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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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  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

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The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy
Updated On: Apr 10, 2015
By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on February 13, 2013

Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session was just a warm up for radical billionaires. They are now spreading their gospel of greed and corporate empowerment to Statehouses throughout the country.

Anti-worker laws enacted in Michigan are now appearing as legislation in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Missouri. The strikingly similar language suggests a coordinated attack on working people.

Michigan’s misnamed “right to work” laws, which actually weaken workers’ rights, were written by ALEC – the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council. Key sponsors of the bill are ALEC members: Sen. Arlan Meekhoff, Rep. Tom McMillin and Rep. Pete Lund.

Weeks after Michigan passed so-called “right to work,” nearly identical legislation was introduced in Pennsylvania’s Legislature by Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, also an ALEC member.

Their agenda isn’t limited to weakening workers’ rights, and it isn’t limited to ALEC. It is exactly what Hillary Clinton called it: A vast right-wing conspiracy.

From state to state, lawmakers beholden to corporations and billionaires are introducing the same bills. The same national spokesmen are testifying on their behalf. And the same interlocking network of think tanks, lobbyists and astroturf groups are providing financial and rhetorical cover.

The conspirators move easily from state to state. They sniff out the possibility of passing billionaire-enrichment legislation over the objections of working people. They spring into action, buying up air time, handing out market-tested propaganda to the news media and prepping fearful, weak or gullible lawmakers.

They want to eliminate all aspects of government that don’t directly benefit them. They want to eradicate public education, cut or privatize essential government services and eliminate community assets like parks and pools. They want to empower corporations by lowering wages, weakening regulation and shifting the tax burden from big business to poor individuals.

And in state after state, you’ll see this shadowy but powerful network try to strangle the clean energy industry in its cradle.

That’s because the most powerful members of the billionaire’s club -- Charles and David Koch -- owe their fortune to the oil and gas company they inherited. The Kochs founded ALEC and continue to support it. They are linked to the Club for Growth, which ran radio ads supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on public workers before lawmakers had even seen the bill. They founded Citizens for a Sound Economy, which split into David Koch’s project, Americans For Prosperity, and FreedomWorks, a largely corporate-funded group that supports right winger Glenn Beck.

We know much more about the vast right-wing conspiracy since the Clintons weathered its attacks. Every state seems to have its Koch brothers’ mini-me. In Michigan, it’s Dick DeVos, who provided the money and cover to pass the anti-worker laws in December. In Colorado, it’s the Coors brothers. In North Carolina, it’s Art Pope

So last week in Missouri’s Capitol, it was no surprise to see Mark Mix testify in favor of a “right-to-work” bill. He’s director of the Koch-linked National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. Nor was it a surprise to see an employee of the West Michigan Policy Forum speaking to lawmakers during a strategy session the night before a hearing on the bill. The forum is funded by Dick DeVos.

“Freedom” and “choice” are the words most often used to cloak the true intent of these deeply anti-worker policies. But they don’t think freedom and choice are something working people should have.

To read archived articles from General President Hoffa, click here.


January 20, 2020
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