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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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Updated On: Aug 02, 2016

To:  All Teamsters Local 179 Members, Especially Drivers and Aides From Minooka School Districts 111 and 201

From:  Tom Flynn, President, Teamsters Local 179

Today, August 2, 2016, negotiations between Local 179 and Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 officially broke down.  The districts were quick to email all of the parents in the districts to try to place the blame on the "greedy" Teamsters.  Normally I leave the details of negotiations at the table, but since the district decided to stoop to a level I have never before seen and try to "win" public opinion through social media, I feel I must respond.

In late 2015, Local 179 gained the right to represent the drivers and aides through a petition filed with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board.  After being certified by the Labor Board, the district would not meet with us for two months citing, "We are putting our committee together."  It wasn't until we threatened the district with labor board charges that they agreed to meet.  From February through May both sides met between six and eight times, but always for only two hours at a time because the attorney for the district is "a very busy man" and two hours was all the time he could spare for us.

Let me take a moment to explain a few things.  When Local 179 gets recognition from the Labor Board, we notify the company (or in this case, the district), immediately and meet within 30 days of recognition.  When we meet, we meet all day, anywhere from six to ten hours at a time to exchange proposals and ideas and bargain hard for our members.  Normally we can negotiate an agreement within a few months.  By May, when we had only agreed on a few small things, Local 179 requested mediation.  We have met with the mediator three times and have agreed on one issue.  Until today, we have not discussed economics at the bargaining table.  All of this time we have been discussing non-economic issues.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), represents approximately 50,000 school bus drivers and aides across the country and Local 179 represents approximately 1,000 drivers and aides in the school bus, public transportation, and paratransit industry.  The issues we have been demanding are standard school bus language that is in all of our school bus contracts.  Let's look at a few examples:  progressive discipline and discharge, seniority, leave of absence, child ride along, the right of a driver to refuse to take an unsafe bus on the road, bidding, protecting our work, definition of work, and charter rotation just to name a few.  The district rejected them all.

The drivers and aides transport the most precious cargo of all, our children.  From home to school and from school to home is the most vulnerable time for our children and you are in charge of them.  It is your job to protect them and it is the job of Local 179 to protect you.  Don't believe the half-truths the district is telling you.  We have mailed all of the Minooka School Districts 111 and 201 drivers and aides a meeting notice flier.  I urge you to attend.

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