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Labor Day
Sep 07, 2015
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Sep 13, 2015
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Sep 14, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan Representative
Sep 16, 2015
Union Hall
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan Representative
Sep 17, 2015
Union Hall
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 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

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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.

Get Updates On Your Phone!The Union is only as strong as its members so please encourage all of your co-workers to text TEAM492 to 86466.

UPSer Mike Mackey 40 Years

Congratulations to UPS Teamster Mike Mackey, who retired today from UPS after 40 years of service! Brother Mike started at UPS in 1975 as a loader and worked at the very first building which was located at Bellamah & Rio Grande. He was part time for 10 months then took a driving route that encompassed a large portion of the city; from Central & Loams to Louisiana & the Foothills. There were only 27 drivers for UPS covering the whole state of NM at that time. Mike then changed to the North Edith/Sandia Pueblo route which he stayed on for 25 years. He had the Placitas area for 5 years and retired on the 80d route.

Brother Mackey married Judy in 1979 and they have 2 children. His Jess also works for UPS Aspen and his daughter has 3 degrees, in bio engineering, and has her Masters in Molecular Engineering from Princeton.

Congratulations to Brother Mike Mackey for a well deserve Teamster retirement! We wish you all the best!

ALEC Is Bad For Workers
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Two weeks ago, we told you about UPS’s affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. ALEC is an organization that sets up meetings for companies, like UPS and FedEx, to meet with state legislators to develop and promote anti-worker, anti-union legislation that directly hurts working families. We asked you to TAKE ACTION to tell UPS how you feel about their involvement with ALEC, and many of you did. UPS heard us, but as of now, UPS is continuing to support ALEC.


Why is ALEC so bad for working families? Because it pushes model legislation like the:


Now, UPS is sponsoring ALEC’s annual meeting at a luxury resort in San Diego starting tomorrow. In 2014 and previous years, UPS has paid $25,000 to attend. Why is UPS paying tens of thousands of dollars to support legislation that hurts its workforce, and runs contrary to UPS’s own business model?

TAKE ACTION by telling UPS to sever ties with ALEC. Click here to email UPS executives, or call (855) 974-4180 to report anonymously to UPS that you view its membership in ALEC as a slap in the face to working families.

ALEC: Bad for UPS, worse for you.
NM Unions Win Prevailing Wage Case

New Mexico Supreme Court Sides With Unions In Wage Case

SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press

The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday sided with a group of unions and ordered state labor officials to revamp the way they set prevailing wage and fringe-benefit rates for certain public works projects.

The court said Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has a duty under a 2009 change in state law to set rates based on collective-bargaining agreements rather than on wage surveys and other information.

Justice Petra Jimenez Maes wrote in a 15-page opinion that the failure of the director of the state labor relations division to do that has resulted in stagnant rates for public projects for the last five years. As a result, payments to workers have been anywhere between 5 and 35 percent below what would have otherwise been required.

“The director’s delay in setting new rates and his failure to comply with the act is inexcusable,” Maes wrote.

The court gave state labor officials 30 days to set new rates.

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said the ruling will compromise the right of New Mexicans to have their money spent wisely. “This is a huge loss for New Mexico taxpayers and a victory for special interests that will grossly inflate the cost of public construction projects, including roads and schools, in New Mexico,” spokeswoman Joy Forehand said in a statement.

The New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, along with unions representing electricians and sheet metal workers, first raised concerns about compensation in 2011. At the time, state officials told the justices they would be able to set new rates within four to five months.

The labor department answered by implementing new regulations; that move prompted litigation. The unions filed another petition with the Supreme Court seeking to force officials to abide by the language adopted in 2009.

Efforts to repeal the law have been unsuccessful, and union officials said Monday that more challenges are expected given the court order.

Shane Youtz, an Albuquerque attorney who represented the unions, said the order means thousands of plumbers, electricians and sheet metal workers should see wage increases in the next 30 days.

Nearly 100 Certifications Earned at 492 This Weekend

Teamsters Local 492 held OSHA 10 (General Industry), Haz-Com Refresher Classes, & Forklift training certification for Teamster 492 Members at the Local Union Hall this weekend.  

We had a very good turnout this year; 11 Teamsters received their OSHA 10 (General Industry) certification, 58 Teamsters received their Hazard Communication certification, and 23 received their Forklift Certification.

These Teamster Members took time out of their busy schedules to obtain their certifications in these areas and we were proud to be there for them. Thank you to Brother Chuck Richardson of Local 631 for coming out to run the training classes. A special thanks goes out to both, Brother Kevin Pohl and Brother Moises Ortega for setting up the class and volunteering their weekend to keep the classes running on Saturday & Sunday; these classes would not be possible without their dedication to the members of Teamsters Local 492.

Finally, thank you to United Rentals for providing the forklift and pettibone forklift.   

August 31, 2015

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