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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • 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!

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • 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.

     
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On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Teamsters Local 200 held a Stewards Workshop with presenters discussing various topics. Mark Barlar, a CMV Inspector with the Wisconsin State Patrol (Southeast Region) discussed topics from interactions with motorists and Commercial Motor Vehicles to Hours of Service guidelines. Wisconsin Joint Council No. 39 Legal Team of SoldonMcCoy Law Firm reviewed with our Stewards NLRB decisions to exercises reviewing facts related to Arbitration Cases and their outcomes. Scott Soldon and Kyle McCoy worked with the Stewards to broaden our thoughts when investigating grievances to working with other Stewards at the worksite to best represent our membership's rights.

On behalf of the Local Union Executive Board, we appreciate the engagement of all involved at the workshop to make it a successful event.

At the Tuesday, November 12, 2019 General Meeting of Teamsters Local 200, Dawn Vlach of Our Harmony Club has accepted an invitation to speak to our Brothers and Sisters about “social day programs for individuals with age related challenges ranging from social isolation to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.” Our Harmony Club is a Volunteer based 501( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities that our membership should be aware of and with our conversation, bring our goals together in the betterment of their cause. Please attend the November 2019 General Meeting at Local 200.

This past weekend, October 4-6, 2019, the 9th Annual Tradeswomen Build Nations Conference was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota that brought together nearly 3000 delegates from across the country. The Conference originated in 2002 with 250 delegates and it has developed to be the main event for women in the trades as a resource to network and build skills for careers in the construction industry. Teamsters Local 200 was asked by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to assist in this event, along with Teamsters Local 120 of Blaine, Minnesota, to showcase the Teamsters National Pipeline/Labor Management Cooperation Trust (LMCT). Wendy Oberdorf of Local 200 (pictured with Business Agent Tom Benvenuto) attended the event during the 3 days and represented the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at the Teamsters Information Booth with her Teamster Sisters. Teamsters Local Union No. 200 thanks Wendy for her time and effort to represent the Teamster Sisterhood. A Special thank you goes out to the Building Material & Construction Trade Division Director Marion “Bubba” Davis, LMCT Richard Stern and IBT Southern Region Training Coordinator Iliana Flores.

Secretary Treasurer Tom Bennett and Business Agent visited the Conference on October 4, 2019 to see in attendance other Tradeswomen from Wisconsin in attendance, excited about the Conference and its offerings. Picture with Secretary Treasurer Tom Bennett and Business Agent Tom Benvenuto is Iliana Flores of the IBT. 

  

Teamsters Local 200 joined a number of Brothers and Sisters of several Building and Construction Trade Unions from around the State at the UAW Hudson, Wisconsin Strike Line at the GM Facility. In support of the striking workers, a donated cook out has been organized for today, Friday, October 4, 2019, beginning at 11am.

The Executive Board of Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council No.39 has made a monetary donation to assist the striking workers and their families.

Teamsters Local 200 has also made a monetary donation to assist the UAW picketers and their families today. The Business Agents from Local 200 have made a personal donation to the UAW Brothers and Sisters at the strike line.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to revise the Hours of Service Regulations for Commercial Drivers. The Teamsters Safety and Health Department is seeking your input as to how these proposed changes may affect your job.

DISCUSSION OF THE PROPOSED RULE MAKING

PROPOSED RULE MAKING - HOURS OF SERVICE: DRIVER SURVEY

CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR THE SURVEY:

https://teamstersafety.org/testing/hos/

 

The Local is getting prepared for the October 1st,  2019 Teamster Local 200 apparel sale that is being offered through-out the month of October. The sale, ½ off all items in stock, shall be at the Local Union Hall between the hours of 8am and until the close of business day at 4:30pm. Please, no call-in reserve orders. Visit the Union Hall at 62nd and Bluemound to purchase your Teamster Gear. There are limited sizes on some items.  Cash, check, credit card and debit card are welcomed.

All Active, Retired Members and Families of Teamsters Local 200, including our Active, Retired Members and Families of former Teamsters Local 43, please schedule this event and attend the October 26, 2019 meeting conducted by the Wisconsin Committee. The Wisconsin Committee has welcomed all from their first meeting to each and every meeting. Your presence demonstrates that there is strength in numbers. To those elected officials on Capitol Hill, we need to send a strong message that as a voter, we shall vote in the upcoming 2020 elections as to our earned pension and retirement security future as a whole, not a portion thereof.

