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El Paso Membership Meeting


Published: May 14, 2018

Thank you to all the El Paso members who attended the membership meeting on Saturday!


 

FREIGHT TEAMSTERS AT ABF RATIFY NATIONAL MASTER PORTION OF CONTRACT


Published: May 11, 2018

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters employed at ABF Freight System, Inc. have ratified the national master portion of the agreement and all but 9 supplements. The supplements that were rejected, however, must be addressed before the national agreement can take effect. Votes were counted today. Click here for a list of the vote by supplement.

 

MEMO: UPS & UPSF Ballot Information


Published: May 11, 2018

This is to advise that the company we have engaged to conduct the voting on the UPS and UPSF strike authorizations will begin to mail balloting information to members on or about May 15. Once members receive the access code and voting instructions, voting can begin immediately, by phone or internet.

Click here to learn more.

Teamsters Back Legislation Beefing Up Collective Bargaining, Organizing Rules


Published: May 10, 2018

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters are endorsing legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today that would enhance the ability of workers to organize and fight for better wages, benefits and working conditions on the job.

The Workplace Democracy Act would ensure more hardworking Americans become part of the middle class by making it easier for workers to join a union. Besides repealing so-called “right-to-work” (RTW) laws in states across the U.S., the measure would halt intimidation tactics instituted by many companies that are trying to stifle unionization on their job sites.

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Run-off Candiates Teamster Endorsements | May 22, 2018


Published: May 08, 2018

Teamsters Local 745 endorses the following candidates for the May 22, 2018, run-off election in Dallas County:

Carl Sherman- State Rep. District #109

Ken Tapscott- Dallas County Court of Appeals of Law # 4

Carl Ginsberg- Dallas County 193rd Civil District Court

Martin Hoffman- Dallas County 68th Civil District Court

Pamela Luther- Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals #2

 

Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee Begins to Address Economics; UPS Freight Continues Focus on Subcontracting, Seniority and Other Issues


Published: May 03, 2018

The Teamsters National UPS Negotiating Committee concluded its seventh round of negotiations this week in which the committee made an initial economic proposal. The initial proposal addresses Article 22 - PartTime Employees; Article 34 - Health & Welfare and Pension; Article 40 - Air Operation; and Article 41- FullTime Employees.

Click here for highlights from the union’s economic proposals.

ABF Vote Clarification Flier: You Can Vote Multiple Times, But Only Your Last Vote Counts


Published: Apr 26, 2018

The company that is coordinating the ABF ratification vote, BallotPoint, received an inquiry from an

ABF member who said he was able to vote multiple times. Below is information from BallotPoint to
address the member’s concerns.

As indicated in the Voting Notice, you may recast your vote at any time during the voting period, but
only your last vote will be counted. Why is recasting a vote permitted? In a contract-vote situation,
members may wish to change their votes based on new information learned during the voting period.
This situation is no different than in a mail-ballot, where you can request a “duplicate ballot.” And
exactly as in a mail-ballot, only the last vote received (based on a postmark or similar in a mail-ballot,
or the when-you-cast-your-vote time in a BallotPoint election) will be counted.

One difference: In a mail-ballot, votes that are not counted are left unopened but exist until all the voting
materials and records for that election are physically destroyed, which is at least a year but poten-
tially much longer; in our system, a previous vote is completely replaced by the new vote when a re-
cast occurs, so only the last vote ever exists within the system. There is no possibility that replaced
votes can be improperly counted or opened after the election.

Here's how it works for this ABF vote:

 

• When you cast your vote, it is received by the BallotPoint server, which encrypts it (twice,
in fact). This is analogous to the mail-ballot situation where you place your marked ballot in
a “secrecy envelope.” The encrypted vote is then stored in the BallotPoint system, along-
side a unique ID. Including that ID is analogous to you writing your name on the ballot-re-
turn envelope which you send back in a mail-ballot.

 

• When you recast, your previous, encrypted vote is replaced by your new, encrypted vote.
The system is programmed to overwrite the previous vote with the new vote, so that only
one vote per voter is present in the system. The vote to replace is identified by the unique
ID mentioned above.

