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  • Teamsters Make Early Gains as UPS National Negotiations Move Forward
    by Brian Tierney on May 9, 2023 at 5:50 pm

    As committees for two supplemental contracts moved closer to resolution, bargaining between the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee and UPS continued in earnest on Tuesday. Both chairs for the still outstanding regional agreements — the Local 89 Louisville Air Rider and the NorCal Supplement and Sort in California — strongly urged the Teamsters’ national committee to move forward in its exchange of proposals with UPS. Non-economic proposals were shared throughout the day, with early tentative language agreed to on many articles. “Brian Hamm with Local 89 and Mark Hawkins with NorCal stood in front of our committee and urged national negotiations to get underway. Our regional teams feel confident their contracts are close to resolution and they will come to agreement with UPS during ongoing bargaining locally,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “As proposals were exchanged with the company, the Teamsters’ national committee warned UPS that national talks can and will be shut down if deals are not successfully reached in Louisville and Sacramento.” The Teamsters made gains quickly by reaching tentative agreement on five issues, including: Securing unlimited time for UPS Teamsters stewards — on the clock and fully paid — to attend orientation meetings (Article 3) Guarantees that any discrepancy related to new equipment will automatically go before the national grievance committee, improving and streamlining the process for all members (Article 6) Winning more opportunities for job vacancies to be filled by existing Teamster members prior to UPS hiring external workers, while guaranteeing that UPS will honor our members’ length of service and pay for any member’s moving expenses to fill a job, if necessary (Article 38) Significant improvements to the trailer repair shop, leaving just two economic issues remaining for the article later in negotiations (Article 39) Protected and expanded member protections under the National Master Agreement’s non-discrimination clause, ensuring it is inclusive of gender identity and all other classes protected by federal or state law “What’s most critical about these early hours of national negotiations is that big gains are already being made and the Teamsters have made zero concessions to get them,” said Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman. “The progress made since yesterday at the national table has been hugely consequential for the rest of the bargaining process. It sets a tone that the Teamsters are here to work for our members and walk away with the best contract ever achieved at UPS.” The Local 89 and NorCal supplemental contract committees continued negotiations as well, with virtual and in-person talks expected to continue at least to May 10. UPS will return to the bargaining table with the Teamsters’ national committee at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Download the UPS Teamsters App to Receive Daily Updates on UPS Negotiations The post <strong>Teamsters Make Early Gains as UPS National Negotiations Move Forward</strong> appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Tell UPS: Make Movement on Our Members’ Issues Now
    by Brian Tierney on April 17, 2023 at 8:57 pm

    The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee, including rank-and-file members and representatives of all supplemental negotiating committees, met with UPS in Washington, D.C., on April 17.  While the company gave its opening statement through a PowerPoint, the Teamsters presented video testimonials from members nationwide sharing their trials and tribulations working at UPS. Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman are leading the negotiations. They stated the union’s intentions loud and clear.  “We don’t work for this company. We work for our members. It’s not Wall Street that concerns us, it’s Main Street,” O’Brien told UPS across the table. “We are not going to negotiate a contract that is cost neutral or with concessions. We are going to push this company and its management harder than they’ve ever worked before, and for the first time you’re going to face a productivity standard. We have 12 weeks until this current contract expires. Let’s get to work.” O’Brien told UPS if they are serious about a deal, they will negotiate the supplements to their finale now. The Teamsters National Negotiating Committee told UPS directly that the union will not enter national negotiations until supplements are resolved.  “If UPS wants to show workers that they are true partners and they care about the workforce, then they need to get off their asses and start making movement on our issues now,” O’Brien said. Watch UPS members in their own words talk about what they want in their next contract. https://youtu.be/FCucwx1XuoQ Meetings with UPS will resume on April 18. The post Teamsters Tell UPS: Make Movement on Our Members’ Issues Now appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Supplemental Talks Move to D.C. as Teamsters Call Out UPS for Stalling Regional Negotiations
    by Brian Tierney on April 17, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    For several supplemental negotiating committees, last week began with UPS refusing to discuss proposals. It ended with panicked phone calls from company negotiators after the Teamsters announced that there will be no national negotiations until supplements are resolved. As 14 supplemental negotiating committees met last week with UPS, General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman were not shy about reminding UPS that the company needed to take negotiations much more seriously. The Teamsters released a statement deriding UPS for dragging its feet throughout supplemental bargaining. “We have clearly stated our intentions to UPS from the beginning that there would be no national negotiations until these regional contracts are completed,” O’Brien said. “This is not a game. After pulling in record-breaking revenue of more than $100 billion last year, UPS is delusional to think they can just ignore the workers who make them successful.” The hardline approach pushed two supplements — the Michigan Rider and the Local 243 and Metro Detroit Agreement — to reach full tentative agreements. But with 28 supplements still unresolved, committees are demanding to bargain with UPS this week in Washington, D.C., along with the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee. TO READ THE FULL UPDATE, GO TO THE UPS TEAMSTERS APP HERE. The post Supplemental Talks Move to D.C. as Teamsters Call Out UPS for Stalling Regional Negotiations appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Hold the Line on Member Proposals as UPS Refuses to Talk Money
