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WELCOME TO TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 

LU229

ABOUT.


WHO WE ARE:

The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same. 

The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector. 

Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.

There are nearly 1,900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

 Being a Teamster member means that you belong to the strongest and most democratic labor union in the world. For more than 100 years the Teamsters Union has been a leader in setting the standard for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions for workers throughout the United States and Canada. The Teamsters Union is strong because of the participation of many of its 1.4 million members. Teamster members can find a variety of ways to participate to help build a stronger union in the workplace — from supporting coworkers in their struggle for justice or helping with the bargaining process to joining a local union committee or becoming a volunteer organizer.  


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2024 STEWARD SEMINAR

FEB. 24, 2024

2024 STEWARD SEMINAR


THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED A VERY INFORMATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR LU 229 HOSTED ALONG WITH THE TRAINING DEPT OF THE INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS

CONGRESSMAN CARTWRIGHT STOPPED BY THE UNION OFFICE TO EXPRESS HIS SUPPORT FOR UNION WORKERS

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION


 November 13 , 2023

 

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 The 29th Annual Teamsters Local 229 Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2024 1:00 p.m shotgun start, at Stone Meadows Golf Course, Bear   Creek, Pa. 

 

 




MEET THE TEAM

MIKE KOVALESKI

Secretary Treasurer/Principal Officer

Business Representative

Elected 2023-present


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Joe Secor

Vice President/Business Agent (previous Board Member)

Elected 2023

DONNA GRAZIANO

Office Manager/Secretary/Titan Operator

Local Union 229 EXECUTIVE BOARD:

Eugene Allen- PRESIDENT

James Bendowski- RECORDING SECRETARY

Bernadine Hoover - TRUSTEE

Anthony Angelo - TRUSTEE




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TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 

 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING


NEXT MEETINGS SCHEDULE FOR : 

 

A motion was made by President Gene Allen to suspend the Regular Monthly Membership meetings for the months of June, July and August 2024.  The motion was seconded by Trustee Bernie Hoover.  The motion was passed unanimously by the Executive Board, due to a lack of a quorum at the Regular Monthly Membership Meeting.  The regular monthly membership meetings for the months of June, July and August 2024 are hereby suspended. 

 

Teamsters Local Union 229 historically has suspended the monthly meetings for the summer months. The Officers of Teamsters Local Union 229 wish you and your families a very enjoyable summer.

 

Regular monthly meetings will resume September 2024, at 1260 O’Neill Highway, Dunmore Pa 18512, a meeting schedule will be sent in August for posting at all barns.               

 

Fraternally submitted,


Mike Kovaleski

Secretary Treasurer

Business Representative








YRCW/New Penn


TO ALL LOCAL UNIONS HAVING MEMBERS EMPLOYED OR FORMERLY

EMPLOYED BY YELLOW CORPORATION AFFILIATES

I. YELLOW CORPORATION BANKRUPTCY UPDATE

Yellow Corporation and its operating companies (“Yellow”) filed for bankruptcy in the District of Delaware Bankruptcy Court on August 6, 2023. The International Union and TNFINC (the “Union”) have entered an appearance in the case on behalf of Local Teamster Unions whose members hold claims against Yellow’s operating companies—YRC Inc., USF Holland, LLC, New Penn Motor Express, LLC, and USF Reddaway, Inc. Claims filed by the Union include contract claims for vacation pay, sick pay, and other paid time, as well as grievance pay. Yellow is continuing the process of selling its assets to fund repayment to its creditors.

Yellow’s secured creditors have been paid in full. Teamster members hold both “priority” and “general unsecured” claims against Yellow. Priority claims cannot be paid until after the estate completes its sales and reconciles the priority claims. General unsecured creditors cannot be paid until a “plan of reorganization” is confirmed. A plan of reorganization accounts for all of Yellow’s debts and describes how and when the debts will be repaid. While the sale process thus far has garnered positive results, the union cannot predict the amount of repayment employees will receive. The Union is also unable to guarantee a specific repayment timeline. Part of the claim reconciliation process involves Yellow objecting to claims that it believes it does not owe, either on procedural or substantive grounds.

