Our next general membership meetings will be held Sunday, March 2nd, at 10 am in Baltimore
and Sunday, March 9th, at 10 am in Salisbury. Please be present and on time.
Local and National Union News
Teamster Nation introduces a weekly podcast Mar. 3, 2014| The IBT launched a weekly podcast last week that summarizes the latest in headline news from Teamster locals and the national union. Listen to the first 12-minute episode here. Subscribe here to add it to your weekly stop for key Teamster news.
TPP threatens the livelihoods of 40,000 Teamster dairy workers Feb. 28, 2014| For 26 years, Teamsters Local 463 Jerry Reeves has toiled at Dean Foods' Lehigh Valley on Landsdale, Pa., working in pasteurizing as well as a fill operator. The job has allowed him to provide a solid middle-class life for his family of six. But if the Trans-Pacific Partnership comes to fruition, countries like New Zealand that have a state-run dairy industry would have an unfair advantage over American privately-owned dairies…"The fact of the matter is this is about American families and these trade deals have brutalized the American economy. A trade agreement is not an agreement. It is a gun to the head of the American worker." Read more here and here.
YRCW successfully completes refinancing of its debt Feb. 17, 2014| The company announced last Thursday that it has closed on the financing of 2 multi-million dollar loans, the final piece to an improved capital structure. "This was all possible because of our members' willingness to make necessary sacrifices," said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. Read more at teamster.org.
ACT NOW! Fast Track is the Wrong Track for Teamsters February, 2014| Fast Track is a measure that 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. Like previous "free trade" agreements, the TPP would be a boon for corporations while hurting workers and the environment. "This trade agreement would be bad for manufacturing," said President Taylor during February's general membership meetings. "While we're not in manufacturing, every Teamster would be affected because a big part of what we do – from warehouse work to driving freight – is related to manufacturing. So this issue has real importance to us." Take a few minutes right now to follow the steps here to fight fast track. Watch Jim Hoffa tell MSNBC's Ed Schultz how Fast Track is the wrong track for America.Update 2/17: Vice President Biden says trade deals are on hold, at least for now.
March 5, 2014| MARYLAND JOBS | In tranquil Calvert County, Md., environmental activists are up in arms about an energy company’s plan to construct what they call “the next Keystone XL” on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Energy giant Dominion Resources, like Keystone operator TransCanada, is hoping to cash in on soaring demand for U.S. fuel exports, but the proposed facility at a peninsula called Cove Point would export not oil but natural gas, pumped from the fracking fields in neighboring states, then “liquefied” at the plant and shipped thousands of miles overseas to India and Japan...Unions in the beleaguered construction industry are hoping to ride the fracking boom by securing union jobs in the drilling and transport of natural gas, an industry that is largely non-union at present... Full story at inthesetimes.com.
March 4, 2014| ECONOMY | The Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted a study of workers who were laid off during the Great Recession and found a new job. More than half are earning less money. During the recession, wage growth dropped from 3.5 percent a year to 1.5 percent, and has been stuck there ever since. The economic upheaval that began in 2007 was not a recession. It was a reordering. Employers used the downturn as an opportunity to ratchet down wages, which are likely to remain at their current levels. Full story at salon.com.
March 3, 2014| WORKING AMERICA | House Speaker John Boehner says raising the minimum wage is “bad policy” because it will cause job losses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a minimum wage increase would be a job killer…unions are job killers, workplace safety regulations are job killers, environmental regulations are job killers, and the Affordable Care Act is a job killer. The California Chamber of Commerce even publishes an annual list of “job killers,” including almost any measures that lifts wages or protect workers and the environment. Most of this is bunk. Continue reading Robert Reich’s commentary.
Feb. 28, 2014| U.S. LABOR | One simply can't explain the decline of union representation without acknowledging the role of employer opposition and its empowerment by government policy, as outlined in this 2009 report from the Economic Policy Institute. The government role includes not merely the behavior of the Tennessee GOP, but "right to work" laws, and the enfeeblement of the National Labor Relations Board and its intimidation by members of Congress. It's also important to understand two additional factors that make union organizing difficult, and which can't be absorbed from college textbooks or academic papers: fear and complacency. Full story at latimes.com.
Today in Labor History
March 7, 2003: Musicians strike Broadway musicals and shows go dark when actors and stagehands honor picket lines. The strike was resolved after four days.
UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014.
In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.
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.
This Web page provides updates to Allied Systems Holdings Teamsters about the company’s financial restructuring efforts after Allied announced a new Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in June 2012. The Teamsters Union’s team of experts continues to monitor the company’s financial restructuring to make sure members’ interests are protected.
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.
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.
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.
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.