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General Membership Union Meeting
Mar 07, 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.
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Mar 08, 2015
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Mar 09, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
J.A.L.M UPS Package
Mar 16, 2015
Homewood Suites 7101 Arvada Ave. NE Alb., NM 87110
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan Representative
Mar 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.

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!

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.  

RTW Funded by Corporate Special Interest Groups

RTW Legislation Won’t Help Workers

New Mexicans should beware of the deceptive “right-to-work” legislation that politicians and CEOs are pushing.

The term ‘right to work’ was chosen by clever PR people to confuse the public about its true meaning. It sounds like something that helps workers. It isn’t. It’s nothing more than an intrusive government tactic to limit the power of unions.

The law already says no one in New Mexico can be required to join a union. It also says unions must represent every worker, whether they join or not. Unions may charge a fee to the workers they’re forced to represent – but only if the employer and employees agree. Right-to-work laws prevent employers and employees from making that decision.

The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t offer benefits to businesses that don’t pay dues. Unions shouldn’t have to, either.

Legislation like this is being promoted all over the country by a well-coordinated network of out-of-state billionaires and corporate special interest groups. They want to keep more profit for themselves. These are the same groups that are downsizing, shipping jobs overseas, and hiding profits offshore to avoid paying the taxes that families and small businesses have to pay.  

At a time when middle-class families are struggling, we can’t afford these anti-worker laws. Studies show that in right-to-work states, like Mississippi and Indiana, workers earn $5,000 less a year. Six of the 10 states with the highest unemployment have these anti-worker policies.

The right-to-work proposal in New Mexico is a distraction that divides New Mexicans. The Legislature shouldn’t waste time on this issue. Instead, our leaders should be trying to improve the economy, create jobs and equip our schools with the tools to prepare our children for 21st century jobs.

Click Here To Learn More Facts About RTW

US Senators & Congressmen on RTW

Right-to-work Legislation Matters to Working Families

By Congressmen Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Lujan and Michelle Lujan Grisham | Feb 7th, 2015

As the national economy shows signs of real improvement, New Mexico’s recovery has been challenging and slow. Working families want to know when we will see more jobs, higher salaries and access to quality education at every level. The state Legislature has an opportunity to put New Mexico in a position to provide that economic security and rebuild the middle class.

Unfortunately, the first bill to gain traction at the Roundhouse is a divisive plan backed by out-of-state political operatives designed to divide working families. The so-called Right-to-Work plan championed by special interests would do more harm than good. Consider these consequences:

• In states with similar anti-worker laws, workers earn, on average, $5,000 less each year than their counterparts in competing states.

• Six in 10 states with the highest unemployment rates have these anti-worker laws.

• Twelve of the 14 states with the worst pay gap between men and women are anti-worker states.

• Workers in states with these anti-worker laws earn fewer benefits.

• Worker safety suffers in these anti-worker states where the rate of deaths on the job is 54.4 percent higher.

The Legislature’s Jobs Council has produced bipartisan ideas to create jobs and help rebuild New Mexico’s economy. Democrats and Republicans got together with business and labor leaders, local and state officials and economic developers who endorsed these ideas.

So it is disheartening to see the new House Republican leadership using its new found power to focus on legislation that would hurt working families. And it’s disappointing to see voices of opposition silenced during committee debate on this issue.

We have opposed anti-worker policies like these at the federal level because unions have long provided benefits for all workers, regardless of membership, by fighting for benefits many now take for granted such as overtime, workplace safety and paid leave.

Legitimate studies are proving that anti-worker laws would weaken New Mexico’s already struggling middle class. Employees with unions at their backs are able to help raise the bar on pay and benefits for all workers in every industry. Anti-worker laws diminish that power. That’s why working families in New Mexico have stood strong against such policies every time outsider special interest groups have tried to force them on us.

The fact of the matter is that people are already free to join a union or not — that’s the law.

When corporate-backed special interest groups tell people to drop their union memberships, working people suffer the consequences. Non-union workers lose the guarantee that they will be heard when it comes to working conditions, benefits and wages. Working men and women in New Mexico know that real employee freedom means having a voice in the workplace.

