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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.

Pension is not a Dirty Word
Updated On: Oct 18, 2010

When Did 'Pension' Become a Dirty Word?


By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News

The United States is the greatest country in the world, but unfortunately it isn’t perfect. Our economic system is falling far short of what it’s supposed to be doing: creating a decent job for everyone who wants one.

To generate more jobs, we need an end to bad trade deals, better regulation of the financial industry and fairer rules for unions to organize workers. We also need to fix our pension system.

Pensions have become a dirty word lately, perhaps because fewer people have them. Some don’t even understand what they are. Pensions are basically annuities for people who contribute to them, either by deferring some of their wages or paying directly to a fund. Pensions are called “defined benefit plans” because they offer a specified monthly amount to recipients. Pension funds are managed by investment professionals who are supposed to know what they’re doing.

Our country’s private pension system has been gradually dismantled. With 401(k) plans, companies shifted responsibility for retirement planning onto their employees. Numerous 401(k) plans have been ravaged by high hidden fees and market downturns. I am concerned that millions of baby boomers will soon retire and find their 401(k) plans are grossly underfunded.

Congress did not create 401(k) plans with the intention of replacing pensions. They were meant to supplement pensions and Social Security. While pensions aren’t perfect, you’re generally much better off with a pension than a 401(k).

There are many, many small business owners that want to do the right thing by their employees and promise them a comfortable, secure retirement. However, they don’t have the expertise to manage a pension fund. The solution: multi-employer pension plans, which cover workers from more than one company.

About 2,000 businesses contribute to one multi-employer fund; 90 percent of them employ fewer than 50 people and the average annual benefit is about $14,000.

In multi-employer plans, company contributions to the fund are collectively bargained. Contrary to what the right wing is saying on the Internet, multi-employer plans are not “union run.” They are run by trustees chosen by both management and labor, and they are managed by investment professionals.

Like some single-employer pensions, some multi-employer plans are in trouble. They suffered from the global financial crisis and structural changes in the economy that have forced many contributing employers out of business.

A few years ago, Congress passed tough new rules that raised the amount businesses must contribute to the plans. These onerous new funding regulations are threatening the survival of many small companies. Unless Congress acts, some will have to divert cash to the multi-employer plans instead of expanding their businesses. Others will lay off workers and some may shut down.

Legislation to ease the hardship of these employers has been proposed by Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio. The bills will lessen the burdens of companies that have to pay for retirees whose employers went under. They will also prevent a downward spiral in which stiff funding requirements drive employers out of business, which will trigger even stiffer funding requirements, driving even more employers out of business. 

These bills deserve the support of all Americans, for one simple reason: they will help our economy create jobs – and therefore they’ll help all Americans.

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