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AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

AZ, CO Teamsters active in fight for justice against US Foods

Two local unions in Teamsters Joint Council 3 are heavily involved in an ongoing nationwide protest against US Foods, the nation’s second largest food service provider, for its widespread practice of engaging in unfair labor practices against employees. Arizona Local 104 and Colorado Local 455 are the Joint Council unions involved. Both have endured troubled labor-management relationships with the company […]

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Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

Vairma: ‘Crying wolf’ doesn’t apply

In almost every election year for the past 30 years, union leaders have been exhorting their members to register and vote for labor-endorsed candidates. If they don’t, the story goes, they might lose their jobs or have their wages slashed below the poverty level. No doubt, segments of the rank-and-file sometimes view these periodic warnings as the old “sky will […]

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Hoffa: Workers should count at EXPO!

Hoffa: Workers should count at EXPO!

By James P. Hoffa General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Recently in the upscale suburbs of Connecticut, rank and file union leaders from a continent away joined U.S. truck drivers and the Teamsters outside a shareholders’ meeting for XPO Logistics to take the company to task for its treatment of workers both here and abroad. It is a historic uniting of […]

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Our Poverty Myth

The illusion that people are to blame for their own poverty goes back centuries in our culture By Jill Richardson If you’re poor, many Americans think, it’s your own fault. It’s a sign of your own moral failing. I don’t personally believe that, but the idea has roots in our culture going back centuries. In The Wealth of Nations, the […]

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Do ‘damn Teamsters’ perplex WS equity firm?

The money managers and their eye-shaded bean counters in the fancy Wall Street offices of CD&R, a New York private equity firm, were probably muttering about “those damn Teamsters” last month as they gnashed their teeth and scratched their heads. So what were those damn Teamsters doing that could cause consternation among the New York money guys—those who buy targeted […]

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Four members retire in March

SALT LAKE CITY — Best wishes to our members, who retired in March, 2016. They are: Penny Daniels and Sylvester Daniels; ICX; Gary Hose, ABF, and Harold Mortenson, UPS. On April 13, we had our regular meeting and luncheon. We had pulled pork sandwiches and played bingo. The pulled pork sandwiches were very good, and we had a good crowd […]

by gunner· · Utah
Teamsters OK contract; strike ends at Advantage Logistics

Teamsters OK contract; strike ends at Advantage Logistics

FOUNTAIN—A nine-day strike ended here today (Friday, May 5) when members of Teamsters Local Union 455 overwhelming approved a new labor contract covering more than 300 employees at Advantage Logistics South. The strike began Monday, April 25 and picket lines were manned through an 8-inch snowstorm. Steve Vairma, secretary-treasurer of Local 455 and vice president of the Teamsters International Union, […]

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Pols hope lame duck vote halts TPP

Pols hope lame duck vote halts TPP

Congressional observers believe lawmakers will postpone a vote on the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) global trade agreement until the lame duck legislative session begins after the election to avoid any Election Day ramifications in 2017. A Washington observer told the Rocky Mountain Teamster at the publication’s press time, that the public’s disdain for international trade agreements has politicians running […]

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Steve Vairma: DRIVE ~ An investment in your future

Steve Vairma: DRIVE ~ An investment in your future

One of the best investments Teamsters can make in their future is a contribution to DRIVE, the union’s political action committee. Government statistics show that the business community outspends organized labor to lobby in Congress and in the 50 state legislatures by more than a 15 to 1 margin. This money pays to influence elected representatives to vote against the […]

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Scalia’s ‘Conflict-of-Interest Airlines’

The late justice’s demise at a Texas resort shows why we can’t trust judges to police their own integrity By Jim Hightower How curious that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died, of all places, in an exclusive West Texas hunting lodge. Yet more curious, all expenses for hizzonor’s February stay were paid by the resort’s owner, John Poindexter. He’s a […]

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