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Updated: Nov. 20 (16:43)

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Local and National Union News

Hoffa's message to Teamster active duty military and veterans
Nov. 11, 2014 | "For more than a century – from World Wars I and II to Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Golf and, most recently, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Teamsters have proudly welcomed our fighting men and women home and back to work. And on this Veteran's Day, the Teamsters Union wants all of our veterans to know how thankful we are for their service to our nation..." Continue reading here.

Teamsters called to action on Fast Track legislation this week
Nov. 10, 2014 | As Congress returns to Capitol Hill for the lame-duck session, there has been some chatter about an attempt to pass Fast Track legislation before the end of the year. If Fast Track is passed, job-killing trade agreements like the TPP that have been negotiated largely in secret could become law by a simple "yes" or "no" vote, without the possibility of amendments. The TPP would mean even more jobs sent overseas and possibly a ban on our Buy American laws. Please help us tell Congress that Fast Track is the wrong track by signing the Teamster petition today. And please share the petition with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Private sector privileges cost regular workers
Nov. 3, 2014 | American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporation over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those most affected the most bother to do something about it? The public has heard it before, and they will hear it again from me as well – vote. But are people going to do it? Continue reading General President Hoffa here.

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Elsewhere in the News
Amazon Worker Forces Changes as Labor Board Settles Claim
Nov. 19, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Inc. agreed to change some of the rules for workers at the Web retailer's warehouses in the U.S. so that employees can communicate about pay and working conditions without fear of retaliation. In a settlement reached with the National Labor Relations Board yesterday, the Seattle-based company also agreed to rescind a verbal warning given to a staff member at a Phoenix warehouse who voiced concerns about security… Continue reading ...
And Now the Richest .01 Percent
Nov. 19, 2014 | ECONOMY | The richest Americans' political spending has been growing faster than their spending on anything else. So, if you're wondering what happened to our Democracy, just follow the richest .01 percent… Why should we care? Because this explosion of wealth at the top has been accompanied by an erosion of the wealth of the middle class and the poor. In the mid-1980s, the bottom 90 percent of Americans together held 36% of the nation's wealth. Now, they hold less than 23 percent. Despite larger pensions and homes, the debts of the bottom 90 percent – mortgage, consumer credit, and student loan – have grown even faster. Some might think the bottom 90 percent should pull in their belts and stop living beyond their means. After all, capitalism is a tough sport. Continue reading...
Port Truckers Drive Home Difference Between Contractors & Employees
Nov. 18, 2014 | OPINION | Daniel Linares, 58, hit the picket line last week at the ports. Why? I'm going to tell you why, because what's happening at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports isn't just about economic injustice in a region with staggering income inequality, but there's a possibility it could put a damper on your holiday season. In the worse case scenario, port truck drivers will continue to strike, longshoremen will stop unloading cargo, more and more ships will clog the harbor, and the pickings will be slim at your favorite retailer. Read the source story. Related: California Gridlock - Labor disputed may end up costing billions.
Supreme Court to Rule On Retirees' Lifetime Health Care Benefits
Nov. 17, 2014 | HEALTHCARE BENEFITS | Can retirees get lifetime health care benefits under a union contract? That question, which now affects retirees at a West Virginia firm whose employees are Steelworkers, but which could affect millions of workers in the future, hit the U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 10. At issue in M&G Polymers USA vs Robert Tackett et al is how to interpret contract provisions that apparently have the retirees those benefits, which the company now wants to stop. Source story here.
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Wanted: An Economy That Puts People First
Nov. 14, 2014 | OPINION | … I feel our political discourse is decidedly impoverished because of the absence of discussion about NEED. We dance about it in indirect ways, talking about raising the minimum wage, helping small businesses so they can hire, lowering taxes, creating middle-class jobs, etc.; but rarely, if ever, do we hear anyone talk about creating, or re-creating, an economy designed to meet basic human needs… When will we fully recognize there is a problem with our economy and work to create a system that works for people and stop asking people to suffer to prop up an economy that doesn't work for people? Full source story here.
Businesses and Unions Await Key Ruling on Email at Work
Nov. 13, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | Businesses groups and unions are awaiting a ruling by federal regulators that could require employers to let workers use company email systems to communicate with each other about improving wages and working conditions, potentially giving unions a powerful new organizing tool. The National Labor Relations Board is deciding whether to reverse a 2007 ruling that held that employees don't have a statutory right to use the company email systems for such purposes. Full source story here.
Finding, and Battling, Hidden Costs of 401(k) Plans
Nov. 12, 2014 | RETIREMENT SAVINGS | In many retirement plans, a significant amount of future retirees' funds are devoured by fees. According to a 2012 study published by the progressive think tank Demos, high 401(k) fees can drain $155,000 from an average household over a lifetime. Higher-earning households can lose even more – up to $278,000. Growing employee resistance, resulting from a greater awareness of plan costs, has resulted in more than 30 lawsuits against 401(k) plans and employers since 2006… Source story here.

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.

  • 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!

  • 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. 

  • This webpage provides updates to AWI/White Rose Teamsters about the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on September 9, 2014. The Warehouse Division of the Teamsters Union has been appointed to the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in the bankruptcy filing and the union has assembled a team to monitor the bankruptcy. The Teamsters will play an active role in the bankruptcy process in an effort to best protect the jobs, wages and benefits of our members.

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