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  • 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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FROM THE EBOARD - AN ADMISSION
04/21/18 - IBT Local 1108
The company admits it ... Yesterday, Executive Vice President of Operations Jason Weiss told us exactly why management supports decertification of our Union. In his letter, he wrote, “It has the potential to give us all an extraordinary advantage over our competitors …” Facts are facts.
In Case You Missed It
04/20/18 - Teamsters local 570
FROM THE PRESIDENT | Reckless & Irresponsible
04/20/18 - IBT Local 1108
Fellow Pilots, "We had no other option … " This statement is one the group attempting to undermine our professional interests, subvert our seniority rights and deny us job protection language has made again and again as the basis for their campaign to decertify Teamsters Local 1108. This statement is patently false. Our Union is a democracy.
In Case You Missed It
04/20/18 - Teamsters Local 355
In Case You Missed It
04/20/18 - Teamsters Local 992
No, Janus Is Not a Trojan Horse
04/20/18 - Teamsters local 570
April 20, 2018 | UNIONS | The Supreme Court is poised to bring “right to work” (RTW) to the public sector. Conservative, anti-labor forces see this as a blow to labor and are providing the financial and ideological support for the effort... Janus will be an enormous blow. But it does not have to mean the end of the labor movement.
No, Janus Is Not a Trojan Horse
04/20/18 - Teamsters Local 355
April 20, 2018 | UNIONS | The Supreme Court is poised to bring “right to work” (RTW) to the public sector. Conservative, anti-labor forces see this as a blow to labor and are providing the financial and ideological support for the effort... Janus will be an enormous blow. But it does not have to mean the end of the labor movement.
No, Janus Is Not a Trojan Horse
04/20/18 - Teamsters Local 992
April 20, 2018 | UNIONS | The Supreme Court is poised to bring “right to work” (RTW) to the public sector. Conservative, anti-labor forces see this as a blow to labor and are providing the financial and ideological support for the effort... Janus will be an enormous blow. But it does not have to mean the end of the labor movement.
PILOT PERSPECTIVE | Protect Your Future - Scott Dennison
04/20/18 - IBT Local 1108
Today marks the launch of A Pilot’s Perspective, a new communications series written by OneSky pilots for OneSky pilots. These narratives share individual pilots views on the importance of a union and the protections that come with one.
In Case You Missed It
04/20/18 - Teamsters Local 888
SOLIDARITY | A letter from APA President Carey
04/19/18 - IBT Local 1108
On behalf of the 15,000 American Airlines pilots represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), I am writing to express our strong support for International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108 and the representation services it provides to the pilots of Flight Options and Flexjet.
Business Group Wants Union Organizing Rule Rescinded
04/19/18 - Teamsters local 570
April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions.
Business Group Wants Union Organizing Rule Rescinded
04/19/18 - Teamsters Local 355
April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions.
Business Group Wants Union Organizing Rule Rescinded
04/19/18 - Teamsters Local 992
April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions.
Pre-Retirement Seminar
04/19/18 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
Reminder our Pre-Retirement Seminar will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion Post 76 located at 570 S. Gary Ave. in Carol Stream Illinois. This is a closed meeting. Only members who were invited and reserved their spot will be admitted.
Business Group Wants Union Organizing Rule Rescinded
04/19/18 - Teamsters Local 888
April 19, 2018 | WAR ON WORKERS | The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a letter to federal officials Wednesday asking them to rescind a recent rule which speeds up union elections. Former President Barack Obama oversaw a very active administration when it came to labor policy. The purpose was to better protect workers by strengthening regulations and unions.
U.S. HOSE SRTIKE OVER! MEMBERS RATIFY NEW 5-YEAR AGREEMENT
04/18/18 - Teamsters Local 179
After a two week strike, members at U.S. Hose in Romeoville overwhelmingly ratified a new 5-year agreement on Wednesday April 18.
ABF Tentative Agreement Information
04/18/18 - Teamsters Local 776
Additional details concerning the ABF tentative agreement and information on the voting ...
Even If Trump Wants to Rejoin TPP, That Ship May Have Sailed
04/18/18 - Teamsters local 570
April 18, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | […] Most experts still deem it unlikely that all current CPTPP members will welcome the U.S. back with open arms, especially if the president makes tough demands. Last week, trade ministers from Australia, Japan and Malaysia made clear that they would welcome the U.S. joining the CPTPP, but that the U.S. should not expect substantial changes to be made.
The Teachers’ Union Boomerang
04/18/18 - Teamsters local 570
April 17, 2018 | STRIKES | The successful strike by teachers in West Virginia in March has kicked off a wave of organizing and walk-outs in other places, including Oklahoma, Arizona, and Kentucky.
Pilot unions help one another
04/18/18 - IBT Local 1108
As word of the management-sponsored decertification campaign spreads, other pilot unions, including NJASAP, the NetJets pilot union, wasted no time in offering support to Local 1108. Predictably, management’s decertification group responded by trying to create a wedge between us and our NJASAP peers. Decertification requires division.
Even If Trump Wants to Rejoin TPP, That Ship May Have Sailed
04/18/18 - Teamsters Local 355
April 18, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | […] Most experts still deem it unlikely that all current CPTPP members will welcome the U.S. back with open arms, especially if the president makes tough demands. Last week, trade ministers from Australia, Japan and Malaysia made clear that they would welcome the U.S. joining the CPTPP, but that the U.S. should not expect substantial changes to be made.
Even If Trump Wants to Rejoin TPP, That Ship May Have Sailed
04/18/18 - Teamsters Local 992
April 18, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | […] Most experts still deem it unlikely that all current CPTPP members will welcome the U.S. back with open arms, especially if the president makes tough demands. Last week, trade ministers from Australia, Japan and Malaysia made clear that they would welcome the U.S. joining the CPTPP, but that the U.S. should not expect substantial changes to be made.
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