Capitol Hill is back in session and this is our opportunity to hold all elected officials accountable. As stakeholders in the process, let’s be at the forefront to correct the inaccuracies or myth’s being expressed by those that are determined to paint us as the problem. Our presence in building the American Middle Class, by strengthening economic and social justice opportunities for the American Worker, should not be diminished by uninformed politicians that have misconceived concepts of the values of Organized Labor. As workers, we have earned our Pension, we have done all the right things, given sweat for the return of retirement security which includes our earned pension.

Our voice is our strength. Let us be heard, never silenced.

Thomas J. Bennett

Secretary Treasurer

General Teamsters Local Union No. 200

Secretary Treasurer

Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council 39

MORE FROM FARM AID 2019

Big news! Teamsters Locals 200 and 344 have endorsed Rebecca Kiefer!

“Our members are excited to endorse Rebecca Kiefer for Circuit Court Judge,” said Tom Bennett, Secretary/Treasurer of Teamsters Local 200. “Rebecca understands the values of working people and the power of unions. She has the right experience and a great track record. We know she will be an outstanding judge and look forward to supporting her campaign in the months to come.”

“Working men and women want fair, honest judges,” said Bill Carroll, Secretary/Treasurer of Teamsters Local 344. “Our members know that Rebecca Kiefer has the right values, a clear understanding of the Constitution, and a deep commitment to the rule of law. We will do everything we can to ensure she is elected in April.”

Rebecca is thrilled to have their support. Thank you, Teamsters!

FARM AID 2019

Farm Aid 2019 was held in East Troy at the Alpine Resort where thousands of people gathered to support the American Farmer. This event, filled with great music and intense dialogue about solutions to critical problems facing the farmers, has become the centerpiece of the industry with education and communication. Teamsters Local 200 was contacted to offer our services as volunteers to assist in the required transportation needs over the 4 days it took to hold this event. Our volunteers worked tiredlessly to ensure the needs of the Farm Aid staff were accomplished. On behalf of the Local Union Executive Board, we thank each individual for their professionalism and dedication to reach the goals as requested of us for a successful Farm Aid 2019.

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Visit the below link to ensure you are registered or registration is needed.

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Teamsters General Local Union No.200 stood in solidarity with the Brothers and Sisters of the UAW on the Strike line in Hudson, Wisconsin at a GM Parts Distribution Center. The Center has approximately 74 UAW Union members employed at the location of 2200 Willis Miller Drive in Hudson and are operating several different shifts to man the line. Standing in solidarity with the UAW, were members of Teamsters Local 120 of Blaine, Minnesota with their semi-truck.    

Hoffa: Teamsters Stand in Solidarity With Striking GM UAW Members

Teamsters Will Honor Picket Lines of General Motors’ 50,000 UAW Workers
PRESS CONTACT

Ted Gotsch

Phone: (202) 624-6911

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about the United Auto Workers’ (UAW’s) decision to strike at General Motors (GM) tonight.

“Teamsters and the UAW have a decades-long relationship of having each other’s back. And that continues with the UAW’s notification that it will go out on strike against General Motors at midnight. Our 1.4 million members stand in solidarity with the UAW and will honor their picket lines.

“We laud the UAW for its work to ensure that its GM employees are treated with respect and dignity on the job. At a time when more and more companies are downsizing and shipping jobs out of the U.S., it is imperative that unions fight for their members. Workers should be rewarded for good work with fair wages and benefits. That’s what the UAW is demanding.”

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 Facebook at www.facebook.com/Teamsters.

Wisconsin Health Fund, a premier Taft Hartley Fund, has announced their upcoming 24th Annual Health Fair for Thursday, October 3, 2019 (5-7pm) and on Saturday, October 5, 2019 (8-11am). Teamsters Local 200 encourages our Teamster Families to take advantage of this event and the services they are offering on these two dates. This Health Fair is about your needs and how the Fund can assist you and your family in making the right choices to ensure your healthcare is foremost. If you are a new member to Wisconsin Health Fund or have been coming to the Clinic for decades, you are welcome to attend and enjoy the event.

