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.
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.
BELOVED ST. FRANCIS GARBAGE MAN MATTHEW LAZARSKI, SAYS GOODBYE TO HIS ROUTE
By: Natalie Shepherd
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A St. Francis neighborhood had to say goodbye to a beloved member of their community recently -- their garbage man. Most everyone who lives there agrees he’s no ordinary trash collector. Since it’s such an essential service, they wanted to make sure they gave him a big send-off.
“It's kind of a thankless job, I would imagine,” said Lori Schultz. “Kind of alone, driving around in your truck, picking up everyone's trash.”
Sometimes though, a job is what you make it. And that’s definitely the case for Matthew Lazarski.
On behalf of the Executive Board, Agents and Staff, have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day Weekend.
Our Local Union Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020.
TEAMSTERS UNION LAUDS CARES ACT RELIEF FOR YRCW WORKERS
Loan Will Protect Livelihoods of 30,000 Workers Impacted by Pandemic
(WASHINGTON) – A $700 million loan provided by the United States Treasury under the CARES Act will help YRC Worldwide, Inc.’s operating companies pay its employees’ health care and other benefits and get through this pandemic while protecting the livelihoods of about 24,000 Teamsters and their families, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said today.
General Teamsters Local 200 and the Taylor Made Foundation have combined our forces to focus on strengthening the youth of the Milwaukee community. Mike Taylor, the Founder of the Taylor Made Foundation, is the first player in NBA history to be drafted from the D-League and has made Milwaukee and its youth priority one. Please visit the website of http://taylormadefoundation414.org/ to learn more about Mike’s passion and commitment.
TEAMSTERS JOIN IN
Union Calls on Congress to Create Federal Holiday
(WASHINGTON) – Today, the Teamsters join in honoring the 155th anniversary of the first Juneteenth and call on Congress to create a federal holiday marking the end of slavery. The Teamsters Human Rights & Diversity Commission will be celebrating along with Teamsters from across the country. Juneteenth, a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, is also called Freedom Day, Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day.
There has been an inaction by the Leadership of the Senate to approach the Multiemployer Pension Crisis and now we have entered a deep danger zone. A bipartisan solution can be reached, but it takes the willingness of the Senate to roll up their sleeves and provide the path of retirement security for millions of Americans. As the Heroes Act addresses this Crisis as the House Leadership accepted the challenge to protect the full earned Pensions understanding that America's economic restart shall include all those from all walks of life on their journey.
The Local Union has invited Senator Johnson to meet about this critical topic and its overall impact. We await his response.
Wisconsin Teamsters Field Action Group
Teamster Local Unions in Wisconsin are building power and staying strong in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The best way for us to do that is to be united and stay connected. Enter your contact info in here so we can keep you up-to-date on latest developments at the Local, at our job sites and in the political arena. And let us know if you'd like to get more involved in Local Union political activity.
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Your Central States Pension is in Crisis
Like many of our nation’s multiemployer pension funds, the Central States Pension Fund has become severely underfunded and is in critical and declining status. Unless Congress takes action, Central States will run out of money to pay benefits and your pension will be severely reduced in 2025 or earlier.
MolsonCoors Beverage Company Hero Pay For Employees
For approximately 2 months MolsonCoors Beverage Company has been providing "Hero Pay" to its essential workers. These are the same employees that have been putting in large amounts of hours to ensure that the Company is successful in getting its product out to market. While all employees are grateful for this supplement (hourly or salaried), the Company recently announced that they would be discontinuing this program effective 5/31/2020.
(MILWAUKEE) – Teamsters Local 200 announced today that the union prevailed in an arbitration with Roundy’s Supermarkets. In the opinion, issued on May 14, the arbitrator found that the company, owned and operated by The Kroger Co., violated the collective bargaining agreement by unilaterally implementing a new case audit system.
On November 11, 2015, the Kroger Company and Roundy’s announced a merger agreement in which Kroger acquired Roundy’s in a deal valued at $800 million that also included the assumption of debt. Along with this acquisition by Kroger, a seven-decade-old collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 200 and Roundy’s was maintained in full force. Local 200 currently represents approximately 800 members at the Oconomowoc, Wisc. distribution center.
