The largest UPS local in the south has voted for a new team of reform leaders, who swept the election in Dallas – Ft. Worth Local 767. The 767 Teamsters United for Change slate won a four-way race with 57 percent of the vote.
Washington Gas utility workers have voted in new leadership in Teamsters Local 96 in Washington, D.C. after a grassroots campaign by the New Beginning Slate.
Another weak UPS Freight contract has been ratified after Hoffa threw away our union’s bargaining leverage and left members defenseless against company threats.
After members Voted No, UPS issued a statement that the contract was rejected and the company would return to the bargaining table. But in a new letter, Hoffa's legal counsel claims the contract had to be ratified and that the union plans “future discussions with the company” to negotiate “additional provisions” in the national UPS agreement.
Michael Savwoir has fought for democracy, racial justice and a stronger Teamsters Union for well over 30 years, and he’s still going strong. Teamsters—especially TDU members—salute his unwavering commitment, as he steps down from the TDU Steering Committee, on which he has served for nearly 20 years.
The Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Fund, headquartered in Pittsburgh, applied for permission to reduce benefits to remain solvent, which could cut the pensions of thousands of Teamsters.
Local 705, representing over 10,000 UPS Teamsters in the Chicago area, continues to demand a contract with UPS which does not have concessions, and which makes gains for part-timers and retirees. It is possible that the union could give a 30-day notice to the company to cancel the contract extension, which would cause an open contract—and potential strike—in early December.
The IBT is serving up an insulting “last best and final” offer from UPS Freight for a vote to be conducted by Local Unions on November 9-10-11 with in-person voting. The offer contains zero improvements in the wage proposal, where a five-year tiny increase would cause wages to fall far behind inflation. It offers no real improvement in the subcontracting language.