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Labor Day
Sep 01, 2014
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
General Membership Union Meeting
Sep 06, 2014
Northern NM DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Fe 4048 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Stewards Seminar
Sep 13, 2014
492 Union Hall
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Sep 14, 2014
All Meetings will be held at 10:00 am at the Local Union Hall located at 4269 Balloon Park Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Sep 15, 2014
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
Current Campaigns
  • 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!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

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Congress Failed The American Worker Again

By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, August 20, 2014

Speak with any elected official, and inevitably he or she will stress the need to create more U.S. jobs. But given the opportunity to do so just before Congress went on its annual August recess, Senate Republicans decided they would rather do nothing instead.

Legislation sponsored by Michigan’s own Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would have provided tax credits for American companies to bring home jobs from overseas while ending tax credits for those who ship employment abroad was sandbagged by the GOP.

In a preliminary vote taken on the Bring Jobs Home Act, the Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill, voting 93-7 in favor of the measure. One week later, however, it all changed. The legislation, needing 60 votes to allow a final vote, fell six short. Only one Republican senator voted to allow it to move forward.

So why the change of heart? In a word, politics. GOP lawmakers heard from their big business buddies in the interim, who urged them not to approve the bill. Given the choice to side with corporate America or their constituents back home, they chose the money men who fill their campaign coffers.

This, despite the fact that, as Sen. Stabenow noted, there are more than 737,000 jobs in Michigan and 21.5 million nationwide that are at risk to being moved abroad. She was rightfully indignant about the vote, saying, “It’s outrageous that, right now, American workers are paying through the tax code to ship their own jobs overseas.”

The bill’s defeat was disheartening, to say the least, for the millions of workers who are unemployed or underemployed and struggling to pay their bills. Increasingly, hard-working Americans are being besieged by efforts to offshore more and more good-paying jobs that would allow them to provide for their families.

At the heart of the struggle are bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The 12-nation Pacific Rim agreement currently being secretly negotiated pits corporate gain against worker pain. And as things stand now, it looks like it’s going to be an unpleasant experience for employees. That is, unless we demand more from elected lawmakers.

It begins by getting them to support the “Buy American” program, which gives U.S. companies an advantage when it comes to bidding on federal contracts. As I talked about last month, the program has been in place since 1933, but other TPP nations want to end it as part of the trade pact.

Beyond that, however, there is plenty more to be concerned about when it comes to the TPP. Americans won’t be able to compete with workers in Vietnam, for instance, who get paid as little as $79 a month. Then there are the poor working conditions the trade deal would allow. And the unsafe food and products it would allow into Michigan and the U.S. You get the picture.

Workers need all the advocates they can muster. Gov. Rick Snyder, who favors the TPP, is not doing his constituents any favors. Neither is any other lawmaker who takes a similar stand.

We’ve seen elected officials change tax law to help corporations. Why not do the same to help workers? After all, they are supposed to be the ones being served.

ABF Teamster Places 2nd At Nationals

PR Newswire: Veteran ABF Freight driver, Ralph Garcia of Albuquerque, won an award at the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships August 12-16 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Garcia won second place in the sleeper class of the competition hosted by the American Trucking Associations.

"…Just earning the right to compete at this level is an incredible achievement. We are very proud of Ralph, Loren and the entire ABF Freight team of drivers who earned the right to compete by winning state championships and maintaining accident-free driving records," said ABF Freight President and CEO Roy Slagle.

Garcia, of Albuquerque New Mexico, competed in the event for the 17th time. He was the 2013 National Champion in the four-axle class as well as the recipient of the Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award. Garcia's professional accomplishments include serving as an America's Road Team Captain and as a White House Champion of Change. He has also driven accident free for over three million miles and 29 years.

"The National Truck Driving Championships showcase the industry's commitment to safety," said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. "I applaud all the competitors for their efforts in making our highways safe, and congratulate the finalists for demonstrating how dedication to safe driving skills can make you a champion."

Union Finds Creative Way To Help Workers

UAW Strikes Back: "Local 42" Now In Tennessee VW Plant - May Be Future Of Labor – From Daily Kos

The Supreme Court has finally stacked the deck enough that the 20th century paradigm of union organizing can no longer succeed.  To survive the labor movement must change its tactics and turn recent labor rulings to its advantage.  In Tennessee, the UAW appears to be doing just that and today there is a union local, Local 42 representing the workers in the Volkswagen Plant at Chattanooga, TN.
 

Instead of calling on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to administer an election, the UAW has decided to form a voluntary association called Local 42. At least initially, the group will not collectively bargain on behalf of the plant’s whole workforce, and it will not collect dues. Yet if a majority of the plant’s employees agree to join Local 42, there is a chance that Volkswagen will recognize it as the workers’ exclusive bargaining agent, granting it full union privileges without the need for an election.

A "Voluntary Local" may be the entrée into thousands of large non-union plants and industries though out the country.  This is especially true in Republican "Right to Work" states were many companies who would prefer a union model are actively discouraged by conservatives who don't want any virulent strains of prosperity to run amok in the labor class.  Volkswagen is an ideal test for this guerrilla tactic.  The plant's workers are well aware that they were duped before recent union elections into believing VW would pull back future work if the unionization was successful.  After the vote VW made obvious the lies mouthed by Sen. Bob Corker (R) and others.  VW went so far as to say that VW would look to states with more favorable union climates for future expansions.  VW clearly wants an organized labor presence to work with both for common negotiations and for workplace safety and efficiency issues.  That labor/management partnership is a hallmark of the world’s largest auto maker.

It is clear that the activist judiciary entrenched by GW Bush has a passionate hard-on for unions.  It may have to do with the political power they used to have (very past tense) and the lobbying leverage they are losing every day.

It certainly has to do with unshackling the "invisible hand of the market" by giving workers the "right to work" at the total will of the employers with no organized protections or negotiations.   This assault on labor that began with Ronald Reagan’s firing of the entire PATCO union force in 1981 has since seen practically no real income growth for the American working class while productivity has risen by roughly 65%.  

 The Anti-Unionists have used the automatic assessment of union fees from entire classes of affiliated workers as their primary axe to chop at collective bargaining.  Partially unionizing companies was much more of the norm in the early years of the labor movement and enforced dues are now a legal hazard.  The UAW and the SEIU have to pivot to a more flexible stance that can put a union presence into a sector and then let the sector come to it.  The success of one "voluntary" union local in one VW plant can put both pressure and incentive on others to follow.  

August 28, 2014

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