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Memorial Day
May 25, 2015
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
Executive Board Meeting Only
Jun 10, 2015
This is an Executive Board Meeting Only, there will not be a General Membership Meeting this month
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Jun 14, 2015
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 2015 Essay Contest Deadline
Jun 15, 2015
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Jun 15, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
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.

  • 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 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!

2015 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships
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YRC-AQE Hits 19 Million Safety Miles

YRC Freight held an employee safety ceremony to celebrate a safety streak from January 2013 to January of 2015, which set an all time YRC company record, 19 million consecutive accident and injury-free miles accomplished by all 85 Albuquerque Line drivers. This article is an Updated version of an article originally posted on in September of 2014. 

Shown in the picture (you can see more pictures by clicking here) the Company presented the specially designed and updated trailer saluting the drivers' achievement at the safety celebration which proudly includes the names of all 85 drivers and the logos of the New Mexico Teamsters and the IBT.  It was altered to read 19 million miles in honor of the more current streak. 

The trailer was originally presently in September 2014 at the 15 million mile celebration, when each driver received a die-cast replica of the equipment and tee-shirts commemorating the amazing accomplishment. You may have noticed the trailer originally showed “TEN” million miles, the tee-shirts given out said 14 million but they celebrated 15 million. That is because when they hit 10 million they started working on the trailer, they had passed 14 million when the shirts were printed, and by the time the celebration actually took place they had hit 15 million. In January of 2015 they hit the 19 million mark and the trailer was updated to reflect that.  

As of September, 35% of these YRC Teamster drivers had driven one million miles or more, two had driven over 4 million miles, two over 3 million miles & 27 drivers had worked more than 25 years injury free.

Also honored at the September 2014 ceremony were:

Al Weddle, 57 years and over 4 million miles injury and accident free

CB Montoya, 42 years and over 4 Million miles injury and accident free

Joe Wright, 37 years accident free

Wes Johnson, 36 years injury and accident free

In attendance, Johnny R. Johnson, Managing Director of the New Mexico Trucking Association and American Trucking Association Chairman Phil Byrd, who spoke at the event. Also in attendance, Teamsters Local 492 Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas and Business Agent Kevin Pohl, representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and New Mexico Transportation Police, who distributed the 85 donated new child car safety seats to families in need, in the name of each member of the YRC Freight Albuquerque driving team who has contributed to the safety milestone.

YRC Freight President Darren Hawkins said at the September ceremony, "Having 85 drivers work together to achieve 15 million consecutive accident and injury-free miles is a testament to the professionalism of the Albuquerque team. It is a real honor to be in Albuquerque with the drivers today so that we can personally pay tribute to their achievement. The YRC Freight Albuquerque driving team's safety record is evidence of what a team can do when collectively focused not only on their own safety, but also on the safety of others." (There has been no press release from the company about the 19 million mile achievement yet)

Also speaking at the event was Albuquerque YRC Freight Linehaul Manager Hoss Salehian who said,These Albuquerque drivers set an all time record of 15 million miles driving without lost time and preventable accidents. To put that in perspective, 15 million miles is equivalent of 60 trips between here and the moon and over 600 trips around the earth. I am pleased to recognize these 85 men for their achievement in transportation safety; this is a significant accomplishment that attests to their dedication to safety. These drivers embody the values and professionalism that is YRC Freight. I am very proud of these men and thankful for their dedication and remarkable achievement.”

Teamsters Local 492 is also very proud of our brothers at YRC and wish to congratulate them on this amazing record. As the sign says above the door at the AQE facility, (see picture) “Through This Door, Pass The Finest Union Drivers In North America,” and they have certainly lived up to that! 

2015 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

This was another good year for the Teamster represented Companies at the 2015 Truck Roadeo. New Mexico Teamsters Local 492 Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas was there to lend his support to all the Teamsters in the roadeo which included drivers from ABF, Sysco, TeamOne, UPS Freight, and YRC. Individual Teamsters from ABF, TeamOne & YRC took home 10 placement awards, 2 DOM awards and CB Montoya of YRC received the Driver of the Year Award.

Click Here to View Photos provided to us by Ruby Wilson, Thanks Ruby!

This article will be updated as info and pictures are provided to us. At this point only ABF & YRC have responded to our requests for info.


