Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.
While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.
The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.
Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.
Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.
Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.
That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.
XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics.
This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes. Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.
XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.
Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”
Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!
Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!
The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.
This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office. Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill, a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.
This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people. What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then. Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.
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.
The Republic Services/Allied Waste strike that began in Youngstown, Ohio, on Thursday spread to Elyria, Ohio, today. In a show of Teamster solidarity, 197 members of Local 20 are honoring the picket line set up by this Local 377 landfill striker from Republic's Carbon Limestone landfill outside of Youngstown.
Trash tycoon Bill Gates owns about 26 percent of Republic. The greedy billionaire is giving money to improve sanitation overseas, but doesn't seem concerned about Republic's horrendous environmental record in the U.S.
The striking Teamsters are exercising their rights under federal law to strike over Republic illegally changing working conditions without bargaining and the company’s continued refusal to provide pertinent information related to bargaining.
Teamsters who struck in sympathy are back on the job today in Evansville, Ind., and Urbana, Ill.
Meanwhile, Republic hired scabs in Youngstown. Watch the video here for a scary look at scabs driving the wrong way down a street in Youngstown.
Pictured left to right: Trish DiSilva, Teamsters Local 25 special events coordinator; Cathy Kanefsky, Autism Speaks vice president of field and chapter development; Larry Cancro, Red Sox VP and Autism Speaks Greater Boston Chapter president; Sean O'Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25 and Executive Board member; Greater Boston Chapter and Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks.
Teamsters Local 25 in Boston donated the proceeds from its annual "Light Up The Night" gala to the organization, which funds research into causes and treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
Mark Roithmayr, president of Autism Speaks, thanked the Teamsters at a reception in suburban Boston:
We are incredibly grateful to have the support of Teamsters Local 25. Sean O'Brien has become a powerful voice and advocate for families living with autism. In addition to raising significant revenue, his leadership, passion and commitment have led to the passage of autism insurance reform legislation in Massachusetts and greater awareness in the community.
Here's what Sean O'Brien had to say:
This event gets better and better each year. We have a lot of fun but at the end of the night it's all about raising money for autism. We're thrilled to be able to donate $240,000 to local autism charities.
Sadly, it's what our political process looks like these days.
A Washington congresswoman decided to hold a town hall meeting with friendly constituents. Then she asked the local paper to keep it secret in order to keep out people asking unseemly questions. Like, "Why do you want to cut my Medicare?"
Freshman Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) told a town hall gathering Monday that “the whole purpose” of the meeting “is to hear from you.” But apparently Herrera Beutler isn’t interested in hearing from everyone.
The congresswoman’s Communications Director Casey Bowman called the Centralia Chronicle Friday to ask them not to publish a notice of the town hall, out of fear that people would come and say “whatever’s on their minds,” the paper reports:
The Chronicle refused [Bowman's] request and published an announcement in Saturday’s paper.
The reason for not publishing an advance notice of the meeting was the fear that people from outside the immediate area could come and “just yell” at the congresswoman “whatever’s on their minds,” Bowman said Friday.
“When word gets in the paper, you get a certain set of people,” Bowman said.
Props to the Centralia Chronicle, btw. The mainstream media too often plays along with politicians' little puppet shows.
For decades the American middle class was defined by the clothes it wore, the cars it drove, the products it consumed. And for decades, Madison Avenue defined the products that defined the middle class.
Now, Madison Avenue has decided the middle class doesn't matter.
Ad Age, the industry's top trade journal, produced a white paper that declares "Mass affluence is over."
Too Much, a commentary on excess and inequality, concluded from Ad Age's white paper that,
The American middle class ... has essentially become irrelevant. In a deeply unequal America, if you don’t make $200,000, you don’t matter.
Ad Age notes that the rich are amassing greater purchasing power, "creating an increasingly concentrated market for luxury goods and services as well as consumer goods overall.”
The top 10 percent of American households are responsible for half of all consumer spending, and a lot of that consumer spend comes from the top of the top, the white paper showed. Says Ad Age's David Hirschman,
...a small plutocracy of wealthy elites drives a larger and larger share of total consumer spending and has outsize purchasing influence — particularly in categories such as technology, financial services, travel, automotive, apparel, and personal care...
