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  • 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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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!

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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
Elizabeth Smith Rossiter 2015 Honoree for "Touching the World" Awards Dinner
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 264
— ELIZABETH (LIZ) SMITH-ROSSITER — Project Director She has worked advocating on behalf of and alongside low-wage workers since 2011 as the Project Director of the Western New York Worker Center, a project of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) a non-profit organization in Buffalo, NY.
If We're Going to Defend Social Security We Need to Understand It
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 2, 2015 | SOCIAL SECURITY | nationofchange.org - The Republican-dominated Congress, with the help of a cadre of sell-out conservative Democrats in both chambers, are gearing up to attack Social Security, under the guise of "saving" the program.
When's it your Turn?
03/02/15 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
If you have a friend or family member who is struggling for fair wages and benefits please share this video with them.
If We're Going to Defend Social Security We Need to Understand It
03/02/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 2, 2015 | SOCIAL SECURITY | nationofchange.org - The Republican-dominated Congress, with the help of a cadre of sell-out conservative Democrats in both chambers, are gearing up to attack Social Security, under the guise of "saving" the program.
MUST READ - For Wisconsin union, a final blow from Gov. Scott Walker
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 767
The talk of the town last week was the rush to pass a bill that would effectively and finally cripple union power in Wisconsin. None of this should have come as a surprise to anyone paying attention over the last several years. Gov. Scott Walker told billionaire supporter Diane Hendricks exactly what his plan was all the way back in 2011.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 449
We will be participating again this year in the St. Patrick's day Parade.  We will gather Down Town somewhere between City Hall and the New Federal Building around 12 noon.  All Teamster Families are invited to participate in this years Parade.
WV WORKERS RALLY
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 175
Despite the fact the Senate claims Right to Work will no longer be persued this session, the Rally on Saturday, March 7th, is still scheduled.
If We're Going to Defend Social Security We Need to Understand It
03/02/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 2, 2015 | SOCIAL SECURITY | nationofchange.org - The Republican-dominated Congress, with the help of a cadre of sell-out conservative Democrats in both chambers, are gearing up to attack Social Security, under the guise of "saving" the program.
In Case You Missed It
02/27/15 - Teamsters local 570
  • Wage hikes: Better than tax cuts.   • ALEC's local strategy for attacking unions.   • Welcome to what the Supreme Court wrought.   • Trade groups launch campaign to attack NLRB.   • Hoffa: Presidential veto of pipeline hurts middle-class.   • Fewer labor unions mean more income inequality.
In Case You Missed It
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Wage hikes: Better than tax cuts.   • ALEC's local strategy for attacking unions.   • Welcome to what the Supreme Court wrought.   • Trade groups launch campaign to attack NLRB.   • Hoffa: Presidential veto of pipeline hurts middle-class.   • Fewer labor unions mean more income inequality.
As Wisconsin Goes, So Does the Nation? Let's Hope Not
02/27/15 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 27, 2015 | OPINION | latimes.com -  …The laws interfering with the relationship between workers and their employers epitomize government meddling in private commerce, usually the stuff that makes limited-government Republicans go apoplectic.
As Wisconsin Goes, So Does the Nation? Let's Hope Not
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Feb. 27, 2015 | OPINION | latimes.com -  …The laws interfering with the relationship between workers and their employers epitomize government meddling in private commerce, usually the stuff that makes limited-government Republicans go apoplectic.
In Case You Missed It
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 888
  • Wage hikes: Better than tax cuts.   • ALEC's local strategy for attacking unions.   • Welcome to what the Supreme Court wrought.   • Trade groups launch campaign to attack NLRB.   • Hoffa: Presidential veto of pipeline hurts middle-class.   • Fewer labor unions mean more income inequality.
In Case You Missed It
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Wage hikes: Better than tax cuts.   • ALEC's local strategy for attacking unions.   • Welcome to what the Supreme Court wrought.   • Trade groups launch campaign to attack NLRB.   • Hoffa: Presidential veto of pipeline hurts middle-class.   • Fewer labor unions mean more income inequality.
As Wisconsin Goes, So Does the Nation? Let's Hope Not
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 27, 2015 | OPINION | latimes.com -  …The laws interfering with the relationship between workers and their employers epitomize government meddling in private commerce, usually the stuff that makes limited-government Republicans go apoplectic.
As Wisconsin Goes, So Does the Nation? Let's Hope Not
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Feb. 27, 2015 | OPINION | latimes.com -  …The laws interfering with the relationship between workers and their employers epitomize government meddling in private commerce, usually the stuff that makes limited-government Republicans go apoplectic.
TEAMCARE
02/27/15 - Teamsters Local 745
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose
02/26/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Feb. 25, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | washingtonpost.com -  …Who will benefit from the TPP? Smerican workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world? One hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose
02/26/15 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 26, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | washingtonpost.com -  …Who will benefit from the TPP? Smerican workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world? One hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft.
Local leaders ask tough questions about the ACA
02/26/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 10, 2015 | The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as ObamaCare – and our union members' healthcare plans have recently become a major issue for union negotiators bargaining successor contracts.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose
02/26/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Feb. 26, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | washingtonpost.com -  …Who will benefit from the TPP? Smerican workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world? One hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Clause Everyone Should Oppose
02/26/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Feb. 26, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | washingtonpost.com -  …Who will benefit from the TPP? Smerican workers? Consumers? Small businesses? Taxpayers? Or the biggest multinational corporations in the world? One hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft.
White House Moves to Close Retirement Advice Loophole
02/25/15 - Teamsters local 570
Feb. 25, 2015 | RETIREMENT | workingamerica.org -  The Obama administration took the first step to close a loophole in the rules that govern Wall Street brokers and financial firms that provide retirement investment advice. That loophole can drain away thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars of hard-earned savings from a single retirement account.
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If We're Going to Defend Social Security We Need to Understand It
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When's it your Turn?
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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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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!

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