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Current Campaigns
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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In an effort to continue to improve service at the Central States Funds, we wanted to make you aware of a number of enhancements to our call center operations.  Effective Tuesday, May 26th, the Central States call center will be upgrading to a new state-of-the-art Cisco phone system.  The new system will provide our Benefit Specialists with added features, capabilities and capacity to support our local union partners and the demands of our growing business. Some immediate enhancements you will notice include:

  • An upfront Spanish prompt that will allow your Spanish speaking members the ability to communicate with a bi-lingual Benefit Specialist

  • Improved eligibility history look-back on our automated healthcare provider phone line allowing providers to get more detailed eligibility information through the automated system

  • Customized hold messages, allowing caller-specific information to be shared with members, healthcare providers and our union partners

In addition, on our Local Union lines, we have redesigned call escalation and expanded our pool of union benefits specialists to better serve your needs. Therefore as part of our new system, the call back feature on abandoned calls will no longer be an option. 

In addition to the new phone system, we are continually enhancing our website offerings. Local Unions now have the ability to view  certain member information through our websites: or  If you are not a registered user or need help with the registration process, please contact your Field Service Representative for assistance.  In addition Benefits Specialists on our Local Union line are also happy to assist registered users with web questions and navigation.

We would like to hear your feedback next time you call so we can continually improve the service we provide you and your members.  As a reminder 800-323-2130 is our designated line for only our union partners. Members should continue to call 800-323-5000.

Thank you again for the support you provide our members and we look forward to hearing from you …


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Teamster Privilege

Teamster Privilege: Member Benefits and Discounts

The IBT is proud to endorse Teamster Privilege—a package that offers benefits and services for you and your family. Because of the strength of our membership, as a Teamster member you are eligible for deals on products and services that the general public cannot get.
The Teamster Privilege program offers benefits that extend above the benefits negotiated with your employer under your Teamster contract. These benefits are available to you and your family for as long as you are a union member. Read the letter from General President Jim Hoffa and General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall about the Teamster Privilege Program.
We are pleased that, in addition to the benefits of a strong voice and representation on the job, you and your family also have the right to enjoy the following Teamster Privilege benefits.

Teamster Privilege Credit Card

The Teamster Privilege Credit Card offers features like a low intro APR, competitive rates, U.S.-Based customer service and $0 Fraud Liability if your card is lost or stolen. Plus, after just 3 months as a Teamster Privilege cardholder, you may also be eligible for hardship grants in times of need.

Retiree Health Insurance

This program consists of several different benefits for Teamster retirees. These Teamster benefits can help you and your family cut the rising cost of health care.

Teamster Privilege Auto and Home

As a member of IBT you now have access to valuable features and benefits, including special group discounts on auto and home insurance offered through MetLife Auto & Home – a leading provider of quality auto insurance coverage.

Life and Accident Insurance

These Teamster Privilege insurance plans help to provide financial security for you and your family.?

Vision Care Program

Your eyes deserve the best care to keep them healthy year after year. Plus with VSP Teamster Vision Care, you’ll get a great value on your eyecare and eyewear.

Teamsters ACA Choice Program

Looking for the best solutions to health insurance needs can be daunting and confusing. The Teamsters ACA (Affordable Care Act) Choice Program was created by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to assist you with determining what insurance options are available to you.

Teamster Privilege Mortgage

Buying a home can be one of the most expensive and stressful purchases in your life. But finding your dream home doesn’t have to be a nightmare – thanks to Teamster Privilege Mortgage. This benefit makes buying, selling or refinancing a home easier and more affordable.?

AT&T Wireless Services

As an IBT member, you can save 15%* on your monthly individual or family wireless plan from AT&T, the nation’s only union wireless company. Union families save an average of $110 a year on monthly service. Plus, the $36 activation fee is waived for union members. The 15% discount is available for both new and current AT&T customers.

Teamster Privilege Health Discount

The WellCard Discount Health Card program is a comprehensive health and welfare discount program for Teamster members, retirees and families, ages 0-64 for whom health insurance coverage has not started or is otherwise unavailable. The Teamsters Health Savings benefit can help you and your family save on out-of-pocket expenses for dental and vision care and more.?

Teamster Privilege Everyday Savings

Teamsters Privilege Everyday Savings offers members-only savings on everything from renting a car to sending a bouquet of flowers. Teamster members can save money by taking advantage of all of the Everyday Savings benefits!

Teamster Vacations

This travel service is designed to provide members, retirees and families the benefits and savings of booking flights, hotels, vacations and cruises. Members, retirees and families can choose from one of the largest travel industry inventories available while enjoying our Best Price Guarantee and unique Travel Community.

