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  • Episode 216: New Congress Delivers Big Victories for Teamsters
    by KC Cypress on January 19, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Listen to the latest edition of the Teamsters Podcast and hear how President Biden and Congress delivered for the Teamsters, plus the union’s efforts to rein in Republic Services. SHOW NOTES Featuring audio and interviews from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer; House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal; Local 667 political coordinator and chaplain Robert Seay; Department of Political and Legislative Action deputy director Sunshine McBride; Local 542 Republic Services worker Ricardo Gonzalez; Local 542 Republic Services worker Donny Chavez; Chula Vista, Calif. Mayor Mary Casillas Sallas The post Episode 216: New Congress Delivers Big Victories for Teamsters appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Georgia Teamsters Rally to Demand UPS Respect Martin Luther King Day Holiday
    by Daniel Moskowitz on January 17, 2022 at 11:45 am

    (ATLANTA) — UPS Teamsters in the Atlanta area joined in a national day of action today, calling on UPS to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision for economic and racial justice. UPS workers demanded that the company respect Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday. They also demanded that UPS provide living wages to part-timers and more full-time job opportunities. The 2021 Teamsters Convention passed a resolution committing to fighting for Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday in all Teamster contracts. “UPS has continued to post record-breaking profits through the pandemic. It’s time for them to treat their employees like the essential workers we are. We’re taking on UPS To demand they‘deliver on the dream’ by respecting Martin Luther King Day andproviding living wages for all employees,” said Local 728 Principal Officer Matt Higdon. The post Georgia Teamsters Rally to Demand UPS Respect Martin Luther King Day Holiday appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters: Let’s Honor Legacy of MLK By Passing Voting-Rights Legislation
    by KC Cypress on January 14, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Americans—including Teamsters—will be honoring the legacy of civil rights and labor leader Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 17, 2022, and what better way to celebrate King’s achievements than passing voting rights legislation. In 1965, after the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Voting Rights Act, the House Rules Committee was holding up the legislation when King wrote an editorial in the New York Amsterdam News. “There must be a change,” King wrote. “There will be a change. For to deny a person the right to exercise his political freedom at the polls is no less a dastardly act as to deny a Christian the right to petition God in prayer.” Twelve days later, the House panel approved the bill, and President Lyndon Johnson signed Congress’s final version into law on Aug. 6, 1965. King was in attendance. Fast forward to 2022. Congress has an opportunity to pass voting rights bills to protect the right to vote.  “On behalf of the 1.4 million-member Teamsters Union, we urge Congress to pass this vital legislation,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “It is important for the American people. It is important for Democracy. And it is the best way to honor King’s legacy 57 years after the Voting Rights Act was signed into law,” Hoffa said. “I urge Republicans to join Democrats in passing this vital legislation,” Hoffa said. The post Teamsters: Let’s Honor Legacy of MLK By Passing Voting-Rights Legislation appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Local 320 Minnesota Public Defenders, Staff Overworked at Cost to Clients
    by Brian Tierney on January 10, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    A survey of Minnesota's public defense attorneys and staff found widespread discontentment with their working conditions and leadership, plus concerns about the impact on clients. Teamsters Local 320, which represents 502 attorneys and 199 support staff, released the preliminary findings in advance of a legislative hearing on the issues scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The post Teamsters Local 320 Minnesota Public Defenders, Staff Overworked at Cost to Clients appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Workers at Center of Shareholder’s Latest Climate Demand
    by Kara Deniz on December 20, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    From an article by Neanda Salvaterra on December 20, 2021 (Agenda) Shareholders have filed a proposal at Marathon Petroleum Corporation asking the refining giant to take into consideration workers’ needs amid concerns the energy sector may slash wages and jobs as businesses seek to tackle climate change by transitioning away from fossil fuels.  Boards across industries are enhancing their oversight of climate issues in the face of new expectations among investors and proxy advisors regarding the energy transition. But this proposal, which could inspire others, adds a wrinkle to decarbonization plans and comes at a time when boards increasingly are being held responsible for workforce oversight issues as well.  On Nov. 12, investors represented by the Teamsters Union filed what they say is the first proposal at Marathon asking the company to disclose how it aims to respond to the social effect of its climate change strategy on workers and communities.  Read more here, bit.ly/3mh1qqQ  The post Workers at Center of Shareholder’s Latest Climate Demand appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • College Scholarships Available
    by Galen Munroe on December 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    JRHMSF Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications High school seniors who are the sons or daughters of Teamster members (including the BLET, BMWED and GCC) can now apply for a college or vocational/training program scholarship from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Academic awards in the amount of $1,000 or $10,000 are awarded to eligible high school seniors. Vocational/Training program awards are available ranging up to $2,000 depending on financial need. In 2021, the Fund awarded $1.2 million in academic and vocational/training program scholarships. Details on the application process can be found on the JRHMSF website: http://www.jrhmsf.org. The application deadline is March 1, 2022. The post College Scholarships Available appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • IBT Labor History Research Center Presents: Allyson Brantley on Brewing a Boycott
