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Current Campaigns
  • 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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Organizing News
Updated On: Sep 09, 2010

Participants in New TLA Learn Corporate Research Skills

More than 25 participants recently attended a four-day Teamsters Leadership Academy (TLA) titled, “Strategic Research for Organizers,” a joint effort between the International Union’s Strategic Research and Campaigns Department and the Training and Development Department. Participants attending the program came from Teamster local unions from across the country, including locals in California, Washington, North Carolina, New York and Georgia.

The TLA, held July 20-23, prepared participants to conduct in-depth research on corporations, from corporate structure and leadership to legal issues and union density, and to use this information in organizing and bargaining campaigns.

"As employers become more sophisticated in their efforts to undermine workers' rights, so is our union getting better prepared to fight back and win,” said Ben Speight, organizer with Teamsters Local Union 728 in Atlanta. “The Strategic Research for Organizers TLA was exceptionally helpful in giving on-the-ground organizers like me the newest techniques we need to uncover the facts behind our corporate targets and arm ourselves with the research and communication tools we need to succeed against unscrupulous employers.”

During the program, TLA participants worked in small groups to do hands-on research on the very companies where they face organizing and bargaining challenges. The companies studied encompassed a wide range of industries, from airline and warehouse to soft drink and waste. Participants compiled key information about the companies and created campaign materials such as leaflets and fact sheets.

“What an opportunity it was to interact with brothers and sisters from across the nation who are like-minded in the idea that organizing is the lifeblood of the labor movement,” said Darrin Ziemba, organizer with Teamsters Local 264 in Cheektowaga, New York.

At the International Union Department Resources Panel, participants heard from Ed Baptiste, Assistant Director of the Department of Field Action; Bradley Raymond, International Union General Counsel; Jim Kimball, Director of the Economics and Contracts Department; and Carin Zelenko, Director of the Capital Strategies Department. Teamsters Director of Organizing Jeff Farmer also presented on the Teamsters organizing model and recent organizing victories.

“This was an eye-opening course on how to find and use power to leverage victories, not just in organizing, but also in contract campaigns,” said Leonard Smith, Organizing Director at Teamsters Local 117 in Tukwila, Washington. “The tools we collected over this intense three-and-a-half-day program will without a doubt make our external and internal organizing campaigns at Local 117 more effective. Thank you to every staff member and department who made this program a huge success. I hope that we continue to see more like it.”

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