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Teamsters Weekly Update, Week Ending August 9, 2019

Teamsters Stand in Solidarity With UFCW, Condemn Mississippi Raids on Workers: Hoffa Calls for End to Policies Hurting Workers, Families: The Teamsters Union stands with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) as it works to protect its members against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that are tearing families apart. Federal authorities’ raided two Mississippi food processing plants represented by UFCW yesterday and arrested scores of union members there.

Tacoma First Student Drivers Ratify Teamster Contract: New Agreement Contains Substantial Health Care Benefits: First Student drivers represented by Teamsters Local 313 have voted to ratify their most recent collective bargaining agreement. The approximately 160 drivers provide student transportation services for students attending Tacoma public schools.

DHL Clerical Workers Vote Unanimously to Join Teamsters Local 174: Teamsters Local 174
A group of 13 office clerical staff working for DHL Seattle and Sea-Tac voted today to become members of Teamsters Local 174. The couriers, ramp workers, and part-time loaders and unloaders at these locations are already Teamsters, so the addition of the clerical staff makes these facilities wall-to-wall Teamster shops.

Booker Presidential Campaign Staff Organizes With Iowa Teamsters: Non-supervisory Workers Choose Teamsters Local 238 for Representation: The national presidential campaign staff of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have chosen Teamsters Local 238 to represent them, becoming the latest political workers to do so. The union will represent some 60 non-management, non-supervisory staff.

Denver City Council Office Employees Join Teamsters: Workplace Protections Central to Organizing Effort: The office staff of District Council 10 member Chris Hinds (D) has officially joined Teamsters Local 17. They are the first staff members from an office at Denver City Hall to join the union.

First Teamsters Contract for Captains and Lieutenants at Score: At the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) in Des Moines, WA , captains and lieutenants support other corrections staff and oversee the day-to-day activities of inmates, a job that is stressful and challenging. On Tuesday, this group got together to take a vote. On slips of blue paper, they all ticked the same box: yes. They voted for getting better health coverage at a lesser cost, for additional paid time-off, for enrolling in the Teamsters Retiree’s Welfare Trust and for a pay increase of up to 9% over two years. By doing so, they voted in their first-ever Teamsters contract, which turned them from unrepresented, at-will employees to union members secured by a collective agreement and voice.

Teamsters Local 215 Ratifies Contract with Irving Materials, Inc.: Teamsters Local 215 members employed by Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) in Evansville, Indiana ended their strike against the company and ratified a new three-year contract on Thursday, July 25.

Teamsters/Jack Cooper Update: Leaders of Carhaul Local Unions Approve Sending Job-Saving Plan to Members: On August 5, 2019, leaders of local unions that represent members at Jack Cooper met by tele-conference and voted overwhelmingly to send members a Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) aimed at saving more than 2,200 Teamster jobs for a vote in the near future.

 

NEWS ARTICLES

Teamsters Stand in Solidarity With UFCW, Condemn Mississippi Raids on Workers: Hoffa Calls for End to Policies Hurting Workers, Families (WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union stands with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) as it works to protect its members against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that are tearing families apart. Federal authorities raided two Mississippi food processing plants represented by UFCW yesterday and arrested scores of union members there.  “The Teamsters Union is speaking up in support of hardworking union members and their right to a fair and secure workplace,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “The assault on workers must stop now. We want UFCW members and all our brothers and sisters in the labor movement to know that we support you. Our strength is in our unity, and we are calling for an end to policies that hurt workers and tear families apart.”
Hoffa noted that it is more important now than at any time in recent history that unions and workers stand up for workplace rights, due process and justice.
“An attack on any one worker is an attack on our shared goal of lifting up all workers in our country,” Hoffa said. “We need comprehensive immigration reform, but we also need humane policies that respect workers and their families.”

