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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The efforts to seek a viable solution to the Pension Crisis depends on our immediate and direct involvment as a Partciptant, an Active, a Retiree and as a Family member of Central States Pension Fund. Your engagement can make a difference!
ATTENTION LOCAL 200 TEAMSTERS
Local 200 welcomes a new Organizer!
Brothers and Sisters,
Please welcome twenty-four-year Teamster and Steward at USF Holland, Jared Wolski, as he joins the staff at Local 200.
“Jared’s official title will be Special Assistant to the Secretary Treasurer, but his main duty will be to bring new members into our Local as an organizer,” said Local 200
Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
“Jared has been involved with various past organizing efforts including the National Teamster XPO campaign, and most recently the office staff of his current employer USF Holland, so he is a perfect fit to continue that duty here at the Local,” added Millonzi.
“I am truly honored to be selected from among all the members of Local 200 to serve, and look forward to the challenge,” said Jared.
Jared currently resides in the City of Oak Creek with his wife Kari and is a veteran of the Army where he served our country for four years.
ATTENTION ABF LOCAL 200 TEAMSTERS
"MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD"
Local 200 President Tom Bennett out talking to Central States Pension participants to get them engaged in the process of saving pensions in critical status.
General President Hoffa was on the Leslie Marshall Show last week to discuss the suspicious job site death of an XPO warehouse worker and multiple accounts of sexual harassment and discrimination at the Memphis warehouse facility. Hoffa discussed how the Teamsters are fighting to win respect and dignity for XPO workers.
With the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans meeting this Wednesday (4/18/18) to discuss “The History and Structure of the Multiemployer Pension System,” it is important to continue outreach to Congressional offices to urge support of the Butch Lewis Act (HR 4444/ S. 2147). HR 4444/ S. 2147 is the only plan that will provide a path to financial health for troubled pension plans, alleviate pressure on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ensure that retirees and future retirees receive all of the benefits that they earned. Take Action Now!
The members of Congress appointed to serve on the Joint Select Committee are Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) (co-chairman), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (co-chairman), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), and Sen. Michael Crapo (R-ID).
Individuals who do not have a member of Congress appointed to the Committee can help by reaching out to their Senators and Representative to urge them to cosponsor the Butch Lewis Act. The more bipartisan support the legislation garners, the more likely it is to be adopted by the Committee.
ABF members - Mark your calendars to participate in an important Teamsters ABF conference call on Thursday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern time to get an update on the contract and the upcoming ratification process.
Teamsters National Freight Division Director Ernie Soehl will provide an update and will answer questions about the ABF NMFA tentative agreement. Participants may submit questions during the call and leave questions at the end of the call.
JOIN THE CALL:
WHAT: ABF CONTRACT UPDATE CALL
DATE: Thursday, April 12
TIME: 8 p.m. (Eastern time)
HOW: Call toll-free at (877) 229-8493, then enter access code 111566
All Active and Retired Central States Pension Fund
Derby Dash Run/Walk – May 5, 2018
The Derby Dash Run/Walk is a community-building event and an opportunity for individuals and families to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health and the lifesaving treatments of dialysis and transplantation. Whether walking, running, volunteering or cheering, this is a great way to spend a Saturday morning and a chance to meet those impacted by kidney disease or organ donation. Download a paper registration or:
Date: Saturday May 5th
10:30: 5K Run/Walk Starts, 1-Mile Walk immediately following
11:30: Picnic with your family/food & beverages available/live entertainment by Sigmund Snopek
Location: Whitnall Park - Root River Parkway South 8831 North Root River Parkway, Franklin, WI 53132
• 5K run/walk and 1-mile walking course
• USATF certified course, managed by Next Level Sports and timed by In Focus Timing
• Age category medals (12 and up)
• Long-sleeve t-shirt with registration (kids under 11 get KidsClub item in lieu of t-shirt)
• NEW - Live entertainment by Sigmund Snopek (musician and humorist)
• NEW - Celebrate at our kidney-version of Derby Day with contests and awards/prizes (Best Derby Hat, etc.)
• Socialize and enjoy the Milwaukee County Parks Beer Garden, starting at 11:00 am
Fundraise Our mission is to raise funds to support LOCAL patient programs and services, free of charge. Support the mission of the NKFW by donating now (consider a $50 donation for our 50 year anniversary). To help you fundraise, we have created these tools: • Online fundraising page – Create a page for your team so it’s easier to communicate and collect donations • Fundraising Letter – customize this letter with your personal story and send to your supporters • Fundraising Strategies – Here is a checklist for your team or yourself with tips to raise funds for a cause • Contribution form – This form will capture donations and can be turned in to the NKFW
The Teamster Toms join the Devils to talk unions and politics.
The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee and ABF Freight System reached a tentative contract agreement, Ernie Soehl, Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National ABF Negotiating Committee, announced today.
No further details will be released until leaders from Teamster local unions that represent ABF members meet in the next two weeks to review the tentative agreement and approve sending it out for a membership ratification vote.
The parties agreed to an extension of the current agreement to allow for the ratification process to take place.
Once the upcoming meeting takes place, the union will release more information.
