Ask the Teamster Troublemaker

teamstertrouble-400.jpgEmployers are quick to label any Teamster who sticks up for the contract or questions management’s authority as a “troublemaker.”


Ask the Teamster Troublemaker is an advice column dedicated to spreading the information that “troublemakers” need to enforce members’ rights and build a stronger Teamsters Union.

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Why Do They Hate TDU So Much?

I just found the TDU website. It’s got a lot of information! But my BA goes ballistic over TDU. He told me that TDU stands for “Too Dumb to Understand.” Why do they hate you guys?

— Not Sure in L.A.

When You Gotta Go...

I’m a package driver, and I’m often in areas where there aren’t adequate bathroom facilities.Management is threatening drivers with discipline if we go off our route to go to the bathroom. Do I have the right to pee?

— Holding It

Members in Meetings: A Good Idea?

I’m a steward, and the supervisor likes to cut deals behind members’ backs; he doesn’t want members present when we meet. Should I bring members into grievance meetings anyway?

— Not Horsing Around

Fooled' at Contract Vote

When our last contract was negotiated, the BA didn’t tell us the whole story. The local had a meeting where they just told us about the wages and a few other things. Months later, when we finally got a copy of the contract, we found new language that weakened our seniority rights. Isn’t this illegal? –Won’t Be Fooled Again Dear “Won’t Be Fooled,” The IBT constitution requires a secret ballot vote on contracts, and federal...

Part-Time Pension Puzzle

I recently heard that some part-timers at UPS are in Teamster pension plans. As a part-timer I was in the company plan. After I went full-time, I didn’t get any credit toward my Teamster pension for my part-time years. After Central States announced the pension cuts, they said there are not enough active workers in the Fund. Then why aren’t the part-timers in the fund? –UPSet at UPS Dear UPSet, What you heard is true....
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