General Teamsters Local 200 recently presented Michael Lang, President of Hennes Services, a recognition plaque for the contributions they have provided for decades as a consistent centerpiece of the Milwaukee LaborFest Parade. Over the years, Hennes Services has made sure that their restored antique Mack Trucks are available and ready to roll for the yearly event. Our Teamster Members, active and retired from Hennes, have also provided their personal time and services to ensure our Local 200 Retirees have the best seat in the parade and safely transport them to the Summerfest Grounds. Teamsters Local 200 would like to thank each Hennes Services Teamster that has been a part of this success and personally thank Norm Knoblauch for his dedication for this years event.

On behalf of the Membership of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200, a gratitude of thanks and appreciation are forwarded to the Wisconsin Legislative Delegation that took their leadership role offer their position on Senate Bill 2254, The Butch Lewis Act, to Senator Ron Johnson. These elected State Officials from Wisconsin are leaders and should be recognized as voices of reason. 


On behalf of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 Executive Board, Agents and Staff, President Tim Pinter and I would like to thank the Brothers and Sisters of the Local that participated in the Labor Day celebrations throughout the area. “In Union there is strength” and that message was soundly displayed by our Teamster Families this Labor Day 2019. Labor Day for 2019 has past but our message of solidarity continues each day as we strive to make gains in supporting working families and to strengthen our commitment to protecting the American Middle Class.
In Solidarity, Thomas J. Bennett Secretary Treasurer

Congrats to Fred Steinbach, an official Teamster Local 200 Retiree, starting today. Fred has been a Steward, Leader, Activist and Mentor in his Teamster career for nearly 4 decades of membership. The Executive Board and Membership extend our best wishes in your retirement.

Emily Krause, daughter of Local 200 Teamster Scott Krause, was recently selected as a $10,000.00 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund recipient. “On Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Local 200 Trustee Randy Francois and I met with Emily, Mr. and Mrs. Krause and they were so appreciative for this opportunity from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund for Emily ,” states Secretary Treasurer Tom Bennett. Emily has enrolled at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with expectations of 8 years of further education.  General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 congratulates Emily on her selection and award from the James R. Hoffa Scholarship Fund. Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Krause, Emily and Local 200 Trustee Randy Francois.   

UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Helping Union Families With the Cost of College


Application deadline: January 31, 2020.

https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships

Quality Carriers, located in Bristol, Wisconsin, is hiring drivers with this new recruitment advertisement. This employer is showcasing their benefit and wage package with their affiliation with the Teamsters Local 200. If you're looking for a new opportunity or have someone you know looking for a new opportunity, take a moment to inquire at Quality Carriers.

August 26 of each year is celebrated as Women’s Equality Day to recognize the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters supports and promotes equal economic opportunities, as Women are making important contributions to the quality of our American life every day. The Teamsters, being one of the first of Organized Labor Institutions to take a firm leadership role in the recognition of equalities for women in our society, continues to work on behalf of all in strengthening Equal Rights.

Held recently in Louisville, Kentucky was the 44th Annual Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference in which General Teamsters Local Union No.200 partnered with the Milwaukee TNBC Chapter for their attendance and participation at the event. Attending the event were Mike Leflore, Erv Martin, Jessica Gulledge, Demetrain McClain, Darryl Sheffa and Will Harris with hundreds of other Teamster Brothers and Sisters from across North America. The Local 200 Delegation has commented to the Local that the educational workshops, events, speakers and presentations were of highest quality with a focus of social justice for all. Teamsters Local 200 appreciates the commitment of the Milwaukee TNBC Chapter in making this event a success.

NORTH AMERICA'S BUILDING TRADES UNIONS

https://nabtu.org

Dear U.S. Building Trade Council and Training Leaders,

We have one week before the IRAP comment period expires. As we enter the final stretch of this phase of the campaign, we want to provide an update and check-in to see if there is anything we may do to help get as many comments submitted as possible. 

This week has been a busy week for us, and we want to share how your activism, influence, and solidarity are making a strong impact.

Politico featured the strong influence of our member activism as a driving force in the fight to protect registered apprenticeship and our training model. We also made headlines in two articles in Bloomberg (article 1 – article 2) spotlighting our power to overturn a decision to cut federal contracting funds for our Apprenticeship Readiness program. 

Most importantly, we are in our last week of the IRAP comment period, and because of your incredible efforts, we now have over 210,000 comments submitted!!! We are so close and have come so far!!! We are shy of our 250k goal by only 30k.

