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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.

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Monthly Membership Meeting
09/02/14 - Teamsters Local 61
The regular monthly membership meeting will be held Saturday Semptember 13th, 2014. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am with information of Local 61 and workplace updates. We Look forward to seeing you there. Remember: YOU ARE THE UNION.
A 21st Century Labor Movement
09/02/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 2, 2014 | OPINION | In struggling communities where the middle-class security once almost felt within reach, a deepening crisis over unpaid bills, mounting debt, and lost chances has now settled. These can be unsettling, infuriating place: tangible relief from the worst recession in decades still has yet to arrive, with more and more families living on the brink, tired of waiting in vain.
A 21st Century Labor Movement
09/02/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 2, 2014 | OPINION | In struggling communities where the middle-class security once almost felt within reach, a deepening crisis over unpaid bills, mounting debt, and lost chances has now settled. These can be unsettling, infuriating place: tangible relief from the worst recession in decades still has yet to arrive, with more and more families living on the brink, tired of waiting in vain.
A 21st Century Labor Movement
09/02/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 2, 2014 | OPINION | In struggling communities where the middle-class security once almost felt within reach, a deepening crisis over unpaid bills, mounting debt, and lost chances has now settled. These can be unsettling, infuriating place: tangible relief from the worst recession in decades still has yet to arrive, with more and more families living on the brink, tired of waiting in vain.
Walmart Woes
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 61
Walmart mismanagement: Does it sound like a place where you work? Walmart has an outsize impact on the U.S. economy as it depresses wages, increases the trade gap with China and destroys locally-owned competitors. The way it treats its workers may have also spread. Consider this story from the peerless Hamilton Nolan at Gawker.
Local 162 Members Celebrate Labor Day
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 162
Teamsters Local 162 members and their families were welcomed to a Labor Day picnic and celebration at Portland's Oaks Park.  Thousands of Union members from throughout the Portland area joined in the festivities.  There were Teamsters, Machinists, Plumbers, Electricians, Painters, Iron Workers, Food and Commerical Workers, Public Employee Unions and many more. Governor Kitzhaber attended the Labor Day picnic, as did U.S. Senators Wyden and Merkley.
Looking Back at Labor Day's Turbulent Origins
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept. 1, 2014 | LABOR HISTORY | Today will mark the 120th celebration of Labor Day as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the Labor Day holiday? It had a turbulent, complicated beginning. Understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today. American labor in 1894 was a volatile force.
LABOR DAY MESSAGE FROM GENERAL PRESIDENT HOFFA
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 264
On the first Monday of every September, our nation honors the contributions and sacrifices of millions of working men and women. Labor Day is about remembering labor’s triumphs and the workers without whom society would not function.
Labor Unions Gave Us Labor Day and Longer Life Spans
09/01/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 1, 2014 | OPINION | …Not only did organized labor advocate for a shorter workweek and workplace safety protections, but also helped extend our life spans. Workplace safety measures, even more so than modern medicine, helped extend the life spans of working Americans. Fewer workplace accidents and reducing the chance of simply being worn out over time lets us live longer lives.
Looking Back at Labor Day's Turbulent Origins
09/01/14 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 1, 2014 | LABOR HISTORY | Today will mark the 120th celebration of Labor Day as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the Labor Day holiday? It had a turbulent, complicated beginning. Understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today. American labor in 1894 was a volatile force.
Labor Unions Gave Us Labor Day and Longer Life Spans
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 1, 2014 | OPINION | …Not only did organized labor advocate for a shorter workweek and workplace safety protections, but also helped extend our life spans. Workplace safety measures, even more so than modern medicine, helped extend the life spans of working Americans. Fewer workplace accidents and reducing the chance of simply being worn out over time lets us live longer lives.
Looking Back at Labor Day's Turbulent Origins
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 1, 2014 | LABOR HISTORY | Today will mark the 120th celebration of Labor Day as a legal, national holiday. What is the history of the Labor Day holiday? It had a turbulent, complicated beginning. Understanding more about this can help us to rethink the significance of this holiday today. American labor in 1894 was a volatile force.
