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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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • 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.

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Union-Made Miracle on The Hudson
09/26/16 - Teamsters local 570
Sept 26, 2016 | UNIONS | In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today's entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.
Union-Made Miracle on The Hudson
09/26/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept 26, 2016 | UNIONS | In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today's entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.
Union-Made Miracle on The Hudson
09/26/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept 26, 2016 | UNIONS | In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today's entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.
Great Turnout for NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2016
09/26/16 - Teamsters Local 492
The 2016 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day had another great turnout this year with the number of members attending increasing by 11% over last year.
Union-Made Miracle on The Hudson
09/26/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Sept 26, 2016 | UNIONS | In their ongoing, all-out assault to crush labor unions, corporate forces have fabricated a cultural myth to undermine popular support for labor: Unions, they insist, are no longer needed. They tell us that in today's entrepreneurial economy, workers must compete with each other, not cooperate.
In Case You Missed It
09/23/16 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Wells Fargo had a bad day. That's a start..   • Teamsters expand organizing at XPO Logistics.   • The many scandals of Donald Trump.   • New Smithsonian African American Museum opens.   • Low-wage workers aren't stopping with higher pay...   • Union Plus: Get a FREE iPhone 7 from [unionized] AT&T.
In Case You Missed It
09/23/16 - Teamsters local 570
  • Wells Fargo had a bad day. That's a start..   • Teamsters expand organizing at XPO Logistics.   • The many scandals of Donald Trump.   • New Smithsonian African American Museum opens.   • Low-wage workers aren't stopping with higher pay...   • Union Plus: Get a FREE iPhone 7 from [unionized] AT&T.
Revised Officers Election Update
09/23/16 - Teamsters Local 264
Please disregard yesterdays email. Please see attached.
In Case You Missed It
09/23/16 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Wells Fargo had a bad day. That's a start..   • Teamsters expand organizing at XPO Logistics.   • The many scandals of Donald Trump.   • New Smithsonian African American Museum opens.   • Low-wage workers aren't stopping with higher pay...   • Union Plus: Get a FREE iPhone 7 from [unionized] AT&T.
Everything Old Is New Again
09/23/16 - Teamsters local 570
Sept 23, 2016 | OPINION | Power comes in many forms, but for the working class it always boils down to the same fundamental ingredient: unbreakable solidarity. In my two decades of organizing across the United States, we almost always win when workers are in the driver's seat.
In Case You Missed It
09/23/16 - Teamsters Local 888
  • Wells Fargo had a bad day. That's a start..   • Teamsters expand organizing at XPO Logistics.   • The many scandals of Donald Trump.   • New Smithsonian African American Museum opens.   • Low-wage workers aren't stopping with higher pay...   • Union Plus: Get a FREE iPhone 7 from [unionized] AT&T.
Everything Old Is New Again
09/23/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Sept 23, 2016 | OPINION | Power comes in many forms, but for the working class it always boils down to the same fundamental ingredient: unbreakable solidarity. In my two decades of organizing across the United States, we almost always win when workers are in the driver's seat.
NLRB Counsel Says Companies Must Prove Need to Hire Permanent Replacements
09/22/16 - Teamsters local 570
Sept. 22, 2016 | STRIKES | The National Labor Relations Board's top enforcement officer is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring permanent replacement workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. If enacted, such a policy would be a major advance for workers' use of strikes.
NLRB Counsel Says Companies Must Prove Need to Hire Permanent Replacements
09/22/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept 22, 2016 | STRIKES | The National Labor Relations Board's top enforcement officer is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring permanent replacement workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. If enacted, such a policy would be a major advance for workers' use of strikes.
NLRB Counsel Says Companies Must Prove Need to Hire Permanent Replacements
09/22/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 22, 2016 | STRIKES | The National Labor Relations Board's top enforcement officer is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring permanent replacement workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. If enacted, such a policy would be a major advance for workers' use of strikes.
Penn State Football Tickets
09/22/16 - Teamsters Local 776
Teamsters continue to call Penn State concerning the discounted tickets for Penn State Football. The kick off time for the October 1st game has been announced...
NLRB Counsel Says Companies Must Prove Need to Hire Permanent Replacements
09/22/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Sept. 22, 2016 | STRIKES | The National Labor Relations Board's top enforcement officer is proposing that companies must prove – not just state – that only by hiring permanent replacement workers can they keep going economically, after the firms force their own employees to strike. If enacted, such a policy would be a major advance for workers' use of strikes.
States File Legal Challenge to Labor Dept.'s Overtime Rule
09/21/16 - Teamsters local 570
Sept 21, 2016 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Officials from 21 states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. The rule, set to take effect Dec.
Teamsters, Consumers Warn About David' Bridal's Record of Broken Vows
09/21/16 - Teamsters local 570
Sept 21, 2016 | SYSCO/US FOODS WORKERS UNITED | Brides, their families and friends attending Washington, D.C.'s Great Bridal Expo were greeted Sunday by consumer activists and Teamster representatives informing them about David's Bridal's troubling record.
States File Legal Challenge to Labor Dept.'s Overtime Rule
09/21/16 - Teamsters Local 355
Sept 21, 2016 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Officials from 21 states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. The rule, set to take effect Dec.
States File Legal Challenge to Labor Dept.'s Overtime Rule
09/21/16 - Teamsters Local 992
Sept. 21, 2016 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Officials from 21 states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. The rule, set to take effect Dec.
States File Legal Challenge to Labor Dept.'s Overtime Rule
09/21/16 - Teamsters Local 888
Sept 21, 2016 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Officials from 21 states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. The rule, set to take effect Dec.
Amtrak Moorman and Close Call Policy
09/19/16 - Pennsylvania Federation BMWED-IBT
A Continuing State of Safety Emergency on the Amtrak Property  A letter to Amtrak's new president Wick Moorman including a petition containing close to 2000 BMWED signatures, all demanding the reinstituting of our former close call reporting policy. View the BMWED's letter along with the many, many signatures at this link.
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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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • 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.

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