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February 22, 2017

On This Day in 1834:

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they formed the Factory Girl’s Association in response to a rent hike in company boarding houses and the increase was rescinded.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.

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News Items - September 2016
Updated On: Oct 13, 2016

Union continues its fight for justice and a fair agreement with US Foods
Sept. 4, 2016 | The picket lines are thinner these days only because many of our former US Foods drivers and mechanics have been forced to find employment elsewhere since the company closed down the facility and moved the work to non-union workers at non-union a non-union plant in Virginia. But the unfair labor practices strike against the giant food distributor US Foods continues while Local and National Union leaders push for an acceptable agreement with the company. “I worked for this company for 32 years and was planning to retire October 1,”  Brother Dave Trasko told us as he walked the line Thursday, August 18, with Brothers Jim Ramper and Larry Blackman. “My good union wages at this company provided a good life for me and my family: A nice home, two cars, and a good lifestyle. I was a happy camper. Doesn’t everyone who works hard every single day want that?” Teamsters worked hard for their wages and benefits at US Foods because, as Trasko described it, "ours was an extremely physical job. But we didn’t realize how good we had it until our negotiations battle began with the ‘new’ [Wall Street] owner. So then this happened.” (Watch this space for more about Brothers Rampert and Blackman.) Update: In March the Local filed three unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the company. One was upheld by the regional NLRB, the other two are on appeal to the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss our General Membership Meeting Sunday, Sept. 11, where you can learn more about the latest developments in the US Foods strike, and other important Local Union issues. Bring a coworker!

Teamsters call for government intervention in LA ports crisis
Sept. 6, 2016 | The bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major Korean shipper, is causing chaos at the Port of Los Angeles with dozens of ships and a half million cargo containers stranded at sea in the Port of Los Angeles. The livelihoods of many workers, from ship crews to workers who handle the cargo at the dock, are threatened. Members of Congress, the Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and labor leaders are calling on government action in the cargo delivery crisis… uslabornews.com

Hoffa: Don't let GOP curb new pro-worker rules
Sept. 7, 2016 | …The Teamsters have been out front on these issue, even passing a resolution of support during its 29th International Convention in June. Why? Because the union believes in the fundamental principle that employers who receive federal taxpayers' money should comply with federal labor law. That means rejecting wage theft, safety violations and discrimination on the job… teamster.org

Picket line suspended for Sunday's membership meeting
Sept. 9, 2016 | Please note that our US Foods strike line will be suspended for the day on Sunday so members can attend our monthly General Membership Meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury. The line will resume Monday morning. Check in with your business agent for additional information.

This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Sept. 13, 2016 | This is the time to remind everyone of the sacrifices and skills of professional truck drivers who keep America moving. Teamsters are celebrating the hard work of the men and women behind the wheel who labor on our nation's roads and highways. The IBT is asking Teamster truck drivers to send in photos of you and your truck! Post them at www.facebook.com/Teamsters. Don't forget to say what company and Teamster local you're with. Later this week all our photos will be presented in a video on teamster.org and on the Teamster Facebook timeline. Ready? GO!

Today is #StopTPP call-in day: Make the call against this job-killing trade deal
Sept. 14, 2016 | We urge all Teamsters to join in this action and flood Congress's phone lines today with calls to every lawmaker asking them to pledge their opposition to the TPP. The TransPacific Partnership is a 12-nation corporate power grab that will ship thousands of jobs overseas, lower wages in the U.S. and undermine laws that protect workers and the environment. Please call your senators and representatives now at 844-394-8431 – tell them to commit to standing firm against the TPP.

Teamster carhaul members reject national contract; Eastern supplement is approved
Sept. 15, 2016 | Teamster carhaul members have rejected a national contract and the Central-Southern supplement, but have approved the Eastern and Western supplements. "In light of the members voting no on the national contract and Central-Southern Supplement, we will reconvene our national negotiating committee next week and determine the next steps," said Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division. "At the present time, the union is not calling for any job action against any employer but will evaluate all its options over the next several days." Vote tallies here.

Self-driving trucks threaten one of America's top blue-collar jobs
Sept. 26, 2016 | …Carmaking giants and ride-sharing upstarts racing to put autonomous vehicles on the road are dead set on replacing drivers, and that includes truckers. Trucks without human hands at the wheel could be on American roads within a decade, say analysts and industry executives…latimes.com General President Jim Hoffa: "You really want a giant 14-wheeler remotely? C'mon. It's not going to happen…"

Motorcycle Run has been cancelled
Sept. 26, 2016 | Seems our Local's motorcycle enthusiasts have busy schedules given the low number of signups for this year's bike run, scheduled for October 1st. So we've pulled the plug on it but we'll look forward to a good run with high participation next year. Save the date: June 17, 2017.

Heavy rains force cancellation of our fall golf event
Sept. 29, 2016 | Our fall golf outing scheduled for this coming Saturday, Oct. 1st, is cancelled due to the weather-related closure of the golf course scheduled to host the event. The Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, Md., called this morning to advise us that three days of heavy rains will force closure of the course. Watch this space for an announcement of our 2017 Spring Golf Event. We will process registration fee refunds to participants who have submitted payment.

Teamster women take over Hollywood...
Sept. 28, 2016 | Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract… peoplesworld.org


General Membership Meetings:
Mar. 5, 2017  - Baltimore
Mar. 12, 2017  - Salisbury

10:oo am.
Please be present and on time.

Bring a coworker!

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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