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Updated: Jan. 29 (08:43)

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Stop the Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century
Teamsters local 570
Stop the Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century
Teamsters Local 355
What Governor Rauner does not understand
Great Plains Laborers' District Council
Stop the Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century
Teamsters Local 311
TSP investors get a bargain in 2014

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Local and National Union News

No time to waste in letting public, lawmakers know about Fast Track
Jan. 27, 2015 | The Teamsters and our fair-trade friends have seen the damage fast track and bad trade deals like the TPP can do… With Congress set to consider fast track soon, there is no time to waste in letting both the public and elected officials know about the dangers of unfair trade. Less jobs, lower pay, less worker protection and unsafe food and products isn't good for anyone – except big business. Read General President Jim Hoffa's guest column here.

Sign the Teamster petition in support of amendment to overturn Citizens United
Jan. 19, 2015 | Wednesday, January 21st, marks the 5-year anniversary of Citizens United. In the five 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. The only way the law can now be changed is through a constitutional amendment. Please sign our petition today in support of an amendment to overturn this anti-democratic ruling that has shifted control of our elections from the will of the people to the wallets of the super rich.

Agreement reached to end 25 years of government oversight of our Union
Jan. 14, 2015 | "Today, the Teamsters Union and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filled an application with Chief Judge Loretta Preska requesting that she approve an agreement to end decades of government oversight over the Teamsters Union. We anticipate that she will approve the agreememt. This is an historic day for our Teamsters. After decades of hard work and millions of dollars spent, we can finally say that corrupt elements have been driven from the Teamsters and that the government oversight can come to an end." Read General President Jim Hoffa's entire statement on the agreement to end the consent decree, or watch his video statement.

ObamaCare and Bargaining: Local Union leaders seek answers to tough questions
Jan. 12, 2015 | The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as ObamaCare – and our union members' healthcare plans have recently become a major issue for union negotiators bargaining successor contracts. Officers and trustees of the six local unions comprising Teamsters Joint Council 62 recently spent the better part of a weekend reviewing and discussing specific sections and requirements of the extremely complex healthcare law, as it pertains to employer plans and Taft-Hartley Benefit Plans. Some of the troublesome ACA provisions become effective this year. Information about how the provisions apply is complicated and, in some cases, may conflict with provisions of current plans. Continue reading here. Pictured: (Front, L-R) LU 311 Trustee Tom Clark, LU 311 Trustee Donna Carr, and LU 311 Secretary-Treasurer/Principle Officer Neil Dixon. Photo/Teamsters Joint Council 62

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Elsewhere in the News
Stop the Self-Flagellation: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century
Jan. 29, 2015 | OPINION | The death of the labor movement has been repeatedly predicted as an imminent event for more than a century. Yet it still lives, and is getting stronger. Labor advocates and scholars often feel like we won't be taken seriously unless we say how awful things are. The more dire our analysis, the more listeners will nod and say it must be right, with labor insiders so self-critical. But our critical thinking shouldn't devolve into despair… Workers want to see power, and legislators need to feel power. Unions won't regain it by complaining. Get a grip; the labor movement is stronger than it looks. Complete story here.
Wall Street's Threat to the American Middle Class
Jan. 28, 2015  | ECONOMY | Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can't be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street's excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential corporate information is defrauding millions of middle-class investors. Continue reading here.
High Court Rules Against Retirees in Union Health Benefits Case
Jan. 27, 2015 | RETIREMENT |  The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a chemical company may be able to cut the health benefits of its retired workers, unanimously reversing an appeals court ruling that said the benefits had vested for life. “Courts should not construe ambiguous writings to create lifetime promises,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court, adding that “retiree health care benefits are not a form of deferred compensation.”…The case concerned a union contract at the Point Pleasant Polyester Plant in Apple Grove, W.Va. Like many other collective bargaining agreements, it did not directly say whether health benefits for retirees would vest for life. Full story here. Related: In a case seen as a victory for corporate America, the justices ruled these promises should not be treated as "vested rights" unless they are spelled out in the contract.
How Unions Can Help Republicans. Really.

Jan. 26, 2015 | ECONOMY | ... As the Center for American Progress wrote last week in a report on stagnant wages, it's hard to talk about fixing inequality without also talking about unions. The authors proposed a range of changes, including holding union elections more quickly, making it harder to fire workers trying to unionize and, if there's evidence of employer coercion, replacing an election with a so-called card-check process. Why would Republicans ever support those changes? Because if they really want to improve the financial standing of working-class and middle-class Americans, the alternatives are worse. Full story here.

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Workers, Not Wall Street, Deserve a Hand Up
Jan. 23, 2015  | MIDDLE-CLASS ECONOMICS |  Wall Street is booming, and the profits are flowing to the top one percent. But rich financiers don't like rules that limit their bottom lines, even when they protect the rest of us from greed run amok, So they've decided  to get their lawmakers on it. House leaders were only too happy to oblige, powering through a bill last week easing some regulations put in place in the wake of the Great Recession. So while Wall Street continues its record rise, workers are left out of the party. Learn more here.
President Obama Calls for Stronger Unions
Jan. 21, 2015 | WORKERS’ RIGHTS |  President Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to promote laws that would strengthen labor unions. While the National Labor Relations Board continues to issue decisions that greatly benefit unions, opponents have pushed on the federal and local level to challenge union power. “We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice,” the president said. Continue reading here.
Renewing America's Labor Movement
Jan. 20, 2015 | OPINION |  … we must re-envision and renew our labor movement to face the challenges of the 21st century, to be the voice that today's working people want and the robust engine our economy needs. Because, as we face a new global economy – one powered on technology and knowledge, where information travels at lightning speed – we can no longer operate as if we're in a factory. As circumstances change, our nation changes, our world changes – we too must change. Continue reading 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.

  • 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.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • 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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