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  • 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!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

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Will and Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement Now Available Online
09/17/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The Area Agreement between the Contractor's Association of Will and Grundy Counties and Teamsters Local 179 is available to Local 179 members who are registered users on the Local 179 website.  The agreement can be viewed, download and printed.  Just click on Member Resources at the top of this page and go to Contracts.
Here's Why Protecting Wages and Standards Should be Important to YOU
09/17/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 17, 2014 | OPINION | Often when on a picket or banner line people notice union members with protest signs or the large inflatable rat and they're curious as to why we're there demonstrating. One question that I'm always answering from passerby is, "why are you out here.
September General Membership Meeting This Sunday
09/17/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Local 179 General Membership meeting will be held this Sunday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. Hope to see you there.
Taxpayers and Workers Gouged by Labor-Law Dodge
09/16/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 16, 2014 | ECONOMY | The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S.
Taxpayers and Workers Gouged by Labor-Law Dodge
09/16/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 16, 2014 | ECONOMY | The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S.
MEMBERS BLOW THE WHISTLE!
09/16/14 - Teamsters Local 814
 IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! Big thanks to members working for Capital down at Metrotech last Friday who called the union hall and let us know that a non-union outfit was attempting to do a job there. After 814 officials reached out to building management and explained that the company was non-union, Century's trucks were turned around and not allowed to deliver.
Taxpayers and Workers Gouged by Labor-Law Dodge
09/16/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 16, 2014 | ECONOMY | The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S.
Plutocrat Predicts: The Pitchforks Are Coming
09/15/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 15, 2014 | INEQUALITY | You know things have gotten bad when a self-proclaimed plutocrat sees the future and doesn’t like what he sees. Speaking to other plutocrats, Nick Hanauer tells some serious truth. Starting off by saying he’s a proud unapologetic Capitalist, he provides some history of his business acumen and wealth accumulation. He and some friends even own a bank.
Plutocrat Predicts: The Pitchforks Are Coming
09/15/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 15, 2014 | INEQUALITY | You know things have gotten bad when a self-proclaimed plutocrat sees the future and doesn’t like what he sees. Speaking to other plutocrats, Nick Hanauer tells some serious truth. Starting off by saying he’s a proud unapologetic Capitalist, he provides some history of his business acumen and wealth accumulation. He and some friends even own a bank.
Plutocrat Predicts: The Pitchforks Are Coming
09/15/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 15, 2014 | INEQUALITY | You know things have gotten bad when a self-proclaimed plutocrat sees the future and doesn’t like what he sees. Speaking to other plutocrats, Nick Hanauer tells some serious truth. Starting off by saying he’s a proud unapologetic Capitalist, he provides some history of his business acumen and wealth accumulation. He and some friends even own a bank.
Stewards Educated At Teamsters Local 492 Steward Seminar
09/13/14 - Teamsters Local 492
9-13 -14 -Today, dozens of Teamster Union Stewards from all over New Mexico came together to better understand their duties and rights as Stewards and first heard from Teamsters Local 492 Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas about the importance of a good steward and thanked the stewards in attendance for everything they do to help their fellow members.
In Case You Missed It
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Trade yes. Bad trade deals, no!   • Meet the Koch sisters.   • Good bosses aren't good enough.   • The election is coming…(turn up the volume).   • AFL-CIO seeks to unionize Tenn. tobacco workers.   •The people deserve to know about corporate donations.
In Case You Missed It
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Trade yes. Bad trade deals, no!   • Meet the Koch sisters.   • Good bosses aren't good enough.   • The election is coming…(turn up the volume).   • AFL-CIO seeks to unionize Tenn. tobacco workers.   •The people deserve to know about corporate donations.
Corporations Screw Everybody
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 12, 2014 | ECONOMY | … Corporations are taking in more and more money, their executives are getting bigger and bigger paychecks, but the workers responsible for all that wealth are barely seeing a dime of it. Why is that? Reagan. Before Reagan came to Washington, corporations knew they had a responsibility to a number of groups.
Corporations Screw Everybody
09/12/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 12, 2014 | ECONOMY | … Corporations are taking in more and more money, their executives are getting bigger and bigger paychecks, but the workers responsible for all that wealth are barely seeing a dime of it. Why is that? Reagan. Before Reagan came to Washington, corporations knew they had a responsibility to a number of groups.
Lawmakers to High Court: Protect Pregnant Workers
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 12, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | More than 120 members Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.
Corporations Screw Everybody
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 12, 2014 | ECONOMY | … Corporations are taking in more and more money, their executives are getting bigger and bigger paychecks, but the workers responsible for all that wealth are barely seeing a dime of it. Why is that? Reagan. Before Reagan came to Washington, corporations knew they had a responsibility to a number of groups.
Lawmakers to High Court: Protect Pregnant Workers
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 12, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | More than 120 members Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs.
YRC Albuquerque Teamsters Honored For 15 Million Safe Miles
09/12/14 - Teamsters Local 492
As most of you know we are here today for safety ceremony to celebrate a mile stone set by 85 of yrcfreight finest professional drivers. These Albuquerque drivers set an all time record of 15 million mile driving without lost time and preventable accidents. To put that in perspective the15 million miles is equivalent of 60 trips between here and the moon and over 600 trips around the earth.
Teamsters Local 492 Gets a Face Lift
09/11/14 - Teamsters Local 492
In preparation for the Upcoming Membership Appreciation Day being held at the hall on September 20th, Trustee & ABF Driver Kelvin Holly, BA Kevin Pohl, & BA Kenny Duran put on their gloves and got to work. They pulled all of the old junipers that bordered Jefferson, trimmed trees and bushes, pulled weeds and much more.
9-11 Elegy
09/11/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 11, 2014 | REMEMBRANCE | Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad.
Notice of Nomination of Officers of Local Union 964
09/11/14 - Teamsters Local 964
Notice of Nomination of Officers of Local Union 964 Notice is hereby given of the nomination and election of the following Officers of Teamster Local Union 964: President, Vice president, Secretary-Treasurer (Principal Officer), Recording Secretary, and three (3) Trustrees.
9-11 Elegy
09/11/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 11, 2014 | REMEMBRANCE | Just this: may all souls be comforted in ways that matter to each soul. May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times. May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at. May we be sad with those who are sad. May be be glad with those who find a bit of gladness May we not relive, but remember the goodness of the good souls.
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Here's Why Protecting Wages and Standards Should be Important to YOU
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Current Campaigns
  • 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!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

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