    by KC Cypress on December 2, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center at the George Washington University will host another in its ongoing Labor History Book Talks series. Registration is required so please register by using the link on the announcement. Allyson Brantley will discuss her new book, Brewing a Boycott: How a Grassroots Coalition Fought Coors and Remade American Consumer Activism, as well as the research behind it. This book tells the story of one of the longest-running consumer boycotts in U.S. history, the Coors boycott. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Teamsters and other union members, progressive students, Black and Chicanx activists, Native Americans, feminists, and members of the LGBTQ+ community built powerful coalitions to challenge the alleged antiunionism, discrimination, and conservative politics of Coors Brewing Company and family. Brantley will spotlight the key role that documents and other items from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center archives played in telling this remarkable story of activism and organizing.Allyson Brantley is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of La Verne in southern California. She studies, teaches, and writes about social movements, labor, and radical coalitions in the late 20th century United States. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2016 and she is a 2020-2021 Mellon Emerging Faculty Leader. She currently lives in Los Angeles, and her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Radical History Review. If you wish to participate, I ask that you take a moment to read this announcement. The post IBT Labor History Research Center Presents: Allyson Brantley on Brewing a Boycott appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters United Slate Elected to 5-Year Term to Lead Union
    by Galen Munroe on November 19, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    (WASHINGTON) – The O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United slate has been elected to lead the international union for the next five years. The candidates for General President, General Secretary-Treasurer, International Vice Presidents At-Large, International Trustees and International Vice Presidents in the Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Regions were elected Thursday night in the 2021 Election of International Union Officers, according to unofficial results provided by the Office of the Election Supervisor. International Vice Presidents in the Canadian Region were elected by acclamation at the 2021 International Convention in June. The term of office begins in March 2022. The 2022-2027 General Executive Board members are: General President: Sean O’Brien, President, Local 25, Boston, MA General Secretary-Treasurer: Fred Zuckerman, President, Local 89, Louisville, KY International Vice Presidents At-Large: Juan Campos, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 705, Chicago, IL Greg Floyd, President, Local Union 237, New York, NY Tony Jones, President, Local 413, Columbus, OH John Palmer, Local 657, San Antonio, TX James Wright, President, Local 822, Norfolk, VA Joan Corey, Business Agent, Local 25, Boston, MA Chris Griswold, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 986, Los Angeles, CA Canadian Region Vice Presidents: François LaPorte, President, Teamsters Canada, Laval, QC Stan Hennessy, President, Local Union 31, Delta, BC Craig McInnes, President, Local Union 938, Mississauga, ON Central Region Vice Presidents: Danny Avelyn, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 554, Omaha, NE Tom Erickson, President, Local 120, Minneapolis, MN Avral Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer, Local Union 89, Louisville, KY Eastern Region Vice Presidents: Rocco Calo, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 1150, Stratford, CT Bill Hamilton, President, Local Union 107, Philadelphia, PA Matt Taibi, President, Local 251, Providence, RI Southern Region Vice Presidents: Thor Johnson, Vice President, Local 79, Tampa, FL Brent Taylor, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 745, Dallas, TX Western Region Vice Presidents: Mark Davison, President, Local 162, Portland, OR Lindsay Dougherty, Recording Secretary, Local 399, Hollywood, CA Peter Finn, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 856, San Francisco, CA Rick Hicks, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 174, Seattle, WA International Trustees: Willie Ford, President, Local 71, Charlotte, NC Dan Kane, Jr., President, Local 202, New York, NY Vinnie Perrone, President, Local 804, New York, NY The unofficial vote results can be viewed at www.ibtvote.org. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters. The post Teamsters United Slate Elected to 5-Year Term to Lead Union appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Workers at XPO in Albany, New York Vote to Join Teamsters Local 294
    by Joel Coffidis on November 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    The certification procedures are now finalized showing that a majority of drivers at XPO Logistics in Albany, New York have voted to join Teamsters Local 294. “We welcome the drivers at XPO, who remained strong despite the company’s vicious anti-worker, anti-union campaign,” said John Bulgaro, President of Local 294 in Albany. “We will work with the drivers to address their issues in the upcoming contract negotiations.”  “It feels great voting to form our union with Teamsters Local 294,” said Richard Lazorischak, a driver at XPO in Albany for over 21 years. “We look forward to winning a contract that puts our rights and protections in a legally binding document.”  “With the recent contract victories in Miami and in Trenton, and now this organizing victory, XPO workers are sending a clear message to the company that ‘enough is enough,’” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “XPO workers across the country know that the only way to win real change on the job is to organize and negotiate a Teamster contract.”  The workers are seeking protections from inward-facing tractor cameras and future constant surveillance; an end to unfair discipline; fair treatment for all; real seniority protections; adequate staffing levels; and a voice on the job.  The post Workers at XPO in Albany, New York Vote to Join Teamsters Local 294 appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Ballot Count Underway
    by KC Cypress on November 16, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    (Alexandria, VA) Ballots in the Election of International Union Officers are being counted this week by the independent Office of the Election Supervisor at a warehouse just outside of Washington, D.C. Teamster members from across North America returned 189,335 ballots. Teamsters Communications staff spoke with the Election Supervisor, Richard Mark, about the count. Here’s what he had to say: TC: We are in day two of the ballot count, how are things going? RM: Things are going very well. We counted about 17,000 ballots on the first day. It’s always a little slow getting started but once people get into they rhythm the pace picks up and we should easily finish by the end of this week.  TC: What kind of staffing does it take to run the Teamsters election count? RM: We have two levels of staff. There are people who work for the election office throughout the cycle who come in from around the country to supervise the count. Then we hire several hundred temporary workers from the local area to actually open the ballots, extract them and run the count machines.  TC: This is your fourth election as Election Supervisor, how have you adapted over that time with technology? RM: We have moved from using pure paper to a lot more database usage for the membership database. We have a system using iPads to track each local at each stage of the process so that we know where it is – are they being checked for eligibility, are the envelopes being slit, are they being extracted or are they being counted. We know where every local is at every point on the floor and technology has helped us be more on top of that than just shouting across the room. The post Teamsters Ballot Count Underway appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.