• Today in Labor History
    Sept. 18, 1992: Nine strikebreakers are killed in an explosion at Giant (gold) Mine near Yellowknife, in Canada?s Northwest Territories. Miner Roger Warren confessed that he planted the explosives that caused the deaths. He recanted the confession but later confessed once again.
     ~ Union Communications Services


      Teamster News Headlines  
     
    Teamsters Package Division Opposes New UPS “Seasonal Personal Vehicle Driver” Classification
    Teamsters Offer Disaster Relief Assistance for Victims of Hurricane Irma
    Relief Efforts Put Warehouse Space to Good Use
    Teamsters Local 330 Members Reject Contract; Demand Improvements to Address Worker Retention
    Hall Voices Teamsters' Opposition to Inclusion of Trucks in Self-Driving Bill
    Missouri and Kansas Teamsters Lend Helping Hand to Hurricane Victims
    New York Teamsters Become “Sanctuary Union” Following Deportation of Union Member
    Teamsters Chief Fears U.S. Self-Driving Trucks May Be Unsafe, Hit Jobs
    Public Services Division Launches Seminars On Power-Building Program
    Once the Storm Calms, Teamsters Local 19 Embraces the Call to Action
     
         
  • Local and National News Archives
    Sep 18, 2017
    Hoffa: This Labor Day, we remember that the purpose of a union is to stand together Sept. 1, 2017 | In his Labor Day message, General President Jim Hoffa wrote: “Our union’s response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey makes this Labor Day more meaningful than ever.
    Sep 05, 2017

    Hoffa: Get serious about good jobs
    Aug. 8, 2017 | The Teamsters is fighting tooth-and-nail against the legal implementation of autonomous trucks in the US. Last week it successfully lobbied Congress to place a 10,000 pound weight-limit on current driverless vehicle legislation. The legislation represents a rare example of bipartisanship under the current administration; it passed with a vote of 54-0. thenextweb.com

    Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund coordinating efforts with South Texas leaders
    Aug. 28, 2017 | General President Hoffa has directed international union staff to provide all necessary support to members impacted by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods. Assessments are currently being conducted on the best ways for the Teamster Disaster Relief Fund, Joint Councils and Local Unions can provide support to our members and retirees affected by the unprecedented storm. In the meantime, you can make donations directly to the Fund here and the funds will be earmarked for assistance to members impacted by Hurricane Harvey. teamster.org


    Jul 26, 2017
    Teamsters tell Big Pharma shareholders: Vote no on boss’ bonus June 26, 2017 | The Teamsters are trying to punish Big Pharma for flooding the country with prescription pain killers by hitting one of its top leaders where it hurts – in the eyes of shareholders. The union has taken the unusual step of directly calling on McKesson Corp.
    Jul 12, 2017

    Podcast highlights Teamster fight against RTW
    June 6, 2017 | In this month’s Teamster Nation podcast, learn more about our Union’s fight to help keep so-called right-to-work law at bay both in states around the country as well as at the federal level, and efforts to halt other anti-worker legislation across the country.?

    Chicago News Guild rebuffs attempt at print news monopoly
    June 19, 2017 | Tronc, formerly known as Tribune Publishing, is looking to expand its media empire in the city of Chicago. The Chicago News Guild, the collective bargaining representative of the editorial staffs of the Chicago Sun -Times and Reader, has said that if Tronc is allowed to move forward unchallenged, the sale would result in an effective print news monopoly in the city. In an attempt to bring this issue to the grassroots, the Guild has started an online petition to ask the Dept. of Justice Antitrust Division to slow the sale and allow more time for potential bidders to come forward…peoplesworld.org

    Memorial fund set up for victims of UPS San Francisco shooting
    June 20, 2017 |  Teamsters Joint Council 7 in Northern California announced yesterday the establishment of a fund to help raise money for the families of the victims of the June 14 tragedy at the San Francisco UPS facility that resulted in the deaths of three members at the hand of their fellow driver. “We are encouraging our affiliates and our members to consider joining us in making a contribution to help the families who have been devastated by this terrible act,” said Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer. Details here.

    More than 1,000 Teamsters rally to keep their ‘fundamental right’ to join a union 
    June 21, 2017 | Union members swarmed the Capitol steps Tuesday afternoon to voice their opposition to right-to-work legislation in Pennsylvania. The rally was organized by the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and drew and estimated 1200 attendees ranging from Teamsters to Steelworkers and AFSCME members… pennlive.com

    Port truck drivers end strike in Los Angeles
    June 26, 2017 | A week-long strike by Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach truck drivers and warehouse workers culminated in a large and raucous rally on the steps of the Los Angeles city hall on Friday, June 23. Striking workers and their allies then proceeded inside to deliver nearly 10,000 petition signatures calling on Mayor Eric Garrett, as well as Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia, to end indentured servitude at the ports they oversee… teamster.org


    Jun 19, 2017
    Sinclair Broadcast to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion  May 1o, 2017 |  Sinclair Broadcast Group moved Monday to cement its position as the nation’s largest broadcaster with a $3.9 billion agreement yo buy Tribune Media Co., a deal made possible by a recent FCC decision to relax station ownership rules. Tribune Media was created in 2014 when Tribune Co.
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    Apr 27, 2017

    Take Action!

    ... included in the Affordable Care Act. As the AHCA stands with or without the new amendment, this tax is still included in the legislation, albeit with a further delay. The Teamsters Union is urging Congress to include a full repeal of the 40% excise tax also known as the “Cadillac Tax” rather than simply delaying the tax. The “Cadillac Tax” would ultimately reduce the health benefits that hard working Americans receive and increase out of pocket costs.

    The Teamsters are hopeful that legislators will see that any policy that taxes employer-sponsored insurance is detrimental to American workers and imposes real financial costs to both employers and employees.

    Contact your member of Congress now and tell them to repeal the 40% excise tax on comprehensive insurance plans.


    Apr 03, 2017

    Tell Congress to oppose the American Health Care Act
    Mar. 23, 2017 The House is planning to vote today on the American Health Care Act, the legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill would repeal all of the other taxes that were included in the ACA, except for the so-called “Cadillac Tax,” which imposes a 40% excise tax on workers’ health benefit plans. With repeal of these other taxes, insurers, corporations, and the wealthy get a tax cut. Hard-working middle-class Americans only get a delay in the “Cadillac Tax,” not full repeal. Upon implementation of the “Cadillac Tax,” millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Teamster members could see their health care benefits scaled back or dropped. We need you to call upon your representative and urge them to vote AGAINST the American Health Care Act. Take action now! 

    Apply online for Hoffa Memorial Scholarship before March 31
    Mar. 13, 2017 Sons and daughters of Teamster members can now apply online for the 2017 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship. Academic scholarship awards either a $10,000 award split up over four years at $1,250 per semester or a one-time $1,000 award. Training and Vocational scholarship awards up to $2,000, depending on financial need. (See scholarship amount details in the applications.) “We’d like to see more of our kids further they education with the help of our Teamster scholarships,” said Denis Taylor, Teamster Joint Council 62 president, and president of Local 355 in Baltimore. “The money is there, it’s available for your son or daughter. All you have to do is fill out the form and hit send. But you have to do it before the March 31, 2017 deadline.”

    Teamsters launch campaign to fight back against right-to-work
    Mar. 28, 2017 The Teamsters are planning to mobilize and campaign against right-to-work laws (RTW), both on the federal level and in western states, the Southern California Teamster reports. To make sure members know how to contact their lawmakers, the paper has published the names, office suite numbers in D.C., and phone numbers of every single U.S. representative in Southern California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Arizona….”For starters,” the paper says, “the object is to tell lawmakers about the importance of shooting down the legislation amending the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act.” peoples world.org

    Slashing Amtrak funding is shortsighted
    Mar. 29, 2017 Instead of bolstering the national passenger railroad that plays an essential role in the U.S. transportation system, proposed budget cuts would reduce service to some 23 states where long distance Amtrak trains currently make stops. The move would eliminate the jobs of more than a thousand rail Teamsters aligned with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Brotherhood of Maintenance and Way Employees Division(BMWED)… teamster.org


    Feb 20, 2017

    Teamsters strongly oppose national right-to-work legislation

    Feb. 2, 2017 The Teamsters Union strongly opposes national ‘right-to-work’ legislation introduced yesterday in Congress that will hurt workers and their unions. The destructive anti-worker bill, H.R. 785, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act to institute damaging right to work in all states... teamster.org

    Anti-union forces set sites on Iowa public sector
    Feb. 20, 2017 Just days after Missouri enacted so-called right-to-work legislation, Republicans in Iowa are pushing forward with an effort to restrict collective bargaining for public sector workers. State and local government workers in the Hawkeye State would be prohibited from negotiating issues such as health insurance, seniority or extra pay. The bill would also make it more difficult for unions to collect dues. Iowa Teamsters, whose members include many working in law enforcement, have been active in an effort to defeat the legislation… teamster.org

    Teamster International Officer election certified
    Feb. 21, 2017 The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here. General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.?


