Teamsters News Headlines

  • California’s State Law AB-5 is Essential to Improving the lives of Misclassified Workers
    by KC Cypress on September 23, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    A California court has finally lifted the injunction that prevented a state law on worker misclassification—AB-5—from going into effect. The decision is a huge win for California truck drivers and other misclassified workers. The post California’s State Law AB-5 is Essential to Improving the lives of Misclassified Workers appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Women’s Conference Kicks Off in Seattle
    by KC Cypress on September 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

    The Teamsters Women’s Conference will be held Sept. 18 – 21, 2022, in Seattle, Washington. The conference will bring together more than 1,200 Teamsters from the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, in sisterhood and solidarity. The annual conference is an opportunity to learn and strategize to strengthen and grow the union. Ashley Alvarado, Women’s Conference Director and President of Local 856 in Northern California, will address participants and lead the opening session on Monday. Rick Hicks, International Vice President from the Western Region, will also welcome the crowd as President of the host Joint Council 28. Featured speakers at Monday’s opening session will include: Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President Lindsay Dougherty, International Vice President for the Western Region Joan Corey, International Vice President At-Large Sara Nelson, International President, AFA-CWA More than 30 educational workshops on topics including how to bargain strong contracts, become powerful stewards, run successful organizing campaigns, and more, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. A closing session with a lineup of speakers will take place on Wednesday afternoon. Follow the conference on Facebook at facebook.com/teamsters, on Twitter and Instagram @Teamsters, #teamsterwomen22. Stay tuned to teamster.org for updates and previews throughout the conference. The post Teamsters Women’s Conference Kicks Off in Seattle appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • A New Deal for Aviation Platform
    by KC Cypress on September 16, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    During the week of September 6th-8th, Teamster Airline Division representatives attended the International Transport Workers' Federation Civil Aviation Sector Conference. At this year's conference, aviation unions from around the world came together to discuss the ITF's A New Deal for Aviation platform, which aims to combat travel chaos from becoming a permanent crisis and mandate the industry's action on passenger violence, post-COVID worker shortage, fatigue, worker safety and health, organizing airport workers, industry sustainability, net zero emissions, and digitization effects on workers. The framework would also allow unions, governments, employers, and the public to create country-specific aviation plans to address the significant impact that deregulation, fragmentation, and outsourcing, had on the aviation industry. "Today, we are seeing a rise in passenger violence against airline and airport workers, a post-COVID worker shortage, and extreme fatigue," said Joe Ferreira, Director of Teamsters Airline Division,  "Our top priorities are ensuring the safety and health of these hardworking airline and airport workers and providing good wages and benefits throughout the industry, and we are proud to have the opportunity to represent the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on the world stage regarding these critical worldwide issues." More details can be found, here. About the ITF: The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is a democratic, affiliate-led federation recognized as the world’s leading transport authority. We fight passionately to improve working lives, connecting nearly 700 affiliated trade unions from 150 countries that may otherwise be isolated and helping their members to secure rights, equality, and justice. We are the voice for nearly 20 million working men and women worldwide. The post A New Deal for Aviation Platform appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Spartan College Promotes the Aviation Industry at the TNBC
    by KC Cypress on August 19, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Thank you to Chris Moore from IBT Airline Division and Capt. Robert Butler of Allegiant Air for joining Dan Bregman from Spartan to promote a message about the need for diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry with Spartan College at The International Brotherhood of Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference. This was an amazing opportunity for Teamsters to learn about Spartan training and what it’s like to have a career in aviation. ✈️We are so proud to be a part of such an important event and look forward to attending again next year!  Thank you T.N.B.C. for having us! Get more information about the programs available at Spartan College. The post Spartan College Promotes the Aviation Industry at the TNBC appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Meet with ITF, Argentinian Trade Union Leaders to Bolster UPS Contract Campaign
