In appreciation, retirees club presents Local 355 with very large gift Jan. 20, 2017 | The Local 355 Association of Retired Members (A.R.M.) made a surprise presentation of a state-of-the-art television to the union during its monthly meeting Thursday at the Baltimore hall. The Vizio SmartCast E-Series 70” Class Ultra HD Home Theater Display will replace the rarely-used, dated TV currently in the members meeting hall. “Our Retiree Bowling League wanted to do something special to show our sincere appreciation for everything Local 355 does for us,” said Bob Eney, president of the club. “It really is amazing,” Secretary-Treasurer Dave White said about the generous gift. “These guys take nothing for granted here; they are always giving back. We’ve worked with them for years and they were like part of the family. That connection continues today.” White said he looks forward to putting the high-tech TV to good use. “The IBT produces excellent training and organizing videos that we’ll now be able to share with our members and stewards.” Pictured, left to right: A.R.M. Trustee Ray Bularz (UPS); Mike Krainer, retired Local 355 trustee, (Sysco); A.R.M. Secretary Mike Brett (UPS); Dave White; A.R.M. President Bob Eney (UPS); A.R.M. Vice President Joe Riechert (Sysco).
Notice to members: Amports East is hiring Jan. 18, 2017 | Amports will hire up to fifteen new employees in the following classifications: shuttle drivers, railroad vehicle unloaders, and inspectors. Located in the Fairfield area of Baltimore, Amports East is one of the largest vehicle processing company (automobile import and export) in the United States. Applications are being accepted now. Download details here.
355 Update: New contract with Rezenberger/Hallcon; successor contract ok’d at Penn Fibre Jan. 11, 2017 | Locals 355 and 453 reached a first tentative agreement with Rezenberger/Hallcon, covering 67 drivers who approved the TA in November. The company is a ground transportation service for CSX in Cumberland and Baltimore MD, and Washington, DC. Penn Fibre members overwhelmingly ratified in December a three-year contract that provides… Continued
Teamsters, carhaul employer group negotiations begin Jan. 11, 2017 | Following the membership vote to not ratify a new National Agreement and Central/Southern Supplement in September 2016, the carhaul employers group asked the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) to return to the bargaining table. Contract negotiations began in Detroit yesterday… teamster.org
Local 355 students awarded James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarships Jan. 10, 2017 | Ryan Power, left, the oldest son of George Power (UPS/Hunt Valley), and Marella Schammel, right, daughter of William Schammel (UPS/Hunt Valley) each received $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year from the Teamsters Union’s annual national scholarship program. The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1999 to honor the memory of former Teamster General President James R. Hoffa. The Fund provides scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the Teamsters. Last year, the Fund awarded $1,200,000 in scholarships. A graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, Towson, Md., Ryan is attending Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore City. His course of study is... Continued here
Jan. 20, 2017| LABOR | ...“It’s going to be the most challenging period for organized labor since the 1930s,” says Susan J. Schurman, a labor studies and employment relations professor at Rutgers University and former labor union leader.”It’s clear to everyone at this point that is conservatives had their way, we’d not have unions.” What should unions do? Unions continue to speak out on issues of interest, commenting on incoming presidential policies and appointments. Schurman recommends two strategic directions that unions should pursue… foxbusiness.com
Jan. 19, 2017| LABOR | Donald Trump proposes to put fast food Andy Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor, where he could bring his program of wage theft, automation, and sexism to workers nationwide. Unions and advocacy groups are not so enthusiastic about this proposal, and one of the ways they’ve tried to register their concern is by tweeting Puzder. This has revealed something new, interesting, and pathetic about the wealthy, powerful, outspoken political nominee: he has incredibly thin skin. Puzder has been steadily blocking his critics on Twitter. Just think: a labor secretary who doesn’t want to hear from pro-worker groups… dailykos.com
Jan. 18, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | General Motors says it will invest another one billion dollars in U.S. auto plants in 2017. That’s on top of the $2.9 billion in U.S. investments GM announced last year. United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada says the GM announcement emerged as a result of the 2015 collective bargaining agreement with the UAW. Estrada says the UAW is pleased about the additional investment and the union will work with GM to bring more product manufacturing to the U.S… laborradio.org
Jan. 18, 2017 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …For labor advocates, the concern about this approach is what happens to people in states that are less adamant about enforcement. While workers in states that have been active on these issues in the past will likely continue to be protected by their state agencies, states without established resources in place will have a harder time stepping up all the way…. “States can play a tremendously important role in combating wage these, but in other critical areas, like workplace safety and health or workers’ right to organize, states may have a harder time filling in the gap because they are often preempted by federal law from directly enforcing these laws”… theatlantic.com
Jan. 17, 2017 | EDUCATION | Betsy DeVos, whose nomination for secretary of education will be reviewed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today, has never taught in a classroom. She’s never worked in a school administration, nor in a state education system, nor has she studied pedagogy. She’s never been to public school, and neither have her children. But DeVos has been deeply involved in education – as a lobbyist and philanthropist – since the early 19902, particularly in her home state, Michigan, where she pushed to expand charter schools and to implement a voucher system that would funnel public dollars to private schools… Her record is so extreme that her nomination has made some allies of the charter movement queasy, along with teachers’ unions and other public-school advocates… thenation.com Why does this matter? Billionaire Betsy DeVos is actively hostile to public education.
Jan. 16, 2017 | OPINION | Every year at this time, people across the United Stated celebrate D. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s many contributions to our country, and how he has shaped history. We lift up King the civil rights leader, Kind the moral crusader, King the brilliant orator, King the brave marcher, King the fearless activist. The list goes on. All of those attributes are, of course, important to offer, and they should happen every day, not just once a year, given the man’s extraordinary accomplishments. Yet at a time of extreme division and polarization, and when so many working people are struggling to survive, it’s worth remembering that King was also a labor leader – a charismatic champion of unionization as a force for economic justice …. nydailynews.comRelated – The Dark Side of “I Have a Dream”: The FBI’s war on Martin Luther King motherjones.com
General Membership Meetings: Feb. 5, 2017 - Baltimore Feb. 12, 2017 - Salisbury 10:oo am.
Please be present and on time. Bring a coworker!
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.
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.
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.
Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.