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  • The IBT and your Atlanta Committee members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010; almost as long as the IBT have been negotiating for the Express Jet CRJ members. 

    The Company has now given us their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor your rank-and-file committee members are recommending this be ratified. A detailed letter from your ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here. A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

    Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting.  Voting will close on Monday, July 10, and will be counted the same day. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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!

  • On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Southwest Airlines reached an agreement covering more than 300 material specialists. Details of the agreement are available on this webpage, along with materials explaining the components of this contract.

    Ballots will be mailed on or about Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting via mail, along with paper copies of the tentative agreement’s highlights, the tentative agreement, and a copy of the seniority list. Voting will close on June 21, ballots will begin to be counted the same day.  Please continue to check this page for more information, it will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

Damaged When Delivered?
Updated On: Jan 11, 2010

Damage to your new car before you buy it?

Report Exposes Threats to Consumer Confidence, Safety from Damage During Transport of GM, Chrysler Vehicles Delivered by Cut-Rate Carhaul Companies

Press Contact
Galen Munroe
202-624-6904

(WASHINGTON) – Representatives from the Teamsters Union, consumer advocates from Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and Consumer Action, and members of Congress announced the findings of the report “Damaged When Delivered?” during a press teleconference today. The report is an inside look at the risks to public safety and consumer confidence when new GM and Fiat-Chrysler vehicles are delivered by cut-rate and inexperienced carhaul companies. 

Auto giants Fiat- Chrysler and GM are trying to change how automobiles are delivered to dealer showrooms by utilizing cut-rate carhaul companies that only hold the distinction of being the lowest bidder. GM and Fiat-Chrysler’s actions are transforming the auto transport industry from one that provides stable, good-paying jobs that support the drivers and their families to one that is cutthroat, cheap and of low quality.  
 
’Damaged When Delivered?’ documents the incorrect and unsafe practices of cut-rate carriers being used by Fiat-Chrysler and GM across the country,” said Fred Zuckerman, Director of the Teamsters Auto Transporters Industry Division. “This report has been distributed to every member of Congress, to the board of directors at both companies and to every Chrysler and GM dealer in the country.”
 
During the call, Rep. Joe Baca, (D-Calif.) spoke at length about not only the threat these practices pose to the driving public, but stressed the importance of protecting good-paying jobs in an economy that has millions of hardworking Americans worried about where their next paycheck will come from.
 
“If GM and Chrysler move to a broker-based model to transport cars to dealerships, good-paying American jobs will be lost and the safety of the carhauling industry will be jeopardized,” said Baca. “With over $81 billion of taxpayer money invested in GM and Chrysler through the TARP program, an irresponsible decision of this nature is tantamount to a violation of the public trust.”
 
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mich.) echoed this sentiment, reinforcing the need for companies to create – not eliminate good-paying jobs in America.
 
"It is outrageous that after taking billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers, GM and Fiat-Chrysler would try to destroy good paying American jobs that offer a living wage with decent benefits,” Clay said. “I can assure you that Congress will hold them accountable for this misguided action. When the taxpayers became the lead investors to save these companies, which I supported, we did so to preserve our manufacturing base and to save as many middle-class jobs as possible. We didn't invest in these companies to subsidize non-union car haulers who have little training and even less concern for safety. That's the bottom line here."
 
GM and Fiat-Chrysler continue their attempt to adopt this flawed carhaul model despite it being plagued by the high-turnover rate of low-paid, inexperienced drivers employed by cut-rate companies that use inadequate and improper equipment that can cause damage to new vehicles before they even reach the dealership.
 
This practice endangers the vehicles they are delivering to unsuspecting drivers. This not only threatens the safety of the driving public, but compromises consumer confidence in these products. Representatives from consumer advocacy groups Consumer Action and CARS voiced their opposition to GM and Fiat-Chrysler’s actions.
 
"With up to 28,000 pounds of autos per carrier traveling our roadways, I want to know the vehicles are properly secured," said Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities for Consumer Action, who spoke on the call. "Inexperienced carhaulers are making mistakes that threaten the safety of car buyers and motorists."
 
"Car buyers are going to be subjected to the risk of being sold a supposedly ‘new’ car that has sustained prior damage. Thanks to laws the manufacturers and dealers have lobbied for in the states, they may be able to get away with selling you badly damaged goods—as new," said Rosemary Shahan, President of CARS.
 
The report “Damaged When Delivered?” is available online at Carbuyersbeware.com.
 
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