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    A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ED THOMPSON
    I hope you are enjoying the revised Local 776 website. Recently we added information on Teamsters Scholarships and a Retiree Page to the Member Resources Area. Daily Teamster updates are available on the home page from TeamsterNation and a weekly Teamster Pod Cast is also featured. We’re still not done; keep checking back! If you haven’t already done so please take a moment to register as a Local 776 member or retiree.
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    • 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.

    • 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!

    • Join the movement to stop the war on workers. Corporate CEOs and billionaires are attacking you, your family and your job. The battlefield is in statehouses throughout the country.  Our jobs, our health, our kids, our retirement and our standard of living are all at risk. Check this page frequently for updates. 

    • 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.

      Workers’ Memorial Day is observed in York and Adams Counties on April 28th to remember workers who lost their lives on their job. The York-Adams Counties Central Labor Council AFL-CIO; York, Pennsylvania sponsors The Richard L. Boyd Workers’ Memorial Day Essay Contest, offering a scholarship to eligible High School Seniors. For details follow the link below:

      Download: Workers Memorial Day Essay Contest 2015.pdf

      Marching bands, bagpipes, and plenty of kilts! Local 776 participated in the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on Saturday March 21, 2015. Local 776 Officers, Business Agents, members and their families came out to support the Local Union in the parade. Commented Local President Ed Thompson, “I would like to thank the members who took the time to come out on a Saturday to support the Local Union. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has a long tradition in Harrisburg and the Local feels it is important to become involved in the community”.

      To view more photos from the Parade please visit the Photo Gallery


      Just a reminder:

      Teamsters Local 776 has an established Scholarship Fund at the Harrisburg Area Community College, which enables talented students to pursue a higher education. Scholarship recipients may be either full or part-time students. The deadline for appying for a scholarship is April 1st. of each year. Please visit the Teamsters Scholarships Page under Member Resources for more information.


      On Sunday March 8, 2015 Local 776 President Ed Thompson made a special presentation. Maura Vrabel, daughter of Local 776 member Richard Vrabel, was presented with a JR Hoffa Memorial Scholarship. Maura, a freshman at Notre Dame University who is majoring in chemical engineering, thanked the Teamsters for selecting her as a finalist. Richard, a member of the Local Union for 16 years is a road driver at ABF Freight System.

      Speaking on the award President Thompson commented: “The Local Union is proud that someone from the next generation of leaders is from a Teamsters Family and recognizes the importance of organized labor. As Maura stated in her essay, through our efforts of collective bargaining Unions don’t just set the bar for wages in our contracts but raise the bar for all workers. Congratulations to Maura for being selected a JR Hoffa Memorial Scholarship finalist.”

      Left to right: Sec.-Tres. Ron Hicks, Pres. Ed Thompson, Maura Vrabel, Richard Vrabel

      Pres. Thompson intrduces Maura to the membership

      The deadline for applying for a JR Hoffa Memorial Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year is March 31, 2015. Information can be found on the Scholarship Page under member resources.

      To view Maura's essay follow the link below.

      Download: James R Hoffa Memorial Essay Scholarship Maura Vrabel.pdf

      On March 7, 2015 Local 776 hosted a 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.

      Due to the overwhelming response by the Stewards and with class size limited to 50 people, additional training seminars will be scheduled later in the year.

      Commented President Thompson “Often Stewards are the members first line of communication with the Local Union. It is important that Stewards understand their rights under the law and their responsibilities and rights under their respective collective bargaining agreement. The training offered to the Stewards by the Local Union is another effort to do the job we were elected to do”

      To view more photos from the seminar visit the photo gallery



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      Bill Munger; IBT Training Coordinator, Ed Thompson; Local 776 President

      Opening remarks by Pres. Thompson
      A full house of Stewards
      Everyone focused on Bill Munger
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      Local State Senator Scott Wagner again attacks Organized Labor. To view the story and take action against Wagner's latest attempt at "paycheck protection" follow the link below:

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      Judge Approves Agreement Ending Government Oversight Of Teamsters Union

      To view the full story of the decision follow the link below:

      End of Government Oversight

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