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Thanksgiving Day
Nov 26, 2015
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Nov 27, 2015
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J.A.L.M UPS Package
Dec 07, 2015
Island Palms 2051 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Dec 13, 2015
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Dec 14, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
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.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. 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!

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A Day With BA Kevin Pohl

Brother Kevin Pohl is currently the Business Agent for AmeriPride Linen, Chiulista Services, Creamland Dairies, Data Monitor Systems, Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority, First Impressions, Franklin Earth Moving, Greetings Etc Inc., Hertz, NCRTD Blue Bus, Penske, Sara Lee, Sysco, Team One CS, UPS Freight, & US Airways (American Airlines). Some of these Companies have more than one location, so trying to visit every location of every Company he represents can be quite a task. Last week Kevin went to most of these locations and below you will see a photo montage (Click Here to view in photo gallery) of one day when Brother Trey White had the privilege of following him around as they visited 20 locations.

In addition to his duties as Business Agent, Kevin also serves as the Political coordinator for Local 492. This includes being the 492 contact person for political candidates wishing to be officially endorsed by the Teamsters Local 492, and coordinating 492 member volunteers for those endorsed candidate's campaigns. Brother Pohl is also the Teamsters Local 492 Organizer, as well as representing the Teamsters in the NM Building Material & Construction Trade Division, which includes securing large Federal or State government construction jobs, representing Teamsters local 492 during Project Labor Agreement (PLA's) negotiations, and clarifying/enforcing jurisdictional issues. Brother Pohl is also the Teamsters Local 492 Event Planner, which includes annual Membership Appreciation Day, Steward Seminars, Rallies, etc. Thanks Kevin for all you do for The Teamsters of New Mexico!

American Airlines Passenger Service Agents Reach Tentative Agreement

American Airlines Passenger Service Agents Reach Tentative Agreement Which Will Cover 15,000 Workers at the Airline with Teamsters and CWA If Ratified.

Click Here to View 492 AA Contract page which has The IBT Notice and Wage Scales  

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters/Communications Workers of America Association has reached a tentative first agreement with American Airlines covering 15,000 passenger service agents. The Association is the joint bargaining group (IBT and CWA) that represents agents at American Airlines.

Details of the tentative agreement are being provided to members and a ratification vote will be scheduled. More information will be made available shortly.

In September 2014, by an 86 percent vote, airport and reservations agents at American—formed by the merger of American Airlines and US Airways—overwhelmingly chose representation by the Teamsters/CWA.

"Today's tentative agreement provides significant pay raises to our team members, while preserving jobs and facilitating growth," said Kerry Philipovitch, senior vice president – Customer Experience. "Our agents and representatives have played a critical role in our integration and we thank them for the superior service they provide to our customers every day. We would also like to thank the CWA-IBT for their professionalism and for advocating for their members, and to both negotiating teams for their dedication and hard work toward reaching an agreement."

492 Teamster Day Turns Out Record Attendees

The 2015 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day had a record turnout this year with about 500 members and their families attending the event from a wide variety of crafts and companies which included (in alphabetical order) ABF, AmeriPride Linen, Chiulista, Creamland, Film/Movies, Franklins, LANS, NCRTD, OMI, Penske, Sysco, TeamOne, UPS, UPS Freight, and YRC. There were Teamster Retirees that also attended and had a booth set up for info on their Teamster Retiree Club.

To View Photos of the Event, Click Here

Guest speakers included Teamsters Vice President Steve Vairma, US Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, and New Mexico State Senator & Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. The Executive Board, Business Agents and office staff were on hand and enjoyed meeting and talking to the Members in this social atmosphere which also gave the Members a chance to have quality time to get to know the 492 E-Board & BA’s better. Everyone enjoyed the food featuring Popeye’s Chicken, the free Teamster shirts for Members, face painting, and some Teamster swag as well. 

The Teamsters Joint Council #3 Truck was there (thanks to Retired 455 Vice President, Jim Adams, who drove it down from CO).

We would like to thank Brother David Snow, who is a Union Steward at Creamland, for donating his time and Jumper for the kids to play in.

There was also a raffle where we had lots of prizes and lots of winners. The two most sought after prizes were the TV (won by Brother John Petitt of UPS) and the custom made 492 Teamster Disk-it (won by Brother Joshua Cordova of ABF).

This is the 3rd year Teamsters Local 492 has hosted an event to celebrate the Teamsters of New Mexico, but this is the first year we have had a committee of Teamsters Members plan the event, and it definitely showed. As you may have noticed, the event was very well organized and this years Member attendance more than doubled last year’s! That is thanks to Brother Kevin Pohl and his 492 Event Committee, led by Brother Joseph Carrillo. The Event Committee put all of this together, got the word out, and performed way beyond expectations with a phenomenal job! The attention to detail, the seamless functionality, the amazing appearance, the great prizes, and everything else, were all because of the work and vision The 492 Event Committee. 

The Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board, on behalf of all of the Members who enjoyed the event, would like to thank The 492 Event Committee for all of their hard work and the countless hours of their personal time they donated to this great Union over the last 3 months preparing for this day. On the committee are (in alphabetical order) Sister Esther Basham who also volunteered at food table, Brother Joseph Carrillo (event coordination), Sister Silvana Cufré who also volunteered with face painting for the kids, Sister Lacey Eversole who also volunteered at the check-in table, Sister Rori Hall who also volunteered at the check-in table, Brother Albert Lujan who also volunteered with face painting for the kids, and Brother Robert Sanders who also volunteered at the DRIVE table.

We would also like to thank all the volunteers that helped set up the event, close down and clean up, and also thanks to the day-of-the-event volunteers that kept the whole thing running smoothly which include all those above plus; Sister Darlene Archuleta, Sister Melinda Delgado, Brother Robert Delgado, Sister Jenny Gutierrez, Sister Lena Hodges, Sister Mary Jeter, Teamsters Local 492 Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas, Sister Melissa Malcom, Brother Eddy Merida, Brother Josh Perez, and Brother Jesus Vidaca. (If you would like to be on the event committee or volunteer at our next event, let us know by Clicking Here)

A Special thank you to ABF for lending us their tents and to Line Haul Manager Randy Archer for helping us set them up.

Thank you to all who participated and attended this event, we truly enjoyed seeing all of you and meeting your families and we hope to be able to do this again next year. On behalf the Teamsters Local 492 staff, Business Agents and Executive Board, we truly appreciate the Members of this Local Union and everything you do to make this Union great, and all the hard working Union Stewards that do such a great job helping their fellow Members, Thank you Teamster Brothers & Sisters!

November 25, 2015

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