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Presidents Day
Feb 15, 2016
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
JWAC Freight Hearings (2nd Level)
Feb 15, 2016
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan Representative
Feb 17, 2016
Union Hall (Conference Room Upstairs)
J.A.L.M UPS Package
Feb 22, 2016
Maya Hotel 700 Queensway Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802
10-hour OSHA/3-hour Hazcom Training
Mar 05, 2016
ABQ Training site 3508 Los Picaros RD. S.E. Albuquerque NM 87119 (6-Hours Saturday/4-Hours Sunday)
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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RTW Tabled in NM

We had a big night in Santa Fe! Thank you to everyone who came out today and has helped us along the way. It's really been a team effort. Here is the update: 

Right to Work: The Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) heard SB 269, The Employee Preference Act (aka right to work) on Tuesday night. When the committee chair asked that everyone in the room opposed to the RTW bill to stand, the whole room stood up! Attached is a picture of the opposition to RTW standing in front of the committee. It's amazing! 
Each side had 6 people speak to the committee about the effects of the bill. The first opposition speaker was Tim Crone from AFT. He delivered to the Committee the 4000 petition signatures we had gathered. The committee voted to table the bill (5-4). This essentially kills the bill. The fight isn't completely over yet, but this was a great night. 
Prevailing Wage: A bad prevailing wage bill, HB200, passed the House (35-32) mostly along party lines and is headed to the Senate. 
Lobby Day: UFCW had a lobby day today. They also delivered 112 letters from Working America to Senator Barela who is the newest member of the SPAC. Thank you letters where also delivered to Senator Campos. 
Protect Prevailing Wage

New Mexico had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in recent months. You’d think that Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators would focus on getting New Mexicans back to work and protecting good jobs.

But they’re doing just the opposite. This week, the state House began debate on a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage laws for construction workers. This bill will lower the wages of hardworking New Mexicans, make it easier for construction companies to hire out-of-state workers for taxpayer-funded projects and make our schools, bridges and roads less safe and cost more.

The New Mexico House is expected to pass this bill, but we think we have a good shot at stopping it from moving out of the state Senate.

Send an email to your senator today and ask them to vote against any bill that would eliminate prevailing wage laws.

This one is pretty simple. Prevailing wage laws help to ensure that local workers, whose families shop and support local businesses in our communities, are hired to build our schools, bridges and other taxpayer-funded projects.

But if these laws are repealed, less-skilled, out-of-state construction workers will be brought in to do this work, which won’t save our communities any money—in many cases, it costs more—because they won’t be getting the job done right the first time. Also, having less-skilled workers do these jobs would make the schools, bridges and roads we use every day less safe.

That’s not what our families and working people deserve.

Contact your senator today and ask them to protect existing prevailing wage laws.

House Bill 200 an Attack on Good Wages and #WrongforNM

House Bill 200 an Attack on Good Wages and #WrongforNM

Workers Are Under Attack!

The same powerful interests pushing Right-to-Work are attacking Prevailing Wage protections in state law.

House Bill 200 is scheduled in the House Business & Employment Committee THIS THURSDAY, January 28 at 8:30 AM in Room 307.

Call your NM Legislator today! Click Here to find your Legislator info

CLICK HERE for Info Sheet on The Importance of Prevailing Wage!

CLICK HERE for HB200 Talking Points

This is the ONLY committee hearing for HB 200 in the House, so please come out to oppose the bill and testify in support of working New Mexicans!

8 NM Unions, 100 Members Attend Training

On January 8th & 9th Teamsters Local 492 hosted a 2016 Legislative Session training day for 8 NM Unions, over 100 Union Members showed up to learn about the upcoming fight to keep anti-worker legislation out of New Mexico. Unions from across NM attended including AFT, AFSCME, IATSE, IAM, IBEW, IBT, NEA, & UFCW.

These members learned the real reason RTW and other anti-worker bills are actually be pushed in NM and why out-of-state organizations like ALEC are pressuring local legislators to pass these bills they have created.

Speakers of note were State Senator Mimi Stewart and Rep Patricia Roybal Caballero who discussed the importance of getting involved and reaching out to your legislators to let them know you are against anti-worker bills like RTW.

On behalf of everyone that attended, Teamsters Local 492 would like to thank Michelle Mayorga &  Chelsey Evans for organizing the event. 

To Read More about RTW and why it is bad for workers, Click Here.

February 12, 2016

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