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JWAC Freight Hearings (2nd Level)
Feb 08, 2015
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General Membership Union Meeting
Feb 12, 2015
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.
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Feb 16, 2015
Maya Hotel Long Beach, CA
Presidents Day
Feb 16, 2015
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Feb 18, 2015
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Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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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.

RTW Bill Passes NM House Committee

Jan 29th, 2015- Today the House Business and Employment Committee voted 8-5, largely along party lines, to approve “right-to-work” bill HB 75 called the “Employee Preference Act,” despite a five-hour hearing of testimony from 51 people who spoke against the bill, while only 13 people, mainly business associations and chambers of commerce leaders, spoke in favor the bill. It was also pointed out publicly there was not a single Union worker at the hearing voicing interest in the bill or wanting to “opt-out” of a Union, but the committee voted in favor of it anyway.  

The proposal now goes to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote then (if passed) to the full House, now under Republican control for the first time in 60 years.

Everyone should contact your State Senator & House Representative today and ask them to oppose “Right to Work” bills like the “Employee Preference Act” and other anti-worker bills and measures moving through the state legislature. They need to hear from you! 

By Clicking Here, you can email your State Senator & House Representative by simply entering your Zip Code.  There is a sample letter already written for you that you can modify or you can write your own if you wish. It takes less than one minute and can really make a difference. Make your voice heard now by Clicking Here!

If you’re not sure what RTW is, or why it’s bad, Click Here to educate yourself on what's going on in NM. 

Are you interested in having us contact you when volunteers are needed to help fight RTW? Please Click Here to be put on our “Contact Me” list today.

How Does MEPRA Effect Our Pension?

Click Here to Read the Open Letter From the Western Conference Of Teamsters Pension Trust about the recently passed Omnibus Bill which included the Multi-Employer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MEPRA 2014). 

Freeloaders “Right-to-Work” Coming to a State Near You?

Click Here to read more about RTW and why it is bad for workers, not just Union workers, but all workers.

Make your voice Heard! Say NO to RTW Laws! By Clicking Here, you can email your State Senator & House Representative by simply entering your Zip Code.  There is a sample letter already written for you that you can modify or you can write your own if you wish. It takes less than one minute and can really make a difference. Make your voice heard now by Clicking Here!

Get Ready For The NM War On Workers!

A commentary By Teamsters Union Local 492 Recording Secretary, Trey White

I hope you all had a great 2014, and hope 2015 is even better for you. 2015 looks promising from the indicators economists study.  

The 2014 election in New Mexico had a low voter turnout which is usually not good for labor.  So unfortunately, while the good, hard working people of New Mexico punched in for work on November 4th, 2014, corporate America was busy buying another election, and you can probably understand, they do not have the workers best interests in mind when they are handing out that cash to the candidates, quite the opposite.

Well the pay off for the big spenders is about to play out in our own back yard here in New Mexico, when anti-worker politicians outnumber the labor friendly ones in the NM State House of Representatives for the first time in 60 years. No matter who you voted for, I am sure you don’t want your elected politicians undermining the collective voice you have at work, so please, read on. If you believe the Union has no positive effect on your life, please Click Here to read some American History you may not be aware of.   

Now it is time for the men and women of the State of New Mexico who punch a clock everyday to start voicing their opinions (loudly) about laws these unfriendly-to-labor lawmakers look to change.

We will be asking for volunteers at the end of this article to assist in this fight, or you can just Click Here now to be put on our “Contact Me” list.  

Here is what the War on Workers looks like for the 2015 Legislative session:

  • A change in workers compensation eligibility (NOT IN THE WORKERS FAVOR) designed to lessen the employer’s liability.
  • Removal of the state’s Little Davis Bacon Act (which keeps wages from falling) on construction projects that qualify.
  • Repeal of SB33 which requires that Union negotiated wages in the construction trades are the prevailing wages on state funded construction projects.
  • And saving the most important for last, there are 6 different, but equally damaging, versions of “right-to-work” legislation being introduced.

