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Upcoming Events
10-hour OSHA/3-hour Hazcom Training
Aug 27, 2016
Espanola NM (6-Hours Saturday/4-Hours Sunday)
Labor Day
Sep 05, 2016
The Union office is closed for the Holiday.
General Membership Union Meeting
Sep 10, 2016
The Saturday, September 10th, meeting will be held in Southern NM, at: Hilton Garden Inn 2550 S Don Roser Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88011
Quarterly Movie-Film Industry Meeting
Sep 11, 2016
Teamsters Union Hall (downstairs) at 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
New Mexico Member Appreciation Day
Sep 17, 2016
Tentative date, come back soon for more info
Current Campaigns
  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

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New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day 2016

The Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board would like to invite you and your family to the 2016 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day for some food, music, and great raffle prizes.  Come join us on Saturday Sept. 17th at the Union Hall from 11am to 4pm.  We will be serving Popeye’s chicken, the JC3 Teamster truck will be there. This year's theme is Teamster History. 

In addition, you will get your free official New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day tee shirt when you register at the event. Due to popular demand, we will have two Custom Teamsters “DISC-IT” Propane Grills this year, tickets for two chances to win are only $1, for $10 you will get 12 tickets.

You can download the event flyer here. We look forward to seeing you there. 


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Freeloader Law On Hold in WV

Court Places Injunction on “Workplace Freedom Act” Following Testimony From Teamsters International General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall

 (CHARLESTON, W.Va.) – Today, all of labor and the middle class working families of West Virginia won a major victory after the Kanawha County Circuit Court granted a request for an injunction that would suspend the destructive right-to-work legislation that was passed earlier this year. The court ruled that the injunction should be granted pending a full review of the merit of the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the “Workplace Freedom Act” filed by labor unions across West Virginia.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, who also serves as President of Teamster Local 175 in South Charleston, testified before the Kanawha County Circuit Court today to challenge the law. Speaking on behalf of the West Virginia labor movement, Hall noted there are several technical and constitutional issues of the enacted legislation.

“We applaud Judge Bailey’s ruling. This legislation deserves careful consideration by the court. The language of the bill–as it was written, amended and enacted into law–has significant issues that are in violation of the West Virginia Constitution,” Hall said.

The Teamsters and the West Virginia AFL-CIO, along with several other labor unions across the state, filed petitions in Kanawha County Circuit Court challenging the Workplace Freedom Act on June 27, contending that the right-to-work law is intended to discourage union membership by “enabling nonmembers of unions to get union services for free”— an illegal taking of union property and resources.

Earlier this year, a circuit court judge in Wisconsin overturned the state’s right-to-work law over similar challenges in a case that argued the unconstitutional taking of union property and resources.

“The Workplace Freedom Act will not bring freedom to the workplace, as the name deceitfully suggests. Rather, it will deny hardworking West Virginians the rights and protections they need to survive,” Hall said. “If this becomes the law of the land, it will not only be in violation of our state’s very own constitution—it will cause workers’ wages to go down and workplace injuries to go up. This legislation is unconstitutional, unethical and unacceptable for West Virginia.”

Teamster Takes 1st Place 2016 Bus Roadeo

Teamster Bus Driver Leo Valencia Takes Top Honors at 2016 Annual Bus Roadeo and Conference

Teamster Leo Valencia who is a driver for North Central Regional Transit District took first place in the Cutaway Bus competition at this year’s Bus Roadeo and Conference.  The April 3 event was held during the Annual Conference and Expo which took place at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (See Photos Here)

A warm round of congratulations from NCRTD Board Members and Board meeting attendees greeted Leo on April 8 where NCRTD Executive Director, Anthony Mortillaro, presented him with the NMPTA plaque honoring him for his First Place finish.

As winner of the New Mexico State Roadeo, Leo went to Portland for the National Roadeo event at the Community Transportation Association Expo in May where he, along with other New Mexico Roadeo conference winners, represented the Land of Enchantment. This is the 4th time in the last 5 years Leo has won 1st place in the state competition. Leo placed 14th in the national competition.   

Leo Valencia drives for the RTD 340 Chile Line Red and began driving for the Chile Line in back in 2010.

Always a highlight of the Annual NMPTA Conference, the Roadeo is a fun and friendly challenge among transit drivers from across the State.  What might look like a maze of randomly placed orange cones to the untrained eye, the expert drivers know exactly what they need to do to maneuver the course with precision.  The timed course contains obstacles that test every phase a bus operator encounters under normal driving conditions.  In addition to driving skills and written test, participants are also tested on ADA wheelchair securement standards and pre-trip vehicle inspection.

