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Rally To Protect Pensions




Join Your Brothers and Sisters in Washington to Demand Congress Block

Central States Pension Fund from Cutting Your Pension!

Date: THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

Time: Speaking program from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grounds will be accessible prior to the start of the rally

Location: United States Capitol, West Front Lawn

Hotel: Capitol Skyline Hotel (limited room block available until March 14)

10 I Street, SW

Washington, D.C. 20024

(202) 488-7500

Please reference event number 6871 when booking.

For more information contact:

Bob Amsden

(414) 688-5010

Mike Walden

(330) 801-1108


For Immediate Release    
March 1, 2016

Contact: Ted Gotsch, (202) 624-6911

Teamsters’ Widow Tells Committee How Cuts Will Alter Lives

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters today hailed the Senate Finance Committee for holding a hearing looking into the need to reform multiemployer pension plans like the Central States Pension Fund, which has proposed slashing the benefits of retirees by as much as 70 percent.

Lawmakers heard the story of Ohio resident Rita Lewis, whose husband Butch was a 40-year truck driver for USF Holland and a leader of the Retired Teamsters of Southwest Ohio Pension Committee. Butch Lewis, facing a 40 percent pension reduction himself, fought to stop these unfair retirement cuts for months before he tragically died of a stress-induced massive stroke last New Year’s Eve.

But Mrs. Lewis also detailed the struggles of countless other retired Teamsters who are facing financial ruin if these retirement cuts are implemented. Many would lose their homes, not be able to cover their prescription drug costs and struggle to make ends meet if the Treasury Department were to approve Central States’ application in May.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said these true-life stories make it clear what is at stake with these proposed pension cuts and he urged lawmakers to fix the problem so the 270,000 affected people will be able to live their golden years with dignity.

“These people gave up higher pay and vacation time while they worked so they could build a nest egg for retirement,” Hoffa said. “They planned for their future and now are being penalized for it. A promise is a promise. Authorities must stop Central States from implementing this devastating plan.”

John Murphy, an IBT International Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 122, said if the Treasury Department looks closely at Central States’ numbers, it can’t allow the proposal to move forward. He also said lawmakers must overturn the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) included in an omnibus appropriations bill in late 2014 that allows such dire pension cuts to be made.

“Congress needs to reach a bipartisan consensus that repeals MPRA and reinstates pension law protections in place for four decades,” Murphy said. “I was pleased to hear that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand changes are needed to help improve retirement security.”

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 for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at                                                    

Pension Fund Conference Call

Central States Pension Fund Conference Call

Every Monday at 2:00 p.m. CST

for Retirees and Active Teamsters

Kenneth Feinberg with the Treasury Department will

listen to your story and try to answer your questions aboutthe proposed

Central States Pension Rescue Plan.

CALL: 1-888-324-9602

use access code: 7865356#

(you must hit the # key to connect)

Jt Council 58 Officer's Election


Joint Council 58 - Southern Region 

4303 North Sam Houston Parkway East  
Houston, TX 77032

(281) 560-2000

Fax (281) 560-2001

The Joint Council 58 held it's Officers Election for the term beginning February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2020. All current Officers were unopposed and elected by acclimation. Your Executive Board remains:















Executive Board Change


January 4, 2016



Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Effective December 31, 2015, Teamster Local 988 Vice President Dan Morris retired from Yellow Road Company. Dan Morris has been a very important part of the Local 988 Executive Board. On behalf of the Executive Board, Business Representatives, Staff and members, we thank Brother Morris for his years of service to the Local and its members and we wish him all the best in his retirement.

On January 4, 2016 the remaining Executive Board members held a special meeting to fill the vacancy left by Brother Morris' retirement. Brother Claude Horton of Clean Harbors has been elevated to Vice President.  Claude has served a Trustee of Local 988 since January 1, 2007. Congratulations to your new Vice President, Claude Horton.

Further, Brother Paul Marks of Kroger has been appointed as a new Trustee to the Teamsters Local Union No. 988 Executive Board. Paul previously served on the Teamster Local 968 Executive Board.

The Teamster Local 988 Executive Board is as follows:

Robert Mele, President

Claude Horton, Vice President

Robert DeLeon, Secretary - Treasurer

Marielly Ortiz, Recording Secretary

Craig Cunningham, Trustee

Natalie Everett, Trustee

 Paul Marks, Trustee

We look forward to continued service to Local 988 members and are committed to the future of Teamsters Local Union No. 988.

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

Team Financial Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

Team Financial Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

Teamsters Members click on the link below

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...
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