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.
New Hope for Multiemployer Pension Legislation in 2021
On Thursday, January 21, Congressmen Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) and Richard Neal (D-MA-01) introduced the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act (EPPRA) in the House of Representatives. EPPRA was originally part of the HEROES Act, which was passed by House Democrats in May 2020, but was never taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.
If passed and enacted into law, EPPRA would address the funding issues faced by the Central States Pension Fund and the more than 120 other multiemployer pension funds projected to become insolvent in the coming years.
TEAMSTERS UPDATE ON
UPS FREIGHT SALE TO TFI INTERNATIONAL
TO: ALL LOCAL UNION AFFILIATES
FROM: KRIS TAYLOR, UPS FREIGHT COORDINATOR
DATE: JANUARY 26, 2021
RE: INFORMATION REGARDING SALE OF UPS FREIGHT
Early yesterday morning, January 25, UPS made the IBT aware of its sale of UPS Freight to TFI international. TFI is a corporation based in Canada, and some Teamster local unions in the US and Canada have agreements with them.
We anticipate communicating with them soon. All operations will remain status quo, until further notice. We will let you know of any updates as they become available.
Regarding today's announcement, please review this document. As the Local Union receives more details from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, we shall provide that information to our Brothers and Sisters.
Christopher Lee “Chris” Straughter Passed away peacefully on January 21, 2021 in Milwaukee, WI at the young age of 40. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 17 years, LaTasha M. Straughter (nee Johnikin). Devoted father of Courtney R. Straughter and Caleb R. Straughter. Son of Frank and Toni L. Straughter. Brother of…Continue Reading
In our lives, we cross paths which so many that leave an everlasting impact. There is so much to be done, so much to be accomplished. We move forward not without you, but knowing you are watching over us. Rest in Peace.
Brothers and Sisters of Teamsters Local 200
House Democrats to Introduce Legislation to Protect Retirees’ Pensions Amid COVID-19 Crisis
WASHINGTON –Tomorrow, House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-1), Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11), and Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25) will introduce legislation to shield workers, retirees, employers, and taxpayers from the devastating consequences of the multiemployer pension crisis. The Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 (EPPRA)would prevent the imminent collapse of failing multiemployer plans and fully protect the hard-earned retirement benefits of more than one million Americans.
“Through no fault of their own, more than a million Americans—truckers, construction workers, industrial bakers, grocery store workers, and others—are in danger of losing everything they worked so hard to save. Participating employers are already being hurt by this crisis,” said Chairman Scott. “Time is running out for Congress to act. That is why the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act is among the first bills I am introducing this Congress. I will keep fighting for a solution to the multiemployer pension crisis that fully protects retirees’ benefits. Doing nothing is the worst and most expensive option on the table.”
Many multiemployer pension plans are rapidly running out of money to pay the benefits owed to retirees. Worse still, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), which insures private sector pension plans, is on the brink of collapse. If left unaddressed, this crisis could nearly eliminate retirees’ pensions, devastate active workers and employers, and cost taxpayers over a hundred billion dollars. According to one estimate, the collapse of the multiemployer pension system would cost the federal government at least $170 billion over ten years in lost tax revenue and increased spending on social programs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to further exacerbate the multiemployer pension crisis as some failing plans cover delivery workers, grocery store workers, and other essential workers.
“I participated in the multiemployer pension system for 37 years, as both a rank-and-file worker and a negotiator. I know that millions of workers have earned their pensions and deserve safe, secure retirements,” said Congressman Norcross. “Pensions are deferred wages that are relied upon, especially during this pandemic, allowing people to pay their bills and put food on the table. We need to be there for the millions of workers who followed the rules, did their part and earned their pensions – that’s why I’m joining Chairman Scott in introducing the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act. There is too high a cost to do nothing – we must act to support our workers and retirees.”
“Without Congressional action, over one million Americans are at risk of losing their hard-earned pensions,” said Congresswoman Stevens. “The Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act will address the multi-employer pension crisis once and for all, protecting retirement benefits for thousands of Michiganders while saving taxpayers billions of dollars in the long run. I am thrilled to join Chairman Scott and Representatives Norcross and Morelle to introduce this bill, and I look forward to seeing it signed into law.”
“Americans should never have to live in fear that their hard-earned retirement benefits could slip away,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “Especially in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, we must take action to safeguard the essential benefits workers and their families deserve. I’m grateful to Chairman Scott for prioritizing this important legislation and look forward to working alongside my colleagues to restore peace of mind for older Americans everywhere.”
The EPPRA would provide urgent relief for failing multiemployer plans and stabilize other multiemployer and single employer plans to help them endure the COVID-19 public health crisis. The legislation also includes two key priorities: (1) repealing part of the regressive law enabling multiemployer plans to apply to cut participants’ hard-earned benefits and (2) doubling the guarantee for participants in multiemployer plans.
