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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.

  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

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STRONGER FOREVER
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 87
WCTPT APPOINTMENT SCHEDULE FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT THE LOCAL (661) 327-8594.
In Case You Missed It
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 888
  • How American is that American product?   • Lives at stake if TPP means meds prices rise.   • Fair Food Program expands to Giant.   • Union elections sped up under new labor rule.   • DOL decision could mean the end of wage theft...   • ATA says long-term outlook for trucking in the US is rosy.
In Case You Missed It
07/31/15 - Teamsters local 570
  • How American is that American product?   • Lives at stake if TPP means meds prices rise.   • Fair Food Program expands to Giant.   • Union elections sped up under new labor rule.   • DOL decision could mean the end of wage theft...   • ATA says long-term outlook for trucking in the US is rosy.
UPSer Mike Mackey 40 Years
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 492
Congratulations to UPS Teamster Mike Mackey, who retired today from UPS after 40 years of service! Brother Mike started at UPS in 1975 as a loader and worked at the very first building which was located a Bellamah & Rio Grande. He was part time for 10 months then took a driving route that encompassed a large portion of the city; from Central & Loams to Louisiana & the Foothills.
In Case You Missed It
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • How American is that American product?   • Lives at stake if TPP means meds prices rise.   • Fair Food Program expands to Giant.   • Union elections sped up under new labor rule.   • DOL decision could mean the end of wage theft...   • ATA says long-term outlook for trucking in the US is rosy.
In Case You Missed It
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 992
  • How American is that American product?   • Lives at stake if TPP means meds prices rise.   • Fair Food Program expands to Giant.   • Union elections sped up under new labor rule.   • DOL decision could mean the end of wage theft...   • ATA says long-term outlook for trucking in the US is rosy.
JC 80 SCHOLARSHIP
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 577
WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE BAILEY DYER, DAUGHTER OF BROTHER BRENT DYER OF UPS-ABILENE, ON HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS. BAILEY IS THE RECIPIENT OF A $1,000.
Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 888
July 31, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | wsj.com  A federal-district court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board rule that is expected to speed union-organizing elections, a blow to several business trade groups that sued to block it. Plaintiffs, including the U.S.
Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule
07/31/15 - Teamsters local 570
July 31, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | wsj.com  A federal-district court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board rule that is expected to speed union-organizing elections, a blow to several business trade groups that sued to block it. Plaintiffs, including the U.S.
Court Upholds NLRB Union-Organizing Rule
07/31/15 - Teamsters Local 355
July 31, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | wsj.com  A federal-district court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board rule that is expected to speed union-organizing elections, a blow to several business trade groups that sued to block it. Plaintiffs, including the U.S.
Why Union Contracts are Good for the Country
07/30/15 - Teamsters Local 888
July 30, 2015 | OPINION | counterpounch.org  It’s bad enough that many (most?) non-union workers have little understanding or respect for the contributions that organized labor has made to the American economy. Worse, most of them don’t have the faintest idea of what is laid out in a standard union contract.
UNION BENEFITS FROM AT&T
07/30/15 - Teamsters Local 175
Why Union Contracts are Good for the Country
07/30/15 - Teamsters local 570
July 30, 2015 | OPINION | counterpounch.org  It’s bad enough that many (most?) non-union workers have little understanding or respect for the contributions that organized labor has made to the American economy. Worse, most of them don’t have the faintest idea of what is laid out in a standard union contract.
Why Union Contracts are Good for the Country
07/30/15 - Teamsters Local 355
July 30, 2015 | OPINION | counterpounch.org  It’s bad enough that many (most?) non-union workers have little understanding or respect for the contributions that organized labor has made to the American economy. Worse, most of them don’t have the faintest idea of what is laid out in a standard union contract.
Moving Day
07/30/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Moving Day Summer time is always a bust time for moving for professional moving companies as well as the local U-Haul locations. But who do you call when you have approximately 15,000 toys to move? Call the Teamsters! And that’s just what the Marine Corps League based in York, PA did.
Why Union Contracts are Good for the Country
07/30/15 - Teamsters Local 992
July 30, 2015 | OPINION | counterpounch.org  It’s bad enough that many (most?) non-union workers have little understanding or respect for the contributions that organized labor has made to the American economy. Worse, most of them don’t have the faintest idea of what is laid out in a standard union contract.
Republicans Fire New Salvo at Labor Unions
07/29/15 - Teamsters Local 355
July 29, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | thehill.com Republicans on Monday renewed their push for legislation that they say would help prevent workers from being forced into union membership. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that would create new requirements for workers to organize a union and make it easier for them to disband it.
Republicans Fire New Salvo at Labor Unions
07/29/15 - Teamsters local 570
July 29, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | thehill.com Republicans on Monday renewed their push for legislation that they say would help prevent workers from being forced into union membership. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that would create new requirements for workers to organize a union and make it easier for them to disband it.
Republicans Fire New Salvo at Labor Unions
07/29/15 - Teamsters Local 992
July 29, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | thehill.com Republicans on Monday renewed their push for legislation that they say would help prevent workers from being forced into union membership. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that would create new requirements for workers to organize a union and make it easier for them to disband it.
Republicans Fire New Salvo at Labor Unions
07/29/15 - Teamsters Local 888
July 29, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | thehill.com Republicans on Monday renewed their push for legislation that they say would help prevent workers from being forced into union membership. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday introduced the Employee Rights Act, a bill that would create new requirements for workers to organize a union and make it easier for them to disband it.
Robbers Targeting UPS Drivers
07/28/15 - Teamsters Local 767
Robbers Targeting UPS Drivers News - KTRK Houston, TX - Tracy Clemons Monday, July 27, 2015 07:07PM SUGAR LAND, TX (KTRK) -- Local delivery drivers are on alert after three armed robberies over the past three days. Police are trying to determine whether they are connected, but they all have similar circumstances. The latest happened Monday morning in Sugar Land.
Friedrichs v CTA – A Potential Union Killer
07/28/15 - Teamsters local 570
July 28, 2015 | WORKERS’ VOICE | talkingunion.wordpress.com  In the term that will begin this fall, the court has a splendid opportunity to deliver the most partisan decision it has rendered dine Bush v Gore… Friedrich v.
Friedrichs v CTA – A Potential Union Killer
07/28/15 - Teamsters Local 355
July 28, 2015 | WORKERS’ VOICE | talkingunion.wordpress.com  In the term that will begin this fall, the court has a splendid opportunity to deliver the most partisan decision it has rendered dine Bush v Gore… Friedrich v.
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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.

  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • 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.

     

  • 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!

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