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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 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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In Case You Missed It
05/22/15 - Teamsters local 570
  • Some wins, some losses for workers in state battles.   • GOP lawmaker proposes defunding Labor Board.   • Crushing student debt make ends hard to meet.   • FTC hearing re Sysco extended through May 28th.   • Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers move nation's goods.
In Case You Missed It
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Some wins, some losses for workers in state battles.   • GOP lawmaker proposes defunding Labor Board.   • Crushing student debt make ends hard to meet.   • FTC hearing re Sysco extended through May 28th.   • Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers move nation's goods.
Robert Reich: It’s Time to Bust Up the Big Banks
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 888
May 22, 2015 | ECONOMY | salon.com  The Street is back to many of its old tricks. The only sure way to stop excessive risk-taking on Wall Street so you don’t risk losing your job or your savings or your home , is to put an end to the excessive economic and political power of Wall Street. What should be done.
In Case You Missed It
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Some wins, some losses for workers in state battles.   • GOP lawmaker proposes defunding Labor Board.   • Crushing student debt make ends hard to meet.   • FTC hearing re Sysco extended through May 28th.   • Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers move nation's goods.
Robert Reich: It’s Time to Bust Up the Big Banks
05/22/15 - Teamsters local 570
May 22, 2015 | ECONOMY | salon.com  The Street is back to many of its old tricks. The only sure way to stop excessive risk-taking on Wall Street so you don’t risk losing your job or your savings or your home , is to put an end to the excessive economic and political power of Wall Street. What should be done.
Robert Reich: It’s Time to Bust Up the Big Banks
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 355
May 22, 2015 | ECONOMY | salon.com  The Street is back to many of its old tricks. The only sure way to stop excessive risk-taking on Wall Street so you don’t risk losing your job or your savings or your home , is to put an end to the excessive economic and political power of Wall Street. What should be done.
Robert Reich: It’s Time to Bust Up the Big Banks
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 992
May 22, 2015 | ECONOMY | salon.com  The Street is back to many of its old tricks. The only sure way to stop excessive risk-taking on Wall Street so you don’t risk losing your job or your savings or your home , is to put an end to the excessive economic and political power of Wall Street. What should be done.
In Case You Missed It
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 888
  • Some wins, some losses for workers in state battles.   • GOP lawmaker proposes defunding Labor Board.   • Crushing student debt make ends hard to meet.   • FTC hearing re Sysco extended through May 28th.   • Los Angeles, Long Beach port truck drivers move nation's goods.
Local 776 Family Picnic
05/22/15 - Teamsters Local 776
Take me out to the ball game! Local 776 is holding it’s family picnic on June 28, 2015. Join the Teamsters and the Harrisburg Senators for a day of fun in the sun on Harrisburg’s City Island. Food, drinks, ice cream, and plenty of Cotton Candy are some of the menu items. What’s a picnic without plenty of Cotton Candy! There will also be clowns present, and DJ Big John.
NRLN National Retiree Legislative Network
05/21/15 - Teamsters Local 100
NLRN National Retiree Legislative Network http://www.nrln.org/index.html Federal Government Links SocialSecurity.Gov is the official website of the Social Security Administration. Medicare.Gov is the official website for Medicare participants. USA.gov is the official U.S. gateway to all government information and services.
The Slippery Math of Right-to-Work Advocates
05/21/15 - Teamsters local 570
May 21, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | newsweek.com  A bevy of "right-to-work" bills has been introduced in state legislatures across the United States this year. The legislation has generated intense debate and contention, making headlines across the country.
The Slippery Math of Right-to-Work Advocates
05/21/15 - Teamsters Local 355
May 21, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | newsweek.com  A bevy of "right-to-work" bills has been introduced in state legislatures across the United States this year. The legislation has generated intense debate and contention, making headlines across the country.
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05/21/15 - Teamsters Local Union No. 677
The Slippery Math of Right-to-Work Advocates
05/21/15 - Teamsters Local 992
May 21, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS | newsweek.com  A bevy of "right-to-work" bills has been introduced in state legislatures across the United States this year. The legislation has generated intense debate and contention, making headlines across the country.
YRC-AQE Hits 19 Million Safety Miles
05/21/15 - Teamsters Local 492
YRC Freight held an employee safety ceremony to celebrate a safety streak from January 2013 to January of 2015, which set an all time YRC company record, 19 million consecutive accident and injury-free miles accomplished by all 85 Albuquerque Line drivers. This article is an Updated version of an article originally posted on Teamsters492.org in September of 2014.
New Rules: If The Economy's Not Working for Us, It's Not Working
05/20/15 - Teamsters local 570
May 20, 2015 | ECONOMY | ourfuture.org  Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week. Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks Brothers pinstripes to which they've grown accustomed. Oh, wait, no.
New Rules: If The Economy's Not Working for Us, It's Not Working
05/20/15 - Teamsters Local 355
May 20, 2015 | ECONOMY | ourfuture.org  Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week. Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks Brothers pinstripes to which they've grown accustomed. Oh, wait, no.
New Rules: If The Economy's Not Working for Us, It's Not Working
05/20/15 - Teamsters Local 992
May 20, 2015 | ECONOMY | ourfuture.org  Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week. Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks Brothers pinstripes to which they've grown accustomed. Oh, wait, no.
New Rules: If The Economy's Not Working for Us, It's Not Working
05/20/15 - Teamsters Local 888
May 20, 2015 | ECONOMY | ourfuture.org  Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week. Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks Brothers pinstripes to which they've grown accustomed. Oh, wait, no.
How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed American Democracy
05/19/15 - Teamsters local 570
May 19, 2015 | ANALYSIS |  huffingtonpost.com  …Every Senator, and every member of the U.S. House, who votes for "Fast Track" approval for these deals, is looking for big money from big corporations, and not for fulfilling his or her supposed and oathed job: to be an authentic representative of the public back home -- and of their children, and future generations.
Fighting for Paid Sick Days For All Workers In Chicago
05/19/15 - Teamsters Local 743
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Teamsters Local 743 joined with Arise Chicago and the Earned Sick Time Coalition, urging the new City Council to take action to provide paid sick days for all workers in Chicago. Also in attendance were ROC Chicago (Restaurant Opportunities Center), Local 881, UFCW Women Employed and Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Learn more here: http://www.sicktimechicago.
How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed American Democracy
05/19/15 - Teamsters Local 992
May 19, 2015 | ANALYSIS |  huffingtonpost.com  …Every Senator, and every member of the U.S. House, who votes for "Fast Track" approval for these deals, is looking for big money from big corporations, and not for fulfilling his or her supposed and oathed job: to be an authentic representative of the public back home -- and of their children, and future generations.
JOB OPENINGS! WESTERN SUGAR SCOTTSBLUFF NEBRASKA
05/19/15 - Teamsters Local 455
See Attached for positions open.... 3 Positions open, scroll down on Attachment to view all positions. If interested Contact:  Becky Stitt, Human Resources 308-630-7726 bstitt@westernsugar.
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In Case You Missed It
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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 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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