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  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • 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 ‘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.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

     
Action Center
Unions and Evolution
Updated On: Jul 16, 2013

The sparks of societal revolutions have their origins in rebellion against oppression, tyranny, the detachments from archaic ideologies and the human impulse to simply progress.  This instinctive pursuit of preservation while self or communal has and will always dictate the core of human history.  For unions and the organized labor movement, this basic premise has driven the evolution of the working class to unionize for a greater goal.  A goal reached only when personal agendas are set aside and the masses gather and unite.

When you delve into the class divide and its tumultuous history (and it is tumultuous because division does not always render equality) the consistent factor is to improve the quality of life.   Take the beginning of the French revolution, with the French masses left abandoned and destitute by its once adorned monarchy, to upheave centuries of royal loyalty and begin a new journey.  This journey of equality realized once they gathered in unity.  Unionism may not be generally supported but it has allowed the unheard voices to be heard.  It has served to police industries that have exploited workers and also as a vehicle for those same workers to find strength to claim rights that were was once thought to be exclusive to a select few. 

While the elements that formed labor organizations have varied, the evolution has focused on the necessity to overcome disparities. In early trade unions, workers of like trades banded together to preserve the integrity of their trade but ultimately this integrity included fiscal well-being.  With the development of social economical standards, the uprisings of labor organizations were a direct result.  From early societies of English workers who formed trade organizations to when President Eisenhower in 1955 acknowledged the important impact of labor organizations, the need was clear: unions are formed to make the whole stronger.   

The financial goal of employer and employee are ideally the same, which is to earn and to gain financial strength.  However, markets differ and some economical systems if not monitored properly can neglect the inalienable rights of workers.  This ingrained edict of us versus them will be an everlasting struggle unless there can be co-existence on a fair platform for the working class.

Darwinism may not be a distant thought when it involves the topic of unions because the struggles of the working class have altered societal behaviors and have morphed individualistic pursuits into a collective mission. 

Even today and after valiant and historical gatherings such as the Occupy Wall Street movement, there still remains inequality, unjust wages and work environments.  Just maybe what we need to change these inequalities is what formed unions in the first place: evolution.

By Rolando Feliz, Local 272 Web Manager


 
 
Teamsters Local 272
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