We need NEW individual comments from your friends and family. We do not need duplicate entries. Please encourage the people in your networks and networks of your council members to help us submit this last round of comments and meet our goal!!! 

As discussed, here is a link to all of the individual affiliate links: https://nabtu.org/irap-comment-submittal-pages/.  In addition to the individual affiliate links from the building trade union affiliates, please promote the following comment submittal pages among your members, family, friends and industry allies:

  1. Friends and Family of the Trades
  2. Military Veterans
  3. Tradeswomen
  4. Contractors


As mentioned, we've provided talking points for the Councils, LUs and JATCs to use in drafting legal comments, so please check with your legal team to make sure those comments are being submitted. If your attorney didn't receive this information, please contact me or have your lawyer contact Rich Resnick. If you need help drafting or submitting a council or committee comments, please let us know asap. Otherwise, if you are ready to submit these comments, please provide us with a copy of your comments, and here is the comment link at the U.S. Department of Labor.
 
As always, we are here to be a resource and help you, so please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or feedback. Thank you again for your support and amazing efforts on this campaign. 

In solidarity,
Betsy 

 
Betsy Barrett
Director of Communications and Marketing
North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU)
bbarrett@nabtu.org
(202) 756-4623 Office
(202) 997-3266 Mobile

 

Earlier this month, the members of Kranz ratified a 3-year Tentative Agreement that provides for substantial wage increases over the term, a 401K match and the continuation of TEAMCARE Health and Welfare benefits. Pictured from left to right are: Brett Gursky, Eric Stockdale, Business Agent Terry Simenson, Phillip Zitka, Walter Bohn, Dave Johnsen, Steve Buelow and Steve Johnson.  

Hoffa: Proposed Hours of Service Changes Would Put Road Safety at Risk

FMCSA Rulemaking Would Jeopardize Well-Being of Truckers, Motorists
PRESS CONTACT

Ted Gotsch

Phone: (202) 624-6911

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about a notice of proposed rulemaking unveiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today addressing hours of service changes for truckers that would lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large.

“While we continue to review these proposed regulatory changes by the FMCSA, the Teamsters have serious concerns about what we have seen thus far when it comes to these hours of service reforms. 

“In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further. Changes for short-haul truckers, for example, would extend their days from 12 to 14 hours on the job. That means a longer and more exhausting workday for tens of thousands of American workers. The Teamsters are also concerned about language changing the 30-minute rest break and the ability of drivers to press the pause button on their hours of service clock.

“Trucking is already one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. We shouldn’t be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses.”

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.

LOCAL 200 TEAMSTERS CALL TO ACTION

All Active and Retired Teamsters of Local 200, your assistance is requested. As H.R. 397 (The Butch Lewis Act) passed in the House recently, the Senate legislation S.2254 is the next step in the process. Bipartisan work must be accomplished during this process and that is where your assistance is the focus. Stop by the Local Union during the business hours of 8am to 4:30pm and we will supply to you the pictured post card to be forwarded to Senator Baldwin and/or Senator Johnson. The postcard has a dedicated section for your comments and signature. After you complete the card, we will proudly mail it on your behalf.    

The Local cannot stress the importance of your voice on this matter. Your activism is a crucial part of this process.    

Teamsters Local 200 has offered its support to sponsor the Wingless Sprint Car of Paulsen Racing late in the 2019 season. Jordan Paulsen is the driver and the son of Marc Paulsen who works at Salem Lakes D.P.W. Please visit the Facebook page of Jordan to follow his season on the area dirt tracks, or attend a race and cheer on this first class operation into Victory Lane.  

Pictured are a portion of the Local 200 membership employed at UNIVAR/Milwaukee Division receiving copies of their recently ratified 4 year Teamster contract.  

Teamsters General Local Union No. 200 would like to welcome our 5 new members serving the community of the Village of Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue. Our First Responders are crucial to those they serve and protect, providing the area residents confidence that immediate care is just moments away. Pictured left to right is: Nicholas Bonczkowski, Shaun Ballenger, Thomas Heebsh, Mandalyn Herring, Nicholas Keller and Local 200 Business Agent Jared Wolski.

House Passes Teamsters-Backed Pension Reform Bill

 
Critical Legislation Now Moves to Senate for Consideration
PRESS CONTACT

Galen Munroe

Phone: (202) 624-6911

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly referred to as The Butch Lewis Act. The legislation is an essential step to help secure the retirement security of more than 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide.

