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  • 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.

  • 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) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

Read about Joining D.R.I.V.E Today!

Read the article and then click HERE to download the form and sign up. Fill out, and turn in to union hall. You can fax it to 505-344-2636 or mail to 4269 Balloon Park Rd. NE, Alb, NM, 87109. You must be an active member to be a part of D.R.I.V.E.



Your DRIVE Money At Work
Jun 12, 2015

The money that you donate to the DRIVE fund helps The Teamsters fight bad legislation locally and nationally that will hurt the average worker and the labor movement in general. Below is an update of what we are working on right now:

Political Update June 12th, 2015

Federal Legislative & Field Updates June 9, 2015                                       

Fast Track (NEW UPDATE): The House Committee on Rules has scheduled a meeting on June 10 at 3:00 PM on H.R. 1314, the bill containing Fast Track language. A floor vote has not yet been scheduled, but could be coming soon.

Since our last call, Fast Track passed the Senate 62-37 and has moved on to the House. A vote is not currently scheduled, but it appears that one may happen on Friday, or be pushed to next week. There are still Representatives who remain undecided or have not made firm commitments that they will oppose Fast Track. We will be in touch with Joint Councils and Local Unions about a fly-in day when we have confirmation that the vote is scheduled for the floor. We also encourage Joint Councils and Local Unions to call your Representatives and ask that they oppose Fast Track when it is brought up for a final vote.

The Senate’s version of the bill includes Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which we would ordinarily support. However, this version of TAA is underfunded, provides no support to displaced public employees, and is paid for by cuts to Medicare. For these reasons, we oppose TAA as presented in the Senate Fast Track bill, and do not see the presence of TAA in Fast Track as a justification to vote for the bill.

Transportation Appropriations (NEW UPDATE): The Transportation Appropriations bill passed the House 216-210 on June 9th, with the 33-foot double trailer increase and the continued suspension of hours-of-service regulations. We are shifting our focus to the Senate to keep these dangerous anti-safety provisions out of the base bill, and defeat the amendments in committee markup, which is scheduled for the week of June 15.

State Legislative Updates

Missouri: Governor Nixon vetoed Right to Work on June 4th.

Michigan: A petition to repeal Prevailing Wage is circulating in Michigan. The initiative process refers the question to the legislature and allows initiatives to become law without Governor’s signature.

New Mexico: Convened a special session on June 8th to vote on a capital outlay bill that labor supported. A compromise version passed, and the Senate Leadership was able to keep anti-labor bills from becoming part of the negotiation.

DRIVE Phone Program

DRIVE is currently testing a phone program for members to opt-in for contributions. In the Joint Council 7 pilot, the program had a 15% success rate and averaged contributions of over $2.50 per week. We hope to have more Joint Councils take part in the next round of calls before the end of the month.

If you have questions about the program, contact Ed Baptiste at (202) 624-8955.

Building Teamster Political Power Program

The Department is continuing to schedule “Building Teamster Political Power” Officer Briefings with Joint Councils. The goal for this program is ongoing education and engagement of members in the political process to help build momentum for the 2016 elections and beyond. The Officer Briefings will continue through September 2015, and the goal is then for every Joint Council to hold a membership training before the 2016 Teamster Convention next June.


Download: June 2015 political.pdf

Read about D..R.I.V.E
Jan 06, 2010

About DRIVE        Download the D.R.I.V.E. Form Here

Democrat, Republican, Independent Voter Education

Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working families on politics by more than 15-1.

Through grassroots political action and aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill and in State Houses and City Halls across America, Teamsters have stopped some of the worst attacks on working people.

But Big Business is pushing their agenda harder than ever. That means we have to fight back stronger than ever. And we have to move forward with our own programs, like improving job safety, fighting for affordable childcare, and stopping abuses by corporate health providers and insurance companies.

You can take a stand for working families by contributing to DRIVE – the Teamsters’ political action committee. Your contribution will support grassroots action by Teamster families to stand up to Big Business interests.

And your membership to DRIVE will help elect political candidates who care about working people.

Contributions to DRIVE support a wide range of Teamster activities:

  • Keeping members and their families informed on the key issues that affect our future, including voter guides that show the records of our Senators and Representatives in Congress.

