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March 27, 2017

On This Day in 1900:

Groundbreaking on the first section of the New York City subway system, from City Hall to the Bronx. According to the New York Times, this was a worker’s review of the digging style of the well-dressed Subway Commissioners: "I wouldn't give th' Commish'ners foive cents a day fer a digging job. They're too shtiff."

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News Items - September 2015
Updated On: Oct 16, 2015

Teamsters Negotiating Committee reaches tentative carhaul agreement
Sept. 1, 2015 
| The Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee reached a tentative agreement yesterday for a new national carhaul contract. The Teamsters Committee unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement (TA). Details of the TA will be announced when leaders from local carhaul unions meet to review the proposal. The meeting date and time will be announced in the near future. If leaders of the local unions endorse the tentative agreement, it will then be sent to members for ratification. Stay tuned.

Hoffa: New platform makes unions strong, America stronger
Sept. 2, 2015 
| Today, more than 1.4 million members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are compensated for their skills and hard work with salaries and benefits that give them dignity and allow them to live a middle-class lifestyle. If this were true of more American workers, our economy and our country would be better off. This is a message the Teamsters intend to bring to the entire American workforce as part of the union’s new “Let’s Get America Working” campaign — if our nation is to prosper it must be union strong, America stronger. The Teamsters are unveiling a plan to help achieve those goals. Continue reading...

Teamsters call out UPS over ALEC politics
Sept. 4, 2015 
| The Teamsters Union has joined a broad-based coalition of 84 investor, public interest and civil rights groups to persuade the United Parcel Service (UPS) to cut its ties with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Launched in 1973, ALEC says it is a think-tank that provides a "constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues. It also develops model policies and resolutions on economic issues". However according to public interest non-profit SourceWatch, ALEC is a corporate "bill mill" dominated by Republican politicians that enables corporations to provide state legislators wishlists that benefit their bottom line: "Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations and pay for a seat on [its] task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve 'model' bills," claims SourceWatch. Continued...

Local 355 Retirees' Summer Party another great success
Sept. 8, 2015 
| This year's summer party was great as always, reported Bob Eney, president of the Association of Retired Members, in the group's bi-monthly newsletter. "We had 260 signed up for the party. A very special thanks to all of the volunteers. Congratulations to Danny Williams, who won the 50/50 and donated a nice amount back to the club." Photos by Stan Pietrowski can be viewed here.

UAW in no rush to negotiate with Detroit automakers
Sept. 9, 2015 
| UAW President Dennis Williams said Monday the union is making progress with all three Detroit automakers and is not ready yet to pick a target in its contract negotiations, even though there are only seven days left before contracts expire for about 141,000 autoworkers.. This year, the UAW also has the difficult task of meeting the expectations of many union members who haven't had a raise in 10 years. Continued… Related: Hoffa pledges solidarity with UAW in Big Three negotiations. “I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines."

Local union leaders to meet Sept. 22 to review tentative agreement
Sept. 14, 2015 
| Carhaul members will receive a newsletter via snail mail this week outlining the next steps regarding the National Carhaul Agreement. In the meantime, you should know that Local 355 leaders will join other leaders of carhaul locals Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, to review and vote on endorsement of the tentative agreement. Included in the newsletter will be instructions for your participation in a national conference call the evening of Sept. 22nd, and ballot information and schedule.

UPS Freight foursome takes first place (again) in our Fall Golf Outing
Sept. 15, 2015 
| Despite cooling temperatures and periodic downpours, thirty-five Teamster members and retirees golfed 18 holes at the Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, Md., last Saturday. Check out team winners and photos here.

Labor Dept. awards Teamsters $4.6 million training grant
Sept. 16, 2015 
| The Teamsters Safety and Health Department has been awarded a $4.6 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to establish apprenticeship programs for workers in the trucking industry. The grant will be awarded over a five-year funding cycle. Continued...

Reminder: National conference call Tuesday, Sept. 22
Sept. 17, 2015 
| Carhaul Teamsters are invited to participate in a national conference call at 8 p.m. (EDT) to get information about the tentative agreement. Callers will be able to submit questions about the TA. The call in number is 877-327-9495, the ID code is 111566. Carhaul business agent Bill Alexander encourages you to participate in the call. "If you have any questions at all about what is in the agreement, this is your chance to get those questions answered."

