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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.

#Occupy Headed your way?
Updated On: Oct 20, 2011

Can the 'occupation' spread to middle America?

Protesters gather at Occupy Cleveland, 6 October 2011 Union official Al Mixon told the crowd, "I'm not anti the Obama administration. They're putting road blocks in front of what he wants to do"

Five hundred miles from Wall Street, a crowd of roughly 200 marched on downtown Cleveland, in the mid-western US state of Ohio.

After three hours of speeches, folk songs and group discussions, protesters for Occupy Cleveland marched past city hall to a public square.

It is one of the latest manifestations of protests against corporate power and income inequality - all stemming from a continuing demonstration in New York City called Occupy Wall Street.

But it remains to be seen whether the "Occupy" movement can channel its energy into real political power, like its conservative counterpart, the Tea Party.

Members of the first Occupy Cleveland protest call themselves "the 99%".

It's a reference, they say, to the proportion of American citizens who have suffered in the weak economy as the rich 1% have grown richer and grabbed for themselves an increasing share of political power.

People in the crowd both resembled and defied the stereotypes of young anarchist demonstrators.

To be sure, some of the group's younger core sported black hooded sweatshirts, tattoos and Guy Fawkes masks.

Occupy Cleveland protesters take to the square, 6 October 2011 Occupy Cleveland's first protest took to the heart of Cleveland

But the crowd included nurses and firefighters, military veterans, libertarian backers of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and a Presbyterian minister in black shirt and collar. One woman carried a sign announcing "If I had a job, I would not be here".

Union teamsters marched as well, a sign that industrial support for the protesters was growing beyond New York.

'It's not working anymore'

Throughout the day, Occupy Cleveland protesters expressed a range of grievances, mostly centred on what they described as the increasing concentration of economic and political power among corporations and the wealthy.

“The only way that social change has ever happened is because the people demanded it”

End Quote Michelle Mahon Nurse

Their goals ranged from expansive - curb the power of big business to influence elections - to the immediate - fight Republican efforts to restrict union negotiating rights.

Occupy Cleveland protesters said they were frustrated that the financial situation for many Americans has continued to get worse, while corporate profits have soared.

"It's not working anymore," Michelle Mahon, a 40-year-old nurse, said about America's political and economic structure.

"This is what we have to do. The only way that social change has ever happened is because the people demanded it," Ms Mahon said.


Many of the protesters pointed to a 4-5 decision by the US Supreme Court last year that allowed corporations to inject unlimited amounts of cash into the political system and elections.

Greg Coleridge, a member of a organisation affiliated with the Quakers, denounced the effects that decision had on politics and policy.

“The middle class of this country was built off of what has been demonised now as a 'public employee'”

End Quote Michael Parish Retired firefighter

"For a very long time I have been concerned about the growing political and constitutional rights of business corporations to not only influence and shape our economic policies but to govern, to be involved in decisions that affect our communities, and our families, and our environment," he said.

However, Mr Coleridge was heartened by the new protests.

"Seeing young people get together first in New York, and then some other communities including Cleveland, are things we should all be supportive of."

Other protesters had more direct complaints.

Retired Cleveland firefighter Michael Parish wore a fireman's hat to the protest.

He was there in support of a ballot referendum that would remove restrictions on collective bargaining rights - specifically for public employees.

Those restrictions were pushed through by Ohio Republicans this year.

"The middle class of this country was built off of what has been demonised now as a 'public employee,'" said Mr Parish, 52.

"If it was not for public employees in those positions - teachers, firefighters, police officers, EMS workers - we would be in a third-world country."


When the conservative Tea Party movement emerged in 2009, it immediately turned its energy toward electing conservative Republicans.

Their candidates pledged to oppose tax increases, cut government spending and block the Obama administration at every turn.

Protesters clap and cheer in Columbus, 6 October 2011 Union groups have put their support behind the Occupy protests in New York and around the country

The efforts paid off handsomely in the 2010 elections, when the Republicans took control of the US House of Representatives.

The "Occupy" protesters as yet have few immediate public policy goals.

In Cleveland, they seemed to have little notion of how to channel their energy into the conventional political process.

While the Tea Party benefited from the start from the organisational and financial assistance of conservative advocacy groups, it remains unclear if unions and others will fill the same role for the Occupy movement.

Many of the protesters on Thursday said they had voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, but had become disillusioned by his inability to breach "political roadblocks" set up by the Republican party.

While hundreds in New York City have been arrested for violating traffic laws, protesters here are wary of doing the same.

Rebecka Hawkins, one of the organisers, begged demonstrators not to provoke the police.

"Our goal is not to get arrested," she told the assembled crowd. "Our overarching message is corporations have way too much power. You don't want the message to be 'Look at these crazy kids causing all this trouble'."

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