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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.

  • 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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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!

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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
General President Hoffa interview
01/25/15 - Teamsters Local 776
IBT President Hoffa discusses the Keystone pipeline project, ending government oversight of the Teamsters, and fast track legislation.
Rail Yard Workers say "Yes"!
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Rail yard workers say “YES”! Employees of Intermodal Services of America who work at the Rutherford Rail Yard in Harrisburg, PA overwhelmingly voted to join Teamsters Local 776. By a resounding 38-1 vote the workers sent a strong message that they are united in organizing with the Teamsters and negotiating a contract.
Teamster-Endorsed Candidates (Chicago General Elections / February 25, 2015)
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 743
Teamsters Joint Council has endorsed more than 45 candidates in the 2015 Chicago General Municipal Election. All affiliated members and supporters are encouraged to vote for these labor-friendly candidates on Election Day, Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Joint Council 25's complete list of endorsed candidates is listed below. The list can also be downloaded online at www.teamstersJ25.
In Case You Missed It
01/23/15 - Teamsters local 570
  • Obama pushed "the right thing" for workers.   • Meet the 80 people who are as rich as half the world.   • Teamster partnership helps veterans get jobs.   • Saving Labor's sinking ship.   • The story behind "Solidarity Forever".   • "Labor at a Crossroads," from The American Prospect.
In Case You Missed It
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Obama pushed "the right thing" for workers.   • Meet the 80 people who are as rich as half the world.   • Teamster partnership helps veterans get jobs.   • Saving Labor's sinking ship.   • The story behind "Solidarity Forever".   • "Labor at a Crossroads," from The American Prospect.
Workers, Not Wall Street, Deserve a Hand Up
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 23, 2015  | MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS |  Wall Street is booming, and the profits are flowing to the top one percent. But rich financiers don't like rules that limit their bottom lines, even when they protect the rest of us from greed run amok, So they've decided  to get their lawmakers on it.
Workers, Not Wall Street, Deserve a Hand Up
01/23/15 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 23, 2015  | MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS |  Wall Street is booming, and the profits are flowing to the top one percent. But rich financiers don't like rules that limit their bottom lines, even when they protect the rest of us from greed run amok, So they've decided  to get their lawmakers on it.
In Case You Missed It
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Obama pushed "the right thing" for workers.   • Meet the 80 people who are as rich as half the world.   • Teamster partnership helps veterans get jobs.   • Saving Labor's sinking ship.   • The story behind "Solidarity Forever".   • "Labor at a Crossroads," from The American Prospect.
Workers, Not Wall Street, Deserve a Hand Up
01/23/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 23, 2015  | MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS |  Wall Street is booming, and the profits are flowing to the top one percent. But rich financiers don't like rules that limit their bottom lines, even when they protect the rest of us from greed run amok, So they've decided  to get their lawmakers on it.
TEAMSTERS PARTNER WITH US ARMY, ABF FREIGHT TO TRAIN MILITARY VETERANS AS DRIVERS
01/22/15 - Teamsters Local 414
LABOR ISSUES
01/22/15 - Teamsters Local Union No. 677
Monthly Meeting,February 8, 2015 Guest Speaker Honorable State Representative Joe Aresimowicz Click on PDF Below to read more information. Please attend! Our Members Matter! Register Today for our Website to receive updated information at your fingertips.
A Great 'Win" for the ILPF
01/21/15 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James P. Hoffa along with Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall have signed a letter endorsing the Inter-local Pension Fund as a available option to their members to participate in a defined benefit plan for their future.
DC 4 Officer Nominations
01/21/15 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
Members of both locals of District Council 4 nominated the same (5) people at their respective meetings held on January 11th and January 14.  Because the same members were nominated there is no need for an election. The new officers are the following: Mike Consolino - President John Dorsey - Vice President Paul A. Mancillas Jr.
President Obama Calls for Stronger Unions
01/21/15 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 21, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to promote laws that would strengthen labor unions. While the National Labor Relations Board continues to issue decisions that greatly benefit unions, opponents have pushed on the federal and local level to challenge union power.
President Obama Calls for Stronger Unions
01/21/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 21, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to promote laws that would strengthen labor unions. While the National Labor Relations Board continues to issue decisions that greatly benefit unions, opponents have pushed on the federal and local level to challenge union power.
President Obama Calls for Stronger Unions
01/21/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 21, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to promote laws that would strengthen labor unions. While the National Labor Relations Board continues to issue decisions that greatly benefit unions, opponents have pushed on the federal and local level to challenge union power.
Stop Fast Track For The TPP
01/21/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Dear Teamsters Member: Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would pose a grave risk to good-paying jobs and economic equality in the United States and beyond. Please participate in today's National Call-in Day against Fast Track by calling your Representative and Senators now at (888) 979-9806.
Renewing America's Labor Movement
01/20/15 - Teamsters local 570
Jan. 20, 2015 | OPINION |  … we must re-envision and renew our labor movement to face the challenges of the 21st century, to be the voice that today's working people want and the robust engine our economy needs.
Renewing America's Labor Movement
01/20/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Jan. 20, 2015 | OPINION |  … we must re-envision and renew our labor movement to face the challenges of the 21st century, to be the voice that today's working people want and the robust engine our economy needs.
Renewing America's Labor Movement
01/20/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Jan. 20, 2015 | OPINION |  … we must re-envision and renew our labor movement to face the challenges of the 21st century, to be the voice that today's working people want and the robust engine our economy needs.
Renewing America's Labor Movement
01/20/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Jan. 20, 2015 | OPINION |  … we must re-envision and renew our labor movement to face the challenges of the 21st century, to be the voice that today's working people want and the robust engine our economy needs.
No Anti-Worker Beer Here!
01/20/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Teamsters raising a glass to PA. Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. Follow the link below for details http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150117_Teamsters_raising_a_glass_to_Gov_-elect_Wolf.
January 2015 Membership Meeting
01/19/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Local 776 held their Monthly Membership Meeting on January 11, 2015. A full-house was on hand to witness....
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President Hoffa Swears In Local 237 Executive Board
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Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on Fox News
Today's Teamster News For January 23, 2015
Michigan Steelworkers Vote to Join Teamsters
Today's Teamster News For January 22, 2015
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Call Congress Now to Stop Fast Track
Teamsters' Partnership Trains Veterans For CDLs
 
     
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General President Hoffa interview
Teamsters Local 776
Rail Yard Workers say "Yes"!
Teamsters Local 776
Teamster-Endorsed Candidates (Chicago General Elections / February 25, 2015)
Teamsters Local 743
In Case You Missed It
Teamsters local 570
In Case You Missed It
Teamsters Local 355
Workers, Not Wall Street, Deserve a Hand Up
Teamsters Local 355
 
     
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.

  • 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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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!

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