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9.5/OT Tops UPS Teamsters List of Concerns

With thousands of proposal sheets coming in, today the Teamsters Package Division began the process of organizing and reviewing each proposal submitted by members from the union’s nearly 200 UPS locals. Throughout the morning and afternoon, each submitted proposal was read aloud by Package Division Director Sean O’Brien to the Division's regional chairs and co-chairs.

YRC 2017 Change Of Operations Decisions

The following are the decisions from the YRC Multi-Region Change of Operations MR-UE-01-08/2017 and MR-CO-01-08/2017 which were heard on Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Rosemont, IL. Below are links to the documents about both proposed changes in operations and the decisions. YRC - MR-UE-01-08/2017 YRC Freight, Inc.
Download: YRC-MR_UE-01-082017.pdf , YRC-MR-CO-01-082017.pdf

NM Film Adds $500M to NM Economy

From The New Mexico State Film Office Record-Shattering Year for Film Industry in New Mexico with Half a Billion Dollars Injected Into NM Economy by Film Industry New Mexico’s film industry injected $505 million (more than a half a billion dollars) into the economy last year, shattering the previous record by more than $115 million. This news comes shortly after the U.S.

YRC 2017 Change Of Operations Info

The IBT has been advised that YRC Freight is mailing its proposed multi-region network enhancement change of operations and utility employee change of operations. The Company is requesting a hearing date of August 24, 2017. Below are links to the documents about both proposed changes in operations. YRC Freight, Inc.

Movies/Film Equipment Training @ 492

The Teamster Local 492 Film Division held a training class on Saturday June 17, 2017 at Santa Fe Studios to help Teamster drivers learn more about some of the common equipment operated by Teamsters in the NM Film industry. With hands on training, the 31 participants spent about 7 hours learning how to operate Honeywagons, Water Trucks, and Landalls. See more pictures here.

Teamsters Monitor UPS Testing of Drones

The ongoing development of drone technology – or unmanned aerial vehicles – raises important questions and challenges for Teamster members at UPS. Earlier this year, the company tested a drone that launches from the top of a package car. A new article out last week explores the use of automation as the future of parcel delivery.

2017 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

The New Mexico Truck Driving Championships were held at the Isleta Resort for the third year. There were 103 contestants this year, 31 of them were Teamsters from 4 Companies including ABF, TeamOne, UPS Freight, and YRC who sent their best drivers. Teamsters Local 492 would like to thank and congratulate these great Professional Drivers for competing.
Download: TDC Scores.pdf

492 Training on Water Trucks, HoneyWagons and Landalls

492 Training on Water Trucks, HoneyWagons and Landalls. Teamsters Local 492 will be offering training classes on June 17, 2017 for Water Trucks, Honeywagons and Landalls.  These classes are free of charge and open to any 492 Movie Driver whose dues/fees are current but you must have a Class A CDL.  However, they will be limited to 30 people.


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  • The IBT and your Atlanta Committee members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010; almost as long as the IBT have been negotiating for the Express Jet CRJ members. 

    The Company has now given us their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor your rank-and-file committee members are recommending this be ratified. A detailed letter from your ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here. A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

    Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting.  Voting will close on Monday, July 10, and will be counted the same day. 

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Southwest Airlines reached an agreement covering more than 300 material specialists. Details of the agreement are available on this webpage, along with materials explaining the components of this contract.

    Ballots will be mailed on or about Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting via mail, along with paper copies of the tentative agreement’s highlights, the tentative agreement, and a copy of the seniority list. Voting will close on June 21, ballots will begin to be counted the same day.  Please continue to check this page for more information, it will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

  • 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.