    Feb 17, 2017

    By Mark Gruenberg
    PAI Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON (PAI) — Leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees promised to rigorously probe the record of Alexander Acosta, dean of a Florida law school and chairman of a South Florida bank, who is GOP President Donald Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor. 

    Acosta is also a former Republican named National Labor Relations Board member. Trump announced his nod for Acosta, 46, who is also a former U.S. attorney for Miami and law clerk for conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, before Alito joined that court, on Feb. 16.

    Trump named Acosta barely 24 hours after the president’s first choice, fast food executive Andrew Puzder, withdrew in the face of certain Senate defeat. Workers, unions and their allies exposed his bad record on workers’ rights, the minimum wage, overtime pay, safety and health violations and wage theft at his restaurants and sexism in the firms’ ads.

    Unions celebrated Puzder’s withdrawal with an early-morning rally near the Capitol. Later, they had cautious reactions to Acosta. But ThinkProgress, a progressive blog, raised questions about Acosta’s record in George W. Bush’s Justice Department’s civil rights division.

    For his part, Trump, meeting earlier with the self-named Trump Caucus of lawmakers, called Acosta, “a star, a great person, a great person.”

    “Working people changed the game on this nomination. Unlike Andy Puzder, Alexander Acosta’s nomination deserves serious consideration. In one day, we’ve gone from a fast-food CEO who routinely violates labor law to a public servant with experience enforcing it,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

    “We will of course review Mr. Acosta’s record as thoroughly as we did the previous nominee’s. Mr. Acosta will have to answer tough questions and explain how he will enforce and uphold labor laws to benefit working people and not further tilt the balance of power toward corporate CEOs.

    “The Labor Secretary is not just another Cabinet member. His or her actions directly impact our wages, safety, and rights on the job every single day. We will judge this nominee by the commitment he shows to making life better for working people,” Trumka added.

    “Working people are still in this fight for an economy and political system that works for all of our families and where hard work means our families can get ahead,” added Service Employees President Mary Kay Henry. “This is the lens through which we will examine” Acosta’s record.

    “Workers will stay in the streets to demand a Labor Secretary who is a champion for working people and fights to represent their interests in our economy,” Henry promised. The Puzder nomination drew mass protests, including from his own fast food chains’ workers.

    ThinkProgress said the real problem with Acosta, who if confirmed would be the sole Hispanic-American in Trump’s Cabinet, is not with Acosta’s 125 written opinions in a 14-month stint as an NLRB member, but with his Civil Rights Division record.

    ThinkProgress reported Acosta led the division from 2003-2005, at a time when another senior division official, Bradley Schlozman, used his hiring authority to slant the division staff by picking attorneys from lists submitted or analyzed, by right-wing groups.

    Acosta denied he knew what Schlozman was doing, as Schlozman “hired conservative lawyers hostile to the CRD’s mission, purging the agency of people who believed in the work it exists to do,” ThinkProgress said. “Schlozman’s ploy did long-lasting damage to federal work on voting rights violations, police abuse, and other assaults on Americans’ rights.”

     But other DOJ staffers from that era complained directly to Acosta about Schlozman’s activities, according to the Justice Department’s Inspector General. And Acosta told the IG “he became more concerned about Schlozman’s judgment…as a result of discussions Acosta had with retiring Voting Section Chief Joseph Rich about Schlozman’s management. Yet, Acosta took no action to alert those in his chain of command,” the report found.   

    Acosta left the division but didn’t report his suspicions until 2007, after several Republican senators raised the roof over the slanted hiring in the division and among U.S. attorneys. ThinkProgress also reported Acosta was involved tangentially in GOP efforts to suppress the minority vote in the 2004 presidential election in Ohio.


    Feb 01, 2017

    Cool labor book: ‘A People’s History of the United States’
    Jan. 3, 2017 | If your last serious read of American history was in high school – or even in a standard college course – you’ll want to read this amazing account of America as seen through the eyes of its working people, women and minorities. Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a widely respected historian, author, playwright, and social activist. In A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, he turns history on its head with his carefully researched and dramatic recounting of America and its people – not just its bankers, industrialists, generals and politicians. This book will give you a whole new way of looking at and understanding the world around you. Order it at Union Communication Services.

    Hoffa: Withdrawal from the TPP the right choice for U.S. trade policy
    Jan. 24, 2017 [Yesterday], President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United State from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With his decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs… teamster.org

    Teamsters add gender identity to non-discrimination policy
    Jan. 27, 2017 The IBT instructed its locals across the United Stated to update their bylaws this year, declaring that members can no longer discriminate against a fellow worker based on mental disability or gender identity. Members of the union took an oath under the old laws that had them swear to not “discriminate against a fellow worker on account of race, color, religion, sex, age, physical ability, national origin or sexual orientation.” The addendum to the bylaws, which went into effect on January 1, now says that workers can’t discriminate against “any other legally protected group” either... newnownext.com

    President Hoffa interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto
    Jan. 27, 2017 On Wednesday, Hoffa discussed jobs, trade, infrastructure investment and minimum wage increases on Fox News. Watch the interview here.


    Jan 03, 2017

    Alliance for Retired Americans launch campaign to protect Medicare from privatization
    Dec. 7, 2016 | Alarmed by the House Congressional Leadership’s plans to dismantle Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans today kicked off a grass roots campaign to block any attempts to cut or convert guaranteed, earned health benefits into a voucher or privatized scheme. Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price, whom President-elect Trump will nominate to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, both said that they were moving to “reform” Medicare in the next Congress. Alliance members will be directly lobbying members of Congress and Senators in Washington and in their home districts, The Alliance will also campaign online and feature dozens of personal stories about why Medicare’s guaranteed benefits are so important on its website, https://retiredamericans.org, and social media. “Our members are irate. they paid into the Medicare system for decade, and heard President-elect Trump repeatedly promise to protect their earned health care benefits. We will fight tooth and nail to protect Medicare from those who try to turn the earned benefits of Medicare into Coupon-care,” said Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance.

    Pursuing different results to solve income equality
    Dec. 9, 2016 | Income equality continues to be a significant issue, even with the economic improvement that has occurred over the last few years. But many in the private sector still don’t seem to get it. Take XPO Logistics [Con-way], for example. The Teamsters joined with labor leaders this week representing 15 European unions who represent XPO to challenge a plan that could give XPO CEO Bradley Jacobs a windfall stock worth $110 million. “We condemn this plan that could lavish Jacobs and other executives at XPO with massive stock awards that would be on the backs of workers in the United States and Europe,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said… teamster.org

    ‘Tis the season for labor organizing
    Dec. 15, 2016 | Efforts to unionize port truck drivers around the country have been met with resistance from private trucking companies, sometimes with the support of public servants. Last June, local police ran a group of organizers out of Port Wentworth for handing out leaflets outside of XPO Cartage, a subsidiary of XPO Logistics, the port’s largest trucking company with over 150 contract drivers. Three members of Teamsters Local 728 were charged with impeding traffic in a public roadway, though the incident took place on a dead end street… connectsavannah.com

    Merry Christmas!
    Dec. 23, 2016 | Teamster 888 will resume posting on Wednesday, January 3, 2017. Have a safe and happy holiday season.


    Dec 09, 2016

    Your vote is your voice in the election of top Teamster officials
    Nov. 10, 2016 | The secret ballots must be returned to a post office box controlled by the OES by 9am Monday, Nov. 14th. The count is scheduled to start Monday, Nov. 14th.

    IBT vote count is underway
    Nov. 17, 2016 | The ballots are in and the count began on Monday. To get the latest on the vote results, click here.

