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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)!

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Sep 07, 2015
Teamsters Union Meeting
Sep 13, 2015
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Oct 11, 2015
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Nov 08, 2015
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Dec 13, 2015
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375

2015 Essay Contest

Submission Deadline June 15, 2015!

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund has announced that this year’s topic for the Annual Essay Contest is “What impact would an increase in union membership have on the U.S. economy and the middle class?”

Teamster sons, daughters or financial dependents, age 23 and younger who are currently attending community college, a 4-year institution or a technical/vocational program are eligible to apply.  All applicants must fill out the application page and send it along with their essay (500 words or less) to the Scholarship Fund office. Winners are awarded $1,000.  The deadline is June 15, 2015. Download the application form here.

When completed, the application form and essay may be e-mailed to the office at:  or they can be mailed to: James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund, 25 Louisiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20001.


James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund. This site describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is an independent organization established and registered as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund is established solely to provide scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and contributions to the Fund are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law. In 2015 the Fund plans to award $1,000,000 in scholarships.

Special thanks to our Major Sponsors, Joint Councils and Locals who have made the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund events possible.  We salute you on our 16th Anniversary!

East Bridgewater DPW worker retires after 41 years of service

EAST BRIDGEWATER – For 41 years, Ricky Hacker’s co-workers at the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works could count on him to be there every day. “When you call that phone and you need Rick, he is going to be there for you,” said John Haines, the DPW director.

Toys for Troops 2014

Toys for Troops 2014

The Executive Board of Teamsters Local 653 would like to thank you for your generosity and support of our seventh 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.


Thank you for your support, we wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season!

This Week's Labor Video

This Week's Labor Video

Can You Hear Us?

Fast food workers employed by McDonald’s raise their voices for a living wage.


The Future of the American Labor Movement (Part 1)

Mar. 19, 2013 | LABOR | The lack of a real and full freedom to form unions and bargain collectively is the core of our economic crisis.

Teamsters Oppose Allowing Knives on Planes

Mar. 13, 2013 | UNION NEWS | The Transportation Security Administration's recent decision allowing knives in the aircraft cabin is an outrageous move that will endanger the security of the flying public and the safety of thousands of flight attendants and pilots, the IBT said in a press release yesterday.

This Week's Member Tip

Is Direct Action Better Than Filing a Grievance?

Because of the drawbacks that can accompany the use of a grievance procedure, sometimes employees and their unions 2014.12.22membertip-direct.actionare better off if they can take direct action to force a wayward employer to mend its ways. Especially with a cynical employer, one who may count on the passage of time or the limited relief available through a grievance procedure working in its favor, what’s needed is a direct, quick, “in your face” demonstration of the employees’ will. Take, for example, the all too common situation of an employer determined to remove work being done by unionized employees from the protections of the union contract. In one case, a company sought to contract out the cafeteria work in its building to a non-union company and to cast off the unionized workers. The workers’ union might well have had a strong grievance challenging the employer’s move to throw its members out on the street, and a year or so later might have gotten an arbitrator to rule in its favor. But the unionized employees in the building came up with a much quicker and more dramatic way to demonstrate to the employer that its planned actions would have serious consequences: everyone (except for managers, of course) stopped buying food in the cafeteria. The message to the employer was clear and immediate: unless you reach an acceptable accommodation with us as to who’s going to work in this cafeteria, this cafeteria isn’t going to do much business! The employer got the message, and all of the cafeteria workers stayed on the company payroll.

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

Today In Labor History

August 27
Some 14,000 Chicago teachers who have gone without pay for several months finally collect about $1,400 each - 1934

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