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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.

Helping Hands
Updated On: Oct 13, 2010

NFL Players Association, Teamsters, School of the Legends Partner With Feed the Children to Help 800 New Orleans Families

Volunteers from Three Organizations Help Deliver Food and Essentials to Those in Need
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Abby Harris, Feed The Children-(405) 949-5157
Jilane Rodgers, NFLPA-(202) 255-5874
Galen Munroe, Teamsters-(202) 439-7427
Chris Daley, School of the Legends/Maroon PR-(401) 808-7694

NEW ORLEANS – Today, The NFL Players Association (NFLPA), Feed The Children, School of the Legends and Teamsters from across Louisiana and Mississippi delivered two tractor-trailers full of food and essentials to families of New Orleans. The distribution was held at the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church at 4 p.m. and helped 800 families in need. View photos from the event here.

Many current and former NFL players and their families, including members of the New Orleans Saints, were on hand to help distribute the boxes. One truckload of supplies was delivered by a Teamsters Union truck out of Indianapolis, Ind. The School of the Legends, in addition to sponsoring a truck, also brought its national tour bus and staff to help at the volunteer site. Each family received a 25-pound box of food, a 10-pound box of personal care items and bottled water. The items are designed to help a family for up to one week.

The distribution is the latest stop on Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has helped more than 135,000 families across the country in cities that have been affected by the nation’s economic downturn. The caravan will help at least 200,000 families by the end of 2010.

Feed The Children partner agency, Baptist Crossroads Foundation, identified the recipient families and provided volunteers to help families with the boxes. 

"We are so thankful to the NFL Players Association, the Teamsters Union, Baptist Crossroads Foundation, School of the Legends and the many players and volunteers for their help in distributing food and essentials to New Orleans families,” said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "We hope people will continue to help us put more trucks on the road to help fellow Americans who need our help during the economic downturn.”

“School of the Legends is designed to bring people together, so it’s an honor for us to align with the NFLPA, Feed The Children and the Teamsters to help improve the lives of families in need in New Orleans,” stated David Byerley, CEO of School of the Legends Football, LLC. “The people of this community have shown great perseverance in times of extreme adversity, and we are inspired by their strength. We are also very excited to be in New Orleans to join fans for the kickoff of the 2010 NFL season.”

“We are proud to partner with the Teamsters, School of the Legends and Feed The Children to serve the community of New Orleans,” said DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA. “The players of the World Champion Saints have made a tremendous impact on this area in the five years since Hurricane Katrina and after the recent Gulf oil spill. It is our honor to be able to give back to this resilient community as we are here in celebration of the 2010 Kick Off.”

“We would like to thank our union brothers from the NFLPA and representatives from the School of Legends that joined with the Teamsters to help this worthy cause,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, our members were some of the first to volunteer to deliver food, water and other essentials to those in need. Our partnership with the NFLPA, School of Legends and Feed The Children continues our union’s tradition of giving back to those who are less fortunate.”    

To see the impact of Feed The Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan in your area visit

About the NFL Players Association

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players.  It serves as the exclusive bargaining agent for all NFL players in collective bargaining.  Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests.  The NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; Assuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; Negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; Providing other member services and activities; Providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; Enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. Formore information, visit

About the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women, in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Teamsters Union is one of the largest labor unions in the world. It is also the most diverse union in the U.S. The union represents everyone from A to Z - from airline pilots to zookeepers. One out of every ten union members is a Teamster. For more information, visit

About School of the Legends  

School of the Legends (SOTL) is an officially licensed partner of NFL Players. Its purpose is to provide fans with a unique online football experience never available before. It’s an exclusive social football community in which fans can interact with their favorite players, referred to as “Legends.” Fans will be able to connect directly with their favorite Legends and talk football, post their thoughts and perspectives on the game and much more. Additionally, SOTL will offer high-definition video training, taught by the Legends as they provide distinctive techniques and strategies, covering every position on the field. From understanding the nuances of the game to motivational and nutritional tips, SOTL will also serve as a resource for moms and dads of young players. Most importantly, the site will feature proprietary and unparalleled professional player-related content that fans of all ages will enjoy.  SOTL’s social media component launches on September 9, followed by a full product unveiling around the Super Bowl in February 2011.  ?

About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2009, Feed The Children distributed more than 111 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 119 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit

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