Jamie Fleming

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  • The Teamster Olden Days: A Trip Down Local 741 Memory Lane

    June 20, 2017 A couple of weeks ago, Local 174 received a phone call from a man claiming to be one of the few remaining retirees from Teamsters Local 741. He said that he had some 741 memorabilia, and wondered if we wanted it. The answer to that was an enthusiastic “hell yes!” Teamsters Local […]

  • Teamsters Announce Memorial Fund for Victims of San Francisco UPS Shooting

    June 19, 2017

    International Union to Donate $50,000 to Families of the Victims

    (WASHINGTON) – Today, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 7 in Northern California announced the establishment of the “All Charities Teamsters Memorial for W. Chan/M. Lefiti/B. Louie” fund to help raise money for the families of the victims of the June 14 tragedy at the San Francisco UPS facility that resulted in the deaths of three members at the hand of their fellow driver.

    “The Teamsters Union will donate $50,000 to this fund in order to help the families during this difficult time,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Our union mourns the loss our brothers to this senseless act of violence and stand ready to assist those they have left behind in any way we can.”

  • “Best Pizza Chain In America” Joins Clare Rose Boycott

    June 16, 2017

    Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Will No Longer Carry Anheuser-Busch Products Due to Worker Abuses at Beer Distributor Clare Rose

    GREAT NECK, N.Y. – Called “The Best Pizza Chain in America” by USA Today, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is now a leader in the fight to save good jobs at local beer distributor Clare Rose. Workers at Clare Rose have been on strike for nearly two months after the company cut drivers’ wages by 30 percent and ended their pensions. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza joins Belmont Park and over three dozen local bars, stores, and restaurants in boycotting Clare Rose.

    “Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza’s Long Island locations are boycotting Clare Rose and Anheuser-Busch products because of how the company has treated its workers,” said Anthony Bruno, owner of Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. “It’s not acceptable to cut wages and pensions, then fire your workers when they stand up for themselves. I know that my restaurants are only successful because of the support we get from our community. When our community needs our support, we are there for them too.”

  • West Contra Costa School District Workers Join Teamsters

    June 15, 2017

    Teamsters Local 856 Welcomes More Than 1,800 Members Following a Year-Long Organizing Campaign for Strong Representation

    (SAN BRUNO, Calif.) – Classified employees of West Contra Costa Unified School District voted overwhelmingly today to join Teamsters Local 856 as they push for improved wages, health care and other benefits. The workers voted by mail over the past month and ballots were counted today at the regional office of the Public Employment Relations Board. There are more than 1,800 members in the bargaining unit.

    “With this vote, workers at West Contra Costa Unified have come together to send a message: they deserve better,” said Peter Finn, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 856. “We will aggressively represent these new members and bring forward demands for fairness and respect on the job. As Teamsters, their voices will be amplified and the district should hear them – they are ready to fight and they have a strong union to back them.”

  • More Than 400 Illinois School Bus Workers Ratify 3 Teamster Contracts

    June 14, 2017

    Teamsters Local 777 Wins Fair Wages for First Student Drivers and Aides

    (CHICAGO) – More than 80 percent of First Student school bus drivers and aides have voted to approve new contracts in Glen Ellyn, Elk Grove Village and Villa Park, Ill., increasing wages and other benefits for more than 400 school bus industry workers.

    The drivers and aides are members of Teamsters Local 777, which fought to secure higher starting wages for workers and give First Student employees raises across the board.

  • Hoffa Statement on Workplace Shooting at UPS in San Francisco

    June 14, 2017 The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the tragic shooting that occurred today at a UPS facility in San Francisco. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families of this tragedy. The safety of our members is our top priority. As is […]

  • Fighting the Beverage Tax: Philadelphia Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Pens Letter to the Editor

    June 13, 2017

    We we know, we in Seattle are not the only ones doing battle against a Beverage Tax that threatens to destroy good Union jobs. Philadelphia’s Beverage Tax has been in effect since January of this year, and it has already destroyed 155 jobs while simultaneously bringing in less and less revenue to the City.

    Read this letter to the editor written by Teamsters Local 830 Principal Officer Danny Grace. This is what will happen to us and to our City if we don’t keep fighting! Rest assured, the Teamsters are not done yet.

    Here is the letter to the editor, which you can also view here.

    EXCLUSIVE: Teamsters 830 leader says 155 laid off thanks to Phila. Beverage Tax

    In an exclusive letter to the editor, Daniel H. Grace, of Teamsters Local 830, calls for more action to be taken against the Philadelphia Beverage Tax.

    It’s no surprise to Teamsters Local 830 or our colleagues in the beverage industry that revenue generated by Philadelphia’s reviled beverage tax has been much less than the city projected. We predicted it.

    The city brought in about $6.5 million in beverage tax revenue in April, which is a significant 7% drop from March when tax revenue hit $7 million.

  • Teamster Truck at the Shilshole Rally June 8, 2017

    June 9, 2017 Yesterday, the Teamster truck attended a rally in Ballard to continue our fight against the Seattle City Council’s attempt to build a bicycle path on Shilshole Ave, directly under the path of hundreds of loaded freight vehicles per day. The event was a success, with cooperative weather, great turnout, and a skilled driver […]

  • Belmont Stakes Boycotts Anheuser-Busch and Clare Rose Over Strike

    June 9, 2017

    Beer Delivery Workers Have Been on Strike Since April 23 Over Wage, Pension Cuts

    (ELMONT, N.Y.) – On the eve of the Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park joined the boycott of Anheuser-Busch distributor Clare Rose over the company’s poor labor practices and ongoing strike. Clare Rose drivers and warehouse workers, members of Teamsters Local 812, have been on strike since April 23rd, when the company illegally cut drivers’ wages by 30% and ended the workers’ pension.

    Going forward, the beer vendor for Belmont Park is Manhattan beer, which will supply Coors products to replace the Anheuser-Busch products previously supplied by Clare Rose. Belmont Park notified Teamsters officials of the decision on Thursday.

  • Teamster Local 179 Bus Driver, Monitor Save Children from Fire

    June 8, 2017

    Teamsters Local 179 members Joyce Marfell, left, and Monica Lally, right, saved four children from a school bus fire

    Members’ Heroism a Prime Example of Teamster Commitment to School Bus Safety

    May 22, 2017 was just a normal day for Bus Driver Monica Lally and Monitor Joyce Marfell. They were on their way to Patterson Elementary School, transporting four students as they normally do. But then, disaster struck unexpectedly.

    Lally and Marfell were on their way to pick up the fifth and final student when Lally noticed smoke coming from the hood of the vehicle.

    “I radioed to the yard to make sure they knew about the situation. The smoke started and quickly grew, and then it turned black,” Lally said. “I turned to Joyce, and I said ‘it’s time to evacuate.’ This is the first time anything like this has ever happened, I’m glad everyone ended up being OK.”