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J.A.L.M UPS Package
Apr 20, 2015
Sofia 150 West Broadway San Diego, Ca 92101
Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan Representative
Apr 22, 2015
Union Hall
General Membership Union Meeting
May 16, 2015
The General Membership Meeting for May 16, 2015 will be held at the Santa Claran Hotel and Casino located in Española New Mexico at 10:00 am
JWAC Freight Hearings (2nd Level)
May 17, 2015
Homewood Suites 2575 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106
J.A.L.M UPS Package
May 18, 2015
Embassy Suites 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd. Oxnard, CA 93035
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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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.

The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed

Retirement Crisis: The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed for Many Americans

Kelley Holland for CNBC -You need to know this number: $18,433. That's the median amount in a 401(k) savings account, according to a recent report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Almost 40 percent of employees have less than $10,000, even as the proportion of companies offering alternatives like defined benefit pensions continues to drop.

Older workers do tend to have more savings. At Vanguard, for example, the median for savers aged 55 to 64 in 2013 was $76,381. But even at that level, millions of workers nearing retirement are on track to leave the workforce with savings that do not even approach what they will need for health care, let alone daily living. Not surprisingly, retirement is now Americans' top financial worry, according to a recent Gallup poll.  Click Here to read more.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund 2015 Essay Contest.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has announced the topic for the 2015 Essay Contest.  The contest is open to applicants which are the son, daughter or financial dependent of a Teamster member (including GCC, BMWED, BLET members) who are 23 years of age or younger and currently a student at a community college, four-year institution or vocational/technical school.  Winners are awarded $1,000.

The application must be filled out and provided with the essay (500 words or less) no later than June 15, 2015.  Applications and essays may be e-mailed to: or mailed in to:  JRHMSF Essay Contest, 25 Louisiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001.

The 2015 topic is: What impact would an increase in union membership have on the U.S. economy and the middle class?

Click Here to download an application

OSHA 10/HazCom/Forklift Training

Teamsters Local 492 will be holding OSHA 10 (General Industry) and HazCom Refresher Classes and also Forklift training certification for Teamster 492 Members ONLY at the Local Union Hall located at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109. 

The first class will be held on June 11th &12th; this 2 day class will be held at 8 am both days.  For the OSHA 10 class, attendance both days is required to complete the course.

June 13th & June 14th starting at 8 am Local 492 will be offering a 4 hour Hazard Communication refresher class on each day. 

We will also be offering Fork Lift Training classes starting at 8 am on June 13th & 14th.

Only online registration will be accepted and you must have a login and password to be able to register. If you do not have a login & password, click here. If you forgot your username or password, click here.

These classes are very limited, so please reserve your spot as soon as possible. Your Online Registration must be submitted before June 1st, 2015. Click here to register for training classes.

If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Pohl at the Local Union office at 344-1925 Ext. 18.

Download: OSHA 2015.pdf
RTW Not Dead in NM

From the Albuquerque Journal By Dan Boyd A high-profile push to approve a New Mexico right-to-work law stalled during the recent 60-day legislative session, but the issue appears likely to be back next year — both in the Roundhouse and on the 2016 campaign trail.

Business leaders and other backers of the proposed state labor law change say they intend to keep up the pressure, despite strong opposition from state labor unions.

“Nobody locally thinks this issue is dead,” said Drew Dolan, the president of a political committee formed last fall largely to advocate for passage of a right-to-work law. “It’s something our state can do that doesn’t cost a dime and can create more (economic) opportunities the minute it’s approved.”

The group, called Jobs for All New Mexico, drew the ire of majority Senate Democrats during the legislative session by sending out mailers in at least one senator’s district.

But Dolan, who is also the president of Titan Enterprises, an Albuquerque real estate company, said the group will continue to advocate for a right-to-work law. “The goal is to make it a campaign issue,” he said Friday.

All 112 New Mexico legislative seats are up for election in 2016, and many races could be expensive.

On the other side of the issue, labor union leaders say they’re bracing for another attempt at passing right-to-work legislation and also plan to be politically active.

“We absolutely will weigh very heavily where legislators were on basic workplace fairness issues, worker pay and benefits in deciding where we play (in next year’s elections),” said Carter Bundy, political director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union in New Mexico.

He also said the push to make New Mexico the nation’s 26th state with a right-to-work law —Wisconsin became the 25th earlier this year — has galvanized the state’s unions, saying, “We’re united as we have not been in decades.”

This year’s most visible right-to-work measure cleared New Mexico’s Republican-controlled House, but was derailed in a Senate committee on March 10.

It would have meant nonunion employees — in both the private and public sectors — would not have had to pay union fees as a condition of employment. Though union membership cannot be required under federal law, such fees can be mandated under contracts in unionized workplaces.

Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, who sponsored the House-approved bill, said similar legislation likely will be introduced during next year’s shorter legislative session. The governor has the authority to set the agenda for 30-day sessions.

“It’s something I believe in, and it’s something I’d be interested in doing again,” Roch told the Journal. “I think you’re definitely going to see that show up in the 30-day session.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said Friday the Republican governor “absolutely” continues to support the concept behind the bill, but is currently focused on reviewing bills passed during this year’s session.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, said any future right-to-work bills would have to be scrutinized, but said he believes such laws in other states have stifled worker pay levels.

“If this is a priority of the governor, I would expect it to be back,” he said

April 19, 2015

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