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May 06, 2017
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May 13, 2017
This Union Meeting will be held at the Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.
JWAC Freight Hearings (2nd Level)
May 15, 2017
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May 17, 2017
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Current Campaigns
  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day 2016

Updated On: Sep 22, 2016 (08:32:00)

The Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board would like to invite you and your family to the 2016 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day, this year's event theme is Teamster History. Come join us tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 17th at the Union Hall from 11am to 4pm.  We will be serving free Popeye’s chicken, and the JC3 Teamster truck will be there.

Enjoy free food, music, and free raffle prizes including a 40" Flat screen TV, Sound Bar, Tools, Lobo ice chest, and whole lot more. We will also be giving away 30 gift bags full of Teamster History books, Teamster History DVD, and also some 492 Teamster swag. The kids attending will receive a free Teamster Ring Disc Frisbee. There will also be a Bouncy House (donated by David Candelaria) and there will be face painting artists and Teamster temp-Tattoos.  

In addition, you will get your free official 2016 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day tee shirt when you register at the event and we will also have some other free items including Teamster History books.  To speed up your registration process, you can download the registration form here, and then just bring it with you filled out to avoid the line.

Due to popular demand, we will have two Custom Teamsters “DISC-IT” Propane Grills this year, one ticket (for two chances to win) is only $1, or for $10 you will get 12 tickets.

We heard your requests from last year and we have ordered many Teamster Local 492 products for you to purchase this year including Hats, shirts, lapel pins, coffee mugs, window decals, lunch bags and more. Click Here to download the product list with pictures and prices. If you plan on purchasing items, please bring a check or cash (small bills please) as we will NOT be able to accept Credit Cards.

You can download the event flyer here.

You can download the registration form here to avoid the line.

You can download the products pictures & price sheet here

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!!!

Download: Teamsters PDF.pdf, 492 Items For Sale.pdf, Local 492 NM Teamsters Appreciation Day 2016 Registration Form E-Fill-in.pdf
Teamster Takes 1st Place 2016 Bus Roadeo

Updated On: Jun 22, 2016 (15:56:00)

Teamster Bus Driver Leo Valencia Takes Top Honors at 2016 Annual Bus Roadeo and Conference

Teamster Leo Valencia who is a driver for North Central Regional Transit District took first place in the Cutaway Bus competition at this year’s Bus Roadeo and Conference.  The April 3 event was held during the Annual Conference and Expo which took place at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (See Photos Here)

A warm round of congratulations from NCRTD Board Members and Board meeting attendees greeted Leo on April 8 where NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, presented him with the NMPTA plaque honoring him for his First Place finish.

As winner of the New Mexico State Roadeo, Leo went to Portland for the National Roadeo event at the Community Transportation Association Expo in May where he, along with other New Mexico Roadeo conference winners, represented the Land of Enchantment. This is the 4th time in the last 5 years Leo has won 1st place in the state competition. Leo placed 14th in the national competition.   

Leo Valencia drives for the RTD 340 Chile Line Red and began driving for the Chile Line in back in 2010.

Always a highlight of the Annual NMPTA Conference, the Roadeo is a fun and friendly challenge among transit drivers from across the State.  What might look like a maze of randomly placed orange cones to the untrained eye, the expert drivers know exactly what they need to do to maneuver the course with precision.  The timed course contains obstacles that test every phase a bus operator encounters under normal driving conditions.  In addition to driving skills and written test, participants are also tested on ADA wheelchair securement standards and pre-trip vehicle inspection.

The competition is a showcase of vehicle operator skills and promotes safety, professionalism and excellence in transit operations.

JRH Essay Contest

Updated On: Jun 16, 2016 (18:05:00)

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Annual Essay Contest

The topic of the 2016 Essay Contest has been announced:  "What has living in a Teamster household meant to me and my siblings?" A link to the essay contest application is provided here.  All applicants must use the Essay Contest application and return it, along with their essay by June 15, 2016.