    Hoffa-Hall re-elected to five-year term to lead union
    Nov. 21, 2016 | Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer, International Vice Presidents At-Large, International Trustees and International Vice Presidents in the Eastern, Southern and Central Regions were elected Friday night in the 2016 Election of International Union Officers, according to unofficial results provided by the Office of the Election Supervisor. “This was a hard-fought campaign and a historically close election,” Hoffa said. “Though we have many challenges before us, now is the time to join together as brothers and sisters and stand strong against those who would destroy the labor movement and deny worker’s the gains that have struggled to achieve. We will continue to lead the fight to organize the unorganized, ensure strong health care, good wages, a secure retirement and holding employers and politicians accountable.” Continue reading…


    Dec 07, 2016

    More wretched news for newspapers as advertising woes drive anxiety
    Oct. 28, 2016 | Across the country, those working in the newspaper industry are fretting as the end of the year approaches. Driving much of the anxiety is a steep drop in print ad revenue, once the lifeblood for newspapers. Spending on newspaper advertising in the United States is projected to fall 11 percent this year, to about $12.5 billion, according to the Interpublic Group’s Magna.…Gannett has been pursuing an acquisition of Tronc, which owns The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune and was formerly known as Tribune Publishing, since late April. In that time, Tronc has rebuffed several offers... nytimes.com


    Oct 03, 2016

    Teamsters call for government intervention in LA ports crisis
    Sept. 6, 2016 | The bankruptcy of Hanjin, a major Korean shipper, is causing chaos at the Port of Los Angeles with dozens of ships and a half million cargo containers stranded at sea of the Port of Los Angeles. The livelihoods of many workers, from ship crews to workers who handle the cargo at the dock are threatened. Members of Congress, the Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission and labor leaders are calling on government action on the cargo delivery crisis… uslabornews.com

    Yes, the news can survive the newspaper
    Sept. 7, 2016 | One day many decades hence, when your grandchildren ask you, "Grandma, what was a newspaper?" you can direct them back to Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016. Because it may will go down as the day the American newspaper as we've known it moved out of intensive care and into the palliative wing on its way to the Great Beyond… nytimes.com

    The gamble of Tronc’s ‘just say no’ defense
    Sept. 13, 2016 | …The battle for Tronc is entering a surprising final stage as Gannett is rumored to have raised its bid. Gannett initially bid $12.25 a share in April, raising a furious and disdainful reaction from Michael W. Ferro Jr., Tronc’s chairman and largest shareholder, who paid $44 million, or $8.50 a share, for his initial 17 percent share in February… If Mr. Ferro’s goal in resisting was to push up Gannett’s price, then he is doing a masterly job… nytimes.com

    Today is #StopTPP call-in day: Make the call against this job-killing trade deal
    Sept. 14, 2016 | We urge all Teamsters to join in this action and flood Congress's phone lines today with calls to every lawmaker asking them to pledge their opposition to the TPP. The TransPacific Partnership is a 12-nation corporate power grab that will ship thousands of jobs overseas, lower wages in the U.S. and undermine laws that protect workers and the environment. Please call your senators and representatives now at 844-394-8431 – tell them to commit to standing firm against the TPP.

    Teamster women take over Hollywood...
    Sept. 28, 2016 | Hundreds of Teamster women marched through the streets of Hollywood, California on Friday, Sept. 23, in support of University of California (UC) Teamsters [Local 2010], and their fight for better wages. Teamsters attending the union’s annual women’s conference joined the rally where they called on the UC system to deliver a fair contract… peoplesworld.org


    Sep 06, 2016

    Tronc: How Tribune Publishing's new name will shape its identity
    Aug. 4, 2016 | … this pivot by Tribune Publishing – now tronc – is to throw Gannett off its scent, to tell Gannett, "We don't need you to save us," even though the company is reportedly saddled with $350 million worth of debt. The new name and change in direction is meant to make the business sound as unattractive as possible to potential buyers. But don't expect Gannett to slink off with its tail between its legs… editorandpublisher.com

    Teamsters Union endorses Hillary Clinton for President
    Aug. 30, 2016 | The Teamsters General Executive Board last week unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state. "We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so much for the chance to retire with dignity…" teamster.org

    Watch last week's Teamster Leadership Debate
    Aug. 30, 2016 | Fred Zuckerman and Ken Hall, candidates for Teamster top offices, participated in a debate last Thursday at the National Press Club. c-span.org


    Aug 04, 2016

    Teamster convention approves slate of resolutions on final day
    July 6, 2016 | Attendees at our union's 29th annual convention approved resolutions that clarify the union's policy stances on everything from airline organizing to worker misclassification. A full slate of resolutions can be read here. (Note: The convention is the highest governing body of the union, subject to the right of referendum by the membership. The General Executive Board has the authority to carry out the policies and directives approved by convention action.)

    Teamsters, AFL-CIO mourn shooting death of Philando Castile
    July 8, 2016 | Teamsters Local 320 and the Minnesota AFL-CIO have issued statements mourning the shooting death of Philando Castile, who was killed Wednesday night after his car was stopped by police in Falcon Heights. Castile was a member of Local 320 since 2002 and worked as a nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in St. Paul. "The 11,000 members of Teamsters Local 320 are saddened and grieving the loss of Teamster brother Philando Castile," Local 320 said in a statement. "This is a tragedy on every level and all Teamsters are encouraged to keep the Castile family in our thoughts and prayers."… workdayminnesota.org

    Teamsters increase strike benefits
    July 13, 2016 | Strike benefit increases approved by delegates at the 29th International Convention become effective on July 1, 2016. Under the new constitutional provisions, which were unanimously approved by delegates on June 30, 2016, the changes raise strike benefits, increase minimum benefits and allow for benefits to begin earlier than in the past… teamster.org

    Give blood, save a life at Local 570's blood drive, July 17
    July 13, 2016 | Our brothers and sisters over at Local 570 are sponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive Sunday, July 17th, 10 am to 3:30 pm at their union hall – 6910 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21224. Let's help out and do our part to prevent a summer shortage. To schedule your life-saving donation, visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code: teamsterblood. (More details here.) See you there!


    Jul 06, 2016

    Chairman puts his brand on Tribune Publishing to stave off Gannett
    June 3, 2016 | In March, Chicago Magazine named Michael W. Ferro Jr. No. 49 of the city’s 50 biggest movers and shakers, writing, “For better or worse, the fate of print journalism in this town rests largely in his hands.” … He is also changing the company’s name to tronc (with a lowercase t), which stands for Tribune online content. And he moved its stock listing to the Nasdaq to make it seem more like a dot-com-era start-up instead of the celebrated newspaper conglomerate that owns The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. ...Now Mr. Ferro, 49, who is frequently compared by people who know him with the other brash businessmen Donald J. Trump and Sam Zell, will get the chance to prove his assertion that big plans to remake Tribune will turn it into a far more valuable company than Gannett’s offer pegged it at... nytimes.com Related – Stop the presses: tronc if you love Ferro

    Gannett says it is determined to woo Tribune Publishing
    June 8, 2016 | Gannett made one thing clear on Tuesday: It will not walk away from its unsolicited offer to acquire the Tribune Publishing Company before summer's end. Tribune Publishing has already rejected both of Gannett's offers the latest at a 99 percent premium to the price of Tribune Publishing's shares in April before news of a potential bid surfaced… nytimes.com

    US Foods and one of two Teamster locals reach agreement over warehouse closure
    June 10, 2016 | US Foods and at a Severn distribution center have reached an agreement over the planned closure of the facility, the company said Thursday. Members of Local 570 ratified the agreement Wednesday night, the company said in a statement… Denis Taylor, president of Teamsters Local 355, said Thursday that US Foods drivers represented by that local have not reached an agreement with the company and continue to picket. "We're still hoping to reach an agreement," Taylor said. baltimoresun.com Note: The fight with US Foods in Baltimore and elsewhere is not over. Local 355's strike line remains in place, and other strategic actions will continue until US Foods comes to a fair and just agreement with the drivers' union.

    Tribune Publishing is now ‘tronc’
    June 20, 2016 | Tribune Publishing became 'trounce' yesterday, a name that still has most media observers giggling. I mean, really? tronc? Actually, there have been similarly bad names that went on to become household brands. Think Google or Yahoo, for instance. But the renaming of Tribune Publishing is not the only thing going on at the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Suntalkingnewmedia.com  Related: A tronc is born.

