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  • 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. 

ABF Talks Recessed-Resume Jan 28th
Updated On: Feb 01, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 Jan 17th 2013 - Negotiations were recessed on Wednesday afternoon. Progress has been proceeding very slowly. The Company continues to seek to undo 50 years of bargaining history and completely rewrite the current agreement by insisting on removing the supplements.

The Company claims that it needs the labor cost savings reflected in its proposal which includes but is not limited to part-timers, split-shifts, and increased use of subcontractors, working across classifications, reduced vacations, and reduction of holidays and the elimination of all supplements. TNFINC has been questioning the purpose and scope of the Company’s proposal. In this regard, TNFINC pointed out that if the Company was truly serious it would have the specific cost savings associated with each of its proposals readily available.
 
The Company, however, was unable to provide the information and says it will try to provide the information when negotiations resume on January 28. According to TNFINC Co-Chairman Gordon Sweeton “the failure of the Company to have the cost analysis of its specific proposals at its fingertips strongly suggests that the Company was not prepared to engage in legitimate bargaining and that its proposal is simply an overreaching effort designed to bludgeon worker rights.” 
 
In an earlier statement on January 11th, Gordon Sweeton, Co-Chairman of the National ABF Negotiating Committee for TNFINC also said, “We had a rough start this week due to major differences on important issues, but we are hopeful we will make progress in the near future.”
 
Negotiations will resume next week and are scheduled into March, a full schedule is noted at the bottom of this article. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) began negotiations with ABF Tuesday, January 8 in Kansas City, Missouri.
 
On December 19, TNFINC exchanged national and supplemental contract proposals with ABF. “The union is disappointed with ABF’s initial contract proposals that seek to destroy the NMFA (National Master Freight Agreement) standards that have been in effect for decades and served ABF well,” said Gordon Sweeton, Co-Chairman of the National ABF Negotiating Committee for TNFINC on December 20th.  “We hope the company will bargain in a traditional manner so that we can make progress on the important issues from the start,” Sweeton said. “The poor state of the economy over the past four years created losses at all large LTL companies and the labor-intensive type of freight operations ABF conducts are issues as well,” Sweeton added. “As for pensions, the company’s pension costs in its largest fund, the Central States, have been frozen the past two years with health and welfare costs only seeing modest increases during that time as well.”
 
The current contract expires March 31 for the 7,500 drivers, dockworkers, mechanics and clerical staff. On November 29, leaders from local ABF unions unanimously approved the Teamster’s contract proposals.
 
The ABF Contract Negotiations Time Table is as follows:
There will 3 straight full weeks of negotiations starting January 7th-11th, January 14th-18th, January 28th-February 1st. One week off and then the talks resume again for 2 more weeks on February 11th-15th, and February 25th-March 1st. Meetings are being held in Kansas City, Mo.
 
For all the updates and history of the ABF talks Click Here

August 28, 2015

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