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.
The 2014 elections are right around the corner and this is your headquarters for the Teamsters Vote 2014 program. The page provides information on registering to vote, news about the Teamsters Vote 2014 campaign and a legislative scorecard that shows how your Member of Congress and Senators voted on the issues that matter to Teamster members and America’s working families.
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.
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.
This Week in Labor History July 28
Women shoemakers in Lynn, Mass., create Daughters of St. Crispin, demand pay equal to that of men - 1869
Harry Bridges is born in Australia. He came to America as a sailor at age 19 and went on to help form and lead the militant Int’l Longshore and Warehouse Union for more than 40 years - 1901
A strike by Paterson, N.J., silk workers for an 8-hour day, improved working conditions ends after six months, with the workers’ demands unmet. During the course of the strike, approximately 1,800 strikers were arrested, including Wobbly leaders Big Bill Haywood and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn - 1913
Federal troops burn the shantytown built near the U.S. Capitol by thousands of unemployed WWI veterans, camping there to demand a bonus they had been promised but never received - 1932
Nine miners are rescued in Sommerset, Pa., after being trapped for 77 hours 240 feet underground in the flooded Quecreek Mine - 2002
The Coast Seamen's Union merges with the Steamship Sailors’ Union to form the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific - 1891
A preliminary delegation from Mother Jones' March of the Mill Children from Philadelphia to President Theodore Roosevelt's summer home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, publicizing the harsh conditions of child labor, arrives today. They are not allowed through the gates – 1903 (The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else. She was an absolutely fearless and tireless advocate for working people, especially coal miners. A founding member of the Industrial Workers of the World—the Wobblies—she feared neither soldiers’ guns nor the ruling class’s jails. Here, in her own words, is her story of organizing in steel, railroading, textiles and mining; her crusade against child labor; her fight to organize women; even her involvement in the Mexican revolution.)
Nineteen firefighters die while responding to a blaze at the Shamrock Oil and Gas Corp. refinery in Sun Ray, Texas - 1956
Following a 5-year table grape boycott, Delano-area growers file into the United Farm Workers union hall in Delano, Calif., to sign their first union contracts - 1970
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965, establishing Medicare and Medicaid - 1965
Former Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa disappears. Declared legally dead in 1982, his body has never been found - 1975
United Airlines agrees to offer domestic-partner benefits to employees and retirees worldwide - 1999
Members of the National Football League Players Association begin what is to be a 2-day strike, their first. The issues: pay, pensions, the right to arbitration and the right to have agents - 1970
Fifty-day baseball strike ends - 1981
The Great Shipyard Strike of 1999 ends after Steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding ratify a breakthrough agreement which nearly doubles pensions, increases security, ends inequality, and provides the highest wage increases in company and industry history to nearly 10,000 workers at the yard. The strike lasted 15 weeks - 1999 (Contract Costing for Union Negotiators: This incredibly helpful manual for union negotiators explains both the fundamentals and the details of costing a collective agreement to prepare for and conduct your contract negotiations. It describes the principal ways that contract costs are calculated and expressed by negotiators, and guides you through the process of accurately calculating average wages for your bargaining unit—for contracts with step progression and those without.)
After organizing a strike of metal miners against the Anaconda Company, Wobbly organizer Frank Little is dragged by six masked men from his Butte, Mont., hotel room and hung from the Milwaukee Railroad trestle. Years later writer Dashiell Hammett would recall his early days as a Pinkerton detective agency operative and recount how a mine company representative offered him $5,000 to kill Little. Hammett says he quit the business that night - 1917
Sid Hatfield, police chief of Matewan, W. Va., a longtime supporter of the United Mine Workers union, is murdered by company goons. This soon led to the Battle of Blair Mountain, a labor uprising also referred to as the Red Neck War - 1921
Police in Hilo, Hawaii, open fire on 200 demonstrators supporting striking waterfront workers. The attack became known as "the Hilo Massacre" - 1938
A 17-day, company-instigated wildcat strike in Philadelphia tries to bar eight African-American trolley operators from working. Transport Workers Union members stay on the job in support of the men - 1944
Government & Civic Employees Organizing Committee merges into State, County & Municipal Employees - 1956
Window Glass Cutters League of America merges with Glass Bottle Blowers - 1975
Ten-month strike against Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel wins agreement guaranteeing defined-benefit pensions for 4,500 Steelworkers - 1997
California School Employees Association affiliates with AFL-CIO - 2001
The first General Strike in Canadian history is held in Vancouver, organized as a 1-day political protest against the killing of draft evader and labor activist Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, who had called for a general strike in the event that any worker was drafted against his will - 1918
Hatch Act is passed, limiting political activity of executive branch employees of the federal government - 1939
Uriah Smith Stephens born in Cape May, N.J. A tailor by trade, in 1869 he led nine Philadelphia garment workers to found the Knights of Labor - 1821
Fighting breaks out when sheriff’s deputies attempt to arrest Wobbly leader Richie “Blackie” Ford as he addressed striking field workers at the Durst Ranch in Wheatland, Calif. Four persons died, including the local district attorney, a deputy and two workers. Despite the lack of evidence against them, Ford and another strike leader were found guilty of murder by a 12-member jury that included eight farmers - 1913
Florence Reece dies in Knoxville, Tenn., at 86. She was a Mine Workers union activist and author of Which Side Are You On?, written after her home was ransacked by Harlan County sheriff J.H. Blair and his thugs during a 1931 strike - 1986 (Which Side are You On? The Story of a Song: This wonderful childrens’ book tells the story of a song written in 1931 that has become an anthem for people fighting for their rights all over the world. Florence Reece’s husband Sam, a coal miner in Kentucky, was helping organize a union when all hell broke loose. The company and its hired thugs started attacking miners and their homes, including Reece’s. While bullets flew around her and the couple’s seven children and they took cover under their bed, Florence took out her pencil and started writing—and the song was born.)