(WASHINGTON) – With the House returning at the end of the week, the Teamsters are urging lawmakers to take quick action and pass new broad stimulus legislation that would boost the broken multiemployer pension system, improve the health and safety of all essential workers and include increased funding for state and local governments.
Teamsters Local 200 proudly joins forces with United Food and Commercial Workers 1473 to protest the actions of Kroger which was recently directed at our Essential Services Workers to eliminate the recognition compensation for their frontline services for our daily needs. These workers, Customer Service, Store Employees, Drivers, Warehouse Workers and Maintenance Workers continue to face these challenging times knowing that the risk is very present. Please share this information.
Kroger responds to unions’ call to extend ‘hero pay’
Talks continue with seven UFCW locals as $2 hourly bonus is set to expire
The Kroger Co. said it will evaluate changing conditions and employee needs after eight union locals called for the supermarket giant to further extend “hero bonuses” for frontline hourly workers amid the coronavirus crisis.
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 7, 21, 324, 367, 555, 770, 1439 and Teamsters Local 38 said late yesterday that Kroger Co. grocery stores across the West notified associates that the company plans to stop paying the $2-per-hour bonus on May 17. They have now appealed to the public through the social media hashtag #EssentialHeroes to urge Kroger to maintain the COVID-19 bonus pay as well as improve store safety practices and provide testing for the virus to all employees.
This week Kroger announced that it will no longer provide hazard pay (‘Hero Bonus’) to employees starting May 16. The unexpected announcement comes as more states are loosening restrictions and more cases of COVID-19 are being reported in locations across the country.
This information presented by the Board of Trustees, Central States, Southeast and Southwest Area Health and Welfare Fund, is directed towards its participants as the current situation between YRCW and the Fund. As for our Local 200 Teamster YRCW participants and their families that utilize Wisconsin Health Fund, there is not an official statement from Wisconsin Health Fund at this moment. When information becomes available, it will be immediately shared.
EVERYONE DESERVES A SAFE WORKPLACE
www.SolidarityIsEssential.org is a new International Brotherhood of Teamsters website
From the entire Team and Wisconsin Health Fund and Teamsters Local Union No. 200, THANK YOU to the essential service workers that serve our families and communities.
The Safety, Health and Well-being of our Members are cruical during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. The Emergency Order #12 “Safer at Home” order is designed to prevent the spread of the virus and to assist in “flattening the curve”. The Local Union has forwarded this information request to our Local 200 Teamster Employers in relation to the OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Standards. Our Brothers and Sisters are the frontline of this Pandemic and as ESSENTIAL SERVICE WORKERS , their health and safety, their co-workers health and safety and their families health and safety are the priority.
The Department of Labor has issued guidance on OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection and COVID-19. Please review the information at www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200408
From two tours on the frontline’s in Afghanistan, Waste Management driver Ronald Sexton Jr. fines himself on the frontline’s again fighting the Coronavirus-19. Sanitation workers are deemed essential to preserving life, health, public safety, and basic societal functioning.
Brothers and Sisters of YRCW please review the Letter of Agreement between the parties related to Modified Work Program. If you have any questions, please contact Business Representative Jim Seelow at 414-771-6363 or email@example.com .
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Kroger Family of Companies and Teamsters Announce Hero Bonus for All Hourly Frontline Associates
Announcement follows company’s previous appreciation bonus for hourly grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates
The Kroger Family of Companies and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters today announced that Kroger and its affiliates will provide all hourly frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates with a Hero Bonus – a $2 premium above their standard base rate of pay, applied to hours worked March 29 through April 18. The premium will be disbursed weekly to ensure associates have access to additional cash.
These Brothers and Sisters are working around the clock to serve our Communities.
Thank you to the Members of Local 200.
Our communities depend on essential needs, and mass transit is crucial to many families. Our Teamster Brothers and Sisters at the City of Racine RYDE Transit System are essential service workers during this Emergency Order of "Safer at Home". Thank you for your dedication to your Community.
