Teamster News

Teamsters International Officer Election Certified

February 16, 2017

The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification can be viewed here.

General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

Leaders of Carhaul Local Unions Overwhelmingly Endorse Tentative Agreement

February 16, 2017

Leaders of Carhaul local unions from across the country overwhelmingly endorsed a new tentative National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) today in Detroit, paving the way for members to vote on the contract.

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed out to members on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30. Local unions will conduct informational meetings leading up to the March 10 mailing date.

Sean O’Brien Appointed To Lead Teamsters Package Division

February 13, 2017

Will Lead UPS Negotiations, Nation’s Largest Private-Sector Contract

(WASHINGTON) – International Vice President Sean O’Brien has been named Director of the Teamsters Package Division. The division represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight.

“I am pleased to appoint Sean O’Brien to lead our Package Division team as we head into the all important 2018 contract negotiations with UPS,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “With Sean’s experience, enthusiasm and commitment I am confident that he will lead the fight for our members to achieve a strong contract.”

Teamsters Will Fight Kellogg’s Job-Killing Plan

February 10, 2017

Surprise Announcement Changing Keebler Distribution System Will Destroy 1,200 Jobs

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement by Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa:

“On February 8, The Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) announced its short-sighted plan to eliminate their U.S.(Keebler) snacks direct store delivery system across the country which will destroy nearly 1,200 good, Teamster jobs in key markets across the country. It is an outrage for Kellogg’s – an iconic American company – to turn its back on working families.

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.”

Teamsters Local 700 Files Unfair Labor Practice Against Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County

February 6, 2017

Sheriff Refuses to Bargain in Good Faith With Union Regarding Grundy Co. Sergeants

(GRUNDY COUNTY, Ill.) – On Feb. 1, 2017, Teamsters Local 700 filed an unfair labor practice with the Illinois Labor Relations Board against the Grundy County Sheriff and Grundy County (“Employer”) after the Employer stopped providing health insurance for the Grundy County sergeants while the parties are trying to negotiate a new contract.

Exciting changes on the horizon as the Local 174 Business Agent family grows

Several changes and additions have occurred here on the staff at Teamsters Local 174.

Firstly, after more than 50 years as a Teamster and almost 20 years as a Business Agent, Senior Business Agent Larry Boyd retired on January 13, 2017. Larry’s decades of experience mean that he left behind a very large pair of shoes to fill. We all wish him well and hope that he enjoys the next chapter of his life.

However, here at the Local, the show must go on. Larry’s jurisdiction, which included Sand & Gravel as well as Heavy Construction and over 40 Project Labor Agreements, will be split between two Business Agents. Heavy Construction, including Hos Brothers, ICON, Lakeside Industries, Merlino Construction, Mid Mountain Contractors, OMA Inc., and Scarsella Brothers, will fall to Senior Business Agent Carl Gasca. With ten years’ experience as a Business Agent here at Local 174, Carl is more than equipped to handle the needs of our Teamster members within this industry.

Carhaul Local Union Leaders to Review Tentative Agreement on February 16

January 30, 2017

Leaders of local unions that represent Teamster carhaul members will meet on Thursday, February 16 to review the tentative carhaul agreement and supplements.

The meeting will take place in Detroit. If local union leaders agree to endorse the tentative agreement and supplements, it will go to carhaul members for a ratification vote.

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.

Sen. Flake Legislation to Repeal Davis-Bacon an Attack on Working Families

January 26, 2017
Eliminating Prevailing Wage Undercuts Middle Class Americans

(WASHINGTON) – With his introduction of legislation to eliminate prevailing wage on federal infrastructure and construction projects this week, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has leveled a vicious attack on livelihoods of millions of middle class workers.

Teamsters, Carhaul Employer Group Reach Tentative Agreement

January 23, 2017

The Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) has reached a tentative national carhaul agreement with the National Automobile Transporters Labor Division (NATLD).

Teamsters Warn of Possible Lockout at Key Aerospace & Defense System Manufacturing Facilities in Minnesota

January 23, 2017

Strategy Could Prove Costly for Honeywell Investors, Customers

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) –Honeywell (NYSE: HON) may lock out approximately 1,000 Teamster-represented workers at four separate manufacturing facilities in an around Minneapolis, Minn., after their collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight Jan. 31, 2017.  The union believes this action would severely impact the company’s ability to meet customer demands.

First Contract For Orange County Workers

January 23, 2017

Local 952 Delivers with Wage and Benefit Improvements

Residents of Orange County, Calif., may notice a spring in the step of county workers since 450 have recently ratified their first Teamster contract. Since voting in representation by Local 952 in December of 2015, county employees, along with staff of the local union, had been bargaining with the county administrators to win wage and benefit improvements.

Associated Petroleum Products (APP) Drivers Vote to Join Local 174

 January 9, 2017

In a major organizing victory for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Western Region Tank Haul Division, APP/World Fuel Service drivers voted to join Teamsters Local 174. Despite a strong anti-union campaign by APP, a majority of the 90 person unit voted on November 3, 2016 in favor of Union representation.

“We are excited to welcome our newest members to the Teamsters Local 174 family,” said Dave Jacobsen, Western Region Tank Haul Director and Local 174 Senior Business Agent. “We have waited far too long for this victory. This is a prime example of the success we can have when the Local Union, the Division, the Joint Council and the International all work together to organize the unorganized.”

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.

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