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    Updated: Feb. 22 (16:45)
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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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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!

    • 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.

  • James P. HoffaGeneral PresidentKen HallGeneral Secretary-Treasurer Search... Opioid Epidemic's Other Battleground: Teamsters vs. McKesson
    Posted On: Jun 19, 2018

    By Ron Leuty
    San Francisco Business Times
    June 18, 2018

    As Travis Bornstein stepped to the microphone at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters' annual convention, the details of his son's death 18 months earlier remained bitterly fresh.

    He could see the vacant lot in Akron, Ohio — one of the battleground states in America's opioid addiction crisis — where his overdosing son's body was dumped by a companion. The longtime president of a Teamsters local, Bornstein recalled his son's growing need to shoot heroin, an addiction he said was launched by painkilling opioid drugs prescribed for broken arms and surgically repaired elbows over Tyler's athletics-filled 23 years.

    Bornstein's speech at the June 2016 convention represented a reckoning for the Teamsters, said General Secretary Ken Hall, the union's second-in-command. Dozens of union members would come forward, Hall said, and speak about their own families' struggles with addiction set in motion by opioids.

    "They've got family members dying from the flooding of the market of these opioids," Hall said. "It's happening in the Teamster family — that made it an issue."

    It also put McKesson Corp. in the crosshairs of the 1.4 million-member union, creating a new front in the war on opioids. Instead of fighting the epidemic via the health care system, the courts or legislatures, the Teamsters are taking it to McKesson's annual shareholder meeting and corporate boardroom.

    And in many ways, the union is winning. McKesson reduced the pay of Chairman, President and CEO John Hammergren, the company said Friday, and is strengthening board oversight of management, largely in response to a Teamsters-led campaign against the San Francisco-based wholesale medical products distributor (NYSE: MCK).

    McKesson, whose skyscraper headquarters sits roughly eight blocks from San Francisco's drug-infested Tenderloin neighborhood, has been painted as one of the corporate bad actors behind an opioid crisis that kills 115 Americans a day.

    Facing dozens of lawsuits from state and local governments tasked with paying for medical care and emergency responses to overdose calls, McKesson has undertaken a number of initiatives to stem the crisis. That includes a $100 million contribution in March to a foundation it formed to focus on education, policy issues and increasing access to overdose reversal treatments.

    The company also says it is expediting development of a national prescription safety-alert system for pharmacists and prescribing doctors to flag abuse or misuse. It also is committed to halting sales next year to customers that cannot accept prescriptions electronically and is trying to fast-track distribution of new, non-opioid medications.

    But a common theme by the company is that it is wrong for critics to single it out in a long supply chain that begins with doctors prescribing opioids and pharmacies dispensing the drugs, branded with names such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet.

    The Teamsters, for one, aren't buying it, and its campaign against McKesson and two other big drug distributors is bearing fruit.

    At the urging of the union, which has met with leaders of McKesson, AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE: ABC) and Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE: CAH), McKesson created an independent board committee to investigate directors' oversight of how Hammergren and his management team complied with legal and regulatory mandates relating to opioids distribution.

    The board's three-member committee — Donald Knauss, the former head of Oakland-based Clorox Co. (NYSE: CLX); Tony Coles, the CEO who led the sale of South San Francisco's Onyx Pharmaceuticals to Amgen Services (NYSE: AMN) CEO Susan Salka — concluded in April that senior management and the board met their obligations under a 2008 settlement with the Drug Enforcement Agency over "suspicious" online pharmacy sales of opioids.

    At the same time, the committee made recommendations to strengthen McKesson's framework for compliance and ongoing oversight.

    Those are small but important wins for the union crusade that began at last summer's annual meeting of McKesson shareholders. There the union successfully spearheaded an advisory vote against McKesson's executive compensation plan, namely Hammergren's $20.1 million package of pay, stock options, grants and other awards. Its proposal to separate the positions of chairman and CEO also was approved by shareholders, though that won't take effect until after Hammergren steps down.

    On Friday, McKesson said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it had cut Hammergren's overall compensation for the fiscal year ended March 31 to $18.1 million, a 9.7 percent drop from the year before. His base salary has remain unchanged since May 2010.

    On top of that, the board's compensation committee in May reduced by $4.7 million the potential maximum payout for management incentive plan awards for the current fiscal year and tied compensation plans to compliance risks related to opioid distribution.

    It isn't an uncommon tactic by organizations, including religious groups and unions, to try to effect social change through corporate governance. Among the proposals McKesson shareholders will consider at their July 25 meeting in Irving, Texas, for example, will be one from an AFL-CIO investment fund that calls for use of GAAP financial metrics to determine executive compensation, and another cosponsored by a trust for retirees represented by the United Auto Workers for McKesson to disclose lobbying activities and spending.

    The Teamsters' success last year was rare in the annals of stockholder activism, but the union is back for more.

    Outlined Friday in McKesson's proxy statement for the shareholder meeting the union is asking stockholders to adopt a policy that would largely eliminate the company's "double-trigger" accelerated vesting of equity awards for senior management if there is a change in control of the company.

    McKesson, which successfully fended off similar proposals in 2012 and from 2014 through 2016, has recommended that shareholders vote against the measure.

    Thanks to a mere 110 shares of McKesson stock, the deep-pocketed Teamsters can bring forward such proposals to the annual meeting. The union, which represents an undisclosed number of McKesson workers, has about $100 billion in assets in various capital markets.

    The Teamsters also asked shareholders of AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health at their most-recent annual meetings to fill their board chairman positions with independent directors. Both proposals were defeated.

    Meanwhile, the union has portrayed McKesson's $100 million foundation-launching gift as disingenuous.

    "That's like saying that someone murdered 100 people but was willing to pay for the price of a sign that said, 'Beware, in this area you may be shot,'" the Teamsters' Hall said. "It's just ridiculous."

    The union's goals are simple, Hall said: stop people from dying from opioid-related overdoses and, secondly, relieve the financial pressure on insurance plans that cover overprescribed drugs. Only then, will there be fewer deaths like that of Tyler Bornstein. That comes, Hall said, with change in McKesson's corner office.

    "We are not going to stop until we see change," Hall said.

    "We're seeing these companies change the makeup of their boards, but this can't be just about window dressing," he said. "They have to knock this BS off."

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