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  • 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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PARSEC WORKERS RATIFY FIRST CONTRACT WITH LOCAL 179
07/21/18 - Teamsters Local 179
Teamsters Local 179 would like to congratulate the workers at Parsec on ratifying their first collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 179! The five-year agreement was overwhelmingly ratified on Friday, July 20th.  The agreement includes wage and benefit increases, resolves seniority issues and improves work rules.
In Case You Missed It
07/20/18 - Teamsters local 570
  • Public unions will survive the Janus ruling   • How much damage will Trump’s trade war do?   • The battered aspirations of the working class   • Pension reform, 2018 election top issues at IBT conference   • Corporations, MSM trumpet the ‘horrors’ of higher wages   • House committee approves cuts Labor Dept.
In Case You Missed It
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 355
  • Public unions will survive the Janus ruling   • House committee approves proposal to cut Labor Dept. budget   • How much damage will Trump’s trade war do.
UPS/UPSF Contract Update - 7/20/18
07/20/18 - TEAMSTERS LOCAL 577
TEAMSTERS UPS AND UPS FREIGHT LOCAL UNION LEADERS TO MEET AUGUST 9
In Case You Missed It
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 992
  • Public unions will survive the Janus ruling   • How much damage will Trump’s trade war do?   • The battered aspirations of the working class   • Pension reform, 2018 election top issues at IBT conference   • Corporations, MSM trumpet the ‘horrors’ of higher wages   • House committee approves cuts Labor Dept.
As Temperatures Climb, Coalition Calls for Worker Protections
07/20/18 - Teamsters local 570
July 20, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | As extreme temperatures exacerbated by a warming planet continue to take a deadly toll on laborers across the country, a coalition of worker advocacy groups [including the Teamsters Union] is calling on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create the country’s first national standard for heat stress.
As Temperatures Climb, Coalition Calls for Worker Protections
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 355
July 20, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | As extreme temperatures exacerbated by a warming planet continue to take a deadly toll on laborers across the country, a coalition of worker advocacy groups [including the Teamsters Union] is calling on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create the country’s first national standard for heat stress.
As Temperatures Climb, Coalition Calls for Worker Protections
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 992
July 20, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | As extreme temperatures exacerbated by a warming planet continue to take a deadly toll on laborers across the country, a coalition of worker advocacy groups [including the Teamsters Union] is calling on the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to create the country’s first national standard for heat stress.
Sometimes The Good Guys Win
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 992
July 20, 2018 | COMMENTARY | When Scott Walker became governor two years after the U.S. economy crashed in 2008, he stripped Wisconsin public service workers of their union rights, creating a workplace both demoralized and in chaos.
In Case You Missed It
07/20/18 - Teamsters Local 888
  • Public unions will survive the Janus ruling   • How much damage will Trump’s trade war do?   • The battered aspirations of the working class   • Pension reform, 2018 election top issues at IBT conference   • Corporations, MSM trumpet the ‘horrors’ of higher wages   • House committee approves cuts Labor Dept.
Joint Council 42 Scholarship Winner
07/19/18 - Teamsters Local 542
Elissa Vicente doughter of Eileen Gaspar from Costco 483 South East is awarded one of Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarships. Elissa Vicente daughter of Eileen Vicente who performs work at Southeast Costco (Market Street San Diego) is one of the recipients of the 2018 Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarships.
Southern States Savings & Retirement - 2nd Qtr
07/19/18 - TEAMSTERS LOCAL 577
Dear Tyson Members, Please be advised for those members hired prior to January 1, 2003, the Southern States Savings and Retirement Fund has posted a 2.29% increment to all members accounts for the second (2nd) quarter, April 1 through June 30, 2018. Should you have any questions, see your Business Agent Alfredo Soltero or Robert Zanchettin or feel free to call me at the Local Union Office.
Sometimes The Good Guys Win
07/19/18 - Teamsters local 570
July 19, 2018 | COMMENTARY | When Scott Walker became governor two years after the U.S. economy crashed in 2008, he stripped Wisconsin public service workers of their union rights, creating a workplace both demoralized and in chaos.
Sometimes The Good Guys Win
07/19/18 - Teamsters Local 355
July 19, 2018 | COMMENTARY | When Scott Walker became governor two years after the U.S. economy crashed in 2008, he stripped Wisconsin public service workers of their union rights, creating a workplace both demoralized and in chaos.
Unions Aren’t A Thing of The Past. Unions Are Our Future.
07/18/18 - Teamsters local 570
July 18, 2018 | OPINION | I have an embarrassing confession to make: I underestimated how much anti-worker extremist groups really hate organizations that empower working people. After all, I have a good union job. Plus, my employer respects and supports collective bargaining. Five U.S.
Study Links Declining Union Strength to More Workplace Deaths
07/18/18 - Teamsters local 570
July 18, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | It’s no secret that the waning power of American unions has contributed to stagnant wages. But a new study suggests that this trend hasn’t affected just worker income. It also may have cost thousands of lives.
Unions Aren’t A Thing of The Past. Unions Are Our Future.
07/18/18 - Teamsters Local 355
July 18, 2018 | OPINION | I have an embarrassing confession to make: I underestimated how much anti-worker extremist groups really hate organizations that empower working people. After all, I have a good union job. Plus, my employer respects and supports collective bargaining. Five U.S.
Unions Aren’t A Thing of The Past. Unions Are Our Future.
07/18/18 - Teamsters Local 992
July 18, 2018 | OPINION | I have an embarrassing confession to make: I underestimated how much anti-worker extremist groups really hate organizations that empower working people. After all, I have a good union job. Plus, my employer respects and supports collective bargaining. Five U.S.
Study Links Declining Union Strength to More Workplace Deaths
07/18/18 - Teamsters Local 992
July 18, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | It’s no secret that the waning power of American unions has contributed to stagnant wages. But a new study suggests that this trend hasn’t affected just worker income. It also may have cost thousands of lives.
Study Links Declining Union Strength to More Workplace Deaths
07/18/18 - Teamsters Local 355
July 16, 2018 | HEALTH & SAFETY | It’s no secret that the waning power of American unions has contributed to stagnant wages. But a new study suggests that this trend hasn’t affected just worker income. It also may have cost thousands of lives.
Unions Aren’t A Thing of The Past. Unions Are Our Future.
07/18/18 - Teamsters Local 888
July 18, 2018 | OPINION | I have an embarrassing confession to make: I underestimated how much anti-worker extremist groups really hate organizations that empower working people. After all, I have a good union job. Plus, my employer respects and supports collective bargaining. Five U.S.
Labor Organizers Look to Apps to Reach Wider Audiences
07/17/18 - Teamsters local 570
July 17, 2018 | ORGANIZING | […] OUR Walmart, the flagship project of Organization United for Respect, has claimed a number of victories, including substantially better corporate-wide pay and leave policies. Key to this success has been the organization’s use of online platforms to foster activism, including a mobile app called WorkIt, Schlademan said.
Labor Organizers Look to Apps to Reach Wider Audiences
07/17/18 - Teamsters Local 992
July 17, 2018 | ORGANIZING | […] OUR Walmart, the flagship project of Organization United for Respect, has claimed a number of victories, including substantially better corporate-wide pay and leave policies. Key to this success has been the organization’s use of online platforms to foster activism, including a mobile app called WorkIt, Schlademan said.
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