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Will the Teamsters Union "Change to Win"?

James Hoffa has been getting a lot of press these days for being part of a group of labor leaders who formed the Change to Win Coalition. What does this new group stand for, and what does it mean for Teamsters? The Change to Win Coalition, led by the Service Employees (SEIU) and joined by the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE-HERE, the Laborers, Farm Workers, and Carpenters says its purpose is to make...

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After the Hoffa Split: Forging Alliances Based on Plans, Not Personalities

Frank Halstead Local 572, Ralphs Grocery Los Angeles The Hoffa Unity Slate is cracking into two. More and more members are seeing that we won’t stop the decline of Teamster power until we change our union’s leadership at the top. Now, even members of Hoffa’s own team are realizing the same thing.Hoffa, the candidate, promised to restore Teamster power. But when the Hoffa train left the station, his platform stayed behind. Instead of restoring the...

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2004 $100,000 Club Report Findings:

Under Hoffa, multiple salaries and political patronage are at an all-time high. • Hoffa pays multiple salaries to 148 political allies. • Multiple salaries are up 722 percent under Hoffa. • A record 119 officials on the International payroll make $100,000 or more—80 percent get multiple salaries. The salary gap is widening between the majority of local union leaders and a layer of super-compensated officials—most of whom are on Hoffa's payroll. • Half of all...

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TDU Members Win in Supreme Court

December 5, 2005: TDU members who filed a class action lawsuit against Tyson Foods have won a landmark victory at the Supreme Court that will put millions in the hands of more than 800 meatpacking workers and help tens of thousands of poultry workers win litigation for unpaid wages. In the first decision of the court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court cleared the way for 815 Tyson employees to receive...

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Street Heat in D.C.

The following is an interview with Bill Gibson, the President of Local 96 in Washington, D.C. Why is it important for your local to be involved in this activity? Basically to help out other locals that are having problems with employers. In turn we expect their help when we have problems. We do that through the Washington metro Central Labor Council (CLC), AFL-CIO and through other community agencies such as the Gray Panthers, ACORN and...

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LA TDU Solidarity

The following is an interview with Frank Halstead, a grocery worker at Ralphs in Los Angeles Local 572. What are some examples of solidarity, within the IBT and without, that your chapter has been involved in? Our solidarity work is all within the Teamsters. We have our hands full right here! Currently we have a project around organizing a contract campaign for the Sysco facility. This has tremendous promise because we have numerous issues to...

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Senate Considering Bill With a Dangerous Provision

Teamster members are taking action now to protect our pensions from dangerous proposed legislation that makes it easier for multi-employer plans to cut retirement benefits. Your urgent action is needed to contact the leaders of the Senate’s Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee — and your Congressional Reps and Senators — to ask them to stand up for our retirement security. he Red Zone Amendment to the Pension Protection Act would allow troubled pension...

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Is ‘Full Funding’ the Answer?

The Western Conference Pension Fund has announced a big cut in pension accruals, effective July 1. This cut, if it stands, will seriously diminish pensions of those who retire in the coming years. (By law the fund cannot decrease pension credits already earned.) Teamsters in the West have formed the Western Teamsters Pension Improvement Committee (WESTPIC) and are calling on the trustees to rescind the cut. The trustees are insisting that they must have “full...

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Pension Movement Wins on UPS Reciprocity

The pension justice movement has won an important victory for UPS Teamsters in the Central States Pension Fund. After refusing for 2 years to respect language in the 2002 UPS contract, Central States has now agreed to fully credit members for years they worked as part-timers. This will mean earlier retirement and larger monthly checks for many Teamsters who have worked as both part-timers and full-timers at UPS. Agreement Broken Central States and the UPS...

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Central States Spin

Article Content: Members of Local 407 received the letter below from their local. It’s a short summary of information provided to the local by the Central States Pension Fund. From the letter, its clear that the CSF is still spinning the numbers—if the fund’s financial situation is improving, isn’t it time to improve Teamster retirees’ financial situation? Of course spun information is better than none at all. Thanks to member pressure over the last two...

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