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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.

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • This webpage provides updates to AWI/White Rose Teamsters about the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 9, 2014. The Warehouse Division of the Teamsters Union has been appointed to the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the bankruptcy filing and the union has assembled a team to monitor the bankruptcy. The Teamsters will play an active role in the bankruptcy process in an effort to best protect the jobs, wages and benefits of our members.

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OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL / PENSION PROVISIONS
12/17/14 - Teamsters Joint Council 32
The following are features of the provisions for benefit reductions under H.R. 83, as amended: Only plans that are in "critical and declining" status may cut benefits. One criterion for a plan to be in critical status is that the plan's funding ratio must be less than 65% (a funding ratio of 65% means the plan has assets to pay 65% of promised benefits).
New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 455
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters local 570
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Dec. 17, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  …Without a Congress willing to pass sweeping legal reform necessary to shore up workers’ rights in one bold stroke, the Obama administration can still defend workers using administrative guerrilla warfare…Many expert think the federal government can do more with the laws on the books.
Don Jackson Stands Tall
12/17/14 - Teamsters Local 162
Local 162 member Don Jackson was re-certified as a driver trainer in the feeder department in 2014.  Don is a 37-year Teamster and UPS feeder driver in Portland.  He is also in the Circle of Honor for more than 25-years of safe driving.  Don is training new drivers as part of the overall program to promote and train more full-time drivers.
WHAT THE OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL MEANS TO YOU
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 568
On December 13, 2014, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) as part of the federal spending "cromnibus" bill, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. The multiemployer defined benefit pension reform provisions were introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.).
NLRB Issues Rule to Speed Up Union Organizing
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule on Friday aimed at modernizing and streamlining the union election process. The new rule will shorten the time between when an election is ordered and the election is held, eliminating a previous 25-day waiting period.  And it seeks to reduce litigation that can be used to stall elections.
General Membership Meeting This Sunday, December 21st
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Local 179 General Membership meeting will be held Sunday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. A reminder that we will be accepting monetary donations to purchase bicycles for the children of the Lamb's Fold Center for Women and Children in Joliet.
Member Recognized For Training
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 162
Teamsters Local 162 member Don Jackson was re-certified as a feeder driver trainer at UPS in 2014.  Of the 30-new feeder drivers trained and certified in Portland Don is responsible for 8 of them.  Don is a 37-year member of Local 162 and a UPS Circle of Honor feeder driver with more than 25 years of safe driving.
"What's UPS" Feeder, Airport and Christmas Editions
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 162
Teamsters Local 162 publishes a newsletter to our members working at UPS.  The newsletter is called "What's UPS" and is published on a periodic basis.  This peak season at UPS has warranted a number of "What's UPS" including our annual Christmas edition.
Cromnibus Continues Attack on Pensions
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Dec. 16, 2014  | RETIREMENT SECURITY | ...Union members from electricians to Teamsters to hotel workers to grocery workers rely on these plans. There are 1400 multi-employer pension plans, with about 10 million participants.
Cromnibus Continues Attack on Pensions
12/16/14 - Teamsters local 570
Dec. 16, 2014  | RETIREMENT SECURITY | ...Union members from electricians to Teamsters to hotel workers to grocery workers rely on these plans. There are 1400 multi-employer pension plans, with about 10 million participants.
Cromnibus Continues Attack on Pensions
12/16/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Dec. 16, 2014  | RETIREMENT SECURITY | ...Union members from electricians to Teamsters to hotel workers to grocery workers rely on these plans. There are 1400 multi-employer pension plans, with about 10 million participants.
Labor's New Reality
12/15/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Dec. 15, 2014  | U.S. LABOR |  Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years – of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Walmart employees – have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations.
Labor's New Reality
12/15/14 - Teamsters local 570
Dec. 15, 2014  | U.S. LABOR |  Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years – of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Walmart employees – have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations.
Unemployment - Construction Industry
12/15/14 - Teamsters Local Union No. 436
PLEASE BE ADVISED - When laid off and calling unemployment we are NOT A HIRING HALL.
Pension Update
12/15/14 - Teamsters Local 175
~~Tens of thousands of Teamsters and retirees voiced their strong opposition over the last weeks and months to pension legislation that was included in the Omnibus spending bill.
Labor's New Reality
12/15/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Dec. 15, 2014  | U.S. LABOR |  Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years – of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Walmart employees – have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations.
Local 71 Scholarship
12/15/14 - Teamsters Local 71
Local 71 is taking applications for the College Scholarship for Children and Grandchildren of eligible members who will graduate from High School in 2015. All applications must me received at the Local Union no later than May 1, 2015 to be considered for approval.  Two scholarships will be awarded to the two highest academic scholars, for a maximum value of $2000 per scholarship.
Con-Way Miami Join Teamsters
12/14/14 - Teamsters Local 492
Drivers & Dockworkers Seek Job Security, Fairness, Pension (MIAMI) – A group of 74 drivers and dockworkers at Con-way Freight in Miami Lakes, Fla., voted today to join Teamsters Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.
In Case You Missed It
12/12/14 - Teamsters Local 355
  • How long before that arc bends towards justice?   • The woes of working women.   • A Q & A with one of America's last labor reporters.   • Worker wins, brought to you by your local labor union.   • UAW certified to represent VW workers in Tennessee.   • Amazon workers lose Supreme Court fight over pay.
DC 4 Officer and Executive Board Election
12/12/14 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
                   Keep an eye on your mail. Information regarding the upcoming DC 4 Nominations will be hitting the mail next week. Only active 458M and 568M members will be receiving this information.
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Today's Teamster News For December 17, 2014
Workers At Selland Auto Transport Vote To Join Teamsters Union
National Labor Relations Board Rules In Favor Of Teamster School Bus Workers
More Than 400 Sysco Workers in Atlanta Win Teamster Representation
Today's Teamster News For December 16, 2014
Today's Teamster News For December 15, 2014
Teamsters Denounce Senate Passage Of Omnibus Spending Bill
Sen. Blumenthal Calls HOS Rollback Omnibus Provision Unsafe
Teamsters Call On Senate To Vote Down Omnibus Spending Bill
Action Is Needed To Make Workers’ Dreams Come True
 
     
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Updated: Dec. 17 (21:14)
OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL / PENSION PROVISIONS
Teamsters Joint Council 32
New Year's Eve Dinner Dance
Teamsters Local 455
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
Teamsters local 570
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
Teamsters Local 355
Even With a GOP Congress, Obama Could Still Defend Workers
Teamsters Local 992
Don Jackson Stands Tall
Teamsters Local 162
 
     
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.

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • This webpage provides updates to AWI/White Rose Teamsters about the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 9, 2014. The Warehouse Division of the Teamsters Union has been appointed to the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the bankruptcy filing and the union has assembled a team to monitor the bankruptcy. The Teamsters will play an active role in the bankruptcy process in an effort to best protect the jobs, wages and benefits of our members.

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