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Teamsters Weekly Update, Ending February 1, 2019

Teamsters Ratify Anheuser-Busch Agreement: Teamsters at Anheuser-Busch’s breweries in the United States have voted to ratify a new five-year agreement by a 88 percent to 12 percent margin with 63 percent of members voting. The contract covers more than 4,400 workers at 12 facilities across the U.S.

Hoffa Statement on Fortune Magazine Calling XPO “World's Most Admired Company” : The following is a statement by International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on Fortune magazine naming XPO as “World’s Most Admired Company.”

Hoffa Speaks to Movie Teamsters: Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today joined more than 400 members of Local 399 in Hollywood, California for their First Quarter General Membership Meeting. Local 399 represents more than 4,800 members in the motion picture industry. (See more photos here)

Drivers At Sysco Sygma in Detroit Area Vote to Join Teamsters Local 337: Drivers and helpers from Sysco’s Sygma Network in Monroe, Michigan near Detroit have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 337, the latest example of Sysco workers standing together nationwide to demand fair treatment and working conditions.

Teamsters Joint Council 39 Endorses Neubauer for Wisconsin Supreme Court: Teamsters Joint Council 39 Executive Board and Delegates have unanimously endorsed Judge Lisa Neubauer for Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Judge Neubauer currently serves as Chief Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and has been on the Court since 2007.  She is running to replace Justice Shirley Abrahamson who is retiring after 42 years on the bench.

Teamsters Join Union Forces Opposing Amazon’s $3B HQ Deal: The Teamsters are joining the coalition campaigning against the massive tax credit and subsidy package awarded by city and state politicians to land an Amazon headquarters in Queens.

Episode 174: Fire Survivors Serve Community: Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how Teamsters personally devastated by a Northern California wildfire still managed to lend a hand to their fellow residents. Plus, learn about a regulation rollback that is jeopardizing meal and rest breaks for drivers in California.

First Student Drivers of Hampton, N.H. Vote to Join Teamsters Local 633: First Student bus drivers at the North Hampton, N.H. facility voted overwhelmingly to be represented by Teamsters Local 633. The workers provide student transportation services to the New Hampshire seacoast.

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Teamsters Ratify Anheuser-Busch Agreement Job Security and Wage Increases Included in Five-Year Contract: (WASHINGTON) – Teamsters at Anheuser-Busch’s breweries in the United States have voted to ratify a new five-year agreement by a 88 percent to 12 percent margin with 63 percent of members voting. The contract covers more than 4,400 workers at 12 facilities across the U.S. “This contract provides our members at Anheuser-Busch with the solid wages, excellent benefits and job security they deserve,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Our members work hard to make this company successful, and this contract recognizes their hard work.”
The contract provides wage increases totaling $2.50 per hour; improvements to retirement security; and a $4,000 bonus. As with the previous agreements, it maintains excellent benefits and job security.
“Our negotiating committee listened to the membership and negotiated a contract that provides job security and financial security for these hardworking men and women for the next five years,” said Greg Nowak, Director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference. “I’m proud of the work of the committee and look forward to implementing the new agreement.”
All 12 Anheuser-Busch breweries in the U.S. employ members of the Teamsters who brew and bottle the brands produced by the company. The brewery locations are: Los Angeles; St. Louis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Newark, N.J.; Houston; Fort Collins, Colo.; Williamsburg, Va.; Cartersville, Ga.; Merrimack, N.H.; Fairfield, Calif.; Columbus, Ohio; and Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Hoffa Statement On Fortune Magazine Calling XPO “World's Most Admired Company XPO Facing Numerous Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Stealing Wages, More.: The following is a statement by International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on Fortune magazine naming XPO as “World’s Most Admired Company.”
“XPO Logistics being named a ‘World’s Most Admired Company’ is offensive to the dozens of women who have come forward with allegations against the company of pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment and the hundreds of port truck drivers employed by XPO who are suffering egregious wage theft.
“Even after the New York Times report, along with over 100 members of Congress and a number of national organizations calling on XPO to address these issues, the problems with the working conditions and culture still fester throughout the company and across the country.
“XPO is not a model company to admire. There is nothing admirable about women losing their unborn children on the warehouse floor. There is nothing admirable about workers losing their life on the job because they were denied medical attention. There is nothing admirable about XPO employees working 14-16 hour days with little to no breaks. There is nothing admirable about illegally classifying workers as ‘independent contactors’ and stealing their wages.
“Fortune should take a closer look at the companies they choose to recognize. Just a little investigation into XPO would show a company that fails its workers when it comes to social responsibility.”

Hoffa Speaks to Movie Teamsters: Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa today joined more than 400 members of Local 399 in Hollywood, California for their First Quarter General Membership Meeting. Local 399 represents more than 4,800 members in the motion picture industry. (See more photos here)
"The leadership here at Local 399 has negotiated a number of great agreements in the past year. From the black book agreement for our drivers to the new agreements for our location managers and casting directors - these agreements are outstanding," Hoffa told attendees. "And Local 399 has always been at the cutting edge of organizing new areas of production. It's amazing to see all of the new work that the streaming industry has brought to our members. From Netflix to Amazon Prime and HBO and Showtime, there is plenty of work to keep our members busy."
Hoffa swore in new Local 399 members at the meeting and also congratulated the local on helping the industry restore California state film tax credits for $3.3 billion through 2025, which will secure more work for Teamster members.
“It’s an honor to have General President Hoffa with us today. As you can see by the turnout everyone agrees with me,” said Steve Dayan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 399.
Hoffa was joined at the event by Tommy O'Donnell, Director of the Teamsters Motion Picture Division and President of Local 817 in New York, and Randy Cammack, President of Joint Council 42.

