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Teamsters Weekly Update: Week Ending August 16, 2019

Hoffa: Proposed Hours of Service Changes Would Put Road Safety at Risk: The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about a notice of proposed rulemaking unveiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today addressing hours of service changes for truckers that would lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large

Sysco Sygma-KC Workers Choose Teamsters Local 955: Sysco-Sygma Kansas City warehouse workers voted overwhelmingly for Teamsters Local 955 representation Thursday, the second Teamster election win in eight days at the nation’s largest broadline foodservice provider. Sysco South Florida workers in Miami won their election last week.

Sysco South Florida Workers Vote ‘Teamsters Yes’: Sysco workers notched another union election victory today after 130 warehouse workers voted for Teamsters Local 769 representation. The workers join 132 drivers at Sysco South Florida who won their election to join the union in February.

Marcus King Appointed to Lead Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission: Marcus W. King, President of New Jersey’s Teamsters Local 331, has been appointed as the Director of the Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission.

Chicagoland Teamsters Ratify Three School Bus Contracts in Under Two Weeks: Teamsters in the Chicago metropolitan area have ratified three contracts in less than two weeks for over 500 drivers and monitors working for Illinois Central School Bus. Teamsters Local 179 unanimously ratified a contract for workers at the Wilmington, Ill. location and Teamsters Local 777 ratified contracts at the Carol Stream and St. Charles locations by a 90 percent margin of victory.

Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement with Air Canada: The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has reached a tentative agreement with Air Canada, the largest passenger carrier in Canada. The proposed contract covers over 700 customer service representatives, reservation assistants, air cargo workers and other employees at the company’s U.S. base of operations.

Teamsters National Black Caucus Celebrate 11th Annual Women’s Day: Teamster brothers and sisters filled the room, dressed in red to represent power, love and Teamster women on the 11thannual Women’s Day at the Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference. This is a day strictly for the women.

Teamsters National Black Caucus 44thAnnual Educational Conference Convenes in Louisville: Today the 44th Annual Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference began in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s theme was straightforward: “A New Time, A New Vision.” Stay tuned for more updates, here.

BLET Members Ratify SEPTA Rail Contract: By an overwhelming majority of more than 96 percent, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new contract with SEPTA on July 30.

Sikorsky and Teamsters Announce Aircraft Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship: At the closing ceremony for the Teamsters/Sikorsky Career Pathways Program, Teamsters Local 1150 in partnership with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Connecticut State Department of Education and Connecticut Department of Labor, announced the program’s newly registered aircraft manufacturing pre-apprenticeship.

 

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Hoffa: Proposed Hours of Service Changes Would Put Road Safety at Risk: FMCSA Rulemaking Would Jeopardize Well-Being of Truckers, Motorists (WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about a notice of proposed rulemaking unveiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today addressing hours of service changes for truckers that would lead to reduced roadway safety for drivers and the traveling public at large.
“While we continue to review these proposed regulatory changes by the FMCSA, the Teamsters have serious concerns about what we have seen thus far when it comes to these hours of service reforms.
“In an effort to increase so-called ‘flexibility’ for trucking companies, the FMCSA is abandoning safety and allowing drivers to push themselves to the limit even further. Changes for short-haul truckers, for example, would extend their days from 12 to 14 hours on the job. That means a longer and more exhausting workday for tens of thousands of American workers. The Teamsters are also concerned about language changing the 30-minute rest break and the ability of drivers to press the pause button on their hours of service clock.
“Trucking is already one of the nation’s most dangerous jobs. We shouldn’t be sacrificing the health and safety of drivers just to pad the profits of their big business bosses.”

Sysco Sygma-KC Workers Choose Teamsters Local 955: Missouri Warehouse Workers Win Union Election in Fight for Respect, Justice at Sysco Subsidiary: (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Sysco-Sygma Kansas City warehouse workers voted overwhelmingly for Teamsters Local 955 representation Thursday, the second Teamster election win in eight days at the nation’s largest broadline foodservice provider. Sysco South Florida workers in Miami won their election last week.
Chase Hibdon, 29, a five-year warehouse selector, said the unit of 33 voted “yes” to improve conditions in the facility, from seniority to ending favoritism.
“We voted to change the future of Sygma,” Hibdon said. “Everyone has come together to make it better for everyone.”
Jerry Wood, President of Local 955, said workers stood firm in their demand for a voice in the workplace despite an aggressive anti-union campaign in which the company terminated two union supporters.
“The workers are going to continue to stand firm as we sit down to bargain a first contract that provides dignity for the hard work they do every day,” Wood said.
Sysco [NYSE: SYY] provides food and supplies to restaurants, schools, hospitals and government accounts across North America. The company is under federal investigation for violations of labor law in multiple states, including Missouri. National Labor Relations Board regions have found merit to charges including unlawful termination, surveillance and intimidation during union organizing campaigns.
Teamsters represent more than 10,000 workers at 51 of 84 Sysco and Sysco-Sygma distribution centers nationwide.
“Sysco has to know it’s time to make a serious change in labor relations, to stop the anti-union behavior and address issues across its distribution system,” said Steve Vairma, Teamsters Warehouse Division Director. “Its employees keep sending that message in election after election, and will keep doing so until they find justice.”