    by Brian Tierney on April 10, 2023 at 7:44 pm

    Teamsters held the line on union proposals during supplemental negotiations with UPS last week. While some progress was made on various proposals from the union, the overall pace of bargaining remains slow as UPS refuses to discuss economic provisions. Thirteen supplemental negotiating committees met last week, pushing the company hard on member proposals for more holidays and sick days, improved bidding and grievance procedures, more full-time jobs, and fixes to payroll issues. Other topics discussed in bargaining sessions last week included seniority lists, part-time overtime, MRAs, vacation accruals, breaks for part-timers, 6th punch, seniority rights for part-timers, and meal periods.     While UPS negotiators in some parts of the country are still attempting to pursue cost-neutral bargaining despite UPS’s record profits, they were met with unified Teamster resistance to a cost-neutral contract and a firm rejection to all concessionary proposals. Twelve supplemental negotiating committees have bargaining meetings with the company scheduled for this week ahead of the kickoff of national negotiations on April 17. TO READ THE FULL UPDATE, GO TO THE UPS TEAMSTERS APP HERE. The post Teamsters Hold the Line on Member Proposals as UPS Refuses to Talk Money appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify Strong Contract at Disney World
    by Daniel Moskowitz on April 6, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    In March, 45,000 theme park workers at Walt Disney World overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that provides huge wage increases, along with eight weeks of paid parental leave, safety improvements, and a 401(k), while protecting pension plans and health care coverage. The group includes more than 3,500 members of Teamsters Local 385 in Orlando, Florida, who keep Disney World running in their roles as bus drivers, dispatchers, parking workers, laundry, ranch hands, and even Disney characters themselves. With a new starting wage of at least $18 per hour this year, and other front-loaded raises and benefits, this contract is a big deal for Disney workers across the board. The average Teamster at Disney will see a wage increase of at least 33 percent by October 2026. “This is a strong contract that is going to make a real and instant impact in our members’ lives. We won this fight because our members had the courage to stick together and stand united with the local’s leadership,” said Teamsters Local 385 President Walt Howard. “Even after six months of difficult negotiations, with one substandard offer after another, we didn’t back down. And that’s what forced the company to come back to the table with a serious offer that gets members what they deserve.” In early February, 96 percent of workers rejected Disney World’s “final” offer. That display of worker unity forced Disney negotiators back to the table, where they came up with a better offer that will see workers reap the benefits immediately. “Disney knows that this place doesn’t run without us. We make the magic for millions of guests each year, and that’s exactly what we proved with this new contract,” said Jonathan Pulliam, a five-year Teamster character performer at Disney World. “After everything that we sacrificed during the pandemic, I’m so proud that we finally have a contract that reflects our value and our hard work every day.” The post Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify Strong Contract at Disney World appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Airline Division Strengthens Commitment to Leading on Safety
    by Daniel Moskowitz on April 6, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    The Teamsters Airline Division is proud to announce the appointments of Captain Russ Leighton and Captain Patrick Holyfield as new Teamsters Flight Safety Representatives. As Flight Safety Representatives, Captains Leighton and Holyfield will have the platform to uphold and improve safety standards, training programs, and security measures across Teamster-represented carriers and the entire airline industry.  In February, principal officers from Teamster locals representing pilots met for roundtable discussions with International Union leadership, including Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, Airline Division Director Joe Ferreira, Airline Division Safety Coordinator Chris Moore, and Airline Division Manager of Pilot Representation Greg Unterseher. Discussion centered on how the International can partner with Teamster locals to foster robust safety programs, uniform standards, and government affairs initiatives across the entire union and industry. By appointing Leighton and Holyfield to the Airline Division Safety Committee, the Teamsters Union is prioritizing bringing successful safety programs to pilot locals and other above-the-wing groups and providing recurring training for safety teams throughout the Division. Capts. Leighton and Holyfield will continue their work on national committees such as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) and Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Executive Board (AEB), but they will now represent a broader range of Airline Division members. The post Teamsters Airline Division Strengthens Commitment to Leading on Safety appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Induct Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as Honorary Union Member
    by Daniel Moskowitz on April 4, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    (MEMPHIS) - Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission, Teamsters Local 667, and the Teamsters Solid Waste and Recycling Division came together in Memphis to induct Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an honorary Teamster member. In a ceremony held at Local 667, Teamsters marked the 55th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in Memphis, where he had come to support striking sanitation workers in their struggle for dignity and respect on the job. “The Teamsters Union commends the lifelong legacy of Dr. King for his contributions to the American labor movement and our country. We must remember that Dr. King spoke passionately and often about the value of hard work and the fact that, despite what the boss says, workers are always stronger in a union. On behalf of more than 1.2 million members, we are honored and humbled to welcome Dr. King into our powerful union,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O'Brien The 1968 Memphis sanitation strike took place after two sanitation workers were killed on the job in an industrial accident. In a horrible reminder of how much work still needs to be done