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.
Multiemployer pension funds in our country are facing a crisis and there is no time to lose in finding a solution. Without rapid congressional action 1.5 million retirees and hundreds of thousands of active workers in some 300 failing multiemployer plans – including the Teamsters’ Central States Plan-- will be at risk of losing the pensions they earned through a lifetime of hard work.
Earlier this year, Congress created a Joint Select Committee and tasked it with crafting legislation that will solve the crisis. Fortunately, there is already legislation that has been introduced that will provide a path to financial health for troubled pension plans, alleviate pressure on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ensure that retirees and active Teamster members receive all of the benefits that they earned. That legislation is known as the Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 4444/S. 2147).
We need the constituents of the Joint Select Committee’s membership to reach out to encourage their congressperson(s) to join together and report out a bipartisan solution to America’s multiemployer pension crisis that does not include cuts to benefits. Tell your Congressperson that you support the only legislation that satisfies those conditions, the Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 4444/ S. 2147).
Individuals who do not have a member of Congress appointed to the Committee can help too by reaching out to their Senators and Representative to urge them to either cosponsor the Butch Lewis Act or encourage their colleagues to add their support to the legislation -- The more bipartisan support the legislation garners, the more likely it is to be adopted by the Committee.
Please follow the below link. A letter has already been drafted on the teamster site like the one below and the site will aid you in sending it to correct person.
Dear Senator/ Representative:
I know the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans is currently working to resolve the multiemployer pension crisis that this country is currently facing and that they are considering a number of proposals to achieve this goal.
The Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 4444 / S. 2147) is the only proposal that will provide a path to financial health for troubled pension plans, alleviate pressure on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ensure that retirees and active Teamster members receive all of the benefits that they earned. I hope that the committee will ultimately adopt this legislation as its proposed solution to the multiemployer pension crisis, but you can also help.
As their colleague, the members of the Committee are inclined to be persuaded by your support of the measure. This is why I am asking you to cosponsor the Butch Lewis Act. Your support for this legislation will mean so much to your constituents who depend on the pension benefits they earned through a lifetime of dedication and hard work. Working families didn’t create this problem and it shouldn’t be on them to solve it.