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On April 8, 2015, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Bucalo Attended

the Central States Meeting in Rosemont, Ill (Chicago)

The Central States Director, Thomas Nyhan spoke to more than 250 Union Leaders from throughout the midwest and the south.  These leaders represent the more than 300,000 active, inactive and retired Teamster workers that have vested interest in the Central States Pension fund.    Mr Nyhan spoke about the financial troubles the Central States fund has experienced.  He pointed to the deregulation of the Trucking industry as the start of the problem.  He pointed to the recessions in 2003 and 2008.  He explained that there are only about 68,000 active participants employed and contributing into the plan, while more than 3 times that many retired Teamsters are receiving pensions from the fund.    

In December, Congress passed as part of the Budget bill an amendment that allowed Central States and other financially troubled funds to cut the pensions of their retirees already receiving benefits.   Prior to December 2014, that was illegal under the protections included in the ERISA laws.   

Mr. Nyhan spoke in generalities, but it is clear that Central States intends to cut benefits of our Teamster retirees.    The only retireees protected against pension cuts according to Mr. Nyhan are those retirees over the age of 80 and those on a Teamster Disability Pension.   There were questions afrom the the Teamster Leaders about the cuts, but Mr. Nyhan would not give specifics.  

Secretary-Treasurer Bucalo asked two specific questions:  

He asked what the plan anticipated it would need as investment returns on an annual basis to sustain the pension fund after these cuts.    Mr. Nyhan stated about 7% per year.    The fund has maintained itself for the apst six years without cuts, but the plan has expereinced returns that exceedded 10% for most of that time period.     The difference in investment income if returns were 7% is about $600,000,00 - $800,000,000 per year.    Based upon that, total pension benefits paid during any single year, need to be reduced about 30% from their current level.  

These cuts will not be shared equally by all retirees.  Orphaned retirees, those that worked at companioes no longer paying into the Pension plan will be cut more.  Mr. Nyhan pointed out that 50 cents of each dollar spent in pension benefits go to retirees from companies that are no longer paying into the plan.   Hundreds of trucking companies went out of business due to the deregulation of the trucking industry. 

Mr. Nyhan told the Union Leaders that a detailed and specific letter addressing each retired or active member's pension reductions will be sent out in about a month.    He pointed out that a general letter was being mailed to each person on April 9th stating these general issues.

The second question was related to the widows and survivors of our fellow Teamsters.   Bucalo asked if Survivor benefits would be subject to these cuts.   Mr. Nyhan stated that the survivor benefits would be subject to cuts.  He stated that many times the surviving spouse might live many years after the participant has passed away.    The particpant pays an insurance fee (reduction in benefits each month while they are alive, to protect the survivor beenfits for their husband or wife.   The survivor benefit plans are set to 50% of the earned pension benefit or 75% of the earned pension benefit.     "It is shameful that Central States has the gall to take money from widows. Some of these widows are barely surviving on just 50% of the pension their husbands, our Teamster Brothers, earned while working.   I am ashamed of the Central States managers for taking money from these widows, they should be able to find a way to protect them from these cuts," stated Bucalo.

The Central States held two conference calls on April 14th.  Each covered essentially the same general information.   Sam Bucalo has attached (link below) the paperwork that Union Leaders were provided at the Meeting on April 8th.   Central States has also set up a special "RESCUE" website whihc will post information regaridng the proposed pension cuts. 


Central States Pension Fund

Copy of the Packet handed out to all Local Leaders that attended the Central State Rescue Meeting on April 8, 2015 in Chicago, Ill.  (Link Below PDF file)

Cincinnati Retired Teamsters Protest Pension Cuts

The Cincinnati Retired teamsters sent a van full of protesters to Chicago on April 8th.  Our retirees joined retired Teamsters from throughout the midwest as they protested the pending cuts outside the meeting.  Teamster Brother Robert Stapleton joined the Cicinnati group on this trip and provided the pictures below.








Rank-and-file members of Teamsters Local 89 traveled extensively yesterday and today fighting against the scam of right-to-work in Butler, Adair, Warren and Cumberland County. Unfortunately, RTW passed in Cumberland County. However, this was only possible through a "tie breaker" by the county’s Judge Executive.

Because of the testimony of Teamsters Trey McCutcheon, Matt Ward and Bill Miller along with the Kentucky AFL-CIO’s Bill Londrigan, two magistrates who had originally supported the ordinance, were swayed against the scam. It seems that the slick, out-of-state lawyer Brent Yessin was not as effective a snake oil salesman as his billionaire masters had expected!

Teamsters Local 100 can be proud to announce that Local 100 member Mr. Paul Savil, a driver at UPS Freight in Cincinnati has been selected to serve as a Road Team Captain for the Volvo- ATA Road Team in 2015.

Front row (left to right): Danny Smith (Big G Express, Inc.); Henry Bruster (UPS Freight); Eric Ramsdell (Walmart Transportation); Richie Buitrago (Con-way Freight); Neil Kirk (Penske Logistics). Second row: Charles Demchock II (Walmart Transportation); Derrick Whittle (Cargo Transporters, Inc.); Paul Savill (UPS Freight); David Green (Werner Enterprises); Kirk Weis (ABF Freight System, Inc.); Bill West (ABF Freight System, Inc.). Third row: Russell Simpson (Holland, Inc.); Chad Miller (ABF Freight System, Inc.); Scott Woodrome (FedEx Freight); Randall Luschen (Weinrich Truck Line Inc.); John McKown (UPS Freight); Eric Flick (FedEx Freight); Tim Vogt (Con-way Freight); Bill Minor (Con-way Freight).

