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For Women, by Women: A Sisterhood of Carpenters Builds Tiny Houses for the Homeless
Current Campaigns
  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    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!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • 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 contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
08/18/18 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Local 179 General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. Hope to see you there.
In Case You Missed It
08/17/18 - Teamsters local 570
  • The trouble with trucking.   • Trump war with Harley-Davidson has divided America’s bikers   • Union ironworker Randy Bryce wins congressional primary   • 2017: A great year for CEOs.
New Work Towards a New Labor Law
08/17/18 - Teamsters local 570
August 17, 2018 | LABOR MOVEMENT | The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.
In Case You Missed It
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 355
  • The trouble with trucking.   • Trump war with Harley-Davidson has divided America’s bikers   • Union ironworker Randy Bryce wins congressional primary   • 2017 was a great year for CEOs.
CHICAGOLAND TEAMSTERS RATIFY CONTRACTS AT FIRST STUDENT
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 179
Teamsters Local 777 and Teamsters Local 179 Continue to Drive Up Standards Across the Private School Bus Industry (NAPERVILLE, Ill.) – Teamsters Locals 777 and 179 drivers and monitors who work for First Student ratified contracts that contain significant gains in representation, pay and benefits.
TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 25 WOMEN'S COMMITTEE 2018 THIRD QUARTER MEETING
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 179
The JC25 Women's Committee's Third Quarter Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday August 25, 2018 from 10 a.m until 12 noon at Teamsters Local 700. Located at 1300 W. Higgins, Park Ridge, Il 60068. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Dewanna Taylor, author of "Seasons of Inspiration". Refreshments will be served.
UPS Freight Teleforum Call
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 776
The UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee will hold a conference call with all UPS Freight members to discuss the tentative agreement.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 179 NINTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PICNIC HELD SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 179
The Ninth Annual Teamsters Local 179 Membership Picnic was held on Saturday, August 11 with hundreds of members and their families in attendance. "Our annual membership picnic is always a great time.
In Case You Missed It
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 992
  • The trouble with trucking.   • Trump war with Harley-Davidson has divided America’s bikers   • Union ironworker Randy Bryce wins congressional primary   • 2017: A great year for CEOs.
New Work Towards a New Labor Law
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 355
August 17, 2018 | LABOR MOVEMENT | The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.
New Work Towards a New Labor Law
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 992
August 17, 2018 | LABOR MOVEMENT | The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.
What to Know About Full-Time 22.4 Jobs at UPS in Joint Council 37
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 162
There is a great deal of misinformation about the newly negotiated full-time 22.4 combinations jobs at UPS.  All three of the tentative agreements covering our area contain language pertaining to the 22.4 jobs.  The Joint Council 37 Package and Sort Riders cover all Teamsters working at UPS in all of Oregon including Local 483 in Boise, Idaho and their surrounding areas.
In Case You Missed It
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 888
  • The trouble with trucking.   • Trump war with Harley-Davidson has divided America’s bikers   • Union ironworker Randy Bryce wins congressional primary   • 2017: A great year for CEOs.
New Work Towards a New Labor Law
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 888
August 17, 2018 | LABOR MOVEMENT | The New York Times editorial last week celebrating the landslide victory of the ballot initiative to repeal Missouri’s right-to-work (for less) law was entitled, “The Wind at Labor’s Back.
UPS FREIGHT TELEFORM CALL
08/17/18 - Teamsters Local 71
All UPS Freight members at invited to join a teleforum call on Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00 pm (Eastern).  This call will be an update on the UPS Freight tentative agreement.
United Membership Backed by Experienced Local 162 Leadership Gets Results!
08/16/18 - Teamsters Local 162
In a 12 month period Teamsters Local 162 processed and settled hundreds of grievances with a record total of over $567,000 on behalf of our members. The grievances involved supervisors working, seniority violations, payroll errors and other issues. Local 162 Business Agent Ben Vedus (far right) poses with members from the Swan Island preload and the Local 162 “big check”.
2018 UPS Contract Tentative Agreements: Review All Four Sections
08/16/18 - Teamsters Local 231
Here are the links to all four sections of the tentative agreement between UPS and the Teamsters. All Local 231 members are covered by the National Master, the Western Region Supplement, and the Joint Council 28 Rider. Part-timers are also covered by the Sort Addendum.
UPS TA Informational Flyers/Posters
08/16/18 - Teamsters Local 492
Below are New Posters you can click on to download or enlarge.
UPS Contract Meeting
08/15/18 - Teamsters Local 776
During the Weekend of various UPS, UPSF contract meetings one of the UPS meetings was held at the York Union...
Pennsylvania Federation Women’s Caucus Position Statement on Paid Parental Leave
08/15/18 - Pennsylvania Federation BMWED-IBT
Pennsylvania Federation Women’s Caucus Position Statement on Paid Parental Leave As our first formal project as a Women’s Caucus we have chosen to focus our energies on organizing and educating within our Union to promote an understanding of the need for paid parental leave for all eligible members.
‘A National Disgrace’: Port Truckers Demand End to Misclassification
08/14/18 - Teamsters local 570
August 14, 2018  | WAGE THEFT | For nearly seven years, Hector Zelaya has worked for K&R Transportation as a truck driver in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company makes clear to Zelaya that he can’t work for anyone else, and it tightly controls his daily schedule. Yet it classifies him as an independent contractor.
‘A National Disgrace’: Port Truckers Demand End to Misclassification
08/14/18 - Teamsters Local 355
August 14, 2018  | WAGE THEFT | For nearly seven years, Hector Zelaya has worked for K&R Transportation as a truck driver in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company makes clear to Zelaya that he can’t work for anyone else, and it tightly controls his daily schedule. Yet it classifies him as an independent contractor.
UPS, UPS Freight Contract Meetings
08/14/18 - Teamsters Local 776
Over the course of Saturday August 11th and Sunday August 12th Local 776 conducted contract meetings for...
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