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Teamsters Local 355
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Teamsters Local 455
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Teamsters Local 455
Decisions Favor AA County in Two Labor Disputes
Updated On: Jun 06, 2011

   The fight for justice on behalf of our Anne Arundel County correction program specialists (CPS) and deputy sheriffs hit a brick wall recently when third-party decisions came down on the side of the County.

   During negotiations for a new contract for correction program specialists, the County and Local negotiators reached impasse over a County proposal for 12 furlough days (equal to a 5% pay reduction) and our counter proposal that pointed to a 5% cost-savings without the proposed hit to members' pay. (We had already agreed to extend the 2010 wage freeze.) A Fact Finder was engaged to make findings of fact and a recommend resolution of the dispute. (Note: The CPS contract does not provide for binding arbitration.) Though the our counter-proposal had a price tag estimated to be in the order of $50,000 – insignificant in a budget in excess of $2 billion – the Fact Finder, in a convoluted written decision that repeatedly made reference to the County's on-going financial problems and it’s "availability of funds,” wrote "the Union must feel 'necessity's sharp pinch' and its counter-proposal should be rejected." Separately, AA County Deputy Sheriff negotiations reached impasse when final offers (FO) were made and rejected by both parties. The County's FO proposed 6 furlough days and the elimination of weapons and cleaning allowances that translates to a 5% pay reduction. The Union's proposal for 5 furlough days and no change in allowances translates to only a 2% reduction in annual wages. The 3% difference is tied to the County's unilateral elimination of the Deputy Sheriffs' July 2009 COLA [FY2010]. That dispute is currently in separate litigation and background info can be found in recent issues of 355's newsletter, and here and here.

   The County argued that the Union's proposal of a 2% reduction "is attributable to its perception that it was wronged in FY2010." The arbitrator wrote in his decision that "the gap is not a reason to grant this bargaining unit in interest arbitration an inflated FO, over and above other bargaining units, for FY 2012." Essentially, the arbitrator decided that choosing the Union's FO would put our bargaining unit in a better position than other bargaining units. In deciding that the County's final offer was more reasonable, the arbitrator awarded it in its entirety and made it part of the terms for the Deputy Sheriff's new contract.

   When the Union and the Employer are unable to reach agreement, resolution is sought by submitting the dispute to a third, outside party. In the case of the correctional program specialists who do not have binding arbitration in their contract, a Fact Finder must be engaged to hear the dispute. But unlike interest arbitration where an Arbitrator renders a decision that is binding on both parties, a Fact Finder investigates the facts, reviews the parties' positions, and delivers a report that includes recommendations that the disputants can either accept or reject. If rejected by either party, the dispute then goes to the County Council for resolution.

   The current Council is no friend to Labor. Given that the Council has a Republican majority that is clearly under the thumb of the Republican County Executive, and in light of their recent action that stripped binding arbitration rights from public safety unions, it doesn’t seem likely that we would prevail in front of this County Council.

   Local 355 Officers and Trustees vowed to use every available option to fight County Executive John Leopold's power grab and anti-union proposals. While the Fact Finder's recommendation and Arbitrator's award favoring the County is disappointing and could be viewed as a setback, our message to the County Executive remains loud and clear: We will not roll over to your demands. Your continued brazen attempts to exert total control over County employees by stripping our members of their hard-won and justly deserved wages and benefits to balance your County budget will never go unanswered. (See “Public safety Unions Sue Anne Arundel County”

   Understanding that third-party decisions sometimes don’t go our way, we remain committed in our pursuit of whatever remedies we consider necessary to defend and protect our members’ interests.

General Membership Meetings:
Apr. 2, 2017  - Baltimore
Apr. 9, 2017  - 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.

  • 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) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.


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