“Right-to-work” (RTW) is one of those names given to a law to trick people into believing it’s a good cause. Who doesn’t want the right to work? Everyone should, but this is America and you and I as Americans, already have the right to work. But that is not what this law is about. The law divides the Union workforce into two factions; dues payers and freeloaders. RTW laws may differ from state to state (there are 6 versions of the law being written for the 2015 fight against the workers of NM), but they all have one thing in common, protect the freeloader

RTW laws let the worker at a Union job stop paying dues, but the Union is still required by law to provide all services to the non-dues paying worker. The freeloader gets all the benefits of the Union for free, even though it costs money to employ local Union business agents who negotiate those great wages and benefits that the freeloader came to the Union Job for in the first place. The Union is also still required under RTW laws, to help with grievances and terminations, etc. of the freeloader. But if everyone is freeloading, the Union will not be able to continue to pay the salaries of those business agents, and eventually there will be no one to help the freeloader, and that is the ultimate goal of RTW, to weaken (or eliminate) the Union and thereby weakening the workers’ position in the workplace. 

Ask yourself, would these same anti-labor lawmakers ever pass a similar law called “Right-to-Live”, where someone would have the “right to live” here, drive on America’s roads, send their kids to America’s schools, work an American Job, and collect a Social Security check when they retire, but not have to “join America” or ever pay taxes? Of course not, but that is essentially what these lawmakers expect from Unions; to support a person who is reaping all the benefits of The Union (The Country) without paying The Dues (The Taxes) that built it and keep it running, and retire with a Pension (Social Security Check) that is just not available to most modern day non-union workers.

These legislators that pretend RTW is good for the worker are not just lying to you, they are hypocrites. Their only motivation in passing RTW is to please the big corporate donors that got them elected, not to do what’s right for Americans.    

Click Here to read more about RTW and why it is bad for workers, not just Union workers, but all workers.

The four issues mentioned above that are being introduced in 2015, including the 6 versions of RTW, will hurt WORKERS and the MIDDLE CLASS. This is clearly a potential race to the bottom for New Mexico workers.

If working families in New Mexico are important to you and your family, it’s time to mobilize friends, family members and everyone that feels that a living wage and worker rights are crucial parts of raising a family here in New Mexico. The Teamsters, along with other worker friendly organizations, are going to need your support during the upcoming legislative session if we are going to defeat these destructive measures being introduced. We will need volunteers to march on the capital in Santa Fe when these bills come up for a vote. We will try to give you as much notice as possible, but unfortunately the process can be quite unpredictable (which they do intentionally).

Are you interested in having us contact you when volunteers are needed to march? Please Click Here to be put on our “Contact Me” list today.  

By Clicking Here, you can email your State Senator & House Representative by simply entering your Zip Code.  There is a sample letter already written for you that you can modify or you can write your own if you wish. It takes less than one minute and can really make a difference. Make your voice heard now by Clicking Here!

Thank you for taking the time to educate yourself about issues that may impact you greatly. Please encourage your co-workers and family to do the same. The working class cannot afford to sit back and watch as corporations have their way with this great country of ours, let’s take it back, together!  

Do We Really Need Unions In America?

What Do Unions Do For Me?

By Teamsters492.org Webmaster, Trey White

I am always amazed when I hear some say to me, “I don’t need the Union; I do my job!” That may be true, you may be the best at your job and never do anything wrong, but the Union still helps you in ways you probably are not aware of or are thankful for because they have always been there for you so you feel that’s just normal.

If you work in a Union job, you are most likely benefiting from higher wages and benefits like paid retirements, paid holidays and the big one these days; paid insurance. Even if you have to pay a little towards some of these things, you are still probably better off than your non-union counter-parts. You may not have chosen to work there because it is a Union job, but the reasons that you do work there were more than likely made possible by the very Union you don’t think you need.

The fact is; Unions raise the wages and benefits for everyone in this country, even non-union workers. The non-union competitors must keep their wages fair because if they don’t, two things will happen the non-union company does not want; first the employees will start to leave and then the remaining employees will start reaching out to Unions to organize them, we see this all the time. Companies do not want either to happen, so they try to keep their employees just happy enough to avoid it. But if there were no Unions, there would be no threat. Then wages, benefits and overall working conditions would drop.

The decline of membership in Unions coincides with the decline in middle-class income:

If you are still not convinced, read the list of benefits below that most Americans take advantage of, (even management) that would not exist if not for Unions making them happen.   

Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

  1. Weekends off
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination
  9. 8-hour work day
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers' compensation (workers' comp)
  15. Unemployment insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer health care insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  26. Sexual harassment laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday pay
  29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  30. Privacy rights
  31. Pregnancy and parental leave
  32. Military leave
  33. The right to strike
  34. Public education for children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States
January 31, 2015

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