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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.

  • 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. 

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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
RAUNER'S PROPOSED 'RIGHT-TO-WORK ZONES" MEET RESISTANCE AT OSWEGO VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 179
It was standing room only at the Oswego Village Board's meeting on Tuesday, March 31st.  The meeting was held to discuss Governor Rauner's proposed right-to-work zones. The crowd was largely pro-union.
Local 776 Member honored for fifty years of service
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 776
In 1963 William J. Bernheisel became a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.  In April of 1984 Jim began his employment with ABF Freight System in Carlisle and became a member of Local 776. He continued to work there until his retirement in January of this year. At a special presentation during the local 776 D.R.I.V.E.
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Apr. 1, 2015 | ECONOMY | alternet.org … The distorted beef that wealthy individuals and corporations are job creators has led to sizable business subsidies and tax breaks. The biggest giveaway is often overlooked: corporations use our nation's plentiful resources, largely at no cost, to build their profits.
Food Workers Seeking $15 Hourly Wage
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 767
Fast Food Workers Plan April 15 Strike time.com |  Victor Luckerson U.S. fast food workers are planning a major one-day strike on Tax Day, April 15, their latest action in a two-year campaign for a $15 hourly wage and the right to unionize.Workers will walk off the job at fast food restaurants in more than 200 cities across the U.S.
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Apr. 1, 2015 | ECONOMY | alternet.org … The distorted belief that wealthy individuals and corporations are job creators has led to sizable business subsidies and tax breaks. The biggest giveaway is often overlooked: corporations use our nation's plentiful resources, largely at no cost, to build their profits.
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
04/01/15 - Teamsters local 570
Apr. 1, 2015 | ECONOMY | alternet.org … The distorted belief that wealthy individuals and corporations are job creators has led to sizable business subsidies and tax breaks. The biggest giveaway is often overlooked: corporations use our nation's plentiful resources, largely at no cost, to build their profits.
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Apr. 1, 2015 | ECONOMY | alternet.org … The distorted belief that wealthy individuals and corporations are job creators has led to sizable business subsidies and tax breaks. The biggest giveaway is often overlooked: corporations use our nation's plentiful resources, largely at no cost, to build their profits.
Zodiac - Boeing -Airbus - Reuters EXCLUSIVE UPDATES 1 & 2
04/01/15 - Teamsters Local 767
REUTERS EXCLUSIVE: 2 Separate Reports By Tim Hepher and Alwyn Scott Report 1 EXCLUSIVE-Jetmakers intervene on Zodiac seat delivery delays (Reuters) - Planemakers Airbus and Boeing have stepped up pressure on French supplier Zodiac Aerospace over persistent delays in the delivery of aircraft seats that are disrupting jetliner assembly, industry sources said.
President Obama Vetoes NLRB Legislation Backed by GOP
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 31, 2015 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | washingtontimes.com President Obama vetoed a GOP-backed resolution Tuesday that would halt a National Labor Relations Board rule making it easier for workers to hold so-called "ambush" union-organizing elections, his second veto since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.
Teamsters Applaud Veto Of Senate Joint Resolution To Overturn NLRB Election Modernization Rule
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 264
The Teamsters Union today applauded President Obama’s decision to veto a destructive resolution backed by Republicans in Congress that would overturn modest reforms issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to help streamline and modernize representation case procedures. S.J. Res.
TEAMSTERS APPLAUD VETO OF SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION TO OVERTURN NLRB ELECTION MODERNIZATION RULE
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 175
President Obama Vetoes NLRB Legislation Backed by GOP
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 31, 2015 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | washingtontimes.com President Obama vetoed a GOP-backed resolution Tuesday that would halt a National Labor Relations Board rule making it easier for workers to hold so-called "ambush" union-organizing elections, his second veto since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.
What Have American Unions done for US?
03/31/15 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
D.R.I.V.E. Dinner-Dance
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Teamsters Local 776 held their D.R.I.V.E. dinner-dance on Saturday March 28, 2015 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel in Harrisburg. A large crowd was on hand for the night’s activities. After welcoming the DRIVE members Local President Ed Thompson introduced our guest speakers for the evening. Eugene DePasquale is the Pennsylvania Auditor General.
President Obama Vetoes NLRB Legislation Backed by GOP
03/31/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Mar. 31, 2015 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | washingtontimes.com President Obama vetoed a GOP-backed resolution Tuesday that would halt a National Labor Relations Board rule making it easier for workers to hold so-called "ambush" union-organizing elections, his second veto since Republicans took control of the Senate in January.
Amazon in the News
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 767
  Amazon to remove non-compete clauses for warehouse workers circanews.com The online shopping giant continues to face criticism for its treatment of workers around the world and its opposition to unionization.
Gov. Christie on Union Benefits
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 767
Gov. Christie Tells Unions 'We Simply Don't Have the Money' You Were Promised Chris Christie had some honest words about the state of underfunded union benefits at a Hanover Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday: “We don’t have the money, we simply don’t have the money, and I told you we need to get the money.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 355
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 992
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
The Rise and Fall of US Labor Unions, and Why They Still Matter
03/30/15 - Teamsters Local 888
Mar. 30, 2015 | ORGANIZED LABOR | theconversation.com … The US labor movement was once the core institution fighting for average workers. Over the last half century, its ranks have been decimated.
Free Trade Isn't About Trade: It's About Bureaucrats and Guns
03/27/15 - Teamsters local 570
Mar. 27, 2015 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | thenation.com Simple stories about how one country is good at making wine, and should trade with another country that is good at making cloth, explain very little about today's trade agreements. Instead, agreements are about which bureaucrats make decisions about markets that operate between countries.
In Case You Missed It
03/27/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Unions seek to protect federal gas tax.   • Where have all our wages gone?   • ALEC 101: You need to read this.   • Baltimore longshoremen approve local contract.   • Public employee unions under attack in Nevada.   • Fast-track deal at impasse (for now) in the Senate.
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RAUNER'S PROPOSED 'RIGHT-TO-WORK ZONES" MEET RESISTANCE AT OSWEGO VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
Teamsters Local 179
Local 776 Member honored for fifty years of service
Teamsters Local 776
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
Teamsters Local 888
Food Workers Seeking $15 Hourly Wage
Teamsters Local 767
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
Teamsters Local 355
4 Ways Corporations Owe Us, And How They Can Pay Us Back
Teamsters local 570
 
     
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.

  • 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. 

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