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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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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.”

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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.

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Victory Brings Increased Wages And Strong Representation PRESS CONTACT Brian McElhinney/Teamsters Local 653 Email:Phone: (508) 468-7478 (SOUTH EASTON, Mass.) – Employees of the East Bridgewater Department of Public Works have secured their first Teamster contract in a recent vote.

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Teamsters Union Meeting
Nov 09, 2014
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Nov 11, 2014
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Nov 14, 2014
Teamsters Local 653 4 Hampden Drive South Easton, MA 02375
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Nov 27, 2014
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Nov 28, 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.
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This Week's Member Tip

Not a Spectator Sport

Unions are far more than a kind of employment insurance policy for working people.  Plenty of union members and union officials have 2014.10.20membertip-spectator.sportlearned the hard way that when workers come to think of their union as a business that provides service rather than a group of people banding together to fight for common interests, the union quickly loses the clout and credibility needed to defend and advance the members’ interests.  When an employer looks and sees only a small handful of paid union staff or elected union leaders, and no one standing behind them, pretty soon the employer starts thinking that “the union” isn’t really much to contend with.  And the truth is, that’s right.

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


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October 24
The 40-hour work week goes into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act, signed by President Roosevelt two years earlier - 1940

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