Local 200 Sister Erma King at City of Racine. THANK YOU to our ESSENTIAL SERVICE TEAMSTERS!
The Executive Board of General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 has passed a Resolution in reference to Article XII - Contract Ratification, Wage Scales, Disputes over Jurisdiction.
With the demand on the Food Supply Chain to service our communities during these unprecedented times based on a declared National Emergency by the President, the Emergency Order #12 “Safer at Home Order” by Governor Evers, the CDC Guidelines, Teamsters join together to meet the needs. Our Members at US Foods have seen volume decrease due to the mandates related to restaurants restrictions, so they are temporarily at the Oconomowoc Roundy’s Distribution Center assisting our Brothers and Sisters at that site. Our Teamster Organization and its Members have seen our efforts prevail during so many other historical events over the decades that Americans have faced. The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has impacted our communities like never seen before and as a country are responding in heroic ways.
Please, take this pandemic seriously. Working together we can be part of “flattening the curve” by common sense activities. Practice Social Distancing, wash your hands, but most of all, support each other, respect each other and acknowledge each other’s values.
In our time of need, America moves by truck with an essential Teamster behind the wheel.
America moves by Truck. A truck with an essential Teamster behind the wheel. We can never thank them enough.
A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM TEAMCARE
FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT HAVE TEAMCARE, PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION
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Working to serve our communities in our time of need
COVID-19 OUTBREAK RESOURCES
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is closely monitoring the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Working with other unions, public health officials and other experts in our Safety and Health Department, the Teamsters Union is focused on providing our affiliate locals, 1.4 million members, and staff with the most up-to-date information and resources to help everyone in this difficult time.
Many Teamster members across multiple industries are seeing the effects of the widespread transmission of the disease caused by the virus, known as COVID-19. These workers are at increased risk if they frequently interact with potentially infected or infected individuals.
Teamster Local 200 Brothers and Sisters at
Roundy’s serving our communities
General Teamsters Local Union No. 200 supports the efforts of all governmental agencies and organizations that are working together to bring social awareness and preventable measures as to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As our communities and business address the path moving forward, the impact may affect the business practices of Teamster Members and their Employers. To protect the health and well-being of individuals must be foremost under the circumstances facing us. If you become laid off due to the conditions facing us due to the change of business conditions or become ill due to the coronavirus and are out of work for at least 30 days, please contact your Local Union to request a withdrawal card.
Let's exercise caution, not fear. Following the guidelines set forth by trained professionals and medical professionals will prevail.
Teamster Local 200 member Demetrian McClain prepared a public service announcement on the importance of Get out the Vote in the upcoming elections. Please take a moment and listen to the message and share with others. Thank you to Polictial Talk Radio 101.7FM in Milwaukee for the opportunity.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about legislation approved by the House today that would comprehensively update the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to benefit workers.
“In approving the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the House agreed to restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families.
“The PRO Act will strengthen the NLRA so that workers seeking to organize a union and negotiate higher wages and better benefits will be protected. Workers deserve a safe workplace, the ability to stand together and negotiate better working conditions, and to live a middle-class lifestyle.
“Lawmakers have realized what happens when workers are abandoned by their elected officials. The misclassification of workers is on the rise and too many working Americans are falling through the cracks. The Teamsters have witnessed such behavior firsthand as XPO workers across the country try to organize with this union. I’m glad to see a majority of the House are standing with workers by allowing them to join together to negotiate on the job.”
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.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Freight Division represents hard working Brothers and Sisters that include Local and Over the Road Drivers, Dockworkers, Mechanics and Office Personnel across America. Our Freight membership of Teamsters Local Union No. 200 are the cornerstone of the saying, “America moves by Truck”.
Wisconsin Teamsters Joint Council No. 39 “James Jesinski Scholarship” application process is underway for those that are eligible and attend the UW-Madison Campus. The current copy of the Wisconsin Teamster Newspaper is being delivered to your home and additional information for this Scholarship is within this edition.
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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