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"Fast Track" is a one-way trip to trade deals worse than NAFTA, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret as we speak, it will destroy Teamster jobs and cripple America's middle class once again.

Call your member of Congress RIGHT NOW using the Teamster Fast Track Hotline 1-888-979-9806 and tell them to vote NO on Fast Track legislation (H.R. 3830)!

For more information please go to http://teamster.org//fast-track-wrong-track-teamsters

Local 653 comes to agreement with East Bridgewater DPW

Teamsters Local Union 653 would like to announce that an agreement was reached with the East Bridgewater DPW  on June 9th 2014.  The DPW has 14 members  and is our first  Municipality in the Local.  

http://www.ebdpw.com/


This Week's Labor Video

This Week's Labor Video

Heaven Will Protect the Working Girl

An unexpected friendship between two Italian and Jewish immigrant girls provides the backdrop for this story of labor organizing and women’s growing activism.  While working in harsh sweatshops and factories, the young women also experienced the thrills of movies, amusement parks and dance halls.  As their numbers in the workforce grew and working conditions declined they took matters into their own hands.  In 1909, garment workers staged the “Uprising of the 20,000,” a massive strike that won union recognition and transformed the role of women in the union movement.  Watch the trailer below.

                         


Toy for Troops 2013

         Toys for Troops 2013 The Executive Board of Teamsters Local 653 would like to thank you for your generosity and support of our sixth annual Toys for Troops Drive. Thanks to all of you, it was a tremendous success. Our donations will be making this a joyous holiday season for our local soldiers' families.
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Social Security National Day of Action in Baltimore tomorrow

July 1, 2013 | Join the Maryland and DC Alliance for Retired Americans on July 2 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Woodlawn Social Security Office, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD. as they join hands to for a "human chain against the chained CPR.
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Tell Congress: Leave our 40-hr work week and OT pay alone!

May 1, 2013 | The House of Representatives has renewed its decades-old attack on the 40-hour work week. Once again, some members of Congress are pushing so-called "comp time" legislation that would allow employers to stop giving workers extra pay for working overtime. The "The Working Families Flexibilty Act" (H.R.
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Welcome To The Teamsters Local 653 Website

Welcome To The Teamsters  Local 653 Website On behalf of the leadership of Teamsters Local 653, I want to welcome you to our newly improved website. The site offers helpful information for Teamster members and their families on important issues like health care, political action, education & training, and our organizing efforts.
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Scholarship Winners 2013-2014

Listing of Scholarship Winners.
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Upcoming Events
Pension Fund Appointments
Jul 25, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375
Pension Fund Appointments
Aug 29, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375
Labor Day - Closed
Sep 01, 2014
Teamsters Union Meeting
Sep 14, 2014
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Pension Fund Appointments
Sep 26, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375

Union Steward Availability

There is no set rule for how many stewards you’ll find in a particular workplace, or how many will have responsibility for2014.07.21membertip-stewardparticular work areas.  Sometimes there is a natural organization of the workplace—such as a well-defined work unit, or a particular work shift or one building separated from the rest of a larger facility—so that it makes sense for stewards to be assigned on that basis.  So it may be that stewards where you work function according to workplace geography—a steward may be responsible for all union members on a particular floor of a building, for example.  Maybe your steward is one who handles matters that directly affect everyone who does your type of job—such as all accountants in a particular government agency, or all nurses aides on a particular wing of a nursing home—or maybe your steward deals with everyone who works on your shift.

Adapted from The Union Member's Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer

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Today In Labor History

July 22 
Newly unionized brewery workers in San Francisco, mostly German socialists, declare victory after the city’s breweries give in to their demands for free beer, the closed shop, freedom to live anywhere (they had typically been required to live in the breweries), a 10-hour day, 6-day week, and a board of arbitration – 1886

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  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • 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.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

     
 
 
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