Teamster L200 Members working at Tamarack Material
“Win” Arbitration Award
Teamsters Local 200 members from Tamarack Materials won an arbitration award from Arbitrator Richard Van Kalker, which dealt with the health insurance portion of the contract and how the members would be affected.
“The company was not following what was agreed upon during negotiations regarding the cost of a portion of the health insurance,” said Local 200 Business representative Tom Benvenuto.
Local 200 Representative Benvenuto filed a grievance back in June of 2017 regarding the issue, and the company and the Union agreed to move it directly to arbitration, following the contract grievance machinery.
On March 16, 2018, Arbitrator Kalker agreed that the Union was correct in their position and awarded that the company must reimburse all employees any incorrect over charges going back to contract signing and moving forward thru the term of the labor agreement, following what was agreed upon.
“We are very happy with the decision by Arbitrator Kalker and Local 200 Teamsters will now receive the coverage, at the cost negotiated,” added Benvenuto.
Standard Forwarding Teamsters Ratify New Contract
(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters who work at Standard Forwarding have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new contract that provides for significant hourly and mileage increases, increased benefit contributions and other improvements.
The contract covers about 500 Teamsters and members voted over the past several days at their local unions.
“This new contract protects our Standard Forwarding members and their families through March 5, 2021 and is retroactive to March 6, 2018,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “I want to thank our committee for negotiating a contract that provides our members with a more secure future.”
The union negotiated the most significant annual hourly and mileage increases since the company exited bankruptcy and was sold almost a decade ago. Wages will go up by $2.10 per hour and over 5 cents per mile by the end of the three-year contract.
The union also negotiated increased pension contributions and maintained all the superior Teamster health plans valued by the members with no co-pays or compromised benefits. Standard Forwarding is one of the largest regional less-than-truckload carriers in the Upper Midwest.
“I want to thank the Freight Division, all the Business Agents who served on the committee and the Standard Forwarding members, who were all instrumental in getting this contract negotiated and ratified,” said Bob Warnock III, President of Local 364 in South Bend, Indiana and Co-Chairman of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
General President Hoffa confirms the direction of IBT and the Pension Crisis and Retirement Security for Retirees and Actives.
This video from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters details the negative actions of Janus vs. AFSCME that is currently awaits a ruling by the United States Supreme Court. This case may have multiple negative impacts on working families, to include a roll back or elimination of the workers’ rights of 17 million individuals and affect the retirement security of those same individuals. Take a moment and view this informative video.
PENSION COMMITTEE MUST DELIVER ON RETIREMENT PROMISE
BY JAMES P. HOFFA, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 03/17/18 09:00 AM EDT
Years of hard work by Teamsters, retirees and other unions to reform the faltering multiemployer pension system finally are paying off. Late last month, congressional leaders announced the members of a bipartisan congressional pension committee, tasked with finding a solution to the nation’s looming pension crisis by this November, and the panel met for the first time on Wednesday.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Teamsters Local 200 joined many others from the community to support the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin in their Food Drive event at an area Grocery Store in Racine, Wisconsin. Agents from Local 200 gave a personal contribution and then many of the needed items were purchased and loaded into the collection truck. The remaining funds that were not used were donated to the collection jar.
The Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin depends on volunteers and donations to operate their programs. Local 200 encourages our membership to assist this organization in any possible way. You can visit their Facebook or Website pages and view their upcoming events and needs.
Pictured are an active member of our Military Service assisting the donation site and Teamsters Local 200 President Tom Bennett and his wife, Amy.
Teamsters Make Continued Progress at ABF Negotiations
This past week the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight resumed bargaining for a new national collective bargaining agreement, and the parties continued to make progress on issues important to members.
Representatives from the union and the company discussed the status and role of ABF within the ArcBest corporate family and had a positive dialogue concerning the future of ABF in the evolving transportation marketplace. The two sides also discussed various methods for growing work at ABF Freight and preserving Teamster jobs, and both sides also discussed equipment improvements.
Only a few issues remain unresolved in terms of the National ABF National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA) language articles. Both sides also had discussions on some supplemental agreements.
Negotiations resume in Kansas City on March 12 where economics will likely be on the table as well as language in supplemental agreements. Prior to the next round of negotiations, the company will be sharing additional economic and business data with TNFINC’s economists.
“This week’s session was positive and productive,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and Co-Chairman of TNFINC. However, Soehl cautioned that “the upcoming economic discussions, including pension and health and welfare are likely going to be very difficult.”
Soehl reaffirmed that “TNFINC is 100 percent committed to getting the best possible contract” and that the union committee remains united and focused on addressing the membership’s objectives.
Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement With Standard Forwarding
The Teamsters bargaining committee has reached a tentative agreement with Standard Forwarding for a new national agreement to succeed the agreement that is expiring on March 5.
The Teamsters bargaining committee, with officials from every local union that represents Standard Forwarding members, unanimously approved the tentative agreement.
The national contract covers about 500 members. The committee is submitting the tentative agreement to the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) for its review. After that review, Standard Forwarding members will be notified by their local unions about ratification voting.
Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, represents many retirees covered by multiemployer pension plans and fought for the creation of a select congressional committee to craft what could effectively be a federal rescue of as many as 200 of the plans.CreditErin Schaff for The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The sprawling agreement to boost government spendingreached by Republicans and Democrats this month quietly included a step toward defusing what could be a financial time bomb for 1.5 million retirees and hundreds of companies in the industrial Midwest and the South.
The deal creates a select congressional committee to craft what could effectively be a federal rescue of as many as 200 so-called “multiemployer” pension plans — in which employers and labor unions band together to provide retirement benefits to employees.
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union applauds today’s announcement of the formation of a bipartisan, House-Senate Joint Select Committee to find a solution to the nation’s growing pension crisis which could threaten the retirement security of as many as 1.5 million active and retired workers. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) secured the formation of the committee as part of the budget compromise announced today.
The committee, which will be comprised of six senators and six members of the House evenly divided by party, will work toward reporting a bill to solve the pension crisis. The legislation also imposes a deadline to ensure Congress will act this year. The committee members, who will be appointed by House and Senate leaders, will also be required hold five public meetings to hear directly from retirees, workers and businesses effected by the pension crisis.
“This is a positive step toward moving legislation forward that will finally address the pension crisis,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “This committee must put aside partisan politics and advance legislation as quickly as possible that provides a real solution to this crisis. I applaud Sen. Brown’s work to secure the formation of this committee and thank him for continuing to lead the fight to ensure millions of Americans can retire with dignity.”
In Nov. 2017, Sen. Brown and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced The Butch Lewis Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to fixing the pension crisis by providing the financial support the plans need to avoid insolvency. Today, in his remarks from the floor announcing the details of the joint select committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reiterated the party’s commitment to moving the Butch Lewis Act forward through this new vehicle.
“Millions of pensioners – Teamsters, miners, bakery workers and so many more are staring down cuts to their hard-earned pensions,” Schumer said. “We Democrats would have liked to take up and pass the Butch Lewis Act. We couldn’t reach an agreement to do that, but now we have a process and potentially the means and motivation to get it done.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visitwww.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
ABF Bargaining Update: Slow Progress
The second weekly round of bargaining with ABF Freight took place this week for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the ABF NMFA that is set to expire on March 31. Unfortunately not a lot of progress was achieved. The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) has made clear that it wants to reach a new agreement but that any agreement will, among other things, need to address: the restoration of the vacation week that was given up last contract; better protections for road drivers from loss of work due to purchased transportation; protection of health and welfare and pension benefits; and reasonable wage increases.
The union committee has sought to resolve language issues to the extent possible before diving into the hard economics. The company, however, has claimed that its labor and operating costs are too high and that it is essentially seeking a cost neutral agreement and undefined “flexibilities.” The full union committee made it clear that it is not interested in concessions and is seeking real improvements.
In terms of language, the company this week proposed some items that seem somewhat off-point. For example, ABF is now proposing to significantly ramp up its drug and alcohol testing regimen by demanding that all employees be subjected to “hair” testing. Drug testing hair samples detects possible drug use (illegal and legal prescription) from weeks and months earlier but does not necessarily test for on-the-job use or impairment. The company also is seeking new “fitness for duty” requirements that would subject employees to discipline. ABF has also rejected the union’s demand to prohibit the use of driverless trucks even though the company states that it has no current plans to purchase driverless trucks. The union, however, has not withdrawn its proposal in this regard.
While some progress was made on language issues and negotiations are still proceeding, according to Ernie Soehl, co-chair of TNFINC, “it seems a bit strange that the company, after claiming over and over that its labor and operating costs are the problem, is spending time insisting on a new broader drug and alcohol policy, when, according to the company’s own records, over the last five years only one person has tested positive for drugs in a post-accident test.” Also, Soehl added that given the tough work environment and the average age of the ABF workforce, imposing vague “fit for duty” requirements seems to be a “recipe for mischief.”
Nevertheless, the union committee remains positive.
“We didn’t make as much progress as we had expected this week, but we did advance the ball a little bit,” Soehl said. “For example, although no agreement was reached on new protections for road drivers from purchased transportation, we did at least have some productive dialogue.” Also, the parties did reach a tentative agreement on some small improvements to the “change of operations” provisions and equipment requirements.
TNFINC is committed to fighting for members’ issues and believes that the Teamsters will prevail.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume in Kansas City on February 12.
Visit the new ABF Teamsters Facebook page where members can see the latest updates. Go to “ABF Teamsters” on Facebook. Text "ABF" to 86466 to receive text message alerts (message and data rates may apply).
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 200
SUPPORTS BUTCH LEWIS ACT RESOLUTION
Pictured is City of Milwaukee Alderman Bob Bauman on the left along with Teamsters Local 200 Business representative Randy Monroe.
Randy attended the Milwaukee Common Council meeting today where Councilman Bauman introduced a resolution to the board in support of the Butch Lewis Act which was moved for immediate adoption by the board.
