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News Items - June 2023
Updated On: Jul 10, 2023

O’Brien: SCOTUS attacks all U.S. workers
June 1, 2023 | “The political hacks at the Supreme Court have again voted in favor of corporations over working people,” said General President Sean M. O’Brien in a statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling in Glacier Northwest, Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 174 which opens the door for corporations to sue their own workers. “These corruptible justices should be ashamed of themselves for throwing out a long-standing precedent and legislating from the bench. The ability to strike has been on the books for nearly 100 years, and it’s no coincidence that this ruling is coming at a time when workers across the country are fed up and exercising their rights more and more.” Full statement here. NBC News: Supreme Court rules company can pursue strike damage claim

Sign up for June 7th webinar for latest updates on national negotiations
June 2, 2023 | All UPS Teamsters are strongly encouraged to join an important webinar scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at 8 pm ET. General President O’Brien, General Secretary-Treasurer Zukerman, and other members of the National Negotiating Committee will provide updates on the status of negotiations, the contract campaign, the current campaign timeline, a summary of the tentative agreements reached to date, and other important news. Registration is required! Click here to sign up.

Teamsters Rail Conference wins gains, protections for members
June 6, 2023 | “The Teamsters Rail Conference recently notched victories in the ongoing fight to improve the lives of its members. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) in May reached a tentative agreement with Norfolk Southern Corporation to provide seven paid sick days per year to BLET members. The tentative agreement came with no concessions by the union, which represents about 3,300 Norfolk Southern workers. Unlike some agreements reached by other unions at Norfolk Southern, BLET members taking sick leave will not be subjected to a punitive attendance policy. More at teamster.org

TForce strike vote to begin in person this week
June 6, 2023 | Freight Teamsters at TForce will be able to vote for strike authorization Thursday, June 8, 6:30 am - 8:30 am at the terminal. The TForce National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee urges all members at the company to vote YES to authorize a strike. The strike will only be called in the event TForce does not reach agreement with the Teamsters. Results will be announced by the IBT on Friday, June 16.

Union reaches tentative agreement with ABF
June 7, 2023 | The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight System have tentatively agreed to terms for a new national contract. Once ratified, the proposed five-year contract will provide members with wage increases and improvements to benefits and working conditions, among other gains. Teamster representatives will meet in Chicago next week to review the tentative agreement before sending it to the membership for a ratification vote. The Teamsters represent approximately 8,600 ABF truck drivers, dock workers, and other members nationwide. The current five-year agreement expires June 30. Full release here.

Secret ballot strike authorization vote to be held June 11 at the union hall
June 6, 2023 | Updated June 7  Local 992 UPS Teamsters will be able to vote from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday, June 11, at the Union Hall. The UPS Teamsters National Negotiating Committee urges all members at the company to vote YES for strike authorization. Doing so will not commence a strike in the immediate. But it will give the Union even more leverage at the bargaining table. Results will be announced by the IBT on Friday, June 16.

UPS must negotiate with Teamsters before introducing new technologies
June 12, 2023 | UPS Inc. and the Teamsters union have reached 24 separate tentative contract agreements, including the ban on UPS introducing new technologies without first bargaining with the union. Under one of the agreements, UPS would be required to negotiate with the Teamsters at least 45 days before it introduces certain technology such as drones, driverless vehicles and platooning into its network, Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said during a webinar on Wednesday updating members on progress in negotiating a new master contract once the current five-year agreement expires July 31. Freightwaves

Temp check! New feature available on the UPS Teamsters app
June 13, 2023 | Right now our National Negotiating Committee and Safety and Health Subcommittee are pushing UPS to take meaningful steps to protect UPSers from heat-related injury and illness. To that end, a new feature on the UPS Teamsters app allows members to report issues related to heat safety and health risks, including water fountains, moldy ice machines, and excruciating temperatures. Tap “Report Heat Issues” on the app, then complete the simple form and attach photos.

Teamsters secure air conditioning for the UPS fleet
June 14, 2023 | The Teamsters and UPS agreed to tentative language to equip the delivery and logistics company’s fleet of vehicles with air conditioning systems, new heat shields, and additional fans during national contract negotiations on Tuesday. The new contract language would mandate UPS equip in-cab air conditioning systems in all larger delivery vehicles, smaller sprinter vans, and all of UPS’ most recognizable brown package cars purchased after Jan. 1, 2024. Read more here.

