As a new member, I am sure there are many questions you have about the Teamsters Union. Understanding your Union will be extremlely important in the years to come. I urge you to become a active member of Local No. 24 and get involved. Please browse the website to get familiar with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Local No. 24. Your degree of participation is totally up to you, from just paying your union dues, to attending the monthly membership meetings, or participating on the volunteer organizing committee. It's your choice. There will always be room for you and we welcome new ideas. There are plenty of activities going on from attending Rallies on the War on Workers, Labor Day Parades or Phone Banking. Just ask, how can I help.
To become a member in good standing, you must take your oath of obligation. To accomplish this, attend our next Regular Meeting, or just schedule a time to come to the union office. I hope you will take an interest in your union and actively support your worksite Union Stewards. Working together, we can help insure equity on the job. The strength of Local No. 24 at your company is a direct reflections of the unity and participation of you, the members. If you have any questions, please let me know. The Union office is open from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (330) 434-8126.
To the rest of my Brothers and Sisters of Local No. 24, as you already know, were standing on the shoulders of our retirees who came before us and now its our turn to build on that legacy. Our fight is different in alot of ways, but never forget, its still a fight and we can't win without you. If there is anything that your Union can do for you. We have one rule - just ask.
Travis W. Bornstein
Teamsters Local No. 24
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Teamsters Endorse Bill to Protect Pensions, Strengthen Multi-Employer Plans
(WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued its support today for new legislation that will protect earned pension benefits for retirees and boost multi-employer pension plans for workers and participating employers. View photos from the press conference, here.
The “Keep our Pension Promises Act,” sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), will roll back provisions slipped into the fiscal 2015 spending bill approved by Congress last year that made earned pensions benefits vulnerable to cuts. The measure would restore anti-cutback rules so that recipients in financially troubled multi-employer pension plans will be protected from having their benefits cut.
In addition, the legislation creates a legacy fund within the federal pension insurance program, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), to help insure that participants from companies that have abandoned the pension system will continue to receive the benefits they have earned and depend upon. The cost to cover these retirees and workers will be covered by closing tax loopholes used by the very wealthy.
“Retirees and workers who have played by the rules should receive the benefits they were promised,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “The Teamsters thank Sen. Sanders and Rep. Kaptur for taking steps to ensure the government repairs some of the damage done by big banks to these retirement plans.”
Speaking in support of the bill at a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday, John Murphy, Eastern Region Vice President for the IBT, said it’s about time elected officials came to the aide of working people instead of just corporations.
“Government actions like deregulation, bad trade deals and bailing out the big banks have all played a role in the pension crisis,” Murphy said. “The solutions to the problem should not rest on workers who have worked hard for their pensions.”
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.
Central States Pension Fund and MPRA
Central States Pension Fund has launched a new website (www.CSPensionRescue.com ) for comprehensive, important and up-to-date information regarding the status of the Fund’s pension rescue planning process under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA).
You can learn more about MPRA and how it helps protect the long-term sustainability of the Fund and your benefits. You can read answers to frequently asked questions and submit questions via the website’s Contact Us page. You can also sign up to receive email updates when new information is available.
In addition to the information available on this website, we have established a toll-free telephone number (1-800-323-7640) that will feature a recorded message about MPRA and the current status of our pension rescue planning.
Due to the complex nature of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act, as well as the need to respond promptly to the many questions we get daily about individual health and pension benefits, the Central States call center is not equipped to respond to questions on this matter.
Critical information and periodic updates will be sent to all Central States Pension Fund participants via U.S. mail.
Date: December 18, 2014
To: Local Unions Participating in the Central States Pension Fund
Re: Multiemployer Penion Reform Act of 2014 ("MPRA")
On December 13, 2014, as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (“MPRA”). The MPRA is a bipartisan solution to address funding shortfalls in both multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (“PBGC”). We understand that this pension legislation is important to our active and retired participants and that many of you have questions regarding the effect of the MPRA on your pension benefit.
The MPRA is a complex piece of legislation. The Pension Fund will need time to analyze the legislation, consult with our independent actuaries, and discuss any potential action with the Board of Trustees.
It is important to understand that benefit modifications, if any, cannot take place until the Pension Fund provides our plan participants advance written notice. Any benefit modifications under the MPRA require the approval of the Secretary of the Treasury. Until that process is complete, pension benefits will remain unchanged. Given the complexity of the process, it is likely that it would take up to a year before modifications, if any, take effect. And, to emphasize again, participants will be given advance written notice of any proposal to modify benefits under the MPRA.
As we have done in the past, the Pension Fund will continue to communicate with you. Until that time, our Benefit Specialists will be unable to answer any of your additional questions. We thank you for your patience during this process.
HOW TO TALK ABOUT RIGHT TO WORK
Never underestimate the power of a personal conversation. Research shows there’s a way to talk about right to work that gets beyond the clever messaging.
Since 1955, corporations and millionaires have been trying to confuse and manipulate workers into giving up our rights through something called Right to Work. . As early as 1959, Eleanor Roosevelt stood up against Right to Workbecause “it does nothing for working people, but instead gives employers the right to exploit labor.” This is the message: Right to Work isn’t what it seems. Politicians backed by billionaires and anti-worker corporations try to make the issue as complicated and confusing as possible, but we are not fooled. Right to Work takes away the freedoms – and paychecks – of workers everywhere.
Across America, states with Right to Work laws have higher unemployment and lower pay. That’s exactly what the corporate interests want. They want to use Right to Work to destroy unions that stand up for workers across the country. They want Right to Work to ship more jobs overseas, rig the tax system and demand more work from employees while treating them with less respect.
The National Right to Work committee was founded in 1955 to push this agenda. Right to Work is pushed by ALEC, the lobbying organization backed by the Koch brothers, chambers of commerce, and “think tanks” like the Mackinac Institute in Michigan, which are funded by billionaires and which to promote propaganda disguised as nonpartisan or “conservative” studies.
"The 61-year-old Green resident, who works for YRC Freight, was recently named the 2012 Driver of the Year in Ohio by the Ohio Trucking Association in Columbus. He is just one of 31 drivers to win the award since it was instituted in 1981."
CUYAHOGA FALLS: More than 400 people crowded New Year’s Day into the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium ballroom to witness Don Walters, the city’s first newly elected mayor in 28 years, take the oath of office.
This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.
Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.
There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.
The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.
But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.
First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.
Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.
Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.
With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.
Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.
After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
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.
Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.
You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!