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Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • 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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

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Teamster Takes 1st Place 2016 Bus Roadeo

Teamster Bus Driver Leo Valencia Takes Top Honors at 2016 Annual Bus Roadeo and Conference

Teamster Leo Valencia who is a driver for North Central Regional Transit District took first place in the Cutaway Bus competition at this year’s Bus Roadeo and Conference.  The April 3 event was held during the Annual Conference and Expo which took place at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (See Photos Here)

A warm round of congratulations from NCRTD Board Members and Board meeting attendees greeted Leo on April 8 where NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, presented him with the NMPTA plaque honoring him for his First Place finish.

As winner of the New Mexico State Roadeo, Leo went to Portland for the National Roadeo event at the Community Transportation Association Expo in May where he, along with other New Mexico Roadeo conference winners, represented the Land of Enchantment. This is the 4th time in the last 5 years Leo has won 1st place in the state competition. Leo placed 14th in the national competition.   

Leo Valencia drives for the RTD 340 Chile Line Red and began driving for the Chile Line in back in 2010.

Always a highlight of the Annual NMPTA Conference, the Roadeo is a fun and friendly challenge among transit drivers from across the State.  What might look like a maze of randomly placed orange cones to the untrained eye, the expert drivers know exactly what they need to do to maneuver the course with precision.  The timed course contains obstacles that test every phase a bus operator encounters under normal driving conditions.  In addition to driving skills and written test, participants are also tested on ADA wheelchair securement standards and pre-trip vehicle inspection.

The competition is a showcase of vehicle operator skills and promotes safety, professionalism and excellence in transit operations.

2016 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

The New Mexico Truck Driving Championships were held this year at the Isleta Resort for the second year. There was a large spectator turnout and the event is looking more like a “state fair/balloon fiesta” type function every year. With ABF, Sysco, UPS Freight, and YRC all having cook outs, it was a great family day for all that attended.  See Photos Here

This year, the event had not only trucking companies showcasing their driver’s talents, but some companies set up booths for people to learn more about their company. There were also vendors with booths of their own giving out goodies which included; Mack Truck, Rush Truck Center, Pre-Pass, NM Trucking, NM DOT-ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), Penske, and Legal Shield. There were also “show trucks” there, including the Teamster Joint Council #3 Truck, (thanks to Teamster retiree Jim Adams for bringing it in from Colorado) the ATA Share-The-Road Truck, San Juan Community College Truck, and the Veterans Day-POW Tanker by EMG Ltd.

The Teamster Companies were well represented again this year with 35 Teamsters from 5 Companies competing including ABF, Sysco, TeamOne, UPS Freight, and YRC sending their best of the best. Teamsters Local 492 is proud of these great drivers for competing in the TDC this year. Whether they placed or not, having such a strong Teamster presence of Professional Drivers at these functions speaks volumes in the trucking industry.

Congratulations to all the competitors and winners for another great Truck Roadeo! A special thanks to Teamsters Robert Aragon, Albert Lujan, Kenton Newbill, and Chad Sullins for volunteering to hostle and to Teamster Roy Lucas and also Ron Cordova, Randy Archer and his wife for setting up all the tents and cooking for everyone again this year, and all of the other unnamed volunteers that helped cook for the members.

Below is a list of the Teamster Companies that competed (in alphabetical order). Some of the companies did not respond to our request for information, so we apologize if we missed anyone.            

ABF had 17 drivers compete, 13 placed:

Straight Truck: Don Wood – 2nd Place

3 Axle: Robert Delgado – 2nd Place

4 Axle: Ralph Garcia – 1st Place

4 Axle: Justin Gallant – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Joey Padilla – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Duane Oldfield – 3rd Place

Flatbed: Michael Contreras – 1st Place

Flatbed: Josh Perez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Sleeper: Joseph Carrillo – 1st Place

Sleeper: Charlie Estrada – 3rd Place

Tanker: Gerald Benavidez – 1st Place

Tanker: Carl Marquez – 2nd Place

Twins: Fernando Gonzalez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Justin Gallant – Rookie of the Year

ABF received the Team of the Year Award for the highest points.

ABF also was awarded the Fleet Safety Awards in the following categories:

100k – 500k Miles Fleet (City Operations)

5 Million Miles plus (Line Haul Operations)

The following ABF Teamsters also competed: In the 3 Axle - Randel Amberman & Kirk Wise. In the Twins Trailers - Ricky Lucas & Steven Russell.

Sysco - David Logan won 3rd place in Tanker.

Sysco had 6 drivers competing this year: In 3 Axle - Thomas Humphries, Jose Salas, & Sean Smartt. In 5 Axle - Aaron Clanan. In Tanker Truck – David Logan and Martin Montez.