    Talk political power, global solidarity dominates at International Convention
    June 29, 2016 | Politics and policy were front and center during the first day of the Teamsters 29th International Convention in Las Vegas as thousands of Teamsters lauded the union’s support for a platform that calls for more infrastructure investment and election contributions by members while calling out lawmakers who would ship jobs overseas or hamper collective bargaining. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa told attendees the last five years have been a time of success for the union. The second day focused on global solidarity and building worker power through organizing in key industries, and covered a number of priorities for workers. Delegates also passed resolutions yesterday on executive pay/Capital Strategies; freight organizing; warehouse organizing; and port organizing. Nominations took place for At Large Vice Presidents and Trustees.. More at teamsters.org


    May 26, 2016

    Gannett's new tactics to get Tribune Publishing to negotiate
    May 2, 2016 | Gannett's push to get Tribune Publishing and its Board chairman Michael Ferro to the table to discuss a proposed buyout offer intensified this morning. Gannett said it has filed preliminary proxy materials with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing its intent to see "withhold" votes in connection with Tribune Publishing's annual meeting slated for June 2… Gannett also has submitted a request to get access to Tribune Publishing shareholder records to allow Gannett to communicate with them. bizjournals.com

    Stand with CWA/IBEW strikers at Verizon
    May 5, 2016 | On April 13, 2016, General President Jim Hoffa declared that the Teamsters stand united with the CWA and the IBEW’s strike against Verizon. Today he urges Teamster Local Unions and members to support our union brothers and sisters at Verizon. “It’s more important now than ever to show Teamster solidarity in standing up to corporate greed. We have our own battles with corporate giants like US Foods where multiple Teamster Local Unions are on Unfair Labor Practice strikes, and at a Supervalu-owned distributor that services Kroger stores in Colorado. By having a strong Teamster presence supporting CWA and IBEW and helping those unions win their battles, we will help our union win current and future battles against these corporate giants.” Sign the petition to “Stand with Striking Workers.”

    Tribune Publishing adopts poison pill to stop Gannett bid
    May 9, 2016 | Newspaper publisher Tribune Publishing Co said its board had adopted a shareholder rights plan – popularly known as a “poison pill” – in a bid to thwart Gannett Co. Inc’s unsolicited takeover offer… “Our board is unanimous that Gannett will not succeed with its current tactics and low ball price,” Tribune Chief Executive Justin Dearborn said in a statement on Monday. reuters.com

    Tribune Publishing sends IT jobs overseas
    May 24, 2016 | The firm, which owns the Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore SUn, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant and many other media properties, told as many as 200 IT employees in early April that it's moving work to India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Computerworld

    Is billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Tribune Publishing's white knight?
    May 25, 2016 | Patrick Soon-Shiong has developed a reputation for big ideas…His most recent venture is a $70.5-million investment in newspaper group Tribune Publishing. That make's him the company's No. 2 shareholder and plunks him into the middle of the newspaper industry's liveliest takeover fight, a white knight in Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael Ferro's efforts to ward off Gannett Co... baltimoresun.com

    Teamsters at largest USF facility in US honor picket lines
    May 26, 2016 | Locals 355 and 570 extended their picket lines to Metro New York (Perth Amboy), the largest US Foods facility in the country. Three hundred and twenty Teamster warehouse workers and drivers from Locals 202 and 282 have the right to honor the picket line by refusing to work. More than 2,500 Teamsters employed by US Foods have either gone out on strike or honored the picket lines at some point this month. Facebook.com/SyscoUSFworkers


    May 25, 2016

    Baltimore Locals 355 and 570 strike at US Foods facility in Severn, Md.
    Apr. 28, 2016 | At 2pm yesterday, Teamster members of U.S. Foods in Severn, Md., walked off the job and commenced an unfair labor strike against the Company. The dispute centers around the Company's failure to bargain in good faith, its use of out-of-state and non-bargaining unit employees to perform work normally performed by the Teamsters, and the Company's attempt to deal directly with its employees concerning effects bargaining. US Foods employs approximately 190 Teamsters in both the warehouse and delivery operations. More at teamsters355.com and team570.org.

    Gannett offers $815 million to buy Tribune Publishing
    Apr. 28, 2016 | Gannett Co., which owns USA TODAY and more than 100 other media properties across the country, said Monday it offered to buy Tribune Publishing, it's second big expansion move since spinning off from its former parent less than a year ago. Besides USA TODAY, Gannett owns 107 local news organizations, including the Detroit Free Press, Cincinnati Enquirer, Des Moines Register, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Arizona Republic. usatoday.com Related: Here's what Gannett would do with Tribune's major newspapers.


    Apr 08, 2016

    The fight against the corporate agenda begins now
    Mar. 7, 2016 | Corporate cronies for years have sought to do everything they can to push their platform to the public in hopes of getting more anti-worker policies passed at all levels of government. But a new report shows that effort might be succeeding… The agenda of the right wing includes takeovers of federal, state and local governments through extensive and permanent political organization down to the local precinct level and destruction of foes – notably unions – who oppose the corporate program. Its agenda includes everything from enacting so-called "right to work" laws to fighting school district taxes. It's encase of such efforts that the Teamsters are debuting a new program for activists… teamster.org

    Update from Local 888:
    Mar. 10, 2016 | After our Local’s vice president and secretary-treasurer accepted buyouts from The Baltimore Sun, two trustees were appointed to fill their terms: Genice Parker is our new vice president, and Harry Morrison is our new secretary-treasurer. The Local is currently pursuing a grievance on behalf of a member who went out on sick leave in April 2015, exhausted all paid and FMLA leave but was still unable to resume work duties and subsequently was terminated. As part of its investigation, the Local requested from the employer a list of all employees terminated after declining to return before they were able. Please note! Effective February 2016, general membership meetings originally scheduled every Friday of the month will now be held every third Wednesday of each month.

    Reminder: Hoffa scholarship application deadline is tomorrow, March 31
    Mar. 30, 2016 | Deadline for the application is Thursday, March 31, 2016. Applications must be received by this date or will not be considered. Email the application as one PDF to scholarship@teamster.org OR it can be faxed to (202) 624-7457, or mailed to the following address: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 25 Louisiana Ave NW Washington, DC 20001. Finalist notification will be given by June 2016 via email. Awards will be disbursed to the student's school by August 2016.

    Supreme Court upholds Tyson Foods workers class-action suit
    Mar. 23, 2016 | This Supreme Court case and the justices' ruling perfectly illustrates why the nomination of worker-friendly Supreme Court justices are so important to the future of working men and women in America. It is also a strong affirmation of workers' right to band together to sue their employer for its failure to follow federal law. (More than 3,000 employees sued Tyson Foods for not properly compensating them for hours worked.) The New York Times reports "The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with thousands of workers at an Iowa pork processing plant who has sought to band together in a single lawsuit to recover overtime pay from Tyson Foods… The Tyson workers performed tasks that were "grueling and dangerous" at a plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, Justice Kennedy wrote, slaughtering hogs, trimming the meat and preparing for shipment. They sought to be paid for the time they had spent putting on and taking off protective gear to prevent knife cuts…" nytimes.com


    Mar 07, 2016

    Union plumbers installed water filters for Flint residents for free
    Feb. 2, 2016 | This is solidarity in the truest sense of the word. Due to the inaction of state and federal officials, thousands of people in Flint have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead in their water. Now a group of union plumbers are taking matters into their own hands. On Saturday, 300 plumbers from unions across the country descended on Flint to install new faucets and water filters for free. thinkprogress.org

    Teamsters and others fight pension battle over the multi-employer fund
    Feb. 4, 2016 | A half mile from their union hall, over 220 retired members of Teamsters Local 346 gathered at Holy Family Catholic Church in Duluth's West End in late January to fight for their pensions. But this isn't just a Teamsters fight. They're one of the unions under the knife now, but 200 multi-employer pension funds covering 1.5 million American workers could be in jeopardy for a number of reasons. peoplesworld.org

    Call now and urge Congress to say NO to job-killing TPP
    Feb. 10, 2016 | Last week, trade ministers gathered in New Zealand to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But signing the TPP is not the same as it being ratified by Congress. This week, Teamsters from all of the country are flooding Congress with calls demanding they reject the massive trade deal. If we put enough pressure on our Congress members, the entire thing can still be derailed. That's where you come in: Please call the toll-free number 1-844-394-8431 now to join thousands of others urging Congress to oppose the TPP.