Some 15,000 air traffic controllers strike. President Reagan threatens to fire any who do not return to work within 48 hours, saying they "have forfeited their jobs" if they do not. Most stay out, and are fired August 5 - 1981 —Compiled and edited by David Prosten
All of us at TeamCare are proud to welcome you and your co-workers at UPS to TeamCare. Effective June 1, 2014, TeamCare is your new health care provider under the national master contract with UPS.
For our new UPS members, welcome! When your health insurance changes to TeamCare from the UPS Company Plan on June 1, 2014, you’ll be joining 250,000 current Teamster family members, including over 80,000 current UPS family members making it one of the largest health funds in the country.
For our current UPS TeamCare members, we thank you for your continued participation. Your new plan of benefits also becomes effective June 1, 2014.
Americans have seen a lot of changes in health care since TeamCare started back in 1950 and the first group of UPS Teamsters voted to join in 1969. TeamCare is constantly adapting and evolving to meet the needs of Teamster families. With so many changes looming on the horizon with ObamaCare, TeamCare participants have the peace of mind knowing their benefits are safe and secure.
A new health policy brings with it many questions. Whether you’re a current UPS TeamCare member or a new UPS member to TeamCare – we’re excited to welcome you and invite you to learn more about your new benefits plan.
At TeamCare, we provide professional benefit representatives to answer your TeamCare questions either by calling 1-800-323-5000 or by the "Contact Us" link at the top of each webpage.
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.
Former President Troy Stapleton
was taken from us too soon.
On Thursday Morning , May 29th, former Teamsters Local 100
President, Troy Stapleton was fatally injured in an automobile
accident in West Chester. Troy passed at the scene of this horrific
accident, which has been inthe local news for the past few days.
Troy was a member of Local 100 for more than 40 years,
Troy was the Local Union President from 2005 - 2011.
He served one last term as a Business Agent (2011-2013)
and retired in September 2013.
For many members of Local 100, Troy Stapleton was the only
Teamster President they ever knew. He represented all the best
things in this Teamsters Union.
Rest In Peace, Troy,
Our Teamster Brother.
The family announced today there will be a visitation
and memorial at the Teamsters Local 100 Union Hall
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union lost a true friend and brother in the labor movement with the passing of retired Local 100 president Troy Stapleton on May 29 after succumbing to injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Brother Stapleton led a distinguished career over his 40 years in the Teamsters Union and was loved and respected by the members he represented while he served as president of Local 100 from 2005-2011 and as a business agent from 2011-2013.
“Our union lost a true friend in Brother Stapleton and he will be missed,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Troy represented everything that we as trade unionists should aspire to emulate. He was a strong leader who went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure his members always had a voice on the job that would fight on their behalf. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.”
Teamsters Local 100 will host a visitation and memorial for Brother Stapleton on Wednesday, June 4 beginning at 5 p.m. For additional details, please call Local 100 at (513) 769-5100.
It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of Troy H. Stapleton who was taken from us in a tragic car accident on May 29, 2014 at the age of 62. Troy was a wonderful and loving father who cared very deeply for his family. It is for this reason that we are asking that in lieu of flowers, friends and family donate to help support the ongoing medical needs of Troy's youngest grandson, Tyson. Let's all work together to keep Troy's loving and supportive spirit alive in our hearts.
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:
The right to be informed, in advance, of the subject matter of disciplinary interviews.
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.
AS WE GEAR UP FOR THE 2014 MID TERM ELECTIONS AND THE OHIO GOVERNOR ELECTION.
TEAMSTERS AND ALL UNION MEMBERS NEED TO KNOW THAT THOSE THAT WOULD BUST OUR UNIONS WILL OUT SPEND US AND TRY TO BUY THESE ELECTIONS. WE NEED TO BE OUT-SPOKEN WITH OUR NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND GET THE VOTE OUT.
Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich debated a Koch-apologist yesterday who claimed America's unions funneled more into politics than the Koch brothers. Baloney. Union money at least comes from large numbers of workers seeking higher pay and better working conditions; Koch m...oney comes from two brothers seeking to entrench their power and privilege. And it's clear the Koch brothers are spending way more. In 2012, union spending (PAC, individual, outside) totaled less than $153.5 million, while Koch spending totaled $412.6 million.
Tell Congress: Stop Citizens United!
Citizens United is destroying our democracy. Since the decision, right-wing groups have spent nearly $1 billion trying to buy elections in America.
City councils all across Ohio, including Athens, Oberlin, Akron, and Cleveland Heights, have passed resolutions urging Congress to take action. They want the decision — which unleashed hundreds of millions of dollars in special interest spending in elections — reversed.
Today, you can speak out with them. Join Ed FitzGerald, sign up below to urge Congress to turn back the disastrous effects of Citizens United.
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old union hall
Teamsters Local 100
September 6, 2014
KENTON COUNTY GOLF COURSE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL
ROBERT HUFF AT 513-200-6497 or
BRIAN SIZEMORE AT 859-816-5290
GET A WITHDRAWAL CARD!!
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.
WITHDRAWAL CARD REQUEST