Teamsters Local 100 can be proud to announce that Local 100 member Mr. Paul Savil, a driver at UPS Freight in Cincinnati has been selected to serve as a Road Team Captain for the Volvo- ATA Road Team in 2015.

By Michael G. Malloy, Staff Reporter

This story appears in the Jan. 19 print edition of Transport Topics.

American Trucking Associations last week named 19 truck drivers to represent the industry as the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team.

The drivers, who will serve as Road Team captains for two years, were selected from 31 finalists.

The new captains have 453 combined years of experience and have logged more than 30 million accident-free miles.

They competed before a panel of judges near ATA’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters.

The competition tested drivers’ knowledge of the trucking industry, communication skills, and reviewed their community service and safety records.

During their terms, the captains will represent the trucking industry at events nationwide.

"America’s Road Team represents the best of what trucking can be: dedication to safety, professionalism and pride in an industry that delivers life’s essentials every day," ATA President Bill Graves said.

"These 19 outstanding professionals join a select fraternity," he added. "America’s Road Team has delivered the message of safety to millions, and I’m proud that these individuals will now be representing our industry."

At a Jan. 14 presentation ceremony, ATA Chairman Duane Long called the incoming class "ambassadors for life," and asked them to be role models to bring more young people into the trucking business.

"Safety will be the biggest topic you talk about, but I hope that when you meet young people, you will think about how to inspire them to come into this great industry," said Long, who also is chairman of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Longistics.

Some of the younger new captains said they hope to get out a message that driving a truck is a stable and professional job for young people to consider.

"A lot of old stereotypes are what people still think of trucking," said Tim Vogt, 36, who started driving for Con-way Freight at 21. Young people "might want to get into a corporate job, but this is a corporate job. It has all the benefits and all the opportunities."

UPS Freight’s Henry Bruster, 38, began driving trucks in the Army at 18 and started driving professionally at 22 after taking a CDL class.

"When I started, some of the older drivers were my role models," said Bruster, who been driving for UPS for 15 years. "Now the younger drivers look up to me."

Bill Minor, 40, also with Con-way Freight, is a fourth-generation truck driver and said his 7-year-old son already has expressed interest in becoming a trucker.

"You’ll always be in demand" as a driver, he added. "If something happens with your company, you go next door and say ‘I have a CDL and a good driving record,’ and they’ll put you to work." He also started driving at 21.

"We’re the new face of the trucking industry," added Ricardo Buitrago, a driver with Con-way Freight in Kissimmee, Florida. "Our goal is to come home every night safely along with those who share the road with us."

America’s Road Team, which began in 1986, has been sponsored by Volvo Trucks since 2002.

"We are proud to congratulate and support the top-notch professional drivers who have been selected as captains of the 2015-2016 America’s Road Team," said Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks’ North American sales and marketing.

Volvo was scheduled to present the team with a new 2016 VNL 780 truck late last week at its New River Valley manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia.

Road Team captains will take turns traveling around the country with the truck for the next two years, talking about safety at community events and schools, and to the news media, public officials and fellow truck drivers. Captains’ fleet employers pay their salaries while they are on the road.

David Green is among the new Road Team members to benefit. As a driver for truckload carrier Werner Enterprises, he "embodies everything that’s positive within the industry," said Jaime Maus, Werner’s vice president of safety and compliance.

"They’re great ambassadors for the industry," said less-than-truckload carrier Holland Inc.’s Stephen Blubaugh, vice president of human resources. Holland driver Russell Simpson is a new captain.

"They’re professional in every way, and as an industry we need people to understand what a truck driver is," Blubaugh added.

The 2015-2016 America’s Road Team captains are:

• Henry Bruster, UPS Freight, Woodville, Miss.

• Ricardo Buitrago, Con-way Freight, Kissimmee, Fla.

• Charles Demchock II, Wal-Mart Transportation, Cocoa, Fla.

• Eric Flick, FedEx Freight, Dayton, Nev.

• David Green, Werner Enterprises, Hot Springs, Ark.

• Neil Kirk, Penske Logistics, Middletown, N.Y.

• Randall Luschen, Weinrich Truck Line Inc., Merrill, Iowa

• John McKown, UPS Freight, East Berlin, Pa.

• Chad Miller, ABF Freight System Inc., Crown Point, Ind.

• Bill Minor, Con-way Freight, West Milwaukee, Wis.

• Eric Ramsdell, Wal-Mart Transportation, Wittmann, Ariz.

• Paul Savill, UPS Freight, Hamilton, Ohio

• Russell Simpson, Holland Inc., South Vienna, Ohio

• Danny Smith, Big G Express Inc., Shelbyville, Tenn.

