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Martin Luther King Remembered

On the night before he died, Martin Luther King gave a speech about the dignity of labor. It still rings true. He was in Memphis, Tenn., supporting sanitation workers' rights to respect and a decent wage. He said: “Whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth.” Dr.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship 2020

The application process for the 2020 year is now open.  To access the JRHMSF application process (administered by ISTS), go to: https://aim.applyists.net Please use JRHMSF for the "Key" Eligibility:  For the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members (including the BMWED, BLET, GCC and TCRC).

Workers Deserve Protection From Anti-Union Employers

Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act - Workers Deserve Protection From Anti-Union Employers By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa A U.S. House committee took a much-needed step towards empowering workers by approving legislation that would expand their right to organize on the job while shielding them from employer intimidation if they choose to form a union.

492 Movie Teamsters Reach(lift) For The Sky!

492 Movie Teamsters Reach(lift) For The Sky! Teamsters Local 492 held forklift classes on November 15th and 16th. These classes were first come, first serve and filled up fast. There were a total of 40 attendees that were certified or re-certified over the 2 day period, which maxed out the class size limits for 2 instructors.

492 BA Malcom Union Panelist at Film & TV Career Connection

492 BA Malcom Union Panelist Film & TV Career Connection Today, Nov 09, 2019, Teamsters Local 492 Film Department Business Agent Melissa A. Malcom served as a Union Panelist for the Film & Television Career Connection at the South Broadway Cultural Center which was sponsored by the Albuquerque Film Office.

The New Administrations Attack on Workers’ Rights

The New Administrations Attack on Workers’ Rights Under the current administration, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has systematically rolled back workers’ rights to form unions and engage in collective bargaining with their employers, to the detriment of workers, their communities, and the economy.

Record Attendance at Local 492 Union Stewards 2019 Seminar

Record Attendance at Local 492 Union Stewards Seminar Today, October 27th 2019, Teamsters Local 492 conducted a Stewards Seminar for all the current stewards and alternate stewards. The stewards that attended learned key skills to enable them to perform their duties as stewards.

Record Raises For Bus Drivers in NM

October 2, 2019 - Today, the 492 Teamster members working for NCRTD voted 31-3 in favor of ratifying the 2019 agreement. Congratulations and thank you to all that voted.  We were also able to organize 14 new members today for this public sector unit. The NCRTD Teamster Negotiating Committee obtained a Tentative Agreement with NCRTD (Blue Bus) on September 26th, 2019.

Family Attendance Rebounds at NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2019

Family Attendance at NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2019 Rebounds after 2 Year Decline September 28, 2019 - Today, on a sunny Saturday, over 600 people came to the 2019 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day reaching another new all-time high for the amount of active 492 Members attending. This is the 7th year Teamsters Local 492 has hosted an event to celebrate the Teamsters of New Mexico.


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Learn About The Law That Weakens Your Union

"In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work.' It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights. It is supported by Southern segregationists who are trying to keep us from achieving our civil rights and our right of equal job opportunity. Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote".-MLK, 1961 

RTW laws do not give workers the right to work, you already have that right; but instead RTW laws force Unions to represent workers that do not pay dues. By letting workers in Union Jobs stop paying dues but still reap all the benefits including Union Representation, the RTW laws weaken the Unions ability to function properly. RTW laws dilute the Union funds per member by decreasing dues paying members, but not decreasing the work load.

Since most of the dues (78%) fund the costs associated with running the Local Union (Business Agents, administration, negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, office costs, etc), those functions are severely stifled and hindered because the Local Union simply can no longer afford to function the way it does when all of the workers it represents pays their fair share of the costs of operating the Local Union. A lot of anti-Union pundits will say Union Dues go to fund political campaigns, that is not true and it is actually illegal for Unions to do that under Federal law. To learn how Unions get involved in politics, Read About DRIVE Here.

Below are many articles for you to read that will explain in depth how RTW Laws really work and we encourage you to read an in depth study done by EPI for New Mexico that breaks down everything invloved, then you can decide for yourself. Click Here. 

Click on any of the links below to learn more about RTW laws:

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Janus vs Fair Share Fees
Feb 26, 2018

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Jan 31, 2018

IBTeamsters On RTW
Apr 10, 2015

NM Catholic Bishops Oppose RTW
Mar 10, 2015

RTW Funded by Corporate Special Interest (Walter Maestas)
Apr 10, 2015

US Senators & Congressmen on RTW
Feb 08, 2015

Is RTW Good For New Mexico?
Jan 26, 2015

Is "Right-to-Work" going to help New Mexicans? Click Here to read an in depth article written for New Mexicans that breaks down everything for both sides of the argument, then you decide. 


Download: Right-to-Work_2015.pdf

Economic Policy Institute Report On RTW
Feb 19, 2015

A study released in early March shows “right-to-work” laws hurt economies and don’t create jobs. The study by the Economic Policy Institute concludes: (1) So-called right-to-work laws have not increased employment growth in the states that have adopted them; (2) The case of Oklahoma, which in 2001 became the latest state to pass one of these laws, particularly underlines their failure to spur job growth. Since the law passed, manufacturing employment and relocations into the state reversed their climb and began to fall, precisely the opposite of what advocates promised; and (3) These laws may actually harm a state’s economic prospects and ability to develop employment in high-tech manufacturing, the “knowledge” sector and service industries dependent on consumer spending in the local economy. 

Read The 2015 Report About RTW in New Mexico Here

Seven Ways Pro-Worker Policies Help Everyone, Including Non-union Workers and CEO’s

A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois Labor Education Program examines the differences between states that have "right to work" laws and states that don't, and states with and without prevailing wage laws. The report gives both general statistics and focuses specifically on the construction industry. Here are the top seven ways pro-working family policies are shown to benefit workers or CEOs:

  1. In states without "right to work" for less laws, the average worker (not just union workers) earns 6% more.
  2. An increase in union membership rate of 10% reduces income inequality between 4.7% and 14.5%.
  3. In states without "right to work" laws, CEO incomes were 17.9% higher in construction occupations than in "right to work" states.
  4. In states with prevailing wage laws, the median worker is paid 16.7% more than in states without prevailing wage laws.
  5. Prevailing wage laws reduce income inequality between the highest earners and lowest earners by 45.1%.
  6. States without "right to work" laws have lower income inequality by 2.5% to 8.2%.
  7. In states without "right to work" laws, workers earned 26.7% more in total income (including benefits).

Download: Right to Work Is the Wrong Answer for New Mexico's Economy.pdf

Why “Right to Work” Is Wrong for Everyone
Apr 10, 2015

Download: RTW_fact_sheet.pdf

Freeloaders “Right-to-Work” (by Trey White)
Apr 10, 2015

Right-To-Work, Wrong-For-Workers (Hoffa)
Apr 10, 2015

Billionaires' Coordinated Scheme to Cut Your Pay (By James P. Hoffa)
Apr 10, 2015

Right-to-Work Op-Ed By Joint Council President Steve Vairma
Apr 10, 2015

Download: BLS_Report_On_Unions2011.pdf



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