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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.

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

Right-to-Work Gang Still After Your Jobs, Wages, & Conditions

By STEVE VAIRMA PRESIDENT JOINT COUNCIL 3

The National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) is hell bent on destroying your union wages, hours and working conditions.

If you thought the huge loss in 2008 of a right-to-work ballot initiative in Colorado would discourage the union busting right-to-work gang, think again. Right-to-work proponents pursue their goal with the same fervor with which billionaires seek to protect their Bush tax cuts.

Anti-labor zealots have been peddling the right-to-work myth for many years in Missouri, which has been one of their targets ever since they lost a referendum on the issue there in 1978.
Rumors are circulating that NRTWC will support right-to-work campaigns in two or three other states, either through the passage of laws in state legislatures or by the initiative process. In Joint Council 3, Montana is listed as a possible target. Indiana is also thought to be under consideration by the right to work gang.
The devastating recession we are enduring encourages those who are determined to make the United States a right-to-work nation, one state at a time. During hard economic times, employers seek ways to lower wages, pay less in employee benefits and reduce the expenses of safety and health in the workplace. Right-to-work is an effective way for employers to attain these “benefits” with no recourse available to working men and women.
Four of the states in Teamsters Joint Council 3 are right- to-work states—Arizona, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming—and our local unions in those states do a tremendous job of representing their members under extremely difficult conditions. Their job presents challenges that are not familiar to union leaders and staffs in free bargaining states.
Colorado is the only one of the three free bargaining states that has twice defeated a statewide referendum on right-to-work, in 1958 and in 2008. All three states have defeated right-to work in their state legislatures on several occasions.
Both Colorado and New Mexico probably have enough support in their respective state legislatures this year to defeat right-to-work legislation, and Montana’s governor could be expected to veto such a bill if it were passed. However, legislation to put the issue on the ballot in 2012 could be passed in Montana and could not be vetoed by the governor.
Rest assured. All of the states within Teamsters Joint Council 3 are solidly opposed to the imposition of any further right-to-work laws in any of the free bargaining states within its boundaries.
When the right-to-work gang sponsored its initiative in Colorado in 2008, it woke a sleeping dog. And, after the overwhelming defeat of the initiative at the polls, that dog’s teeth are still bared, he’s snarling and growling and spoiling for another fight.
Following is a chart, compiled by the AFL-CIO using government statistics, which shows the union advantage, the target of right-to-work proponents:
 
Union Advantage by the Numbers
Union workers earn higher wages and get more benefits than workers who don't have a voice on the job with a union.
 
Union workers' median weekly earnings $ 908
Nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $ 710
Union wage advantage 28%
Union women's median weekly earnings $ 840
Nonunion women's median weekly earnings $ 628
Union wage advantage for women 34%
African American union workers' median weekly earnings $ 749
African American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $ 581
Union wage advantage for African Americans 29%
Latino union workers' median weekly earnings $ 774
Latino nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $ 516
Union wage advantage for Latinos 50%
Asian American union workers' median weekly earnings $ 907
Asian American nonunion workers' median weekly earnings $ 870
Union wage advantage for Asian Americans 4%
Union workers covered by employer-provided health insurance 78%
Nonunion workers covered by employer-provided health insurance 51%
Union health insurance advantage 53%
Union workers without health insurance coverage 2.9%
Nonunion workers without health insurance coverage 14.2%
Nonunion workers are four times more likely to lack health insurance coverage
Union workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 77%
Nonunion workers covered by guaranteed (defined-benefit) pensions 20%
Union pension advantage 285%
Union workers with short-term disability benefits 46%
Nonunion workers with short-term disability benefits 34%
Union short-term disability benefits advantage 35%
Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Union Members-2009. Jan. 22, 2010; U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employee Benefits in the United States, March
2009, September 2009, Employee Benefit Research Institute. EBRI Notes, October 2009


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