to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of justice and equality, another sanitation worker was killed on the job in Memphis just last week. “The Teamsters marched alongside Dr. King in support of workers who were fighting for higher wages and better treatment, and that’s exactly what we are fighting for today. Thanks to those who came before us, we know that the best way to ensure a better future at our workplaces is to follow the example that Dr. King, the Teamsters of his generation, and the Memphis sanitation workers set by standing together and making our voices heard,” said Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission Director Anthony Rosa. “Last week, another sanitation worker was killed on the job right here in Memphis. That’s why it’s so important that we remember Dr. King’s struggle because sanitation companies like Republic and Waste Management are up to their old tricks,” said Teamsters Waste Division Director Chuck Stiles. “These companies put extraordinary resources into public relations campaigns to convince people that they’re the good guys, but workers still face grievous bodily harm on the job. Meanwhile, we have had to drag sanitation employers kicking and screaming for workers to get the day off on Martin Luther King Day and Juneteenth.” “The reason the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers had those ‘I AM A MAN’ signs is because management point-blank refused to view them as human beings. It’s the same story at UPS in 2023. But thanks to Dr. King, we know how to fight for dignity and respect on the job. And we know how to take the fight to UPS to win a fair contract. We aren’t going to let up until we get a contract that recognizes that we are human beings, not disposable cogs in a machine,” said Teamsters Local 667 President James Jones. Teamsters Local 667 represents workers in a wide variety of industries throughout Eastern Tennessee. For more information, go to http://teamsterslocal667.org/. The post Teamsters Induct Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as Honorary Union Member appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Give UPS Negotiators a Hard ‘No’ to Cost-Neutral Bargaining
    by Brian Tierney on April 3, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Teamsters put UPS on notice during supplemental bargaining meetings throughout the country last week, refusing the company’s outrageous insistence on cost-neutral agreements. While some progress was made on various proposals by the union, Teamsters also saw some disturbing backsliding by the company. As 11 supplemental negotiating committees held meetings with UPS last week, Teamster committee chairs continued to remind the company of the fast-approaching deadline. At the same time, UPS negotiators chose to either ignore economic proposals altogether or ask that such proposals be paid for with concessions elsewhere. All supplemental negotiating committees are holding firm against concessions while presenting proposals for more paid time off (sick days and holidays), stronger seniority and bidding language, improved grievance procedures, stronger language against subcontracting, and more. Teamster committees are getting regular support from the Package Division as the International Union pressures UPS to stop its delay tactics and wrap up supplements. Supplemental negotiating committees have made it clear to the company that UPS is delusional if it thinks there will be a cost-neutral contract after it raked in more than $13 billion in profit last year thanks to the hard work of our members. TO READ THE FULL UPDATE, GO TO THE UPS TEAMSTERS APP HERE. The post Teamsters Give UPS Negotiators a Hard ‘No’ to Cost-Neutral Bargaining appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamster Committees Call Out UPS at the Table and Uphold Union Proposals
    by Brian Tierney on March 27, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    The Teamsters’ supplemental negotiating committees are holding firm against UPS’s concessionary proposals. In bargaining meetings with the company last week, 11 supplements continued to hold the line on issues ranging from 22.4s to market rate adjustments (MRA), and PVDs. With UPS negotiators initially dragging their feet and failing to take bargaining seriously, supplemental negotiating committees saw more movement on the company’s side as committee chairs reminded UPS of the looming April 17 deadline. General President Sean M. O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman are making it clear to UPS that the company needs to make significantly more movement before national negotiations begin. Teamsters are aggressively pushing proposals to win more days off (including sick days, MLK Day, and Juneteenth), rein in supervisors working, address payroll issues, and reject PVDs. Negotiating committees are also fighting to strengthen seniority rights and bumping language, end forced 6th and 7th punch, put more teeth in the grievance procedure to stop unfair discipline, and strengthen language around guaranteed hours, bidding, discharge, and suspensions. TO READ THE FULL UPDATE, GO TO THE UPS TEAMSTERS APP HERE. The post <strong>Teamster Committees Call Out UPS at the Table and Uphold Union Proposals</strong> appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Strike and Win at INEOS
    by KC Cypress on March 23, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    (ASHTABULA, Ohio) — Teamsters and Chemical Workers at INEOS in Ashtabula, Ohio, have voted overwhelmingly, 102-2, to ratify a first contract, following a week-long strike. The contract, covering members of Teamsters Local 377 and Local 1033C of the International Chemical Workers Union Council, includes wage increases, improved health care benefits, and stronger job security provisions. “This victory is a testament to the power of solidarity and the determination of our members," said Sam Cook, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 377 in Youngstown, Ohio. "Our members stood together and fought for what they deserve, and we're proud to say that they've won.” “I’m proud of our members for putting their livelihoods on the line to demand a fair first contract. This strike brought members together like never before and built solidarity that will continue for years to come,” said Ron Moore, International Representative, International Chemical Workers Union Council of the UFCW, Local 1033C. INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, and its Ashtabula facility is one of the largest employers in the area. The company produces titanium dioxide, a key ingredient in many products, including paint, plastics, and paper. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters. The post Teamsters Strike and Win at INEOS appeared first on International Brotherhood of Teamsters.