 

• So, only your last vote you cast is ever stored in the BallotPoint system, and it is the one
that gets decrypted and counted at the tally. Please note that the unique IDs are stripped
before any decryption occurs, so the confidentialty of your vote is protected.
Regarding confirmation numbers: These exist only to let you know that your vote was successfully
encrypted and stored in the BallotPoint system. If you do not receive a confirmation number during
the voting process, then your vote has not been stored yet. If you recast, you will get a new confir-
mation number.

 

Referendum for the National Master ABF Agreement and Supplements


Published: Apr 24, 2018

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, the National Freight Division will begin accepting requests for new or duplicate voter access codes and voting instructions on the above-referenced referendum.

The local will facilitate any requests from members for new or duplicate access codes. The local will also confirm that the individual requesting the access code and voting instructions is an eligible voter.

With this memorandum, you will receive a “VOTER ACCESS CODE REQUEST FORM” that must be completed and faxed to the National Freight Division for every eligible member requesting a new or duplicate voter access code.

Forms will be accepted until 12:00 Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. PHONE OR EMAIL REQUESTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, all Locals will make available to their ABF members a roster of eligible voters at the union hall for review.

Members may not copy or photograph the list. All challenges must be recorded and faxed to the Independent Election Supervisor c/o the IBT Freight Division at (202) 624-8722 using the “CHALLENGED MEMBER ELIGIBILITY FORM” by 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, May 9.

If there are any members who become ineligible during the ballot process, the Local Union shall submit a list of challenges using the “Challenged Member Eligibility Form” referenced above by 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, May 9, 2018, using the instructions above.

Please note: the Freight Division will not accept the “Voter Access Code Request Forms” until Thursday, April 26 and will not accept “Challenge Member Eligibility Forms” until after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 9.

***Click here for the Referendum for the National Master ABF Agreement and Supplements (Challenge Member Eligibility Form)

***Click here for the Referendum for the National Master ABF Agreement and Supplements (Voter Access Code Request Form)

Tell Your Members of Congress to Support Butch Lewis Act TODAY


Published: Apr 19, 2018

It is important to continue outreach to Congressional offices to urge support of the Butch Lewis Act (HR 4444/ S. 2147). HR 4444/ S. 2147 is the only plan that will provide a path to financial health for troubled pension plans, alleviate pressure on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and ensure that retirees and future retirees receive all of the benefits that they earned.

Tell Your Members of Congress to Support Butch Lewis Act Today >> https://bit.ly/2HCaL9w

Special Ratification Meeting Notice: All ABF Freight Bargaining Unit Members of Teamsters Local 745


Published: Apr 16, 2018

Please be advised, there will be two Contract Ratification Meetings for ALL ABF Freight Bargaining Unit Employees. 

Date: Friday, April 20th

Time: 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Place: Teamsters Local 745 
1007 Jonelle St.
Dallas, TX 75217

Click here for full details.

Teamsters Applaud Sen. Sherrod Brown's Call for Congress to Act on Pensions


Published: Apr 13, 2018

(WASHINGTON) – Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) shared his belief that the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans will find a solution to the growing pension crisis this year during his remarks at the National Press Club.

Brown, who co-chairs the bipartisan committee with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), spoke at length about what was at stake if Congress did not pass legislation to address a pension crisis that would impact millions of retired and active workers.

Click here to read the full release.

Annual Teamsters Bass Tournament | 4/28/18


Published: Apr 10, 2018

What: Teamsters Annual Bass Tournament 

Where: Oak Ridge Marina, Quitman, Texas

When: 4/28/18 at 6:00 AM, weigh-in at 3:00 PM

For details, click here and contact Brock Turner at 469 - 261 - 6690 

 

Central States Pension Fund FAQs


Published: Apr 06, 2018

Remembering Viola Liuzzo


Published: Apr 02, 2018

 

One of the most notable women in Teamster history is Viola Liuzzo. Liuzzo was the wife of a Teamster business agent and not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. This determination to fight injustice would ultimately cost Liuzzo her life but her sacrifice helped strengthen the civil rights movement during the 1960s... learn more about Liuzzo here

 

Teamsters and ABF reach tentative contract agreement


Published: Mar 29, 2018

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight System reached a tentative contract agreement, Ernie Soehl, Co-Chairman of the TNFINC, announced today.