    Hall: WV legislature sides with corporate interests over workers
    Feb. 16, 2016 | In statement released last Friday following the West Virginia Legislature’s override of the governor’s veto of so-called right-to-work legislation, Secretary-Treasurer and Local 175 President Ken Hall said, “This is a dark day for our state. Lawmakers have chosen to side with out-of-state billionaires over hard-working West Virginians. The Teamsters, together with other union members and working West Virginians, turned out to strongly oppose these bills because we understood passing them would do nothing to help workers earn a fair living…” teamster.org West Virginia becomes the 26th RTW state on July 1, 2016

    Teamster mechanics picket, notify United Airlines passengers of possible strikes
    Feb. 29, 2016 | Hundreds of United Airlines mechanics picketed Friday at the San Francisco, Los Angeles (LAX), Newark, LaGuardia, Washington Dulles, Cleveland, Boston Logan and Orlando airports, to educate passengers about upcoming strikes. …The mechanics held picket signs that read, "ON STRIKE – Not Yet" and distributed leaflets to United's customers that read, "Passengers Brace for Summer Strike at UNITED"… teamster.org


    Feb 02, 2016

    L.A. port drivers win $7 million in back pay; end misclassification
    Jan. 5, 2016 | The underpaid, exploited port truck drivers at the nation's largest cargo terminal, Los Angeles-Long Beach, have won another round in their long fight for fair pay and job protections. he Teamsters and their Southern California Joint Council 42 have waged a years-long campaign to both win employee status for the thousands of port truckers and to organize them. People's World

    Rick Daniels named publisher of The Baltimore Sun
    Jan. 6, 2016 | Tribune Publishing Co. named Richard J. "Rick" Daniels as publisher and CEO of The Baltimore Sun Media Group on Tuesday, dropping "interim" from the title it gave him in September. …The Baltimore Sun also has seen its staff shrink and the media group now employs about 720 people, Daniels said. He declined to disclose revenue figures, citing rules that govern public companies, but said both The Sun and The Morning Call are "cash flow-positive and profitable." "There are no cuts planned, but we are also planning on a certain level of revenues and we have to make sure we can attain those," he said of The Sun. Baltimore Sun

    Hoffa: We stand with Flint
    Jan. 20, 2016 | “Over the past month the water crisis in Flint, Mich. has been brought to the nation’s attention. However, this is a tragedy that Michiganders have been aware of and the families of Flint have been dealing with since April 2014. Decisions made by state officials over the last year-and-a-half have led to a community being forced to use water from the Flint River – a source that has been found to contain unacceptable levels of lead." teamster.org


    Jan 06, 2016

    Teamsters statement on San Bernardino County shootings
    Dec. 3, 2015 | The Teamsters Union is deeply saddened by the tragic event in San Bernardino County, Calif., which has taken the lives of 14 people, injured 21 and shaken the community at large.  As the news continues to unfold, we are saddened to learn that some of the victims were members of Teamsters Local 1932.  “Today is a sad day, as we join the San Bernardino community with a heavy heart in mourning this tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and everyone impacted by this senseless tragedy,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. Continued...

    Chicago Teamsters strike Coca-Cola over unfair labor practices
    Dec. 3, 2015 | More than 300 Teamsters Local 727 members are initiating an unfair labor practice strike against Coca-Cola Refreshments at 5 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 3, after the beverage industry behemoth intimidated workers and engaged in bad faith bargaining during negotiations for a new contract. Local 727 represents 319 production and warehouse workers and transport drivers at Coca-Cola Refreshments facilities in Niles and Alsip, Ill. Read more here. Also, Teamsters International approves strike benefits for Coca-Cola workers.

    Applications for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship are available now
    Dec. 4, 2015 | The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for scholarship  awards.  Scholarship applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions where the Teamster Member Relation’s Teamsters Union affiliate is located. One category of awards totals $10,000 each. The deadline for receipt of completed materials is March 31, 2016. Materials will be sent to the Local Office, but if you would like to download the materials, click the scholarship link on the left column.

    It's time to take a stand for workers on TPP
    Dec. 8, 2015 | [Note: The following is co-authored by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa, Steelworkers President Leo W. Gerard, and UAW President Dennis Williams.] We serve as representatives of American organized workers on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) and together have stated that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP is a bum deal we cannot support/ By registering our dissent to the ACTPN report that endorses the agreement, the Teamsters, the United Steelworkers and the United Auto Workers are letting Congress know this deal fails everyday Americans and must be rejected by our elected representatives. The TPP is simply the latest in a long line of terrible trade pacts that ship jobs overseas and lower wages at home. At a time of outrageous economic inequality and stagnant wages, TPP is the last thing we should do. Continued…Huffington Post

    Teamsters support spending bill that protects worker rights, health care
    Dec. 18, 2015 | The Teamsters back a $1.1 trillion spending bill approved today by Congress for fiscal year 2016, saying it ensures workers retain their rights to organize on the job and will continue to receive comprehensive health insurance from their employers without being financially penalized. "This omnibus package is a step in the right direction for workers," General President Jim Hoffa said. "Although the Teamsters didn't get everything we wanted, Congress rejected attempts to turn back the clock on employees seeking union representation and makes sure those with good health insurance won't be punished by the federal government in the short term."… teamster.org


    Nov 10, 2015

    House rejects highway bill amendment to allow heavier trucks
    Nov. 4, 2015 | The House on Tuesday defeated an amendment to a $325 billion highway funding bill that would have let states decide whether they want to allow heavier trucks on their roads. The amendment would allow states to decide whether they want to increase a current limit of 80,000 pounds for cargo trucks to 91,000 pounds.  Proponents wanted to attach it to the highway bill in an attempt to end a bitter fight over truck weights that has raged for years in Washington. The proposal was rejected 187-236 in a House floor vote.

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the job-killing TPP

    Nov. 5, 2015 | The just-released TPP text is actually worse than we imagined. Here are just a few examples of how the TPP will undercut jobs and wages.

        •    The TPP forces U.S. employers into competition with companies exploiting workers in places like Vietnam, where the minimum wage is just a third of what it is in China’s manufacturing centers, and Malaysia, where an estimated one-third of all electronics workers are victims of human trafficking. 
        •    The TPP enables products assembled from parts made in “third party” countries that are not subject to any TPP obligations, such as China, to entire the U.S. duty-free, undercutting U.S. manufacturing.
        •    The TPP includes procurement provisions effectively barring Buy American and Buy Local government purchasing preferences.
        •    The TPP includes controversial investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS) provisions that make it safer — and, in fact, create incentives — for U.S. firms to offshore jobs to foreign countries where they can exploit low-wage labor under privileged foreign investor status rather than be forced to deal with the countries’ regulator processes and courts.
        •    We also know that the TPP fails to include the currency safeguards demanded by a bipartisan majority in Congress that would prevent known currency manipulators like Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia from devaluing their currencies to gain an unfair trade advantage over U.S. employers.

    Please contact your Congress members now and urge them to vote against this awful agreement!

    Tell Congress to vote NO on the job-killing TPP
    Nov. 5, 2015 | If the TPP is approved by Congress, this awful deal would offshore good-paying American jobs and lower wages in the jobs that are left, increasing inequality by forcing Americans into competition with workers paid less than 65 cents an hour. Put simply: it stinks. The just-released TPP text is actually worse than we imagined. Here are just a few examples of how the TPP will undercut jobs and wages. Also, Hoffa says release of TPP text does little to allay workers' concerns about the deal.

    The march to inequality: How did we get here?
    Nov. 10, 2015 | This week Talking Points Memo launches an in-depth four-part series on the ever-pressing issue of today, wealth and income inequality. "The four pieces come from different authors, each coming from a different angle, with a different sort of expertise. The aim of the series is to pose a simple question: How did we get here?…" The first installment looks at the politics of the left and the decline of organized labor over half a century. The decline played a key role in the declining economic clout of working class and middle class Americans, but it is only part of the story…

    21 organizations fighting for labor rights in the food system
    Nov. 19, 2015 | … In Tracy, California, Teamsters members are fighting poverty wages and severe violations of basic rights at Taylor Farms. And more than 11,000 Teamsters workers have united to defeat a mega-merger of U.S. Foods and Sysco, which would have jeopardized thousands of broadline food service and transportation jobs… Read more here.