  • Rallies, news conferences, advertisements, and phone banks to build support on issues of concern to working people.

  • Voter registration, and financial support for political candidates who will stand up for working families. DRIVE is non-partisan and independent from any political party.


Joint Council #3 Article About DRIVE
Jan 02, 2012

A Short History of D.R.I.V.E - Democrat, Republican, Independent, Voter, Education

A Need for Political Action- In 1959, the Teamsters recognized the need to develop comprehensive legislative and political programs within the union following the passage of the Landrum-Griffin bill and other anti-labor legislation. In 1959 more anti-labor legislation came out of Congress than ever before, including legislation affecting strikes, car hauling and prohibition of gypsy truck drivers. The National Manufacturers Association strongly advocates (with many followers) placing unions under anti-trust laws by 1966.

Forming D.R.I.V.E.--In November 1959, James R. Hoffa establishes the Department of Legislation and Political Education at the IBT. Sidney Zagri, Teamster counsel, is named Director. Hoffa calls for the Department to develop political action programs for the1960 election. Funding is strictly voluntary and separate from dues. Rates are $3 annual membership and $100 for lifetime membership. Rates are not raised until 1977 when it increases to $5 annual membership. In the mid 1980s a new concept of $1 a week pledge is enacted as costs in fighting anti-labor forces rise and the number of critical issues increases.

In 1959, Zagri quickly realizes one of the best resources the union has is wives and women members, as women had been proven to be outstanding political organizers. Zagri develops a partnership with Josephine Hoffa, JRH's wife, to create a women's auxiliary political action program. The ultimate goal was to have a major auxiliary in every Joint Council and make each D.R.I.V.E. unit a political force at the precinct and block level.

Before D.R.I.V.E. is even formerly christened, Capitol Hill insiders are saying the Teamster program is more effective than the well established C.O.P.E. (Committee on Political Education) program that was developed through the AFL. Officially launched in 1960, D.R.I.V.E. has two main objectives: To elect candidates to public office who are friendly to the interests of Teamster members and passage or defeat of legislation of special concern to Teamster families. These objectives are to be reached by three main tasks to be completed by D.R.I.V.E. committees: 1. Screening and recommending favorable candidates. 2. Launching registration drives. 3. Developing plans for get out the vote campaigns in primary and general elections.

Jo Hoffa--becomes an essential part of the D.R.I.V.E. program and an important role model for Teamster women. Mrs. Hoffa had seen her husband and others physically beaten and subjected to unfair court battles as they tried to improve workers lives. She knew unions could only hold on against tough odds by active participation and constant vigilance. She was one of the first to see that political action was the best defense against the erosion of workers’ rights in the 1950s. She was quoted as saying, "labor's enemies don’t stop for lunch, so neither can we." She knew taking on a task like D.R.I.V.E. was not for the faint hearted. Many women seemed to not care at all about political issues. Many did not even vote.

She traveled from city to city in 1960 and early 1961 attending rallies that only a handful of people would attend. She and her family were subjected to negative editorials and editorial cartoons for her actions, but she did not stop trying to create D.R.I.V.E. groups. She said, "Labor unions were not built by men and women who got their feelings hurt or quit after the first disappointment."

Finally, in 1961-62 the tide begins to turn. By 1963 the numbers of attendees at her rallies and luncheons ranged from 1,200 to 5,000 at single events. For example luncheons in Milwaukee had 5,000 attendees; 1,000 in Des Moines; Kansas City 1,800; and "Jo and Jimmy" D.R.I.V.E. rallies in 1961 in Chicago had 14,000 and 12,000 in Boston. Hoffa and his wife worked as a team, making personal appearances together around the country in 1962 through 1965.

Hoffa conducts the largest telephone conference to date in 1961 by speaking with more than 1 million members on April 9, 1961. His message about D.R.I.V.E. and encouragement for women's committees was beamed into meeting halls and theatres in more than 170 cities.

Mrs. Hoffa's efforts bring forth the entire D.R.I.V.E. in Action program, including D.R.I.V.E. magazine, issue specific political action kits, letter writing campaigns, and political action training programs.

