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Angelica votes to become Local 988 members
Drivers Win Representation in Campaign for Better Wages, Fairness and Respect Laundry drivers at Angelica Linen voted 9-5 yesterday in favor of union representation with Teamsters Local 988 in Houston, Texas. There are 14 drivers in the new bargaining unit. Read More...
Texas Democratic Party Platform
The 2014 Texas Democratic Party Platform contains STRONG Pro-Worker language: * all employees, public and private, must have the right to organize, collect dues, designate their income voluntarily to organizations and agencies of their choosing, and negotiate collectively with their employers through representatives of their choice; * the so-called Texas “right-to-work” law – must be repealed and replaced with The Employee Free Choice Act so workers in Texas will have the right to self-determination on whether they will be represented by a Union through the collective bargaining process; * hiring of replacement workers for employees who are on strike should be banned; Read More...
Dear Brother or Sister, If you need to register to Vote in Texas call 281-560-2011 and we will mail a Texas Voter Registration card. The 2014 elections will be critical to the future of the Teamsters Union, the American middle class and working class Texans. With the War on Workers continuing to rage in all states, there are thirty-six Governors seats (including the Texas Governors race), control of the United States Senate and numerous state legislative chambers up for grabs. Read More...
UPS National and all Supplements goes into effect April 25, 2014
To: UPS Teamster members From: Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee Date: April 23, 2014 Re: 2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement, All Supplements, Riders and Addenda The 2013 National Master United Parcel Service Agreement and all Supplements, Riders and Addenda are in effect starting April 25, 2014. Read More...
Teamster Leaders Endorse Agreement
Local Union Leaders Endorse YRCW Tentative Agreement January 21, 2014 Freight Headline News YRCW Freight Updates Today, leaders from Teamster local unions that represent workers at YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) overwhelmingly recommended to approve a tentative agreement and to send it out to the membership for a vote. Read More...
UPS Freight Overwhelmingly Approve Contract
UPS Freight Teamsters Overwhelmingly Approve New National Contract January 12, 2014 Package Press Releases UPS/UPSF Contract Updates New 5-Year Contract Increases Wages, Strengthens Pensions, Tackles Subcontracting Press Contact Leigh Strope Email: lstrope@teamster. Read More...
FCMSA Hours of Service Information
Teamsters Local Union No. 988 held a meeting to review the changes to the FCMSA - Hours of Service Regulation. Lamont Byrd, Director of the International Brotherhood of Teamster Safety and Health Department conducted the meeting.  Lamont Byrd is also a member to the FCMSA Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Read More...
Know Your Rights!

Know Your Rights!

The Anti-Discrimination Provision Of The Immigration And Nationality Act (INA)

The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has an office dedicated to ensuring that employers are not discriminating against work-authorized individuals based on their national origin or immigration status. It is unlawful to fire or refuse to hire certain workers because of where they are from or because they are not U.S. citizens. The law also protects workers where employers discriminate against them by asking for too many work-authorization documents or by rejecting valid documents.

Q: How can I tell if an employer is violating the law?

A: An employer may be discriminating based on citizenship or national origin in employment if the employer:

  • Specifically asks a worker for a “green card.”

  • Asks certain workers for more documents than needed to complete the I-9 form.

  • Rejects valid work authorization documents.

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to begin working based on a name and Social Security number no-match.

  • Refuses to hire refugees and asylees because they don’t have Social Security numbers or green cards.

  • Only hires U.S. citizens (unless that policy is specifically required by law).

  • Asks certain workers for work authorization documents before offering them jobs.

  • Fires work-authorized workers for lying about their prior undocumented status, but has not fired other workers for lying about different aspects of their background.

Q: What about E-Verify?

A: An employer’s use of E-Verify may be discriminatory if the employer treats workers differently during the E-Verify process based on national origin or citizenship or immigration status, such as if it:

  • Runs certain workers through E-Verify before offering them jobs.

  • Asks certain workers to run themselves through E-Verify’s Self Check.

  • Uses E-Verify to check only some, but not all, new workers.

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to contest “tentative nonconfirmations” (TNCs).

  • Refuses to allow certain workers to work while contesting TNCs.

Q: What should I do if I think I or someone I know has been discriminated against in hiring or firing based on national origin or citizenship status?

A: Call the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) at the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice on its Worker Hotline at 1-800-255-7688, 9am-5pm, E.S.T. (TTY for the hearing impaired: 1-800-237-2515).
You do not have to provide your name, and telephone interpreters are available in many languages as needed. It is unlawful to intimidate, threaten, or retaliate against anyone for contacting the Hotline, assisting in any way in an investigation, or filing a charge with OSC.

For more information, to obtain outreach materials or a charge form, or to learn about OSC’s new worker webinars call the Hotline or visit

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