• Tim Vogt, Con-way Freight, Loganville, Ga.

• Kirk Weis, ABF Freight System Inc., Rio Rancho, N.M.

• William West, ABF Freight System Inc., Roopville, Ga.

• Derrick Whittle, Cargo Transporters Inc., Fieldale, Va.

• Scott Woodrome, FedEx Freight, Middletown, Ohio

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This Week in Labor History

May 18
In what may have been baseball’s first labor strike, the Detroit Tigers refuse to play after team leader Ty Cobb is suspended: he went into the stands and beat a fan who had been heckling him.  Cobb was reinstated and the Tigers went back to work after the team manager’s failed attempt to replace the players with a local college team: their pitcher gave up 24 runs - 1912
Amalgamated Meat Cutters union organizers launch a campaign in the nation’s packinghouses, an effort that was to bring representation to 100,000 workers over the following two years - 1917
Big Bill Haywood, a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), dies in exile in the Soviet Union - 1928
Atlanta transit workers, objecting to a new city requirement that they be fingerprinted as part of the employment process, go on strike. They relented and returned to work six months later - 1950
Insurance Agents Int’l Union and Insurance Workers of America merge to become Insurance Workers Int’l Union (later to merge into the UFCW) - 1959
Oklahoma jury finds for the estate of atomic worker Karen Silkwood, orders Kerr-McGee Nuclear Co. to pay $505,000 in actual damages, $10 million in punitive damages for negligence leading to Silkwood’s plutonium contamination - 1979
(The Killing of Karen Silkwood is an updated edition of the groundbreaking book about the death of union activist Karen Silkwood, an employee of a plutonium processing plant, who was killed in a mysterious car crash on her way to deliver important documents to a newspaper reporter in 1974. Silkwood’s death at age 28 was highly suspicious: she had been working on health and safety issues at the plant, and a lot of people stood to benefit by her death.)

May 19
Two hundred sixteen miners die from an explosion and its aftermath at the Fraterville Mine in Anderson County, Tenn.  All but three of Fraterville’s adult males were killed.  The mine had a reputation for fair contracts and pay—miners were represented by the United Mine Workers—and was considered safe; methane may have leaked in from a nearby mine - 1902
Shootout in Matewan, W. Va., between striking union miners (led by Police Chief Sid Hatfield) and coal company agents. Ten died, including seven agents - 1920
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, formed by the Congress of Industrial Organizations, formally becomes the United Steelworkers of America - 1942
A total of 31 dockworkers are killed, 350 workers and others are injured when four barges carrying 467 tons of ammunition blow up at South Amboy, N.J. They were loading mines that had been deemed unsafe by the Army and were being shipped to the Asian market for sale - 1950
May 20
The Railway Labor Act takes effect today. It is the first federal legislation protecting workers’ rights to form unions - 1926
Some 9,000 rubber workers strike in Akron, Ohio - 1933
May 21 
Italian activists and anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, widely believed to have been framed for murder, go on trial today. They eventually are executed as part of a government campaign against dissidents - 1921
The “Little Wagner Act” is signed in Hawaii, guaranteeing pineapple and sugar workers the right to bargain collectively.  After negotiations failed, a successful 79-day strike shut down 33 of the territory’s 34 plantations and brought higher wages and a 40-hour week - 1945
Nearly 100,000 unionized SBC Communications Inc. workers begin a 4-day strike to protest the local phone giant’s latest contract offer - 2004
May 22
Eugene V. Debs imprisoned in Woodstock, Ill., for role in Pullman strike - 1895
(The Bending Cross: A Biography of Eugene V. Debs: Eugene V. Debs was a labor activist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who captured the heart and soul of the nation’s working people. He was brilliant, sincere, compassionate and scrupulously honest. A founder of one of the nation’s first industrial unions, the American Railway Union, he went on to help launch the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies. A man of firm beliefs and dedication, he ran for President of the United States five times under the banner of the Socialist Party, in 1912 earning 6 percent of the popular vote.)

While white locomotive firemen on the Georgia Railroad strike, blacks who are hired as replacements are whipped and stoned—not by the union men, but by white citizens outraged that blacks are being hired over whites.  The Engineers union threatens to stop work because their members are being affected by the violence - 1909
Civil Service Retirement Act of 1920 gives federal workers a pension - 1920
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the goals of his Great Society social reforms: to bring “an end to poverty and racial injustice” in America - 1964
May 23
An estimated 100,000 textile workers, including more than 10,000 children, strike in the Philadelphia area.  Among the issues: 60-hour workweeks, including night hours, for the children - 1903
The Battle of Toledo begins today: a five-day running battle between roughly 6,000 strikers at the Electric Auto-Lite company of Toledo, Ohio, and 1,300 members of the Ohio National Guard.  Two strikers died and more than 200 were injured.  The battle began in the sixth week of what ultimately became a successful two-month fight for union recognition and higher pay.  One guardsman told a Toledo Blade reporter: "Our high school graduation is ... tonight and we were supposed to be getting our diplomas” – 1934

