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UPS Teamsters Say Conditions Are Worse Today Than at Start of Contract

January 28, 2005:Only 10% of UPS members responding to a survey said they felt as good or better about their jobs today as they did before the current contract. Over 56% said that conditions are worse today at UPS than they were in 2002—not exactly a clean bill of health for UPS or the IBT in the wake of what was called the “best contract ever.” Two years into the current UPS contract, TDU conducted...

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Teamsters Will Have Choice in 2006

April 22, 2006: Delegate elections continue as Convoy goes to press, but one key outcome has already been decided. Tom Leedham will have the necessary votes to be nominated at the 2006 Teamster Convention. “Teamsters will have a choice in the 2006 election thanks to the thousands of members who ran for delegate and supported delegate campaigns,” Leedham said. Delegates who have pledged to nominate the Tom Leedham Slate come from every region and jurisdiction,...

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Rail Teamsters Need Change

April 22, 2006: “Rail engineers and trainmen face vicious attacks from their employers. If we’re going to meet the challenges we face in the rail industry, then we must make change in our union,” said Ed Michael, a Union Pacific rail engineer and Teamster in the BLET. Michael, a member of the TDU International Steering Committee, was recently elected convention delegate along with alternate delegate Brad Thompson. Rail Teamsters are up against the most serious...

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Hoffa Rep Gives Members’ Money to Wal-Mart

April 22, 2006: Hoffa International Rep Rick Middleton, who also heads Los Angeles Local 572, has a little explaining to do. Middleton has invested $20,000 of members’ dues money in the notorious union-buster Wal-Mart. “Wal-Mart is hurting the Teamsters and all of organized labor. When our local officials invest thousands of dollars into Wal-Mart, it sends a mixed message to the membership."Frank HalsteadRalphs, Local 572Los AngelesMany members of Local 572 who work in the grocery...

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Decline in Union Grocery Warehousing a Growing Problem in the Northeast

April 22, 2006: The closing of a Maryland distribution center by C&S Wholesalers will result in the loss of 370 Teamster jobs in the coming months. And in February, Stop and Shop in New Haven, Conn. announced the closing of its distribution center, putting over 500 Teamsters out of work. Where did most of these jobs go? You guessed right: to a non-union facility run by C&S Wholesalers in Massachusetts. These two recent events are...

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Memphis Voters Defeat Hoffa Running Mate

April 22, 2006: A slate of working Teamsters swept the delegate race in Memphis Local 667, defeating Hoffa running mate and International Union Trustee Henry Perry. Hoffa aggressively backed his running mate, endorsing him in a glossy campaign mailer that was sent to every Local 667 member. But Hoffa’s support proved to be the kiss of death. Three of the four members of the losing slate are Hoffa appointees. “Teamsters here in Memphis don’t want...

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Hoffa Loses in Home Local

April 22, 2006: The United Teamsters Against Hoffa Slate swept all six positions in the convention delegate race in Pontiac, Mich. Local 614—the home local of General President James Hoffa. Hoffa hand-picked Local 614 and transferred his membership there because he considered it safe territory. But Teamsters have turned against Hoffa in his adopted home local. “It’s time for Jimmy to get out of there. We need a union man running our International, not a...

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Gate Gourmet Teamsters Say No to Concessions, Authorize Strike

January 28, 2005: Workers at Gate Gourmet, an airline and railroad food service provider, are voting in December to authorize a strike if the company won’t sign a fair contract. The Teamsters and UNITE HERE jointly represent about 8,000 Gate Gourmet workers nationally, with individual locations represented by one union or split (drivers as Teamsters). The IBT represents 3,500 members in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Memphis. The notice of a...

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Teamsters Fight Union Busting at Tyson

January 28, 2005: Local 556 Teamsters at Tyson Foods know what they want in the New Year—to beat corporate union-busting at the world’s largest meatpacking company and win a new contract. Meatpacking is dangerous work—especially at Tyson’s plant in Pasco, Wash., where Teamster members are injured at three times the national average for comparable meatpacking plants. Tyson Teamsters know they can’t beat a multinational corporation on their own. Since electing a reform leadership in 2000,...

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Setbacks for Hoffa Tradeshow Director

Local 82 Teamsters in Boston overwhelmingly voted to approve a series of bylaws amendments to give members a stronger voice in the local. More than 140 members turned out to the local union meeting on March 26 and voted by huge margins in favor of the reforms—an incredible turnout given that the local only has 650 members. The overwhelming Yes vote came over the strong opposition of Secretary-Treasurer John Perry. It was the second rank-and-file...

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