THANK YOU SENATOR BALDWIN
FOR YOUR COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP
U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO STRENGTHEN PENSION PLANS
The reform would provide additional funding to protect pensions by imposing fees on financial firms convicted of criminal acts
Teamsters Honor Legacy,
Celebrate Contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Fifty years ago this year, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for striking sanitation workers in Memphis before an assassin struck him down.
“The Memphis sanitation workers’ strike is remembered as an example of powerless African-Americans standing up for themselves. It is also remembered as the prelude to the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.” according to a recent Smithsonian magazine story.
Teamsters across the country will honor the legacy of civil rights and labor leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, 2018.
King devoted his life to securing rights for minorities and eliminating segregation in society. He believed that the path to economic freedom and social justice were one and the same and strongly supported the labor movement.
The Teamsters Union was an early supporter of King, donating money to his cause and sending supplies to marchers and other civil rights workers. Today, Teamsters across the country are committed to the union’s tradition of standing up for social justice. Through organizations like the Teamsters Human Rights Commission, Teamsters are able to carry on the legacy of King.
King actively supported the labor movement, frequently speaking to union audiences.
“As I have said many times, and believe with all my heart, the coalition that can have the greatest impact in the struggle for human dignity here in America is that of the Negro and the forces of labor, because their fortunes are so closely intertwined,” King said in 1962.
Gary Nelson Passing
“It is with great sadness I convey to all Local 200 Teamsters, active and retired, the passing of longtime friend and Teamster Gary Nelson.
Gary was a Teamster for over 35 years and a Business Representative for the Local before his retirement in 2009,” said Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
Gary was 63 years of age.
“Gary was well respected for his knowledge of the craft and had a gift of gab that his fellow workers and the members he represented gravitated to,” added Millonzi.
“I will personally miss Gary’s perpetual positive outlook on all the people he touched and life in general.”
Gary was a P&D driver for Roadway Express.
General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 is excited to present the announcement from Wisconsin Health Fund to our membership that enjoy the services at the onsite facility. Healthcare, especially affordable healthcare, is a key topic for all working families and here is a solid attempt by WHF to bring savings to those that use the onsite clinic. For more information about the announcement, please call 414-771-5600 and ask for customer service.
Teamsters Applaud Rep. Pete King’s Co-Sponsorship of Butch Lewis Act
After a Teamster career of 35 years, Danny Wright will officially retire on 12/31/17. His dedication towards the membership of Teamsters Local 200 was foremost as a Local Union Trustee. He worked intensely as a Board Member for the membership, always placing the membership’s goals as priorities when making decisions as a Local Union Executive Board Member.
Without any question, Danny Wright has served his follow Brothers and Sisters in the highest regard as a Union Steward, a Local Union Trustee and a member of the Teamster National Black Caucus.
The Local Union Executive Board, Staff, Agents and the membership wish Danny Wright a happy retirement.
TEAMSTERS SUPPORT BROWN-NEAL LEGISLATION TO SOLVE PENSION CRISIS
The “Butch Lewis Act of 2017” Will Provide a Path to Recovery for
Hundreds of Pensions Facing Insolvency
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union strongly supports legislation introduced today by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) that would establish a new agency within the U.S. Treasury Department authorized to issue bonds in order to finance loans to pension plans in financial distress.
The “Butch Lewis Act of 2017,” named after a Teamster retiree leader who passed away two years ago, would provide a path to fixing the country’s growing pension crisis by providing the financial support the plans need to avoid insolvency. Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa expressed the union’s full support in a video statement.
“The Teamsters Union proudly endorses the Butch Lewis Act without any reservations,” Hoffa said. “Between the hard work of Sen. Brown and Rep. Neal’s offices and our Teamster pension task force, I believe we have found a solution to this very difficult challenge.”
The agency, named the Pension Rehabilitation Administration (PRA), would provide these loans to “critical and declining” multiemployer pension funds. The loan terms will require plans to make interest payments for 29 years with final interest and principal repayment due in year 30.
“This is a plan that will work,” Brown said. “This is a plan that will work without cuts.”
“Americans who worked hard their entire lives and planned for secure retirements should not have the rug pulled out from under them,” Neal said. “With this bill, we responsibly shore up multiemployer pension plans and guarantee retirees the full benefits they earned.”
Rita Lewis, the widow of Butch Lewis, spoke passionately about the four-year fight her husband led to save the pensions of thousands of active and retired Teamsters in the Central States Pension Fund.
“No one should have to suffer through the past four years of stress,” Lewis said. “This bill must be passed by the end of the year – this is not a partisan issue. We’ve been held hostage long enough. A promise is a promise is a promise.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
It is with displeasure that these types of announcement must be presented to the membership. The senior management team of Saputo informed the Local Union on Thursday, November 9, 2017 that the Saputo plant located on East Scott Street in Fond du Lac, WI shall be ceasing its manufacturing operation and shutter its operation close in approximately seven months.
Our Membership employed at the East Scott Street plant are Brothers and Sisters with tenure of just newly hired to over four decades of service to the plant. As this closure impacts the entire membership at the plant, it creates the loss of family sustaining jobs in this community with the discontinuation of good wages, health and welfare and pension benefits covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Local Union will engage in Severance Bargaining with the employer, with the best interest of these displaced workers at the forefront.