The New Mexico Legislature has a history of standing up for working families. We urge state lawmakers to focus on growing our economy, creating well-paying 21st century jobs, investing in our schools and strengthening our middle class. There’s so much good that can be done for our state, let’s focus the effort where it will really count by putting New Mexico’s working families first.

U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are Democratic senators from New Mexico. U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján represents the 3rd Congressional District and Michelle Lujan Grisham, the 1st, in the House of Representatives.

RTW Bill Passes NM House Committee

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!

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.  

Update---Feb. 25, 2015- HB75 passes House on a party line vote after contentious public hearings

HB75, the controversial “right to work” bill, passed out of the House on a largely party line vote despite 3 hours of testimony disparaging the legislation by Representatives in support of working families. The version of the bill presented on the House floor contained amendments to include a minor minimum wage raise and the creation of a “training wage,” which detractors had been criticizing as insufficient since an $8/hour wage still leaves minimum wage earners below the poverty line. HB75 now moves on to the Senate.

Feb 19, 2015- HB 75 now has a minimum wage portion added by Rep. Nate Gentry that proposes a .50 raise to $8.00 an hour with a training wage of $7.50 an hour for six months. This addition has caused, the supporters of the Bill, a problem for the unfriendly to Labor legislators because they feel the need to vote on the two issues separately. So, HB 75 has been postponed till next week. Sign up on the "Contact Me" list to get updates for the upcoming Protest Rally at the Capital. 

Senate Democrats unveiled a Jobs Package today that they are calling “Ready to Work”.  In the press conference, Democratic Senate leaders and members stated opposition to “Right to Work”. “It’s a cheap political trick to try to divide people in this great state,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen.Read an article about it here.

Feb 14th, 2015- HB75 passed the House Judiciary Committee, 7 to 6. The Bill will now go the House Floor to be voted on by the full House of Representatives. 

Feb 12, 2015- There have been interesting developments today in Santa Fe.  The House Judiciary is meeting tomorrow to discuss and vote on HB 75.  This is continuation of the hearing Tuesday, where many of you and your members spoke in opposition to this terrible bill. 

Today the House Judiciary Committee released a new proposed substitute amendment reverting to the bill as originally introduced but adding a minimum wage provision.  This is a blatant political ploy by House Republicans to try to divide all of those fighting for the working families of New Mexico.  This transparent act will not fool us or our progressive partners working to improve the lives of working families in New Mexico.  The so-called "right to work" bill now will contain a totally unrelated (and therefore unconstitutional) provision that would allow employers to pay BELOW the minimum wage for employees in their first six months at each job.  

The committee will hear testimony on the minimum wage provision tomorrow, (testimony on right to work was on Tuesday) before discussing and voting on the bill.

  • The increase is insufficient and will leave hard working families far below the poverty line.
  • The training wage is designed for employers to abuse, so they never have to pay an increase.  It leaves workers more vulnerable than they are now. 

Tying the increase to a bill that undermines workers' right to organize and stand up for their own interests’ only shows that the sponsors don't care about working families. 

Feb 10, 2015-  House Judiciary Hearing Today

The hearing began late due to 2 reasons: First, the crowd was so large that they moved the hearing to the House Chamber; Second, Rep. Roch offered a substitute for HB 75.  The substitute is currently being analyzed and we will update you with what it means, but it seems to do 2 things, eliminate hiring halls for private sector unions and say that Public Sector Unions don’t have to represent in any way people who aren’t members.  Initial research indicates this may be a new version of the ALEC RTW proposal.

Here is the Albuquerque Journal Story on the Substitute bill:

The large crowd was filled with many people in opposition to the bill, speaking to the committee about this unfair, unnecessary bill that is terrible for New Mexico’s Middle Class.  The testimony went on until 7:45pm.  The committee then postponed discussion, further amendments and voting until Friday, 2/13 at 1:30pm in room 309.

Our field program continued today with phone calls to targeted Senate Districts and canvassing to generate handwritten letters.  Thanks to many of you and your members for attending and speaking out to the House Judiciary Committee today.

Feb 7th, 2015- Thank you to all the volunteers that came out today to help stuff envelops about RTW. Click Here to view the list of volunteers 

Feb 6th, 2015- HB 75 is scheduled to be heard in the Judiciary Committee on Monday February 9th, 2015.

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). 

March 01, 2015

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