Read the JC#3 article about DRIVE
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A Short History of D.R.I.V.E - Democrat, Republican, Independent, Voter, Education

A Need for Political Action- In 1959, the Teamsters recognized the need to develop comprehensive legislative and political programs within the union following the passage of the Landrum-Griffin bill and other anti-labor legislation. In 1959 more anti-labor legislation came out of Congress than ever before, including legislation affecting strikes, car hauling and prohibition of gypsy truck drivers. The National Manufacturers Association strongly advocates (with many followers) placing unions under anti-trust laws by 1966.

Forming D.R.I.V.E.--In November 1959, James R. Hoffa establishes the Department of Legislation and Political Education at the IBT. Sidney Zagri, Teamster counsel, is named Director. Hoffa calls for the Department to develop political action programs for the1960 election. Funding is strictly voluntary and separate from dues. Rates are $3 annual membership and $100 for lifetime membership. Rates are not raised until 1977 when it increases to $5 annual membership. In the mid 1980s a new concept of $1 a week pledge is enacted as costs in fighting anti-labor forces rise and the number of critical issues increases.

In 1959, Zagri quickly realizes one of the best resources the union has is wives and women members, as women had been proven to be outstanding political organizers. Zagri develops a partnership with Josephine Hoffa, JRH's wife, to create a women's auxiliary political action program. The ultimate goal was to have a major auxiliary in every Joint Council and make each D.R.I.V.E. unit a political force at the precinct and block level.

Before D.R.I.V.E. is even formerly christened, Capitol Hill insiders are saying the Teamster program is more effective than the well established C.O.P.E. (Committee on Political Education) program that was developed through the AFL. Officially launched in 1960, D.R.I.V.E. has two main objectives: To elect candidates to public office who are friendly to the interests of Teamster members and passage or defeat of legislation of special concern to Teamster families. These objectives are to be reached by three main tasks to be completed by D.R.I.V.E. committees: 1. Screening and recommending favorable candidates. 2. Launching registration drives. 3. Developing plans for get out the vote campaigns in primary and general elections.

Jo Hoffa--becomes an essential part of the D.R.I.V.E. program and an important role model for Teamster women. Mrs. Hoffa had seen her husband and others physically beaten and subjected to unfair court battles as they tried to improve workers lives. She knew unions could only hold on against tough odds by active participation and constant vigilance. She was one of the first to see that political action was the best defense against the erosion of workers’ rights in the 1950s. She was quoted as saying, "labor's enemies don’t stop for lunch, so neither can we." She knew taking on a task like D.R.I.V.E. was not for the faint hearted. Many women seemed to not care at all about political issues. Many did not even vote.

She traveled from city to city in 1960 and early 1961 attending rallies that only a handful of people would attend. She and her family were subjected to negative editorials and editorial cartoons for her actions, but she did not stop trying to create D.R.I.V.E. groups. She said, "Labor unions were not built by men and women who got their feelings hurt or quit after the first disappointment."

Finally, in 1961-62 the tide begins to turn. By 1963 the numbers of attendees at her rallies and luncheons ranged from 1,200 to 5,000 at single events. For example luncheons in Milwaukee had 5,000 attendees; 1,000 in Des Moines; Kansas City 1,800; and "Jo and Jimmy" D.R.I.V.E. rallies in 1961 in Chicago had 14,000 and 12,000 in Boston. Hoffa and his wife worked as a team, making personal appearances together around the country in 1962 through 1965.

Hoffa conducts the largest telephone conference to date in 1961 by speaking with more than 1 million members on April 9, 1961. His message about D.R.I.V.E. and encouragement for women's committees was beamed into meeting halls and theatres in more than 170 cities.

Mrs. Hoffa's efforts bring forth the entire D.R.I.V.E. in Action program, including D.R.I.V.E. magazine, issue specific political action kits, letter writing campaigns, and political action training programs.

Included in the activities were also the well-received "D.R.I.V.E. Goes To A Party" hostess packets. Women would host neighborhood parties and talk about goals of D.R.I.V.E. and discuss issues relating directly to their families and communities. They then would teach friends and neighbors at the party how to get registration drives and other activities started in their wards and precincts.

