Hoffa: A blueprint for getting America back on track
July 6, 2015 | The American economy is not working. As the Teamsters have stated repeatedly, there needs to be a commitment to boost and expand America's middle class, which is the lifeblood of our country. But that alone will not fuel a national renaissance that will raise up a majority of people. There needs to be a buy-in from the business community that puts long-term economic health before short-term profits. The Roosevelt Institute, of which I am a board member, recently released a detailed blueprint called "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy" authored by its renowned chief economist Joseph Stiglitz in an effort to tame income inequality. To put this nation back on track, the document makes clear that the U.S. must rethink the economic assumptions it's made during the past 35 years. Continue reading...
What's next for US Foods?
July 7, 2015 | Now comes the hard part for US Foods. Sysco's $3.5 billion proposal collapsed on June 30 after a federal judge ruled against the deal on anti-competitive concerns, leaving both companies back where they were in late 2013 – as fierce head-to-head competitors, each seeking to char a new path for future growth. Full story...
Truckers at Los Angeles, Long Beach ports vote Teamsters
July 10, 2015 | Eight-eight drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach voted late Wednesday to join the Teamsters, becoming the fourth company at the port to unionize at a time when many say port trucking is ripe for a shakeup. For decades, most drayage drivers – who number more than 10,000 at the LA and LB ports – have been independent contractors who own their own trucks. But as ports have grown more congested amid a general trucker shortage, an opening emerged for companies that purchase trucks and hire full-time drivers. Full story...
Teamster carhaulers launch campaign to save their jobs
July 17, 2015 | The Teamsters have a petition to Toyota for you to sign demanding the company not turn its back on American workers. It is critical that every Teamster carhauler sign a petition and return it to their shop steward or Business Agent Bill Alexander. Please don't wait. Do it now. Here's how to get the petition.
Teamsters call on UPS to leave ALEC at massive protest in San Diego
July 23, 2015 | Hundreds of Teamsters from across California traveled to San Diego Wednesday to participate in a massive protest outside a national meeting for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Teamsters had one clear message they wanted to send – it was time for UPS to end its affiliation with ALEC. Full story…
Teamsters post first billboard in Baltimore to educate the public about Toyota
July 23, 2015 | Yesterday the Teamsters Union posted the first of several roadside billboards about the Toyota Corporation in order to educate the American public about the economic and safety dangers posed by the company. The billboard is located along I-95 in Baltimore. “Toyota spent years trying to regain consumer confidence after mass recalls in 2009-2011 due to sticking gas pedals and faulty floor mats. Millions more Toyotas are being recalled due to dangerous faulty airbags. Now, on top of these very public issues, Toyota is bidding out much of its automobile transport work to small, unproven operators who undercut the health care protections and retirement security of their drivers,” said Kevin Moore, Teamsters International Trustee and Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division. Full story ... Note: Local 355 represents more than 200 carhaul drivers.
Here's 7 reasons not-yet-union folks should join one
July 29, 2015 | We know that our union jobs generally pay significantly more than non-union jobs and our negotiated contracts provide benefits like paid vacation, holidays and sick days that many non-union workers don't get. So how about that non-union worker friend of yours who doesn't get that being a member of a union can greatly improve his/her work life? This short and to-the-point article can help you talk with family members and friends who may be on the fence about joining a union.
Human rights before huge profits from TPP
July 28, 2015 | Putting people before the powerful. It's a statement the Teamsters firmly believe in, and one that U.S. democracy supports by having a one-person, one-vote system in place. But a report released yesterday by the State Department raises some concerns about whether American policy is following the same path. Continued...
Teamsters remember James R. Hoffa on 40th anniversary of disappearance
July 30, 2015 | Today marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of one of the greatest labor leaders in American history – James R. Hoffa. As Teamsters General President, Hoffa honed his well-earned reputation as a tough and effective bargainer and gained the respect of labor and business leaders alike across the country. He worked hard to expand the number of working men and women who were protected by union contracts and under his leadership, the union’s membership rose to include more than 2 million workers. Continued…