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    Monthly membership meetings resumed in September, the holidays will be here before we know it. The Local is again sponsoring a Christmas party in York for kids in the WIC program. Details can be found on the home page. Please find it in your hearts to help these kids have a Merry Christmas. If you haven’t already done so please take a moment to register as a Local 776 member or retiree.

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    • 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.

    • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

      The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

      The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

      In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

    • 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 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 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.


    • 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.

    • Welcome To Teamsters Local 776

      Teamsters Local 776 is the largest Teamsters Local in Pennsylvania. Chartered by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1937, we are located in South-Central PA. Our diverse mix of over 8,500 members work in six different counties.

      During the summer Local 776 conducted a DRIVE registration program. With the help of a DRIVE coordinator from the IBT Officers and Business Agents were out visiting the members at twenty-six different employer locations. As a result of the visits the Local added 231 new members to DRIVE.

      Commented Local President Ed Thompson, “The Local Union’s number of DRIVE members had been declining the last few years. One of our priorities when taking office was to increase the number of members participating in DRIVE. As a result of the commitment by the Officers and Agents this summer we have reversed the trend of declining DRIVE membership. I hope to see all of our newest DRIVE members at the DRIVE Dinner/Dance next year.”

      Local 776 is unique in that it has it’s own DRIVE chapter. One half of all the funds contributed to DRIVE remain with the Local. These funds are used to support candidates who support working men and women. Additional information about DRIVE can be found under the Member Resources page. If you missed the opportunity to join DRIVE during the workplace visits please contact the Local Union during normal business hours.

      Front row: Local 776 Recording Secretary Dave Wolf, IBT DRIVE Coordinator Jennette Barnes, Local 776 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks

      Second row: Member Shawn Griffith, Local 776 Vice Pres. Dave Pogue, Local 776 Trustee Rob Smiley, Local 776 Pres. Ed Thompson, Local 776 Business Agent John Taylor

      On September 12, 2015 Local 776 hosted another Stewards Training Seminar presented by the IBT. After opening remarks by Local 776 President Ed Thompson Bill Munger, the IBT Eastern Region Training coordinator, was introduced by Ed.

      Bill had a full day planned for the Stewards; they began by working on a questionnaire of their roles and responsibilities as stewards. Next, the Stewards were given 10 scenarios and, using a mock contract, determine if contract language had been violated. Lastly, using a case study the Stewards applied their knowledge by role-playing the first step grievance meeting.

      Commented President Thompson “ This was the second training session the Local provided for the Stewards this year. The Stewards were enthusiastic, coming to the sessions knowing that what they learn here will help them become better Stewards on the job. Due to the response to this session we are going to schedule another training session as soon as the IBT’s schedule allows.”

      Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks, IBT training coordinator Bill Munger, President Ed Thompson

      The meeting room starts to fill up..

      Bill's got everyone's attention as he starts his program

      To view the agenda for the training session follow the link below:

      Steward Training Agenda

      Local 776 participated in the 26th Labor Day Parade held in York, PA. The Teamsters have participated in the parade since it’s inception and this year we had quite a group of members participating. In addition to the Local’s Officers, Business Agents, and members walking in the parade members from the following employers drove equipment: ABF Freight Systems, Canteen Vending, Eckert Trucking, New Penn Motor Express, Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Teamsters Local 776 Tractor Trailer and support vehicle, UPS from Harrisburg, PA, UPS from York, PA, YRC-Yellow Roadway Corp., and the York city Public Works Highway Dept. After the parade Local President Ed Thompson commented “ First and foremost I would like to thank all of the members who gave time on their day off to help honor American working men and women. Also I’d like to thank the employers who allowed their equipment to be used in the parade”. “Labor is America- a fitting description. It is America’s labor; the men and women who give it their all day after day, supporting their families, forging a better way of life, and helping to build the American dream. That’s what makes this country so great. Our hats are off to you, the American workers because labor and America go hand in hand: Labor is America!”

      To view more photos from the parade please visit the photo gallery

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