U.S. railroad strike starts, later crushed when President Truman threatens to draft strikers - 1946
The Granite Cutters Int’l Association of America merges with Tile, Marble, Terrazzo, Finishers & Shopmen, which five years later merged into the Carpenters - 1983
May 24
After 14 years of construction and the deaths of 27 workers, the Brooklyn Bridge over New York’s East River opens. Newspapers call it “the eighth wonder of the world” - 1883
(Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits follows the history of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO from the emergence of building trades councils to the age of the skyscraper. It takes the reader through treacherous fights over jurisdiction as new building materials and methods of work evolved and describes numerous Department campaigns to improve safety standards, work with contractors to promote unionized construction, and forge a sense of industrial unity among its fifteen (and at times nineteen) autonomous and highly diverse affiliates. Arranged chronologically, Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits is based on archival research in Department, AFL-CIO, and U.S. government records as well as numerous union journals, the local and national press, and interviews with former Department officers.)

Some 2,300 members of the United Rubber Workers, on strike for 10 months against five Bridgestone-Firestone plants, agree to return to work without a contract. They had been fighting demands for 12-hour shifts and wage increases tied to productivity gains - 1995
—Compiled and edited by David Prosten
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Billy Romito Faces Challenges

with a Smile and Determination. 

He earns a place in

the UPS Circle of Honor

for 25 years of Safe Driving.

Story Copied from

Updated: Wed, Mar 04 2015, 09:36 AM EST

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- We all hate driving when the weather gets rough. The snow, ice and rain become a problem and it's just a big time headache.

Imagine if braving those elements while behind the wheel was your profession. That's the reality for UPS drivers around the world.

One local driver received the honor of a lifetime for doing his job, and doing it well.

"Eight hours a day I'm out there meeting different people. It's fun. I love it," Bill Romito said.

For 25 years, Romito, the UPS driver from Taylor Mill has delivered package after package wearing his same brown and gold uniform with the same big smile.

In 2004, Bill's trademark smile briefly faded when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

"I'm like, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma? What's that?" asked Romito. "You've got the wrong guy. It was just a shock."

Bill battled and beat the cancer. It was just be the first of many fights for him.

"I've been through it four times," Bill said.

Bill's wife Sharon said, "Every time, it's like a big old punch to the stomach, and it gets you down for a little bit, and then you just say, 'Let's go babe. Let's roll with this. Let's fight this. You can do this.'"


Others may have crumbled, but not Bill Romito.

"The guy lives every single day to the fullest," said fellow UPS driver, Tom Sharp. "He's never down. He's an inspiration to all these young guys."

Another co-worker, Denny Allen, said, "I'm tired when I get home every night. I can't imagine battling the chemo and everything he has gone through, and go home and still have a smile on your face."

"You just decide - 'Hey, I'm going to move on.' Keep the same guy you were, enjoy life. Go out there and just enjoy everything you're doing. And when I go out on the route, I put everything behind me," Bill said.


On Monday March 2nd, Bill and four of his fellow drivers were inducted in the UPS Circle of Honor. That's the company's top honor for 25 years of Safe Driving.

"They should be proud, they all laugh about it a little bit, but they're proud, we know they are," Sharon said.

"It's a great honor to be able to drive the big brown truck for 25 years, and to do it safely, Bill said.

"He's one of the best guys I've ever met, Allen said. "end of story, I can' say anything else."


Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream

delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!3

JRH Scholarship

About James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Welcome to the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Information Center, your one-stop shop for information, policy, procedures and forms.

James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund. This site describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is an independent organization established and registered as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund is established solely to provide scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and contributions to the Fund are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.    In 2015 the Fund plans to award $1,000,000 in scholarships.

Please click here to access the Application and Academic Record Forms

*The application deadline for the  2015/2016 college scholarship is March 31, 2015.

The Thirteenth Annual "Drive for Education" Golf Tournament and Ninth Annual "Texas Hold'Em" Poker Tournament will be held this year from May 11-13, 2015.  Please click here to see registration forms and to register on-line.

Special thanks to our Major Sponsors, Joint Councils and Locals who have made the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund events possible.  We salute you on our 16th Anniversary!


Northern Trust Global Investment

American Income Life/NILICO and United American Insurance Company


Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations

Prudential Financial

BNY Mellon Asset Management

Teamsters Joint Council 25

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division

Teamsters Joint Council 41

Community Financial Service Association

Teamsters Local Union 817

ENTRUST Capital, Inc.

Teamsters Local Union 986

Grand Fund LLC

The UPS Foundation


Vision Service Plan

McMorgan and Company

Yucaipa Companies

There have been some problems with Teamsters

losing health benefits and prescription benefits

while filing for disability and /or workers compensation.   

There is no worse time to lose you health benefits

and prescription benefits than while a member is injured or ill. 

We have been working to resolve this problem.