Sysco South Florida Workers Vote ‘Teamsters Yes’: Miami Warehouse Workers Choose Teamsters Local 769 Representation, Continue Organizing Sweep in Florida Sysco Distribution Centers:  (MIAMI) – Sysco workers notched another union election victory today after 130 warehouse workers voted for Teamsters Local 769 representation. The workers join 132 drivers at Sysco South Florida who won their election to join the union in February.
Travis McCrea, 35, a forklift putaway worker, said increasing insurance costs and the company’s two-year anti-union campaign in the warehouse drove him and his co-workers to victory. “Every year Sysco increase the insurance, but they don’t increase the wages. I was tired of the promises to fix things. I wasn’t turning around and wasn’t letting anybody else turn around, either.”
Today’s victory is the fifth union election win at a Florida Sysco facility since 2016, with nearly 500 workers voting overwhelmingly for a voice in the workplace. “Florida workers are fed up with Sysco’s abuse of the law, its bullying in the workplace,” said Josh Zivalich, President of Teamsters Local 769. “They know a Teamster contract is their only protection and they’re willing to stand together to fight for fairness and justice.”
Sysco [NYSE: SYY] is North America’s largest broadline foodservice company, providing food and supplies to restaurants, schools, hospitals and government accounts. The company is under federal investigation for violations of labor law in multiple states. Regions of the National Labor Relations Board have found merit to charges including unlawful termination, surveillance and intimidation during union organizing campaigns.
“Teamsters represent more than 10,000 workers at 50 of 84 Sysco and Sysco-Sygma distribution centers nationwide – and those ranks are growing steadily,” said Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “Sysco managers and executives seem to think being the biggest broadliner means it can get away with anything. But workers across the country are proving them wrong by winning elections, negotiating agreements and enforcing their contracts. These brave men and women won’t stop until they find justice.”

Marcus King Appointed to Lead Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission: President of New Jersey’s Local 331 is a Longtime Advocate for Workers: (WASHINGTON) – Marcus W. King, President of New Jersey’s Teamsters Local 331, has been appointed as the Director of the Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission.
“I am pleased to appoint Marcus King to serve as the Director of the Teamsters Human Rights and Diversity Commission,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “King has long been an advocate for all Teamsters and will be a strong voice for our members who seek a greater voice in the union and at work.”
A second-generation Teamster, King has been a member since 1983. Dedicated and a constant voice at Teamster meetings, the membership voted to elect him shop steward. In 1989 King was asked to serve as a Trustee for Local 676 and went on to serve as Vice President of the local before he was elected as Secretary-Treasurer. After he was asked to join the IBT as a field representative, one of his assignments included Local 331. The members of the local asked King to stay on. King was successful in being elected President in 2009 and was reelected in 2012, 2015 and 2018. King has served on the UPS Supplement Negotiation committee for the Philadelphia Metro area and the National Master Freight Supplement panel.
“I’m honored to be selected by the General President to serve in this position,” King said.
King has several goals as director of the commission, including streamlining the group’s operations, doing educational sessions and workshops to talk about our differences, inclusion and equity among Teamster members.
“The world is changing. It’s getting smaller. We need to have a place to have a conversation openly, not just based on the color of our skin or our religion,” King said. “We either have to make history as the largest union in the country or we will be history.”
The Teamsters Human Rights Commission is proud of the strength that is drawn from the diversity within the union’s ranks. The Commission recognizes the need to educate and to learn that different physical and cultural qualities such as race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disabilities, or national origin make individuals unique and deserving of respect.

Chicagoland Teamsters Ratify Three School Bus Contracts in Under Two Weeks: Teamsters Locals 777, 179 Drive Up Standards for Illinois Central Membership: (CHICAGO) – Teamsters in the Chicago metropolitan area have ratified three contracts in less than two weeks for over 500 drivers and monitors working for Illinois Central School Bus. Teamsters Local 179 unanimously ratified a contract for workers at the Wilmington, Ill. location and Teamsters Local 777 ratified contracts at the Carol Stream and St. Charles locations by a 90 percent margin of victory.
“All of these Illinois Central locations have really a fantastic group of stewards who worked hard for their committees and did a great job,” said Jim Glimco, President of Local 777. “We’re really proud of everyone who was involved with this and the unity that they demonstrated.”
“Congratulations to all of our drivers and monitors who stood strong at the negotiating table and worked hard for a great contract,” said Tom Flynn, President of Local 179. “These agreements are yet another example of why school bus drivers and monitors all across the country are lining up in droves to form their union with the Teamsters.”
All three of the collective bargaining agreements contain a number of significant gains for the members of Locals 777 and 179, including wage increases and an increase in the company’s 401(k) contributions. This is in addition to the protections and benefits that they already have under the North American Central National Master Agreement.
Scott Bublitz is a driver and shop steward from the St. Charles yard who helped negotiate the supplemental agreement covering his facility. He said that having a Teamster contract has been good for both his co-workers and his employer.
“I like that we have an ongoing dialogue with the company,” Bublitz said. “We have excellent representation, we’re being paid fairly for the work that we do and we’re being treated fairly as well.”

Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement with Air Canada: New Agreement Contains Significant Wage and Benefit Increases (WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has reached a tentative agreement with Air Canada, the largest passenger carrier in Canada. The proposed contract covers over 700 customer service representatives, reservation assistants, air cargo workers and other employees at the company’s U.S. base of operations.
“These workers were engaged and united throughout the process of collective bargaining, and their hard work paid off,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “They earned every benefit in this contract through their commitment and dedication.”
“Thanks to diligent efforts of our negotiating committee, we were able to draft a collective bargaining agreement that improves compensation and working conditions for these workers while also ensuring that the company will maintain its status as the premier passenger carrier of Canada,” said Bob Fisher, Airline Division International Representative. “This contract is another example of why aviation workers all across North America are affiliating with our union.”
The 10-year agreement includes a number of new benefits, including signing bonuses ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, guaranteed protection for medical rates and job security, annual raises and the elimination of black-out periods for vacation. More details will be available in the upcoming weeks as the union begins a series of open sessions with its membership to review the details of the agreement. A ratification vote is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Teamsters National Black Caucus 44thAnnual Educational Conference Convenes in Louisville.: Today the 44th Annual Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference began in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s theme was straightforward: “A New Time, A New Vision.” Stay tuned for more updates, here.
Mac Moore, President of the TNBC Louisville Chapter welcomedmore than 400 members, guests and delegates to the city.
“Make sure you get to the educational classes, take advantage of each class; make sure you take it back to your place of work and educate even more people.” Moore said.
Newly elected Vice Chair, Eric Tate, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 848, introduced the current TNBC Executive Board and national officers.
Tate’s energy motivated the crowd to get up and dance to celebrate another year of gathering together to educate each other and bring awareness to the needs of the black Teamster member.
New Chairman James ‘Curb’ Curbeam took the stage chanting, “Who are we?” with a response from the audience, “Teamsters!”
“This is very humbling to me, 20 years ago I was introduced to the Teamsters National Black Caucus in New Orleans, and today I stand here as the caucus chairman,” Curbeam said.
Curbeam explained his desire to be a Teamster and why it’s so important to him; expressing gratitude and respect for his mentor who guided him along the way when he first became a member at 24 years old.
Curbeam highlighted what it means to be a Teamster and addressed the political landscape the union is faced with today, encouraging all to continue to stand strong and be ready for the fight.
“We are the most powerful trade union in this world, with some rich history that we stand in the face of adversity,” he said. “We’re all soldiers of this army. Strong, dedicated men and women who have our backs; anytime, anywhere. An injury to one is an injury to all.”
General President James P. Hoffa addressed the attendees and shared how proud he was of Curbeam and the union’s Organizing Department. Hoffa spoke on the trainings that are being provided to locals and Joint Councils for more organizing strategies.
He also gave an update on the pension bill being passed in the House, getting rid of the Cadillac tax and the recent presidential debates.
“They won’t get our vote unless they are talking about what we’re talking about,” Hoffa said.
General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall gave an update on the union’s financial status, right-to-work battles and what the union is doing to fight the opioid crisis.
Two important panels were held on the important topics: Black Electoral Empowerment, facilitated by Demnlus Johnson featuring Raoul Cunningham, John Comer and Jeannette Barnes; andCriminal Justice Reform facilitated by Ramon Williams featuring Prof. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and John Comer.
Workshops were held on “Building Power in the Public Sector,” Teamsters Vote 2020: Empowering Our Members, Driving the Agenda and more.
Union staff from the Legislative and Political Action departments reported on the activity already under way for the 2020 presidential election, from a national survey to membership strategies.