I. MEMBER WARN ACT CLAIMS

The Union filed claims on behalf of members citing Yellow’s failure to comply with the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (“WARN Act”) and its State law analogues. Not every Teamster member affected by the Yellow bankruptcy will be eligible to receive potential WARN Act damages. The Union will work, however, to ensure all eligible members receive the WARN Act damages to which they are entitled . As part of the claims reconciliation process, Yellow objected to the Union filed claims, as well as any individually filed WARN Act claims, on March 12, 2024. The Union filed a response on behalf of all bargaining unit members, stating that all WARN Act claims should be deemed allowed, on March 28, 2024. By responding to Yellow’s objection to Teamster WARN claims the Union has put member WARN claims into issue, which will require a trial to resolve.

Some members may have filed their own WARN Act or other claims through the proof of claim filing process. Such members may have received an objection from Yellow entitled: DEBTORS’ [THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH] OMNIBUS (SUBSTANTIVE) OBJECTION TO PROOFS OF CLAIM FOR WARN LIABILITY

The Union’s response to the above referenced objections was styled to encompass all Teamster member WARN Act claims, and therefore, individuals do not need to respond to the objection. Moving forward, the Union will continue to pursue members’ Federal and State WARN Act claims in the Yellow bankruptcy proceeding. Importantly, the Union does not charge members any fee for this representation. Some members may have retained their own independent counsel to represent them in this bankruptcy, and that independent counsel may charge a contingency or other fee for this service. If you are a member who has retained independent counsel, the Union encourages you to ensure you understand the fee arrangement to which you have agreed. Members can choose to forego independent counsel in light of the Union’s continued representation of all bargaining unit members in regard to their WARN Act claims. The Union will continue to update members about the bankruptcy process and the status of member claims.


UPDATE

 


To: Yellow Corp. Local Unions (including YRC Freight, Holland, New Penn and Reddaway)

From: John A. Murphy, National Freight Director and Co-Chair, TNFINC

Date: January 26, 2024 Re: Yellow Corporation Bankruptcy Update


TO ALL LOCAL UNIONS HAVING MEMBERS EMPLOYED OR FORMERLY EMPLOYED BY YELLOW CORPORATION AFFILIATES

This memorandum is an important update to the Yellow bankruptcy proceedings. Please review this memo carefully.

I. YELLOW CORPORATION BANKRTUPCY UPDATE Yellow Corporation and its operating companies filed for bankruptcy in the District of Delaware Bankruptcy Court on August 6, 2023. The International Union and TNFINC (the “Union”) have entered an appearance in the case on behalf of Local Teamster Unions whose members hold claims against Yellow’s operating companies—YRC Inc., USF Holland, LLC, New Penn Motor Express, LLC, and USF Reddaway, Inc.

Yellow Corporation is currently in the process of selling off its assets to gain cash to pay its debts. In December 2023, Yellow successfully auctioned 130 properties for $1.88 billion, selling primarily to existing transportation companies. In January 2024, Yellow successfully auctioned 23 properties for $83 million. Yellow has engaged the services of Ritchie Bros., an asset management and disposition company, as its agent to sell trucks, tractors, and all other rolling stock assets. Rolling stock asset sales are ongoing. The union is also hopeful that asset sales will complete within this year. The proceeds from the effectuated and remaining sales are not immediately available to creditors. Bankruptcy law mandates a specific order of repayment of debts with specific conditions. Yellow must first pay down its secured debt. The secured debt totals approximately $1.5 billion. January 26, 2024 Page 2 After asset sales are complete, Yellow must confirm a “plan of reorganization.” A plan of reorganization accounts for all of Yellow’s debts and describes how and when the debts will be repaid. As a member of the Unsecured Creditors Committee, the union has the opportunity to vote for or against confirmation of a proposed plan of reorganization. Only after a plan is confirmed can priority and general unsecured claims be paid.