Included in the activities were also the well-received "D.R.I.V.E. Goes To A Party" hostess packets. Women would host neighborhood parties and talk about goals of D.R.I.V.E. and discuss issues relating directly to their families and communities. They then would teach friends and neighbors at the party how to get registration drives and other activities started in their wards and precincts.

Mrs. Hoffa's most important achievement was the D.R.I.V.E. motorcades held throughout the 1960s.

Starting in 1962, women delegates from several states in a region would travel by bus from Teamster joint councils, state conferences and auxiliaries to Washington, DC to meet Senators and Congressmen about labor related issues.

When they returned home the women would visit schools, churches and even go house to house to talk about the experience and give an evaluation of how well the politicians understood and were meeting the local community needs.

On early D.R.I.V.E. motorcades the politicians brushed the women off, not really caring about talking seriously to them.

The politicians quickly changed their attitudes once the women became vocal about the experience. The women were well informed and not shy about holding Senators and Congressmen accountable for their campaign promises.

Especially daunting for the politicians were the well-publicized "Scoring Banquets" held in Washington, where D.R.I.V.E. delegates would get up and rate politicians' voting records--often with the spotlighted Senator or Congressman seated at the table.

Leaders on Capitol Hill came to respect the women and their knowledge.

Senator Hubert Humphrey said he had never seen a more effective political action program than the Teamster women's motorcades.

Black and white Teamster women--even from the South traveled together on buses.

They spoke out on social justice issues as well. In 1965, one hundred and ninety Teamster women from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi attend a hearing on minority voting rights and voiced concerns about attitudes and the lack of justice during the discussions.

In 1963 a delegation of D.R.I.V.E. women go after Senator McClellan who was leading a national anti-labor crusade, for his poor record and anti-union bias. According to press, "they pinned him to the wall, and showed his shortcomings." The full transcript of the exchange was printed in the Teamster magazine the following month.

More than 15,000 Teamster women traveled to Washington, DC between 1962 through 1968.

The D.R.I.V.E. message becomes known as "The Great Conversation" on Capitol Hill. "The Great Conversation" issues are discussed and become included in policy meetings on "The Great Society" by Johnson Administration Officials.

The key to D.R.I.V.E. success by all accounts including media, Hill experts, political leadership, is the grassroots support and mobilization.

Other Related Activities

Voter checks were held beginning in 1962. These were a huge success and got rank and file members involved in the political process in record numbers. D.R.I.V.E. members would check to make sure all fellow members were registered to vote, knew polling places, etc.

If not registered, members would be registered right on the spot. If registered, members received a big sticker for their truck or other visible location saying; "Teamsters Will Vote--Will You?"

Teamster vote checks are credited for making a difference in a number of key races, including Nixon's defeat in the California Governor race.

A series of popular essay contests on the importance of D.R.I.V.E. sent winners to Washington, DC and gave them the chance to meet many union and political leaders.

A record 2,400 rank and file Teamster members who had manned the wards and pushed voting via D.R.I.V.E. activities were invited to attend the Johnson inauguration in 1965.

Not since Andrew Jackson had so many "common folk" been on the invitation list.

In 1963 Business Week quotes anti-labor Congressman as saying, "We many not like those D.R.I.V.E. women, but they are effective."

On the Hill D.R.I.V.E. becomes seen as the guardian of civil liberties. D.R.I.V.E. motorcade discussions are credited with pushing Congress to give equal time on the airwaves to minority parties.

In 1964 D.R.I.V.E. educational workshops begin. These are a series of seminars designed to educate business agents and other local leaders on political issues and train them on developing effective political action activities for their members.

Part of every D.R.I.V.E. donations in the 1960s went to The City of Hope, a renowned cancer research and treatment center in California. The hospital did not charge fees to patients. Teamsters had long been associated with the hospital--and have continued to be. Sheryl Crow is current spokeswoman.

Source: IBT Training & Development Department

CALL YOUR LOCAL UNION AND SIGN UP FOR D.R.I.V.E. TODAY! IN THE 1980s MEMBERS DONATED $1.00 A WEEK--WE CAN DO THE SAME IN THE 21ST CENTURY! LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD!




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