The measure, offered by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), was first introduced in Congress in November 2017. The measure has 209 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans. As in 2017, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) again joined with Rep. Neal in introducing the bill in the 116th Congress. The House approved the measure in a 264-to-169 vote with 29 Republicans voting in support of the legislation.

 “After years of tireless work by Teamster retirees, members and local union officers, the House today rewarded their efforts by passing this critically important legislation,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Lawmakers cannot delay any longer – this legislation must now be approved by the Senate so that American workers retain their hard-earned retirement security.”

There are more than 300 multiemployer pension plans across the country — including the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund — that are in danger of failing. The Teamsters have been fighting for years for a legislative solution and have worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to do so.

The measure would boost financially troubled multiemployer pensions plans so they don’t fail. It would create a new agency under the U.S. Treasury Department that would sell bonds in the open market to large investors such as financial firms. Those proceeds would then be used to bolster faltering pension plans as part of a 30-year loan program.

 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.

Teamsters Score Critical Legal Victory as First Step in Reversing Rising Tide of Deadly Opioid Crisis

U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster issues Order that Aligns Opioid Prescriptions with CDC Guideline in Effort to “Save Lives”
PRESS CONTACT

Aurora Matthews

Phone: (301) 221-7984

(CLEVELAND) - A U.S. District Court order takes strong first steps to address the opioid crisis, setting common sense lower limits for opioid prescriptions offered by the nation’s three largest pharmacy benefit plan managers: Optum, CVS Caremark and Express Scripts. Together the three pharmacy benefit plan managers (PBMs) combined control over 90% of the U.S. opioid market. The reforms are aimed at dramatically reducing the number of those at risk of addiction and offering help for those already in addiction’s throes.  

U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster issued the order in response to a September 2018 motion filed in the national opioid litigation by Webb County, Texas and West Virginia-based Teamsters Locals 175 & 505 Health & Welfare Fund.  The motion sought leave of Court to file a motion for preliminary injunction directing the PBMs to take immediate steps to align their standard national formularies to the 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guideline to dramatically reduce the escalating distribution and abuse of prescription opioids. Judge Polster denied the motion without prejudice when the parties reached agreement regarding what immediate steps would be required.

“Judge Polster is showing that he means business when it comes to containing the opioid crisis and saving lives. His response is the catalyst for change that is needed to help save lives and we’re proud of our legal team for taking on this fight,” said Teamsters International General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall.

Judge Polster’s order focused on the PBMs as the last link in the chain in the opioid crisis. The order aligns the PBMs’ standard national offerings for first-time opioid prescriptions with the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain by memorializing: 

  • Without prior doctor authorization, opioid doses shall be limited to 90 milligrams per day instead of 200 milligrams a day common in the marketplace;

  • Without prior doctor authorization, prescriptions shall be limited to 7 days instead of extended use that often leads to addiction;

  • With respect to minors (19 and under), the PBMs either include in their standard national formularies or recommend plans that limit prescriptions to no more than 3 days without doctors’ prior authorization to reduce addiction risk in this vulnerable age group.  

Judge Polster’s order also seeks to ease the transition away from addictive opioids by requiring that the PBMs, as part of their standard national offerings, provide for Medication Assisted Treatment (“MAT”) of Opioid Use Disorder and alternatives to opioid products.  The order does not interfere with medical decision-making.

Cyrus Mehri of Mehri & Skalet PLLC, lead counsel for the Teamsters Local Nos. 175 & 505 Health and Welfare Fund, explained, “Judge Polster stated at the first hearing in January 2018 that the parties needed to focus less on litigation and more on solutions to address this national crisis. Our clients, led by Teamsters International General  Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall, took Judge Polster’s call to action to heart by welcoming the opportunity to join this innovative solution that will save lives.  We will hold the PBMs accountable to the letter and spirit of Judge Polster’s order.” 

The Teamsters’ focus on stemming the rising tide of the Opioid crisis began at the Teamsters’ 29th International Convention in 2016, where a Teamster official from Ohio shared the tragic story of losing his son — a talented high school athlete — to a heroin overdose after he became addicted to the painkillers he was prescribed following a routine surgery. 