    by KC Cypress on August 11, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman met with the leaders of 10 Argentinian trade unions and the top leadership of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to discuss global strategies for upcoming UPS contract negotiations. Argentinian union FNTCOTAC, the country’s National Federation of Truck and Automotive Transport Workers, represents UPS employees among its membership of more than 200,000 union workers. Through its partnership with the ITF, the Teamsters coordinate with a member network of 677 trade unions across the globe. “Corporations conspire every day to lower working people’s wages and living standards, and unions worldwide must better coordinate to organize and fight back. Not just with talk, but with real actions,” O’Brien said. “Our friends at the ITF and in Argentina have pledged their support of the Teamsters’ fight for the strongest contract at UPS. We will continue to pressure this global corporation from every angle possible over the coming year.” FNTCOTAC is actively exploring solidarity actions in Argentina to show its support of UPS Teamsters. O’Brien and Zuckerman also met with Steve Cotton and Paddy Crumlin of the ITF, who have assigned staff to identify and coordinate with all ITF-affiliated unions that represent UPS workers. ITF staff will meet with members of the Teamsters’ UPS contract campaign team in the upcoming weeks to incorporate international actions. Meetings with international union representatives were held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences within the Vatican. Sara Nelson, President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Vice President Richard Johnsen also joined the meeting and pledged their support of the UPS contract fight. On Aug. 10, the Argentinian delegation worked with Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Coronado to arrange an audience with Pope Francis. Pope Francis, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has since his election in 2013 been an outspoken advocate for working people and their rights. “The Teamsters are committed to exploring every option and tactic out there to ensure our members secure the best contract at UPS, and it’s good to know the rest of the global trade union movement has our back,” Zuckerman said. The post Teamsters Meet with ITF, Argentinian Trade Union Leaders to Bolster UPS Contract Campaign appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Business Insider: 6 Issues That Could Push UPS Teamsters to Strike
    by KC Cypress on August 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    First Published at Business Insider The existing contract between UPS and its 360,000 unionized workers expires next July, and the work on the next one has already begun. Negotiations will start early next year and the stakes are high.  Leading the Teamsters union, which represents UPS drivers, package handlers, and warehouse workers is Sean O'Brien, a long-time local union leader in Boston. O'Brien is shaking up the negotiation by bringing rank and file members to the table, shortening the timeframe for the talks, and threatening a strike. O'Brien's toughest task may be undoing elements of UPS' current contract, which went into effect on a technicality, even though members who voted were against it.  "Walking backwards is difficult," O'Brien told Insider. "But the one thing we have, we have leverage. We have the ability to strike." Here are some of the issues the union could strike over.  'Second-class drivers' Four years ago, to add Saturday service, UPS created a new class of drivers who work Tuesday through Saturday. They start at $20.50 per hour and top out at $30.64, while regular drivers can reach $40. O'Brien and some regular UPS drivers have said eliminating this position is a top priority. "I hate the fact that I work with somebody that's doing the exact same job as I'm doing, if not more, because he's less senior — and he's getting paid less," a UPS driver in the Northeast told Insider last year. "That is definitely a strike issue," O'Brien said. 'Excessive overtime'  Another byproduct of Saturday service has been more requests for regular drivers to work overtime. At lots of hubs, it's a struggle to find enough volunteers to work Saturday, so managers assign them the shifts. During the pandemic, drivers also reported longer days with a daunting number of stops designed to "sweat the assets." "We're open to finding a solution to the seven-day week delivery because what the competition is doing," O'Brien said, but the existing staffing solution is not working in his view.  Personal Vehicle Drivers  PVDs, as they're known inside UPS, are a familiar concept in a delivery world increasingly run on gig-economy labor. These temporary workers supplement full-time drivers, delivering packages while driving their own cars. According to the existing contract, UPS can hire PVDs as seasonal laborers as long as it gives priority to union employees. Some drivers see it as the commodification or "uber-ization" of their job. "When I went to work in the construction industry 32 years ago, I didn't bring my own truck to work," O'Brien said when Insider asked about PVDs. The Teamsters' goal is to eliminate what a spokesperson called "outsourcing" and "subcontracting."  "Every worker at UPS should be classified, treated, and paid as an actual employee, protected by a Teamster contract," the spokesperson said.  Driver surveillance Over the last year, UPS has been gradually installing devices on the dashboards of package cars that contain front-facing and driver-facing cameras as well as other sensors. How those units are being used is a point of controversy.  According to a UPS spokesperson, the devices do not record inward-facing video or audio of the driver. "Inward-facing sensors act like motion detectors, similar to home motion security systems, alerting our drivers to at-risk driving behaviors such as not fastening their seatbelt and repeatedly using a cell phone while driving," they said. "The data may be used to provide in-person coaching and training."  O'Brien called the inward-facing cameras an "invasion of privacy," and vowed to get them removed in the next contract. "That's just another tool to increase productivity and hold our members hostage," he said.  Part-time pay raise "The fight for $15 is antiquated now," O'Brien told Insider. "We've got to fight for a $20 starting rate of pay, and then reward long-term part-timers accordingly." In addition to higher pay and what it calls "catch-up raises" for part-time package handlers and warehouse workers, the union also wants more opportunities for part-timers to convert to full-time.  Heat The death of a 24-year-old UPS driver from heat stroke in June brought the issue of heat-related worker safety to the front of the Teamsters' priority list. They sent a letter  to UPS leadership in late July requesting detailed information related to the company's plans to prevent heat-related injuries. The union is still developing a specific ask on the issue, but O'Brien said one way to help would be to "staff up" so drivers aren't driving 12- to 15-hour routes in the hottest months of the year. The post Business Insider: 6 Issues That Could Push UPS Teamsters to Strike appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Demand Details on UPS Plans to Protect Employees
    by KC Cypress on August 1, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    The Teamsters Union gave UPS a two-week notice to provide detailed information on any plan the billion-dollar company has to protect employees, combat heat illness, and install or replace badly needed relief equipment for workers amid increasingly extreme weather conditions. The 1.2 million-member Teamsters, which represents 350,000 full- and part-time UPS workers, sent the formal request to UPS management last week. Within 15 days, the international union’s Safety and Health Department instructed the shipping and logistics giant to provide a heat illness and injury prevention plan, hazard assessments for all job classifications, training materials or procedures the company provides its own managers, and policies on how UPS responds to National Weather Service advisories. “UPS executives sit inside their air-conditioned, C-suite offices all day while UPS Teamsters endure some of the most intense weather conditions imaginable, and this corporation needs to own up for what it is or is not doing to protect these workers,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “The Teamsters aren’t asking for answers — we’re demanding them.” The Teamsters’ request reminds UPS of 16 times since 2011 that the employer has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for heat-related injuries and occupational hazards. All injuries and complaints have been detailed in Teamster grievances. The letter further reminds UPS that OSHA requires companies to provide a workplace free of such hazards or other conditions likely to cause serious physical harm or death. “UPS is projected to pull in more than $100 billion in revenue in 2022 off the backs of Teamsters, and while management sits inside drooling over those figures, we’ve got members going to the emergency room,” said International Trustee and Teamsters Local 804 President Vinnie Perrone. “These trucks and warehouses are infernos. UPS can afford to do the right thing and protect its workers. They need to stop making excuses and do it now.” In addition to safety plans and managerial policies, the Teamsters requested more information on personal protective equipment provided to employees and detailed lists of UPS fulfillment centers and satellite locations that currently have working water fountains, functional ice machines, and accessible first aid kits. Notably, the Teamsters also want to know which UPS facilities are not being properly equipped by the company, and why. Read the Teamsters’ Safety and Health request to UPS In recent weeks, with some states experiencing record heat, the Teamsters urged UPS to take immediate steps to protect workers. The actions proposed by the union — which the employer could easily initiate outside any collective bargaining process — include installing fans in every truck, providing water at every facility and in every vehicle, giving workers cooling neck towels and uniform materials with higher air and vapor permeability, and creating more full-time positions to give all employees more rest breaks on hot days. Roughly 170 Teamster local unions across the United States kicked off a Call to Action with UPS members on August 1, marking one year until the expiration of the current UPS National Master Agreement on July 31, 2023. UPS Teamsters will remain united nationwide to negotiate and secure the strongest contract in the union’s history. The post Teamsters Demand Details on UPS Plans to Protect Employees appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Recognize Juneteenth
