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June 25, 2016

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Updated: Jun. 25 (13:01)

Seniority Integration Communication
TWU Local 568
Joint Association Update 6-24-16
TWU Local 513
Results of Local 602's election
Lansing Labor News
In Case You Missed It
Teamsters Local 355
Unions unite to fight for Pension security
Association Seniority Integration update 6-24-16
TWU Local 513

June 24: Day 59
Distributing fliers at Camden Yards, "Destroying Veterans' Jobs is Un-American"
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 6: Day 41
(L-R) William Jefferson, Joe Schwabline, James Paige, and Greg Ball
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 27: Day 30 #solidarity
May 25: Picket line up in Indianapolis, Local 135
May 24: Picket line extended to Metro New York, Locals 202 & 282

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

US Food’s attack on workers is an attack on veterans
June 24, 2016 | For more than 25, years, Abel has worked in the warehouse at US Foods’ facility in Phoenix. In recent months he and his coworkers have walked picket lines for their own contract and in solidarity with other US Foods workers… He is also a veteran, but he’s had to do a lot more fighting at US Foods than he ever did in the US military. For veterans like Abel, US Foods’ corporate greed is especially offensive: “I went to the Marines right after high school and after four years I went to US Foods where I have been working ever since. But what US Foods doesn’t seem to understand is that in peacetime and in wartime, we serve our country so that companies like US Foods can operate, to keep America safe for business. The company’s greed is a disservice to workers and veterans like me who have worked so hard to serve US Foods.”

Rolling strikes continue across nation as US Foods strike enters 7th week
June 21, 2016 | Last night we moved our picket line back to Swedesboro, New Jersey (the metro Philadelphia area). Yesterday we brought our line to US Foods in Bridgeport, New Jersey, where Locals 107 and 169 honored our picket line. We're still here! And we'll be here until US Foods comes to a fair and just agreement with Local 355. Meanwhile, a huge thank-you! to our 355 brothers and sisters at UPS, UPS Freight, ABF, DHL, Penn Fibre, Burris Foods, Piedmont, Acme Paper, the Baltimore Sun – and to many retirees who have joined us on the line since we hit the street April 27th on a ULP strike. Thanks also to Teamsters all around the nation who are expressing their support and showing solidarity. A shout out to Anne Arundel County firefighters (Local 1563) for the delicious barbecue chicken wings; members of Unite Here (Local 7) who brought coffee and donuts then spent the day walking the line with us; and the people in the Severn neighborhood and surrounding community who are supporting us with coffee, cold cuts, and other goodies that help keep us energized and our spirits up. #‎USFoodsStrike #‎Solidarity Check out our Foodservice Teamsters Fight for Justice page on Facebook.

Members of Local 705 in Illinois honor our US Foods picket line
June 20, 2016 | The 133 drivers who are members of Local 705 at the US Foods distribution facility in Bensenville, Ill. refused to cross our extended picket line. They join US Foods workers in New Jersey, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan, Washington, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Minnesota who took similar action over the last month. More at

Teamsters make history negotiating with FedEx Freight for first time contract
June 17, 2016 | The Teamsters Union made history yesterday when it met with representatives of FedEx Freight to kick off contract negotiations for Local 107 workers in the Philadelphia area. It is the first time the union sat down with a FedEx operating unit for talks. Today, Local 71 in Charlotte will begin negotiation with FedEx Freight, where drivers in Charlotte, N.C. voted to join Local 71.

New Penn golfers take first place in 2016 Spring Tournament
June 16, 2016 | Fifty-three active members and retirees participated in the Local’s bi-annual golf event at the Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton, Md. Winners, photos and gallery link here.

Older news items are posted at 355 News..

Elsewhere in the News
In Case You Missed It

  • US Foods' attack on workers is an attack on veterans.
  • FedEx to settle driver lawsuits in 20 states for $240m.
  • Hoffa is a designated delegate for Sanders in Michigan.
  • Maryland’s minimum wage to rise again July 1.
  • New analysis has better news for state, local public pensions.
  • Wage hike good for businesses, economy, and it's the right thing to do.
  • In week of action, B'more USF Teamsters extend picket lines to Philly, Minneapolis.

Corporate Greed, American Unions, and Moving the Oreo to Mexico
June 24, 2016  | JOBS |  … In a crude ploy to shift blame for the loss of jobs to the union, the plutocratic powerhouse [Mondelez International] claimed it had made an offer to Local 300 [bakery workers] to keep producing Oreos in Chicago, but that recalcitrant union officials refused. Of course they did, for Mondelez essentially proposed that the workers commit mass financial suicide. Here’s the “offer”: Since the move to Mexico is expected to save $46 million a year, the conglomerate would graciously let the 600 ransom their jobs by paying that $46 million themselves. Just slash your annual pay and benefits (as well as your throats) by that amount, the executives told the union, and you can keep making Oreos for us. This act was an astonishing, unprecedented insulting slap in the face of every middle-class worker in the U.S…
Billionaire Trump Fleeces Workers, Small Businesses
June 22, 2016 | LABOR | Using rape-and-pillage corporate practices favored by Wall Street, Donald Trump made himself billions while swindling and bankrupting untold numbers of hourly workers and small businesses. In recounting his "deal-making" experience, Trump says the important thing is that he made a buck, that he came out rich. He ignores the father of five who lost his business when a Trump casino didn't pay for cabinets. He discounts the minimum wage workers that a Trump resort cheated out of hundreds of dollars of overtime….
Baltimore May Be the Next City to Adopt a $15 Min. Wage
June 21, 2016  | WAGES The national movement toward a minimum wage of $15 an hour is picking up steam in Baltimore, with a key test of strength for the local movement expected before the end of the summer. The City Council's Labor Committee met this week to begin the process of moving legislation to a vote, hearing testimony from supporters and opponents, and setting the stage for a full Council vote in late July or August…
Harassment is Running Rampant in American Workplaces
June 20, 2016  | HUMAN RIGHTS |  Almost as soon as Laudente Montoya started his job as a mechanic in Wyoming, he was met with insults. His supervisor called him and another coworker "stupid Mexicans," "dumb Mexicans," and "spics." The harassment wasn't just limited to Hispanic workers, either; Montoya says he overheard him calling others "nigger," "lazy Indian," and "wagon burner." " Working that job was one of the worst times in my life," he said. "It became so that I could hardly bring myself to go to work in the morning because I hated working with him so much." But when Montoya decided to do something, he was the one who ended up in trouble…  Related: What you need to understand about workplace harassment.
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  • Why working people in unions are fighting LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace.
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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.

  • 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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