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Updated: Oct. 22 (16:43)

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Workers hold the future of inequality in their hands
Oct. 31, 2014 | In the final of five in-depth blog posts leading up to the Nov. 4 elections, Teamster Power writes: "Our nation's economic recovery may seem real to those who compile government statistics or for the elites on Wall Street and Capitol Hill. But ask the average rank-and-file worker in cities and towns across America, and you'll likely get a much different answer. Despite a reduction in the U.S. unemployment rate, workers are still struggling. The reason is simple — jobs that paid a fair salary and supported families before the Great Recession have been replaced by those that pay the minimum wage or not much higher. Continue reading here.

The Teamsters of the 21st century: Think Uber, Lyft, Facebook
Oct. 27, 2014 | The famous labor union is steaming into the gig economy in a big way. When you think of the Teamsters, you might still think Jimmy Hoffa. But you should also now think Uber, Lyft, and even Facebook. That's because the Teamsters are taking a bold step into the new sharing economy by organizing Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles and San Diego and attempting to represent drivers for Facebook and Cisco employee shuttles. Full story here.

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.

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The Real Issue on Election Day

Oct. 31, 2014 | OPINION | …What this election is really about is one question: Do we want a government that sits on its hands in times of great challenges, or one that rolls up its sleeves and tackles the problems head on? I believe the answer is clear. We need a government that will find a cure for Ebola and work to improve public health for everyone who calls this nation home. One that will fight for the working poor by increasing the minimum wage and cracking down on corporations that outsource jobs desperately needed in this country. We need to do right by our veterans, our retirees, our educators, and our aspiring business owners by investing in public services and programs that benefit communities…I don't know about you, but I'm sick and tired of the endless deadlocks…Full story here.

That Giant Rat Balloon is Protected by the Constitution
Oct. 30, 2014 | LEGAL RIGHTS | The towering rat balloon – six to 25 feet tall, often dubbed “Scabby the Ray” — is a common and sometimes contentious sight. It’s a gimmick used must frequently by unions to protest employers, but the inflated rats have occasionally been used by unions to protest other unions and, in an ironic gesture, by a business group protesting a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board…A federal judge’s decision this week illustrates a reason that unions resort to the rat: It’s less likely than a picket line to get shut down. Full story here.
NLRB protects Facebook Time for Workers
Oct. 29, 2014 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS | …it told employers they could not promulgate and enforce overly broad policies regulating what their workers say on the workers’ own Facebook accounts. At issue in the case, involving Triple Play Sports Bar [Watertown, Conn.], is whether workers’ comments on Facebook are “protected concerted activity” under labor law. The 3-member NLRB panel ruled they are and made that general. The case is important because workers increasingly use Facebook and other social media to communicate about working conditions, as well as to organize. Full story here.
Labor Secretary Boosts Unions, Praises New Models of Organizing
Oct. 28, 2014 | U.S. LABOR | For Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, unions represent what's right with the U.S. In a stem-winding speech at the National Press Club on Oct. 22, Perez, who grow up in a working-class family in Buffalo, declared unions are responsible for creating and sustaining the middle class. And the decline in unions is bad for the nations, he said. Perez' remarks are notable because…[he] has been backing the words by acting a wide range of labor law enforcement issues, unveiling job health and safety rules and cracking down on worker misclassification, for example…"Worker voice can take many forms, one of the most important being membership in a union," he said. Full story here.
The Myth of 'Right-to-Work' Propaganda

Oct. 27, 2014 | WORKERS' RIGHTS | This is America. Everyone has the right to work. Citizens can work under various terms and conditions granted to them by their employer. The issue is fair compensation for the productive employment of America's workforce. Labor unions are at the forefront of attaining this compensation for all working families. The so-called "right-to-work" legislation put forth by corporate America, the Business Rountable, the Chamber of Commerce and other powerful and well-financed groups has one common goal–a union-free America. Continue reading 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.

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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