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 hold vigil at Cardinal Health's annual meeting
DUBLIN - Teamster members gathered holding candles before sunrise Wednesday morning.
It was a vigil to bring attention to opioid addiction.
The vigil was held in front of the wholesale distributor, Cardinal Health in Dublin. The shareholders met today, but teamster members gathered to also send a message to the company.
Teamster leader, Ken Hall says it's an issue that is killing people.
Cardinal Health is under fire from the Ohio Attorney General who claims the company and other distributors are responsible for the opioid epidemic that is sweeping across Ohio.
The family of victims who died of drug overdoses were present and wanted their voices to be heard.
Brenda Ryan was one of them. Her daughter, Sheena died of a drug overdose at the age of 31. Brenda says her daughters’ addiction to opioids started after taking prescription drugs.
Several representatives from the Teamster union addressed Cardinal Health shareholders today asking them to establish an independent committee that investigates the company's business practices.
They also asked Cardinal Health to take greater accountability for the companies’ role in what the Ohio Attorney General says is fueling the opioid crisis in Ohio.
Travis W. Bornstein, President of Teamsters Local No. 24 coordinates with community leaders, YRC Freight and the Ohio Conference of Teamsters to send a load of supplies for hurricane relief to Rockport, Texas. This load will go to the Rockport Police Department to directly support First Responders.
CONGRATULATIONS HUNTER, WINNER OF THE 2017
JOINT COUNCIL NO. 41 SCHOLARSHIP!!!
Hunter Contos is the son of Steve Contos (YRC Freight).
Hunter will be attending Yale University in the Fall.
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
OF TEAMSTERS LOCAL NO. 24
WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME NEWLY APPOINTED BUSINESS AGENT/ORGANIZER, ED DODSON JR
Pictured: President Travis W. Bornstein swearing in newly appointed
Business Agent/Organizer Ed Dodson Jr. on March 19, 2017
Congratulations to the following winners of the 50th Annual Local No. 24 Golf Outing
Pin Shot #4 - Jack McGill
Long Drive #9 - Jason Eastwood
Pin Shot #16 - Joey Peters
Long Drive #17 - Scott Farrell
It’s no accident how YRC trucker Don Robinson drove millions of miles safely
For the record, Don Robinson knows exactly when and where his personal and professional milestone happened: 9 p.m. on Oct. 8 in the northbound lane of I-71 in Ohio.
Mile marker 178, to be exact.
That placed veteran truck driver Robinson and his YRC tractor-trailer just a bit north of Mansfield when he reached 4 million accident-free miles.
To put it another way, Robinson has driven a truck the equivalent of 160.6 times around Earth’s equator without getting into an accident that he caused.
“You have to pay attention to what you’re doing,” said Robinson, a Green resident who also teaches driving safety for YRC Worldwide. He and his wife, Sue, have five children between them. Robinson has been with the company 38 years, starting out with YRC predecessor Roadway Corp. in Akron. He’s a third-generation trucker: His grandfather worked with Roadway’s co-founder Galen Roush, and his father was also a driver.
Just 24 of Kansas-based trucking company YRC Worldwide’s 11,500 drivers have reached the 4 million-mile accident-free marker, said Howard Moshier, YRC’s senior vice president of operations. Moshier was at YRC’s freight terminal in Copley Township on Tuesday to help celebrate Robinson’s rare accomplishment.
“We’re awfully proud of Don,” Moshier said. “He’s absolutely a great ambassador not just for the company but for the industry.”
In addition to all the accident-free miles he’s collected, Robinson also has the 2012 Driver of the Year award from the Ohio Trucking Association and is in the inaugural class of the YRC Driver Hall of Fame. The 1974 Ohio State graduate also works with the Ohio Highway Patrol on training and awareness programs.
Robinson’s co-workers celebrated with him over breakfast and cake Tuesday at the Copley terminal off Oh Avenue.
“It’s Don Robinson Day every day,” joked one driver after shaking Robinson’s hands.
Robinson said he practices what is called the Smith System of defensive driving, a program that dates back to 1952 and teaches five key factors to help drivers stay alert and vigilant.
Robinson teaches the Smith System to new drivers in addition to practicing it himself on his regular daily route, which takes him and his 2009 Volvo tractor from Akron to Indianapolis and back. His 14-hour day starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.; 11 hours of that is on the road.