Rest in peace, little Finleigh
Sept. 18, 2015 
| Three-month-old Finleigh Harper Adams, the granddaughter of two Local 355 members, Dave Adams (Movie Industry) and Jon Whitsell (YRC Freight), passed away this week. A fundraiser for Finleigh's family has been launched at the crowdfunding website, GoFundMe. Please show your support for the Adams and Whitsell families during this difficult time. Donations can be made here. Viewing is today 3-5pm and 7-9pm (service at 8pm) at Connelly Funeral Home of Dundalk, 711 Sollers Point Road, Baltimore, MD 21222.

Teamsters protest as Treasury debates allowing pension cuts for 1.5M retirees
Sept. 21, 2015 
| The retired Teamsters are among a group of as many as 1.5 million retirees from a long list of different labor unions nationwide that could see their pensions slashed under a new law quietly approved late last year. The immediate target of the angry Teamsters was the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which is in charge of administering the new law, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA)…[the] MPRA allows pension fund trustees new freedom to reduce promised benefits in cases where the long-term solvency of the fund is in danger. Full story… Also, Hoffa joins Congressional leaders, retirees at rally to stop pension cuts. Watch the video.

Important meeting Wednesday at the Baltimore union hall
Sept. 22, 2015 
| There will be an important meeting Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 7pm for all US Foods members. You are strongly urged to attend this meeting. A meeting notice flyer is available here for download. Please copy and share with your member coworkers.

Leaders of carhaul local unions endorse tentative agreement
Sept. 23, 2015 
| Leaders from local unions that represent carhaul members yesterday endorsed the tentative national carhaul agreement, paving the way for members to vote on the proposal later this month. Ballots will be mailed to members on or about Monday, September 28 and will be due back on or about October 15, when they are scheduled to be counted. The proposed 2015-2019 National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) contains numerous improvements for Teamster carhaulers and their families over the next four years. Learn more here.

Drivers at US Foods authorize a strike *
Sept. 24, 2015 
| At a packed meeting held at the Baltimore union hall last night, Local 355 members who drive for US Foods at its Severn, Md., facility voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Before a packed room, President Denis Taylor laid out the company’s economic proposals presented Tuesday to the bargaining committee: Switch to a 401(k) from a union pension, switch from a union health plan to a company plan at a substantial cost to employees, and go from 7 paid holidays to 4. And that, according to the company, would just be the beginning of its demands. Members promptly asked for a strike vote. “We’ve had great contracts with this company,” said one driver. “But if we don’t take a stand together now, we’ll fall for anything.” The Local has filed two unfair labor practice charges with the regional National Labor Relations Board. Watch this space for updates. *Update: Local 570 warehouse workers authorize a strike.

Increased job deaths show need to focus on workplace safety
Sept. 28, 2015 
| Why do we need unions? The reasons are many, but a key statistic released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) highlights an often-overlooked one – to monitor workplace safety. Too many people die at the workplace. The Labor Department reported that 4,679 workers were fatally injured on the job in 2014., up two percent from the previous year… Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the numbers are not acceptable. Continued... Shop stewards, see this week's Steward Tip.

Battle against TPP heads to Atlanta
Sept. 30, 2015 
| Trade officials involved in the negotiations of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may believe they are nearing the end of the process with meetings in Atlanta this week. But the Teamsters and other fair trade allies aren't going down without a fight... As the Teamsters have said before, there are just no good reason for everyday Americans to support this agreement. First and foremost is the deal won't create any new jobs here. Full story...

Shop steward banquet photos are posted
Sept. 30, 2015 
| We've posted photographs from last weekend's 2015 Stewards Banquet in the Photo Gallery here, here, and here. The event, held every other year for stewards and their guests, is sponsored by the Local Executive Board. It is their way of saying thank you for the hard work and dedication you give to your union. Photos can be downloaded for printing. Mac users: Double click on the image, then drag and drop image to your desktop. PC users: Right click on the image, copy, then go to your desktop and right click on the image to paste.

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

10:oo am.
Please be present and on time.

Bring a coworker!

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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