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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.

  • 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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The Real Issue on Election Day
10/31/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 31, 2014 | OPINION | …What this election is really about is one question: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on? I believe the answer is clear. We need a government that will find a cure for Ebola and work to improve public health for everyone who calls this nation home.
The Real Issue on Election Day
10/31/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 31, 2014 | OPINION | …What this election is really about is one question: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on? I believe the answer is clear. We need a government that will find a cure for Ebola and work to improve public health for everyone who calls this nation home.
The Real Issue on Election Day
10/31/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 31, 2014 | OPINION | …What this election is really about is one question: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on? I believe the answer is clear. We need a government that will find a cure for Ebola and work to improve public health for everyone who calls this nation home.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT REASON TO VOTE FOR GOVERNOR PAT QUINN
10/30/14 - Teamsters Local 179
Dear Friends, If you are reading this or have received this letter in an email, you are probably a client or former client and a friend of GWC.  While we normally don't ask our friends to vote for certain candidates in an election, we feel compelled to make an exception when it comes to this year's election for Illinois Governor.
VIEW TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25 2014 ILLINOIS GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
10/30/14 - Teamsters Local 179
Teamster Women Get Involved
10/30/14 - Teamsters Local Union No. 142
That Giant Rat Balloon is Protected by the Constitution
10/30/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 30, 2014 | LEGAL RIGHTS | The towering rat balloon – six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Ray” — is a common and sometimes contentious sight.
That Giant Rat Balloon is Protected by the Constitution
10/30/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 30, 2014 | LEGAL RIGHTS | The towering rat balloon – six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Ray” — is a common and sometimes contentious sight.
That Giant Rat Balloon is Protected by the Constitution
10/30/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 30, 2014 | LEGAL RIGHTS | The towering rat balloon – six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Ray” — is a common and sometimes contentious sight.
NLRB protects Facebook Time for Workers
10/29/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 29, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …it told employers they could not promulgate and enforce overly broad policies regulating what their workers say on the workers’ own Facebook accounts. At issue in the case, involving Triple Play Sports Bar [Watertown, Conn.], is whether workers’ comments on Facebook are “protected concerted activity” under labor law.
NLRB protects Facebook Time for Workers
10/29/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 29, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …it told employers they could not promulgate and enforce overly broad policies regulating what their workers say on the workers’ own Facebook accounts. At issue in the case, involving Triple Play Sports Bar [Watertown, Conn.], is whether workers’ comments on Facebook are “protected concerted activity” under labor law.
UPS Quietly Changes Policy, Allows Pregnant Workers to Stay on The Job
10/28/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION!!
10/28/14 - Teamsters Local 568
Annual Appreciation Fish FryAnnual Appreciation Fish Fry The November  General Membership Meeting has been moved up one week to accommodate our annual  membership and retiree appreciation fish fry.  We will have catfish catered once again and we will have a few special guest lined up to speak at this event.
Labor Secretary Boosts Unions, Praises New Models of Organizing
10/28/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 28, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, unions represent what's right with the U.S. In a stem-winding speech at the National Press Club on Oct. 22, Perez, who grow up in a working-class family in Buffalo, declared unions are responsible for creating and sustaining the middle class. And the decline in unions is bad for the nations, he said.
SECOND ANNUAL TEAMSTERS JC25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE HEALTH FAIR, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8. REGISTER NOW!
10/28/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Joint Council 25 Women's Committee will hold their Second Annual Health Fair on Saturday, November 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Teamsters Local 731 located at 1000 Burr Ridge Parkway, Burr Ridge, Illinois.  Please note that children under the age of 12 are not permitted.
UPS Quietly Changes Policy, Allows Pregnant Workers to Stay on Job
10/28/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct.
November 2014 Election Endorsements
10/27/14 - Teamsters Local 542
Dear Teamsters 542 Members, Teamsters Local 542 has facilitated for your consideration a list of Labor Endorsements for the November 2014 Elections. Please go to the left side menu and click on the Downloads tab, choose the November 2014 Elections Endorsements and you will be able to print the endorsements covering Local and State Elections including Imperial County endorsements.
The Myth of 'Right-to-Work' Propaganda
10/27/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 27, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | This is America. Everyone has the right to work. Citizens can work under various terms and conditions granted to them by their employer. The issue is fair compensation for the productive employment of America's workforce. Labor unions are at the forefront of attaining this compensation for all working families.
The Myth of 'Right-to-Work' Propaganda
10/27/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 27, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | This is America. Everyone has the right to work. Citizens can work under various terms and conditions granted to them by their employer. The issue is fair compensation for the productive employment of America's workforce. Labor unions are at the forefront of attaining this compensation for all working families.
The Myth of 'Right-to-Work' Propaganda
10/27/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 27, 2014 | ORGANIZING | The famous labor union is steaming into the gig economy in a big way. When you think of the Teamsters, you might still think Jimmy Hoffa. But you should also now think Uber, Lyft, and even Facebook.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 767 MEMBERS AT ZODIAC SEATS OVERWHELMINGLY ACCEPT A NEW THREE YEAR AGREEMENT
10/26/14 - Teamsters Local 767
Local 767 Members from Zodiac Seats US have apporved a new contract. Please use the link below to view coverage of this story from NBC News Channel KTEN. http://www.kten.
Labor Endorsed Candidates
10/24/14 - Teamsters Local 568
Will-Grundy Central Trades and Labor Council and Will-Grundy Building Trades Election Endorsements
10/24/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The following candidates have been endorsed for your consideration in the November 4 General Election.  These candidates have been endorsed based on their positions and records of helping Illinois working families.  These candidates have received the endorsement of either the Will-Grundy Central Trades and Labor Council or the Will-Grundy Building Trades.
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The Real Issue on Election Day
Teamsters local 570
The Real Issue on Election Day
Teamsters Local 355
The Real Issue on Election Day
Teamsters Local 992
ANOTHER IMPORTANT REASON TO VOTE FOR GOVERNOR PAT QUINN
Teamsters Local 179
VIEW TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25 2014 ILLINOIS GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
Teamsters Local 179
Teamster Women Get Involved
Teamsters Local Union No. 142
 
     
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.

  • 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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