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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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NC Legislation Update
Updated On: May 28, 2009

Brothers and Sister,

I recently had the chance to attend the 2009 NC State AFL-CIO Legislative Conference in Raleigh. We are at a crossroads in the Labor movement in this country. At this time in history we have a chance to change the face of the Labor movement. There are several peices of legislation that we as a Union are trying to get passed in the state and federal government. Some of the state issues are.

(1) Workers Compensation

Workers compensation is one of the most important issues to our members and all workers in North Carolina. North Carolina enjoys one of the better workers compensation systems in the country, one that pays reasonable benefits at a low cost to employers. Attacks on the system may occur again this session, even though, among other things Site Selection magazine continues to rate North Carolina as having the best business climate in the country. North Carolina's workers compensation cost are significantly below the level of the early 1990's. We need to let our state leaders know that we dont need to cut back on workers compensation.

(2) Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment levels for those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own are at record highs. Benefits are especially important during these times and are often what help workers keep their homes and avoid poverty. Our state's unemployment system has been a relatively stable one that has paid relatively good benefits at a low cost to employers.We would like our legislators to commit to protecting benefit levels, insuring that adequate funds are available to pay benefits.

(3) Dues Deduction for Public Safety Workers (police, firefighters, ems)

This bill requires local governments to deduct organization dues from public employee's checks if the employee is agreeable to the deduction and if 50% or more of the eligible members of the department are members of the association.

(4) Collective Bargaining for Public Employees

Under current North Carolina law, public employees can join a union, but they cannot collectively bargin a contract. Since 1935, the National Labor Relations Act has guaranteed almost all private sector employees the right to collectively bargin. Public employees in every state except Noth Carolina and Virginia already have this right. The proposed bill does not mandate collective bargaining, it would simply remove the prohibition (G.S 95-98) and allow government entities to choose whether or not they enter into collective bargaining agreements with their employees. Under a separate law (G.S. 95-98.1), public employees are still prohibited from striking.

We need to ask our representatives to stand up and vote for these issues that are important to the working men and women in North Carolina. Here is the number 1-866-207 2060. Give them a call and let them know that it is time to do the right thing.


Michael Waldrop


Teamsters Local 61
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