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James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Deadline
Mar 31, 2015
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Apr 03, 2015
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
General Membership Union Meeting
Apr 07, 2015
This Union Meeting will be held at the Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Apr 12, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
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Apr 20, 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.

  • 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!

  • 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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Thanks to Everyone Who Joined The RTW Fight

Brothers and Sisters it was inspiring to see all who took the time to travel to Santa Fe, NM on Sunday, the eighth of March 2015, to attend a rally against the “Right to Work” agenda that was being proposed during the 2015 State Legislative session.  To view Photos, Click Here

Those Teamster Brothers and Sisters in attendance were from the following companies; ABF Freight (actives & retirees), YRC Freight (actives & retirees), United Parcel Service [Socorro Center, Albuquerque Centers (Gateway, Comanche Hub, Feeder Dept.) & the Santa Fe Center], Creamland Dairies, LANL (Los Alamos National Labs), EVSWA (Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority), Sysco Foods, Movie Industry and the BLET (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen). 

Brother Joseph Carrillo, an ABF OTR driver, who has been working at the Local Union during this Legislative session, has done one outstanding job helping with the D.R.I.V.E. campaign along with coordinating volunteers and communicating with our stewards towards getting the word out for this fight against “RTW”.  I personally want to THANK EVERYONE, on behalf of the Local Union, who helped with stuffing envelopes, after work and on the weekends, and in general, gave of your time for this very important fight. 

It was great to see everyone come together, but this fight is not over, it will rear its ugly head as long as there are major corporations and out-of-state people like the Koch Brothers involved.  Be prepared to start this battle all over again next year. 

This hard fought battle proves when there is apathy during election cycles, there are repercussions to not having labor friendly representatives in office, regardless of political and/or party affiliation. Remember to thank your State Senators as they were the ones who held down the lines when push came to shove.  Those labor friendly State Representatives being in the minority, could not overcome their anti-labor opponents on February the 25th, when the House of Representatives conducted their vote.  They also need to be thanked for their efforts! Click Thanks to These NM Legislators for a current list which includes their email addresses.  

A great big Thank You,  also goes out to President Steve Vairma and his Joint Council No. 3 Executive Board for their help with providing Jim Adams and your Joint Council truck during this 2015 Legislative session, it provided an awesome backdrop (To view Photos, Click Here) and also a great stage where several speakers took advantage of its availability.  Brother Jim Adams followed in the footsteps of Brother Jimmy Hatfield (who initially was in charge of keeping the Joint Council truck looking like a top); they both were and are super ambassadors as Union/Teamster members as they go about doing their work.  Thanks Brother Adams you are also owed a big Thank You! 

NM Catholic Bishops Oppose RTW

The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops has sent the following letter today. 

March 10, 2015

The Bishops of New Mexico oppose SB183 and HB75 “Right to Work” legislation. It is important for all Catholics to understand how Right to Work laws hurt workers and families and contradicts our Churches social teachings on the dignity of work and the rights of workers. At first glance Right to Work sounds like a law that protects workers’ rights. “Why shouldn’t I be able to work without an obligation to my job sector’s union? It’s my right not to pay unions to negotiate the contract – I don’t belong to the union and it’s my money.” Sadly, this attitude reflects our increasingly individualistic society where one privileges his rights above the common good. Not only does Right to Work fracture the sense of solidarity among workers that unions help foster, it also can put employees’ basic rights and protections into peril.

There is a good reason why Pope Leo XIII declared over 120 years ago that, “the most important of all (workplace associations and organizations) are working men’s unions.” (on the condition of labor, No. 49). In Right to Work states the union’s ability to collect dues from all workers to cover the cost of a contract negotiation ends up impacting workers and their families across the employment sector, both public and private, union and nonunion. Benedict XVI observed in Caritas in Veritate, unions are experiencing “great difficulty in carrying out their tasks of representing the interest of workers, partly because governments often limit the freedom or negotiating capacity of labor unions.” He also declared that, “the repeated calls issued within the Churches social doctrine for the promotion of workers’ associations that can defend workers’ rights must be honored today even more than in the past.” (No. 5). As Catholics it is our duty to go forth and proclaim our Churches teachings to all.

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico.

Allen Sánchez

Executive Director

RTW Bills Fail To Pass In NM

HB75 and SB163 tabled in Senate Public Affairs committee, working family advocates thank legislators who stood strong against bills

Written by the NMFL -Mar. 10, 2015 - Legislation to make New Mexico a “Right to Work” state failed to pass out of the Senate Public Affairs committee on Tuesday night after HB75 and SB163 were tabled on a party line vote. Since the start of the session, labor and community members have been taking action together to speak out against the controversial proposal in public hearings, rallies, and community town halls across the state. This past Sunday, hundreds of New Mexico workers packed the Roundhouse and testified against “Right to Work” for the first SPAC meeting on “Right to Work” bills.

Senators spent nearly two hours of their meeting dedicated to the “Right to Work” bills, with Senators on both sides of the debate taking the opportunity to make impassioned arguments for and against the passage of the bills. Most notable was Senator Jacob Candelaria, who described “Right to Work” as a “cloud of rhetoric in search of solid ground.”

“We are so grateful to the Senators who helped to ensure the prosperity of New Mexico’s economy tonight by voting down terrible ‘Right to Work’ legislation. We also want to thank the Senators who protected the committee process and voted to stop the fast-tracking of HB75 on the Senate floor, as well as the House members who fought valiantly to oppose ‘Right to Work’ in their chamber,” said Brenda Watson, Librarian, AFSCME 477. “We look forward to all our elected officials working together toward solutions to benefit all of our state now that this distraction has been put to rest, and we will take action to protect against any Hail Mary moves to bring these dead bills back to life.”

Sunday Rally Against RTW

On Sunday, there were over 500 union members at the RTW Rally enjoying food, music, and great speeches while Teamsters waved their Teamster towels. Buses and carpools full of working families from Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and across the state arrived in Santa Fe prior to the hearing for a lively rally calling on Senators to stand strong against deceptive “right to work” proposals. Thank you to everyone that came out. To view the Local 492 photos Click Here

AFSCME also posted photos you can View Here

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The Union is only as strong as its members so please encourage all of your co-workers to text TEAM492 to 86466.

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