Welcome UPS

We have been in contact with the Teamcare people

to correct this problem.    

The attached link is a pdf version of the instructions:

These instructions outline the new procedures

to maintain benefits while filing for disability

or filing for workers compensation.   

(When filing for Workers Compensation,

you will also need to file a subrugation agreement,

agreeing to re-pay Teamcare if and when your worker's

compensation claim is approved.)

Since changing from UPS sponsored disability benefits to

Teamcare disability benefits, the procedures have changed. 

With the changes some of our brothers and sisters

have been denied disability benefits

and have been denied health benefits

and prescription benefits. 

Hopefully with these new procedures,

we have addressed these problems.

If you have any questions or issues with obtaining benefits,

please call Dave Webster, 513-769-5100 ext 319

or Sam Bucalo, 513-769-5100 ext 317

A Labor Day Message from

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

On the first Monday of every September, our nation honors the contributions and sacrifices of millions of working men and women. Labor Day is about remembering labor’s triumphs and the workers without whom society would not function. But it’s also about solidarity and celebrating our movement—a movement that today is alive and well and still fighting for a strong middle class.

The labor movement, and the Teamsters Union in particular, is alive and well and is still forcing change. Labor is behind the movement to raise the minimum wage and shining a spotlight on income inequality. And the Teamsters Union is still organizing new members. Many workers know that unions are the key to a better life, and Labor Day is a time to remind everyone else about that fact. That’s why the Teamsters Union has organized more than 40,000 school bus workers in the last few years; why nearly 600 paratransit drivers in Chicago and hundreds more parking workers in Boston just joined the Teamsters; why thousands of taxi drivers nationwide are forming associations with the Teamsters.

For far too many people, Labor Day is seen simply as a day of rest. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

The roots of the American middle class' economic decline are decades in the making. Spurred by a decline in union membership, fewer manufacturing jobs and an increase in the service economy, it has gotten harder and harder for workers to make ends meet. And those changes have been exacerbated by trade deals like NAFTA that have led to more than a million lost jobs.

Improving the outlook for U.S workers isn't about creating millions of minimum-wage jobs. It is about creating sustainable, skilled employment that allows Americans to earn a fair wage with benefits that allows them to pay for housing and food on the table and sustain a middle-class lifestyle.

Corporations are increasingly looking to friendly lawmakers on the Hill who are only too happy to reduce the "burden" on billionaires while rank-and-file workers suffer. Despite being a nation that gave birth to the epic failed energy conglomerate Enron Corp. and mega-banks that drove the U.S. into a recession and threaten to do so again, for too many in Congress, there is no limit to obstacles they will hurdle for their corporate cronies.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the average worker. That's why we have tobacco field workers living in squalor and getting sick and injured while working for the minimum wage in North Carolina. That's why we have fast-food workers who are victimized by successful companies allegedly stealing their wages. And it is why we have thousands of low-wage workers taking to the streets over and over again to say enough.

Hardworking Americans find themselves at a crossroads. With the November elections looming, they need to carefully consider their options to help turn the U.S. economy in a positive direction. It starts with backing candidates who place the people above the powerful.


It's Labor Day weekend, an opportunity for workers to relax, reflect and take pride in our accomplishments and the knowledge that we have changed our country for the better.

But it’s also a time for us to pledge our support for our brothers and sisters who are fighting tooth and nail every day just to get by, who are languishing without the good jobs and fair wages they need to support their families. In this country, someone working the minimum wage makes $290 a week. You and I both know that’s not enough to feed a family and keep a home warm in winter, let alone be able to buy your kids back-to-school supplies.

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, but Election Day is coming. We’ve got a big fight on our hands now, a fight that will determine whether workers continue to struggle or whether we can revitalize our communities that have been devastated by big banks and corporate greed.

Will we elect officials who’ll raise wages and create jobs or ones who’ll give more tax breaks to corporations and CEOs and leave workers behind?

We need to raise the standard of living in this country. We need to raise workers’ share of the fruits of our own labor because it’s not right that CEOs are the only ones profiting from our sweat. We need to raise the number of kids who go to college and the number of seniors who retire in security and comfort. We need to raise our voices. We need to roll up our sleeves and fight.

It starts with raising the minimum wage. It ends with an economy that works for everyone, not just corporations and CEOs.

It starts this weekend. It ends on Election Day, with victories for elected officials who will fight for working people every single day they're in office.

Will you join me, brothers and sisters? To fight not just for ourselves, but for all working families—and for the future of the country we love?

It’s going to be a tough fight, but you and I have never shied away from one of those before, not when workers’ lives are on the line. Let’s stand together and win this one in November.

(copied from an AFL-CIO letter sent to union leaders this weekend)

old union hall







Below is a notice sent by email this weekend

from the City of Cincinnati

Human Resources Department:

Just wanted to provide an update on the retro mass pay increase.

As you are aware, AFSCME, CODE, and Teamsters employees

received a 1.5% COLA that was implemented this pay period.