    High court rulings could affect workers
    Nov. 20, 2015 | The future of workers on the job could be shaped significantly by a spate of causes set to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court during its current term. And it is something more everyday Americans need to be aware of and consider. … The Teamsters represent about 273,000 public sector workers, and other union represent millions more. These government employees are everyday Americans just trying to earn a living and support their families. But that will be increasingly difficult if union rights are curtailed nationwide. Full story here.


    Oct 07, 2015

    Webcast Oct. 7: Domestic violence as a critical workplace issue
    Oct. 5, 2015 | When domestic violence enters the workplace, it can have significant repercussions for the targeted individual and the work environment. Union stewards and fellow coworkers can all be affected by, and have a role to play in, dealing with intimate partner violence as a critical workplace issue. A free one-hour webcast on Wednesday, Oct. 7th, beginning at 12 noon will explore labor's role in addressing domestic violence in the workplace. The webcast is a joint initiative between the ILR School's Scheinman Institute of Conflict Resolution and The Worker Institute at Cornell University. Click here to learn more and register


    Reminder for members, stewards
    Oct. 5, 2015 | Every Monday we post new information under the Members Info and Stewards Info tab in the left column. Today's educational tips offer information about the union's right to strike and the differences between the two types of strikes.


    Baltimore Sun drivers, mailers and pressmen ratify contracts
    Oct. 25, 2015  | After two years of difficult negotiations, tentative agreements for three departments at the Baltimore Sun represented by Local 355 and Local 888 were ratified at a jointly-held membership meeting Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. The company had sought to shift the full burden of healthcare premium costs to workers, among other regressive demands, but bargaining committee members representing drivers and printers (Local 355) and mailers (Local 888) endorsed agreements that preserve current healthcare contributions and enhances job security provisions, an important piece of the new collective bargaining agreements. In the middle of negotiations, the publishing company sold Sun Park, the land parcel the production plant sits on in Baltimore. If the paper is forced to move production from Sun Park, under the new contract Teamster jobs can follow the move. “These contracts look to the future. As long as we sort, print and deliver, it doesn’t matter what the product is, we’ll be on the job,” said Local 355 Business Agent Jim Deene. Local 888 President Lawrence Geho stressed the importance of joint bargaining. “We waged a long, hard and successful fight against regressive company proposals to ensure the security we need. And we got here because Baltimore Sun Teamsters stood together.”


    Stand with Safeway Teamsters in their drive to keep jobs in Maryland
    Oct. 28, 2015 | Safeway plans to move up to 9-- good union jobs from Prince George's County to a low-wage, non-union grocery warehouse in Pennsylvania. Maryland has been devastated by companies shipping out good jobs. It is painful to see that Safeway plans to join their ranks and put hundreds of Teamsters – members of Local 730 and 629 – out in the cold just days before Christmas. Stand with Safeway Teamsters – sign the petition asking the company to delay its decision and work with elected officials and its employees to try to find a way to keep these jobs in Maryland. Click here to sign.


    A Summary of The Workplace Democracy Act

    The policy of the United States is "to protect the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection." But current law effectively denies these fundamental rights to tens of millions of Americans.

    As a result, we are falling behind our industrial competitors in many significant ways. Our real wages, once the highest in the world, have fallen below the levels of the early 1970s. Our manufacturing sector is in sharp decline, as large corporations move production facilities to underdeveloped countries to take advantage of exploitative wages and minimal environmental and safety standards.

    The Workplace Democracy Act strengthens the federal laws designed to protect workers and close the legal loopholes which now deprive working people of their right to organize on behalf of their wages, their benefits and their working conditions. By amending the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and by establishing a National Public Employment Relations Commission, The Workplace Democracy Act provides a vehicle to achieve a comprehensive reform of American labor law.

    Main Provisions

    Establishes card checkoff recognition. Once a majority of workers has declared its wish to be organized by conducting an election or by signing membership cards, legal recognition shall be given to their designated representative.

    Guarantees the right to first contract. If by 45 days after certification, no collective bargaining agreement has been reached, the union then has the right to binding arbitration.

    Strengthens and expands the enforcement authority of the National Labor Relations Board. Violations of labor law are violations of law, and must be both speedily prosecuted and remedied. Current penalties for violating the National Labor Relations Act are insufficient to serve as effective deterrents. The Workplace Democracy Act strengthens NLRB enforcement in the following ways:

    • Instructs the National Labor Relations Board to use its injunctive power whenever it finds an unfair labor practice.
    • Gives employees wronged due to such violations the right to be "made whole" for any economic losses they incur as a result.
    • Requires immediate reinstatement of discharged employees when unlawfully discharged.
    • Provides for treble (3x) back pay for employees who suffer economic hardship due to unfair labor practices.
    • Requires debarment of companies from Federal Government contracts for willful unfair labor practices.
    • Requires the National Labor Relations Board to assess civil penalties of not less than $10,000 against employers for each willful violation of the Act.


    Repeals the prohibitions against strikes, boycotts and hot cargo agreements. Taft-Hartley provisions that prohibit one group of workers from engaging in actions in sympathy or concert with other groups of workers are eliminated, as well as the Landrum-Griffin Amendment that prohibits "hot cargo" agreements (when an employer and a union agree to refrain from handling any products of any other employer). The right to common situs picketing is thereby restored as well.

    Prohibits state preemption of federal labor laws. Repeals Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act, concerning "right to work" laws. All workers shall enjoy the rights guaranteed them under federal law, regardless of where they live.

    Secures equal treatment for all employees. Repeals the exclusion of plant guards from bargaining units with other employees where they work.

    Ensures equal protection under the law for state and local public sector employees. Establishes the National Public Employment Relations Commission to ensure that public sector employees of states, territories, possessions or political subdivisions thereof, are guaranteed the right to collective bargaining, to binding arbitration, and to strike. Establishes a mandatory impasse procedure for public safety officers and fire fighters.

    Provides workers the right to act as guarantors of their financial future. Provides for workers to serve as trustees on pension plans which cover their retirement.

    Extends NLRA coverage to workers for U.S. owned companies that operate in Free Trade Agreement countries. Gives workers in countries that are party to a Free Trade Agreement with the United States the right to file unfair labor practice complaints against the United States owned parent company of their employer either under the NLRA or under the laws and procedures of that country.


     


    Sep 25, 2015

    Hoffa: New platform makes unions strong, America stronger
    Sept. 2, 2015 | Today, more than 1.4 million members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are compensated for their skills and hard work with salaries and benefits that give them dignity and allow them to live a middle-class lifestyle. If this were true of more American workers, our economy and our country would be better off. This is a message the Teamsters intend to bring to the entire American workforce as part of the union’s new “Let’s Get America Working” campaign — if our nation is to prosper it must be union strong, America stronger. The Teamsters are unveiling a plan to help achieve those goals. Continue reading...

    Call on Congress to get America working again
    Sept. 8, 2015 | The Teamsters have put forward a new "Let's Get America Working" plan that calls on America to invest in itself and its citizenry. By building roads, power plants and water treatment facilities, this nation can improve the fortunes of both working people and big business. And by focusing on such issues as worker rights, education and retirement security, policymakers can ensure the future is bright for all people. Politicians talk about how to move the economy forward and there is an easy answer: significant investment in our bridges, roads, and highways. We can accomplish this through investment in America. Sign here to tell legislators that we need to focus on what's important to working Americans – good jobs, safe roads, opportunity and security.

    UAW in no rush to negotiate with Detroit automakers
    Sept. 9, 2015 | UAW President Dennis Williams said Monday the union is making progress with all three Detroit automakers and is not ready yet to pick a target in its contract negotiations, even though there are only seven days left before contracts expire for about 141,000 autoworkers.. This year, the UAW also has the difficult task of meeting the expectations of many union members who haven't had a raise in 10 years. Continued… Related: Hoffa pledges solidarity with UAW in Big Three negotiations. “I know you haven’t picked a target yet, but it’s one of those three,” Hoffa said. “If the UAW goes on strike, I make a pledge on behalf of the 1.4 million Teamster members – we will honor your picket lines."

    Teamsters protest as Treasury debates allowing pension cuts for 1.5M retirees
    Sept. 21, 2015 | The retired Teamsters are among a group of as many as 1.5 million retirees from a long list of different labor unions nationwide that could see their pensions slashed under a new law quietly approved late last year. The immediate target of the angry Teamsters was the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which is in charge of administering the new law, the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA)…[the] MPRA allows pension fund trustees new freedom to reduce promised benefits in cases where the long-term solvency of the fund is in danger. Full story… Also, Hoffa joins Congressional leaders, retirees at rally to stop pension cuts. Watch the video.

