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March 25, 2017

On This Day in 1900:

Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: "I wouldn't give th' Commish'ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They're too shtiff."

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News Items - December 2015
Updated On: Jan 19, 2016

Piedmont Airline dispatchers approve contract
Dec. 2, 2015  | Concluding nearly 18 months of negotiations that included a rejection vote in January 2015, dispatchers at Piedmont Airlines ratified November 18, 2015, new provisions in the existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Contract improvements include a 9% total wage increase over the next four years, an additional personal day, a significant enhancement to the 401(k), and the reduction of the required 3-day notice to 24-hour notice in the event dispatchers need to swap shifts. “I’m glad we got a majority vote after a year and a half of negotiations,” said Scott Phillips, shop steward and bargaining committee member, adding, “We got a good agreement, with gains in most of the areas we wanted to see improvement.” The dispatchers are employed at Piedmont’s headquarters at the Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury, Md., and are responsible for scheduling flight crews, including their food and lodging needs; monitoring real-time weather satellite and radar; and scheduling fuel delivery. (Pictured L-R) Stephen Kennedy, Phil Simpson, Everett Reed, and Kayla Morrison

Teamsters statement on San Bernardino County shootings
Dec. 3, 2015  | The Teamsters Union is deeply saddened by the tragic event in San Bernardino County, Calif., which has taken the lives of 14 people, injured 21 and shaken the community at large.  As the news continues to unfold, we are saddened to learn that some of the victims were members of Teamsters Local 1932.  “Today is a sad day, as we join the San Bernardino community with a heavy heart in mourning this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. Continued...

Chicago Teamsters strike Coca-Cola over unfair labor practices
Dec. 3, 2015  | More than 300 Teamsters Local 727 members are initiating an unfair labor practice strike against Coca-Cola Refreshments at 5 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, after the beverage industry behemoth intimidated workers and engaged in bad faith bargaining during negotiations for a new contract. Local 727 represents 319 production and warehouse workers and transport drivers at Coca-Cola Refreshments facilities in Niles and Alsip, Ill. Read more here. Also, Teamsters International approves strike benefits for Coca-Cola workers.

Applications for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship are available now
Dec. 4, 2015  | The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship  awards.  Scholarship applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions where the Teamster Member Relation’s Teamsters Union affiliate is located. One category of awards totals $10,000 each. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2016. Materials will be sent to the Local Office, but if you would like to download the materials, click the link in the right column.

Trade deal will lock in high drug prices, hurt seniors
Dec. 17, 2015  | Older Americans should be deeply concerned about this deal. If implemented, TPP will maintain high drug prices for America's seniors and undermine the sustainability of public health programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The TPP would enact unprecedented protections for Big Pharma. It would lock in patent exclusivity for biologics – specialty drugs used to treat diseases such as cancer and rheumatoid diseases… The Hill

Coca Cola Refreshments strikers hold solidarity rally
Dec. 15, 2015  | Three hundred striking Coca Cola Refreshments Teamsters workers rallied Monday in Niles, Illinois as supporters from Chicago and northwest Indiana joined them in solidarity. The Teamsters say this unfair labor practice strike is about the company refusing to negotiate in good faith and in some cases using illegal intimidation tactics. "Managers will walk around carrying baseball bats asking workers about the status of ongoing negotiations,” said Will Petty, communications director for Teamsters Joint Council 25. LaborPress.org

Progress at carhaul talks, more negotiations to be scheduled
Dec. 15, 2015  | The Teamsters Union and carhaul employer representatives continue to discuss and exchange proposals for a new national contract that are responsive to the concerns of the membership. Based on the talks just concluded last week, we can report some tentative progress. Many of the contract proposals have been resolved, but both sides still need to focus on the economic issues… Teamster.org

Thousands of drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry win collective bargaining rights
Dec. 16, 2015  | Because of their disputed status as independent contractors, for-hire drivers don't have the ability to unionize through a traditional National Labor Relations Board election process, and they aren't covered under Seattle's wage theft, sick leave or new $15 an hour minimum wage law. To address these inequities, drivers approached Teamsters Local 117 for assistance in getting organized. Taxi drivers formed the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association in 2012. In 2013, drivers for app-based dispatch companies formed the App-Based Drivers Association. Both organizations work closely with Teamsters Local 117 to ensure that drivers are treated fairly… Teamster.org

Teamsters support spending bill that protects worker rights, health care
Dec. 18, 2015  | The Teamsters back a $1.1 trillion spending bill approved today by Congress for fiscal year 2016, saying it ensures workers retain their rights to organize on the job and will continue to receive comprehensive health insurance from their employers without being financially penalized. "This omnibus package is a step in the right direction for workers," General President Jim Hoffa said. "Although the Teamsters didn't get everything we wanted, Congress rejected attempts to turn back the clock on employees seeking union representation and makes sure those with good health insurance won't be punished by the federal government in the short term."… teamster.org


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    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.

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    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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