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HOFFA MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

HOFFA MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

TO DISCUSS PENSION SECURITY

(WASHINGTON) – International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and International Vice President John Murphy met with President Donald Trump today at the White House to seek support for the union’s efforts to ensure pension security for Teamster members and retirees. They also discussed other issues of significant importance to Teamsters and their families.

"It is important that President Trump understand the urgent need to address the pension crisis our nation is facing," Hoffa said. "We are pursuing efforts to establish a path to solvency for pension funds in crisis. We had a very good conversation and are looking forward to a continuing dialogue."

Murphy has been leading Teamster efforts to address the growing threat to Teamster members’ retirement security.

"Over the past two years, we have worked to develop a viable legislative solution to the pension crisis," Murphy said. "As part of this process, it is paramount that we secure bipartisan support. It is important that the administration understands the scope of this crisis and the impact it could have on millions of Americans."

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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IBT ELECTION IS CERTIFIED

For Immediate Release

February 17, 2017

TEAMSTERS INTERNATIONAL OFFICER ELECTION CERTIFIED

(Washington, D.C.) – The results of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters election of officers have been certified by election supervisor Richard Mark. The certification letter is attached and can also be viewed at ibtvote.org.

General President Jim Hoffa, General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, International Vice Presidents and International Trustees elected in the membership vote will begin a five-year term in mid-March.

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What's New at IBT 988
Houston Southern Glazer’s Drivers Ratify First Contract

 

Houston Southern Glazer’s Drivers Ratify First Contract

With Teamsters Local 988 

 

Wages Improved and Pension Plan Added

(HOUSTON) – Delivery drivers and warehouse workers at Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer) in the Houston area have ratified their first contract with Teamsters Local 988. The nearly 200-member unit voted overwhelmingly for the contract.

“Congratulations to the drivers and warehouse workers at Southern Glazer on ratifying their first contract,” said Robert Mele, President of Local 988. “We won a contract that allows drivers to earn a competitive hourly rate with daily and weekly overtime. Also, both drivers and warehouse workers will now have a pension (Teamsters Western Conference Pension) and a 401(k).

“One of the most rewarding aspects of this contract was seeing the expressions on the workers’ faces the moment they realized they had achieved a higher standard of living. This was a life-changing victory for our new brothers and sisters and we are delighted for them to be a part of Local 988.”

“This was a great victory for us and more importantly our families,” said Allen Harley, a driver at Southern Glazer. “We needed this and with our union, we got it!”

The Houston workers at Southern Glazer are part of over 64,000 brewery and soft drink workers in the U.S. and Canada who are members of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

 

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Southern Glazer Drivers Join Local 988

Beer and Liquor Drivers Join Local 988

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Robert Mele/Local 988

Phone: (281) 560-2000

(HOUSTON) – Delivery drivers working for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer) in the Houston area have voted to join Teamsters Local 988. The majority of the 59-driver unit voted in favor of joining the union.

“I am happy that we won because not only did we join the Teamsters, but the union has negotiated other good contracts at Southern Glazer locations,” said Daniel Watkins, an employee for the past nine years.

Teamster members from other locations of Southern Glazer visited with and gave encouragement to the Houston drivers and were instrumental in the successful vote.

“We had great assistance from members and the leadership of Local 853 in Oakland, Calif.,” said Joachin Galvan, a business agent at Local 988. “For our drivers, hearing about contracts won by Teamsters in other locations of Southern Glazer was important, and I think made a difference in the vote’s outcome.”

“We will support the drivers and work with them to negotiate their contract,” said Robert Mele, President of Local 988. “Having work rules in writing in a collective bargaining agreement brings stability to workplaces – and we look forward to providing that for these Southern Glazer employees.”

The Houston workers join over 64,000 brewery and soft drink workers in the U.S. and Canada who are members of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference. Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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Withdrawal from TPP is Right Choice

For Immediate Release Contact:

Jan. 23, 2017 Galen Munroe, (202) 624-6911

gmunroe@teamster.org

HOFFA: WITHDRAWAL FROM TPP THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR U.S. TRADE POLICY

Trump Administration Signals New Approach to Trade Policy

(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on President Donald Trump signing an executive order to formally withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership. Withdrawal

"Today, President Trump made good on his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. With this decision, the president has taken the first step toward fixing 30 years of bad trade policies that have cost working Americans millions of good-paying jobs.

"The Teamsters Union has been on the frontline of the fight to stop destructive trade deals like the TPP, China PNTR, CAFTA and NAFTA for decades. Millions of working men and women saw their jobs leave the country as free trade policies undermined our manufacturing industry. We hope that President Trump’s meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Jan. 31 opens a real dialogue about fixing the flawed NAFTA.

"We take this development as a positive sign that President Trump will continue to fulfill his campaign promises in regard to trade policy reform and instruct the USTR to negotiate future agreements that protect American workers and industry."

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

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Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP).

Over Veterans Day weekend, Hiring America, the first TV series dedicated to helping veterans find jobs, issued a new video featuring Mick Yauger, President of Teamsters Local 786 in Chicago, about the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP).

TMAP assists active military and veterans locate job opportunities. TMAP was created in 2008 and since then military personnel at Fort Drum (New York), Fort Riley (Missouri), Fort Sill (Oklahoma) and Fort Carson (Colorado) have been able to transition to employment with ABF Freight System in jobs across the country.

For more information, see this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnBg-HMzh3k

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