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    Updated: Sep. 21 (20:45)
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    Current Campaigns
    • 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.

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • UPS and Teamsters Discuss Two-Tier Wages, Sunday Deliveries
    Updated On: May 09, 2018

    UPS and Teamsters Discuss Two-Tier Wages, Sunday Deliveries

    Proposal for lower-paid ‘hybrid’ drivers to work weekends divides labor union during contract discussions

    Under the current UPS contract, most Teamsters drivers work Monday to Friday shifts and earn higher wages on weekends. PHOTO: VICTOR J. BLUE/BLOOMBERG NEWS

    By 

    Paul Ziobro

    May 9, 2018 6:00 a.m. ET

    COMMENTS

    United Parcel Service Inc. UPS -0.57% and the Teamsters union are discussing a two-tier wage system that would allow the company to hire lower-paid workers to deliver packages on weekends, including Sundays, as the parcel giant seeks ways to manage the surge in ecommerce.

    The proposal, raised in recent contract negotiations, calls for creating a “hybrid driver” position that would earn as little as $15 an hour and top out at an hourly wage of $30. These employees’ regular schedule would be Sunday to Thursday or Tuesday to Saturday, avoiding costly overtime.

    Under the current contract, most package-truck drivers work Monday to Friday shifts and earn higher wages on weekends. The union says they are entitled to double-time wages in some areas for working on a Sunday, or hourly rates of nearly $74.

    The hybrid driver role would allow UPS to start regular Sunday delivery of packages, a service the U.S. Postal Service provides for customers such as Amazon.com Inc. UPS started Saturday package delivery in some markets in 2017 but hasn’t disclosed any plans to start delivering on Sundays.

    A Teamsters spokeswoman said the proposals between the union and UPS were part of the negotiating process and the two sides hadn’t come to any agreement about hybrid drivers. A UPS spokesman on Tuesday declined to comment on contract negotiations.

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    The two sides are negotiating one of the largest collective bargaining agreements in the U.S., covering about 280,000 UPS employees. UPS, which has about 454,000 workers world-wide, is trying to complete a new contract before a five-year agreement expires on July 31. UPS Chief Executive Officer David Abney said recently he was confident the two sides would reach an agreement in time.

    The hybrid-driver idea has inflamed divisions within the Teamsters, including a faction opposed to the current union leadership, including President James P. Hoffa.

    Last week, Denis Taylor, director of the Teamsters package division, removed three members from the negotiating committee, which he is co-chairman of, according to Teamsters United, a group that opposes Mr. Hoffa’s leadership. The dismissed committee members opposed the hybrid-driver proposal and said they were removed for revealing the contract proposals to union members.

    “They key to negotiations of this scope is educating and mobilizing members,” said Matt Taibi, an official at Teamsters Local 251 in Rhode Island, who was removed from the negotiating committee. “Members need to know what it is they’re fighting for.”

    The rift between the Teamsters United and Mr. Hoffa’s team runs deep. Mr. Hoffa, the son of the famous labor leader with the same name, narrowly won re-election as the Teamsters general president in 2016 over Fred Zuckerman, who led the Teamsters United ticket. Mr. Zuckerman and other union leaders such as Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, have called for more transparency.

    “It’s unfortunate that these negotiations are some of the most important and it seems like this leadership is focused on adversaries,” Mr. O’Brien said in an interview.

    The current contract already has positions where workers can cobble together multiple part-time shifts, from loading trucks and sorting packages to clerical work and washing cars, into a full-time position. Such “hybrid” positions are paid a premium to the $10 starting part-time wages, trading up to better jobs.

    Those jobs don’t allow workers to deliver packages on the traditional brown boxcar, which is viewed as a premium position in the Teamster ranks, with annual pay typically above $80,000 with generous benefits.

    Other issues being negotiated include raising starting wages for part-time workers and reigning in excessive overtime. Company executives last month expressed confidence they would reach an agreement, avoiding the first strike since 1997.

    The company, which has been spending heavily to automate its network to handle the surge in ecommerce parcels, has also been taking steps to curb employee costs, offering early buyouts to managers last month and freezing pension plans for 70,000 nonunion staffers last year.


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