Teamsters National Black Caucus Celebrate 11th Annual Women’s Day: Teamster brothers and sisters filled the room, dressed in red to represent power, love and Teamster women on the 11thannual Women’s Day at the Teamsters National Black Caucus Conference. This is a day strictly for the women.
The luncheon is held in honor of the great Clara Day, a powerful, well-respected woman in her time and the women of the TNBC felt it necessary to celebrate women, for one whole day, during the annual conference to pay homage to the women who came before them. It’s also a day to celebrate and educate themselves.
This year, the morning session began with an introduction by Teresa L. Smith of Local 41. Diahann Goode of Local 700 was the mistress of ceremony. Education on health, well-being and self-care was the focus this year. Getting back to the soul of this nation, nurturing and providing love to not just others but themselves.
“We want to make sure that you enjoy yourself, but most of all educate yourself,” said TNBC Chairman James ‘Curb’ Curbeam. “We want you to go back home and engage your members, counterparts and communities because if we don’t talk about what we done here, it’s all for nothing.”
He encouraged everyone, men and women to take what they learned back to their communities, co-workers and families.
Keynote speaker Dr. Brenda Boyd-Bell, PhD, CEO of Chrysallis Empowerment and Transformation, gave an amazing speech on implicit bias. She spoke on how important it is to have humility and love for others. Especially, your brothers and sisters.
“Being here is giving me the opportunity to walk into a dream that I never thought would be fulfilled,” Dr. Bell said.
Bell spoke her truth, reminding everyone to look back but not to get stuck there; just to remember the good, the bad, the ugly and the things that shaped and created us. Consciously and unconsciously.
Dr. Elaine Ferguson spoke from the heart on the importance of taking care of not only our bodies, but our minds and spirit. Dr. Ferguson made it a point to remind everyone to be mindful of what your internal voice is saying because it will affect your physical health.
Dr. Ferguson is the child of a Teamster family and she talked about her father, his years of service at Local 337, how much he loved the Teamsters and how beneficial the union was to her family. Dr. Ferguson was a great asset to this year’s women’s day and was greatly appreciated due to the knowledge she shared and the questions she answered.
“When you give your body what it needs, which is not only good food and nutrition, but a healthy mindset, a way of thinking and being in the world that allows you to protect and shield yourself from the harm that is visited upon you, that’s when you can create optimal health and well-being,” Ferguson said.

BLET Members Ratify SEPTA Rail Contract: Philadelphia Transit System Serves Thousands of Commuters Daily: By an overwhelming majority of more than 96 percent, members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) ratified a new contract with SEPTA on July 30.
The four-year contract covers approximately 200 locomotive engineers and runs through March 2, 2022. It governs rates of pay, work rules, and health care benefits. BLET members received a 2.0% general wage increase on the Sunday following ratification, with subsequent wage increases of 2.0% effective July 5, 2020, 3.0% effective July 4, 2021, and 3.5% effective July 3, 2022. It provides additional hourly compensation for operating with Positive Train Control (PTC).
The agreement provides that locomotive engineers who are victims of an assault or other criminal behavior during the performance of their assigned duties will be compensated for time spent in pursuit of criminal legal action against the perpetrator. The contract also clarifies that members who work on Christmas Day will receive compensation based on a minimum of eight hours of pay at the rate of time and one-half. The agreement also increases the opportunity for additional paid time off with good attendance every six months.
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Sikorsky and Teamsters Announce Aircraft Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship: At the closing ceremony for the Teamsters/Sikorsky Career Pathways Program, Teamsters Local 1150 in partnership with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, Connecticut State Department of Education and Connecticut Department of Labor, announced the program’s newly registered aircraft manufacturing pre-apprenticeship.
“The transition to a certified pre-apprenticeship is the next logical step for our program,” said Rocco Calo, secretary-treasurer and principal officer at Teamsters Local 1150. “Not only will it help us to recruit those students who are looking for industry recognized credentials, but it helps to bolster U.S. manufacturing by preparing these students to work in any aerospace facility.”
The Aug. 8 ceremony celebrated the success of nearly 50 high school students who receive critical trade skills working on major products including the CH-53K helicopter, the Black Hawk and Combat Rescue Helicopter. The program has been active since 2002, with more than 300 students participating across multiple trade disciplines.
“Advanced manufacturing and the aircraft and aerospace industries are booming right now in Connecticut,” said Kurt Westby, commissioner of the state Department of Labor. “This program not only gives students a jumpstart on a great career but is a critical link in preparing our workforce to meet the needs of manufacturers that are creating much-needed economic growth in our state.”
This year marks the 18th year that Sikorsky has partnered with Teamsters Local 1150 for the Career Pathways Union Mentoring Program, giving students interested in hands-on learning an opportunity that exposes them to manufacturing skills and jobs. Teamsters Local 1150 has represented workers at Sikorsky for nearly 60 years, helping to create Connecticut, Florida and Alabama jobs.
“This pre-apprenticeship helps support Lockheed Martin’s commitment to create 8,000 new apprenticeship and workforce positions within the company through 2023,” said George Mitchell, Sikorsky vice president of production operations. “These students serve as a cornerstone of our talent pipeline and success of our workforce, as they help us fill advanced manufacturing occupations.”
 

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