General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 Executive Board
UPS CONTRACT UPDATE
FOR OCTOBER 20, 2017
The Package Division has received some questions about the process by which the National Agreement for UPS and UPS Freight are negotiated. Here is some information to help answer these questions:
The first step is for Local Unions to hold meetings to solicit proposals for the National Contract from members; those proposals were due by August 31.
This is followed by Local Unions sending the member proposals to the Screening Committee. The Screening Committee consists primarily of the members of the National Negotiating Committee. The National Negotiating Committee is a cross section of Local Union leaders who represent UPS and UPS Freight employees, including all regions and classifications.
The next step is for the Screening Committee to review proposals from the Local Unions and decide which ones to submit to the Two-Person meeting. This review was held on September 25, 2017. This is followed by all Local Unions representing UPS and UPS Freight members being invited to the Two-Person meeting.
At the Two-Person meeting on October 17, 2017, the proposals were explained to the Local Union representatives. The Local Union representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of submitting the Screening Committee’s proposals to the company as the opening proposals.
When negotiations for the National Contract begin in January, the National Contract proposals that were approved on October 17, 2017 will be submitted to the company.
Separate from the national negotiations, beginning this month, Supplemental Committees are negotiating with UPS over language contained in the supplements and riders.
Economic proposals (pension, health and welfare, wages, progressions, etc.) are presented to UPS and UPS Freight after most of the language issues have been dealt with. These proposals are formulated by the National Negotiating committee using the proposals received from the membership as well as information gathered from the various benefit funds. These proposals have not been a part of the Two-Person meeting in the past.
The National Negotiating Committee and the Two-Person meeting voted overwhelmingly to not allow advance copies of the National Agreement Proposals to leave the Two-Person meeting to ensure that UPS and UPS Freight should not have time to respond to the union’s proposals before negotiations begin. This is consistent with the practice followed in the 2008 and 2013 contract negotiations; there is absolutely no benefit to the membership for UPS and UPS Freight management to be able to view these proposals prior to the start of negotiations.
The committee wants to hit the ground running after peak season, so it was necessary to start the process now. The company will present its own proposals and the union will respond.
As negotiations continue, UPS Teamsters can get the latest updates at www.upsrising.org
Leaders from UPS Local Unions Overwhelmingly Accept Contract Proposals
More than 260 local union leaders who represent Teamsters at UPS and UPS Freight gathered today in the Washington DC area to review national contract proposals, all of which were approved.
General President Jim Hoffa, Chairman of the UPS National Negotiating Committee (NNC), said the proposals will be submitted to the company when national negotiations begin in January.
Contract proposals adopted today by the NNC focus on subcontracting, excessive hours and other issues. For UPS members, additional proposals were adopted related to ongoing harassment and increases in the average size and weight of shipments; UPS Freight proposals also took up the issue of blackout weeks.
During opening remarks at the “two-person” meeting – in which two representatives from each UPS and UPS Freight local union meet – Hoffa said UPS Teamsters are energized and ready to fight for a strong contract in 2018.
“The Teamsters UPS contract is without question the strongest labor agreement in the country, but we have major issues at stake in upcoming negotiations. Pensions, UPS’s use of new technology and the challenges posed by competitors like Amazon are going to weigh heavily in talks with the company. We have a strong, experienced committee that is ready to win the best contract possible for our members,” Hoffa said.
Denis Taylor, NNC Co-Chair and Director of the Teamsters Package Division, thanked local union leaders for working with the committee to compile proposals from members at UPS and UPS Freight.
“Our local unions stepped up and made sure their members’ input was heard today and gathered thousands of contract proposal forms,” Taylor said. “We will present many of these proposals to the company when our first negotiating meetings take place in January.”
The current National Master Agreement, which covers more than 250,000 UPS Teamster members, expires on July 31, 2018.
Negotiating committees for UPS and UPS Freight are at the very beginning stages of the bargaining process. Supplemental committees are meeting individually over the course of the next two months to exchange proposals with the company and engage in multi-day negotiating meetings. After these supplemental meetings and peak season, national negotiations will begin in January.
Attention to Local 200
Brothers and Sisters of Racine
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 is a Special Election date for Mayor of Racine. Teamsters LU200 endorsed Cory Mason early in this race and has worked along side him on his campaign.
To our Local 43 and 200 Retirees, to our Active Local 200 Members that make Racine home, get to your voting location and cast your vote for Cory Mason.
If you can volunteer some time for this event, please do so. Our Veterans should never be overlooked, as they gave all for our freedom.
RANDY BRYCE VISITS LOCAL 200
Randy is running against Paul Ryan in the 1st Congressional District.
Randy Bryce’s bid to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan will need money and boots on the ground to get his message out.
Pictured with Randy are Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and Local 200 President Tom Bennett (at the podium) welcoming Randy to our Union hall at this past Tuesday General membership meeting.
“Randy is the real deal,” Tom Bennett told the members in attendance. “Randy is for the working families of Wisconsin and will fight for their issues in Washington,” added Tom.
Randy is a veteran of the US Army and longtime member of the Iron Workers Union.