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and 134 Americans are dying on a daily basis because of the opioid epidemic. The number of Americans who died of drug overdose in 2017 was roughly equal to the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars combined. According to the CDC, the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement due to opioid misuse alone is $78.5 billion a year.

Teamsters Local Nos. 175 & 505 Health & Welfare Fund and Employer Teamsters Local Nos. 175 & 505 Retiree Health & Welfare Fund are represented Mehri & Skalet, based in Washington DC., Henrichsen Siegel, with offices in Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida, Ciccarello, Del Guidice &LaFon, in Charleston, West Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida-based Terrell Hogan.  Webb County is represented by the Cicala Law Firm LLC, based in Dripping Springs, Texas and Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP, with offices in Washington DC, Nashville, and New York. 

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 atwww.facebook.com/teamsters.

Teamsters Call on Ways and Means to Approve Pension Reform Bill

Legislation Would Protect Retirements of 1.5M Americans Currently in Jeopardy
PRESS CONTACT

Galen Munroe

Phone: (202) 624-6911

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the Teamsters Union called on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means to approve H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly referred to as The Butch Lewis Act. 

The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, offered by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), was first introduced in Congress in November 2017 by Rep. Neal. The measure has 188 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) has again joined Rep. Neal in introducing the bill in the 116th Congress.

“H.R. 397 will ensure that we meet our obligations to current retirees and workers for years to come and do so without retiree benefit cuts,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a July 8 letter to Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas). “I urge you to approve H.R. 397.”

As it stands, there are more than 300 multiemployer pension plans across the country — including the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund — that are in danger of failing. The Teamsters have been fighting for years for a legislative solution and have worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to do so.

The measure would boost financially troubled multiemployer pensions plans so they don’t fail. It would create a new agency under the U.S. Treasury Department that would sell bonds in the open market to large investors such as financial firms. Those proceeds would then be used to bolster faltering pension plans as part of a 30-year loan program.

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.

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A day at work for Local 200 member Esho Laide at Hestia Heat Treat in Racine, Wisconsin.   

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Wisconsin Teamster,

As a proud cosponsor of the Butch Lewis Act, I am pleased to share that the House Committee on Education and Labor has advanced the bipartisan Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, companion legislation to Butch Lewis that ensures American retirees and workers can keep the retirement they have earned so their families and livelihoods are not put at risk.

This is an important step forward, and it’s time the full House of Representatives and the Senate take action so our Wisconsin retirees can count on the pensions they have earned and workers can count on their pensions in the future.

So I want to keep the pressure on with my colleagues in Congress and ensure they remain committed to protecting the retirement security of hardworking Wisconsinites by sharing your stories on the Senate floor.

Reach out and share your story so I can make sure Washington hears your voice

I want my colleagues to hear directly from Teamsters like you who have worked hard, played by the rules, and are now facing financial uncertainty about the future of a pension you have rightfully earned.

Together, we can keep the pressure on in Washington and ensure you and your family receive the full amount of benefits you have worked for, planned for and depend on.

Sincerely,

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U.S. Senator for Wisconsin

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Saving A Life

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On the morning of May 14, 2019 Local 200 member Chad Schreiner who works at Waste Management in Menomonee Falls while on route and servicing a customer got out of the truck to move a safety cone, then proceeded to dump the customer can at that location. Chad thought all was well, until he went to put the safety cone back in place which he had moved earlier. While walking back to his truck he heard a faint voice asking for help. Chad through his extensive training and being aware of his surrounding knew something was wrong. Chad proceeded to look for where the noise was coming from. He quickly realized that the noise was coming from inside the hopper of his front load waste truck. He quickly followed his lock out-tag out procedure to prevent further damage to the person in the truck. After notifying the company and the fire department Chad tried keeping the person inside the hopper calm while help arrived. If Chad had not been aware of his surrounding, this man could have easily lost his life. When firefighters arrived on site, they were able to get the victim out of the truck without injury. After this life saving experience, Chad offered the homeless man his lunch and he accepted.

 

 

A Teamsters Local 200 Employer has several opportunities available positions for Drivers and direct your inquiry towards the Employer listed in the flyer

 

  

 Celebrating Women's History Month with Local 200 Teamster Sister Chris Brockman, Driver at Roundy's Supermarket Inc.

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LOCAL 43 MEMORIAL

Teamsters Local 43 Remembered Post Merger

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.

 
 
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