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Updated: Oct. 22 (16:43)

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Private sector privileges cost regular workers
Oct. 16, 2014 | In the third of five in-depth blog posts leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Teamster Power writes: “The U.S. has a population of more than 317 million people It has more than 146 million registered voters. But increasingly, elected officials seem to believe their only constituency is the Fortune 500… Between big business outsourcing jobs overseas and the billion doled out by the federal government in tax breaks directly to corporations every year, you’ll excuse those who believe President Lincoln’s famous clarion for American government has morphed into ‘Of, By, and For the Company.’ Full story here.

Teamsters’ teach-in spotlights environmental injustice at hazardous landfill
Oct. 14, 2014 | …Speakers at the session, hosted by Teamsters Joint Council 13, emphasized that 1,600 Teamsters and tens of thousands of other workers live within a short radius of Republic Service’s toxic landfill in Bridgeton, Missouri. The landfill contains 8,700 tons of un-containerized radioactive waste… The teach-in made clear that unionists, community residents, faith leaders, environmentalists and pro-worker attorneys were going to be anything but invisible. Read the full story here.

Fight against the War on Workers by voting
Oct. 13, 2014 | Show how you're fighting the War on Workers by printing out the "I'm a Teamster and I Vote" sign, hold it up and take a selfie for the Teamster Facebook page. Click here to get your sign.

Unlike Walmart, Costco has no plans to cut employee health benefits
Oct. 10, 2014 | While acknowledging that health-care costs in the U.S have been rising in recent years, Richard Galanti, Costco’s chief financial officer, said the company isn’t going to make workers suffer as a result: “We haven’t and aren’t going to make major changes like cutting a bunch of people out of” health coverage… In contrast, rival Walmart on Tuesday announced that it would eliminate health benefits for part-time employees working less than an average of 30 hours a week… Full story here.

Are you a veteran? The Teamster History Project wants your photo.
Oct. 8, 2014 | The Teamsters History Project is currently working on a new book for the Teamsters History book series about Teamsters in Military Service and is looking for photos of Teamsters who served in the military at any time during the last 110 years of our history. If you'd like to submit photos of you and/or Teamster relatives who have served in any of the conflicts during that time, you will find additional information and instructions for photo submission here.

There's nothing fair about being a woman in the workplace
Oct. 7, 2014 | In the second of five in-depth blog posts leading up to the Nov. 4 election, Teamster Power writes: It may be the 21st century, but for too many working women it might as well be the Dark Ages. Their wages continue to lag significantly behind their male counterparts. And congressional efforts to change it have been hampered repeatedly by Senate Republicans. The latest rebuffing of wage equity came last month, when the GOP halted an effort to move forward with the Paycheck Fairness Act…" Worth your time to read it here.

Facebook's bus drivers seek union
Oct. 6, 2014 | They shuttle highly paid Facebook employees to and from the company's headquarters in Silicon Valley, yet many say their pay is so low that they can't afford to live in the area. Moreover, many complain that they start work around 6 a.m. and do not finish until 9 p.m., 15 hours later. Now, some of these shuttle bus drivers, who get Facebook employees to work are seeking representation by the Teamsters union. Learn more here.

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America’s Middle Class Knows It Faces A Grim Retirement

Oct. 24, 2014 | RETIREMENT | Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth-annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves. “Saving for retirement is a formidable challenge for middle-class Americans,” the San Francisco-based bank says. A formidable challenge? No kidding. More than a third of middle-class families aren’t saving anything in a 401(k), IRA or other vehicle, the survey found. For those 30 to 59 years old, it’s 41%. Continue reading here.

Labor Secretary Says US Record on Paid Parental Leave is 'Dismal'
Oct. 21, 2014 | WORKING FAMILIES | In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector. Perez argued that U.S. workers are significantly better off than they were when President Barack Obama took office, though he said the statistical improvements "don't mean a whole lot" to many low- and middle-income workers or to the unemployed. Continue reading here.
The TTIP: A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder
Oct. 20, 2014 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting' investment', reducing ‘unnecessary' barriers and ‘harmonizing’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the  US  and the EU. In principle, the notion of trade that is free and fair sounds ideal. But, across the world, the dominant ideological paradigm allows little scope for either. Markets are rigged, commodity prices subject to manipulation, and nations are coerced, destabilized or attacked in order that powerful players gain access to resources and markets. Continue reading here.
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The Koch Brothers Spend Millions to Buy Elections

Oct. 13, 2014 | UNION POWER | (via Daily Kos) Unions cannot compete, dollar for dollar, with the Koch brothers’ billions, and they don't: They use other means to push back against Big Money.

DOL: System Protecting Workers From Deadly Chemicals ‘Broken’

Oct. 14, 2014 | WORKERS’ SAFETY | The country’s top workplace safety official said Thursday that the regulatory system protecting workers from chemical exposure is “broken,” and called for a new dialogue with employers and worker safety experts about how it might be improved… The government tries to protect workers in manufacturing plants and other workplaces through so-called permissible exposure limits, which cap the allowable concentration of airborne hazards. Yet the vast majority of these limits haven’t been updated in the more four decades that OSHA has existed. Full story here.

Are Hospitals Ready to Respond to Elbola? Ask a Nurse.
Oct. 13, 2014 | HEALTH & SAFETY | … The best way to determine if our hospitals are ready to respond [to the Ebola threat] is by asking a nurse. Or, to be more precise, nurses… “The time to act is long overdue,” says RoseAnn DeMoro, the executive director of the National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses union. NNU leaders have from the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa been outspoken regarding the need to provide immediate support for healthcare personal in Liberia, Sierra Leone and other countries. The union has raised money and offered support for those initiatives. At the same time, the union has focused attention on the need for greater preparation by US hospitals. Full story here. Related: National Nurses United says most hospitals are not prepared for Elbola.

Current Campaigns
  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • 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.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

 
 
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