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Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

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Monthly Membership Meeting

The regular monthly membership meeting will be held Saturday April 11, 2015. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with information of Local 61 and workplace updates.

We Look forward to seeing you there.

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Stop Fast Track
Anti-TPP activists rally from coast to coast against Fast Track
All over the United States this week, American citizens on the left and on the right are rallying against a Fast Track bill to let Congress rubber stamp the TPP. The targets are members of Congress who haven't said where they stand on the issue.

The TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership, would send U.S. jobs overseas, lower wages, raise the cost of medicine and imperil food safety and the environment. TPP supporters want to pass Fast Track so Congress can send the secretly negotiated deal to the president before the public wakes up and realizes what happened.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, said he wants to introduce a Fast Track bill by the end of this month.

If we stop Fast Track, we stop the TPP.
 
Rally outside Rep. Jared Polis' office.
That's why Teamsters from Local 455 and other Coloradoans rallied yesterday outside the Boulder office of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. Polis hasn't said how he'll vote on Fast Track. Public News Service reported:
A coalition of community, labor and environmental groups held a rally outside U.S. Rep. Jared Polis' office in Boulder on Tuesday. They want Polis, a Democrat, to oppose President Obama's request for "fast track" authority for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal involving the United States and 11 other countries.
The Fair Trade or Bust Bus
The story was the same in the Pacific Northwest, where a Fair Trade or Bust! bus set out yesterday on a two-day tour. Washington and Oregon residents let lawmakers know the impact the trade deal will have on jobs, wages, and the environment through a series of rallies and other press events in a half-dozen cities.
 
 

On Tuesday morning, Teamsters from Local 313 in Tacoma joined the Fair Trade or Bust! bus riders outside the Mount Vernon office of Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. They rallied for Washington's food suppliers, good-paying jobs, and a healthy environment.
 

In Tacoma, Wash., 100 people (including Teamsters) came out to a rally in Fireman's Park to tell Congressman Derek Kilmer to vote no on Fast Track.
 

Today the Fair Trade or Bust Bus started out at Rep. Suzanne Bonamci's office to tell her the same thing. At noon the bus rolled into Portland to wave Teamsters' 'Fast Track Wrong Track' signs in front of Congressman Earl Blumenauer's office. They head next to the office of Ron Wyden, who holds a key to the fate of Fast Track in the U.S. Senate.

On the East Coast, Rep. Richard Neal woke this morning to a Berkshire Eagle op-ed telling him to vote no on Fast Track. Later in the day rallies were held outside his Massachusetts offices in Springfield and Pittsfield.

That's just a small sampling of the rallies, protests, meetings, Town Halls and news conferences going on this week. They're happening in Sacramento, San Diego, Bridgeport, Conn., Chicago, Rockville, Md., St. Louis, New York City, New Hope, N.C., and other cities where members of Congress haven't seen the light. Teamsters political representatives are also holding under-the-radar screen meetings in district offices.

You can help shine a light on the secretive TPP. Look for the #FightFastTrack hashtag.
More Teamsters!
Woot! Another Teamster organizing victory in Boston!
Drivers who haul Starbucks supplies in the Northeast are now Teamsters!

In a major organizing win for Teamsters Local 25, drivers and helpers at DPI Specialty Foods voted to join the local in an election held Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
The workers, who supply to all Starbucks stores in New England and upstate New York, voted 37-5 in favor of Teamster representation. There are 44 workers in the new bargaining unit.

Drivers and helpers at DPI sought Local 25 support two months ago in an effort to address concerns with employee health care costs, which the company recently raised by 8 percent. Workers are also concerned with pay. Many are paid for a 10-hour workday but typically work 12-14 hour days.

In response to their organizing drive, the company hired union-busting consultants. The workers, however, held strong for the Teamsters.
Our newest Teamster members!
Brother Mike Anzalone, a DPI driver, said:
We are very excited to join Local 25. Finally, we will have a voice in the workplace and the ability to address the issues and working conditions that matter to us most.
Local 25 will now prepare to negotiate with the company to address the workers’ issues. The local's president, Sean O’Brien, said,
This was a hard fought victory for DPI workers with Teamsters Local 25 working with the International to ensure that these workers get the benefits they deserve. We're thrilled to welcome our newest members to the Teamsters Local 25 family.

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Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

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