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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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Damaged When Delivered?
Updated On: Jan 11, 2010

Damage to your new car before you buy it?

Report Exposes Threats to Consumer Confidence, Safety from Damage During Transport of GM, Chrysler Vehicles Delivered by Cut-Rate Carhaul Companies

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Galen Munroe
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(WASHINGTON) – Representatives from the Teamsters Union, consumer advocates from Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS) and Consumer Action, and members of Congress announced the findings of the report “Damaged When Delivered?” during a press teleconference today. The report is an inside look at the risks to public safety and consumer confidence when new GM and Fiat-Chrysler vehicles are delivered by cut-rate and inexperienced carhaul companies. 

Auto giants Fiat- Chrysler and GM are trying to change how automobiles are delivered to dealer showrooms by utilizing cut-rate carhaul companies that only hold the distinction of being the lowest bidder. GM and Fiat-Chrysler’s actions are transforming the auto transport industry from one that provides stable, good-paying jobs that support the drivers and their families to one that is cutthroat, cheap and of low quality.  
 
’Damaged When Delivered?’ documents the incorrect and unsafe practices of cut-rate carriers being used by Fiat-Chrysler and GM across the country,” said Fred Zuckerman, Director of the Teamsters Auto Transporters Industry Division. “This report has been distributed to every member of Congress, to the board of directors at both companies and to every Chrysler and GM dealer in the country.”
 
During the call, Rep. Joe Baca, (D-Calif.) spoke at length about not only the threat these practices pose to the driving public, but stressed the importance of protecting good-paying jobs in an economy that has millions of hardworking Americans worried about where their next paycheck will come from.
 
“If GM and Chrysler move to a broker-based model to transport cars to dealerships, good-paying American jobs will be lost and the safety of the carhauling industry will be jeopardized,” said Baca. “With over $81 billion of taxpayer money invested in GM and Chrysler through the TARP program, an irresponsible decision of this nature is tantamount to a violation of the public trust.”
 
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mich.) echoed this sentiment, reinforcing the need for companies to create – not eliminate good-paying jobs in America.
 
"It is outrageous that after taking billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers, GM and Fiat-Chrysler would try to destroy good paying American jobs that offer a living wage with decent benefits,” Clay said. “I can assure you that Congress will hold them accountable for this misguided action. When the taxpayers became the lead investors to save these companies, which I supported, we did so to preserve our manufacturing base and to save as many middle-class jobs as possible. We didn't invest in these companies to subsidize non-union car haulers who have little training and even less concern for safety. That's the bottom line here."
 
GM and Fiat-Chrysler continue their attempt to adopt this flawed carhaul model despite it being plagued by the high-turnover rate of low-paid, inexperienced drivers employed by cut-rate companies that use inadequate and improper equipment that can cause damage to new vehicles before they even reach the dealership.
 
This practice endangers the vehicles they are delivering to unsuspecting drivers. This not only threatens the safety of the driving public, but compromises consumer confidence in these products. Representatives from consumer advocacy groups Consumer Action and CARS voiced their opposition to GM and Fiat-Chrysler’s actions.
 
"With up to 28,000 pounds of autos per carrier traveling our roadways, I want to know the vehicles are properly secured," said Linda Sherry, Director of National Priorities for Consumer Action, who spoke on the call. "Inexperienced carhaulers are making mistakes that threaten the safety of car buyers and motorists."
 
"Car buyers are going to be subjected to the risk of being sold a supposedly ‘new’ car that has sustained prior damage. Thanks to laws the manufacturers and dealers have lobbied for in the states, they may be able to get away with selling you badly damaged goods—as new," said Rosemary Shahan, President of CARS.
 
The report “Damaged When Delivered?” is available online at Carbuyersbeware.com.
 
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