By the way, this phenomenon of the rich getting richer and the rest of us working harder for less is getting played out in another arena: the Republican attempt to kill Medicare.
The Roosevelt Institute astutely notices that the Republicans identified the fault line where the middle class began its long decline: 1974. The extremists who wanted to pull the plug on Medicare thought they could do it by pitting the older generation against the younger:
To senior citizens at town hall meetings angry or worried about their plan to convert Medicare to a private insurance scheme, Republicans have a simple answer: It’s not about you. You’ll be fine. This is for “the next generation."
The next generation is anyone 55 or younger. That is, people who graduated from high school in 1974 and college in 1978. In 1974, says RI,
...household incomes, which had been rising since World War II, flattened. Real wages started to stagnate. The poverty rate stopped falling. Health insurance coverage stopped rising. Those trends have continued ever since...
And around 1978,
...inequality began its sharp rise, and the share of national income going to the bottom 40 percent began to fall. Productivity and wages, which had tended to keep pace, began to diverge, meaning that workers began seeing little of the benefits of their own productivity gains. The number of jobs in manufacturing peaked and began to drop sharply. Defined benefit pensions, which provide a secure base of income in retirement, began to give way to 401(k)s and similar schemes that depend on the worker to save and the stock market to perform...
So the middle-class protections -- Medicare -- enjoyed by those over 55 would continue to be there for them. The middle-class protections that have eroded for those under 55 will continue to erode.
The Roosevelt Institute expects Republicans to fail, at least in the latest Medicare controversy. But it makes an assumption that Ad Age does not: that the middle class still matters.
Welcome to America, it is the year 2011 and life in America should be the best of any place on Earth.
Wrong.In today’s America politics has found a way to bring the world’s greatest nation to its knees, complete stall or facing one of the greatest challenges we the people have ever came up against.
Joblessness, high energy cost and the erosion of the American dream play leading roles in this drama we call life. Americans have faced tough times before and found innovative ways to rise up and meet the challenges we have faced. We the people have stood shoulder to shoulder, regardless of personal differences, to work together and find solutions to these problems. But wait, that sounds so simple but yet so brilliant this idea of “United We Stand and Divided We Fall” time proven and war tested.
Today we the people have to face many threats foreign and domestic, with present day domestic becoming a priority. I do not need to give details of Wall Street corruption, Bank Bailouts, Corporate Greed, CEO bonuses and probably the worst inept politicians. Yes I said it, so here we go, but wait before we start the bantering, yelling and finger pointing let’s just look at reality. Reality being no matter what we the voter wants it’s not what we get, bottom line it's because of the distain that has developed on Capitol Hill to State Houses, even down to Main street. We can’t accomplish anything because of our differences. Distain is present on the faces of our Governors, Senators, and Representatives; just watch and see for yourself, this is not a partisan issue one way or the other it’s present on all sides. Republicans and Democrats stand divided nowhere close to any kind of compromise on the tough issues. Maybe lessons learned in our history have been forgotten? If so, are we destined to make the same mistakes?
So here we are today, with attacks on American Workers, The Middle class, and the American Dream. Attack is the correct word to use because this is an assault on workers everywhere not union only. Cutting budgets is easy to understand because everyone has a budget, but instead of working together to fix the problem, that feeling of distain for the other side, takes over and I’m right and your ALWAYS wrong comes out. Workers have been asked if they are willing to make concessions and the overwhelming response was yes, "as long as we the workers don’t make all the concessions” Sounds easy enough to me. Hold on though we are assuming that everybody wants to fix the problems……uh no not really. Ask the wealthy if they could pay more in taxes? Yeah right, good luck with that! Maybe ask a CEO to give some of his bonus to help fund growth or hire more workers? Holy cow man, you’ve gone mad?! Or try this one on for size, ask your representatives to stand up for what is fair and right? Sorry I’m going to just leave the F-bombs alone.
Do I have all the answers? Of course not. Can I fix the problems our great country faces? The answer is not alone. With this, I challenge you as an American to look at what is happening in our country for what it really is. Don’t get caught up in the same old tricks used every election, or during any issue vote. Just remember we are ALL in this together.