If you are in the 1st Congressional district please consider helping Randy in his bid for Congress as well as voting for him on election day.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017 the Local Union held a Stewards Training workshop that included presentations from Karen Jones and Kevin Curry of the International Brother of Teamsters, Scott Soldon of The Soldon Law Firm, LaRhonda Paez of the Local Union Staff, along with Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and President Tom Bennett.
Karen Jones of the IBT is the Historian for the International and her hour and one-half presentation about our existence of the Brotherhood was absolutely empowering. Our rich history demonstrated the involvement of our Organization in America's growth at the workplace and within our working families. Brother Curry of the IBT D.R.I.V.E Department discussed our Unity and Strength as members and as an organization. We appreciate the partnership with the International to have these Representatives come to Milwaukee and spend time with our Stewards.
Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi discussed with the Stewards the business side of the Local Union with LaRhonda Paez, our Local Union TITAN Operator. ST Millonzi shared with the stewards the importance of communication on a regular basis with our Office Staff on matters that shall assist each member, each steward and the Local Union. President Tom Bennett discussed the importance of our current Teamsters being the educators and mentors for the new generation entering the workplace. President Bennett displayed a new communication offering for the new hires that will be utilized by the Stewards when a new member begins his career as a Teamster.
Thank you to everyone that attended.
General Teamsters Local Union No.200 participated in the 2017 World’s Largest Truck Convoy with the Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council 39 Tractor Trailer. This is our 3rd year involved in this event that supports a great group of athletes and their organization of the Special Olympics. The event this year on a beautiful early fall day was the largest truck count ever that staged at the Pioneer Plaza Truck Stop in Richfield, Wisconsin and made its way to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It appears also, that a record amount of donations was raised this year.
We would like to thank Teamster Brother Greg Kender, a 33-year member of the Local, from USF Holland for his service at this event to be our driver and representative for Local 200. (Greg is picture along with our YRC Brothers from Teamsters Local 662)
Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and President Tom Bennett "standing with" Oak Creek Mayor Dan Bukiewicz in his bid for election as mayor.
"Teamsters Local 200 is supporting Dan for Mayor of Oak Creek," said President Tom Bennett.
"Dan knows worker issues as well as his constituents issues and will work hard for the citizens of Oak Creek."
General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council for recognizing Mike Gurich at this year's Labor Ride. Mike Gurich, a Business Agent at LU200 attempted to complete this ride last year, but his illness prevented him finishing what he had started.
Mike Gurich passed away late last year leaving a void. The Labor Ride was an event Mike enjoyed tremendously.
A number of Local 200 Retires and Active members particapated in this year's event, along with Mike's daughter Karen.
This Ride was important to Mike in many different ways, as he understood the message of Unity when the Organized Construction Tradesman gathered at this event.
In the time of crisis, our collective effort should be focused on those who are in need. Hurricane Harvey has brought adverse conditions to many communities that have never faced a crisis of this level. The monetary loss will grow as time continues. For many, the personal loss will never be replaced.
HOW CAN WE BE UNITED TO ASSIST?
Donations can be made to those Brothers and Sisters of the Gulf Coast by taking action through the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund. Your contribution to assist those that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey can be an opportunity to bring hope to those that are in need.
General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 Executive Board
Teamsters Local 200 on WRRD 1510 AM Radio
To view the live on-air in studio conversation with Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and President Tom Bennett from Local 200 and Crute and Dom from WRRD forward the stream to the 26-minute mark.
Topics of discussion in this segment with Tom and Tom was prevailing wage, Union organizing, and the proposed Foxcomm facility.
Wisconsin Teamsters Attend Badger State Truck Show
The Badger State Truck Show was recently held at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Teamsters Local 200 member Scott Gouthro (pictured) drove the Teamsters Joint Council 39 Tractor Trailer to and from the event.
Local 200 President Tom Bennett was also in attendance.
“Thanks to Scott from Wisconsin State Joint Council 39 and Local 200 for his participation at this event representing Teamsters from all over Wisconsin,” said Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
Scott is a long time L200 member and presently a P&D driver for Standard Forwarding.
The son of Joe DeStafano, Ryan, placed his Late Model in the top ten at the Slinger Nationals this past Tuesday night. The Slinger Nationals is the most prestigious ashaplt short track event in this country. Joe DeStafano is a Local 200 Teamster at Holland in Milwaukee, WI. Congrats to Joe, Ryan and the race team of Joe Cool Racing.
The community of Burlington, WI encountered heavy flooding recently which impacted many families in a very negative fashion. Our Brothers and Sisters working at the Nestles location in Burlington we're displaced from work, along with members and there families displaced from their flooded homes.
Under the direction of Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi, the Executive Board of Local 200 worked with a community organization of Love Inc. to deliver a truckload of needed bottle water to those in need of supplies.
The Local would like to thank the Membership for their involvement in assisting with this cause. A special thanks to those members at Roundy's, especially Union Steward Mark Hanley, that made sure a crucial delivery of the needed supplies were prepared and then loaded at 4:30am on Monday.
Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi, President Tom Bennett and Vice President Tim Pinter provided their services for this donation to the families within the Burlington community.
