Our union faces serious challenges in the next five years. Reversing pension cuts. Protecting our health benefits. Winning strong contracts. Organizing the nonunion competition that is undercutting us nationally (like UPS Freight) and at the local level.
In short, we’ve got to rebuild Teamster Power. It’s no secret that TDU thought Hoffa was the wrong man for this job. One hundred thousand Teamsters agreed. But not enough.
It’s no time to cry in our beer. There’s too much at stake. In 2007, TDU will keep on organizing to win strong contracts and benefits and to build a more powerful, accountable Teamsters Union.
And we want you to be a part of it.
Early bargaining is underway at UPS and so is an early blackout on information from the IBT.
TDU is launching a contract information and mobilization network to fight for contract and pension improvements. When freight and carhaul talks gear up, we will do the same.
Whatever industry you work in, TDU can help with workshops and organizing advice to help you fight for the contract you deserve.
When it comes to pensions and benefits, TDU will keep informing Teamsters, uniting members to put the heat on employers and, when necessary, our own fund trustees, to protect our benefits.
For the last year, TDU’s focus has been the International election, but our main focus has always been at the local level: helping Teamsters organize to win strong contracts, enforce their rights on the job, hold officials accountable, and even run for local union office.
The election is over, but the challenges facing our union remain. TDU will continue organizing rank-and-file Teamsters to rebuild our union’s power.