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Sept. 18, 1999: A 20-month illegal lockout of 2,900 Steelworkers members at Kaiser Aluminum plants in three states ends when an arbitrator orders a new contract. Kaiser was forced to fire scabs and fork over tens of millions of dollars in back pay to union members.
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Updated: Sep. 18 (08:43)

Membership Meetings Resume in September
Teamsters Local 391
CA Gov. Brown Signs Teamster-Sponsored Bill To Stop Workplace Abuse
Teamsters Joint Council 3
Hoffa: Georgia Official Must Stop Ignoring Voter Registration
Teamsters Joint Council 3
American Airlines, US Airways Passenger Service Agents Vote To Join Teamsters-CWA Association
Teamsters Joint Council 3
Teamsters, Global Public Sector Trade Unions Warn Of Consequences Of Trade Policies
Teamsters Joint Council 3
Bargaining Between Teamsters And Fred Meyer Breaks Off In Seattle
Teamsters Joint Council 3

General membership meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the union hall and are open to all members. Please make every effort to attend.

Local and National Union News

Teamsters celebrate Truck Driver Appreciation Week - again!
Sept. 15, 2014 | Last year, we asked Teamsters to submit photos of themselves and their trucks to the Teamsters Facebook page. The response was overwhelming Hundreds of Teamsters sent in photos, along with their comments. This year, the Union is asking you again to send photos of you and your trucks, either by posting directly to the Teamsters Facebook page or by sending a direct message to the page. Go ahead, do it!

'Be strong and believe in yourselves'
Sept. 8, 2014 | "Employers will continue to shock you with unfair labor practices and it is possible that your employer will do you wrong, but the Teamsters will fight for you. And you will win." Laura Lucafo, a pharmacist and member of Teamsters Local 727 in Chicago, told her story of unfair treatment at last week's 2014 Teamsters Women's Conference. "I was called into the office at my work one day, when I was three months pregnant with my first child, and terminated. I was told my termination was effective immediately. There was no notice or cause given. I was shocked…" Read an excerpt from her story here.

Sign the petition against elections controlled by the 1%
Sept. 4, 2014 | When the Senate returns from a month-long recess next week, they will be voting on a motion to proceed to a resolution (S.J. Res. 19) calling for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions. Citizens United opened the floodgates for political spending by outside organizations. In the four years since the decision was handed down, spending by outside groups has increased by over 500%. Most of the new outside money, over 70% of it, goes to support anti-worker candidates backed by big corporations and billionaire plutocrats like the Koch brothers. Please sign our petition today calling for the U.S. Senate to vote “yes” on this measure and overturn these anti-democratic rulings that have shifted control of our elections from the will of the people to the wallets of the super-rich.

Learn about the influential people in our Labor history
Sept. 1, 2014 | The workplace rights and protections we enjoy today were won for us by generations of America's working heroes. The brief biographies of some the greatest figures in working America history – César Estrada Chávez, Joe Hill, Mother Jones, Frances Perkins and others – may inspire you to join in and continue the fight for American Labor.

Older news stories can be found at Local News Items

Elsewhere in the News
Here's Why Protecting Wages and Standards Should be Important to YOU
Sept. 18, 2014 | OPINION | Often when on a picket or banner line people notice union members with protest signs or the large inflatable rat and they're curious as to why we're there demonstrating. One question that I'm always answering from passerby is, "why are you out here?" When I simply reply, "we're protesting a contractor on this jobsite for wages and standards" their eyes tend to just glaze over and they nod with a confused look on their face…I thought to myself that I need to further elaborate on this so people can fully understand how crucial it is to protect these wages and standards that working people have fought so hard to obtain… Continue reading here.
Taxpayers and Workers Gouged by Labor-Law Dodge
Sept. 16, 2014 | ECONOMY | The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers… A review of public records in 28 states uncovered widespread cheating by construction companies that listed workers as contractors instead of employees in order to beat competitors and cut costs… The problem known as misclassification is so well-understood in the U.S. economy that government has vowed to fix it for years. Full story here. Related: An epidemic of wage theft is costing workers hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Plutocrat Predicts: The Pitchforks Are Coming
Sept. 15, 2014 | INEQUALITY | You know things have gotten bad when a self-proclaimed plutocrat sees the future and doesn’t like what he sees. Speaking to other plutocrats, Nick Hanauer tells some serious truth. Starting off by saying he’s a proud unapologetic Capitalist, he provides some history of his business acumen and wealth accumulation. He and some friends even own a bank. He’s been “rewarded obscenely for that with a life none of you can even imagine.” What he sees in the future is troubling: angry mobs with pitchforks. The problem, he says isn’t just inequality…[it is] that inequality is at record highs and is getting worse. Full story here.
In Case You Missed It

  • Trade yes. Bad trade deals, no!
  • Meet the Koch sisters.
  • Good bosses aren't good enough.
  • The election is coming…(turn up the volume).
  • AFL-CIO seeks to unionize Tenn. tobacco workers.
  •The people deserve to know about corporate donations.
  • Fast food strikes a stunning success for organized labor.
  • Enemies Redux 2:


Corporations Screw Everybody
Sept. 12, 2014 | ECONOMY | … Corporations are taking in more and more money, their executives are getting bigger and bigger paychecks, but the workers responsible for all that wealth are barely seeing a dime of it. Why is that? Reagan. Before Reagan came to Washington, corporations knew they had a responsibility to a number of groups. They had a responsibility to their workers, to their community, to their customers, to the institution of the company itself and to the stockholders. Believe it our not, they actually cared about their workers making decent wages, their customers buying reliable products and the impact of their behaviors on the community. When people got laid off, it was considered a "failure of management." Offshoring was unheard of. But then things began to change… Full story here.
9-11 Elegy
Sept. 11, 2014 | REMEMBRANCE |
Just this: may all souls be comforted
in ways that matter to each soul.
May the days be eased by beauty and remembering better times.
May the Autumn light be beautiful to look at.
May we be sad with those who are sad.
May be be glad with those who find a bit of gladness
May we not relive, but remember
the goodness of the good souls...
Please continue reading.
Economic Terrorism by Paid Goons
Sept. 9, 2014 | OPINION | At a labor-themed speech in Wisconsin [last] Monday, President Obama told a crowd of union members that if he were looking for a job, he'd join a union. The president told the crowd that, "If I were looking for a good job that lets me build some security for my job, I'd join a union. If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union." … But thanks to the conservative War on Labor, the US has a booming multi-billion-dollar-year union-busting industry… It's time for that to change. Read more here.
Missing in the American Media: Working People
Sept. 8, 2014 | ORGANIZED LABOR | Poverty? Jobs? Workers' rights? Reality has gone AWOL. According to an analysis by Fairness and Accuracy in reporting (FAIR), the media watchdog group, so far this year "not a single representative of a labor union" has appeared on any of the four Sunday network shows…Corporate CEOs, in contrast, got plenty of face time on those influential shows....The challenges real households face are also largely absent from the fictional families we see on TV. Full story 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.


Teamsters Local 311
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