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Freight: Gains Not Givebacks

August 23, 2007: We’re overdue for important contract improvements in wages, benefits and job protections. Our freight wages have fallen, measured against inflation, since Hoffa took office. It’s time for some catchup. Major nonunion carriers pay almost as much. It’s time for benefit improvements. In the Central States Fund, we need restoration of affordable retiree health care, and we need improvements across the board to protect and improve health and pension benefits. It’s time for...

An Open Letter to DHL Teamsters

August 23, 2007: Brothers and Sisters, I am a DHL driver and union committeeman in Pittsburgh Local 249. DHL Teamsters in our local are STRONGLY opposed to any negotiations with the goal of taking DHL out of the NMFA. When we got word that this may be in the works, we shifted into high gear to organize against it. Thankfully, we gathered a lot of support from other DHL Teamsters around the country who understand...

Hours of Service Regs Set to Change

August 23, 2007: Truck drivers will return to the 10-hour maximum driving time on Sept. 14, unless the trucking employers are successful in getting the court to stay its July 24 ruling.   As of late August, drivers still don’t know what the regulations will be after Sept. 14. Neither do the carriers. In a victory for truck drivers and highway safety, the court threw out the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) revised rules...

On Pension Fund Split: Your Voice is Your Vote

August 23, 2007: Sometimes, your vote is your voice. But on the issue of splitting UPS from the Central States Pension Fund, you won’t get a vote, unless you work at UPS. Because this could weaken our whole union, you should make your voice heard. Go to your September union meeting. Ask your local union officers to take a stand to defend our master contracts, and our Teamster pension plans. We want stronger pension funds...

Traffic World: ABF to Withdraw from TMI

August 18, 2007: From Traffic World: ABF Freight System is seeking its own road toward a new Teamster contract and single employer pension plan. The LTL carrier Aug. 17 said it is pulling out of Trucking Management Inc., the multiemployer bargaining unit that negotiates the National Master Freight Agreement, and plans to seek its own contract with the Teamsters union. That decision is a step toward withdrawing from the union's multiemployer pension plans, a company...
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