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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • 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.

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • 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.

Create More Jobs
Updated On: Apr 13, 2010

The Message Is Clear: Create More Jobs


By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

Published by the Detroit News on February 10, 2010.

The message from Massachusetts is clear: Voters want their elected representatives to find ways to create more jobs.
I believe Scott Brown won the Senate race in Massachusetts because of 20 percent unemployment among blue-collar workers. That was the same message Congress heard. Soon the Senate will consider a jobs bill. The legislation will probably include tax credits, spending on roads and bridges, help for the unemployed and financial assistance to the states.
Such efforts will surely help in the short run. The Senate could also boost employment for the next two years by passing a bill that authorizes spending by the Federal Aviation Administration. About 250,000 people would be put to work over two years modernizing our air transportation system.

In the long run, though, lawmakers need to tackle two major tasks to get our economy moving: restoring our manufacturing base and putting Wall Street to work for U.S. businesses.
As Detroit well knows, it isn’t just the assembly line workers thrown out of work when a factory shuts down. It’s the plant manager’s accountant, the workers’ kids’ teachers, the truckers moving product, the waitress at the restaurant at the factory gates.
We must put an end to policies that encourage job creation overseas at the expense of working families here. Tax dollars spent to encourage industries such as clean energy should be restricted to U.S. companies when possible.
But multinationals and their front groups will fight tooth and nail against “Buy America” policies for government spending. They’ll claim such policies will cost jobs. They don’t say those jobs are in China, South Korea and Spain.
Take, for example, stimulus money to encourage the renewable energy industry. ABC News and the Investigative Reporting Workshop found that 80 percent of $1 billion in grants for wind energy went to foreign-owned companies.
Congress has another big problem to tackle to irestore our economic leadership. Wall Street must be reformed.
The link between financial reform and jobs isn’t always clear – until a handful of Wall Street investors invent a complex product that brings them a profit if you lose your job.

That almost happened to 30,000 Teamsters who work for YRC Worldwide, the country’s largest trucking company. The company needed to swap its debt for equity to stay in business. But certain banks and equity firms started to make markets in credit default swaps – essentially, insurance on YRCW’s bonds. It was a high-risk derivative trade that actually encouraged investors to force YRCW’s bankruptcy.
This was perfectly legal. When the Teamsters exposed the banks and equities firms, the banks and equity firms reversed course and YRCW survived.
YRCW’s near-death experience shows how complex financial products don’t spread risk, they concentrate it. They do not serve the purpose of stimulating economic growth. They strangle it. In the case of YRCW, a few wealthy investors would have gotten wealthier, and 30,000 middle-class truck drivers would have lost their jobs.
Wall Street is spending millions of dollars to defeat any attempt to force these credit default swaps to be traded on an exchange, where regulators can keep an eye on them. Congress should resist the lobbyists’ pleas and bring these weapons of mass destruction under control.

Finally, many people are not aware that Wall Street’s recklessness threatens jobs in another way. Wall Street’s financial collapse placed a strain on pension funds, causing them to lose billions of dollars.

Unrealistic funding requirements may force employers to divert money to pensions that they might otherwise use to keep and create jobs. Without funding relief, many jobs will be lost and the economic recovery will be significantly slowed.

Reps. Earl Pomeroy and Pat Tiberi have introduced a bill that will go a long way to solving that problem. The Preserve Benefits and Jobs Act will help many Americans keep their pensions – and many more keep their jobs.

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