On Monday, June 5, 2017, Representative Tod Ohnstad (65th Assembly District) hosted a Town Hall Meeting/Legislative Listening Session at the UAW Local 72 Union Hall in Kenosha. The event, well attended by members of the local communities of Southeastern Wisconsin, voiced their concerns on a number of various topics related to the pending AHCA legislation and budget concerns for Wisconsinites. A panel composed of legislative colleagues of Representative Ohnstad were Representatives David Crowley ( 17th Assembly Milwaukee), Debra Kolste (44th Assembly Janesville), Lisa Subeck (78th Assembly Madison), Chris Taylor (76thAssembly Madison), Janet Bewley (74th Assembly Superior), Peter Barca (64th Assembly Kenosha), Daniel Riemer 7th Assembly Milwaukee), Jimmy Anderson (67th assembly Fitchburg) and State Senators Bob Wirch (22ndDistrict ) and Mark Miller (16th District), listened intensely, asked key questions, took notes and added additional comment to address those in attendance.
With the uncertainty of the current status of a sound Healthcare Plan for all Americans, these type of events are very important to be part of and voice your opinions and concerns. The families of our communities deserve affordable and accessible healthcare. General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 understands the importance of affordable healthcare for our working families. Our Taft Hartley Healthcare Plans are subject to uncertainty of the AHCA, as placing tens of millions of individuals without affordable or accessible healthcare can impact the costs for each user.
Teamsters Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and Local 200 President Tom Bennett join the new 1510 AM Devil’s Advocate radio program to bring the voice of the Teamsters Union to the airways.
“Local 200 and Local 344 have teamed up to bring the Teamster message to the airways” said Tom Millonzi.
You can listen to the podcast of Tom and Tom by clicking on the link below.
The Devil’s Advocate program airs from 3PM to 6PM Monday thru Friday.
Commercials featuring Teamsters Locals 200 and 344 air throughout the day.
Teamsters Local 200 is proud to support the race program of Luke " The Duke" Westenberg for the 2017 race season at the Jefferson Speedway near Cambridge, Wisconsin. Luke, the son of recently retired Local 200 member John Kinjerski, opened the 2017 season on a high note with winning his heat race and placing 7th in the Feature race.
This summer,every Saturday night, the number 16 Late Model will be in the hunt for a winning night at the Jefferson Speedway. John, Luke and the whole race team would like for everyone to come out to cheer them on. The pits are open after the races and stop by and say "hi" to the team.
Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi welcomes Local 200 member Jesse Combs on as a newly elected Union Steward for the Brothers and Sisters at Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. Brother Combs was presented his first Local 200 Stewards Pin at the April 2017 General Meeting and was whole heartily welcomed aboard by those in attendance.
Our own Local 200 Brother Doug Bolander is showcased in a commercial for Ozinga. Please click the Career Opportunities below and view the video.
Local 200 Teamster Mark Ruid, driver at Price Erecting makes a delivery to the Bucks arena construction in downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday,March 1,2017.
LAKE TWP. FAMILY PLEDGES
$1 MILLION FOR TREATMENT CENTER
During the IBT Convention in late June of 2016, many topics were addressed form the podium, but one stood out more than any other. The story of a Teamster family, the Bornstein’s, and their son’s death impacted the attendees of the Convention in such a fashion, that Teamsters Locals, Joint Councils, Teamster Retiree Groups and individual Teamsters stood from the Convention Floor and pledged over $1 million dollars collectively to band together on a cause facing everyday families, including Teamster families.
Wisconsin Teamsters JC39 and each Local of the State of Wisconsin pledged donations, as long with the Wisconsin Committee to protect Pensions, donated to this cause to help those in need. Please take a moment to read the article attached
Teamsters Local 200 Welcomes Another Union Ready Mix Supplier to the Milwaukee Construction Market
On Monday January 23rd ,Teamsters Local 200 welcomes another Union ready mix supplier to the Milwaukee construction market. Their name is RivCrete Ready Mix and they will employ (31) Teamster Local 200 members from the start of operations. Their ready mix plant is located at 2751 South Chase Avenue in Milwaukee. The owners of RivCrete Ready Mix and their employees bring many years of construction experience to this new company and the Milwaukee market. Teamsters Local 200 looks forward to a long relationship with this new partnership with RivCrete Ready Mix and their employees.
Retiree Bob Amsden of General Teamsters Local 200 presents Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi a historical item of transportation memorabilia that will be proudly displayed at the Local Union. Brother Amsden, who has been very committed through his efforts for the active and retired Teamster Brothers and Sisters related to protecting of Pension Benefits, is a 2nd generation Teamster within the Freight Industry.
The Local thanks Bob for the donation and for his continuing efforts with the Pension Committees
Attention sons and daughters of Teamsters (including the GCC, BMWED and BLET), the 2017 year applications for scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund are now available. Please click here: www.jrhmsf.org
Teamsters in Mourning
“To all, it is with the heaviest of heart that I convey that Teamsters Local 200 Business Agent Mike Gurich has passed,” said
Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
Mike was with the Local as an agent representing Teamsters for over 10 years. Before that as a Steward at Central Redi-Mix.