No further details will be released until leaders from Teamster local unions that represent ABF members meet in the next two weeks to review the tentative agreement and approve sending it out for a membership ratification vote.

The parties agreed to an extension of the current agreement to allow for the ratification process to take place.

For a PDF of this update, click here: http://ibt.io/ABF329-pdf

Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans Action Kit


Published: Mar 21, 2018

Included in this updated kit is an overview of the Butch Lewis Act legislation, answers to frequently asked questions, information about the members and process of the Joint Select Committee On Solvency Of Multiemployer Pension Plans, sample letters from retirees and active members to Members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor the Butch Lewis Act and urge the Joint Select Committee to include the Butch Lewis Act in their final recommendation, and a flier with a hotline number to connect rank-and-file Teamster members and retirees to targeted congressional offices.

Click here for the full document.

 

Mornings with Maria President Hoffa


Published: Mar 20, 2018

Please be advised that General President Hoffa will appear on “Mornings with Maria” on Fox Business tomorrow, March 21, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. EDT. They are scheduled to discuss NAFTA, tariffs and other issues. Check your local listings for the channel in your area.


Workers at DHL Overwhelmingly Approve New National Contract


Published: Mar 06, 2018

The Five-Year Agreement Provides Wage, Benefit Contribution Increases

Click here to read the release
 

Primary Elections 3/6/2018


Published: Mar 01, 2018

Primary Elections are being held today. Polls are open from 7am until 7pm.

Any questions, please contact the local 745 office.

Click here to view all candidates

 

DOT Drug Testing: Part 40 - Employee Notice


Published: Dec 19, 2017

This is a reminder that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing program will soon require testing for four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone). The change is effective January 1, 2018.

Learn more: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/Part_40_DOT_Employee_Notice_2017

Teamsters Protest Cummins Inc. Health Care Cuts at Great American Trucking Show


Published: Aug 31, 2017

Families Take a Stand for Affordable Health Care at Protest in Dallas

From Thursday, August 24 to Saturday, August 26, Teamsters alerted participants at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Texas, about diesel engine maker Cummins Inc.’s (NYSE: CMI) attacks against family health care and the threat this poses to American families.

Once a socially responsible corporate leader, Cummins has adopted an extremely high deductible medical insurance plan for employees, which forces families to pay up to $6,000 out-of-pocket before insurance starts paying any portion of the medical bill.

Having recently brought its distribution and service segment in house, the company is moving to impose its unaffordable health plan on its mechanic shops across the United States.

Cummins mechanics in West Virginia, represented by Teamsters Local 175, are pushing back, and a growing movement of Cummins workers is aiming to reestablish affordable family health care at Cummins across its many sites.

In 2016, Cummins made nearly $2 billion in profit, and paid out $676 million of it to shareholders. The company employs more than 20,000 workers across the U.S.

“No one should be forced to gamble with their health,” said Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and President of Local 175. “Cummins’ high deductible plans are a danger to all of our kids and all of our families. We will continue to push back.”

High deductible plans are spreading havoc. The American Academy of Pediatrics calls the plans “particularly inappropriate” for children because the high upfront out-of-pocket costs cause parents to hesitate on whether or not to see the doctor.

Research shows people under these plans put off visiting the doctor for preventive and necessary care. As a result, people are getting sicker and ultimately putting their lives in danger.

The huge out-of-pocket costs associated with high deductible medical plans force working families to cut back on other essentials such as food, clothing and education. It also causes families to run down their savings or go deeper into debt.

