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Teamster Takes on Racism at Kraft Foods

May 1, 2008: When an employee at Kraft Foods repeatedly directed the epithet “coon” at Willie Knox, the Local 445 Teamster knew he had to stand up for his rights. A poster at the company urges employees to call an “Integrity Hotline” to report issues of harassment or discrimination. Knox called the number. He had no way of knowing that call would lead to his termination. But six weeks after he blew the whistle on...

TDU’s Black Caucus Launches Webpage

April 8, 2008: The Black Caucus of Teamsters for a Democratic Union has launched a webpage to share and highlight the work of African American Teamsters to build a strong union. TDU’s Black Caucus is a network of Black Teamsters from across our union who work together and share strategies for building a union that fights for all of our members. “It’s time for a union leadership that looks like our union’s membership,” said Willie...

We Need a Union Leadership that Looks Like Our Membership

April 8, 2008: The membership of our union is changing more every year, but the top Teamster leadership has not kept pace. African Americans and Latinos make up a bigger portion of Teamster membership than ever before. And women Teamsters now account for a quarter of our total membership. But our union’s top leadership doesn’t look like our membership. The General Executive Board, our union’s elected leadership body, includes only one African American who is...

Members Petition Kraft to Respect MLK Day

January 10, 2008: Forty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, where he was organizing support for striking sanitation workers. Today, many Teamster members still don’t have Martin Luther King Day off, even though it’s a federal holiday. Even worse, at least one Teamster employer marks Martin Luther King Day by laying off Teamster drivers without pay. This year, Local 807 members are standing up against this practice. Kraft Foods in...

Labor Notes: Nichele Fulmore—Standing Up for Women Leaders in Our Unions

May 1, 2007: Nichele Fulmore has been a package car driver at UPS in Lumberton, North Carolina for over 12 years. She is a member of Teamsters Local 391 and has been a full-time steward for two years. She began organizing to reform the Teamsters when she realized that “things weren’t right, especially when members are kept in the dark.” As part of our ongoing “Women Leaders in Our Unions” series, read more about how...
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