People who work hard and play by the rules should be able to support their families. This basic principle is the cornerstone of the American Dream that created the middle class. Yet over the past decade, incomes for those at the top have grown exponentially while hard-working families have seen their pay stall and their ability to take care of their family diminished. And too many are simply being denied the wages they've rightfully earned.
Yesterday, over 50 Teamsters traveled to Olympia to meet with their legislators about issues that impact working families. The event - our second Lobby Day of the 2015 legislative session - was an unqualified success.
Most of the members who participated were Teamster taxi drivers, who belong to the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA).
Often when Union members evaluate the value of their Teamsters' contract, they give heavy consideration to the economic package guaranteed in the agreement.
Granted the economics are a very important component of your contract, but should it be the first consideration?
Union workers have great job protection - rarely will anyone dispute that fact - but what provisions in a contract actually provide these protections? (Hint: If you look in your contract under “great job protection” you will not find it.)
We have some breaking news to share regarding the proposed Sysco US Foods merger.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rejected the merger today, ruling that the proposal would violate federal antitrust laws. The FTC also dismissed Sysco's proposed settlement offer to sell 11 facilities to Performance Food Group.
View today's news release from the FTC below:
After a long struggle, Teamsters at Americold unanimously ratified a first-time contract on Saturday!
The contract contains family wages, retirement security, and strong health and welfare benefits for the workers.
Throughout the organizing and contract campaigns, Teamsters at Americold showed incredible strength and solidarity.
Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in the cold storage industry on this victory!
Last Friday, after weeks of meetings and continued negotiations, our brothers and sisters at Impark had a huge victory as all six workers who were improperly terminated in December were returned to work.
“We didn’t have a grievance procedure or even just-cause protections,” said President John Scearcy. “We achieved justice through action and solidarity.”
Having trouble managing your personal finances? Or just want some sound tips from the experts on how to get ahead?
Come check out our financial literacy workshop, Managing your Money, sponsored by Teamsters Local 117 in partnership with South Seattle College - Dennis Wu, instrutor.
The workshop is FREE for members of Teamsters 117. Space is limited to the first 50 members who register online.
We have been following the Sysco-US Foods merger carefully over the past several months in order to keep members working in the food service and grocery industries informed.
Yesterday, Sysco announced an agreement to sell 11 US Foods distribution centers to Performance Food Group in an effort to appease anti-trust concerns.
One of the locations named by Sysco was the US Foods facility in Fife.
The plan must still be approved by federal regulators at the FTC.
As the situation develops, we will continue to keep you informed. For more information, check out an article in the New York Times on the announcement and an article on the Seeking Alpha website or talk to your Business Representative.
The Jerry Beckendorf Scholarship fund is now accepting applications for 2015. The deadline for the scholarship is March 6, 2015.
An astounding 43 legislators in the House have signed onto a bill that would allow workers in the State of Washington to earn at least 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually.
The bipartisan support for the legislation is indicative of broad public support. 74% of Americans support Paid Sick Leave.