    Increased job deaths show need to focus on workplace safety
    Sept. 28, 2015 | Why do we need unions? The reasons are many, but a key statistic released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) highlights an often-overlooked one – to monitor workplace safety. Too many people die at the workplace. The Labor Department reported that 4,679 workers were fatally injured on the job in 2014., up two percent from the previous year… Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the numbers are not acceptable. Continued... Shop stewards, see this week's Steward Tip.

    Battle against TPP heads to Atlanta
    Sept. 30, 2015 | Trade officials involved in the negotiations of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may believe they are nearing the end of the process with meetings in Atlanta this week. But the Teamsters and other fair trade allies aren't going down without a fight... As the Teamsters have said before, there are just no good reason for everyday Americans to support this agreement. First and foremost is the deal won't create any new jobs here. Full story...


    Aug 07, 2015
    Black lives matter. Black workers matter. Equal pay for equal work. Aug. 6, 2015 | (continued from Main Page) In June at the African-American Heritage Festival at Camden Yards, and in July at Artscape, local members showed up with banners and leaflets to educate the public about The Baltimore Sun's wage discrimination against mailer trainees.
    Jul 29, 2015
    A blueprint for getting America back on track

    July 6, 2015 | The American economy is not working. As the Teamsters have stated repeatedly, there needs to be a commitment to boost and expand America's middle class, which is the lifeblood of our country. But that alone will not fuel a national renaissance that will raise up a majority of people. There needs to be a buy-in from the business community that puts long-term economic health before short-term profits. The Roosevelt Institute, of which I am a board member, recently released a detailed blueprint called "Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy" authored by its renowned chief economist Joseph Stiglitz in an effort to tame income inequality. To put this nation back on track, the document makes clear that the U.S. must rethink the economic assumptions it's made during the past 35 years. Continue reading President Hoffa's column ...

    Bargaining update, Local Union elections
    July 6, 2015 | A brief update is available here.

    Teamsters call on UPS to leave ALEC at massive protest in San Diego
    July 23, 2015 | Hundreds of Teamsters from across California traveled to San Diego Wednesday to participate in a massive protest outside a national meeting for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Teamsters had one clear message they wanted to send – it was time for UPS to end its affiliation with ALEC. Full story…

    Human rights before huge profits from TPP
    July 28, 2015 | Putting people before the powerful. It's a statement the Teamsters firmly believe in, and one that U.S. democracy supports by having a one-person, one-vote system in place. But a report released yesterday by the State Department raises some concerns about whether American policy is following the same path. Continued...

    Here's 7 reasons not-yet-union folks should join one
    July 29, 2015 | We know that our union jobs generally pay significantly more than non-union jobs and our negotiated contracts provide benefits like paid vacation, holidays and sick days that many non-union workers don't get. So how about that non-union worker friend of yours who doesn't get that being a member of a union can greatly improve his/her work life? This short and to-the-point article can help you talk with family members and friends who may be on the fence about joining a union.

    Teamsters remember James R. Hoffa on 40th anniversary of disappearance
    July 30, 2015 | Today marks the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of one of the greatest labor leaders in American history – James R. Hoffa. As Teamsters General President, Hoffa honed his well-earned reputation as a tough and effective bargainer and gained the respect of labor and business leaders alike across the country. He worked hard to expand the number of working men and women who were protected by union contracts and under his leadership, the union’s membership rose to include more than 2 million workers. Continued…


    Jul 02, 2015

    GOP aiming for Friday vote on fast-track authority
    June 10, 2015 | The public is starting to pay more attention to the negotiated-in-secret TPP deal and what its passage will mean for the nation. Fast Track proponents are trying to move quickly, pushing to bring the legislation for the job-killing TPP to a vote in the house. Granting a Fast Track rubber-stamp for the TPP would only accelerate a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions that nobody wins – except, of course, for big transnational corporations that are eager to exploit labor abuses abroad to pad their obscene profits. The vote to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a massive Pacific Rim trade deal will be extremely tight. Make the call to your Representative now at 888-979-9806 and urge them to vote NO on Fast Track. 

    Former Sparrows Point steelworker speaks out on impact of failed trade policies
    June 11, 2015 | This new ad from the AFL-CIO and USW highlights how the loss of manufacturing jobs due to bad trade policies has hit manufacturing workers like former Sparrows Point craneworker, Mike Lewis, especially hard.

    Hoffa applauds trade package vote but warns fight isn't over yet
    June 15, 2015 | In a press release issued last week, General President Hoffa said that in rejecting the Trade Adjustment Assistance portion of the trade package, "a resounding bipartisan majority of lawmakers agreed that workers don't want to be retrained for a new career – they want to keep the good middle-class jobs they have now." However, the battle didn't end Friday. "The Teamsters and others who stand with American families must remain resolute. Corporate cronies are likely to try to get TAA and fast track through the house again" this week. Workers voices' need to continue to be heard on Capitol Hill. Read more at teamster.org. Related: Liberals deal Obama a stunning blow on trade -- but one more showdown awaits.


    Jun 03, 2015
    At Unity, Teamsters look ahead to a bright future May 11, 2015 | Some 1,600 Teamsters brothers and sisters from across North America gathered together Sunday as part of the 12th annual Unity Conference to share their success stories and speak truth to power about the increasingly perilous state of workers across the continent. Follow the day's reports and photos here.
    Apr 24, 2015

    Teamsters applaud veto of destructive Senate resolution to block NLRB rule
    Apr. 1, 2015 | The Teamsters applauded President Obama's decision to veto a resolution backed by Congressional Republicans that would have blocked the National Labor Relations Board's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The NLRB rule is scheduled to go into effect April 15, 2015. A description of the new rule and its reforms can be found here.

    Baltimore could become the next Detroit. Seriously?
    Apr. 6, 2015 | This isn’t exactly local union news but it is news we want to alert you to because it’s bad news for hard-working people who rent in Baltimore. Think Progress reported Saturday that starting this week, 25,000 households in Baltimore will suddenly lose their access to water for owing bills of $250 or more, with very little notice given and no public hearings. City officials claim that residents using water without paying are to blame for the $40 million in overdue water bills. But the Baltimore Sun found that more than a third of those unpaid bills stem from just 369 businesses. (“Last year in Detroit, residents fought back against a similar plan to shut off water to customers with overdue bills.”) About half of Baltimore’s residents rent their homes, and most count on the property owners to pay the water bill. So why is this important? Central to this looming crisis is an issue of Human rights.

    Horseshoe Baltimore Casino workers bet on union
    Apr. 8, 2015 | TThe Horseshoe Baltimore Casino is now officially union. The cards were counted last week and a strong majority of Horseshoe workers voted in favor of representation by the National Gaming Workers Coalition, comprised of Unite Here Local 7, Teamsters Local 355, Operating Engineers Local 37 and the UAW. The Horseshoe has recognized the union and dates will soon be set for negotiations on wages, benefits and working conditions.

    Failed fast track is nearly upon us – again
    Apr. 13, 2015 | Despite the Teamsters and our allies making clear that U.S. residents will be hurt if fast track can be used to quickly push secret trade deals like the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress, some lawmakers had decided to side with big business instead. But unfortunately, the fight doesn't end there. [The TPP Fast Track bill will be introduced in the Senate Tuesday.] This union and others who care about hard-working Americans are gearing up for a fight, and will need everyone who can to join in. Read on… [The TPP will outsource jobs, undercut workers' rights, dismantle labor, environmental, health, food safety, and financial laws, and allow corporations to challenge our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system.]

    Teamsters take stand against fast track
    Apr. 16, 2015 | The Teamsters joined some 1,200 fellow union members and far trade advocates at a Capitol Hill rally yesterday to call on Congress to stop pushing for fast track trade promotion authority that would allow a quick up-or-down vote on bad trade deals like the TPP… Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers, called on workers to head to the halls of Congress and let their members know their thoughts on fast track: "You make sure you tell them you put them there and you can take them of of there!" Full story...