Tacoma First Student Drivers Ratify Teamster Contract: New Agreement Contains Substantial Health Care Benefits: (TACOMA, Wash.) – First Student drivers represented by Teamsters Local 313 have voted to ratify their most recent collective bargaining agreement. The approximately 160 drivers provide student transportation services for students attending Tacoma public schools.
“These drivers stood their ground at the negotiating table and it paid off for them in a big way,” said Local 313 Secretary-Treasurer Bob McDonald. “This is a perfect example of our membership’s unity and grit paying off for them in a big way.”
The new agreement took ten months to negotiate. It contains a number of substantial new benefits, such as wage increases, more paid time off, guaranteed base pay for charter trips and 401(k) matching. The drivers will also now be included in the health care plan for administrative staff at First Student, with the company covering 75 percent of the costs associated with premiums and deductibles for the drivers.
Joe Schott is a Local 313 Shop Steward who has been a Teamster for more than ten years, and he served on the negotiating committee during bargaining with the company.
“I’ve been doing this for a number of years, and I feel really good about this contract,” Schott said. “Nothing was given to us, we earned everything that we got in these negotiations. We stood our ground and everyone worked so well together. It was a good team effort, and I’m proud that I was a part of it.”
Teamsters Local 313 is one of the oldest Teamster locals in the country, owning an original charter date of October 1, 1903. For over a century, workers from many different trades in the Pacific Northwest have come together in solidarity to make us who we are today.

DHL Clerical Workers Vote Unanimously to Join Teamsters Local 174: A group of 13 office clerical staff working for DHL Seattle and Sea-Tac voted today to become members of Teamsters Local 174. The couriers, ramp workers, and part-time loaders and unloaders at these locations are already Teamsters, so the addition of the clerical staff makes these facilities wall-to-wall Teamster shops.
Current DHL Teamsters at these locations are covered by the National Master DHL Agreement, which covers more than 2,800 Teamsters nationwide, as well as the Local 174 Rider Agreement. Now that the Seattle and Sea-Tac clerical workers have joined Teamsters Local 174, negotiations will commence to add them to these Agreements. All Local 174 members at DHL are represented by Senior Business Agent David Jacobsen, who helped to organize the group alongside Local 174 Director of Organizing Meaza Ogbe.
The Company committed an Unfair Labor Practice during the campaign by suddenly giving workers a raise as soon as the organizing drive became public. Prior to the raise, workers had been under a wage freeze for years. Despite this, and with plenty of help and support from their Teamster coworkers like driver Jeff Fecteau, the office clericals spoke clearly today when they voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 174.
“We are proud to welcome these new members into our Local Union, and we thank them for their trust as they work to build a stronger future,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “For years they have been watching their coworkers reap the benefits of one of the strongest Union contracts in the country, and now they will have the opportunity to participate in that as well. We look forward to demonstrating the value of being a Teamster.”

Booker Presidential Campaign Staff Organizes With Iowa Teamsters: Non-supervisory Workers Choose Teamsters Local 238 for Representation: (WASHINGTON) – The national presidential campaign staff of Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have chosen Teamsters Local 238 to represent them, becoming the latest political workers to do so. The union will represent some 60 non-management, non-supervisory staff.
“Like many working men and women in the U.S. the staff of political campaigns experience pressures on the job and like all workers in America, these campaign staffers deserve to have a strong voice on the job,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “The Teamsters Union has a proven record when it comes to delivering on strong contracts for all of our members.”
Sen. Booker’s campaign staff decided to organize with the Teamsters after holding a card-check vote. They join Iowa Democratic Party workers and the field staff of former presidential contender Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) in selecting the union. The Teamsters applaud Sen. Booker for supporting the workers’ right to form a union and voluntarily recognizing their choice to become Teamsters.
“Campaign workers here in Iowa and across the U.S. are choosing to align with the Teamsters because they understand we have the infrastructure to handle a national campaign,” Local 238 Secretary-Treasurer Jesse Case said. “We are America’s strongest union!”

