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  • 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.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 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.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

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In Case You Missed It
01/20/17 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Teamsters vote to strike at San Francisco In’tl Airport.   • The racist, anti-Semitic origins of right-to-work.   • Trump team prepares dramatic cuts.   • Collective bargaining: That’s the target.   • NAFTA is Trump’s first trade priority.   • Firefighters look to Teamsters union for help with city.
Labor Unions: What’s Their Future Under Trump?
01/20/17 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 20, 2017  | LABOR | ...“It’s going to be the most challenging period for organized labor since the 1930s,” says Susan J. Schurman, a labor studies and employment relations professor at Rutgers University and former labor union leader.”It’s clear to everyone at this point that is conservatives had their way, we’d not have unions.
Teamsters Local 455 Member Shop Steward Go Fund Me
01/20/17 - Teamsters Local 455
Please consider helping the Holmburg family during this difficult time. Mike Holmburg is a Shop Steward and member of Teamsters Local 455.  Click link for more information. https://www.gofundme.
Worker Advocates Are Getting Under Labor Nominee’s Thin, Thin Skin
01/19/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 19, 2017  | LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder.
Worker Advocates Are Getting Under Labor Nominee’s Thin, Thin Skin
01/19/17 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 19, 2017  | LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder.
Worker Advocates Are Getting Under Labor Nominee’s Thin, Thin Skin
01/19/17 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 19, 2017  | LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder.
Worker Advocates Are Getting Under Labor Nominee’s Thin, Thin Skin
01/19/17 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 19, 2017  | LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder.
UAW Bargaining Wins $1 Billion US Investment By General Motors
01/18/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW.
Will States Take Up the Mantle of Worker Protection?
01/18/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement.
UAW Bargaining Wins $1 Billion US Investment By General Motors
01/18/17 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW.
UAW Bargaining Wins $1 Billion US Investment By General Motors
01/18/17 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW.
Will States Take Up the Mantle of Worker Protection?
01/18/17 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement.
UAW Bargaining Wins $1 Billion US Investment By General Motors
01/18/17 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW.
Will States Take Up the Mantle of Worker Protection?
01/18/17 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 18, 2017  | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement.
The Coming Crusade Against Public Education
01/17/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 17, 2017  | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children.
The Coming Crusade Against Public Education
01/17/17 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 17, 2017  | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children.
The Coming Crusade Against Public Education
01/17/17 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 17, 2017  | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children.
Secretary-Treasurer Andrew A Marshall Resigns
01/17/17 - Teamsters Local Union No. 104
The Coming Crusade Against Public Education
01/17/17 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 17, 2017  | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children.
Martin Luther King Was A Labor Leader
01/16/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 16, 2017  | OPINION | Every year at this time, people across the United Stated celebrate D. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s many contributions to our country, and how he has shaped history. We lift up King the civil rights leader, Kind the moral crusader, King the brilliant orator, King the brave marcher, King the fearless activist. The list goes on.
OT Issue Will Be One of the First Tests of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers
01/16/17 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 16, 2017  | WAGES | Donald Trump ran for president as the billionaire who would champion working people. As the president-elect put it in one of the major economic speeches of his campaign: “Too many of our leaders have forgotten that it is their duty to protect the jobs, wages and well-being of American workers before any other consideration.
Martin Luther King Was A Labor Leader
01/16/17 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 16, 2017  | OPINION | Every year at this time, people across the United Stated celebrate D. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s many contributions to our country, and how he has shaped history. We lift up King the civil rights leader, Kind the moral crusader, King the brilliant orator, King the brave marcher, King the fearless activist. The list goes on.
Martin Luther King Was A Labor Leader
01/16/17 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 16, 2017  | OPINION | Every year at this time, people across the United Stated celebrate D. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s many contributions to our country, and how he has shaped history. We lift up King the civil rights leader, Kind the moral crusader, King the brilliant orator, King the brave marcher, King the fearless activist. The list goes on.
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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.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 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.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

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