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  • The IBT and your Atlanta Committee members, Geoff Maloney and Chris Rogers have been negotiating with Company management since 2010; almost as long as the IBT have been negotiating for the Express Jet CRJ members. 

    The Company has now given us their final, closeout proposal on wages. Neither the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division, the Business Agents of Local 210 and Local 19, nor your rank-and-file committee members are recommending this be ratified. A detailed letter from your ExpressJet CRJ Negotiating Committee can be found here. A copy of the company’s last, best and final offer can be found here.

    Ballots were mailed on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.  Each member will receive voting instructions and credentials required for voting.  Voting will close on Monday, July 10, and will be counted the same day. 

  • 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.

  • 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) recently concluded and a tentative agreement has been reached. On Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to endorse the National Agreement and the Central-Southern Supplement, paving the way for members to vote. The Eastern and Western Supplements were approved in 2016, and will not be re-voted. However, all carhaul members will get to exercise their right to vote on the National Agreement and General Monetary Changes.

    Ballots will be mailed out on or about March 10 and are tentatively scheduled to be counted on March 30.

    The tentative agreement is from September 1, 2015, until May 31, 2021.

  • 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 the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Teamsters are been standing together to protect good jobs at Sysco and US Foods. Our solidarity on many fronts helped to defeat the mega-merger of the two companies, which would have put thousands of jobs at risk. But challenges remain as both companies refine their plans. Join our campaign to ensure these foodservice giants honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and help us bring more Sysco and US Foods workers into the Teamster family. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

     

     
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated On: Jan 18, 2013

FAQ's

ENROLLMENT

I just got married, how do I add my spouse to my insurance?

We require a copy of the Marriage Certificate, your spouse's Birth Certificate, and your spouse's Social Security Number. You can mail us a copy of these documents, or you can bring them in and we will be happy to make a copy of them here.

My new spouse has children from a previous marriage, are they covered?

Only if you legally adopt the children. If you legally adopt the children, we require a copy of the paperwork. Stepchildren are not covered.

How do I add my newborn child to my insurance?

To add a new child to your policy we require a copy of the Birth Certificate, and the child's Social Security Number. In cases where the Birth Certificate is not immediately available, you can often get an official letter from the hospital stating all the information that would be on the child's Birth Certificate. We will still need a copy of the official Birth Certificate once you receive it.

I received my Blue Cross Blue Shield cards, but not my Dental or Prescription  cards.

You will usually receive your Blue Cross Blue Shield cards a little over a week after your information is keyed in. The Delta Dental and Prescription cards take longer for us to receive, usually at least three weeks. We send them out the same day we receive them.

How come I got two Dental cards and they both have my name on them?

The same Delta Dental cards are good for your entire family. You should receive individual Blue Cross Blue Shield. Teamsters RX cards will have all the family members listed on every card.

If you do not receive your cards, call the Health and Welfare office at (508) 230-9450.

What do I do if I lose my Blue Cross Blue Shield / Delta Dental / Prescription card?

Contact the Health and Welfare office at (508) 230-9450 to request a new card. If you need to use your coverage in the meantime, the Fund Office can give you your Subscriber ID Number and Group Number to give to the doctor.


What is a PPO?

PPO stands for "Preferred Provider Organization." It is a group of hospitals and physicians contracting on a fee-for-service basis with insurance companies to provide comprehensive medical service. If differs from an HMO in that you are free to choose your own health care provider.


ELIGIBILITY

Why do I need to keep my pay stubs?

You should always keep your pay stubs as a record of your employment. If there is a discrepancy, or if your employer is behind in submitting eligibility information to the Fund Office, your pay stubs can determine your eligibility.

I am no longer working for my former employer, how long am I covered?

You should contact the Health and Welfare office at (508) 230-9450 to verify the length of your coverage, which is likely until our next review (March 1 and September 1) or even longer if you have worked enough hours. Your coverage being continued is contingent upon you continuing to pay your Union dues. When you are terminated, you will be notified of your option to elect COBRA continuation of coverage.

What is COBRA?

COBRA allows an individual whose eligibility terminates to continue their health plan coverage under certain circumstances by paying direct to the Fund. For more information, refer to the COBRA section of your Benefit Book.

How much does COBRA cost?

The monthly rate for COBRA continuation of coverage varies depending on whether you elect Medical Only, or Medical and Dental, and whether you elect an Individual Plan or Family Plan. Contact the Health and Welfare office at (508) 230-9450 for the current rates.


DISABILITY

I filed for Out-of-Work weekly benefits, how long until I see my first check?

When you first file for out-of-work benefits with us, the first check usually takes one week to arrive. After that you should receive a check approximately every week for the duration of your illness/accident. We send the checks out to you every Friday or they can be picked up at the Health & Welfare Office after 12 p.m. If you would like to pick up your check, you must call the Health and Welfare office at (508) 230-9450 and notify us.

I haven't returned to work yet, why haven't I gotten any more checks? What's this blue form?

If your doctor listed your recovery time as unknown and/or you are still receiving treatment, we will periodically require you to have a blue Continuance of Disability form filled out to show that you are still unable to return to work. When you receive this form with your check, you must have it filled out as soon as possible, as you will not receive another check until it is processed.


 
 
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