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Updated: May. 30 (04:43)

SuperValue Strike Authorization
Teamsters Local 120
STAND UNITED AGAINST BAD TRADE DEALS
Sheet Metal Workers Local 4
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Local and National Union News

Memorial Day magazine preview: Teamsters Military Assistance Program
May 25, 2015 | This Memorial Day, as we honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, we are paying tribute to our Teamster military heroes and the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP). Learn more...

Fast Track vote in Senate may happen today
May 22, 2015 | Yesterday the Senate voted to end debate, meaning that a final vote could take place today. We cannot let up in the fight against Fast Track. Please send another email to your Senators right now to ask that they oppose Fast Track when it comes up for a final vote.

Merger with Teamsters Local 570 overwhelmingly approved
March, 2015 | At a special membership meeting on Sunday, March 29, 2015, Teamsters Local 311 members approved an executive board proposal to merge with Teamsters Local 570, also located in Baltimore. The decision to seek a merger partner was not driven by financial need, but rather from a long-held commitment to building our Teamster numbers to ensure our strength and power. “We are being proactive,” Principle Officer Neil Dixon told members. "This is all about building our strength by building our numbers. We’ll increase our charter, increase Local 570s’ charter, and this merger will give us wider opportunities to organize and grow our union which will help build our power.” Full story...

Local 311 Principle Officer Neil Dixon, left, was joined by Local 570 Principle Officer Sean Cedenio at the podium during the Sunday, March 29, 2015 meeting to discuss the proposed merger of Local 311 into Local 570 and answer members' questions prior to the secret ballot vote.

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Daniel Tobin and the Rise of the Teamsters Union
May 29, 2015 | U.S. LABOR | inthesetimes.com  When Daniel J. Tobin was inducted in the Labor Hall of Fame sat week, few modern Americans had any idea who he was. This is understandable, as Tobin, who died in 1955, retired uneventfully from the Teamsters union more than 60 years ago. But Tobin well deserves recognition in the Hall of Fame, according to some modern observers, for laying foundations for one of the country's largest and most powerful unions. Learn more...
Shocker: 40% of Workers Now Have ‘Contingent’ Jobs, Says US Gov't
May 27, 2015 | WAR ON WORKERS |  forbes.com  Tucked away in the pages of a new report by the U.S. General Accounting Office is a startling statistic: 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made up of contingent workers – that is, people who don’t have what we traditionally consider secure jobs… This report is important because it’s the first time since the Great Recession that the U.S. government has taken stock of how many people are working without the protections that come with traditional, full-time W-2 jobs. Full story…
Fixing Our Ailing Infrastructure Would Create Jobs, Spur Economy
May 26, 2015 | JOBS |  teamster.org  The Senate last week followed the House and approved a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund, yet again choosing to delay finding a long-term solution on how to fund the repair and maintenance of our aging infrastructure. It has been more than a decade since Congress has passed a bill that lasted longer than two years. "Our highways, airports, railways, and ports must not be allowed to fall further into disrepair," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa.  Full story...
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Robert Reich: It’s Time to Bust Up the Big Banks
May 22, 2015 | ECONOMY | salon.com  The Street is back to many of its old tricks. The only sure way to stop excessive risk-taking on Wall Street so you don’t risk losing your job or your savings or your home , is to put an end to the excessive economic and political power of Wall Street. What should be done? Learn more here….
New Rules: If The Economy's Not Working for Us, It's Not Working
May 20, 2015 | ECONOMY | ourfuture.org  Some of the biggest banks in the world are expected to plead guilty to felonies this week. Finally, America will see members of the class that crashed the economy in black and white suits that are hardly the Brooks Brothers pinstripes to which they've grown accustomed. Oh, wait, no. The New York Times says these felons will just pay some fines and go about their business … they won't face prison like normal criminals… The promise of America is that anyone who works hard and plays by the rules can earn a middle-class life. That promise is betrayed when the system provides a tiny class of Americans with special treatment, including a get-out-of-jail free card when they commit fraud to make untold millions. Full story...
How America’s ‘News’ Media Killed American Democracy

May 19, 2015 | ANALYSIS |  huffingtonpost.com  …Every Senator, and every member of the U.S. House, who votes for "Fast Track" approval for these deals, is looking for big money from big corporations, and not for fulfilling his or her supposed and oathed job: to be an authentic representative of the public back home -- and of their children, and future generations. The idea that these are 'free market' treaties is the biggest of all Big Lies. They're a transfer of sovereignty from national democracies to a despotic world government. This is the biggest news-story of our times, and it's been virtually ignored. Full story…


Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

 
 
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