Mrs. Hoffa's most important achievement was the D.R.I.V.E. motorcades held throughout the 1960s.

Starting in 1962, women delegates from several states in a region would travel by bus from Teamster joint councils, state conferences and auxiliaries to Washington, DC to meet Senators and Congressmen about labor related issues.

When they returned home the women would visit schools, churches and even go house to house to talk about the experience and give an evaluation of how well the politicians understood and were meeting the local community needs.

On early D.R.I.V.E. motorcades the politicians brushed the women off, not really caring about talking seriously to them.

The politicians quickly changed their attitudes once the women became vocal about the experience. The women were well informed and not shy about holding Senators and Congressmen accountable for their campaign promises.

Especially daunting for the politicians were the well-publicized "Scoring Banquets" held in Washington, where D.R.I.V.E. delegates would get up and rate politicians' voting records--often with the spotlighted Senator or Congressman seated at the table.

Leaders on Capitol Hill came to respect the women and their knowledge.

Senator Hubert Humphrey said he had never seen a more effective political action program than the Teamster women's motorcades.

Black and white Teamster women--even from the South traveled together on buses.

They spoke out on social justice issues as well. In 1965, one hundred and ninety Teamster women from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi attend a hearing on minority voting rights and voiced concerns about attitudes and the lack of justice during the discussions.

In 1963 a delegation of D.R.I.V.E. women go after Senator McClellan who was leading a national anti-labor crusade, for his poor record and anti-union bias. According to press, "they pinned him to the wall, and showed his shortcomings." The full transcript of the exchange was printed in the Teamster magazine the following month.

More than 15,000 Teamster women traveled to Washington, DC between 1962 through 1968.

The D.R.I.V.E. message becomes known as "The Great Conversation" on Capitol Hill. "The Great Conversation" issues are discussed and become included in policy meetings on "The Great Society" by Johnson Administration Officials.

The key to D.R.I.V.E. success by all accounts including media, Hill experts, political leadership, is the grassroots support and mobilization.

Other Related Activities

Voter checks were held beginning in 1962. These were a huge success and got rank and file members involved in the political process in record numbers. D.R.I.V.E. members would check to make sure all fellow members were registered to vote, knew polling places, etc.

If not registered, members would be registered right on the spot. If registered, members received a big sticker for their truck or other visible location saying; "Teamsters Will Vote--Will You?"

Teamster vote checks are credited for making a difference in a number of key races, including Nixon's defeat in the California Governor race.

A series of popular essay contests on the importance of D.R.I.V.E. sent winners to Washington, DC and gave them the chance to meet many union and political leaders.

A record 2,400 rank and file Teamster members who had manned the wards and pushed voting via D.R.I.V.E. activities were invited to attend the Johnson inauguration in 1965.

Not since Andrew Jackson had so many "common folk" been on the invitation list.

In 1963 Business Week quotes anti-labor Congressman as saying, "We many not like those D.R.I.V.E. women, but they are effective."

On the Hill D.R.I.V.E. becomes seen as the guardian of civil liberties. D.R.I.V.E. motorcade discussions are credited with pushing Congress to give equal time on the airwaves to minority parties.

In 1964 D.R.I.V.E. educational workshops begin. These are a series of seminars designed to educate business agents and other local leaders on political issues and train them on developing effective political action activities for their members.

Part of every D.R.I.V.E. donations in the 1960s went to The City of Hope, a renowned cancer research and treatment center in California. The hospital did not charge fees to patients. Teamsters had long been associated with the hospital--and have continued to be. Sheryl Crow is current spokeswoman.

Source: IBT Training & Development Department

CALL YOUR LOCAL UNION AND SIGN UP FOR D.R.I.V.E. TODAY! IN THE 1980s MEMBERS DONATED $1.00 A WEEK--WE CAN DO THE SAME IN THE 21ST CENTURY! LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD!


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