For a fact sheet on the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, click here.
For a section-by-section of the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, click here.
For the bill text of the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021, click here.
Across the country, Teamsters elected new leaders who committed to fighting for working people. But elections are only the beginning. As America’s strongest union, we must work together to win the real change our families need.
We have a bold agenda for 2021 and beyond. And a plan that will secure the pensions we’ve earned, create good jobs in safe workplaces for every worker, and give us the tools to build strong unions in every workplace.
America is facing historic challenges. Even before COVID-19, our economy was rigged for corporations and the wealthy and powerful. As we work to recover and rebuild, it’s up to us to make sure we Build Back Stronger. There are big fights to win in our city halls, our state capitols, and in Washington, D.C. If we stand together, we can win.
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(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa on President-elect Joe Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor.
“The Teamsters are elated with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the next Secretary of Labor. Hardworking Americans will be hard pressed to find a person who stands up for their wellbeing more than Mayor Walsh, a 25-year union man himself who grew up in the movement and understands the struggles of regular people just trying to earn a living and support their families.
“As the former head of the Boston Building Trades and long-time president of Laborers’ Union 223 who also co-chaired the Massachusetts Democratic Party Labor Caucus while he was a state lawmaker, Marty Walsh knows that unions and workers have come under assault in recent years. Their interests have been subverted by corporations who have used the courts, legislation and deregulation to fatten their wallets at the expense of their workers.
“At a time when millions are out of work and struggling, working Americans deserve someone who will be in their corner while leading the charge for a fairer nation. The Teamsters urge the Senate to quickly confirm Mayor Walsh as Secretary of Labor once Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in.”
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 has updated the initial details to the upcoming International Brotherhood of Teamsters 30th Convention later this year.
TEAMSTERS CALL ON
CARGILL COCOA AND CHOCOLATE
TO REINSTATE JOBS
COMPANY ANNOUNCES IT WILL OUTSOURCE
JOBS DURING PANDEMIC
Press Contact: Tom Bennett Phone: (414) 469-7908 Email: email@example.com
(MILWAUKEE) – On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Teamsters Local 200 was notified orally by management representatives of Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate of their decision to outsource bargaining unit work and reduce the Teamster workforce by approximately 35. The Milwaukee operation has nearly 180 Teamsters at the 12500 West Carmen facility and has been covered under a Teamster collective bargaining agreement for eight decades.
After 16 social distancing meetings over a 4-day period, the Brothers and Sisters of Roundy’s Supermarket’s Inc. ratified a Tentative Agreement with a plus 90 percent approval this afternoon. This ratification undertaking was conducted with our membership’s and Union Staff’s safety and health foremost.
“I would like to thank the Bargaining Committee for their efforts and solid leadership. When the bargaining began back in 2019, COVID-19 was not even a thought or concern, but as we entered March 2020, our world became drastically interrupted and still is. The methods utilized to reach a Tentative Agreement and then ratify the TA encompassed so many new venues. I cannot express my gratitude fully to the Bargaining Committee, Business Agents Jay Couturier, Jeff Bandur, and the IBT Warehouse Division for completing this task,” stated LU200 Secretary-Treasurer Thomas J. Bennett.
Teamsters Local 200 reached out to the Office of Senator Baldwin today about the American Worker Holiday Relief Act and this is what the Senator offered to our membership. “People out of work are struggling to get by during this ongoing economic crisis. Without an extension of federal programs, millions of unemployed workers could lose their income in the coming weeks. We need to act now to extend aid programs created under the CARES Act and help people who are out of work through no fault of their own.”
Senator Baldwin (WI-D) is a champion for the families of the State of Wisconsin and recognizes the struggles faced by so many in our communities.
Please take a moment to read more about the American Worker Holiday Relief Act in the link provided.
Our future depends upon the youth forging new paths. For our Teamster Families that have children pursuing further education, please visit the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund at www.jrhmsf.org for more detailed information.
Union Steward Mark Hanley recently shared with us the Honorable Withdrawal Card that was issued to his Grandfather from Teamsters Local 200 back in August of 1936. A very early piece of Local 200 history, as the Local was just established the prior year of 1935 in May. Thanks for sharing the history with us Mark.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 200 RETIREES
The shipment of hoodies, black or grey in color, just arrived and will be available for sale on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8 am. The sizes range from Large to 4XL. The price for any size hoodie is $40.00 and only are available for pickup at the Local Union Hall.
Available at the Local 200 Union Hall are Local 200 Neck Gaiters for $8.00 each. Understanding that we should continue to maintain physical/social distancing and take all necessary precautionary measures we can, these Neck Gaiters can be part of the overall effort that each individual takes during this Pandemic
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.