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  • Teamsters Protest Worker Lockout By Shore Point Distributing

    May 4, 2017

    Many Retail Customers Not Selling Beers Distributed By Shore Point

    (Freehold, N.J.) – Teamster members, union allies and supporters are protesting Shore Point Distributing’s lockout of its workers, as are Shore Point’s retail customers.

    On April 30, Shore Point, Freehold, New Jersey, locked out 113 of its workers in an attempt to force them to give up their pension, accept a 3-year wage freeze, and agree to give the company permission to change their health insurance plan and co-pays at any time.

  • Teamsters, Shareholders Call on UPS to Disclose Lobbying Efforts

    May 4, 2017

    UPS Teamsters Rally at Shareholder Meeting to Support Lobbying Accountability Proposal

    (WILMINGTON, Del.) – UPS employees and Teamster Union leaders gathered this morning outside the package giant’s annual shareholder meeting to demand lobbying disclosures and accountability at the company. A proposal co-sponsored by the Teamsters was presented in the meeting calling for transparent reporting of the company’s lobbying activity, which includes contributions to groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    “It’s time for UPS to stop wasting resources on legislative efforts that not only undercut the long-term interests of the company, but also the interests of its shareholders, many of whom are UPS employees and retirees,” said Sean O’Brien, Director of the Teamsters Package Division.

  • Teamsters Protest Clare Rose At National Beer Wholesalers Reception

    May 2, 2017

    Momentum Builds as Strike for Local 812 Members Hits Ninth Day

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – An ongoing strike followed Long Island beer distributor Clare Rose to the nation’s capital today. The Teamsters Union protested outside of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Legislative Conference (NBWA), handing out fliers and waving signs reading, “Clare Rose Destroys Jobs, Hurts Families.”

    NBWA has repeatedly highlighted Clare Rose and its workers on its website. Sean Rose, the Clare Rose CEO, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the association.

    “NBWA promotes the beer wholesale industry as a creator of good, local jobs, but Clare Rose’s union busting and wage cutting is tarnishing that image,” said Ed Weber, President of Teamsters Local 812. “Wherever Clare Rose goes, we will be there. Clare Rose cannot ignore what it is doing to Long Island families.”

  • WSJ: UPS Tries a New Twist on Surge Pricing

    May 1, 2017 Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2017 United Parcel Service Inc. wants to get paid for packages it never delivers. The company is starting to ask major retailers to help pay for extra workers and surplus space on trucks when a retailer fails to ship as many packages as planned during peak periods, […]

  • Teamsters Local 991 Waste Workers Ratify New Contract

    April 25, 2017

    Waste workers at Republic Services in Mobile, Alabama have ratified a new contract by a 100-percent margin that contains numerous improvements.

    “The 24 workers in the unit will receive wage increases of 2.5 percent, 2 percent and 2 percent over the three years of the contract and the agreement also lowers the threshold for when additional weeks of vacation are added,” said Jim Gookins, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 99 in Mobile. “There is also an increase in weekly vacation pay, additional ‘windshield pay’ or travel pay for when a driver has to travel to Mississippi, and health and welfare benefit contributions are maintained over the life of the contract.”

  • Teamsters Local 763 Ratifies Agreement with Republic Services

    April 24, 2017

    A Republic Services Worker with Teamsters Local 763

    Wage, Benefit Increases Consistent with High Standard for Area Sanitation Workers

    (SEATTLE, Washington) – Teamsters Local 763 has ratified a new agreement with Republic Services covering seven workers in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington. The members are service technicians and a truck and container washer.

    “Congratulations to Local 763 on another great win for Teamster sanitation workers,” said Ron Herrera, Director of the Teamsters Solid Waste, Recycling and Related Industries Division. “The high standards of this contract set a great example of what we can achieve for our members throughout the country.”

  • Teamster Strike Shuts Down Budweiser Distribution On Long Island

    April 24, 2017

    Heartless Owners Say They Will Permanently Replace Over 100 Long-time Workers on Strike

    GREAT NECK, NY – The workers who deliver, sell, and merchandise Budweiser, Heineken, and other beer products to Nassau and Suffolk Counties walked the picket line today, largely stopping distribution on Long Island. The over 100 drivers and warehousemen, who work for Clare Rose and are members of Teamsters Local 812, began striking when the company announced 30 percent wage cuts and ended the drivers’ pension.