    Breaking news: Fast Track legislation introduced in Congress today
    Apr. 16, 2015 | The fast track bill hit Congress today and we need your help to stop it. This bill will put good Teamster jobs in jeopardy. The TPP, the "NAFTA of the Pacific," will mean even more jobs sent overseas, lower wages for the jobs that remain, unsafe food and possibly a ban on our "Buy American" procurement laws and regulations. If Fast Track becomes law, however, Congress won't be able to change a single provision of the agreement. Please email your Representative and Senators right now and ask that they oppose Fast Track if it's brought up for a vote. The Teamsters Union has stopped Fast Track before. With your help, we will stop it again.

    Today is Worker’s Memorial Day: ‘Speak Out for Safe Jobs’
    Apr. 28, 2015 | The Teamsters Union, and trade journalists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day – and international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made ill by their work. To help mark this important day, our union has provided background information on this day of remembrance and these resources to help you start a conversation with coworkers or plan activities in your workplaces.


    Mar 27, 2015

    Senate voted to undo labor union elections rule
    Mar. 5, 2015 | The Senate voted Wednesday 53 to 46 on a GOP-backed motion that would undo a controversial National Labor Relations Board rule that makes it easier for workers to hold union elections.  Republicans are using the Congressional Review Act that allows lawmakers to undo regulation through a motion of disapproval, which needs a majority vote in both chambers. The motion can't be filibustered or amended, which will help it bypass Democratic opposition. The legislation now goes to the House where it is expected to pass. However, it doesn't appear the Senate has the two-thirds majority required to overrule President Obama’s promised veto.

    Teamsters file NLRB complaint against Providence Journal's new owner
    Mar. 6, 2015 | Business Agent Matthew Maini with the Teamsters Local 251, which represents the nearly 60 inserters at the Providence Journal, said that charges were recently made with the National Labor Relations Board against the new owners. "We have filed the NLRB complaint for "effects bargaining" – any changes to the workforce, the company is required to bargain with the union, for unilateral changes to the working conditions, which they haven't," said Maini. "They've thrown out our collective bargaining agreement and changed our healthcare. Some members have gone from 20% to 60% out of pocket, some now have $8,000 deductibles and up." Full story...

    Hoffa: RTW in Wisconsin is another step down the wrong road for working families
    Mar. 10, 2015 | "Wisconsin is now the 25th state to adopt right-to-work laws as politicians like Walker push forward the agenda of their right-wing task masters," Hoffa said Monday in an official statement. "The Koch brothers, through Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have poured millions of dollars into states across the country to push right-to-work legislation. These corporate interests will not stop in Wisconsin – they continue to attack working families, moving from state to state. We must remain strong and fight them wherever right-to-work legislation is introduced." Read the full statement...

    Tell your senators to protect pension benefits!
    Mar. 27, 2015 | Vermont's Senator Bernie Sanders will be offering an amendment to the budget resolution bill that would protect the pensions of thousands of retirees in multiemployer pension plans. The Amendment allows the flexibility to honor a long-standing promise, particularly for fixed-income seniors that can least afford to have their financial security at risk, and to find other sources of revenue to shore up the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. Please email your Senators today and ask them to support the Sanders Amendment should it come up for a vote.

    Teamsters call for defeat of Fast Track and TPP
    Mar. 31, 2015 | Statement by General President Jim Hoffa: "The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has for years been shrouded in mystery. But last [week], WikiLeaks gave U.S. workers a real gift when it pulled back the curtain on a portion of the proposed trade deal that shows what a boondoggle the agreement would be for big business. … the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?…" Full story…


    Mar 05, 2015

    Black history is the story of every Teamster
    Feb. 3, 2015 | [Editor's note: February is Black History Month.]… From the inception of the union, many Teamsters understand that racial divisions play into the bosses' ploy to divide and weaken the working class. Black unionists were at the center of the Teamsters since our founding in 1903. At a time when Jim Crow held sway in the south and discrimination against African Americans was commonplace nationwide, the Teamsters called for "no color line" in the union as early as 1906. Learn more here.

    Boston GCC Teamsters halts deportation of Salvadoran refugee
    Feb. 3, 2015 | Demonstrating the importance of community outreach, Graphics Communications Conference/IBT Local 3-N in Boston has worked successfully with the local Jobs With Justice branch, elected officials and faith-based organizations to halt the threatened deportation of a Salvadoran GCC/IBT press operator. Full story here

    Teamsters congratulate Walmart workers
    Feb. 20, 2015 | Walmart workers who spoke out and took action won a raise for 500,000 Walmart workers nationwide. The Teamsters have supported Walmart workers since the first Black Friday strikes in 2012. "When you fight, you can win," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "I'm so proud of the members of OUR Walmart for pushing Walmart to commit to raising their wages. I'm also proud of the thousands of Teamsters who stood side-by-side with them in the fight for justice." Full story…


    Mar 05, 2015

    Local 888 officers and trustees attend the Teamsters Joint Council 62 Officers Training sessions held in Baltimore in December, 2014. (L-R)  Trustee Gregory Green, Trustee Harry Morrison, President Larry Geho, Vice President Darryl Welsh, and Recording Secretary Robert Jarrell. Not pictured: Trustee Genice Parker

    ObamaCare and Contract Negotiations

    January 10, 2015 | HEALTHCARE | The Affordable Care Act (ACA) – commonly referred to as ObamaCare – and our union members' healthcare plans have recently become a major issue for union negotiators bargaining successor contracts.

    Officers and trustees of the six local unions comprising Teamsters Joint Council 62 recently spent the better part of a weekend reviewing and discussing specific sections and requirements of the extremely complex healthcare law, as it pertains to employer plans and Taft-Hartley Benefit Plans. Some of the troublesome ACA provisions become effective this year. Information about how the provisions apply is complicated and, in some cases, may conflict with provisions of current plans. 

    Until passage of the ACA in 2010, there was no federal requirement for healthcare coverage. However, unions have negotiated employer-provided coverage for members and their families since 1940. Yet every American labor union today is facing challenges from employers over certain requirements in the law specific to collectively-bargained healthcare plans.

    "The problem is that the information we're looking for keeps changing," explained Joint Council President Denis Taylor (LU355), left. "We may not have the answers, but the experts don't either."

    Nor do the employers – or their lawyers who may use this issue to line their own pockets, union leaders have discovered.

    “Employers are using the ACA as an excuse to change our plans and increase costs to our members. What we’ve learned is that it is the employers – not the law itself – who want changes that could saddle our members with either additional out-of-pocket costs or a plan with lesser value to the member,” noted Taylor during opening remarks. Taylor also pointed out that the ACA "effects every one of us, no matter who we’re dealing with.”

    Council Secretary-Treasurer Sean Cedenio (LU570) agreed, saying that that long-term employers are using the ACA to pressure the union. “Most of our employers pay 100% of healthcare costs. Our members, zero. And now our companies want that to stop.”

    Attorney Brian Esders was on hand to field union leaders' questions and assist with legal interpretations of specific ACA sub-sections. Esders is an associate with labor law firm Abato, Rubenstein and Abato, P.A. His area of concentration is multi-employer benefit welfare and pension plans and he brought his comprehensive understanding of the complicated healthcare law to the discussion.

    Council Recording Secretary Dave White (LU355), right, reported that Local 355 is experiencing an uptick in organizing calls from workers worried about health care coverage and costs. Inundated by inaccurate 15- and 30-second soundbites about ObamaCare, produced by news media and/or commercial sponsors and full of conflicting and misleading "facts," everyone is getting hammered with wrong information from all directions.

    "It may be that unions can’t pay for informational advertisements and billboards like insurers and healthcare groups can," Dave told Council members, "but we can get the right info out to our members. Some of the questions we need answers to have come right up from the shop floor. We need to protect our people. Even plans people are happy with, all of them are being challenged."

    "The Affordable Care Act hasn't accomplished what we thought it would, but we weren't the target," said Taylor. "Healthcare reform began as a plan for a single-payer system [government-run universal and comprehensive coverage, also known as “Medicare for all”]. The ACA is a political compromise that has effected our [healthcare] funds. We supported the idea of single-payer. But we didn't ask for this."

    Council leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work to ensure negotiated healthcare plans remain compliant with the ACA without additional cost to participating members.

    More photos here.

    * Teamster Joint Council 62 is comprised of Local Union 311 (Baltimore), Local Union 355 (Baltimore), Local Union 453 (Cumberland), Local Union 570 (Baltimore), Local Union 888 (Baltimore Sun), and Local Union 992 (Hagerstown).





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