The process of plan confirmation can be lengthy. After confirmation of a plan of reorganization, Yellow must pay down the administrative costs of the estate, usually consisting of the professional fees associated with managing the bankruptcy proceedings. Next, Yellow must pay employee priority claims. Employee priority claims are limited to the amount employees are owed by its operating companies that accrued within six months of the companies’ bankruptcy filings.

The priority amount is capped by the court at $15,150. Any employee claims accrued outside of the six months prior to Yellow’s bankruptcy filing date, or any employee claims in excess of $15,150, are categorized as general unsecured claims and may not be paid before any other general unsecured claims. General unsecured claims are the lowest priority claim that the union expects to receive even partial repayment. While the sale process thus far has garnered positive results, the union cannot predict the amount of repayment employees will receive. The union is also unable to guarantee a specific repayment timeline. The union is optimistic, however, that the ongoing sales will garner proceeds in excess of the secured debt and administrative expenses, guaranteeing employees to at least some repayment. The union will continue to advocate for member claims to be repaid in full and as quickly as practicable.

II. DEBTORS’ OBJECTIONS TO CLAIMS Yellow Corporation received approximately 19,285 claims from various creditors. Some of these claims are redundant, such as identical claims that were submitted both through the internet and sent by mail. Some claims are moot, such as claims that were amended at a later date. Yellow is objecting to claims on these and other procedural bases. If you filed multiple proof of claims that are identical, or you amended a proof of claim, you may receive a notice from the bankruptcy court stating that Yellow is attempting to disallow one of your claims. If you receive a letter with the following heading: “NOTICE OF DEBTORS’ [FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, etc.] OMNIBUS (NON-SUBSTANTIVE) OBJECTION TO CLAIMS PURSUANT TO BANKRUPTCY CODE SECTIONS 502(B) AND 503(B), BANKRUPTCY RULES 3003 AND 3007, AND LOCAL RULE 3007-1” January 26, 2024 Page 3 Please review the claim number specified by Yellow to be disallowed. You can look up your claim numbers at . Reviewing the claim on the Epiq website will inform you of the value of the claim to which Yellow is objecting and whether you submitted multiple or amended claims in this case. The union has also filed four omnibus proof of claims against each of the operating companies on behalf of affected Teamsters on November 13, 2023. The union’s omnibus proofs of claim include claims for vacation, sick personal, and grievance related pay as well as WARN Act damages and additional compensatory damages. Where Teamsters have also filed their own proofs of claim, Yellow Corporation and the union will have to compare and reconcile such claims with the omnibus proofs of claim. The process of reconciling claims will take extensive time. Yellow has not yet begun reconciling duplicative claims. JAM/ae


UPS


                   Here is a link to the 2023 UPS Master and relevant Supplement/Rider vote ratification results for each UPS Teamster local:    


  https://teamster.org/ups-ta-2023-2028/?fbclid=IwAR2mijIk6E8Fx0zHDaTbSwRQEIwC9pf_HsEqz6hl6PLtI1XDGz7TK9BoOK0


Locals Representing 340K UPS Workers Nearly Unanimously Recommend Contract

Press Contact: Kara Deniz Email: (202) 497-6610

(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters local unions representing 340,000 full- and part-time workers at UPS voted 161-1 on Monday to endorse the tentative agreement reached with the delivery giant on July 25 and recommend its passage by the full membership.

Of the 176 local unions with UPS members, 14 affiliates failed to show up to a meeting in Washington, DC, to review the tentative agreement.

At least two representatives from all other local unions discussed more than 60 changes and improvements to the UPS Teamsters National Master Agreement, the largest private-sector collective bargaining agreement in North America. The gains achieved during negotiations, which occurred regionally and nationally since January, are larger and more lucrative than any previous Teamsters contract at UPS. The tentative agreement, valued at $30 billion, establishes record wage increases for all workers for the life of the contract, installation of air conditioning in new vehicles, the end of an unfair two-tier wage system, catch-up raises for part-timers, Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday for the first time, new language to prevent forced overtime on days off, and other huge wins.