Separate from the annual scholarship for high school seniors, the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest will award one-time $1,000.00 scholarships annually to 200 students. All applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria:

1. Be the son, daughter or financial dependent of an eligible Teamster member, hereafter also referred to as “Teamster Member Relation”;

2. Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate college, university or community college program, or a technical or vocational program;

3. Be 23 years old or younger by June 15, 2016.

About the Fund: James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund. This site describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is an independent organization established and registered as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund is established solely to provide scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and contributions to the Fund are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law. In 2015 the Fund awarded $1,000,000 in scholarships.

Download: JRH_2016_essay_application.pdf
2016 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

Updated On: May 07, 2016 (20:39:00)

The New Mexico Truck Driving Championships were held this year at the Isleta Resort for the second year. There was a large spectator turnout and the event is looking more like a “state fair/balloon fiesta” type function every year. With ABF, Sysco, UPS Freight, and YRC all having cook outs, it was a great family day for all that attended.  See Photos Here

This year, the event had not only trucking companies showcasing their driver’s talents, but some companies set up booths for people to learn more about their company. There were also vendors with booths of their own giving out goodies which included; Mack Truck, Rush Truck Center, Pre-Pass, NM Trucking, NM DOT-ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), Penske, and Legal Shield. There were also “show trucks” there, including the Teamster Joint Council #3 Truck, (thanks to Teamster retiree Jim Adams for bringing it in from Colorado) the ATA Share-The-Road Truck, San Juan Community College Truck, and the Veterans Day-POW Tanker by EMG Ltd.

The Teamster Companies were well represented again this year with 35 Teamsters from 5 Companies competing including ABF, Sysco, TeamOne, UPS Freight, and YRC sending their best of the best. Teamsters Local 492 is proud of these great drivers for competing in the TDC this year. Whether they placed or not, having such a strong Teamster presence of Professional Drivers at these functions speaks volumes in the trucking industry.

Congratulations to all the competitors and winners for another great Truck Roadeo! A special thanks to Teamsters Robert Aragon, Albert Lujan, Kenton Newbill, and Chad Sullins for volunteering to hostle and to Teamster Roy Lucas and also Ron Cordova, Randy Archer and his wife for setting up all the tents and cooking for everyone again this year, and all of the other unnamed volunteers that helped cook for the members.

Below is a list of the Teamster Companies that competed (in alphabetical order). Some of the companies did not respond to our request for information, so we apologize if we missed anyone.            

ABF had 17 drivers compete, 13 placed:

Straight Truck: Don Wood – 2nd Place

3 Axle: Robert Delgado – 2nd Place

4 Axle: Ralph Garcia – 1st Place

4 Axle: Justin Gallant – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Joey Padilla – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Duane Oldfield – 3rd Place

Flatbed: Michael Contreras – 1st Place

Flatbed: Josh Perez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Sleeper: Joseph Carrillo – 1st Place

Sleeper: Charlie Estrada – 3rd Place

Tanker: Gerald Benavidez – 1st Place

Tanker: Carl Marquez – 2nd Place

Twins: Fernando Gonzalez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Justin Gallant – Rookie of the Year

ABF received the Team of the Year Award for the highest points.

ABF also was awarded the Fleet Safety Awards in the following categories:

100k – 500k Miles Fleet (City Operations)

5 Million Miles plus (Line Haul Operations)

The following ABF Teamsters also competed: In the 3 Axle - Randel Amberman & Kirk Wise. In the Twins Trailers - Ricky Lucas & Steven Russell.

Sysco - David Logan won 3rd place in Tanker.

Sysco had 6 drivers competing this year: In 3 Axle - Thomas Humphries, Jose Salas, & Sean Smartt. In 5 Axle - Aaron Clanan. In Tanker Truck – David Logan and Martin Montez.

TeamOne (UPS Truckload) won the 500k to 1M Fleet Safety Award and had 2 drivers competing this year; Brian Thais 4-Axle (this is his 8th year competing) & Cam Misner 4-Axle (this is his 4th year competing) 

UPS Freight had 6 drivers compete this year: In 3 Axle - Steve Lopez, Ginger Victoria McKeegan & Joe Seijas. In 4 Axle - Keith Brewer & Armondo Hernandez. In Flatbed - Wendell Ellis.