    “This is a highly profitable company in a stable industry. There is no explanation for massive wage and retirement cuts other than greed,” said Teamsters Local 812 President Ed Weber. “These are the middle-class jobs that we used to be able to count on in Long Island. We aren’t going to give up our livelihoods just so the rich can get richer.”

  • Teamsters Local 25 Wins Arbitration Case Against UPS

    April 19, 2017

    Arbitrator Awards Back Pay for Injured Package Driver

    On April 12, an arbitrator ruled in favor of Teamsters Local 25 in a case involving a UPS package driver who was injured and not permitted to work despite being released by his doctor. The arbitrator found UPS in violation of Article 20, Sections 2 and 3 of the National Master Agreement and awarded retroactive pay for John Perry, the driver involved in the case.

    “This is a significant decision by the arbitrator because it addresses an issue that many of our locals have encountered when it comes to injured UPS members,” said Sean O’Brien, Director of the Teamsters Package Division and President of Local 25 in Boston.

  • Teamsters Local 745 Ratifies New Contract with First Student

    April 19, 2017
    Teamsters Local 745 celebrate their new contract

    Agreement Ratified by 100 Percent of Participating Drivers, School Bus Monitors

    (DALLAS, Texas) – Members of Teamsters Local 745 unanimously ratified a first contract with First Student Transportation in Lewisville, TX on March 31, 2017. Local 745 organized the 381 school bus monitors and drivers that service The Colony and Lewisville Independent School Districts (TX) in 2016.

    The contract includes some significant improvements, including wage increases ranging from 17-19 percent over the course of four years, guaranteed pay for all time served, an increase in the eligibility for overtime, and coverage of the membership under Teamsters Local 745’s grievance procedure process.

  • Airgas Teamster Made Whole

    April 18, 2017

    New Jersey Tankhauler Gets Back Job, Back Pay

    Local 701 in North Brunswick, N.J. recently won an important victory on behalf of an unfairly terminated Teamster.

    Airgas employs Teamster members at their Lincoln Park, N.J. location, where workers fill cylinders and tanks with various gases, including liquid nitrogen, and deliver them locally.

    On Sept. 21, Xavier Wilson, an Airgas Teamster, was unfairly fired for “most egregious” behavior. That behavior was briefly answering a call in stopped traffic while using a hands-free device. The case made it to the New Jersey State Board of Mediation and a hearing was held on January 26.

  • UPS Teamster Makes Heroic Rescue

    April 14, 2017

    Local 25 Member Saves Two People From Burning Home

    Paul Pereira’s UPS shift took a lifesaving turn Monday evening when the Boston-area Teamsters Local 25 member rescued two people from a burning home.

    With 12 stops left on his regular route, Pereira’s next stop was 18 Hamilton Ave. Two houses away, he saw a porch engulfed in flames. Pereira jumped out of his truck and immediately started banging on the door, screaming, “fire, fire, fire,” and helping a mother and her stepdaughter safely escape. Both had been upstairs and although they smelled smoke they thought it was coming from a nearby barbeque.

    Once he knew everyone was out of the house, Pereira jumped back into action with a neighbor. They battled the blaze with a garden hose and were able to contain the fire in just minutes. “I hooked up the hose to the side of the house and I just started dousing the fire out,” said Pereira.

  • “Miracles Do Happen”: Local 177 Wins Back UPS Driver’s Job, Benefits

    April 13, 2017

    Michael Davis is a lawyer who fights for compensation for the injured, but he didn’t have much hope for one of his clients: Franklin Marusky, a UPS driver and member of Teamsters Local 177 in Hillside, N.J. Unable to call out of work due to severe injuries from an off-the-job accident, Marusky was terminated from UPS.

    To make matters worse, the accident left Marusky a quadriplegic and suffering brain damage. While his family, including his three children, was distressed and Marusky remained in critical condition, they learned that his benefits were being discontinued.