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TW Service Lumpers Ratify First Contract
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St. Louis Teamsters Hold Flood Relief Drive
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Teamsters Endorse Hillary Clinton for President
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Golden State Lumber Workers Join Teamsters Union
Tonight: Teamsters General Candidates Forum
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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.

  • 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.

     
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SUMMER MEETINGS FOR JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST HAVE BEEN CANCELLED!

Upcoming Events
Teamsters Union Meeting
Sep 11, 2016
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Oct 09, 2016
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Nov 13, 2016
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Dec 11, 2016
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Jan 08, 2017
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Toys for Troops 2015

Toys for Troops 2015

The Executive Board of Teamsters Local 653 would like to thank you for your generosity and support of our  8th 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!


Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

TAUNTON, Mass., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 230 workers at Reinhart Food Service represented by Teamsters Local Union 653 ratified a first contract, voting by a 2 to 1 margin to approve the collective bargaining agreement.
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East Bridgewater Public Works Employees Vote For Teamster Contract

SOUTH EASTON, Mass., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Employees of the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works have secured their first Teamster contract in a recent vote. The 14 employees in the department voted unanimously for the three-year contract with Teamsters Local 653.
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Brockton Custodians Ratify First Teamsters Contract

School System Employees Have 'Real Representation' By a vote of 90-6, custodians, craftsmen and outside ground crews in the Brockton township public school system have voted to ratify their first-ever collective bargaining agreement with Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Mass. This continues the tradition of strong contracts and benefits that has been a hallmark of Local 653’s representation of its members.
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Minimum wage: Who Decided Workers Should Fall Behind?

Feb. 25, 2013 | The federal minimum wage was first put in place in 1938. From that year until 1968 when its value peaked, the purchasing power of the minimum wage increased by more than 140%. As a result, minimum wage workers saw a sharp increase in their living standards.
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Today In Labor History

August 30
Delegates from several East Coast cities meet in convention to form the National Trades' Union, uniting craft unions to oppose "the most unequal and unjustifiable distribution of the wealth of society in the hands of a few individuals."  The union faded after a few years - 1834

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