The effective date for CODE was 7/7/2013, for AFSCME it was 8/18/2013,

and for Teamsters it was 10/27/2013.

Retroactive pay was also calculated and paid using those dates.

For the retro pay, employees will see either RET,
which designates pensionable earnings,
or REN is used for non-pensionable earnings.
REN applies to overtime and is also used for any retro paid
to any employee who terminated employment prior to August 3,2014.
Some employees were temporarily promoted during this period and their
retro may not have calculated correctly if they were temporarily promoted to
a non-represented position or if they moved between D0 and D0C. 
HR is currently working to identify those individuals to ensure that the retro
calculated correctly and to correct, as needed.
HR Liaisions were advised last week to notify Lisa Berning of the employee's
name and CHRIS ID number and the Divisions affected.
We will make every effort to correct any identified errors
as quickly as possible.
Lisa Berning is te HR contact for the technical aspect of the pay increase.
Thanks very much.
For Teamster Workers at the GCWW, our next scheduled raise is
October 27, 2014. 
We have 1% raise, which is tied to all other City Bargaining Units. 
We included a "Me Too" clause, where if any other City Employees
receive a larger wage increse (larger than 1%),
we will rexceive that larger wage increase.
This year both the Firefighters Union and the Police Union
are in contract negotiations.
Neither of these groups,
representing more than 1700 City Employees,
have received a raise in about six years.

The New UPS Contract Books are HERE! 

Ask your steward or your business agent

to bring some into your work area.

Cheers to the UPS team for installing this ramp

this week for an elderly client in KY! #UPS





Greg Schneider reported on the good work being done by a handful of UPS Teamsters at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Pictured are Greg along with Jeff Normand and Kathleen Pepmeyer in the  Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Thank you to volunteer teams from UPS, Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Zoo and Avondale Community Council for giving back and making a difference in the neighborhoods around the Zoo. Special thanks to the Cincinnati ToolBank for supplying the tools.




 The term "Weingarten Rights" refers to a U.S. Supreme Court decision (420 US 251, 1974) which ruled that an employee has the right to a union representative in any interview the employer might hold that is intended to investigate a possible discipline charge against the employee. Often compared to the Miranda rights of criminal suspects charged by the police, there is a crucial difference: unless the union contract requires it, the employer does not have to tell the suspected employee that he or she has this right to union representation. The employee must ask for the representation!

The Weingarten Rights simply put are:

  1. The right to be informed, in advance, of the subject matter of disciplinary interviews.  

  2. The right to union representation at such an interview.

Still there is the question of what to do when these rights are violated. Normally, the rule is to follow orders and file a grievance, or in this case an unfair labor practice charge, afterward. If you are required to attend such an interview, and your request for union representation is denied, the best advice is to attend the meeting but respond to any and all questions by simply repeating your request for representation.

Remember, if your request for union representation is denied,

  • Don't refuse or walkout.
  • Attend the meeting but repeat your request for union representation.

 The role of the union representative in a Weingarten meeting:

  • Ask for time to talk in private before the meeting;  
  • Take notes & record the names, dates questions;  
  • Secure "due process" and fair treatment;  
  • Be sure that the grievant is not railroaded;  
  • Object to any attempts to anger or frighten the grievant;  
  • Call a timeout to caucus or recess as needed;  
  • Ask for questions to be rephrased or explained as necessary; 
  • Make no permanent or undo-able decisions at that interview; 
  • Right after the interview, call your union staff.


If you leave your job FOR ANY REASON, please contact the Local 100 office at (513) 769-5100 and

speak with Lisa (ext. 325) to get a withdrawal card.  This will stop your union dues obligation while you are not working.

Or, you may fill-out the withdrawal card request below and bring it to the Local 100 office.

The fee to obtain a withdrawal card is $0.50.


NAME __________________________________________________

ADDRESS _______________________________________________

PHONE # _________________    SS# (last 4 digits) _____________

EMPLOYER ______________________________________________

LAST DAY WORKED________________________________________

Did you know that labor unions made the following 36 things possible?

  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch breaks
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  5. Sick leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII - prohibits employer discrimination
  9. 8-hour work day
  10. Overtime pay
  11. Child labor laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40-hour work week
  14. Workers' compensation (workers' comp)
  15. Unemployment insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  18. Employer health care insurance
  19. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  20. Wrongful termination laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  22. Whistleblower protection laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  24. Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and evaluations (i.e. raises)
  26. Sexual harassment laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday pay
  29. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  30. Privacy rights
  31. Pregnancy and parental leave
  32. Military leave
  33. The right to strike
  34. Public education for children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 - requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work
  36. Laws ending sweatshops in the United States

Thank a union member by buying union-made in America products!

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Kiplinger Retirement Freebies.

I have a membership to Citizen's Oil Co-Op which has its base in West Hartford, CT and also provides services in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I pay $20 a year (senior rate) for membership. I get discounts on oil and on my electric/generation service charge. I saved over $540 this year on oil alone. And I can save on the membership with 2 referrals to the organization. They also discount propane. Website is: Toll free phone is: 1-860-561-6011.

