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    Updated: Jun. 20 (16:45)
    How the Opioid Crisis is Depressing America’s Labor Force
    Teamsters Local 355
    How the Opioid Crisis is Depressing America’s Labor Force
    Teamsters local 570
    The Tax Cut and the Pay Increase: Halfway There
    Teamsters local 570
    The Tax Cut and the Pay Increase: Halfway There
    Teamsters Local 992
    The Tax Cut and the Pay Increase: Halfway There
    Teamsters Local 355
    SCAM ALERT ABOUT PENSION
    Teamsters Local 71
     
         
    Current Campaigns
    • 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.

    • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

    • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

    • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

    • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

    • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
      More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
      Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

    • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

  • Nationwide strike would deliver the pain to UPS
    Posted On: Jun 11, 2018

    By JONATHAN BERR MONEYWATCH June 11, 2018, 5:00 AM

    Nationwide strike would deliver the pain to UPS

    UPS workers threatening a nationwide strike hold some strong cards: An extended work stoppage could cost the delivery giant hundreds of millions of dollars, while also delaying shipments across the U.S.

    The last major strike at UPS -- which came in 1997 when employees stopped working for 15 days -- resulted in a net loss for the company of $211 million.

    And the financial hit could be even bigger. Atlanta-based UPS is a much larger company today than it was more than two decades ago, thanks largely to the growth of online shopping. Revenue at UPS has nearly tripled, from more than $22.4 billion in 1997 to roughly $66 billion. Over that period, UPS' unionized workforce grew more than 40 percent, from 185,000 to 280,000.

    Another edge for UPS workers: Other shipping companies would struggle to pick up the slack in the event of a strike. UPS transports roughly 20 million packages and documents per year. In financial terms, that amounts to roughly 6 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, according to Cowen, an investment bank. 

    "No one has the ability to pick up the volume," Cowen analyst Helen Becker told CBS MoneyWatch. "The USPS will try to handle the volume, but they aren't equipped to do so either. In the event of a nationwide Teamsters strike, packages will be delayed."

    A strike could also disrupt business for retailers, including Amazon. Although the Postal Service is the e-commerce company's largest carrier, Amazon also depends on UPS to deliver goods shoppers.

    "It would disrupt Amazon in a big way," said Kevin Sterling, an analyst with Seaport Global.

    The potentially huge costs and chaos of a UPS strike is exactly why many observers expect employees and management to strike a over issues like pay and work schedules. 

    By contrast, a stoppage likely wouldn't do much damage to the broader economy. Jim O'Sullivan of High-Frequency Economics notes that the 1997 strike only dented payrolls for one month, while economic growth continued to surge. 

    For now, UPS is striking an optimistic note, noting in a statement that it remains confident in its ability to reach an agreement with the Teamsters. A spokesman for the Teamsters declined to comment.

    But if talks reach an impasse, a strike could last a while, said Kate Bronfenbrenner, a senior lecturer at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

    "When they go on strike, they stay on strike," she said. "They get public support because UPS drivers are very popular people. They make people happy... The issues that they have are issues that everyone relates to."

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