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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • 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 page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • 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 ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

     
Healthcare Giant "Kicks Union Workers To The Curb"
Posted On: Aug 02, 2018

Healthcare Giant ‘Kicks Union Workers To The Curb’

August 1, 2018

By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY – “They went in and cleaned house.”

That’s how the head of the union representing parking attendants around the Metropolitan Area described Northwell Health’s recent move to terminate numerous employees holding union cards.

Proud IBT Local 272 members at the 2016 Labor Day Parade.

Northwell Health bills itself as the largest healthcare provider and private employer in New York State with some 66,000 workers at nearly 650 outpatients facilities and 23 hospitals across its expansive network.

Two weeks ago, however, after deciding to ignore preexisting bargaining agreements and, instead, putting out bids for non-union contractors to run its parking services — eight valet parking attendants at the Staten Island University Hospital on Seaview Avenue were told that they would be fired come August 3. That was followed a few days later, when seven more union workers at Parker Jewish Center on Long Island, learned they, too, were being canned.

“Northwell decided on their own that they didn’t want to deal with unions anymore and they bid everything out non-union,” IBT Local 272 Business Manager Matthew Bruccoleri told LaborPress this week. “We tried to sit down and talk to them…unfortunately, the new company that went in told everybody, ‘Don’t come back to work.’”

Valet parking attendant Vincent Sicurella is among the Staten Island group of union workers facing termination on Friday. According to Sicurella, he and a supervisor were approached on the morning of July 19, by a man identifying himself as VP of the company taking over parking services on Seaview Avenue, and told the awful news.

“He asked us multiple questions about how the site is run,” the Local 272 member later recalled. “After a brief conversation, I then asked him if he would be keeping us on as employees — to which, he replied, ‘No.’ He said that his reason for not rehiring us was that he would not employ any union workers and that he would be replacing us with non-union employees.”

IBT Local 272 has successfully represented valet parking attendants attached to the aforementioned Northwell sites for over a decade.

A spokesperson for Staten University Hospital issued this terse statement to LaborPress late Tuesday night:

“After numerous customer complaints regarding ABM Parking Services and our expected level of satisfaction, Staten Island University Hospital has signed with a new parking vendor that better aligns with our patient and customer experience expectations and core values,” the email said.

Staten Island University Hospital narrowly averted a planned nurses strike set for July 8, after reaching a tentative agreement with the New York State Nurses Association last month.

Bruccoleri says unceremoniously axing union workers is no way to treat a community of union people.

“[The hospital] went out and busted our union,” Bruccoleri said. “They knew exactly what they were doing. I have members who have lost their pensions. I’ve got members that have welfare benefits that covered their wives and children — they don’t have anything now. They kicked them to the curb. I’m very shocked at the way they did this.”

August 1, 2018

 
 
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