TDU is members' number one source of information on enforcing your rights on the job and in the union. Find out more about your rights here. Contact TDU if you have a question or need back-up in enforcing your rights.
Your Rights as a TDU Member
As a Teamster you have certain rights protected by law, but they are meaningless unless members make use of them. TDU is the organization of Teamsters dedicated to making that happen.
Union Member Bill of Rights
The Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA), guarantees your basic democratic rights within our union.
Your Right to a Copy of Your Contract
Every Teamster has a legal right to a copy of their current collective bargaining agreement—no ifs, ands, or buts.Teamsters have important rights to information about union finances, our pension plans, our contracts and bylaws.
Hey! The Boss Is Calling Me Into the Office
In many workplaces, harassment on the shop floor is backed up by the threat of being written up or sent into the office.
Can the Boss Fire Me for facebook?
You’re online and so is your boss. What are the Do’s and Don’ts for staying out of trouble?
Your Right to Talk (& Wear) Union on the Job
Know your rights on the job when it comes to talking union, wearing union-related gear (including Vote No t-shirts) and passing out information at work.
Filing NLRB Charges: A Tool for Rights But No Quick Fix
One of the main laws that protect the union rights of workers in the U.S. is the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It applies to most private sector workers.
Teamsters can strengthen our union on the shop floor if we can recognize sexual harassment and deal with it swiftly at our workplaces.
Contract Violations & Grievances
Tips for Writing Grievances
Writing an effective grievance is the first step to winning and the foundation for your case. Avoid common mistakes with these Teamster Grievance Writing Tips.
A winning grievance starts with a good investigation. If you don’t have your facts straight, management will shoot down your case.
Using 'Just Cause' to Win Grievances
Understanding 'Just Cause' can help protect Teamsters from discipline or discharge.
The Seven Tests for Just Cause
Most Teamster contracts protect workers from termination except for “just cause.”
The Grievance Meeting: How to Present a Grievance to Management
The first stages of filing a grievance can be the most important, no matter what kind of grievance procedure your contract contains.
Steward's Corner: Last Chance Agreements
What should a fired member do if management offers them a “Last Chance Agreement” as a condition for getting their job back?
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Your Rights Under the FMLA
Management often gives workers a hard time when we ask for a leave to take care of our medical needs or our families.
Labor Department's New Guide to the Family & Medical Leave Act
Read the Department of Labor's short guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Protect Yourself with Intermittent Leave
Warehouse jobs are brutal. Production standards and mandatory overtime take a toll on our bodies. FMLA intermittent leave is a tool we can use to protect ourselves.
Labor Department Tightens FMLA Restrictions
Days before George Bush left office, the Department of Labor issued new, more restrictive regulations for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Learn about the restrictions, which are still in effect, and how they could affect you.
Health & Safety
Your Right to Refuse to Operate Unsafe Equipment: Do's and Don'ts
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) protects drivers' rights to enforce truck safety by making it illegal for a company to discipline, discharge or discriminate against an employee for making a vehicle safety complaint or refusing to operate an unsafe vehicle.
Refusing to Drive Under Bad Weather
Understand your right to refuse to drive during bad weather under the STAA, a federal law.
Driving in Winter Weather
Are you on thin ice if you refuse to drive in dangerous conditions?
How to Make the Most of OSHA Rules on Reporting Workplace Injuries
Workplace activists, stewards and health and safety committees can use these injury and illness reports to track safety problems in the workplace.