YRC had 4 drivers compete this year: Stanley Aragon in 4 Axle. In 5 Axle Sleeper - Michael McAfee & Jack Rojas, In 5 Axle - Steven Taylor.

It was another great event put on by the NMTA and it seems to improve and grow larger each year. It was also great to see such a strong Teamster presence again this year and we hope to see you all again next year! Click Here to view all the scores.

Download: 2016 Truck Roadeo Scores.pdf
2016 Bus Tour

Updated On: May 05, 2016 (09:00:00)

Updated On: Mar 28, 2016 (13:29:00)

Drivers Seek Better Benefits, Strong Retirement, Fair Work Rules

The fight and long-term Teamster commitment to organize workers at FedEx Freight and to win first contracts moves forward, and the drivers are committed to keeping up the pressure in their quest for justice at their workplace.

“The main thing we’re fighting is corporate greed,” said Mel Mendieta, who has worked as a city driver at FedEx Freight for more than 25 years. “The company was cutting our benefits and our retirement security is lousy. We needed to form our union to gain our voice and help rebuild the middle class.”

In 2015, Mendieta and 49 of his co-workers voted to join Local 439 in Stockton, Calif. Like FedEx Freight workers who also made Teamster history by voting to join the union at three other locations, they are remaining positive and fighting to win their first contract. The contract fight is now in court and with the NLRB.

The Teamsters are making progress at both FedEx Freight and at Con-way Freight, with organizing, firstever national days of action at both companies, nationwide engagement and interaction with the workers and the bargaining process that’s under way. The union has also filed unfair labor practices charges, is involved with federal court cases, is building nationwide activist committees, is conducting freight member organizing trainings, launching shareholder resolutions and other ongoing steps.

A Long-Term Effort

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the campaigns to build Teamster power at FedEx Freight and Con-way are not sprints, they are marathons,” said Tyson Johnson, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “We are committed long-term to this fight so that FedEx Freight and Con-way workers will have an opportunity to enjoy a more secure future as Teamsters.”

Carter Marshall, a road driver at FedEx Freight near Chicago, said he wants to form a union with the Teamsters so that he and his co-workers can fight for better health care and retirement, and consistent work rules.

“The work rules are constantly changing and you don’t know from one day to the next what you need to do,” Marshall said. “It makes the job very difficult.”

In Charlotte, N.C. where FedEx Freight workers joined Local 71, they are also in court trying to get the company to bargain fairly for a contract.

“We’re dropping anchor and getting ready for the long-term fight,” said Patrick Harrington, a road driver at FedEx Freight in Charlotte. “We appreciate all the support from Teamster freight members.”

Although workers don’t yet have a contract, Harrington said conditions have improved dramatically.

“We have more job security in Charlotte since forming our union,” he said. “It’s a night and day difference. I’m ecstatic. We’re getting stronger.”

Already Successful

The Teamsters’ campaign has already raised standards for workers at both companies. For example, Con-way has spent more than $60 million on pay raises since the campaign began, in addition to the big money it has spent on union busting.

FedEx Freight raised wages at some facilities by as much as $4 per hour and almost 10 cents a mile in compensation, which includes a company-first 90-cent across-the-board increase last October. It has also held the employees’ costs for health care static for the first time in more than a decade. The union estimates that the company has spent nearly $300 million this past year on pay raises, benefits and union busting tactics.

Raising standards in the freight industry through the Teamsters’ efforts is an important factor which helps the FedEx Freight and Con-way workers directly. The union’s efforts also indirectly help all freight industry workers, including our Teamster freight membership.

Mendieta said he hopes other FedEx Freight workers will research how the company’s corporate greed is hurting them. “The company is full of spin and deception,” he said.

Workers are not giving up and they appreciate the support that Teamsters are providing. “

Our fight will continue,” he said. “It’s an uphill battle but there’s strength in numbers.”

Click Here To Read More About the FedEx Freight and XPO/Conway Organizing Campaigns  

Download: FedEx Conway Leader Article.pdf
FedEx Must Bargain with Teamsters

Updated On: Mar 28, 2016 (13:29:00)

On March 7, 2016, a federal appeals court enforced a decision of the National Labor Relations Board and ordered FedEx Freight to recognize and bargain with Teamster Local 71 in Charlotte, N.C. and Local 107 in Philadelphia, where members in separate elections had voted to join the Teamsters.   FedEx Freight had refused to recognize the NLRB’s bargaining unit determinations and the resulting union election victories. This decision is a major win for Teamsters at FedEx Freight! Read the latest decisions in the case.

