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  • The IBT and your Atlanta Committee members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010; almost as long as the IBT have been negotiating for the Express Jet CRJ members. 

    The Company has now given us their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor your rank-and-file committee members are recommending this be ratified. A detailed letter from your ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here. A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

    Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting.  Voting will close on Monday, July 10, and will be counted the same day. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • 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.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

     
The Parking Economy - Too Late to Prepare?
Updated On: Jul 16, 2013

For the parking business, particularly in New York, the parking market has been generally reactive to the financial swings.  As financials markets domestic and abroad struggle to find their footing in consistency, the trickle down of this struggle affected many industries in stages. However, for New York parking, a period of anxiety prior to this financial unrest should have alerted owners to be equipped with a format that protects and maintains its revenue stream.  Where it was rare for some industries that had the foresight to prepare with anticipation of a trickle down effect, others suffered greatly, not excluding the New York parking market.  It would seem that a logical prudence to shield one’s company from an outside collapse should be a formulated tactic, it is however not always the case nor did anyone expect a collapse of this magnitude.  Preparation of this nature especially during strong financial times requires tough decisions, which may not be popular, can disrupt the status quo and may leave negative residuals that can hamper future progress. 

While there was a weary eye for the concerned proprietor and the work force behind it, it did not prompt an all out push to plan for a major down time. Both sides had much to lose in an industry where the declining volume of consumers can spell very big losses.  This decline was not immediate and was actually known about before the financial collapse. 

Adaption to this reality was not necessary prior to the Bloomberg administration where there was still a strong amount of vehicles entering the city and garage locales were being purchased or leased at a healthy pace.  But Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 campaign to set congestion pricing, add bicycle lanes and build pedestrian plazas that cut through city streets ignited counter measures by parking companies and their lobbyists. A focal point of studies produced by the opponents of the Mayor’s congestion reduction plans have shown that traffic into the Manhattan had actually declined in recent decades negating the need to further implement congestion plans.  However this reaction by parking ownership came only after the threat of these traffic reduction efforts became serious.  If such an indication of a declining volume was evident than why the wait to start to prepare?

A strong consortium of industry insiders did not present itself prior to the announcement of congestion pricing and city traffic lane eliminations.  As the housing market imploded many were ill prepared to handle the aftermath but even fresh from their fight against Mayor Bloomberg’s plans, no clear strategy became evident to address the declining volume.  Had one been developed when the decline was identified, the housing bubble and the other snowballing factors could have curtailed the shortfall even if to a slight degree.    

There were measures to combat losses of revenues but none that appeared radical in application or approach.  These methods have included but not have been limited to requests for reductions or alterations to their leases, constant modulation of monthly rates, cuts in payroll and a scaling back of operational expenditures.  Some companies tried to tap into the green market, such as offering charging stations for electric vehicles and in some rare cases offering lower transient rates to electric and hybrid vehicles.

In a New York Times article in February 3rd, 2012, Vincent Petraro, executive director of the Metropolitan Parking Association, which is an industry group for New York Parking Operators, stated that “The industry faces the reality of fewer cars coming into Manhattan, a weaker economy as well as higher rents, higher real estate taxes, and higher insurance costs.  Because of this, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain profitability.”  In 2012, the general pulse of the industry was as Mr. Petraro stated above. 

The inevitable solution lies in evolution.  Some companies are gradually shifting into corporations from private ownership.  Whether this is positive or negative step is a variable opinion.  What is fact is that in order to survive, changes must be accepted and dealt with.  How that will be done, only time will tell.

By Rolando Feliz, Local 272 Web Manager


 
 
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