Teamsters Local 745 members distributed thousands of hand bills at the Great American Trucking Show and held banners that said “What’s Gone Wrong with Cummins?” They also handed out air fresheners which said “Every American Deserves Health Care.” All materials directed interested patrons to the Facebook page, Cummins Awful Truth, where an increasing number of Cummins employees across the country are connecting with the campaign for affordable health care.

“As Teamsters, many of us drive trucks with Cummins engines, on the job, and in our personal lives. We’re very troubled by how this once great American company is now cutting access to affordable family health care for its employees. Everyone deserves health care, and what Cummins is doing to its employees is a threat to all of us,” said Rod Cuevas, business agent with Local 745 in Dallas.

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Labor Rights And Solidarity In NAFTA Renegotiation


Published: Aug 16, 2017

NAFTA talks start in Washington, D.C. today on an ambitious schedule to come up with a “modernized” agreement by the end of the year. The Teamsters Union will be tracking them closely. As North America’s transportation union, our members on the roads and rails, in warehouses and ports from coast to coast, depend on trade for their livelihoods. The livelihoods of Teamster members in bakeries, breweries and the dairy industry also depend on a stable trade relationship. Teamsters are pro-trade – but we want fair trade.


First, we remind negotiators from both countries of the importance of Canada-U.S. trade. Contrary to what some may believe, there is no significant trade imbalance between our two nations. In fact, we are each other’s biggest customers – 64 percent of all Canadian trade is with the U.S., and 48 U.S. states count Canada as one of their largest export markets. Last year, the United States exported more to Canada than any other country. It’s why we believe NAFTA renegotiations must not inadvertently disrupt our trade relationship – a belief shared by our governments and most business stakeholders.


That said, we also remind the new NAFTA negotiators why Teamsters opposed the original agreement a generation ago and why we have opposed its expansion in numerous trade deals since – most recently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Simply put, the NAFTA model does not work for workers. Instead, it subordinates their interests to the bottom-line profit motives of multinational corporations, suppresses wages and labor standards, and contributes to rising inequality. We welcome NAFTA renegotiation and, on behalf of our 1.4 million members, we will engage with our governments to upgrade this flawed and failed “free trade” model.


This starts with the inclusion of a new Labor Chapter to replace the original ineffective side agreement. New and enforceable provisions that protect workers’ right to organize will be central to the success of and a precondition to our support for NAFTA modernization. The elements of an effective Labor Chapter are straightforward:


  • Substantive worker protections that are grounded in the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) forbidding child and forced labor and protecting the freedom of association and collective bargaining;
  • Sanctions for violations of those substantive protections that are at least as rigorous as those that protect commercial interests, and include denial of benefits under the agreement;
  • A new and independent labor secretariat to investigate violations and help raise labor standards throughout North America; and
  • The fundamental stipulation that the wages and working conditions of all workers always affect international commerce, so that enforcement and remediation are not avoided under the pretext that violations are not trade-related.

As the new NAFTA talks progress over the next several months, state and provincial Teamster leaders will speak out on other, thornier issues that are important to our members.


We will oppose including dairy market access in the new NAFTA, noting that it was kept off the table in the original agreement. We will also make the case that cross-border long-haul trucking commitments should not undermine highway safety or damage the border environment. But for now, at the start of the first round of formal negotiations, we respectfully demand a new approach and new attention to the larger expectations of workers throughout North America.

Finally, real reform towards a pro-worker NAFTA replacement model that we can support is achievable only if the negotiation process is open and inclusive. We urge our governments to share the negotiating texts after each round of talks with Parliament, Congress, the labor movement in all three countries, with civil society stakeholders and the public at large. Standing ready to support the best instincts of the Trump and Trudeau trade teams to make NAFTA work for workers, the Teamsters Union urges that negotiations be democratic and transparent.


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YRC Multi-Region Network Change of Operations Update


Published: Jun 09, 2017

Please see attached from the IBT National Freight Division regarding the YRC Change of Operations.

Click here to view/download notice

YRC Change of Operations


Published: Jun 09, 2017

In a meeting with YRC Freight, the Company advised representatives of TNFINC that it 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 and finalizing the numbers and details. Please see attached notice from the IBT National Freight Division.

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