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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

Scholarship Winners 2014

Listing of Scholarship Winners.
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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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Upcoming Events
Good Friday - Closed
Apr 18, 2014
Patriot's Day - Closed
Apr 21, 2014
Administrative Professionals Day
Apr 23, 2014
Pension Fund Appointments
Apr 25, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
May 11, 2014
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375

This Week's Member Tip

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Society functions under a set of laws passed by legislators.  The workplace functions under a collective bargaining agreement negotiated by the union and the employer.  Both serve the same purpose: creating a set of binding rules on what is permitted and what is prohibited.  How does a contract get negotiated?  Sometimes the law under which a particular union and employer operate sets out specific procedures for reaching a collective bargaining agreement.  Or in the union contract itself, your union and employer may have agreed upon a set of rules for how the next contract is to be negotiated.  Exactly how the bargaining process shapes up will be determined in large part by whether you are in the public or private sector, and by the ground rules or history of the parties in your industry or workplace.

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

This Week's Labor Video

This Week's Labor Video

Medicine to Make You Sick!

Anti-Unionol is an AFSCME-produced video that “advertises” a revolutionary new drug that promises relief from the good wages and benefits earned by unionized workers, cautioning that side effects of Anti-Unionol may include lower wages, insecure retirement, and no paid leave. Comic relief!


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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Letterman's Top Ten List:Teamsters

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Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

July 15, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal - The roll out of President Obama’s health care reform package was always going to be tricky, with vehement opposition from his political opponents and pushback from employers large and small.
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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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Today In Labor History

April 16

Employers lock out 25,000 New York City garment workers in a dispute over hiring practices. The Int’l Ladies’ Garment Workers Union calls a general strike; after 14 weeks, 60,000 strikers win union recognition and the contractual right to strike - 1916

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  Current Campaigns  
  • 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.

  • UPS Teamsters ratified the National Master UPS Agreement on June 26, 2013. The five-year contract includes increases in wages, health care and pension contributions and many other improvements. Several local Supplements and Riders did not pass, and the union is working through an internal, democratic process to resolve the issues. At UPS Freight, members overwhelmingly approved a new national five-year contract on Jan. 12, 2014. 

  • There are about 350 of us who work at EXAL in Youngstown, Ohio, where we manufacture aluminum bottles for large customers like Budweiser and Coca-Cola. We are uniting with Teamsters Local 377 to improve respect and working conditions at our company. Thank you for following our webpage. Fill in the “Join Our Fight” box below with your information to receive text message updates.

  • 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.

     

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

     
 
 
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