ABF had a  large showing of supporters at this year’s roadeo which included ABF Freight President Tim Thorne, VP of Line haul Mark McMinn, Regional VP Andy Upchurch, West Regional Director Ed Myers, ABF Local Management and employees from the shop, dock, line haul, and office.  

Here are their results:

1st place in Sleeper class Ralph Garcia, which is his13th win in a row

1st place in 5-axle class Charlie Estrada                  

1st place Straight Truck class Donald Woods

2nd place Flatbed class Tito Torres                         

3rd place 4-axle class Ricky Lucas

3rd place Twins Chad Sullins, his 7th year in a row placing

3rd place 5-axle class Michael Contreras          

ABF Freight had 2 drivers honored as “Driver of the Month” for 2014; Carroll Weaver for February and Fred White for March.

ABF won two Fleet safety Awards, the city operation won the 100,000 to 500,000 mile category which they also won last year, and Line Haul won the over 5,000,000 mile award for the 4th consecutive year!

Line Haul Manager Randy Archer received the 2015  “Jim Wilcox Award" recognizing service in the field of safety.

Also competing from ABF; Randy Amberman (out of Farmington, NM) and Kirk Weis in 3-axle, Gerald Benavidez in 4-axle, Craig Arellano in flatbed, Robert Delgado in tanker, Duane Oldfield in twins.

ABF Freight Safety department has agreed to sponsor a new award, to be called the “Ralph Garcia Award".  It was awarded to ABF driver and 13 time winner Ralph Garcia this year and he will present it to other deserving competitors in the future.  It is for continued excellence in safety and participation in the NM TDC’s. The NM Safety Management Council was inspired by National "Neal Darmstadter Award" when creating this award.


YRC recently celebrated 19 million miles accident and injury free, the streak was from January 2013 to January 2015 (see picture above). Congratulations to all the Teamster drivers at YRC that made this happen! You truly have made us proud. YRC received the “Carrier of the Year” award at the NM TDC this year because of your phenomenal record!  To read an article we posted when they hit 15 million, click here.

Jack Rojas took 2nd in the 5-axle sleeper and Michael Mcafee took 3rd in the 5-axle sleeper. CB Montoya received driver of the year for his 6 million miles accident and injury free. CB has been with YRC 43 years, is 77 years old and is still driving safe.  Other Participants from YRC were Leroy EyHcio in 3-axle, Manny Gomez in 5-axle, James Aragon in Twins and Frank Sandoval in Twins.

Team One

Brian Thais took 2nd place also participating Cameron Misner in 4-axle.


Participants included Sean Smartt, Thomas Humphreys, Jose Salas, Pascual Montes all in 3 axle and Aaron Clonan in flatbed.

UPS Freight

Participants included Luis Soliz, Jr & Jose Seijas in 3-axle, Keith Brewer & Stephen Lopez in Twins.

Congratulations to everyone and we look forward to 2016! To view the 2014 TDC article, Click Here.

To View The Score Sheet, Click Here

Download: TDC Results 2015.pdf
Teamster Horsemen Coming to New Mexico

The Teamster Horsemen Motorcycle Association is starting a new chapter in New Mexico. We are a nonprofit organization set to bring our Teamster Brothers & Sisters together to ride. We will raise funds to help out brother and sister members within the Teamster Union. Our purpose is to help charitable organizations, especially children's causes. We reflect the values of Teamster Brotherhood and camaraderie and support our local communities and greater biker community. We are open to all union members who ride any make of bike as well as others sponsored by a Union member.

For information on joining the NM chapter of the Teamster Horsemen, as well as other officer information, please contact Chuck W 505-401-8346 or Jason P 505-918-4270.

Click here to download a flyer

Download: TeamsterHorsemenNM.pdf
The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed

Retirement Crisis: The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed for Many Americans

Kelley Holland for CNBC -You need to know this number: $18,433. That's the median amount in a 401(k) savings account, according to a recent report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Almost 40 percent of employees have less than $10,000, even as the proportion of companies offering alternatives like defined benefit pensions continues to drop.

Older workers do tend to have more savings. At Vanguard, for example, the median for savers aged 55 to 64 in 2013 was $76,381. But even at that level, millions of workers nearing retirement are on track to leave the workforce with savings that do not even approach what they will need for health care, let alone daily living. Not surprisingly, retirement is now Americans' top financial worry, according to a recent Gallup poll.  Click Here to read more.

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