King of Tax Dodging
09/01/14 - Teamsters Local 61
The Whopper is about to become un-American Burger King is the latest U.S. company to try to buy a smaller foreign country and move its mailing address there so it can pay lower taxes. Burger King wants to buy Canadian restaurant chain Tim Horton's so it can take advantage of Canada's lower corporate tax rate.
Members at First Student, Crest Hill Ratify New Agreement
08/30/14 - Teamsters Local 179
On Friday, August 29th, drivers and monitors at First Student, Crest Hill ratified a new 5-year agreement by an over 2-1 margin. The new collective bargaining agreement includes yearly pay increases for each step, with senior drivers making over $20.00 per hour in the last year of the contract.
In Case You Missed It
08/29/14 - Teamsters Local 355
  • The top 5 Union Plus benefit advantages.   • A celebration of grandparents and their hard work.   • Big win! Teamsters settle pay equity case with NYC.   • 5 charts that prove it's time American workers got a raise.   • Big union win in Minnesota - 27,000 home care workers.
In Case You Missed It
08/29/14 - Teamsters local 570
  • The top 5 Union Plus benefit advantages.   • A celebration of grandparents and their hard work.   • Big win! Teamsters settle pay equity case with NYC.   • 5 charts that prove it's time American workers got a raise.   • Big union win in Minnesota - 27,000 home care workers.
In Case You Missed It
08/29/14 - Teamsters Local 992
  • The top 5 Union Plus benefit advantages.   • A celebration of grandparents and their hard work.   • Big win! Teamsters settle pay equity case with NYC.   • 5 charts that prove it's time American workers got a raise.   • Big union win in Minnesota - 27,000 home care workers.
Local 618 Flu Shot Day Set !
08/28/14 - Teamsters local 618
Mark your Calendars ! Local 618 Annual Flu Shot Day  The Local 618 flu shot day has been scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014. Flu shots will be administered beginning at 8:00 am and end at noon. The shots will be given at the Local 618 Union Hall, located at 9040 Lackland Rd. , Overland, Mo 63114.
Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President
08/28/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Aug. 28, 2014 | OPINION | The next presidential election likely will focus much less on workers' rights, and more on social issues and government spending. What we learned over the past six years is that the combination of dysfunctional Senate rules, big money in politics, the attack on voting rights, and barriers to citizenship for 20 million immigrants are real barriers to economic change.
Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President
08/28/14 - Teamsters local 570
Aug. 28, 2014 | OPINION | The next presidential election likely will focus much less on workers' rights, and more on social issues and government spending. What we learned over the past six years is that the combination of dysfunctional Senate rules, big money in politics, the attack on voting rights, and barriers to citizenship for 20 million immigrants are real barriers to economic change.
Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President
08/28/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Aug. 28, 2014 | OPINION | The next presidential election likely will focus much less on workers' rights, and more on social issues and government spending. What we learned over the past six years is that the combination of dysfunctional Senate rules, big money in politics, the attack on voting rights, and barriers to citizenship for 20 million immigrants are real barriers to economic change.
September General Membership Meeting
08/27/14 - Teamsters Local 964
ATTENTION ALL TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 964 MEMBERS "COOKOUT" The General Membership Meetings will be resuming.  Please join us for the September meeting with a cookout to follow. Date: Sunday September 21, 2014 Time 11:00 a.m. for the meeting with the cookout to follow  Please note time change for this meeting Place: Teamsters Hall, 6511 Eastland Rd.
Inequality: Rebuilding the Middle Class Requires Reviving Strong Unions
08/27/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Aug. 27, 2014 | LABOR DAY REPORT | American now suffers the most extreme inequality of the industrial world, as the broad middle class continues to sink. Why does the U.S. no longer enjoy widely shared prosperity? The most popular explanations focus on the changes wrought by globalization and technology, and the transition to a service economy.
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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.

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