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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.

#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.

'Demonised'

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."

Disillusioned

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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