Drivers at Sysco Sygma in Detroit Area Vote to Join Teamsters Local 337 Workers Want Quality, Affordable Health Care And Fair Treatment: (DETROIT) – Drivers and helpers from Sysco’s Sygma Network in Monroe, Michigan near Detroit have voted overwhelmingly to join Teamsters Local 337, the latest example of Sysco workers standing together nationwide to demand fair treatment and working conditions.
There are 116 drivers and helpers in the bargaining unit. Workers are demanding affordable, quality health insurance, wage protections and stopping the company from taking away benefits.
“Our health care costs have been skyrocketing out of control,” said driver Jason Lowe, a two-year employee. “We’ve also been watching the company taking benefits away from us. We want a Teamsters contract so that our benefits are protected.”
“We will work hard to negotiate a solid first contract for our newest members,” said Mike Martin, President of Local 337. “I want to thank the International Union Organizing Department, especially Chris Rosell, Local 337’s Dave Hughes and Local 284 Vice President Brian Basham and Steward Patrick Quinn, who came from Ohio to help. They were all instrumental in this victory.”
Steve Vairma, International Vice President and Warehouse Division Director, said the victory provides momentum to the nationwide campaign for worker justice at Sysco.
“Sysco continues to mistreat and disrespect both our organized and unorganized workers and they are saying ‘enough is enough,’” Vairma said. “The company needs to change the way it does business and start to value its workers.”

Teamsters Joint Council 39 Endorses Neubauer for Wisconsin Supreme Court: MILWAUKEE, – Teamsters Joint Council 39 Executive Board and Delegates have unanimously endorsed Judge Lisa Neubauer for Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Judge Neubauer currently serves as Chief Judge on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and has been on the Court since 2007.  She is running to replace Justice Shirley Abrahamson who is retiring after 42 years on the bench.
"The Wisconsin Supreme Court is out of balance with the majority of Justices at the beck and call of wealthy and corporate interests," said Bill Carroll, Joint Council 39 Political Coordinator. "The citizens of our State need a Judge that is fair, independent and impartial when it comes to interpreting our laws. Electing Judge Neubauer to the Supreme Court will help keep the imbalance from getting worse."
Building on the recent mid-term election success in Statewide races, Teamsters in Joint Council 39 are ramping up their efforts to get the vote out for the election which is set for Tuesday, April 2nd.
"Spring elections historically have low turnout which creates an opportunity for us because each vote has greater impact," Carroll said. "We are working hard to educate and motivate our members to amplify their voice and influence in the political process by participating in each and every election."

Teamsters Join Union Forces Opposing Amazon’s $3B HQ Deal: The campaign against the $3 billion Amazon deal just gained more union muscle.
The Teamsters are joining the coalition campaigning against the massive tax credit and subsidy package awarded by city and state politicians to land an Amazon headquarters in Queens.
“Wherever Amazon goes, the company has a track record of mistreating workers and violating their rights,” said Teamsters Council 16 president George Miranda. “If the company will not change its ways, it should not expect $3 billion of subsidies from taxpayers.”
Council 16 includes more than two dozen Teamsters locals, including Local 237, which reps thousands of city employees.
The deal struck by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to land half of Amazon’s HQ2 expansion includes up to $2.5 billion in city and state tax credits and an additional $500 million in state subsidies.
In exchange, the company is building a new complex in Long Island City and hiring up to 25,000 employees.
The tax credits are available to any employer who qualifies, but the size of the package has provided ample fuel for critics of the project, who say it will fuel gentrification in Queens and add more passengers to already crowded subways.
Cuomo complained that Amazon, which has flooded Queens with mailings, hasn’t done enough to promote the benefits of the deal.
“I think Amazon hasn’t done a good enough job,” Cuomo said on WNYC radio.
“I don’t think Amazon has told the story. It’s a phenomenal win. It’s one of the highest return on investment the state has ever gotten.”
He warned the deal could still be blocked by city or state lawmakers, if the opposition mounts.
“Politicians want to avoid a negative. And if the negative is more vocal, the negative wins,” Cuomo noted. “It’s very often the small, minority, negative [voices] that wins the game because politicians don’t want anyone upset with them.”

Episode 174: Fire Survivors Serve Community: EPISODE NOTES
Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how Teamsters personally devastated by a Northern California wildfire still managed to lend a hand to their fellow residents. Plus, learn about a regulation rollback that is jeopardizing meal and rest breaks for drivers in California.
SHOW NOTES Features interviews with Local 137 member and Butte County employee eligibility specialist Victoria Sinclair; Local 137 member and Coca-Cola worker Dan Hines; Local 2010 member and lead painter at Chico State University Michael Denafur; Local 137 member and Butte County Social Services case manager Bruce Dick; Teamsters legislative representative Sam Loesch; California Teamsters Public Affairs Council legislative director Shane Gusman”

First Student Drivers of Hampton, N.H. Vote to Join Teamsters Local 633 All New Hampshire First Student Drivers Now Represented by Teamsters Union: (NORTH HAMPTON, N.H.) – First Student bus drivers at the North Hampton, N.H. facility voted overwhelmingly to be represented by Teamsters Local 633. The workers provide student transportation services to the New Hampshire seacoast.
Business Agent Keith Judge and Field Representative Roger Travers successfully organized the yard under the direction and support of Local 633 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Padellaro.
“It was a team effort by all involved; we welcome our brothers and sisters at this location into the Teamsters’ family and we look forward to negotiating a strong contract for our newest members,” Padellaro said. “I am proud to announce that First Student is wall-to-wall Teamsters throughout the state of New Hampshire. I want to thank Keith Judge, Roger Travers, and Shawn Gilman for their efforts in organizing this location. I would also be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of the Local 633 shop stewards and members who contributed their time and effort to this great organizing victory. Member-to-member organizing is the most effective tool we have.”

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