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.
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(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters are lauding the reintroduction of bipartisan pension reform legislation today that would bolster the solvency of multiemployer pensions covering some 1.5 million Americans that are currently facing an uncertain future.
While the federal government has failed to act on the minimum wage, other elected officials have made it their business to lead the way.
A new year brings a new opportunity to fix pensions and infrastructure and help working Americans.
In 2010, Joint Councils 7 and 38 merged in California, uniting over 100,000 Teamsters in 23 local unions. Joint Council 7’s territory is vast, covering 50 of California’s 58 counties and all of Northern Nevada.
Despite this, in 2010 Joint Council 7’s endorsement list was only two pages long. It made endorsements in most of the federal and statewide races, but at the local level – city councils, county boards of supervisors, school boards, and ballot measures – it mostly stayed out.
Teamster organizer Royceann Porter was elected last night to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in Johnson County, Iowa. She defeated Republican Phil Hemingway by a double-digit margin in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Supervisor Kurt Friese, who died in October.
Porter thanked her supporters in a post to her campaign’s Facebook page.
While planned House GOP hearing on the federal $7.25 rate failed to take flight, it's the next Congress where real progress is possible.
In Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina, the GOP is taking advantage of its waning power there to pummel the people.
By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, Dec. 5, 2018
Republicans in Lansing lost their full grip on state government last month. And now hardworking Michiganders are paying the price.
Lawmakers, taking advantage of the last days of their stranglehold on the state capital during a lame duck legislative session last week, decided to hammer unions and low-income workers struggling to support their families. It’s the final power play by callous elected officials being shown the door.