International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Teamsters At Air Express International Vote To Approve One-Year Contract Extension

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 3:37pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Teamsters at Air Express International (AEI) have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract extension through December 21, 2021.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Teamsters at Air Express International (AEI) have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract extension through December 21, 2021.
  • AEI Teamsters voted over the past several days at local unions, and they approved the extension by a 92-percent margin.
  • "This extension will allow the union and the company to attempt to complete negotiations that have been delayed due to the pandemic," said Bill Hamilton, Director of the Teamsters Express Division.
  • Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Teamsters, UNITE HERE!, Partner With Society Of Saint Andrew to Distribute Food To Those In Need

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 2:59pm

Local 737 helped distribute food to families in need as part of a charitable effort run by the Society of Saint Andrew.

Key Points: 
  • Local 737 helped distribute food to families in need as part of a charitable effort run by the Society of Saint Andrew.
  • The volunteers were comprised of workers from Teamsters Local 385 and UNITE HERE!
  • Cella, a 17-year member of Local 385 and steward for the drivers at Freeman, has volunteered for four weeks at this food bank.
  • When he heard about the food bank from some of his co-workers, he immediately signed up to help.

US Foods Workers In California Vote To Join Teamsters Local 63

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 9:48pm

FONTANA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 68 warehouse workers at US Foods in Fontana, Calif. have voted to join Teamsters Local 63, six weeks after a group of 57 drivers at the same facility voted to join the union.

Key Points: 
  • FONTANA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 68 warehouse workers at US Foods in Fontana, Calif. have voted to join Teamsters Local 63, six weeks after a group of 57 drivers at the same facility voted to join the union.
  • The mail-in votes were counted on September 3 for the drivers; October 14 for the warehouse workers.
  • "More than ever, these essential, front-line workers deserve the security of a Teamsters contract during these challenging times."
  • "Organizing is more challenging during Covid-19, and I applaud the US Foods workers and Local 63 for these important victories," said Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division.

Teamsters Call For Zero Emissions In The Private Waste Industry

Friday, October 16, 2020 - 7:58pm

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Teamsters joined with environmental activists and labor organizers last night for an "Organizing for Waste Justice Gathering" to advocate zero waste practices in the sanitation industry.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Teamsters joined with environmental activists and labor organizers last night for an "Organizing for Waste Justice Gathering" to advocate zero waste practices in the sanitation industry.
  • "Teamsters who work in the waste industry areat the intersections of waste management and community empowerment, our members know the impact current waste management practices are having on people in different communities, especially low-income communities, and they understand that it is all connected and tied together."
  • Waste Management, Inc. and Republic Services, Inc., the two largest employers of Teamster members in the private waste industry, control over 60 percent of total U.S. landfill capacity.
  • Our goal is zero emissions throughout the industry," said Chuck Stiles, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division.

Grocery Strike Averted!

Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 11:45pm

California's largest grocery stores, Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less), reached a Tentative Agreement early this morning that avoids a strike by protecting Teamster families' and retirees' affordable health care.

Key Points: 
  • California's largest grocery stores, Albertsons (includes Vons and Pavilions) and Kroger (includes Ralphs and Food4Less), reached a Tentative Agreement early this morning that avoids a strike by protecting Teamster families' and retirees' affordable health care.
  • In a letter to members, Lou Villalvazo, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local Union 630, and Chair of the Teamsters Joint Council 42 Food & Grocery Negotiating Committee said, "We are proud to announce that early this morning, we reached a Tentative Agreement with the Food Employers (Ralphs Grocery, Albertsons, and Vons).
  • Going into bargaining, our #1 concern was protecting your family's and retirees' affordable health care.
  • Rick Middleton, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 572, and Teamsters International Vice President, said, "Our members' willingness to strike to protect their families sent a strong message to Kroger and Albertsons that resonated.

Hoffa: House-Passed Stimulus Bill Brings Much-Needed Relief To U.S. Workers

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 4:28pm

It also boosts pension plans and workplace safety provisions.

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  • It also boosts pension plans and workplace safety provisions.
  • "But we are disappointed that the GROW Act that would allow the creation of so-called composite pension plans was included in the legislation.
  • It is also essential that any final stimulus package include the COBRA subsidies that were in the original HEROES Act, so that laid-off workers have the option to affordably continue the coverage they receive through employers.
  • Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Teamsters Joint Council 43 Endorses Jon Hoadley For Congress

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 10:03pm

DETROIT, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Teamsters Joint Council 43 announced its support for Jon Hoadley for Congress in Michigan's 6th Congressional District.

Key Points: 
  • DETROIT, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Teamsters Joint Council 43 announced its support for Jon Hoadley for Congress in Michigan's 6th Congressional District.
  • "During his time in the Michigan Legislature, Jon has been a friend and an ally of Michigan's workers," said Greg Nowak, President of Teamsters Joint Council 43.
  • "Congress needs new leaders like Jon Hoadley, and we know he'll be a powerful voice for workers in the Senate."
  • "In the Michigan Legislature and in communities across Michigan Jon Hoadley has fought for working families," said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa.

Teamsters Local 120 Blasts Cash-Wa Distributing Co. For Refusing to Bargain In Good Faith

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 8:19pm

said Brian Nowak, Local 120 Business Agent for the bargaining unit.

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  • said Brian Nowak, Local 120 Business Agent for the bargaining unit.
  • The drivers in Aberdeen are in the process of forming their union as Teamsters, and an election date is pending.
  • "We take pride in doing a great job, especially serving our customers during these challenging times," said Steve Johnson, a driver.
  • In 2019, Cash-Wa purchased the Fargo operation, which had been owned by Food Services of America (FSA), which was under contract with Local 120.

Spin's Electric Scooter Workers Ratify Teamsters Contract

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 11:25pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Workers for e-scooter company Spin who are members of Teamsters Local 665 voted overwhelmingly today to ratify their first union contract.

Key Points: 
  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Workers for e-scooter company Spin who are members of Teamsters Local 665 voted overwhelmingly today to ratify their first union contract.
  • "Since this is the first ever group of union e-scooter workers at Spin, we worked to build this contract from scratch," said Tony Delorio, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 665.
  • "We are proud of this agreement and excited to continue our representation of workers with Spin."
  • The group of 40 workers and growing includes shift leads, maintenance specialists, operations specialists, neighborhood ambassadors, deployers and collectors.

Teamsters Call For Comment Extension For Proposed Worker Classification Rule

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 7:18pm

As part of rulemaking, the public has 30 days from a rule being published in the Federal Register to comment.

Key Points: 
  • As part of rulemaking, the public has 30 days from a rule being published in the Federal Register to comment.
  • The Teamsters are joining the National Employment Law Project and others in asking for the comment period to be extended to 60 days due to the wide-ranging changes it proposes.
  • The Teamsters will be filing comments opposing the proposed rule.
  • Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.