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  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

     
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Local 142 members that helped put the Holiday Baskets together this year

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2014 Labor Day Parade

Come on out and bring your family to the Lowell Labor Day Parade.
Download: parade2014(3).pdf

2014 WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

SAVE THE DATES The 2014 Teamsters Women’s Conference will be held September 4-6 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The opening session will begin at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 4 and the conference will adjourn no later than 5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6. REGISTER AT NO COST TO YOU.
Download: Womens Conf Flier.pdf

A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled the law violates the state constitution.

A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled the law violates the state constitution. State Plans to Appeal Right-to-Work Ruling Judge John Sedia has ruled the law violates the section of the state constitution that does not allow services "without just compensation." A key aspect of the law calls on unions to represent workers even if they opt out of paying dues.

Teamster Local 142 Members Participate in CSA 2010 Training

Approximately 150 Members from Teamster Local 142 gathered on Sunday April 28, 2013 to participate in CSA 2010 training.  The members learned valuable information that will help them continue to be safe and professional drivers.  The training focused on how the regulations affect the Teamster driver. Violations under this new federal rule may follow you from workplace to workplace.

Teamsters Local 142 Picket Trucking Contractor

Teamsters picket trucking contractor  reported by Times Staff  EAST CHICAGO | Teamsters are expected to continue a third day of striking today against a trucking contractor after negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday. Members of Teamsters Local 142 picketed PTO, a company that hires truckers for Burnham Trucking. Burnham hauls steel out of ArcelorMittal.
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Sequestration Leads Indiana to Halt Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Sequestration Leads Indiana to Halt Emergency Unemployment Compensation Looming budget cuts known as sequestration will reduce federal unemployment compensation for the long-term jobless by roughly 10 percent. But the state government of Indiana feels that it has not received proper guidance from the U.S.

Teamsters Local 142 Stewards Council Deliver Holiday Cheer

Davich: ‘It could be any of us next Christmas’ Jerry Davich jdavich@post-trib.com December 15, 2012 6:34PM Teamsters Local 142 member Scott Failla of Hobart arrives at a Griffith, Ind. residence to deliver a Christmas basket to a former co-worker Saturday morning December 15, 2012.
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2014 Labor Day Parade

Come on out and bring your family to the Lowell Labor Day Parade.

Download: parade2014(3).pdf

2014 WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

SAVE THE DATES

The 2014 Teamsters Women’s Conference will be held September 4-6 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The opening session will begin at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 4 and the conference will adjourn no later than 5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6.

REGISTER AT NO COST TO YOU!

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters hosts this annual conference, which is free for all participants. Members are required to register in advance by visiting http://ibt.io/womconf. Questions about registration? Call the IBT at (202) 624-8724.

Download: Womens Conf Flier.pdf

A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled the law violates the state constitution.

A Lake County Superior Court judge has ruled the law violates the state constitution.

State Plans to Appeal Right-to-Work Ruling

Judge John Sedia has ruled the law violates the section of the state constitution that does not allow services "without just compensation."

A key aspect of the law calls on unions to represent workers even if they opt out of paying dues.


You can view the decision by clicking here.


The challenge was launched by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, which is headquartered in Illinois and has Indiana offices in Lakeville and Merrillville.

The Office of the Indiana Attorney General says the status quo will remain in effect as the case is being appealed.

Source: Lake County Superior Court, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Statement from Bryan Corbin, PIO, Office of the Indiana Attorney General

The State will take an immediate appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court of this declaratory judgment which we contend is incorrect, in light of the fact the same court granted the State’s motion to dismiss on four other counts. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will aggressively defend the authority of the people’s elected representatives in the Legislature as we successfully defended this same statute from the same plaintiff who challenged it in federal court.

Source: Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Statement from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150

In a decision issued today in the Local 150's lawsuit against Indiana's right to work law, Judge John M. Sedia of Indiana’s Lake Superior Court entered declaratory judgments ruling the law unconstitutional.
Local 150’s lawsuit claimed that the law was a violation Article 1, Section 21 of Indiana’s Constitution, which states that, “No person's particular services shall be demanded, without just compensation.” Local 150 argued that Indiana’s right to work law is unconstitutional because it makes it illegal for unions to collect fees for services that they are federally required to provide.

In his decision, Judge Sedia states that under Indiana’s right to work law, “it becomes a criminal offense for a union to receive just compensation for particular servic?es federal law demands it provide to employees.” Judge Sedia concluded that, “the Court therefore has no choice but to find that [the laws] violate Article 1, Section 21 of the Indiana Constitution.”

“This is a huge victory for the middle class,” said Local 150 president-business manager James M. Sweeney. “These laws are nothing but thinly-veiled tools to weaken unions, and this is a big win for workers who rely on unions to provide decent wages and benefits. We pledged on the day that this law was passed that they hadn’t seen the last of us, and we are delighted with this ruling.”

Indiana Supreme Court rule 4(a)(1)(b) gives exclusive jurisdiction to the Supreme Court for appeals for final judgments declaring a state statute in whole or in part unconstitutional. The judgment is subject to mandatory review within 30 days.

Source: International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150


Teamster Local 142 Members Participate in CSA 2010 Training

Approximately 150 Members from Teamster Local 142 gathered on Sunday April 28, 2013 to participate in CSA 2010 training.  The members learned valuable information that will help them continue to be safe and professional drivers.  The training focused on how the regulations affect the Teamster driver. Violations under this new federal rule may follow you from workplace to workplace. The training gave the members the tools they need to protect their driving record and potential future employment as a driver.  Secretary-Treasurer Richard Knipp said “anytime we can get training to help us continue to be safe and to be professionals on the jobs that we do it is a good thing.  The turnout today shows that Teamster Local 142 drivers want to be safe and professional drivers and continue to provide safe and quality services to the Employers and their costumers .”

 

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Teamsters Local 142 Picket Trucking Contractor

Teamsters picket trucking contractor  reported by Times Staff  EAST CHICAGO | Teamsters are expected to continue a third day of striking today against a trucking contractor after negotiators failed to reach an agreement Tuesday. Members of Teamsters Local 142 picketed PTO, a company that hires truckers for Burnham Trucking. Burnham hauls steel out of ArcelorMittal.
Read More...

Sequestration Leads Indiana to Halt Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Sequestration Leads Indiana to Halt Emergency Unemployment Compensation

Looming budget cuts known as sequestration will reduce federal unemployment compensation for the long-term jobless by roughly 10 percent.

But the state government of Indiana feels that it has not received proper guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor on how to implement the cuts, so it is going to suspend the federal long-term unemployment benefits altogether in the state. Call it a case of premature sequestration.

"Due to federal automatic spending cuts as part of sequestration, payments of federally extended unemployment insurance benefits will be temporarily suspended on Saturday, March 2, 2013 until further guidance from the federal government is received," the Indiana Department of Workforce Developmentannounced on Wednesday.

Department spokesman Joe Frank said the agency would rather give jobless workers advance warning of the benefits lapse now than overpay them and have to take back the money later.

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Teamsters Local 142 Stewards Council Deliver Holiday Cheer

Davich: ‘It could be any of us next Christmas’ Jerry Davich jdavich@post-trib.com December 15, 2012 6:34PM Teamsters Local 142 member Scott Failla of Hobart arrives at a Griffith, Ind. residence to deliver a Christmas basket to a former co-worker Saturday morning December 15, 2012.
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