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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
RIGHT TO WORK
10/21/14 - Teamsters Local 175
ATTENTION!  During the 2013/14 Legislative Session, the below Delegates co-sponsored "Right to Work" Legislation (H.B. 2596) "Right to Work" is a nasty play on words.  It should be "Right to Work” FOR LESS!   “Right to Work” legislation and the below legislators are VERY BAD for West Virginia working families.
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
10/21/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 21, 2014 | WORKING FAMILIES | In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector. Perez argued that U.S.
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
10/21/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 21, 2014 | WORKING FAMILIES | In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector. Perez argued that U.S.
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
10/21/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 21, 2014 | WORKING FAMILIES | In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector. Perez argued that U.S.
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
10/20/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 20, 2014 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting' investment', reducing ‘unnecessary' barriers and ‘harmonizing’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the  US  and the EU.
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
10/20/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 20, 2014 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting' investment', reducing ‘unnecessary' barriers and ‘harmonizing’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the  US  and the EU.
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
10/20/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct. 20, 2014 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting' investment', reducing ‘unnecessary' barriers and ‘harmonizing’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the  US  and the EU.
In Case You Missed It
10/18/14 - Teamsters local 570
  • FedEx Ground says its drivers aren’t employees.   • IKEA workers world-wide seek full time hours.   • Union nurses call for Hazmet suits and training.   • Rare move: 36 doctors vote to join a union.   • A Republican Senate? Expect a war on working families.   • Baltimore port hobbled with persistent trucker shortage.
Nomination Meeting Results
10/18/14 - Teamsters Local 964
Teamsters Local Union No. 964 Nomination Meeting Results As a result of the Nomination Meeting held on Friday, October 3, 2014, the following Officers of Teamsters local Union 964 have been unanimously elected for the term of office commencing on January 1, 2015 and concluding on December 31, 2017.
In Case You Missed It
10/18/14 - Teamsters Local 992
  • FedEx Ground says its drivers aren’t employees.   • IKEA workers world-wide seek full time hours.   • Union nurses call for Hazmet suits and training.   • Rare move: 36 doctors vote to join a union.   • A Republican Senate? Expect a war on working families.   • Baltimore port hobbled with persistent trucker shortage.
Brother Mike Valentine's Arrangements
10/17/14 - Teamsters Local No. 91
Brothers and Sisters, As we continue to mourn the loss of Brother Valentine, we thank you for your kind words and expresssions of love for Mike.  He is dearly missed by us all, please follow this link for Mike's obituary and funeral arrangements.  With every day that passes, we have come to realize we are all one big family, and the loss of one affects us all... http://www.
BMWED Membership Survey
10/16/14 - Pennsylvania Federation BMWED-IBT
“Section 6” notices seeking changes in the 2012 National Agreement can be served on the Carriers anytime on or after Nov. 1, 2014. So that we may gather rank and file input on the important bargaining issues of our members for the upcoming negotiations, the BMWED has mailed out surveys.
Teamsters Successfully Organize Workers at FedEx Freight Again!
10/16/14 - Teamsters Local 492
Drivers in Croydon, PA Vote to Join Local 107 in Philadelphia  (PHILADELPHIA) – A group of 47 drivers at FedEx Freight’s East Philadelphia terminal in Croydon, Penn. made history today when they overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters Local 107 in Philadelphia. The vote was 26-18 in favor of joining Local 107.
The Koch Brothers Spend Millions to Buy Elections
10/15/14 - Teamsters Local 355
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The Koch Brothers Spend Millions to Buy Elections
10/15/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 13, 2014 | UNION POWER | (via Daily Kos) Unions cannot compete, dollar for dollar, with the Koch brothers’ billions, and they don't: They use other means to push back against Big Money.
Sad News From the Local 91 Family
10/15/14 - Teamsters Local No. 91
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Sadly, we announce the passing of Brother Mike Valentine, a long serving Business Representative with Teamsters Local Union No. 91.  In June of this year, he began a battle with cancer and peacefully passed away on October 14, 2014 in Ottawa.
The Koch Brothers Spend Millions to Buy Elections
10/15/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct. 15, 2014 | UNION POWER | (via Daily Kos) Unions cannot compete, dollar for dollar, with the Koch brothers’ billions, and they don't: They use other means to push back against Big Money.
2014 Imperial County Picnic
10/14/14 - Teamsters Local 542
Teamsters Local 542 will be celebrating its Annual Imperial County Teamsters Picnic on Saturday, November 15, 2014. If you are a Teamster and you leave and employed in Imperial County or Yuma, Az you should have received the information of the picnic via US Mail.
DOL: System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals ‘Broken’
10/14/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct.
DOL: System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals ‘Broken’
10/14/14 - Teamsters Local 355
Oct.
DOL: System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals ‘Broken’
10/14/14 - Teamsters Local 992
Oct.
Teamster Member Raises Funds participating in OUT OF DARKNESS WALK
10/14/14 - Teamsters Local 449
Local 449 member Joyce Hogenkamp participated in the Out of Darkness walk on september 13th. She raised funds by walking for Josh Samulski.  You can help Joyce's efforts by logging on to AFPS.org/buffalo.
Are Hospitals Ready to Respond to Elbola? Ask a Nurse.
10/13/14 - Teamsters local 570
Oct. 13, 2014 | HEALTH & SAFETY | … The best way to determine if our hospitals are ready to respond [to the Ebola threat] is by asking a nurse. Or, to be more precise, nurses… “The time to act is long overdue,” says RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of the National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses union.
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RIGHT TO WORK
Teamsters Local 175
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
Teamsters local 570
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
Teamsters Local 355
Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
Teamsters Local 992
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
Teamsters local 570
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
Teamsters Local 992
 
     
Current Campaigns
  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

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