    by KC Cypress on June 21, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to the more than three million enslaved people in the U.S. Two years later, on June 19, 1865, Union Army soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that slavery had been abolished, and that the remaining 250,000 enslaved Black people there were free. Also known as Freedom Day and Black Independence Day, the first Juneteenth celebration was held the following year. People and communities came together to remember and honor the struggle for freedom and equality, search for lost family members, and reestablish cultural traditions. In 2021, the U.S. Congress passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which formalized Juneteenth as a federal holiday. As one of the most diverse unions, we are proud to not only recognize Juneteenth but to encourage our members, leadership, and affiliates to participate in events, learn more through educational resources, connect with communities and speak out against the systemic racism and injustice that continue to plague our society. Juneteenth is also an opportunity to further demonstrate our solidarity and unity as the strongest union in this country. During the 2021 Teamsters Convention, a resolution was passed regarding Juneteenth to strongly encourage efforts to negotiate it as holiday in Teamster contracts. The Human Rights & Diversity Commission asks our members, leadership and affiliates to share their reflections on what Juneteenth means to them, how they celebrate, and their thoughts about freedom. The post Teamsters Recognize Juneteenth appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Local 150 Secures $44,000 Grievance Award for UPS Drivers
    by Brian Tierney on June 17, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    At last week’s UPS National Grievance Panel, Teamsters Local 150 prevailed against the company in a grievance case related to supervisors performing bargaining unit work at the Rancho Cordova, Calif. center in 2020. The panel found UPS in violation of Article 3, Section 7 of the UPS National Master Agreement and ordered the company to pay $44,000 in penalties to the members who lost work as a result of the company’s actions. “Thanks to the hard work of Business Agent Matt Andrakowicz and Shop Stewards Greg Cumalat, Billy Monks and Clancy Anderson, our UPS members are getting what is rightfully theirs and we sent a message to the company that Teamsters will not tolerate management disrespecting drivers’ rights under the contract,” said Dale Wentz, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 150. “This was an important grievance case for our members and I congratulate everyone who helped secure this victory.” During the height of the pandemic, the company understaffed the Rancho Cordova operation and used supervisors to perform Teamster work. The contract violation affected 17 drivers and totaled 706 hours of lost wages to members. Local 150 pushed the case through the panel system and up to the national panel hearings held in Louisville, KY last week where the Committee found the company liable for the contract violation. “I commend Local 150 for fighting on behalf of UPS members and making the company pay for its egregious violations of the contract,” said General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Holding UPS accountable on these important issues is essential as we gear up for the fight to win a strong contract in 2023.” The post Teamsters Local 150 Secures $44,000 Grievance Award for UPS Drivers appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • United Airlines Planners Negotiation Update – 6/16/2022
    by KC Cypress on June 16, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Brothers and Sisters, This week the parties met in person for the first time. Over the two-day session we exclusively discussed the Hours of Service Article. This Article is extremely important as it affects both quality of life and pay. No agreement on this Article was reached as we need more time to work through all the nuances of the different schedules. This Article will remain the focus of at least the next session as we bargain acceptable terms. As of the writing of this update no further dates have been set, however both parties agreed that we need to get back together as soon as possible to attempt to reach agreement. The schedule will be reported to you once it is set. As of this update the committee has tentatively agreed to seven articles and is making progress. Look for further updates after each session. Meeting in person allowed the whole committee the opportunity to meet with members working the NOC. Below pictured left to right are Joseph Haddad, Randy Lawrence, Paul Roher, Pat Harty, James Orwig and Hernan Gomez. In Solidarity, Your Negotiating CommitteeRandy Lawrence, James Orwig, Joseph HaddadLocal 781 BA Hernan Gomez Airline DivisionBob Fisher, Kyle Schoembs The post United Airlines Planners Negotiation Update – 6/16/2022 appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.