We must Stand together and fix problems and not make your opposition the reason it doesn't get fixed and make villainous anyone that doesn’t share your views. This concept sounds easy and simple enough to me.
Article written byTeamsters Local 61 member, Phillip Brooks.
The 19th-century robber baron Jay Gould once said, "I can hire half the working class to shoot the other half."Gould's vision of class warfare is being played out today in the shameful attacks on public employees. These attacks are secretly financed and planned by modern-day Jay Goulds who aim to keep their own taxes low. Some vastly powerful corporations and billionaires want to cripple all unions and turn America into a low-wage banana republic.
They're succeeding. Across the country, new governors and new legislatures are demanding cuts to jobs, pensions and concessions from public employee unions. Their demands are nothing more than payback for the billions of dollars that the ultra-rich have poured into political campaigns.
Scapegoating public employees has almost become a sport. In New York City, a city councilman accused sanitation workers of a deliberate slowdown in removing snow during the Christmas blizzard. It turned out that slow snow removal was actually caused by the layoffs of 400 workers and the failure to call a snow emergency quickly enough. (That's why actress Julianna Margulies thanked the Teamsters for digging out New York in her acceptance speech for a SAG award.) In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich wants to ban collective bargaining for public employee unions and get rid of the prevailing wage. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker suggests banishing unions for government workers. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he won cooperation from unions because he threatened "to take a bat out and hit you."
Christie's threat isn't funny to anyone who remembers the Memphis sanitation strike in 1968. All the workers wanted was to earn above-starvation wages and to be respected as human beings. Peaceful workers were gassed, dragged, arrested and threatened by armed National Guardsmen in tanks.
Only after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed while in Memphis supporting the struggle did city officials come to their senses and recognize Local 1733 of AFSCME as the bargaining representative for the sanitation workers. Just think where those workers would be today without a union.
It's time for a reality check. Government employees did not blow a hole in any state budget, including Michigan. Economist Dean Baker points out that shortfalls were almost entirely caused by the recession. "If revenue had increased in step with normal growth (2.4 percent real growth, plus inflation), state and local governments would have had an additional $290 billion since the start of the downturn," Baker notes.
Public employees didn't create a huge housing bubble. Wall Street did that. And public employees didn't cause the Great Recession through reckless speculation. Wall Street did that, too.
State governments didn't get $3 trillion dollars in loans from the Federal Reserve and profit from those loans by relending them. Again, that was Wall Street.
It's also important to remember, as economist Robert Reich points out, that the typical public employee's pension is only $19,000 a year.
These attacks on working families and government workers are nothing more than divide-and-conquer tactics aimed at weakening or eliminating all unions.
I hope my brothers and sisters in private-sector unions don't fall for them. Because after they've finished with government workers, they'll be coming after you, too.
James P. Hoffa is president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. E-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Cross Collection Specialists and Technicians Vote for Teamsters
(ATLANTA) – A majority of the employees who work as Red Cross collection specialists and technicians in Atlanta have voted to join the Teamsters Union. This will be the first time a union will represent the 51 workers employed at seven sites throughout Atlanta.
“We had many strong supporters here for Teamster representation.” said Karen Moore, a five-year collection specialist for Red Cross. “It was really good to see everyone so happy after the vote.” Friday’s vote was 36-14.
This union's organizing victory marks the third such victory in the south in the last three months. In early and mid-October, employees in Charlotte and Wilmington, North Carolina also voted for Teamster representation.
“All of these Red Cross employees demonstrated their unity with the Teamsters by wearing buttons and signing petitions,” said Ben Speight, organizer for Teamsters Local 728 in Atlanta.
“This victory came despite management hiring a very anti-union law firm that conducted numerous captive-audience meetings. Red Cross even promised they would give a flat-screen TV away to the first person who could answer the most questions correctly on an anti-union questionnaire.”
Teamsters Local 728 and the Atlanta Red Cross workers are looking forward to beginning negotiations for a strong Teamster contract.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.Teamster.org.
Teamsters Launch Campaign: 'FedEx Drivers Aren't Pilots' Effort Supports Legislation to End FedEx Loophole, Level Playing Field Press ContactLeigh Strope email@example.com 202-624-6911 (WASHINGTON) — Ground control to FedEx: Your drivers aren’t pilots