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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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Labor Pushes Wall Street on Card Check
Updated On: Aug 25, 2009



Labor pushes Wall St. on card check
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22895.html#ixzz0GRUcHrQ9&A


The labor movement is taking square aim at Wall Street with a new tool
in its fight to pass the Employee Free Choice Act: the hundreds of
billions of dollars in pension funds it manages for union workers and
retirees, some of it held by the same firms that are fighting the
provision known as "card check."

"Has your company made any public statements in support or opposition
to EFCA?" asks one of nine pointed questions in a polite, detailed
four-page questionnaire.

"If 'Yes,' please explain."

The detailed questionnaire has three parts. The first asks about fund
managers' public positions, lobbying and political contributions. The
second asks managers to "disclose any relationships during the past
five years between your company and any organization(s) opposing the
passage" of EFCA. The form lists 14 organizations, from anti-EFCA
organizations like the Workforce Fairness Institute to trade groups
that oppose it, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Roundtable.

A third passage asked whether other any trade association to which the
fund managers belong has taken a position on the bill.

While the survey
assures managers that it doesn't intend to impose "requirements or
limitations" on their political activity, a cover letter from
Teamsters union leaders tells another story: The leaders are
concerned, according to a copy of the local's letter obtained by
POLITICO, that Wall Street is "undermining the interests" of union
retirees.

The letter, from the two top officials of Teamsters Local 507 in
Cleveland, Albert Mixon and Carl Pecoraro, who are also trustees of
the union's health, welfare and pension funds, says some pension fund
managers "are undermining the interests" of the union:

"It has come to my attention that some Wall Street investment managers
are raising money, lobbying or contributing to the lobbying efforts of
other organizations against the Employee Free Choice Act," the letter
began. "In so doing, I believe these managers are undermining the
interests of the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Pension and Health &
Welfare Funds."

"As a trustee, I have an obligation to determine whether our fund's
asset managers are engaged in partisan political activity that could
adversely affect our fund, its participants and beneficiaries," said
the letter, which also "call[s] on you to be a leader among the
financial services industry" in supporting pro-labor legislation.

"We feel that our investment managers should be taking a neutral
position on this," said Galen Munroe, a spokesman for the
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who said fund managers with
ties to EFCA foes wouldn't necessarily be fired. "It's just one of the
facts that would go under their overall performance," he said.


 
 
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