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J.A.L.M UPS Package
Apr 21, 2014
Sofia 150 West Broadway San Diego, Ca 92101
UPS Freight Western Region Grievance Panel Committee Hearings
Apr 28, 2014
Long Beach, Ca.
2014 New Mexico Truck Driving Champions
May 03, 2014
Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE Albuquerque, NM 87105 (7 minutes south of downtown Albuquerque at Interstate 25 and Hwy 47, Exit 215)
JWAC Freight Hearings (2nd Level)
May 12, 2014
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
General Membership Union Meeting
May 15, 2014
This Union Meeting is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.
Current Campaigns
  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014. 

  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.


  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

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If you are a member in good standing,  please register (log in) to participate in Member Only features, which include being able to view or download the Rocky Mountain Teamster, receive email and/or cell phone text updates in your industry from the local, download grievance forms and much more. Click here to read the Local 492 Welcome Message From Secretary-Treasurer, Walter R. Maestas.

Teamsters Weigh In On College Athletes Ruling

Teamsters Director of Strategic Research and Campaigns Iain Gold appears on Bloomberg TV to discuss the impact of college athletes winning the right to form unions. 

The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled this week that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize. Watch the segment here

Proposed Amendments to NLRB Should Even The Organizing Odds

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued its support today for a rule suggested by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which would ease and hasten union-organizing elections at private-sector companies, a move that unions have sought for many years.

The rule, if approved, would eliminate existing hurdles that can delay union-organizing votes with meritless and unnecessary litigation. The changes would streamline pre- and post-election procedures to help facilitate agreement and consolidate all election-related appeals into a post-election appeals process. Taken together, they would help stop companies from abusing the legal process to stall election votes, as many do now.

“Workers for too long have been forced to endure unnecessary delays when they have tried to start a union,” Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said. “We urge the NLRB to move forward with these changes so hard-working Americans can organize and better provide for their families.”

The reforms the Board will propose would:

  • Allow for electronic filing and transmission of election petitions and other documents;
  • Ensure that employees, employers and unions receive and exchange timely information they need to understand and participate in the representation case process;
  • Streamline pre- and post-election procedures to facilitate agreement and eliminate unnecessary litigation;
  • Include telephone numbers and email addresses in voter lists to enable parties to the election to be able to communicate with voters using modern technology; and
  • Consolidate all election-related appeals to the Board into a single post-election appeals process.

On February 5th, Vice president Joe Biden said about the proposal, “Business and right wing backers of so-called "right to work" laws really want "the right for them to eliminate your right to have a say in your work," Vice President Joseph Biden says. And unions are "the only ones keeping those barbarians at the gate", he adds of the right wing and its business backers. "We have to organize to fight back against these unrelenting efforts to diminish collective bargaining," Biden declared. "We have to adapt, but the moment workers lose the ability to be represented" by unions, "that's the moment we all lose out." 

You Can Read The NLRB Comments Here and, 

The Federal Register On The Rule Can Be Viewed Here

Read an AP Article about the Amendments Here

Download: NLRB Proposed Amendments.pdf , Labor Board To Change Unionization Rules.pdf
NM Truck Roadeo Deadline Is April 12th

The New Mexico Truck Driving Championships (TDC) and banquet will be on May 3rd at the Isleta Resort & Casino 11000 Broadway SE Albuquerque, NM 87105 (7 minutes south of downtown Albuquerque at Interstate 25 and Hwy 47, Exit 215).

Events get underway at 7 am at the Isleta Resort & Casino.  The TDC runs most of the day.  The driver entry fee is $50 and all entry forms must be received by April 12, 2014.  See the TDC page for forms and details.

Awards Banquet & Ceremony will be held Saturday Evening - May 3rd, 2014. Between 6-7 pm: Cocktails and between 7-10 pm: Dinner with the awards ceremony during and after dinner.

We encourage all of our Teamster Brothers and Sisters to compete in this competition, let’s show the non-union companies our Teamster skills!!! Talk to your manager today about how to sign up for the event. The deadline is April 14th, don’t miss it!

SF House Introduces Jobs Bill

Legislation to Create Jobs Introduced

SANTA FE, NM – With a blueprint in hand, the bipartisan Jobs Council has started the legislative process of creating jobs in New Mexico.  A legislative package based on the recommendations of the Jobs Council has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the House of Representatives.  It includes:

  • Appropriations to improve economic development efforts toward job creation which includes significantly more funding for the Economic Development Department and the State Tourism Department.    
    • $10 million dollars (EDD) for a discretionary closing fund for projects pursuant to the Local Economic Development Act;
    • $2.0 million dollars (EDD) for a Cooperative Marketing program which will allow participants in the certified cities program to hire additional people to help regions focus economic growth in targeted fields.
    • $1.5 million dollars (EDD) for New Mexico Partnership to hire additional people for outreach and marketing.
    •  $1.5 million dollars (EDD) for the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) to make it permanent;
    •  $250,000 (EDD) to develop and test a job-creation program focused on solo workers;
    •  $200,000 (EDD) for certified business incubators;
    • $100,000 (EDD) to fund and support regional efforts to pilot a program for forest restoration and biomass development on US Forest land. 
    • $2.5 million dollars (Tourism) to expand marketing and develop visitor-experience activities
    • $500,00 (Tourism) for on-line customer service training
    • $150,000 for the Higher Education Department (HED) to develop a work force gap forecasting model that will identify the number of jobs that will be needed in the future, the skills, knowledge and experience that those jobs will require;

  • Legislation to create the Economic Development Grant Program which would provide matching state grants to local and regional economic development agencies to expand economic development and job creation.  The Economic Development Grant Program would require those entities to report back on their job-creating progress.
  • Legislation that would fund a physics early-education pilot program for middle schools. Earlier access and encouragement in the sciences is critical to developing the skills necessary to get jobs at the labs, universities, Spaceport, military bases, and other tech job opportunities in the state.

“We put an outline of the Jobs Council recommended levels of expenditures –plussing up expenditures in Economic Development,” says Speaker of the House, W. Ken Martinez (D-69 Bernalillo, Cibola, McKinley, Socorro, San Juan, Valencia).  “The thinking in the past has been when government is shrinking because of the recession, you take money away from job creation-- which is very counterintuitive.  Having lost so many jobs, we need to work harder to create jobs.  We need to create 16,000 jobs a year for the next ten years and this legislation gets the ball rolling.”

Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen says, “Jobs are important for New Mexico, this plan hits in all parts of the state and in all sectors.  It’s not just about bringing in new business, it’s also about re-tooling.  If we can figure out what kinds of jobs can be created here in New Mexico, we can prepare and train our students for those jobs so they can stay here.”

Read the draft of the appropriation bill.  To see the recommendations made by the Jobs Council in the final report click here.

Download: Jobs_Council_Appropriation_Bill.pdf
April 19, 2014

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