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How Two-Tier Contracts Hurt Workers and Weaken Unions

Hoffa’s negotiator at UPS is proposing a two-tier contract for package drivers. But Teamsters in other industries have learned the hard way that two-tier contracts are poison.

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Teachers Give Lessons on How to Strike and Win

Teachers across the country have launched a wave of strikes, walkouts, sickouts, and rallies that are winning gains, galvanizing members, and breathing new life into the strike.

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How We Can Win a Strong UPS Contract

UPS contract negotiations will begin later this year. UPS Teamsters are preparing now to beat givebacks and win the contract we deserve.

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How We'll Win at UPS

UPS is making billions. But they’re coming to the table, demanding concessions. They got away with that last time. We can’t let it happen again.

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Fight to Save Pensions Provides Important Lessons

Over the past four years, thousands of retired and active Teamsters have waged the battle to secure their retirement security. For most who got involved in the campaign, it started with the direct threat to their livelihood but morphed into a can-do attitude. As Teamsters, they knew they had to fight to have any chance of protecting the pension benefits that had already been earned. As Butch Lewis once said, “A promise, is a promise, is a promise.”

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ABF Teamsters Gear Up to Win Strong Contract

Teamsters at ABF stand ready to fight for major improvements in the 2018 freight contract.

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What's on the Table at UPS?

National contract negotiations began on January 22. Just prior to the start of negotiations, Teamster Voice described some key improvements members are fighting for in the next contract. It’s up to members to keep up the pressure so these demands aren’t dropped or watered down.

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Concessions for You—Not for Them

Should Hoffa administration officials who negotiate contract givebacks be rewarded with fat salaries?

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How to Clean Out Teamster Corruption

Some of Hoffa’s top lieutenants are getting tossed for corruption and embezzlement. But Teamster members don’t believe that our union is gaining integrity. What’s wrong with this picture?

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UPDATE: Chicago Local 705 Bargaining with UPS

Local 705, representing over 10,000 UPS Teamsters in the Chicago area, continues to demand a contract with UPS which does not have concessions, and which makes gains for part-timers and retirees. It is possible that the union could give a 30-day notice to the company to cancel the contract extension, which would cause an open contract—and potential strike—in early December.

UPS Freight: An insulting “final offer”

The IBT is serving up an insulting “last best and final” offer from UPS Freight for a vote to be conducted by Local Unions on November 9-10-11 with in-person voting. The offer contains zero improvements in the wage proposal, where a five-year tiny increase would cause wages to fall far behind inflation. It offers no real improvement in the subcontracting language.

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