Union continues its fight for justice and a fair agreement with US Foods
Sept. 4, 2016 | The picket lines are thinner these days only because many of our former US Foods drivers and mechanics have been forced to find employment elsewhere since the company closed down the facility and moved the work to non-union workers at non-union a non-union plant in Virginia. But the unfair labor practices strike against the giant food distributor US Foods continues while Local and National Union leaders push for an acceptable agreement with the company. “I worked for this company for 32 years and was planning to retire October 1,” Brother Dave Trasko told us as he walked the line Thursday, August 18, with Brothers Jim Ramper and Larry Blackman. “My good union wages at this company provided a good life for me and my family: A nice home, two cars, and a good lifestyle. I was a happy camper. Doesn’t everyone who works hard every single day want that?” Teamsters worked hard for their wages and benefits at US Foods because, as Trasko described it, "ours was an extremely physical job. But we didn’t realize how good we had it until our negotiations battle began with the ‘new’ [Wall Street] owner. So then this happened.” (Watch this space for more about Brothers Rampert and Blackman.) Update: In March the Local filed three unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against the company. One was upheld by the regional NLRB, the other two are on appeal to the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss our General Membership Meeting Sunday, Sept. 11, where you can learn more about the latest developments in the US Foods strike, and other important Local Union issues. Bring a coworker!
Teamsters call for government intervention in LA ports crisis
Sept. 6, 2016 | The bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major Korean shipper, is causing chaos at the Port of Los Angeles with dozens of ships and a half million cargo containers stranded at sea in the Port of Los Angeles. The livelihoods of many workers, from ship crews to workers who handle the cargo at the dock, are threatened. Members of Congress, the Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and labor leaders are calling on government action in the cargo delivery crisis… uslabornews.com
Hoffa: Don't let GOP curb new pro-worker rules
Sept. 7, 2016 | …The Teamsters have been out front on these issue, even passing a resolution of support during its 29th International Convention in June. Why? Because the union believes in the fundamental principle that employers who receive federal taxpayers' money should comply with federal labor law. That means rejecting wage theft, safety violations and discrimination on the job… teamster.org
Picket line suspended for Sunday's membership meeting
Sept. 9, 2016 | Please note that our US Foods strike line will be suspended for the day on Sunday so members can attend our monthly General Membership Meetings in Baltimore and Salisbury. The line will resume Monday morning. Check in with your business agent for additional information.
This week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Sept. 13, 2016 | This is the time to remind everyone of the sacrifices and skills of professional truck drivers who keep America moving. Teamsters are celebrating the hard work of the men and women behind the wheel who labor on our nation's roads and highways. The IBT is asking Teamster truck drivers to send in photos of you and your truck! Post them at www.facebook.com/Teamsters. Don't forget to say what company and Teamster local you're with. Later this week all our photos will be presented in a video on teamster.org and on the Teamster Facebook timeline. Ready? GO!
Today is #StopTPP call-in day: Make the call against this job-killing trade deal
Sept. 14, 2016 | We urge all Teamsters to join in this action and flood Congress's phone lines today with calls to every lawmaker asking them to pledge their opposition to the TPP. The TransPacific Partnership is a 12-nation corporate power grab that will ship thousands of jobs overseas, lower wages in the U.S. and undermine laws that protect workers and the environment. Please call your senators and representatives now at 844-394-8431 – tell them to commit to standing firm against the TPP.
Teamster carhaul members reject national contract; Eastern supplement is approved
Sept. 15, 2016 | Teamster carhaul members have rejected a national contract and the Central-Southern supplement, but have approved the Eastern and Western supplements. "In light of the members voting no on the national contract and Central-Southern Supplement, we will reconvene our national negotiating committee next week and determine the next steps," said Kevin Moore, Director of the Teamsters Carhaul Division. "At the present time, the union is not calling for any job action against any employer but will evaluate all its options over the next several days." Vote tallies here.
Self-driving trucks threaten one of America's top blue-collar jobs
Sept. 26, 2016 | …Carmaking giants and ride-sharing upstarts racing to put autonomous vehicles on the road are dead set on replacing drivers, and that includes truckers. Trucks without human hands at the wheel could be on American roads within a decade, say analysts and industry executives…latimes.com General President Jim Hoffa: "You really want a giant 14-wheeler remotely? C'mon. It's not going to happen…"
Motorcycle Run has been cancelled
Sept. 26, 2016 | Seems our Local's motorcycle enthusiasts have busy schedules given the low number of signups for this year's bike run, scheduled for October 1st. So we've pulled the plug on it but we'll look forward to a good run with high participation next year. Save the date: June 17, 2017.
Heavy rains force cancellation of our fall golf event
Sept. 29, 2016 | Our fall golf outing scheduled for this coming Saturday, Oct. 1st, is cancelled due to the weather-related closure of the golf course scheduled to host the event. The Eisenhower Golf Course in Crownsville, Md., called this morning to advise us that three days of heavy rains will force closure of the course. Watch this space for an announcement of our 2017 Spring Golf Event. We will process registration fee refunds to participants who have submitted payment.
Teamster women take over Hollywood...
Sept. 28, 2016 | Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract… peoplesworld.org