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Executive Board Meeting Only
Jul 09, 2015
This is an Executive Board Meeting Only, there will not be a General Membership Meeting this month
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Jul 12, 2015
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Multi-State Freight Hearings (1st Level)
Jul 13, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
NMTAD Tee-Shirt Contest Deadline
Jul 15, 2015
J.A.L.M UPS Package
Jul 20, 2015
Island Palms 2051 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, Ca 92408
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 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.

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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.   

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Teamster Nick Molina Honored-RTD

NCRTD (Blue Bus) Driver Nick Molina, who is a Teamster Local 492 Union Steward, was recently given the “Above and Beyond Award”. Nick recently celebrated his seventh anniversary, making him one of the longest employed drivers at NCRTD. The Company was quoted as saying “He has been tremendously valuable as an employee during these years.”

Earlier this year, Brother Molina helped NCRTD achieve second place in the Los Alamos Winterfest Light Parade. He is a dedicated Driver and gave 100% to the parade, including several hours on his own time. Because of his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the project, NCRTD was welcomed in both the Espanola and Los Alamos communities. NCRTD received a second place award in Los Alamos, and a warm reception as well as some loud cheers for RTD in Española. NCRTD was very thankful for Nick’s hard work and dedication.

Brother Molina also took part in the 2015 NMTA Transit Roadeo this year, taking second place in the Van Competition scoring a total of 678 points out of 775!  The Roadeo Includes competition events for both bus Drivers and bus Mechanics. Awards are given in each practice area and there is an overall grand prize for the transit system with the highest combined score for the bus operator and bus maintenance team.

Through sportsmanship, pride of work and extensive knowledge in all of his interests, both personal and professional, Brother Nick Molina excels in what he does and makes us proud to have him on our team!

July 07, 2015

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