TeamOne (UPS Truckload) won the 500k to 1M Fleet Safety Award and had 2 drivers competing this year; Brian Thais 4-Axle (this is his 8th year competing) & Cam Misner 4-Axle (this is his 4th year competing) 

UPS Freight had 6 drivers compete this year: In 3 Axle - Steve Lopez, Ginger Victoria McKeegan & Joe Seijas. In 4 Axle - Keith Brewer & Armondo Hernandez. In Flatbed - Wendell Ellis.

YRC had 4 drivers compete this year: Stanley Aragon in 4 Axle. In 5 Axle Sleeper - Michael McAfee & Jack Rojas, In 5 Axle - Steven Taylor.

It was another great event put on by the NMTA and it seems to improve and grow larger each year. It was also great to see such a strong Teamster presence again this year and we hope to see you all again next year! Click Here to view all the scores.


Download: 2016 Truck Roadeo Scores.pdf
FEDEX FREIGHT WORKERS GEAR UP FOR LONG-TERM FIGHT

Drivers Seek Better Benefits, Strong Retirement, Fair Work Rules

The fight and long-term Teamster commitment to organize workers at FedEx Freight and to win first contracts moves forward, and the drivers are committed to keeping up the pressure in their quest for justice at their workplace.

“The main thing we’re fighting is corporate greed,” said Mel Mendieta, who has worked as a city driver at FedEx Freight for more than 25 years. “The company was cutting our benefits and our retirement security is lousy. We needed to form our union to gain our voice and help rebuild the middle class.”

In 2015, Mendieta and 49 of his co-workers voted to join Local 439 in Stockton, Calif. Like FedEx Freight workers who also made Teamster history by voting to join the union at three other locations, they are remaining positive and fighting to win their first contract. The contract fight is now in court and with the NLRB.

The Teamsters are making progress at both FedEx Freight and at Con-way Freight, with organizing, firstever national days of action at both companies, nationwide engagement and interaction with the workers and the bargaining process that’s under way. The union has also filed unfair labor practices charges, is involved with federal court cases, is building nationwide activist committees, is conducting freight member organizing trainings, launching shareholder resolutions and other ongoing steps.

A Long-Term Effort

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the campaigns to build Teamster power at FedEx Freight and Con-way are not sprints, they are marathons,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “We are committed long-term to this fight so that FedEx Freight and Con-way workers will have an opportunity to enjoy a more secure future as Teamsters.”

Carter Marshall, a road driver at FedEx Freight near Chicago, said he wants to form a union with the Teamsters so that he and his co-workers can fight for better health care and retirement, and consistent work rules.

“The work rules are constantly changing and you don’t know from one day to the next what you need to do,” Marshall said. “It makes the job very difficult.”

In Charlotte, N.C. where FedEx Freight workers joined Local 71, they are also in court trying to get the company to bargain fairly for a contract.

“We’re dropping anchor and getting ready for the long-term fight,” said Patrick Harrington, a road driver at FedEx Freight in Charlotte. “We appreciate all the support from Teamster freight members.”

Although workers don’t yet have a contract, Harrington said conditions have improved dramatically.

“We have more job security in Charlotte since forming our union,” he said. “It’s a night and day difference. I’m ecstatic. We’re getting stronger.”

Already Successful

The Teamsters’ campaign has already raised standards for workers at both companies. For example, Con-way has spent more than $60 million on pay raises since the campaign began, in addition to the big money it has spent on union busting.

FedEx Freight raised wages at some facilities by as much as $4 per hour and almost 10 cents a mile in compensation, which includes a company-first 90-cent across-the-board increase last October. It has also held the employees’ costs for health care static for the first time in more than a decade. The union estimates that the company has spent nearly $300 million this past year on pay raises, benefits and union busting tactics.

Raising standards in the freight industry through the Teamsters’ efforts is an important factor which helps the FedEx Freight and Con-way workers directly. The union’s efforts also indirectly help all freight industry workers, including our Teamster freight membership.

Mendieta said he hopes other FedEx Freight workers will research how the company’s corporate greed is hurting them. “The company is full of spin and deception,” he said.

Workers are not giving up and they appreciate the support that Teamsters are providing. “

Our fight will continue,” he said. “It’s an uphill battle but there’s strength in numbers.”

Click Here To Read More About the FedEx Freight and XPO/Conway Organizing Campaigns  


Download: FedEx Conway Leader Article.pdf
FedEx Must Bargain with Teamsters

On March 7, 2016, a federal appeals court enforced a decision of the National Labor Relations Board and ordered FedEx Freight to recognize and bargain with Teamster Local 71 in Charlotte, N.C. and Local 107 in Philadelphia, where members in separate elections had voted to join the Teamsters.   FedEx Freight had refused to recognize the NLRB’s bargaining unit determinations and the resulting union election victories. This decision is a major win for Teamsters at FedEx Freight! Read the latest decisions in the case.

FedEx Freight Employees Demand Bargaining Now

FedEx Freight workers who have joined the Teamsters are fighting for fair contracts and they are asking their co-workers at FedEx Freight to fill out a petition demanding that the company bargain with the union. Click Here to sign petition. 

July 29, 2016

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