• FMCSA Adds New Opioids to Drug Testing Panel Effective January 1, 2018

    New Regulations will Test for Vicodin, OxyContin, Lorta, Norco, Dilaudid, etc. November 21, 2017 Beginning January 1, 2018, the US Department of Transportations’ Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will expand its drug testing panel to include four synthetic opioid drugs: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone. These substances are more commonly known as Vicodin, OxyContin, […]

  • YRC Freight Advises Teamsters About Operational Changes

    June 7, 2017 In a meeting with YRC Freight earlier today, the company advised representatives of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) about operational changes later this year. The company is preparing a Multi-Region Network Enhancement Change of Operations and a Utility Employee Change of Operations. The company stated that it is still reviewing […]

  • Hero Among Us: Teamster at Peninsula Truck Lines Performs CPR to Save a Stranger’s Life

    May 23, 2017

    For Chris Tyrolt, a five-year Teamster driver at Peninsula Truck Lines, the day was progressing just like any other on the route he had been driving every day for a year and a half. After making a delivery to a customer in Lakewood, Tyrolt parked his truck and began to eat his lunch.

    Chris Tyrolt of Peninsula Truck Lines

    Suddenly, all hell broke loose.

    “I saw this young kid run past my truck, full speed, and when I looked where he was running, this guy was just on the ground,” Tyrolt said. “He looked like he was maybe having a seizure, legs and arms up in the air, foaming at the mouth.”

    In a situation that would have left many of us frozen with panic, Tyrolt sprang into action. He ran over to the man and assessed the situation. “He obviously wasn’t breathing, and his eyes were totally glazed over,” Tyrolt said.

    He quickly ordered one person to call 911 while he started doing chest compressions on the man. Tyrolt had previously been trained in first aid, but that was many years ago. He was operating mainly on instinct at this point.

  • 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.

  • Local 710 Successfully Settles “One Punch Rule” Pension Grievance at ABF

    March 15, 2017

    Teamsters to Receive Pension Contributions Retroactive to 2013

    (MOKENA, ILL.) – Teamsters Local 710 Trustee John T. Coli has signed an agreement making Local 710 freight members at ABF whole in their pensions. The Teamsters secured an important grievance win settled in favor of the union on February 23.

    ABF had continually refused to meet its pension contribution obligations as stated in the Local 710 supplement agreement for dock and yard workers. Per that contract, ABF is mandated to make contributions based on a “one punch rule,” which states that any member who punches in once in a given week is eligible to receive their pension contributions for that week.

    ABF instead made payments on a day-to-day basis, which is a substantial violation of what was successfully bargained for and agreed to in the contract. This illegal misconduct was practiced for nearly four years.

  • WSJ: Who’s to Blame for the Trucker Shortage?

    March 8, 2017

    Industry Relies on Inexperienced Drivers and Contractors Who Get Saddled with Debt, High Expenses

    By Lauren Weber

    Help wanted: America needs truck drivers. In 2015, American Trucking Associations estimated that for-hire trucking companies had nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they needed. The shortage was less severe in 2016, but the trade group expects it to worsen in coming years.

    As policy makers wring their hands over the shortage, an Ivy League sociologist who spent time as a long-haul driver says the deficit is largely the industry’s own doing.

    ATA largely blames the grueling demands of a job that puts workers on the road for long periods. But Steve Viscelli, a sociologist and fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, says the shortage is the product of an industry labor model that relies heavily on inexperienced drivers and independent contractors.

  • Ernie Soehl Appointed to Lead Teamsters National Freight Division

    February 10, 2017

    Prepared To Tackle Challenges Facing the Freight Industry

    (WASHINGTON) – International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa has appointed Ernie Soehl as the director of the Teamsters National Freight Division.

    “I am pleased to appoint Ernie Soehl to lead our National Freight Division moving forward,” Hoffa said. “Our freight members continue to face many difficult challenges in an industry that is fraught with uncertainty. I am confident that Ernie will tackle these challenges head on and lead the fight for our members.”

  • Minnesota Teamsters: O’Reilly Auto Parts Faces Distribution Crisis as Amazon Threat Looms

    January 30, 2017

    Minnesota Teamsters Overwhelmingly Reject Company’s Plan to Introduce Unsafe, Inefficient Delivery System; Workers Ready to Strike

    (BLAINE, Minn.) –O’Reilly Auto Parts (NASDAQ: ORLY) drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 120, voted overwhelmingly yesterday to reject the company’s contract offer. Workers say management’s demands will create safety risks for drivers on the road, undermine their living standards and introduce inefficiencies in the company’s distribution system.

  • O’Reilly Auto Parts Faces Possible Work Stoppage, Service Delays

    December 30, 2016

    Minnesota Teamsters Vote Unanimously to Strike if Necessary

    (Blaine, Minn.) — Teamsters who deliver O’Reilly Auto Parts to the company’s retail outlets across Minnesota, voted unanimously to walk off the job if the company does not abandon contract demands that will drive down living standards and create unnecessary safety risks. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 120, have been working without a contract since Dec. 10.