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September 28, 2016

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Updated: Sep. 28 (13:01)

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Strike Enters Seventh Month
Determined Teamsters Dave Trasko, Larry Blackman, and Jim Ramper
Aug. 4: Day 100 and still holding the line
(L-R) Local Business Agent Eric Wood, Dave Moore, Charlie Grams, Jay Treuth, and Joe Bell
July 18: Day 85
Picket lines extended to Buffalo, N.Y. and Streator, Ill.
July 7: Day 75
This morning picket lines went back up at US Foods in Streator, Illinois. #USFoodsStrike
July 1: Day 69
Red, Hot & Blue: You're not listening. We're not going away.
June 24: Day 59
Members protest US Foods destruction of veterans' jobs.
June 22: Day 57
Members from Teamsters Local 189 honor our picket line.
June 21: Day 56
Picket line back up at Swedesboro, NJ (Philly) facility. Thanks Local 628!
June 20: Day 55
Strike lines went up early this morning at US Foods in Bridgeport, NJ. Locals 107 and 169 members support the extension of our strike lines.
June 18: Day 53
Unite Here joined the Severn, Md. strike line to support us. Thank you!
June 17: Day 52
We extended our strike line to Chicago. Thank you Local 705! #solidarity
June 10: Day 45
USF drivers take their message to Gaithersburg, Md.
June 4: Day 39
Right, Gilbert Howdershelt (Burris Foods, Del.), came from the Eastern Shore to support his brothers & sisters.
June 3: Informational leafleting at Red Hot & Blue, Annapolis
May 25: Picket line up in Indianapolis, Local 135

Click here to learn how you can support our striking brothers and sisters
on the picket line (scroll to bottom).


Local and National Union News

Teamster women take over Hollywood...
Sept. 28, 2016 | Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract… peoplesworld.org

Self-driving trucks threaten one of America's top blue-collar jobs
Sept. 26, 2016 | …Carmaking giants and ride-sharing upstarts racing to put autonomous vehicles on the road are dead set on replacing drivers, and that includes truckers. Trucks without human hands at the wheel could be on American roads within a decade, say analysts and industry executives…latimes.com General President Jim Hoffa: "You really want a giant 14-wheeler remotely? C'mon. It's not going to happen…"

Motorcycle Run has been cancelled
Sept. 26, 2016 | Seems our Local's motorcycle enthusiasts have busy schedules given the low number of signups for this year's bike run, scheduled for October 1st. So we've pulled the plug on it but we'll look forward to a good run with high participation next year. Save the date: June 17, 2017.

Teamster carhaul members reject national contract; Eastern supplement is approved
Sept. 15, 2016 | Teamster carhaul members have rejected a national contract and the Central-Southern supplement, but have approved the Eastern and Western supplements. "In light of the members voting no on the national contract and Central-Southern Supplement, we will reconvene our national negotiating committee next week and determine the next steps," said Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division. "At the present time, the union is not calling for any job action against any employer but will evaluate all its options over the next several days." Vote tallies here.

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
UNITE HERE Launches National Boycott of Trump Businesses
Sept. 28, 2016 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | The Culinary Union [UNITE HERE] is calling for a national boycott of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s businesses after management at his Las Vegas hotel has failed to come to the bargaining table for more than nine months, the union announced today. The boycott call targets businesses that Trump owns, has invested in or has partnered with and remains in effect until the hotel begins negotiations…“While Donald Trump waged an indefensible anti-worker and anti-immigrant presidential campaign, the workers at his Las Vegas hotel fought for dignity and respect in their workplace,” said UNITE HERE President D. Taylor. “They voted to unionize, they won, and now the law says Trump must negotiate.” The AFL-CIO will observe the boycott. lasvegassun.com  Related: Other unions can respect the boycott and not deliver goods or pass the picket lines.
Clinton to Trump: Apologize to Workers You Stiffed
Sept. 27, 2016  | ELECTION 2016 | Hillary Clinton on Monday called on Donald Trump to apologize to people who have worked on the real estate moguls properties who have not been paid in full. Do "the thousands of people that you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some kind of apology from someone who has taken their labor, taken the goods that they've produced and then refused to pay them?" Clinton said in the first debate of the general election… Over the course of the campaign, reports have emerged about Trump refusing to pay what some vendors said he owed them… politico.com
Union-Made Miracle on The Hudson
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. Before swallowing that wad of hornswoggle, let's revisit Flight 1549… nationofchange.org
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  • Wells Fargo had a bad day. That's a start..
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  • 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.

NLRB Counsel Says Companies Must Prove Need to Hire Permanent Replacements
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. Needless to say, the company involved, United Site Services of California, is screaming about NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin's stand, contained in a brief submitted to the full NLRB. And the union in the case, Teamsters Local 315, is cheering Griffin on and has filed its own supporting brief, too, laying out the case against the scabs. The case's outcome is important… teamster.org
States File Legal Challenge to Labor Dept.'s Overtime Rule
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. 1, will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current threshold of $23,660. Business groups and Republican officials say the rule will force employers to demote salaried workers to hourly positions and create more part-time jobs … reuters.com

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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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