UPS Teamsters overwhelmingly authorize strike
June 16, 2023 | UPS Teamsters have voted by an overwhelming 97 percent to authorize a strike, giving the union maximum leverage to win demands at the bargaining table. The powerful vote allows the UPS Teamsters National Negotiating Committee to call a strike should UPS fail to come to terms on a strong new contract by July 31, when the union’s current National Master Agreement expires. The Teamsters represent more than 340,000 UPS package delivery drivers and warehouse logistics workers nationwide. The UPS Teamsters National Master Agreement is the largest private-sector contract in North America. Read more here. 

Union officials unanimously approve ABF national contract proposal
June 15, 2023 | Union local leaders have announced their endorsement and support for the tentative agreement reached between the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight. The national contract covers over 8,500 members. “With this new agreement, we have reset the standard and charted a new course for the entire freight industry,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “The gains made at the table are a testament to our strength and commitment to revamp and rebuild the Freight Division.” The five-year agreement will run from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2028. Highlights of the tentative agreement here.

Ninety-one percent of TForce members approve strike
June 16, 2023 | Teamsters at TForce Freight have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike. This strong mandate reflects the strength and unity of the members’ fight for a strong national contract. The Teamsters represent more than 7,000 workers at TForce nationwide. The Teamsters' commitment to raising the bar for all workers in the freight industry has been a top priority for the union’s new leadership. On June 15, Teamster local union leaders endorsed a new tentative agreement at ABF Freight for more than 8,500 members. The national contract at TForce Freight expires July 31.

Teamsters honor Juneteenth
June 19, 2023 | Today, Teamsters join communities around the nation to honor the 158th anniversary of the first Juneteenth, a federal holiday marking the end of slavery. In recognition of Juneteenth, Teamsters Human Rights & Diversity Commission Director Anthony M. Rosa released the following statement: “As a union that is deeply committed to social justice and equality, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters is proud to celebrate Juneteenth. …While June 19, 1865, marked a historic day in our nation’s history, it was only the beginning of a long journey towards true social and economic freedom for Black Americans.” Read the full statement here. Related: The UPS National Negotiating Committee is pushing the company to do the right thing

BREAKING: Teamsters, UPS come to terms on all non-economic issues
June 20, 2023 | With a tentative agreement on new language — and new money — to safeguard members and their vehicles in company parking lots, the Teamsters and UPS came to terms on all non-economic issues during national contract negotiations on Tuesday. “We have reached tentative agreement on well over 40 non-economic issues that affect all our members at UPS, and we did it as a team. The Teamsters haven’t sacrificed a single concession in these negotiations,” said Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman. “Very soon we will review the language, changes, and improvements in all articles with the entire membership. Plus, the fun part now begins to fight for significant wage increases for everyone — full-timers, part-timers, long-timers, everyone.” Read more here.

ABF members to vote Sunday, June 25 on contract TA 
June 23, 2023 | ABF Teamsters nationwide are currently voting on the tentative agreement reached between the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee and ABF Freight. Local 355 will conduct the in-person secret ballot vote beginning at 10 am Sunday, June 25, at the union hall. The submission deadline for ballots to the IBT is June 29. 2023-2028 ABF National Master Freight Agreement & Supplements and Highlight Flier

Teamsters to UPS: You’ve got one week
June 27, 2023 | UPS returned to the bargaining table with the Teamsters National Negotiating Committee on Tuesday morning — without a revised or respectful economic proposal in hand. With the full committee behind him, General President Sean M. O’Brien took UPS to task, harshly reiterating that the Teamsters will not work beyond July 31 without a new contract. “UPS has wasted enough time and hoarded these record profits. Our members want what they have earned.”

National contract overwhelmingly ratified 
June 30, 2023 | Teamsters have overwhelmingly ratified a new national contract at ABF Freight, as well as 25 of 27 supplemental agreements. The five-year master agreement provides members with improvements to wages, benefits, and working conditions, among other gains. Ballots were counted today after two weeks of in-person voting. The agreement covers approximately 8,600 members at 137 local unions throughout the U.S.  Learn more here.

LIVE tomorrow: Update on UPS Teamsters contract campaign
June 30, 2023 | Don't miss an important live update on the status of negotiations for the UPS Teamsters National Master Agreement. With the current contract expiring on July 31, join General President Sean M. O'Brien, General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman, and the UPS Teamsters Negotiating Committee for this critical update Saturday, July 1st at 12 pm on Teamsters Facebook. Related: UPS pleads to keep bargaining with more money; Teamsters demand more progress.


 
 
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