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Teamsters Weekly Update, Week Ending, August 23, 2019

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.

Midwest Teamsters Reject Starbucks Supplier Contract: Members of Teamsters Local 710 Vote Down DPI Specialty Foods Proposal: Yesterday, drivers and warehouse workers represented by Teamsters Local 710 at DPI Specialty Foods voted overwhelmingly to reject the company’s proposed contract. Nearly 300 drivers and warehouse workers, who deliver exclusively to over 900 Starbucks stores in the greater Chicago area, as well as in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Indianapolis, have been negotiating a new contract with DPI for months.

Voting on Jack Cooper's Last, Best and Final Offer to Take Place Sept. 6-9: The Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) from Jack Cooper will be voted on by the membership over the four days of September 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2019. Each Teamster local with Jack Cooper members has been instructed to conduct a vote at their local union hall or a location near a Jack Cooper terminal on these four days. Each local union will inform their members of the exact time and location in advance of Friday, September 6. Votes will not be tallied until Monday, September 9 at 5:00 PM Eastern.

 

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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.

Midwest Teamsters Reject Starbucks Supplier Contract: Members of Teamsters Local 710 Vote Down DPI Specialty Foods Proposal: (HODGKINS, Ill.) – Yesterday, drivers and warehouse workers represented by Teamsters Local 710 at DPI Specialty Foods voted overwhelmingly to reject the company’s proposed contract. Nearly 300 drivers and warehouse workers, who deliver exclusively to over 900 Starbucks stores in the greater Chicago area, as well as in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Indianapolis, have been negotiating a new contract with DPI for months.
“It’s pretty clear to us that since DPI’s only customer in the area is Starbucks, in the near future Starbucks is planning to move the work away from DPI and to a different company,” said Mike Cales, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 710.  “We think that’s why DPI is asking workers to agree to a short-term contract of only seven months, instead of the usual 5-year contract. This extremely short contract is one of the reasons why our members voted it down.”
“I need this job and the health insurance to take care of my family. Working Chicago families need stable jobs, which we won’t have with such a short-term contract,” said Kenyatta Newson, a six-year driver at DPI. “Starbucks trusts longtime, loyal DPI employees like me to deliver supplies at all hours—from unlocking their stores and making deliveries with no staff inside, to working closely with store employees throughout the day. I don’t know why they would drop us as their supplier.”
“Communities throughout the Midwest are struggling, and we need to keep all these good, family-supporting jobs,” Cales said. “Starbucks is a highly profitable, global corporation that claims to have a special relationship with the communities it operates within, especially Chicago. Chicago is hosting the 2019 Starbucks Leadership Conference, bringing 13,000 store managers and leaders to our city the first week in September. Local 710 Teamsters who have loyally served Starbucks will be calling on the company to do the right thing and work with the Teamsters, neighborhood, community and elected leaders to develop a plan that will protect these important workers in Starbucks’ supply chain.”

Voting on Jack Cooper's Last, Best and Final Offer to Take Place Sept. 6-9: The Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) from Jack Cooper will be voted on by the membership over the four days of September 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2019. Each Teamster local with Jack Cooper members has been instructed to conduct a vote at their local union hall or a location near a Jack Cooper terminal on these four days. Each local union will inform their members of the exact time and location in advance of Friday, September 6. Votes will not be tallied until Monday, September 9 at 5:00 PM Eastern.
The LBFO is in the form of a Restructuring Term Sheet that contains contractual modifications and other requirements from key stakeholders. That Term Sheet, along with a summary and a list of Frequently Asked Questions will be mailed to members’ homes in the next few days. This information is also available on the Teamster website at: www.Teamster.org/JackCooper
Teamster local unions have also been instructed to conduct information meetings leading up to the ratification vote. Members are encouraged to review the information available and to attend these important meetings.
The members of the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) and a majority of local union leaders felt the right thing to do was to allow members to vote on their futures. The Restructuring Term Sheet provides a road map for Jack Cooper to emerge from bankruptcy a much healthier company. The TNATINC members believe ratifying the Term Sheet provides the best possible chance to preserve Teamster jobs.
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