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  • 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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'Right to work' Not Decreasing Union Membership
07/31/14 - Teamsters Local 355
July 30, 2014 | LABOR | Two years after Indiana became a right-to-work state, the membership decline unions feared hasn't happened. Unionization slipped from one in nine Hoosier workers in 2011 to one out of 11 in 2012, when right-to-work took effect. But union membership has been sliding for years before that, and in the first full year of right-to-work, membership actually rebounded.
Industry Leading 5 year Contract at WinCo
07/31/14 - Teamsters Local 386
On 7/31/14, WinCo Distribution Center Drivers & Warehouse members voted unanimously to approve a new industry leading, 5 year contract!! Congratulations WinCo members.
Giant Eagle Distribution Center Hiring Event August 6th and 7th
07/29/14 - Teamsters Local 249
Check out the link below for details! https://sjobs.brassring.com/TGWEbHost/jobdetails.aspx.
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
07/29/14 - Teamsters local 570
July 28, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For years, the American labor movement has been on the defensive as it has become harder and harder for workers to join or maintain a union. But some House Democrats are planning a dramatic counter-offensive: a bill that would make union organizing a civil right.
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
07/29/14 - Teamsters Local 355
July 28, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For years, the American labor movement has been on the defensive as it has become harder and harder for workers to join or maintain a union. But some House Democrats are planning a dramatic counter-offensive: a bill that would make union organizing a civil right.
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
07/29/14 - Teamsters Local 992
July 29, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For years, the American labor movement has been on the defensive as it has become harder and harder for workers to join or maintain a union. But some House Democrats are planning a dramatic counter-offensive: a bill that would make union organizing a civil right.
GCC/IBT LOCAL 285M IS GOING TO HAVE AN ADULT NIGHT OUT
07/29/14 - Local 285-M
Business Groups Alarmed by Rise of 'Micro-Unions'
07/28/14 - Teamsters local 570
July 28, 2014 | ORGANIZING | Business groups are sounding the alarm over decisions from the NLRB that they say would make it easier for small groups of people to create "micro-unions" un the workplace….Industry fears the arrangements could create havoc by forcing companies to bargain with multiple unions at the same work site.
Business Groups Alarmed by Rise of 'Micro-Unions'
07/28/14 - Teamsters Local 355
July 28, 2014 | ORGANIZING | Business groups are sounding the alarm over decisions from the NLRB that they say would make it easier for small groups of people to create "micro-unions" un the workplace….Industry fears the arrangements could create havoc by forcing companies to bargain with multiple unions at the same work site.
Local 87 supports GET Strike
07/28/14 - Teamsters Local 87
Business Groups Alarmed by Rise of 'Micro-Unions'
07/28/14 - Teamsters Local 992
July 28, 2014 | ORGANIZING | Business groups are sounding the alarm over decisions from the NLRB that they say would make it easier for small groups of people to create "micro-unions" un the workplace….Industry fears the arrangements could create havoc by forcing companies to bargain with multiple unions at the same work site.
Arkansas Young Workers Conference
07/28/14 - Teamsters Local 878
Last week Teamsters Local 878 was able to send a few of our younger Teamster members to the Arkansas AFL-CIO's Young Workers Generation U Conference.
Memorial Motorcycle Ride & Raffle
07/28/14 - Teamsters Local 449
Teamster member Bill Wilson tragically lost his son overseas in Afghanistan.  Please join the memorial ride on Sunday, August 24th.
2014 Solidarity Run
07/27/14 - Teamsters Local Union No. 142
AN ALL AROUND GOOD TIME TO BENEFIT THE FAMILY OF FALLEN GARY INDIANA POLICE OFFICER JEFF WESTERFIELD. $7 walk in $20 singles/$25 doubles Pancake breakfast(while supplies last, by Hank and Barbara Francisco Maul... DJ entertainment Round trip fully escorted ride through Lake and Porter County Lunch.
In Case You Missed It
07/25/14 - Teamsters local 570
  • Hoffa: Sufficient rest key to truck safety.   • Here's an idea: How about a Bad Boss Tax?   • Defending trade unions while the justices are away.   • The biggest lie ever perpetrated on the American people.   • 1934 Teamsters strike in Minneapolis remembered on 80th anniversary.   • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bless this union.
In Case You Missed It
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Hoffa: Sufficient rest key to truck safety.   • Here's an idea: How about a Bad Boss Tax?   • Defending trade unions while the justices are away.   • The biggest lie ever perpetrated on the American people.   • 1934 Teamsters strike remembered on 80th anniversary.
Teamsters Local 179 and the Contractor's Association of Will and Grundy Counties Reach Tentative Agreement
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 179
Teamsters Local 179 and the Contractor's Association of Will and Grundy Counties reached a tentative agreement on Thursday, July 24th.  The proposed changes to the Will & Grundy Counties Area Construction Agreement must be incorporated into the contract and approved by both parties as well as the Joint Council 25 Director of Construction prior to a ratification vote.
5 Things that Have Changed Since Minimum Wage Was Last Increased
07/25/14 - Teamsters local 570
July 25, 2014 | ECONOMY | The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, and since then, a lot has changed (don't forget tipped workers haven't seen a raise since 1991). There have been so many attacks on working families since that time that it would be difficult to catalog them all.
In Case You Missed It
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Hoffa: Sufficient rest key to truck safety.   • Here's an idea: How about a Bad Boss Tax?   • Defending trade unions while the justices are away.   • The biggest lie ever perpetrated on the American people.   • 1934 Teamsters strike remembered on 80th anniversary.
5 Things that Have Changed Since Minimum Wage Was Last Increased
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 355
July 25, 2014 | ECONOMY | The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, and since then, a lot has changed (don't forget tipped workers haven't seen a raise since 1991). There have been so many attacks on working families since that time that it would be difficult to catalog them all.
Vice-President Kevin Drysdale Receives Award
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 449
Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan presented Local 449 Vice-President Kevin Drysdale (Former Local 375 President) with the "Outstanding WNY Labor Leader" Award.   On behalf of the Good Neighbor Democrats, in appreciation of his continued leadership and commitment to the labor movement.
5 Things that Have Changed Since Minimum Wage Was Last Increased
07/25/14 - Teamsters Local 992
July 25, 2014 | ECONOMY | The federal minimum wage was last increased on July 24, 2009, and since then, a lot has changed (don't forget tipped workers haven't seen a raise since 1991). There have been so many attacks on working families since that time that it would be difficult to catalog them all.
Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare?
07/24/14 - Teamsters Local 355
July 24, 2014 | HEALTH CARE | Despite the news last week that America's healthcare spending will not be rising at the sky-high rate that was once predicted, the fact remains the the U.S.
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'Right to work' Not Decreasing Union Membership
Teamsters Local 355
Industry Leading 5 year Contract at WinCo
Teamsters Local 386
Giant Eagle Distribution Center Hiring Event August 6th and 7th
Teamsters Local 249
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
Teamsters local 570
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
Teamsters Local 355
A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense
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Current Campaigns
  • 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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