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What does it take to be a Teamster?

Teamsters are people just like you working at many different jobs.  Teamsters are people who are about other people with a belief that if one Teamster is done harm, harm can be done to all.  Teamsters are people who are willing to stand tall for their rights as spelled out under the law and their Contracts.  Teamsters believe in their families.  Teamsters believe it’s their duty to do everything legally possible to hold on to what their forefathers fought to obtain in job security, wages, and benefits, not only for themselves, but for their children and grandchildren. 

If you share these sentiments, and have the courage to stand up for what is right, keep reading for information on how you can become a Teamster!

 

What does it take to organize a Union?

It will take a strong majority of you and your fellow employees who will stick together against Company anti-Union propaganda and enter into a campaign to organize.

How can I do this?

Start with a call to us at 1800-346-7634.  We will lead you through the process step-by-step.   We will inform you of your rights under the law, when and where you can legally engage in Union activities, and how to recognize when the Company is violating your rights and what you can do about it. 

Are you still interested?  If so, read on.

Are you without a Union and fear you might be fired for trying to organize?  Consider this:  Texas is an “At Will State” or “Right to Work State”, which means an Employer can fire an employee without a reason.  With a Union Contract, the Company must have “Just Cause” or a justifiable reason to fire or discipline an employee, enforceable through a grievance procedure.  Continue reading to learn more concerning your rights to organize.

 

To protect you from illegal tactics many Employers use to keep workers from becoming organized, the National Labor Relations Act gives you these rights: 

  • The right to join or help organize a Union without being harassed or punished by your Employer. 
  • The right to have meetings at lunch or break time in non-work areas on company property without being harassed or punished by your employer.
  • The right to talk about the Union, distribute Union materials, or ask your co-workers to join the Union on non-work time in non-work areas.
  • The right to go to Union Meetings and wear Union buttons without interference from your boss or supervisors.
  • The right to hold demonstrations and rallies about the Union or about work problems.

 

When you support the Union or engage in any of these activities, Federal Law protects you from harassment by your Employer.  This means your employer may not: 

  • Fire, discipline, lay you off, cut your hours, or even threaten the same for supporting the Union.
  • Spy, or pretend to spy, on your Union activities.
  • Threaten or question you about the Union.
  • Grant or promise special favors to employees who’ll vote against the Union.
  • Deny you the right to vote for the Union.
  • Pressure you not to join a Union.

 

Organizing is your right.  Secure your future with a Union contract!

What if there were no Unions?

What if there was no one to stand up for your legal rights?

What if those before us had laid down due to fear of losing or fear of the boss?

Would we still have holidays, vacations, health insurance, wage increases, minimum wage, Social Security, Unemployment compensation, Pensions, or laws that protect the rights of workers to organize?

CAN YOU AFFORD TO LOSE THE RIGHTS GIVEN TO YOU BY SIMPLY NOT STANDING UP FOR THEM?

 

It’s very hard to be singled out if everyone joins together.  If everyone does just a small part, not only will these rights be preserved, they will be protected! 

Though you have the legal right to organize without Employer harassment, you shouldn’t expect them to sit still and say nothing.  They don’t want you to have the legal right to challenge the dictatorial authority they now enjoy and will go to any length to keep the Union out.

 

What you should expect:

EMPTY PROMISES – “Give us another chance.  We have been planning to change.  Our door is always open . . .  We are implementing a Quality Improvement program.  We would have changed before, but you didn’t let us know it was a problem.  We’ll take care of your problems if you’ll just let us know.” 

SCARE TACTICS – “The Teamsters are corrupt.  The Union is only interested in your dues money.  The Teamsters will force you to go on strike.  The Teamsters can raise your dues or fine you whenever they want to and for any reason.” 

THREATS – “You will lose the wages and benefits you already have.  We start negotiations from scratch.  We will go bankrupt like all Union companies do.  The Union will get in the way of our lines of communication.  If the Union comes in, we will close our doors.” 

 

WHAT TO DO:   CONTACT US or the Labor Organization of your choice.




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  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

     
 
 
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