Now that local unions have nearly unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement, all rank-and-file UPS Teamsters will have the chance to vote on ratification from August 3-22.

“The entire UPS Teamsters National Negotiating Committee stands behind this historic contract and our UPS local unions have resoundingly voted to endorse it,” said Teamsters General President Sean M. O’Brien. “Our tentative agreement is richer, stronger, and more far-reaching than any settlement ever negotiated in the history of American organized labor. The Teamsters are immensely proud of reaching agreement with UPS to improve the lives of our members, their families, and working people across the country.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.






 

                                                                                       

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TForce


New Contract Protecting Nearly 8,000 Workers Overwhelmingly Approved


Press Contact: Daniel Moskowitz Phone: (770) 262-4971 Email: dmoskowitz@teamster.org


(WASHINGTON) – Teamsters have overwhelmingly ratified a new national contract at TForce Freight by 81 percent. The five-year master agreement provides members with significant improvements to wages and benefits, and safeguards against subcontracting and technology.

“Teamsters at TForce have set a powerful example for how to take on the employer and win a strong agreement. Over the next five years, TForce workers will continue to establish better standards for freight under this contract, including the most lucrative economic package in the industry and vital protections for technology, pension, health care, and safety,” said Sean M. O’Brien, Teamsters General President and Chair of the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC).


The agreement will go into effect August 1, 2023, and expire July 31, 2028. Contract highlights include:

• Wage Increases: The highest wage increases in the history of the national contract. Full-time local cartage and clerks will receive increases of $4.50 per hour over the life of the agreement. Road drivers will receive industry-leading increases to their current mileage rate over the length of the deal, starting at $0.7557 in August 2023 and increasing to $0.8257 by January 2028. The agreement eliminates split wage increases and two-tier wages.

• Health, Welfare, and Pension Contributions: TForce is required to increase its contributions to health, welfare, and pension plans. These contributions will provide vital support for members’ health care and retirement needs.

• Technology Safeguards: The agreement includes provisions to safeguard members’ rights and well-being from invasive technology. It prevents discipline from cameras and prohibits the use of robots, driverless vehicles, drones, or other technology to move freight or replace drivers, clerks, or dockworkers.

• Additional Holiday: Martin Luther King Day has been added as a paid holiday.

• Safety: All newly purchased equipment and vehicles must have air conditioning.

• Discretionary Days and Vacation: Starting January 1, 2024, two additional discretionary days will be added to the contractual floor, increasing the minimum number of paid days from four to six. There will be no blackout dates.

• Work Rule Protections: Shuttle and drayage work will not count towards the guarantee covered under the agreement. Road drivers will only perform road work and cannot work the docks except for the current mini-hub operations. TForce must have approval from the Teamsters for any other expansion of mini-hub operations.

• Protections Against Subcontracting: Road drivers would be protected against subcontracting. Penalties have been put in place to ensure rail and subcontracting come back into the bargaining unit.

“Our members at TForce have spoken loud and clear, and they overwhelmingly agree this new contract will deliver massive economic gains and non-economic improvements,” said John A. Murphy, Teamsters National Freight Director and TNFINC Co-Chair. “The entire union thanks our lead negotiators Kris Taylor and Ed Thompson and the full negotiating team for their efforts to bargain an industry-defining agreement. Most of all, we thank the tireless and dedicated rank-and-filers who served on the negotiating committee to improve the lives of their fellow Teamsters at TForce.”

Teamsters voted in-person last week and ballots were counted on Sunday. The agreement covers approximately 7,800 Teamsters at 126 local unions throughout the U.S. 


Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.2 million hardworking people in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.


Visit Teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at Facebook.com/teamsters.






EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY


COVINGTON TOWNSHIP NEW FULL-TIME AND PART- TIME POLICE OFFICERS




PIPELINE/CONSTRUCTION

 

April 1, 2023

 

TO ANY MEMBERS WORKING PIPELINE/CONSTRUCTION IN TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229

 

Effective immediately the following procedure will be followed in regards to the pipeline list, due to the fact that notification by letter will be sent to those on the call out list for the Pipeline in regards to how Teamsters LU 229 will send out workers to jobs that become available in the Local and Pipeline contract:

 

1.    The pipeline list is good for 180 days, you must let the Agent know that you want to be retained on the list with your name, phone number, qualifications every 180 days, it is the members responsibility to be renewed every 180 days.  If your qualifications change it is your responsibility to let the agent know to change it on the list.

2.    If a member is called for a job they can refuse once and are skipped, the second refusal they are removed from the list until the next list is effective and they must call in to be put on that list.

3.    A member must be available immediately for work, example you are called at 8:00 a.m. for work at 9:00 a.m. you are working elsewhere, you refuse, your name is removed until  you quit that job and let the agent know they are available your name then goes back on the list.

4.    Stewards put to work – Being a Steward, you must be able to do all aspects of the job, you are only a Steward for that job, when that job is finished you must put yourself back on the list available for work.

 

Fraternally,


Joe Secor

Vice President

Business Representative



Major Energy Construction Projects Prepare to Break Ground

Hundreds of positions need to be filled for two major energy construction projects set to get underway in Alaska’s North Slope.

The two projects are the Willow Project and the Pikka Project — ventures that took years to come to fruition following critical input from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Teamsters Local 959.

Among the hundreds of open positions are lowboy hauling, pipe stringing, side dumps, line haul/over-the-road, semi-end dump, water tankers, construction drivers, surveyors, and hostlers. Experienced drivers are needed as well.

The jobs will employ Teamsters from Anchorage to Prudhoe Bay in various positions with many contractors. Wage packages will be competitive, with health care and pension benefits included.

Join Alaska Teamsters and help build American energy independence in some of the most unique worksites on the planet. Visit akteamsters.com/freight-surveyors-line-haul-construction-pipeline-jobs/ to access the application portal and find frequently asked questions. For more details, contact the Local 959 dispatcher at (907) 751-8566.









April 4, 2023

 

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Teamsters Local 229 current Executive Board has been notified by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Counsel, that the recent appeal of the decision of JC 53 was upheld favorably for Teamsters Local Union 229. The Appeal was filed by former Executive Board member Brother John McAdarra, Scranton Counseling Center in regards to the Officers Election which was held in October 2022.

 

The decision of the IBT General Counsel to uphold the original decision of Teamsters JC 53, is an honest and fair one, based on facts presented to both Counsels.  Teamsters Local Union 229 will continue to always work for members rights.

 

Teamsters Local Union 229 will continue to follow the IBT Constitution and current LU 229 By-Laws and any future revisions to either.

 

Teamsters Local Union 229 Executive Staff and Principal Officer would like to thank the IBT General Counsel for their time in the review of the appeal.

 

Fraternally,

Eugene Allen

President Teamsters

Local Union

Executive Board




POLITICAL

TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 53 ANNOUNCED AT THE 2023 PA CONFERENCE THE ENDORSEMENT FOR THE FOLLOWING:

JILL BECK, CIVIL LIGTIGATOR AT BLANK ROME AND CANDIDATE FOR PA SUPERIOR COURT

JUDGE PAT DUGAN, CANDIDATE FOR PA SUPERIOR COURT

DANIEL MCCAFFERY, SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE, CANDIDATE FOR PA SUPREME COURT


INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO STRIKE BENEFITS

AUTHORIZED STRIKE

  IN THE EVENT OF A STRIKE, STRIKE BENEFITS ARE CALCULATED AT 2.5 X'S YOUR HOURLY RATE THEN MULTIPLY BY 5 THAT WILL BE YOUR WEEKLY BENEFIT FROM DAY ONE IF A STRIKE OCCURS AT YOUR EMPLOYER FACILITY

229 ORGANIZING

  TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 WELCOMES THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH AND DISCUSS HOW WE CAN HELP TO BUILD A STRONGER WORKFORCE

we represent ALL work fields i.e.,(trucking, warehouse, law enforcement, township DPW, manufacturing, health care, social worker and many more)  

If you work for an employer whose workers are not part of a Union and you want to help to build a Union in your workplace, CONTACT US button on our MORE PAGE. Fill out the questionnaire, and push the submit button.  We'll immediately put you in touch with a LOCAL Union Official who can talk to you about Unions and what it takes to organize.  


