Teamsters in the past. More at teamster.org.

Teamsters mobilize at 2014 Unity Conference
May 6, 2014 | The 2014 Teamsters Unity Conference convened Sunday, May 4, in Las Vegas and will run through Wednesday, May 7. The Teamsters' annual conference conducts dozens of educational workshops and division meetings for more than 1,400 Teamsters. In the news: The Union has major organizing campaigns underway in a number of key industries such as school bus drivers, port truck drivers, parking workers, and taxi cab drivers, has had success in fighting against misclassification of workers in New York and Los Angeles, recently won a victory that saved carhaul jobs and is now fighting to protect existing jobs and organize new workers after the Sysco/US Foods merger projected to be complete later this year. Check in at teamster.org for conference updates and photos. Pictured: Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division and Roy Gross, Co-Director.Chip Elgert and Jim Deene.

Super-sized, global fast food worker strike!
May 14, 2014 | Fast food workers will strike tomorrow, May 15, in 150 cities and 30 cities overseas, escalating the movement for fair wages and the right to organize that now encompasses port truck drivers, warehouse workers, processing workers, Walmart associates and government contractors…Decades of union-busting in this country lowered wages to the point where half the workers in America earn wages at or near the poverty level. Now tens of thousands of workers at a time are taking to the street to demand a fair day's wage for a day's work. Full story at teamsternation.com.

UPS will add thousands of new union package jobs
May 15, 2014 | General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall announced today that UPS will add thousands of new package jobs across the country this year in the face of strong Teamster enforcement of the new National Master UPS Agreement… Hiring has already started, and the news jobs will be in addition to the regular filling of jobs through attrition….The contract also tackles excessive overtime by making it easier for workers to get on the "9.5 list" limiting hours, providing access to penalty pay in the first week of a violation, prohibiting the company from piling on work at the end of a week and allowing the union to address inadequate staffing. Read the full announcement at teamster.org.

Membership meetings suspended for summer, will resume in September
May 19, 2014 |
Members attending general membership meetings at the Salisbury union hall May 4 and Baltimore union hall May 18 unanimously voted to suspend the meetings until September. The next meeting in Baltimore will be September 7th; in Salisbury, September 14th. Winners of Local 355’s 40th Annual Scholarship were drawn at the Baltimore meeting from submitted member applications. We’ll post their names once the students are notified. Interviews with the college-bound winners will be in the next Local Union newsletter. Stay tuned for more information and photos from the May meetings. Photo: President Denis Taylor welcomed USALCO employees (L-R) Maurice Daniel, Troy Spence and Harry Collic who, along with 12 other drivers voted in April to become Teamsters. Business Agent Chip Elgert (right) assisted with their organizing campaign.

Tell the SEC: We demand corporate transparency
May 21, 2014 |
With the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United in 2010, corporations were given the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections. As if it weren’t bad enough that there are no limits to what companies can now spend to support anti-worker candidates or promote job-killing free trade agreements, what’s even worse is that a lot of this political spending is done in secret. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is being petitioned to require publicly-traded companies to disclose their political spending. Please help us tell the SEC that we demand corporate transparency by submitting this comment in support of the petition today.

Driver's physical must now be performed by Certified Medical Examiner*
May 22, 2014 | 
The Federal Motor Carrier and Safety Administration is reminding the trucking industry [May 21] marks the start of new regulations requiring all U.S. DOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners…Current medical certificates held by commercial driver's license holders will continue to be valid until the expiration date that is shown on the card. Only then will the driver need to seek a certified medical examiner to perform their new examination. Full story here. * Update: Important Teamster information here. Questions? Contact your business agent.

Teamsters: Time to start the war for workers at the ballot box*
May 26, 2014 |
A new election season is quickly approaching and the Teamsters, like Americans as a whole, have much to ponder. While there has been some economic improvement since 2012, workers trying to cover their families' day-to-day expenses are still facing an uphill climb…It's OK to be angry at Washington. A sizable contingent of anti-worker lawmakers has done much to deserve our ire. But what working people can't afford is to make bad choices at the ballot box. Americans can't just throw up their hands and give up. Corporate America isn't, and they will continue to donate mountains of money to lawmakers and candidates alike trying to influence them. Read more at teamster.org.

July 26th Bull Roast in Glen Burnie to benefit grieving families
May 27, 2014 |
Tickets are now on sale for a Bull Roast whose proceeds will benefit Cuz We Care, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to families who have experienced the sudden lost of a child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The event is slated for Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the LaFontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, Md. Local 355 retiree Mike Brett provided us with the details we've posted here.

Fact Check: Medicare under observation
May 30, 2014 |
Attention 355 retirees: Factcheck.org sets the record straight on allegations in a letter from an alleged Medicare beneficiary that has gone viral. The question: Is it true that, under the Affordable Care Act, "Medicare will not pay anything" for patients receiving only "observation" care in hospitals? The answer with full explanation at here.


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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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