FedEx Freight Employees Demand Bargaining Now

FedEx Freight workers who have joined the Teamsters are fighting for fair contracts and they are asking their co-workers at FedEx Freight to fill out a petition demanding that the company bargain with the union. Click Here to sign petition. 

RTW Tabled in NM

Updated On: Feb 10, 2016 (14:38:00)

We had a big night in Santa Fe! Thank you to everyone who came out today and has helped us along the way. It's really been a team effort. Here is the update: 

Right to Work: The Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) heard SB 269, The Employee Preference Act (aka right to work) on Tuesday night. When the committee chair asked that everyone in the room opposed to the RTW bill to stand, the whole room stood up! Attached is a picture of the opposition to RTW standing in front of the committee. It's amazing! 
Each side had 6 people speak to the committee about the effects of the bill. The first opposition speaker was Tim Crone from AFT. He delivered to the Committee the 4000 petition signatures we had gathered. The committee voted to table the bill (5-4). This essentially kills the bill. The fight isn't completely over yet, but this was a great night. 
Prevailing Wage: A bad prevailing wage bill, HB200, passed the House (35-32) mostly along party lines and is headed to the Senate. 
Lobby Day: UFCW had a lobby day today. They also delivered 112 letters from Working America to Senator Barela who is the newest member of the SPAC. Thank you letters where also delivered to Senator Campos. 
Protect Prevailing Wage

Posted On: Feb 05, 2016 (15:05:24)

New Mexico had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in recent months. You’d think that Gov. Susana Martinez and state legislators would focus on getting New Mexicans back to work and protecting good jobs.

But they’re doing just the opposite. This week, the state House began debate on a bill that would eliminate prevailing wage laws for construction workers. This bill will lower the wages of hardworking New Mexicans, make it easier for construction companies to hire out-of-state workers for taxpayer-funded projects and make our schools, bridges and roads less safe and cost more.

The New Mexico House is expected to pass this bill, but we think we have a good shot at stopping it from moving out of the state Senate.

Send an email to your senator today and ask them to vote against any bill that would eliminate prevailing wage laws.

This one is pretty simple. Prevailing wage laws help to ensure that local workers, whose families shop and support local businesses in our communities, are hired to build our schools, bridges and other taxpayer-funded projects.

But if these laws are repealed, less-skilled, out-of-state construction workers will be brought in to do this work, which won’t save our communities any money—in many cases, it costs more—because they won’t be getting the job done right the first time. Also, having less-skilled workers do these jobs would make the schools, bridges and roads we use every day less safe.

That’s not what our families and working people deserve.

Contact your senator today and ask them to protect existing prevailing wage laws.

Sign the RTW Petition Today-Rally This Saturday

Updated On: Feb 11, 2016 (08:52:00)

Susana Martinez and other politicians in Santa Fe have made it clear they want to pass an unfair and unnecessary “right to work” bill this legislative session. This legislation would silence the professional voices of workers including Teamsters, teachers, nurses, firefighters and police officers and cut pay and benefits for even non-union New Mexico workers.

Sign This Petition Now By Clicking Here to tell legislators in Santa Fe to vote no on right to work! 

SB 269 is scheduled for a hearing in Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) on Tuesday afternoon/evening. The committee meeting starts at 1:30pm (or 30 min post floor session) in room 321. We don't have an exact time that they will get to SB 269, but we expect this will be a long, late hearing. There are a lot of contentious bills on the committee calendar for Tuesday. Please plan to join us if you can. 

WHAT: Senate Public Affairs Committee Vote on SB296, so-called “right to work” bill 
WHERE: NM State Capitol, Room 321 
WHEN: Tuesday, February 9th at 1:30 PM*

If folks aren’t able to make it in person tomorrow, they can help spread the word and share our petition calling on the legislature to reject this deceptive and unnecessary bill!

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