Teamsters Local Union 229 has organized Milford Pike CID Unit, congratulations to these hard working ,dedicated employees and now members of Teamsters Local Union 229!





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TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229     OPEN: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 4:45 P.M (HOURS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CALL )

MEMBERS INFORMATION:

WITHDRAWAL CARD

Members not working at the craft for a complete calendar month for reasons other than sickness or injury may request, and be issued, an Honorable Withdrawal Card in accordance with Article XVIII of the International Constitution. Members off work for a complete calendar month because of sickness or injury should contact the Union office regarding the issuance of a withdrawal card. 

Please note that any member who is not required to request a withdrawal card in accordance with the International Constitution but who requests and is issued a withdrawal card must be advised that the issuance of that withdrawal card may result in a break in their twenty-four month continuous good standing requirement for eligibility to:

 · Hold local union office.

 · Be a Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the next International Convention.

 · Be a candidate to run for International Office; and

 · Nominate/vote in the election of Union officers; the election of Delegates/Alternates; or, in the election of International Union officers.

 · Any other continuous good standing requirements of Local Union No. 229 as stated in the Local Union By-Laws.

THE COST FOR A WITHDRAWAL CARD IS $0.50 AND YOU MUST BE IN GOOD STANDING TO OBTAIN ONE, FAILURE TO OBTAIN A WITHDRAWAL CARD CAN RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM THE UNION, A DISCONTINUING OF SCHEDULING FOR WORK PURPOSES AND A RE-INITIATION FEE OF $50.00 AND ALL BACK DUES MAY BE REQUIRED TO CLEAR ARREARS.  

ALSO, THE LOCAL UNION MUST BE NOTIFIED WHEN YOU RETURN TO WORK SO THAT YOUR WITHDRAWAL CARD CAM BE DEPOSITED.

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WHAT DO YOU PAY DUES FOR:

Dues provide the resources to stand up for good jobs and benefits, decent working conditions and a better future for our families. That's why union members in private industry earn 38 percent more on average than nonunion workers. They also receive 54 percent more in benefits. None of this would be possible without the strength that comes from our Teamster dues.


 REPRESENTING YOU THE MEMBER IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR CONTRACTS, ARBITRATIONS AND UNJUST TERMINATIONS are a few along with those 


Most of your dues, 78 percent, stay with your local union in order to fund activities that give workers more power at the bargaining table, in the statehouse and in the community. Some of these activities include:


  • Organizing expenses;
  • Office equipment and regular administration expenses;
  • Attorneys to assist in negotiations, grievances and arbitration;
  • Training;
  • Research into companies and industries to gather information for negotiations and organizing; and
  • Accountants to analyze the company's books.

Members receive information about how dues money is spent by their local at regular monthly membership meetings, and local unions also file annual reports with the U.S. Department of Labor. The International Union publishes its annual audited financial statement in Teamster magazine, which is sent to every member.

What is the grievance procedure?

The grievance procedure is a negotiated article within your contract that enables the union to enforce the terms of the contract and protect the rights of workers. If management violates the contract, the grievance procedure allows the member to follow a process that can provide relief or justice.

Teamster contracts may define a grievance in several ways: It could be “a dispute between the union and management over the application and/or interpretation of the agreement,” or “any dispute or difference arising between an employee and management or between the union and management.” Each grievance procedure has specific steps with time limits that must be followed. The steps in a grievance procedure vary, but a typical one may include:

  • Step One: The steward and the grievant meet with the supervisor within 10 days of the occurrence to resolve the grievance. Management has five days to respond.
  • Step Two: If there is no settlement at Step One, a union representative, the grievant and a management representative will meet to try to resolve the grievance.
  • Step Three: If still unresolved, the grievance will be heard by an arbitrator or panel who will render a decision.