He was a Teamster for over 32 years.
“ Mike as well represented all Wisconsin Teamsters as the Construction Director for the State Teamsters Joint Council 39, along with his position at Local 200,” added Millonzi.
“Mike was not only a colleague of everyone at the local but a very dear friend that we will all deeply miss. Please keep his family in your prayers.
As details become available they will be forwarded
MILWAUKEE BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL HONORS MIKE GURICH
Thursday night at the Carpenters Union hall
the third annual
Lyle Balistreri Outstanding Recognition (L.A.B.O.R.) Awards event was held.
At the ceremony our own Local 200 Business Representative Mike Gurich
was honored with one of the
L.A.B.O.R. Lifetime Achievement Awards.
This award is given each year to someone who has truly dedicated his life to serving the working men of women of organized labor as well as all working men and women in the community.
Mike was unable to attend the event so accepting the award in his name were six of his fellow Teamsters.
Pictured left to right:
Local 200 Business Representative Jim Seelow, Local 200 President Tom Bennett, Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi, Local 200 Business Rep Tom Benvenuto, Local 200 Business Rep Darrick Jordan and Local 200 Business Rep Wes Gable.
From all Teamsters to you Mike,
Our Brothers and Sisters of the IBT Building Material and Construction Trade Division have been extremely busy the last couple of years within the jurisdiction of Local 200 and there seems to be no end in sight. From day work to night work, from road work to vertical building, from new single family homes to 30 plus story office towers and to a new sports complex that will be above the rest, our Local and its membership are proud to be part of Milwaukee’s history.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Worker’s Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 was a day to reflect on those workers who lost their lives while in the performance of their job related duties. As we take our daily events for granted, we should always be aware that an unforeseen act can change the lives of many without notice and within a matter of seconds.
Such a tragic event did happen to a member of Teamsters Local 200. Stephen Rauth died during his workday in an industrial accident, leaving behind a wife and a young family. Yesterday, Tuesday April 28, 2015, Brother Rauth was honored along with 4 others who were recognized in a Hard Hat Procession through the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, which ended at St. Patrick’s Church. The procession led by accompanying sounds of Bagpipes and the sounds of Trades members marching, ended with a beautiful presentation which included General Intercessions from members of the Trades at St. Patrick’s.
Teamsters Local 200 President Tom Bennett offered a reading in the General Intercessions in respect to Brother Rauth and his Family.
Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and Local 200 President Tom Bennett recently visited the Teamster International headquarters in Washington DC to meet and confer with IBT representatives Cindy Impala, director of Training and Development for the IBT, and Brian Tierney from the communications department.
“In an effort to bring continued education to the members of this local about right to work, President Tom Bennett and myself are reaching out to our International. Cindy and Brian were very knowledgeable and will be working with Local 200 in our effort,” said Secretary Treasurer Millonzi.
Pictured are Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi and President Tom Bennett in the front lobby of the IBT headquarters in Washington DC
Dedicated to these members formerly from Local 43 is a shrine memorializing their Local in their Union hall in the Milwaukee location.
“Where we came from and how we got here helps move us forward,” said Teamsters Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
“We put together this shrine so when our new members from Racine and Kenosha come to their Union hall they will see and know that we remember. Remembering how we got here strengthens our solidarity,” added Millonzi.
Separate seniority list for regular fulltime dock workers includes
health insurance and pension contributions
On Saturday July 12th and Tuesday July 15th Teamster Local 200 members working at Standard Forwarding overwhelmingly endorsed a dock only seniority list for workers at three facilities in Wisconsin.
“This agreement will give our members heightened protection from subcontracting, and the company help with the ever growing driver shortage nationally,” said Teamsters Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
With the help of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters National Freight Division, an agreement was forged and agreed upon by both the Union and the company to give added protection to current drivers at Standard Forwarding.
“Thanks to Assistant National Freight Director Gordon Sweeten for his help in this important issue for curtailing the use of subcontracting and getting more Teamster Drivers at Standard Forwarding,” added Local 200 Business Representative Jim Seelow.
Local 200 would like to thank all the Standard Forwarding Teamsters that took part in the vote.
STANDARD FORWARDING LOCAL 200 MEMBERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR RECENT MEETING TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE US FOODS LOCAL 200 TEAMSTERS
Members of Local 43 overwhelmingly give nod to merge
Saturday June 21, 2014, Teamsters Local 43 members gave their approval to merge with Local 200.
“The message was very clear, the members of Local 43 are in favor of the merge,” said Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
Pictured in the accompanying photos during the vote count are; Local 43 office staffer Cindi Vance-Smith, Teamsters Local 43 Secretary Treasurer Wes Gable, Local 200 President Tom Bennett, and Local 200 Secretary Treasurer Tom Millonzi.
Teamsters Local 43 and Local 200 have been in talks about a merger for some time and the membership approval was the next step in the process.
“Now the process moves to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall’s desk where we will await his stamp of approval,” said Local 200 President Tom Bennett.
Thanks to all the members of Teamsters Local 43 that participated in the merger vote process.
Local 43’s jurisdiction includes the Racine and Kenosha areas, all the way to the Illinois border.