August 28, 2013: Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The hidden history of the march may surprise you—and it shows why we need to keep marching today.
Black Teamsters meeting at the 2013 TDU Convention.
African American Teamsters Stepping Forward
“We need more African Americans to step forward into leadership in the Teamsters Union. And we cannot wait to be invited from on-high from Hoffa, because we'll waiting be a long time.
"Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) is here to help. TDU organizers like me travel all over our union to talk with Teamsters, and help brothers and sisters take an active part in building stronger locals and a union that welcomes all workers.
“Send me an email or call me at 901-230-7992 to set up a meeting in your area.”
Willie Hardy, TDU Staff Organizer and Black Caucus Chair
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News from the TDU Black Caucus
September 6, 2013: A Local 802 Teamster celebrates her 15th year as a groundbreaking Teamster and "troublemaker" for fairness.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Yellow Transportation Inc., and YRC Inc. have settled for $11 million an EEOC suit alleging that the trucking companies permitted the racial harassment of black employees at a now-closed Chicago Ridge, Ill., facility.
Class of Black Employees Suffered Hangman's Nooses, Racist Graffiti and Epithets, Harsher Discipline, and Tougher Work Assignments, Federal Agency Charged
June 25, 2012: TDU member Mike Spruill interviewed about how and why he became a TDU member and a Teamster.
February 20, 2012: For decades Black Teamsters have been working to win more representation for African Americans in leadership at all levels of our union.
May 3, 2011: The 36th Annual Educational Conference and Banquet of the Teamster National Black Caucus will be held August 9 to 14 in Detroit, Michigan.
“…If you stand up straight, people can’t ride your back. And that’s what we did. We stood up straight.”
That's how Taylor Rogers explains the success of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike. Rogers was a principal organizer of the historic strike.
January 14, 2011: We celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, because of his leadership in the nonviolent movement for civil rights for all Americans.
January 14, 2011: It has been 27 years since Dr. King’s birthday became a federal holiday, but still very few Teamster employers recognize it.