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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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Brockton Public Schools Workers Choose Teamsters Local 653 Representation

Brockton Public Schools Workers Choose Teamsters Local 653 Representation

Custodians, Craftsmen and Truck Drivers Join Union As Teamster School Bus Mechanics Negotiate Strong Contract

Bill Trask

Phone: (508) 562-7477

(SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Custodians, craftsmen and truck drivers who work for Brockton Public Schools in Brockton, Mass., have voted by an overwhelming 5-1 margin in favor of representation by Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Mass.

The 120 workers join Teamsters Local 653 at the same time that the union has negotiated a strong first agreement for Brockton Public Schools school bus mechanics, employed by transportation contractor, First Student.

“These new members wanted a professional negotiating team and a strong contract, and we’re happy to represent them,” said Brian McElhinney, President of Teamsters Local 653.

“I feel good. My father was a Teamster for many years, and that’s how I know there’s a great deal of loyalty and stability that comes with this union. I’m excited that we’re Teamsters,” said John Talbot, a custodian.

First Student mechanics who service the school buses that transport children to and from Brockton Public Schools voted on November 9 to ratify their first Teamster contract, guaranteeing wages, a Teamster health insurance plan, and job security concerning hours of work and overtime.

“All the things we were looking to get, our local union got for us. They made it happen. This was a long time coming for us, and I’m proud to be a Teamster,” said Bob Santos, a mechanic.

Teamsters Local 653 already represents 120 First Student school bus drivers with Brockton Public Schools.

“Thanks to the solidarity of the membership, Local 653 Vice President Bill Trask and the Executive Board have been able to organize and achieve strong contracts for workers at First Student and Brockton Public Schools,” McElhinney said.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at

Protect Our Jobs! Vote November 4

Protect Our Jobs! Vote November 4

These Candidates Support Working Family Values:

Candidates for State Office:

Martha Coakley: Governor                          

Maura Healey: Attorney General

Deb Goldberg: State Treasurer

Suzanne M. Bump: State Auditor

Candidates for US House:

Richard Neal: District 1

Jim McGovern: District 2

Niki Tsongas: District 3

Joe Kennedy III: District 4

Katherine Clark: District 5

Seth Moulton: District 6

Mike Capuano: District 7

Stephen Lynch: District 8

Bill Keating: District 9

Ballot Questions:

Question 1: NO make no change in the laws regarding the gas tax

Question 2: NO position

Question 3: NO no change in the current laws regarding gaming.

Question 4: YES would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions.

Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

Reinhart Teamsters Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

Drivers, Warehouse Workers Secure Strong Agreement That Improves Wages, Benefits, Job Security

Brian McElhinney

Phone: (508) 468-7478

(TAUNTON, Mass.) – 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.

The workers voted to join Local 653 in April 2013 following the third attempt to organize the drivers and warehouse workers by the union. The other two organizing campaigns occurred prior to Reinhart acquiring the workers’ original employer, Agar Supply. Entering negotiations, the unit wanted to improve wages, healthcare and job security at Reinhart.

“When Reinhart came in, management started to arbitrarily change everything without consulting the workers,” said Sean Walsh, a 22-year employee and member of the negotiating committee. “It created a lot of uncertainty. People lost their jobs, wages were changed without warning.  With this contract, I finally feel we have some real security – it was a huge weight off my mind.”

Local 653’s efforts were backed by support from Teamsters Joint Council 10 in Manchester, N.H. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“This campaign was a success thanks to a team effort,” said Brian McElhinney, President of Teamsters Local 653 in South Easton, Mass. “Joint Council 10 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Laughton, organizer Jeff Padellaro and International Vice President Sean O’Brien played key roles in making sure these workers received the resources and representation they needed to secure this strong first contract.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at

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.


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.

Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Day - Closed
Nov 27, 2014
Day After Thanksgiving - Closed
Nov 28, 2014
Pension Fund Appointments
Dec 12, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375
Teamsters Union Meeting
Dec 14, 2014
Teamsters 653 Building, 4 Hampden Drive(Easton Industrial Park), South Easton, MA 02375
Christmas Eve - Closed
Dec 24, 2014
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.
Scholarship Winners 2013-2014

Listing of Scholarship Winners.

This Week's Member Tip

Practical Aspects of Union Membership

You Get to Participate in Decision Making. Paying union dues is your ticket to having a say in what the union does. Around contract bargaining time, only dues-paying members of the union are eligible to participate in making many critical 2014.11.10membertip-practicaldecisions. No membership, no say in the process. No membership, no right to vote on the outcome.
You Send a Message. A strong, voluntary union membership gets the message across to the employer that the individual employees are standing behind their leaders, so that when a union official addresses the employer, it’s understood that one voice speaks for many.
Everything Costs Something. The ultimate strength of the union lies in the determination and participation of its members. But it’s also true that it takes money for an organization to translate good intentions into concrete actions. Everyone needs to pitch in financially to make the union strong.

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


Today In Labor History

November 26 
Six young women burn to death and 19 more die when they leap from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, N.J. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door from which the women could flee was locked - 1910
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