The competition is a showcase of vehicle operator skills and promotes safety, professionalism and excellence in transit operations.

2016 New Mexico Truck Driving Championships

The New Mexico Truck Driving Championships were held this year at the Isleta Resort for the second year. There was a large spectator turnout and the event is looking more like a “state fair/balloon fiesta” type function every year. With ABF, Sysco, UPS Freight, and YRC all having cook outs, it was a great family day for all that attended.  See Photos Here

This year, the event had not only trucking companies showcasing their driver’s talents, but some companies set up booths for people to learn more about their company. There were also vendors with booths of their own giving out goodies which included; Mack Truck, Rush Truck Center, Pre-Pass, NM Trucking, NM DOT-ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), Penske, and Legal Shield. There were also “show trucks” there, including the Teamster Joint Council #3 Truck, (thanks to Teamster retiree Jim Adams for bringing it in from Colorado) the ATA Share-The-Road Truck, San Juan Community College Truck, and the Veterans Day-POW Tanker by EMG Ltd.

The Teamster Companies were well represented again this year with 35 Teamsters from 5 Companies competing including ABF, Sysco, TeamOne, UPS Freight, and YRC sending their best of the best. Teamsters Local 492 is proud of these great drivers for competing in the TDC this year. Whether they placed or not, having such a strong Teamster presence of Professional Drivers at these functions speaks volumes in the trucking industry.

Congratulations to all the competitors and winners for another great Truck Roadeo! A special thanks to Teamsters Robert Aragon, Albert Lujan, Kenton Newbill, and Chad Sullins for volunteering to hostle and to Teamster Roy Lucas and also Ron Cordova, Randy Archer and his wife for setting up all the tents and cooking for everyone again this year, and all of the other unnamed volunteers that helped cook for the members.

Below is a list of the Teamster Companies that competed (in alphabetical order). Some of the companies did not respond to our request for information, so we apologize if we missed anyone.            

ABF had 17 drivers compete, 13 placed:

Straight Truck: Don Wood – 2nd Place

3 Axle: Robert Delgado – 2nd Place

4 Axle: Ralph Garcia – 1st Place

4 Axle: Justin Gallant – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Joey Padilla – 2nd Place (Rookie)

5 Axle: Duane Oldfield – 3rd Place

Flatbed: Michael Contreras – 1st Place

Flatbed: Josh Perez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Sleeper: Joseph Carrillo – 1st Place

Sleeper: Charlie Estrada – 3rd Place

Tanker: Gerald Benavidez – 1st Place

Tanker: Carl Marquez – 2nd Place

Twins: Fernando Gonzalez – 2nd Place (Rookie)

Justin Gallant – Rookie of the Year

ABF received the Team of the Year Award for the highest points.

ABF also was awarded the Fleet Safety Awards in the following categories:

100k – 500k Miles Fleet (City Operations)

5 Million Miles plus (Line Haul Operations)

The following ABF Teamsters also competed: In the 3 Axle - Randel Amberman & Kirk Wise. In the Twins Trailers - Ricky Lucas & Steven Russell.

Sysco - David Logan won 3rd place in Tanker.

Sysco had 6 drivers competing this year: In 3 Axle - Thomas Humphries, Jose Salas, & Sean Smartt. In 5 Axle - Aaron Clanan. In Tanker Truck – David Logan and Martin Montez.

TeamOne (UPS Truckload) won the 500k to 1M Fleet Safety Award and had 2 drivers competing this year; Brian Thais 4-Axle (this is his 8th year competing) & Cam Misner 4-Axle (this is his 4th year competing) 

UPS Freight had 6 drivers compete this year: In 3 Axle - Steve Lopez, Ginger Victoria McKeegan & Joe Seijas. In 4 Axle - Keith Brewer & Armondo Hernandez. In Flatbed - Wendell Ellis.

YRC had 4 drivers compete this year: Stanley Aragon in 4 Axle. In 5 Axle Sleeper - Michael McAfee & Jack Rojas, In 5 Axle - Steven Taylor.

It was another great event put on by the NMTA and it seems to improve and grow larger each year. It was also great to see such a strong Teamster presence again this year and we hope to see you all again next year! Click Here to view all the scores.


Download: 2016 Truck Roadeo Scores.pdf
August 24, 2016

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