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  • Paul Nerdrum of Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Writes Letter RE Burke-Gilman Trail “Missing Link”

    The saga of the “Missing Link” continues today as Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel Vice President Paul Nerdrum has sent a letter to Mayor Ed Murray, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation Scott Kubly, and Director of the Office of Economic Development Brian Surratt. For background of the story, click here. Nerdrum’s letter expresses […]

  • Drivers at XPO in Elgin, Illinois Seek Teamster Representation

    March 22, 2017

    Workers Want Decent, Affordable Health Care and Retirement Security

    (WASHINGTON) – Drivers at XPO Logistics in Elgin, Ill. filed for Teamster representation today, the latest action by workers across the U.S. who are banding together to fight for fair treatment at one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the world.

    The drivers at the former Con-way Freight are planning to join the freight drivers in Aurora, Ill. who formed their union as Teamsters last year. In addition, the dockworkers at XPO in Aurora filed for their Teamster election yesterday and 33 drivers at XPO in Trenton, N.J. filed for their Teamsters election on March 15. The Elgin drivers would also join workers in Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; North Haven, Conn.; and King of Prussia, Pa. who have already unionized as Teamsters. So far, nearly 500 XPO workers have voted to become Teamsters.

  • Teamsters Local 251 Contract Approved by Fall River City Council

    March 22, 2017

    Agreement Includes Job Protections, Additional Funding and Training

    (FALL RIVER, Mass.) –– Teamsters Local 251 is pleased to announce that the Fall River City Council has approved, by an 8-1 vote, a collective bargaining agreement for the city’s Department of Community Maintenance (DCM) workers.

    The agreement was approved after an outcry by Teamsters Local 251, workers and the public over a stalled process.

    The collective bargaining agreement between the city’s Department of Community Maintenance (DCM) and Teamsters Local 251 includes a $245,000 settlement agreement for workers that had been reached between the city and Local 251, which effectively ends the high-profile lawsuit that was filed by the union following the privatization of the city’s trash pickup.

  • 2017 Annual Golf Tournament and GTRC Scholarship Fundraiser

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 The Tournament will be held at Foster Golf Links in Tukwila, WA, a Union course. Play will begin at 8:00AM with a modified shotgun start. You must send in your registration by Aug 4, 2017. The course requires advance payment of fees. The $85.00 entry fee includes golf, cart, and lunch. […]

  • Wheels to Work: UPS Teamsters Pitch In For Coworker in Need

    March 21, 2017

    Teamsters are known for having each other’s backs. That’s especially true of UPS members in Alabama who did something incredible for a struggling coworker.

    At 19-years-old, Derrick Taylor is a prime example of a hardworking young man who puts others before himself. Since age 13 he has held jobs to support his family and his ailing mother.

    The part-time package handler and member of Teamsters Local 612 in Birmingham started working at the UPS facility in Anniston, Ala. about a year ago and his coworkers immediately noticed how dedicated he was to his job and his family.

  • Teamsters Local 174 Descends On City Hall

    March 21, 2017

    On Monday, March 20, 2017, the Seattle City Council received a visit from a coalition of labor, business, and community leaders, including Teamsters Local 174, to express our opposition to the City’s current plan on where to complete the “Missing Link” to the Burke-Gilman bicycle trail in Ballard. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced in a press conference on February 28 that all interested parties had agreed to build the trail on Shilshole Avenue South, a thriving industrial corridor that is home to many family and union wage employers, including several Teamsters Local 174 signatory employers.

    Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel is a Teamster employer located directly in the path of the intended “Missing Link” to the Burke-Gilman Trail. The suggested Burke-Gilman Trail route would have trucks like these crossing the bicycle path thousands of times a day.

    However, the Mayor seems to have been misinformed. While certain opponents of the Shilshole Avenue plan have been persuaded to change their position, our coalition still strongly opposes this plan and believes that the trail would make much more sense if it were built on Leary Ave and Market Street. Building the trail there instead of on Shilshole would also save tens of millions of dollars, as the cost would likely be closer to $2 million rather than the $31 million budgeted for the Shilshole Avenue South route. Our coalition put out a press release on March 9, 2017 describing our position and the reasoning for it. The press release includes a quote from Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. It can be viewed here, and you can learn more about the background of the situation here.

  • Teamsters Ratify Agreement at US Foods

    March 20, 2017

    Contract Raises the Bar for Food Service Agreements in the Nation

    (BLAINE, Minn.) – Teamsters Local 120 members at US Foods in Plymouth, Minn., ratified a new four-year collective bargaining agreement on Sunday that raises the bar for food service agreements across the nation. The new agreement includes significant annual raises, maintenance of benefits and up to $10 per week each year into a health reimbursement account for more than 300 drivers and inside facility workers.

    The battle with US Foods began when the company attempted to merge with Sysco over two years ago. That merger was opposed by the Teamsters and subsequently blocked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Teamsters Warehouse Division. Since the FTC ruling, US Foods unsuccessfully attempted to ram concessions into many Teamster contracts.

  • DHL Clerical Workers Vote to Join Teamsters

    March 16, 2017 Newest DHL Unit Opts for Membership with Local 769 (MIAMI, Fl.) – Eight workers at DHL Express voted to join Teamsters Local 769 on Thursday, March 9. The vote was 7-1. The eight workers deal with DHL’s logistical avionics, and they process airway bills and paperwork necessary for the travel of documents […]

  • WSJ: UPS Gives Top Brass a Raise Despite Missed Targets

    March 16, 2017

    Chief Executive David Abney’s compensation rose 21%

    Top executives at United Parcel Service Inc. took home higher compensation in 2016 even as the parcel carrier missed many of its performance targets.

    The reason? A second pay raise and special stock awards given to senior leaders, including Chief Executive David Abney, toward the end of last year. Mr. Abney’s total compensation was 21% higher than the previous year.

    The September equity awards were valued at $2.6 million for the top five executives, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday, and helped offset some performance-based pay that wasn’t fully paid out due to weak results. Compensation based on the prior three years financial results was paid out at 72% of the target.