Discount prices on reading glasses are available at Dollar Store , Dollar General, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree , and Dollar General to name a few.

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Prescription Drugs ideas provided by NRLN members.

  • Here are two ways you can verify that your purchase of prescription drugs are from legitimate pharmacies:
    1. Check the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s website to see whether your pharmacy is a verified Internet practice pharmacy site.
    2. Visit LegitsScript and type in the website of the online pharmacy to see whether it’s approved.

  • My Tier 4 prescription drugs are reduced by approximately 60% by using Canada Drugs. The website is:; the toll free phone is: 1-800-226-3784; the email address is The medicine is identical to that I receive in the U.S. Their service is excellent and it is ease talk with them. I use the Canadian pharmacy for long-term prescriptions and not for short-term prescriptions that one would take for the flu. The only negative is it takes longer to receive the prescription because it is mailed. However, with proper planning this is not a problem.
  • Health Link offers a prescription drug savings card.
  • Costco and Sam’s Club offer many prescription drugs at discounts without having to be a member. Simply enter the store and say you are going to the pharmacy. Or, you may order online without being a member.  Costco toll free phone is: 1-800-607-6861; Costco Drug pricing webpage.
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  • Discounts on many prescription drugs are offered by . You print the coupons for the pharmacy of your choice.
  • Pharmacy Saver is a cost-savings prescription drug program available to Medicare Advantage plan members with Prescription Drug coverage. You may be able to pay less than your plan co-pay for your prescription drugs with the Pharmacy Saver program. To look up your prescription drugs and find a Pharmacy Saver location near you go to: .
  • In Nov 2013 I paid a $200 copay for a 30 gram tube of Carac .5% Fluorouracil (manufactured by Valeant) and last month my dermatologist wrote a prescription for me to buy more from COSTCO. The news is: Manufacture’s price to COSTCO (according to their pharmacist) for a 30 gram tube: 
    My copay – I did not ask
    The COSTCO pharmacist offered a generic 30 gram tube of Fluorouracil .5%:
    Price to COSTCO        
    My copay - $840
    What a deal!
    I called my dermatologist who referred me to Philidor Pharmacies (toll free phone: 1-855-744-5791; website: with pharmacies based in Hatboro, PA and Los Angeles, CA and Service Centers in Hatboro and Phoenix, AZ. Philador specializes in dermatological products that most Medicare D plans or other plans will not cover. Philador told me that they negotiate pricing with Valeant (and maybe others soon) who want to avoid distribution channel markups, including retail pricing for high cost drugs. Without the benefit if Medicare D or any other insurance, I paid $75 for the Carac brand, 30 grams, .5% and no charge 3-5 day delivery.
  • Type Prescription Drug Savings in Google Search or Bing Search.
  • Use the Medicare site every November and plug in all the drugs to get annual cost which can vary significantly between companies. Don't forget to check the mail order price which is usually much less. I have one plan for myself and another for my wife. My plan would cost more for the drugs she takes and visa versa. Don't just go with the plan you had last year. I think drug companies rely on automatic repeat business because it is a pain to understand the plan differences. I have changed several times over the years because the drug companies play games with pricing and placing drugs in tiers. There are no government guidelines for what drug goes in what tier. The same drug can be in different tiers based on dosage. I have to think the more popular doses would be in a higher tier.
  • My wife was prescribed capsules for one of her meds. Capsules can be much more costly than tablets. Check with your doctor because frequently they aren't aware of these subtle facts.
  • Extended Relief (ER) meds can cost more than taking the same drug several times a day. One of my meds was ER had a copay of $90. So I take a reduced dose which is non ER three times a day for $10 copay.
  • If a drug is newly prescribed during the year and not on the formulary ask for an exception. I did that and they obliged. Don't be afraid to lean on them. They want your business. You can also ask for a tier reduction if the copay is high.
  • Don't look at whether or not a company has a deductible. Look at the annual cost unless cash flow early in the year is a problem. One plan can have a deductible and larger monthly premium than other plans and still be the best on an annual basis.
  • I spend about 20 hours a year working the ever changing Medicare D site. It is tedious but I like to know as much as I can. I have helped non computer literate friends of mine save a lot of money by getting them in the best plan for the meds they take.
  • Massachusetts has a group of trained people called SHINE. They are required to train for 40 hours and are at senior center every year to assist in choosing a Medicare Part D plan.
  • One thing I will recommend to all seniors on Medicare Part D, that enroll with a provider who has their primary medications in Tier 1. I discovered that different Medicare Part D providers put the same medication in different Tiers. A medication in Tier 1 is much cheaper than same medication in Tier 2. Also some providers reduce the cost to zero if 3 month’s supply is ordered with their mail order pharmacy. For example, I get Tamsulosin (generic for Flowmax) completely at zero cost form the Humana Medicare Part D plan.

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