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    Updated: Nov. 16 (08:45)
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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.

  • MarketWavesBanner_640x100.png UPS to wind down LTL business until outcome of contract vote decided
    Posted On: Nov 02, 2018

    *This Article was posted on FreightWaves and does not nece express the opinion of the Local 509

    UPS to wind down LTL business until outcome of contract vote decided

     

     UPS’ LTL trucks may be off the road for awhile (Source: Shutterstock)

    UPS’ LTL TRUCKS MAY BE OFF THE ROAD FOR AWHILE (SOURCE: SHUTTERSTOCK)

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    UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) said today it will temporarily suspend the operations of its less-than-truckload unit, UPS Freight, at least until Teamsters union members vote for a second time on a collective bargaining agreement, and it has advised customers in the meantime to seek alternate sources of capacity.

    Atlanta-based UPS said in a statement that it took the action to avoid stranding customer volumes in its system should the Teamsters call a strike of 12,000 UPS employees at the unit. UPS said it plans to empty its pipeline of freight by Nov. 9.

    The rank-and-file will cast votes between Nov. 9 and 11 on the second iteration of a five-year collective-bargaining agreement that members rejected once before. The votes are set to be counted on Nov. 11. The union has said it can call a strike anytime after 12:01 AM ET Nov. 12 if the second version is rejected. Barring ratification, a 30-day contract extension that was agreed to last month would expire on that date, meaning that the current contract would lapse. Should the latest version be ratified, operations would resume the next day or shortly thereafter, according to Glenn Zaccara, a UPS spokesman.

    In the statement, UPS said the tentative pact “rewards our employees with wages and benefits at the top of the industry and compensates them for their contributions to the success of the company.” It expressed disappointment that Teamster freight leaders have “chosen to announce the potential” for a strike if the latest proffer is turned down.

    More than 60 percent of UPS Freight voters rejected the initial proposal in October, saying it proposed substandard wage increases and did virtually nothing to address the contentious issue of line-haul driver subcontracting. The second version, which was put before members after negotiators met on Oct. 25, was a modest improvement over the original, according to the UPS Freight negotiating committee. Still, it wasn’t good enough for the committee to recommend ratification, it said. Should the members reject the latest version, the committee said it would have no choice but to call a strike once the 30-day extension period expires. 

    UPS had characterized its second proposal as a last, best and final offer. The Teamsters said in a statement today that UPS has no one else to blame for the current situation. “This company made the decision to give a last, best and final offer and to stop taking freight,” the union said. “This could all have been resolved by the company addressing the key issues at the negotiating table.”

    According to a letter sent to an unidentified UPS Freight customer and obtained by Freightwaves, effective today no UPS Freight volume will be picked up if its delivery date is past November 8. As a result, today will be the deadline for pick-ups that have five-day shipping commitments, while tomorrow will be the last day for shipments with four-day delivery deadlines, according to the letter. Next Wednesday will be the last day for pick-ups under the emergency schedule, and that would only be for shipments scheduled for next-day deliveries

    UPS has pledged that customers with bundled contracts and those with financial incentives dependent on UPS Freight will be made financially whole. UPS Freight is the nation’s fifth-largest LTL carrier with 2017 annual revenue of about $2.6 billion. It employs about 12,000 Teamster members. It moved 2.8 billion pounds in the third quarter, according to company data.

    Unlike the larger and fragmented truckload sector, the lion’s share of LTL freight is hauled on the trucks of about 8 to 10 carriers. LTL capacity is already tight even with UPS Freight in service. “Today’s announcement will leave many retailers scrambling to find alternative carriers” as the holiday shipping season approaches, according to Rob Martinez, president and CEO of Shipware, LLC, a transport consultancy. UPS Freight customers will need to contact other carriers directly, or work with brokers and 3PLs to procure capacity, he said.

    According to a source closely involved with LTL, the top 10 carriers will end up with about 95 percent of any diverted business. Overall on-time performance will fall by 5 to 10 percent, and there will be more incidents of damaged freight. All users will be hit with price increases, with small to mid-size businesses being hit with 10 to 20 percent hikes until at least the first quarter, the source predicted.

    For some of the more militant Teamster factions, a strike against UPS Freight is the ultimate leverage given that the company and mainstream Teamster leadership—which negotiated the original agreement—clearly don’t want a strike. Some in the union are steaming over the leadership’s decision to ratify the much-larger small-package contract even though 54 percent of those voting had rejected it. The leadership invoked the so-called two-thirds provision in the Teamster constitution that requires a contract to be ratified if less than 50 percent of eligible voters cast ballots, unless two-thirds or more who voted rejected it. About 42 percent of 209,000 eligible voters cast ballots.

    The same scenario could be replayed at UPS Freight. However, it would seem doubtful that voting interest among the rank-and-file would have waned since early October.

    The company is taking on some risk as well, especially if diverted business never returns. That was one of the outcomes of the famous 15-day nationwide Teamster strike in 1997 that shut down UPS’ system and sent mountains of parcels elsewhere. Some of that business never went back to UPS. The company did not have a dedicated LTL operation back then. 

    Zaccara, the UPS spokes, declined to speculate on what would happen if the Teamsters rejected the latest version but its leadership waited beyond Nov. 12 to call a strike


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