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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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Current news directly from Teamster Locals in the US and Canada.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING SUNDAY OCTOBER 21
10/17/18 - Teamsters Local 179
The Teamsters Local 179 General Membership meeting will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Local 179 membership hall located at 990 NE Frontage Road in Joliet. Hope to see you there.
UPS IS HIRING!
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 455
BENEFIT FOR MEMBER ED HOCHSCHILD
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 455
Ten Ways to Support Workers on Strike, and One Don’t
10/16/18 - Teamsters local 570
October 15, 2018 | SOLIDARITY | […] Many people may have grown up in non-union households and do not know what it is like to strike or to have a family member be on strike. I believe that most people are well meaning and want to do the right thing, but they may need some help with ideas.
U.S. Could Put Brakes on Mexican Trucks Under Trade Deal
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 355
October 16, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The U.S. could slam the brakes on Mexican trucks providing long-haul trucking services beyond U.S. border commercial zones. Annex language attached to the freshly minted trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) paves the way for the U.S. to limit how far Mexican trucks can transport goods into the U.S.
U.S. Could Put Brakes on Mexican Trucks Under Trade Deal
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 992
October 16, 2018 | TRADE AGREEMENTS | The U.S. could slam the brakes on Mexican trucks providing long-haul trucking services beyond U.S. border commercial zones. Annex language attached to the freshly minted trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) paves the way for the U.S. to limit how far Mexican trucks can transport goods into the U.S.
Ten Ways to Support Workers on Strike, and One Don’t
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 992
October 16, 2018 | SOLIDARITY | […] Many people may have grown up in non-union households and do not know what it is like to strike or to have a family member be on strike. I believe that most people are well meaning and want to do the right thing, but they may need some help with ideas.
Ten Ways to Support Workers on Strike, and One Don’t
10/16/18 - Teamsters Local 888
October 16, 2018 | SOLIDARITY | […] Many people may have grown up in non-union households and do not know what it is like to strike or to have a family member be on strike. I believe that most people are well meaning and want to do the right thing, but they may need some help with ideas.
UPS Freight Contract Meetings
10/15/18 - Teamsters Local 776
Local 776 has scheduled meetings to review member's concerns following the rejection of the UPSF tentative agreement...
Ten Ways to Support Workers on Strike, and One Don’t
10/15/18 - Teamsters Local 355
October 15, 2018 | SOLIDARITY | […] Many people may have grown up in non-union households and do not know what it is like to strike or to have a family member be on strike. I believe that most people are well meaning and want to do the right thing, but they may need some help with ideas.
Stand by your Union on Election Day
10/12/18 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
Teamsters Support Unite Here Members On Strike at Marriott
10/12/18 - Teamsters Local 355
October 12, 2018 | SOLIDARITY | More than 110 Teamsters from Local 856 work alongside UNITE HERE members in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis, Marriott Union Square, Palace Hotel and W Hotel.  "We are on the lines to support our brothers and sisters from UNITE HERE," said Peter Finn, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 856.
The Trucking Industry Is a ‘Sweatshop on Wheels.’ Here’s How Kavanaugh Could Make It Worse.
10/11/18 - Teamsters local 570
October 11, 2018 | MISCLASSIFICATION | While the nation was focused on Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, a major labor case that could impact thousands of workers throughout the country.
The Trucking Industry Is a ‘Sweatshop on Wheels.’ Here’s How Kavanaugh Could Make It Worse.
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 355
October 11, 2018 | MISCLASSIFICATION | While the nation was focused on Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, a major labor case that could impact thousands of workers throughout the country.
2018 TeamCare Family Health Fair Event
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 41
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 41
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Shaunie Lanning will be out our Union Hall on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM till 2 PM signing cards and selling T-shirts (see image below) to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The cost of these T-Shirts are $20.00 and they will be on sale throughout the month of October at the Union Hall.
The Trucking Industry Is a ‘Sweatshop on Wheels.’ Here’s How Kavanaugh Could Make It Worse.
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 992
October 11, 2018 | MISCLASSIFICATION | While the nation was focused on Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments in New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, a major labor case that could impact thousands of workers throughout the country.
UPS and UPS Freight Contract Update from IBT
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 162
Denis J. Taylor, Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee has issued an important four page contract update on the UPS and UPS Freight contracts.  Click on the attachment for the full notice.
UPS Voting Results in Joint Council 37...Members Overwhelmingly Vote in Favor of all UPS Contracts
10/11/18 - Teamsters Local 162
Southern States Savings & Retirement - 3rd Qtr Increment
10/10/18 - TEAMSTERS LOCAL 577
Dear Tyson Members, Please be advised for those members hired prior to January 1, 2003, the Southern States Savings and Retirement Fund has posted a 4.77% increment to all members accounts for the third (3rd) quarter, July 1 through September 30, 2018.
Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise
10/10/18 - Teamsters local 570
October 10, 2018 | WAGES | …in Amazon warehouses across the country, many longtime workers are fuming that — based on the information they have received so far — they may end up making thousands of dollars less a year. Near Minneapolis, Katy Iber, who handles returned products at an Amazon warehouse, works the night shift.
Why Some Amazon Workers Are Fuming About Their Raise
10/10/18 - Teamsters Local 355
October 10, 2018 | WAGES | …in Amazon warehouses across the country, many longtime workers are fuming that — based on the information they have received so far — they may end up making thousands of dollars less a year. Near Minneapolis, Katy Iber, who handles returned products at an Amazon warehouse, works the night shift.
Get out and Vote!
10/10/18 - GCC/IBT District Council 4
Brothers and Sisters,   EARLY VOTING begins this week all over the country. As most of you know by now UNIONS have been under attack heavily since the 1980's and is continuing to this day. Most REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS and CORPORATE AMERICA now have their eyes set on ORGANIZED LABOR AS A WHOLE now that they have total control over the NLRB and the SUPREME COURT.
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