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Teamsters, Activists Deliver Thousands of Signed Petitions to UPS Calling for Withdrawal from ALEC

Delegations in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Call on UPS to End Association with Anti-Union, Anti-Worker Organization
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Galen Munroe

Phone: (202) 624-6911

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Teamsters Union representatives in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. led delegations that included environmental and community activists that delivered thousands signed petitions to UPS offices in both cities. The 75,000 signed petitions collected call on the corporation to withdraw its membership in the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). View photos from the action, here.

The Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of ALEC despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections. Representatives from Teamsters Local 639 in Washington and Local 728 in Atlanta led the delegations.

“There is absolutely no good reason why UPS should continue its membership in ALEC,” said Ken Hall, Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer and Package Division Director. “ALEC is an organization that is committed to destroying every protection and gain middle class working families have fought so hard to secure. It is difficult for our 250,000 UPS members to believe the company has their best interest in mind while it continues to support ALEC.”

The signatures were collected during a massive petition drive staged by the Teamsters, Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Stand Up to ALEC, Jobs With Justice and the American Postal Workers Union. As of August 2015, more than 120 major corporations and organizations have publically announced they no longer work with ALEC due to the organization’s stance on many controversial issues, including Amazon.com, Coca Cola, Apple, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, and just this week, American Electric Power.

Randy Brown, President of Teamsters Local 728 in Atlanta, Ga. and former UPS driver, led the delegation that delivered the petitions to the UPS World Headquarters. Brown expressed his disappointment in UPS’ continued refusal to leave ALEC.

“UPS’ membership in ALEC is disturbing to me on a personal level,” Brown said “How can a company with the largest unionized workforce in the country participate in an organization that attacks the very workers that make UPS so successful? It’s time for UPS to do what’s right and leave ALEC.”

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.

Protect our Pensions
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
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We are extremely pleased to share the news that the Department of Treasury has rejected the application to cut pension benefits proposed by the Central States Fund. While this is a great victory for retirees, we still have a long fight ahead of us to ensure that retirees’ earned benefits and quality of life are protected. Both the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA) and the Pension Accountability Act (PAA) would help secure retiree benefits but they are stalled in Congress. We need you to reach out to your Representative and Senators to ask them to support these bills and help move them through Congress. Go to the International Brotherhood of Teamster website: www.teamster.org ! Get involved TODAY!
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S. 1631/ H.R. 2844, KOPPA, sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate and Representative Marcy Kaptur in the House of Representatives, would restore the anti-cutback rule which, until passage of the 2014 “CRomnibus,” prevented cuts from being made to accrued pension benefits. KOPPA also helps strengthen multiemployer pensions by creating a “Legacy Fund” within the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation to address the issue of underfunded “orphaned” participants. It does this by closing two tax loopholes that only benefit the wealthiest members of society. It also helps multiemployer pension plans by making pension obligations a higher priority in bankruptcy proceedings.
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Other legislation to assist retirees would give plan participants a meaningful voice when plans apply to cut benefits under the current laws. S. 2147/ H.R. 4029, the Pension Accountability Act, sponsored by Senator Portman and Representatives David Joyce and Tim Ryan, would require a majority, binding vote from plan participants before any cuts may be made. Additionally, under the current framework, any unreturned ballots are counted as in favor of benefit cuts, PAA would only count those ballots that were returned adding fairness to a system which currently seems to have a deck stacked against retirees.
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While we are overjoyed by the news that Central States’ application to cut the pension benefits has been rejected by the Treasury, we must still fix the funds so that retiree’s earned benefits are secure for many years to come. We urge you to email your Senators and Representative to ask them to help move S. 1631/ H.R. 2844, the Keep Our Pension Promises Act and S. 2147/ H.R. 4029, the Pension Accountability Act forward. TAKE ACTION! Go to the International Brotherhood of Teamster website: www.teamster.org ! Get involved TODAY!

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

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

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:

ROBERT MELE

PRESIDENT

LETICIA ACOSTA

SECRETARY TEASURER

ROBERT CLEVER

VICE PRESIDENT

DOMINIC FEIRRO

RECORDING SECRETARY

ROBERT DELEON

TRUSTEE

ROXANNE HENRICKSON

TRUSTEE

JIM OSBORN

TRUSTEE

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 http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc.

Team Financial Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

Team Financial Federal Credit Union Launches New Website

Teamsters Members click on the link below

REGISTER TO VOTE
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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