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July 29, 2016

On This Day in 1970:
Following a 5-year table grape boycott, Delano-area growers file into the United Farm Workers union hall in Delano, Calif., to sign their first union contracts.

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Updated: Jul. 29 (09:01)

Team Solutions Election Results
Lansing Labor News
2016 Election Committee results
TWU Local 513
Sad News: Sister Sally Kennedy has passed
IATSE Local B4
Retiree's Meeting
IBEW Local 648
Congratulations Brother William CR Hall
IUEC Local 10
Changes to Verizon Retiree Health Care
CWA Local 2222
 
     

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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
We're back at Red, Hot and Blue in Annapolis, because the company isn't getting our message.
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 30: Informational leafleting at Camden Yards
USF members distributed leaflets at the Orioles/Red Sox game on Memorial Day..
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

Tentative agreement reached with carhaul employer group
July 27, 2016 | After long and difficult negotiations, the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) has reached a tentative national Carhaul agreement with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division (NATLD), the multi-employer collective bargaining association representing the unionized sector of the vehicle transport and logistics industry. The National Union Bargaining Committee has fully endorsed this new tentative settlement and believes it meets the goals of the carhaul membership and provides for their long-term job security. Details of the tentative agreement will be announced when leaders from local unions meet to review the proposal on August 4. Stay tuned here.

Mechanics at Piedmont Airlines Ratify Contract
July 25, 2016 | (Click image to enlarge.) Approximately 300 Piedmont Airlines mechanics from Teamsters Locals 210, 355 and 776 have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a five-year contract with the carrier. More than 83 percent of voting mechanics cast their ballots in favor of the agreement. The agreement was reached May 26 and contains a 7 percent signing bonus and a 13 percent wage increase over the life of the agreement. Job security and furlough language are also vastly improved… teamster.org  In photo far right, Local 355 Business Agent John Caparatta and Stephen Kennedy, shop steward and Piedmont Airlines dispatcher.

Code red heat warning in Baltimore
July 25, 2016 | The Baltimore health commissioner is urging residents to prepare for 100-degree heat on Monday that could pose dangers for the young and elderly. The temperature is forecast to reach as high as 100 degrees, but it could feel as hot as 109 with humidity and wind factored in, according to the National Weather Service… baltimoresun.com Read the Teamster fact sheet on heat stress.

Hundreds of members honor striking Maryland workers' picket line
July 18, 2016 | …Teamsters from the US Foods Severn location extended picket lines to Buffalo, N.Y. last Friday in the early morning hours, after extending lines to Streator, Ill. late last week. Drivers and warehouse workers represented by Local 264 in Buffalo, and drivers and warehouse workers represented by Local 722 in Streator honored the pickets in solidarity with their Severn brothers and sisters. In all, more than 200 workers refused to cross… teamster.org

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

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Yes, Temps Can Unionize Too
July 28, 2016  | ORGANIZING | If you're a temp worker, you likely live day by day, without a steady income, regular work schedule, and virtually no job security – never knowing where or when your next jobs begins and ends. But thanks to a new ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the world of temp labor may soon provide one benefit that could transform a paycheck-to-paycheck gig into a job worth holding on to: a union card… the NLRB overturned a Bush-era precedent by ruling that temporary workers, hired through a subcontracted staffing agency, may seek to unionize under the parent company that the subcontractor serves… thenation.com
GOP Platform: Bad for Workers
July 26, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS |  …Party platforms are often filed and forgotten, and this platform may be no exception. But they do lay down the principles the party expects its candidates, from the presidency on down, to adhere to. With GOP platform writers coming from the business-oriented establishment wing, those principles are anti-union, anti-worker or both. Key passages include… usw.org Related: It's the same 'ol, same 'ol in new GOP platform… teamster.org
Why Now Is the Perfect Time For a Radical Labor Movement
July 25, 2016  | LABOR MOVEMENT |  …The last four decades have been characterized by unrelenting attacks on the working class, the weakening of unions and the financialization of capitalism. The fiscal crisis of 2007-2008, the burgeoning wealth gap, and the flood of money from corporations and the rich drowning our democracy have exposed the nation’s political, moral, and economic decay, creating conditions that beg for an alternative to a system that increasingly only works for the super-rich… In this environment, anything that unions can do alone, with dwindling power, will be insufficient. The challenge for labor, at a moment of historic weakness, is to figure out how unions can support and be involved in movements and campaigns that expand, rather than narrow, the scope and scale of what we are organizing and bargaining for. It may seem counterintuitive, but it is thinking bigger and broadening our vision, goals, and demands—even at a moment of weakness—that offers a path to resurgent unions and a more equal and just country and world… inthesetimes.com
Clinton: 'When Unions are Strong, America is Strong'
July 21, 2016  | U.S. LABOR |  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advocated for expanding unions, Social Security and employee rights as she spoke to nearly 4,000 union workers at two Las Vegas rallies Tuesday… Clinton also pledged to make the largest federal investment in stimulating jobs since World War II, to reduce residents' college debt and to "rewrite the rules" to force companies to share more of their profits with employees… lasvegas.sun
GOP Platform Urges National Right-to-Work Law
July 20, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | The Republican National Committee July 18 adopted a "pro-growth" platform that calls for national right-to-work legislation and the easing of regulatory and tax burdens on employers. It urges the passage of a national right-to-work law, which would ban "union security" clauses in collective bargaining agreements, and urges that minimum wage laws should be left to the states… bloomberg.org

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

 
 
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