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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.

    • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

    • 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.

    • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

    • 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.

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    • 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.

      On February 3, 2016 Local 776 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks and Business Agent Spencer Dearth, along with Local 509 representatives from Gaffney, South Carolina met in Richmond, Virginia with IBT officials to address sub-contracting issues and the layoffs of Teamster members at UPS Freight.

      On February 4, 2016, along with the IBT Eastern Region UPS Freight Representatives, they met with the top officials of UPS Freight at UPS Freight headquarters in Richmond. The meeting went well, many issues concerning subcontracting were discussed.

      At the conclusion Secretary-Treasurer Hicks commented: “Hopefully the results of this meeting with UPS Freight officials will bring more work back to the bargaining unit and get our members back to work.”

      L-R: Local 776 BA Spencer Dearth, Local 776 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks

      Getting down to business...


      Recently the PA Senate Transportation Committee held hearings on Senate bills 93 and 94, pertaining to the removal of snow and ice from vehicles operating in the state. Local 776 members employed by numerous employers perform every operation in the commercial trucking field. With this being said Local 776 President Ed Thompson was asked to address the committee for his evaluation of Senate bills 93 and 94.

      To download, view, and print the Senate Committee’s agenda and President Thompson’s testimony to the committee follow the link below:

      Senate Transportation Committee testimony

      Local 776 President Ed Thompson provides his testimony


       In June of 2014 a dispute arose between Teamsters Local 776 and The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, after the Medical Center, without bargaining or even notice to their Union, imposed a policy that restricted the number of overtime hours that non medical employees could work, even when additional overtime was available and the employees had volunteered in advance to perform it. Several Teamster 776 member employees filed Grievances under their CBA. Unable to resolve the Grievances in the pre arbitration steps of the grievance procedure, Local 776 Business Agent Dave Vrona, with the approval of the Local 776 Executive Board moved the case to arbitration, the contractually agreed upon method of dispute resolution between the Union and the Medical Center.

      On December 15, 2015 an Arbitration hearing was held in Hershey PA, both sides presented testimony, oral arguments, examined and cross-examined witnesses and submitted documentary evidence into the record. After Arbitrator Mastriani heard the testimony and reviewed all the evidence he issued the following award:

      “The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center violated the collective bargaining agreement when it adopted the June 2014 policy limiting overtime hours to twenty (20) hours per week. The Center shall rescind the June 2014 policy and return to the contractual method of overtime assignment that has been used in the past. Employees who were denied the opportunity to work additional overtime that they normally would have worked but for the twenty (20) hours per week limitation on overtime hours shall be made whole for the losses suffered as a result of the denial of overtime work they would have worked and at the rate of pay they normally would have received for such work”

      Teamsters Local 776 President Edgar Thompson, in commenting on the final and binding decision said, "When the Hershey Medical Center implemented this policy, without negotiation with our Union, it dramatically restricted our members' earning capacity; in this day and age every dollar counts and our Medical Center members work hard for every dollar they earn! Our members at HMC are very dedicated employees and some have to work overtime just to make ends meet, so when HMC imposed this policy, it created many issues for our members and we are committed to fight to protect our members' rights and make sure that the contracts we negotiate on behalf of our members are followed. In this case, the Medical Center attempted to ignore the plain language that they had agreed to, in writing, when they changed the overtime availability and distribution rules so our Union stepped in to assure their rights were protected. Local 776 Business Agent Dave Vrona, Stewards Doug Miller and Tom Bender, Member Richard Sitler, and Legal Counsel Irwin Aronson did an excellent job preparing and presenting this case; it is a huge win for all of our members at HMC and for collective bargaining rights."

      Teamsters Local 776 is requesting that all Members at HMC review their payroll records back to June 2014, and if you were denied overtime opportunities, due to the fact that you reached the impermissible 20 hour limit, Contact Business Agent Dave Vrona at the Union Hall immediately. (717) 233-8766.

      To download, view, and print the complete decision and award follow the link below:

      HMC overtime arbitration decision 2016



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