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October 24, 2016

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Updated: Oct. 24 (21:01)

Breakfast with Benefits - Wednesday Nov 2nd @ 8am
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Early Voting Starts This Week
Communications Workers of America Local 2336
Unionism and The Promise of Working Class Citizenship
Teamsters local 570
Unionism and The Promise of Working Class Citizenship
Teamsters Local 355
301 News October 2016
IUE-CWA Local 301
AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85 billion
Communications Workers of America Local 2336

Local and National Union News

Your vote is your voice in the election of top officials in your union
On Oct. 6th, the Office of the Election Supervisor (OES) mailed ballots for the International Officer election to all members of the IBT. Watch for your secret ballot in the mail. When you receive it, follow the directions to cast your own vote then mail your secret ballot yourself using the postage-prepaid envelope. The secret ballots must be returned to a post office box controlled by the OES by 9am Monday, Nov. 14th. Important: If you do not receive your ballot by Oct. 17th, contact the OES toll-free at 1-844-428-8683 to request a ballot. The count is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 14th.

Denver US Foods Teamsters launch unfair labor strike
Oct. 24, 2016 | US Foods’ ongoing labor woes extended to the Denver area today, where members of Teamsters Local 455 established an unfair labor practice picket line to protest the broadline foodservice provider’s alleged violations of federal labor law that protects workers’ rights…

Tentative agreement reached with US Foods
Oct. 23, 2016 | Local 355 has reached a tentative agreement with the company covering severance and closure. The Local’s Severn, Maryland picket line ended at 11am Saturday, Oct. 22. A meeting and vote for all members will be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10 am at the Baltimore union hall.

Drivers, warehouse workers at XPO Logistics are choosing Teamster representation
Oct. 13, 2016 | Workers across the country are standing shoulder-to-shoulder to fight for fairness and respect at one of the world's largest transportation and logistics companies. Seventy-four drivers at the former Con-way Freight in Aurora, Illinois, join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; and Vernon, California. Warehouse workers in North Haven, Conn., became the first warehouse workers at the company to form a union in the U.S.

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
Unionism and The Promise of Working Class Citizenship

Oct. 24, 2016  | LABOR HISTORY | Robert Bussel’s Fighting For Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, And Working Class Citizenship is a welcomed addition to our understanding of the Teamsters’ Union, two of its most important local leaders, Gibbons and Calloway, and the ever-changing dynamic of labor-community collaboration. Both sons of working class miners, Gibbons was born into an Irish immigrant, working class family, while Calloway, was an African American one generation removed from slavery. Arguably, their upbringing mirrored the experiences of many working class Americans raised during the Great Depression. However, while both Gibbons and Calloway articulated and fought for an expanded view of unionism, a total person unionism, they also made many compromises along the way, often mimicking the tactics of their patron, the Teamsters’ President, Hoffa. In short, Gibbons and Calloway were simultaneously pragmatic and idealistic…

Organize or Die
Oct. 20, 2016  | FUTURE OF LABOR | …Organized labor should direct its money and resources into adding new members, and other liberal groups should pick up their slack in political donations. Do they need to organize more low-wage workers? Yes. Do they need to organize more white collar workers? Yes. Do they need to build on existing union strength in friendly states? Yes. Do they need to do the hard work of building a presence in union-unfriendly states? Yes. Do they need to break into new industries like tech where unions have little presence? Yes. And speaking of tech, do they need to figure out how to bring a whole generation of young workers into unions even though they have little connection with or affinity for the withered husk of organized labor? Yes. Is all of this easier said than done? Of course. It’s not easy. It’s necessary…
Organization of Police Chiefs Apologizes for Past Treatment of People of Color
Oct. 18, 2016 | SOCIAL JUSTICE | On Monday, during an annual convention for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leader of the 18,000-member organization issued a formal apology to “communities of color.” But the apology stopped short of acknowledging current injustices that those communities face…
Flex Drivers, Delivering for Amazon, Bring Misclassification Suit
Oct. 17, 2016  | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Amazon is being sued over their package delivery service, Flex. A relative newcomer to the burgeoning "gig economy," Flex operates much like a ride-share service, only instead of offering rides, drivers deliver packages to Amazon customers. Essentially, it's a way for the company to circumvent the traditional costs associated with hiring professional delivery services: "Amazon Flex is the e-commerce behemoth's new service meant to help meet its delivery demand without depending on the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, or FedEx. Flex drivers originally only made deliveries for same-day local orders throughout the Prime Now app, but recently the company let drivers deliver regular Amazon packages too." Its also a way for Amazon to avoid hiring their own drivers, to whom the company would than owe fair pay and full benefits. That's where the lawsuit comes in…
Unions Take Water Crisis Message on the Road
Oct. 17, 2016  | UNIONS | Concerns about drinking water came to the attention of most Americans when the Flint water crisis became national news almost a year ago. Teamsters from all over the country became involved, bringing fresh water to thousands of residents. But as noted before, the problem isn't just in Flint. And that's the message of a group of mothers, led by a union teacher from the poisoned Michigan city, are taking on the road…
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General Membership Meetings:
Nov. 6, 2016  - Baltimore
Nov. 13, 2016  - Salisbury

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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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