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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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

     

  • 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!

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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
Voter Registration Applications
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 743
With the Primary Election quickly approaching, the time is near for all completed voter registrations to be returned to this office in order for the voters to be eligible to vote on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
UPCOMING EVENT
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 568
STEWARD TRAINING COURSE.
RTW Tabled in NM
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 492
We had a big night in Santa Fe! Thank you to everyone who came out today and has helped us along the way. It's really been a team effort. Here is the update:  Right to Work: The Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) heard SB 269, The Employee Preference Act (aka right to work) on Tuesday night.
How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse
02/10/16 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 10, 2016 | ECONOMY | The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a so-called “trade deal” that could cost 448,000 U.S. jobs, suppress U.S. wages, and irreparably weaken our democracy and sovereignty. Yet U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is trying to get your member of Congress to vote for it.
How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Feb. 10, 2016 | ECONOMY | The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a so-called “trade deal” that could cost 448,000 U.S. jobs, suppress U.S. wages, and irreparably weaken our democracy and sovereignty. Yet U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is trying to get your member of Congress to vote for it.
Central States Pension Fund Update 02/10/2016
02/10/16 - Teamster Local Union No. 886
TREASURY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES KANSAS CITY, MO.
PRESIDENT'S DAY
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 568
ALONG WITH THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS IN WASHINGTON, DC, OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY!
NOTICE
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 568
General Membership Meeting is scheduled for February 28th beginning at 10am.
How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Feb. 10, 2016 | ECONOMY | The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a so-called “trade deal” that could cost 448,000 U.S. jobs, suppress U.S. wages, and irreparably weaken our democracy and sovereignty. Yet U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is trying to get your member of Congress to vote for it.
How TPP Could Make Our Economy Worse
02/10/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 10, 2016 | ECONOMY | The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a so-called “trade deal” that could cost 448,000 U.S. jobs, suppress U.S. wages, and irreparably weaken our democracy and sovereignty. Yet U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman is trying to get your member of Congress to vote for it.
Why SCOTUS Should Leave Well Enough Alone, Let Workers Build Unions
02/09/16 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 9, 2016 | U.S. LABOR | …News reports regarding the [Friedrichs v California Teachers Association] case suggest that the main threat to unions and workers posed by the elimination of the agency fee is the draining of union resources that can be used for political action, a major objective of the political right.
Why SCOTUS Should Leave Well Enough Alone, Let Workers Build Unions
02/09/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Feb. 9, 2016 | U.S. LABOR | …News reports regarding the [Friedrichs v California Teachers Association] case suggest that the main threat to unions and workers posed by the elimination of the agency fee is the draining of union resources that can be used for political action, a major objective of the political right.
Why SCOTUS Should Leave Well Enough Alone, Let Workers Build Unions
02/09/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 9, 2016 | U.S. LABOR | …News reports regarding the [Friedrichs v California Teachers Association] case suggest that the main threat to unions and workers posed by the elimination of the agency fee is the draining of union resources that can be used for political action, a major objective of the political right.
Why Government Can't Be Run Like A Business
02/08/16 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 8, 2016 | OPINION | The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that "government should be run like a business." Welcome to Flint, Michigan. This impoverished, mostly African-American city has indeed been run like a private corporation ever since Gov.
Communications Workers Take on Wall Street
02/08/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Feb. 8, 2016 | UNIONS | The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are taking on Wall Street, inaugurating a major and long campaign to cut and curb the outsize clout of the sector that trashed the U.S. economy and workers' jobs, homes and pensions. "Why do we want to take on Wall Street.
Why Government Can't Be Run Like A Business
02/08/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Feb. 8, 2016 | OPINION | The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that "government should be run like a business." Welcome to Flint, Michigan. This impoverished, mostly African-American city has indeed been run like a private corporation ever since Gov.
Why Government Can't Be Run Like A Business
02/08/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Feb. 8, 2016 | OPINION | The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that "government should be run like a business." Welcome to Flint, Michigan. This impoverished, mostly African-American city has indeed been run like a private corporation ever since Gov.
Communications Workers Take on Wall Street
02/08/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 8, 2016 | UNIONS | The Communications Workers of America (CWA) are taking on Wall Street, inaugurating a major and long campaign to cut and curb the outsize clout of the sector that trashed the U.S. economy and workers' jobs, homes and pensions. "Why do we want to take on Wall Street.
Sun-Times owner buys 16.5% stake in Tribune Publishing
02/08/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 8, 2016 | Fresh from selling a health care software company for $1 billion, he's doubling down on media, paying $44 million for a 16.5 percent stake in Tribune Publishing, which owns the Chicago Tribune and 10 other daily newspapers. Ferro, 49, becomes chairman of Tribune Publishing and its largest shareholder, based on recent filings.
Please Join Us! Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee Meeting Saturday, March 19
02/05/16 - Teamsters Local 179
UPS Freight meeting
02/05/16 - Teamsters Local 776
On February 3, 2016 Local 776 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks and Business Agent Spencer Dearth, along with Local 509 representatives from Gaffney, South Carolina met in Richmond, Virginia with IBT officials to address sub-contracting issues and the layoffs of Teamster members at UPS Freight.
In Case You Missed These...
02/05/16 - Teamsters Local 355
  • What economists got wrong about free trade.   • Union workers for … Trump?   • Sick days bill introduced in Maryland legislature.   • Understanding the Zika virus.   • Opinion: How both parties lost the white middle class.   • Labor battles 'right to work' in Virginia and West Virginia.
Protect Prevailing Wage
02/05/16 - Teamsters Local 492
New Mexico had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in recent months. You’d think that Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators would focus on getting New Mexicans back to work and protecting good jobs. But they’re doing just the opposite. This week, the state House began debate on a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage laws for construction workers.
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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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

     

  • 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!

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