Denver City Council Office Employees Join Teamsters: Workplace Protections Central to Organizing Effort: (DENVER) – The office staff of District Council 10 member Chris Hinds (D), has officially joined Teamsters Local 17. They are the first staff members from an office at Denver City Hall to join the union.
“We want to have salary protections and an above-standard sexual harassment policy,” said Galia Halpern of the District 10 office. “I’m from the northeastern U.S. where there are more unions. When I started working here I reached out to the Teamsters because they are a strong union.”
Teresa St. Peter, whose parents were both International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers members, said she understands a union’s value in making the lives of workers better. “It’s a great foundation to lay,” the 16-year city council staff said, noting a union’s role in protecting paid time off, wages and benefits. “It is important not to erode those foundations.”
Councilman Hinds himself joined Local 17 ahead of his election to the Denver City Council this spring, and was one of four Teamsters sworn into office last month.
“The ability to collectively bargain a workplace contract with a grievance procedure, wage and benefit protections will only work to strengthen the dedicated employees here at city hall,” said Ed Bagwell, President of Local 17. “We support the right of all city, country and state employees of Colorado to have collective bargaining rights and these newly-represented city hall workers are the first step towards that goal.”

First Teamsters Contract for Captains and Lieutenants at Score: At the South Correctional Entity (SCORE) in Des Moines, WA , captains and lieutenants support other corrections staff and oversee the day-to-day activities of inmates, a job that is stressful and challenging. On Tuesday, this group got together to take a vote. On slips of blue paper, they all ticked the same box: yes. They voted for getting better health coverage at a lesser cost, for additional paid time-off, for enrolling in the Teamsters Retiree’s Welfare Trust and for a pay increase of up to 9% over two years. By doing so, they voted in their first-ever Teamsters contract, which turned them from unrepresented, at-will employees to union members secured by a collective agreement and voice.
“Today is a victory, and I’m feeling celebratory,” said Ryan Barrett, a captain and a member of the negotiating committee.
It all started over three years ago when Barrett approached his co-workers with the idea of organizing to form a union. He was met with some resistance at first, but the group soon warmed up to the idea as things started to change in their organization. Forming a union was a way to ensure fairness and transparency when dealing with an employment issue or needing an answer from an attorney.
The group briefly considered forming their own guild, but after meeting with Michelle Woodrow, President of Teamsters Local 117, and doing some research on their own, they decided Teamsters 117 was the way to go. “We asked our partners and law enforcement agencies in the area and the feedback was nothing but positive,” Barrett explained. “We felt like we would have access to all these strengths for a very small fee. You get so much value of the union that there really are no downsides to it.”
By far, the group values as their biggest achievement the security and representation that comes with having a union. Knowing that they have Teamsters in their corner empowers them to speak up for things that they need and makes their workplace safer.

Teamsters Local 215 Ratifies Contract with Irving Materials, Inc.: Teamsters Local 215 members employed by Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) in Evansville, Indiana ended their strike against the company and ratified a new three-year contract on Thursday, July 25.
“We worked two months without a contract, and finally enough was enough,” said Local 215 President Chuck Whobrey. “We’ve certainly had our tough negotiations over the years, but we have always worked through the contract and been able to get settlements.”
The workers went on strike on June 3, after the company insisted in their “final offer” that the workers pull out of the Central States Health and Welfare Fund (known as TeamCare) so they could join a company plan with inferior benefits. After more than a month of striking, the workers reached an agreement with the company where they not only kept their health care, but also obtained hourly wage increases totaling $3.05 over the lifetime of the contract.
The workers also received support from IMI workers who are members of Teamsters Local 89 as well as the other unions in the Southwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council. Many contractors throughout Evansville supported the strike by refusing to use IMI’s services until the dispute was resolved.
The new contract runs through April 1, 2022. Congratulations to all of the IMI Teamsters who fought hard for a good contract and demanded their worth!

Teamsters/Jack Cooper Update: Leaders of Carhaul Local Unions Approve Sending Job-Saving Plan to Members: On August 5, 2019, leaders of local unions that represent members at Jack Cooper met by tele-conference and voted overwhelmingly to send members a Last, Best and Final
Offer (LBFO) aimed at saving more than 2,200 Teamster jobs for a vote in the near future.
To read the entire August 7 edition of the Teamsters/Jack Cooper Update, click here.
 

 

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