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    • 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.

    • 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.

  • Teamsters Retirees Told Pensions Hinge on Government Intervention
    Posted On: Jun 26, 2018

    This is it: the last, best chance to save your pension payments, Teamsters and Central State Pension Fund leaders told a crowd of retirees June 23 at the Independence Event Center.

    “You don’t need an economics degree to understand the problem,” said John Murphy, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters vice president and leader on pension reform efforts.

    Many pension funds across the country don’t have enough money coming in to pay retirees what they promised. Central State Pension Fund, with more than 400,000 members, will be completely broke by the end of 2025. This is not a drill, a threat or a negotiating tactic, Murphy said, and there’s no way to cut benefits or invest creatively to fix the problem.

    RELATED: Failing pension fund threatens thousands of retired truckers

    The only solution is for Congress to step in and save the 3½ million workers who are at risk of losing their monthly retirement checks, he said. That’s where the Butch Lewis Act comes in.

    The act would create a new Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the U.S. Department of Treasury that would give pension funds 30-year, low-interest government loans. The pension funds would then reinvest those loans in highly secure bonds. The pension rehabilitation agency would have oversight on the pension plans receiving loans and how they invested the funds, and the influx of money would guarantee that 100% of retirees receive their benefits, Murphy said.

    A bipartisan special committee was created in February to explore solutions to the pension crisis and is to release a report after the midterm elections. If five representatives from each side of the aisle on the committee support specific legislation, it will be hustled through Congress.

    The loans would do more than just temporarily fix the problem, Murphy said. The loans would cover the retirement benefits, the biggest expense, allowing pension funds to recover by fixing their underlying cash flow issues. But if action is not taken, and the more than 130 at-risk pension funds go belly up, it would be catastrophic for the entire economy, he said.

    RELATED: Teamsters leaders facing probe for accepting gifts

    “Essentially, what we’re saying is pay less now or pay a hell of a lot more once the plans are insolvent,” Murphy said.

    “This is not a bailout. Don’t let anybody tell you it is,” he added. The federal government has committed in the past to protecting pensions, he said, so it is its obligation to do so now.

    Murphy and other speakers called for the crowd to call and visit their representatives, and to encourage others to do so. The bill has a lot of Democrats behind it, Murphy said, but will need a lot more support from Republicans.

    “Congress can’t ignore this problem,” Murphy said. “Because you’re not going to let them!”

    Though the speakers fought to present an optimistic message, at times it seemed to fall on jaded ears.

    The event center’s capacity is 5,800, and organizers had said they expected a full house. About 500 people showed up.

    “I’ve heard it all before,” said Larry Kosfeld, 70, a retired truck driver who receives $3,000 monthly from Central States. He started the job after his Army service in Vietnam and took a Teamsters deal to retire and claim his pension after 30 years.

    “I’m one of the lucky ones,” Kosfeld said, because he’s always planned for the worst. He’s been careful with his money and has done some investing of his own.

    “This is going to have to happen, or a lot of people are going to be on welfare,” Kosfeld said. “I’m somewhat optimistic, but it’s going to take a lot of compassion from certain politicians to get it done.”


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