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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.

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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