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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014. 

  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • 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.

     

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • 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.

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TEAMSTER RALLY
04/20/14 - Teamsters Local 264
Please join us for a Rally on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in support of our Brothers and Sisters employed at Rural Metro Medical Services.  Bus transportation to and from Buffalo City Hall will be provided. If you are able to attend, please wear your Teamster colors and arrive at Local 449 by 8:45am as the buses will be departing at 9am.
HAPPY EASTER
04/20/14 - Teamsters Local 264
The Officers and Staff of Local 264 wish all of our members and their families a very Happy Easter.
TEAMSTER RALLY
04/19/14 - Teamsters Local 449
Please join our Rally on April 22, 2014 in support of all our Brothers and Sisters employed at Rural Metro Medical Services.  Bus transportation will be provided to city hall and back, meet at our Union hall prior to 9am, Buses will be leaving at 9am.
In Case You Missed It
04/18/14 - Teamsters local 570
  • Minimum wage, maximum outrage.   • Lost Labor: Images of vanished American workers.   • 50 things to do this spring.   • Postal union fights USPS 'big step toward privatization'.   • 50 years of the Ford Mustang.   • Dept. of Labor's weekly newsletters provide DOL news updates.
In Case You Missed It
04/18/14 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Minimum wage, maximum outrage.   • Lost Labor: Images of vanished American workers.   • 50 things to do this spring.   • Postal union fights USPS 'big step toward privatization'.   • 50 years of the Ford Mustang.   • Dept. of Labor's weekly newsletters provide DOL news updates.
The Economic Culture War Over the Minimum Wage
04/18/14 - Teamsters local 570
April 18, 2014  | ECONOMY | With the national debate over the minimum wage likely to intensify into 2014, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed a law passed by the Oklahoma legislature that would forbid any municipality in the state from passing its own law setting the minimum wage higher than $7.25.
The Economic Culture War Over the Minimum Wage
04/18/14 - Teamsters Local 355
April 18, 2014  | ECONOMY | With the national debate over the minimum wage likely to intensify into 2014, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed a law passed by the Oklahoma legislature that would forbid any municipality in the state from passing its own law setting the minimum wage higher than $7.25.
In Case You Missed It
04/18/14 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Minimum wage, maximum outrage.   • Lost Labor: Images of vanished American workers.   • 50 things to do this spring.   • Postal union fights USPS 'big step toward privatization'.   • 50 years of the Ford Mustang.   • Dept. of Labor's weekly newsletters provide DOL news updates.
The Economic Culture War Over the Minimum Wage
04/18/14 - Teamsters Local 992
April 18, 2014  | ECONOMY | With the national debate over the minimum wage likely to intensify into 2014, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed a law passed by the Oklahoma legislature that would forbid any municipality in the state from passing its own law setting the minimum wage higher than $7.25.
Teamsters Ohio DRIVE Endorsements
04/17/14 - Teamsters Joint Council 41
TEAMSTERS OHIO D.R.I.V.E.
The Way We Treat Workers Won't Work
04/17/14 - Teamsters Local 355
April 17, 2014  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Societies have come up with justifications for peonage, slavery and child labor, all of which seem unjustifiable to most people today. Those conditions still exist, of course, but sometimes people like us, who benefit from cheap labor, choose not to look too closely at the origin of our clothing or gadgets, in order not to feel complicit.
The way we treat workers won't work
04/17/14 - Teamsters Local 992
April 17, 2014  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Societies have come up with justifications for peonage, slavery and child labor, all of which seem unjustifiable to most people today. Those conditions still exist, of course, but sometimes people like us, who benefit from cheap labor, choose not to look too closely at the origin of our clothing or gadgets, in order not to feel complicit.
Baltimore Hospital Workers Strike for Low-Paid Workers
04/16/14 - Teamsters local 570
April 16, 2014 | SOLIDARITY | Healthcare workers of 1199-SEIU United Workers East struck the Johns Hopkins Hospital for threes days last week. With over 2,000 workers in the unit, the picket line in front of the hospital’s main entrance had from 700 to 1,200 picketers during the day shift picket duty.
Manufacturing is Doing Great — But Not for Workers.
04/16/14 - Teamsters local 570
April 16, 2014 | JOBS | There’s been a lot triumphalism around manufacturing over the past few years. Publication after publication has written about the rise of “insourcing” and “re-shoring,” or bringing back production that long ago had gone overseas.
Baltimore Hospital Workers Strike for Low-Paid Workers
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 355
April 16, 2014 | SOLIDARITY | Healthcare workers of 1199-SEIU United Workers East struck the Johns Hopkins Hospital for threes days last week. With over 2,000 workers in the unit, the picket line in front of the hospital’s main entrance had from 700 to 1,200 picketers during the day shift picket duty.
Manufacturing is Doing Great — But Not for Workers
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 355
April 16, 2014 | JOBS | There’s been a lot triumphalism around manufacturing over the past few years. Publication after publication has written about the rise of “insourcing” and “re-shoring,” or bringing back production that long ago had gone overseas.
Pension Concerns...
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 249
Members who are interested in expressing your pension concerns, below are the addresses to use!  These committees will be comprising the new rules as the Pension Protection Act sunsets in 2014.  Attached is a sample letter to use!! U.S.
Baltimore Hospital Workers Strike for Low-Paid Workers
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 992
April 16, 2014 | SOLIDARITY | Healthcare workers of 1199-SEIU United Workers East struck the Johns Hopkins Hospital for threes days last week. With over 2,000 workers in the unit, the picket line in front of the hospital’s main entrance had from 700 to 1,200 picketers during the day shift picket duty.
Manufacturing is Doing Great — But Not for Workers.
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 992
April 16, 2014 | JOBS | There’s been a lot triumphalism around manufacturing over the past few years. Publication after publication has written about the rise of “insourcing” and “re-shoring,” or bringing back production that long ago had gone overseas.
Teamsters JC37 Announces Endorsements
04/16/14 - Teamsters Local 162
The Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37 Political Screening Committee has announced its endorsements of political candidates in the 2014 primary elections in Oregon.  Candidates are screened and endorsed on the basis of their voting records and positions on issues in the workplace that are important to the Teamsters, our members and their families.
UPS Louisville Air Rider Voted Down
04/15/14 - Teamsters Local 264
The UPS Louisville Air Rider was voted down, 185 to 2,804.
CEO–to–Worker Pay Ratio is 331:1
04/15/14 - Teamsters Local 355
April 15, 2014  | WAR ON WORKERS | High-paid CEOs of low-wage employers are fueling the growing economic inequality. In 2013, CEOs of the Standard & Poor's  (S&P) 500 Index companies received, on average, $11.7 million in total compensation, according to the AFL-CIO's analysis of available data from 350 companies.
CEO–to–Worker Pay Ratio is 331:1
04/15/14 - Teamsters Local 992
April 15, 2014  | WAR ON WORKERS | High-paid CEOs of low-wage employers are fueling the growing economic inequality. In 2013, CEOs of the Standard & Poor's  (S&P) 500 Index companies received, on average, $11.7 million in total compensation, according to the AFL-CIO's analysis of available data from 350 companies.
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Current Campaigns
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014. 

  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • 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.

     

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • 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.

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