That’s not to say Robinson has not been in accidents.
“I’ve had people hit me,” he said. He’s also hit deer.
“I don’t have any preventable accidents,” Robinson said. He attributes that to his training and also to luck at times.
Everyone, not just truck drivers, needs to be alert and practice safety on the roads, he said.
“You have to pay attention to what you’re doing all the time,” Robinson said. “Our company stresses safety all the time.”
He said it is more challenging to drive now than when he started out nearly four decades ago. That’s in part because there are more trucks on the road as well as more drivers of all types — many of whom are distracted by using such things as cellphones.
“Everybody’s in a rush. You’ve got to pay attention to what’s going on all the time,” he said. “You can’t put your guard down.”
Robinson turns 65 on Friday and hopes to keep driving for years to come.
“I’m not ready to retire,” he said.
Robinson also has another goal he hopes to reach: 5 million accident-free miles. So far, just one YRC driver has reached that level.
Based on his average of driving 141,000 miles a year, Robinson estimates it will take at least seven-plus years to reach 5 million accident-free miles.
TEAMSTERS OFFER HOPE TO THE CITY OF AKRON, ONE OF THE WORST PLAGUED CITIES IN THE COUNTRY ON THE HEROIN EPIDEMIC
Convention Approves Slate of Resolutions
on Final Day
OPIATE PAINKILLER EPIDEMIC
WHEREAS, the Teamsters Union has long been at the forefront of many of the most important issues facing society; and
WHEREAS, the over-prescribing of opiate pain medicines has harmed millions of pain patients and led to sharp increases in addiction, heroin use and overdose deaths; and
WHEREAS, this epidemic is having a significant impact on IBT members and their families and is placing a tremendous strain on the health care system, the U.S. Veterans Administration, workplaces across the country and communities as a whole; and
WHEREAS, prescription pain killers are the most abused drugs in the United States, with more than three times as many Americans dying from them than illegal drugs.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at this 29th International Convention that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters acknowledge the toll opiate painkillers are taking on both Teamster families and America at large; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Teamsters call for greater education and outreach related to prescription drug addiction; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that groups like “Breaking Barriers – Hope Is Alive,” an Akron, Ohio non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded by Local 24 President Travis Bornstein and his family in loving memory of his (their) son, Tyler Bornstein, who at the age of 23 died of a heroin/fentanyl overdose in September 2014, play a profound role in expanding awareness and education of addiction issues; and
FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the Teamsters encourage government at every level to increase treatment options for all those afflicted by the disease of addiction.
Teamsters Pledge More Than $1.4 Million
To Fight Against Addiction
Delegates at International Convention Join in Show of Solidarity, Support
(LAS VEGAS) – Today, Teamsters at the union’s 29th International Convention pledged more than $1.4 million to the fight against addiction.
“This is what it is to be a Teamster, what it means to be united and proud,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “Our organization is full of amazing people giving back to those around them.”
The International Union, Joint Councils and local unions showed tremendous support after hearing the story of the Bornstein family from Akron, Ohio.
Travis Bornstein, President of Teamsters Local 24 in Akron, spoke to the thousands of Teamsters about the loss of his son Tyler to a drug overdose. Tyler, an accomplished college student and athlete, became addicted to drugs after being prescribed pain medication for injuries.
After Tyler’s death, the Bornstein family formed “Breaking Barriers – Hope is Alive” in his honor. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization brings awareness, educates the public and inspires breakthroughs in treating people suffering from addiction. Every 19 minutes in the U.S. someone dies from a drug overdose.
“Addiction is not a moral failure; it is a disease. Tyler is my hero to have accomplished so much with such a gut-wrenching disease,” Bornstein said. “Thank you. We are going to make a difference. We won’t let you down.”
A long line of Teamsters from throughout North America lined up at the microphone for over an hour, each pledging their financial support. They also shared emotional personal stories of loved ones who are battling or who have lost the battle against addiction.
Other business during the third day of the convention included the passage of a resolution in support of continuing work to protect the retirement security of Teamster members and retirees.
The Teamsters’ organizing success in the school bus and transit industry, as well as the airline industry, was featured.
Convention participants heard messages of solidarity from Hassan Yusseff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress; Dennis Williams, President of the United Auto Workers; and Ariel Jacobi, General Secretary of the Israeli union IUGE.
Nominations for regional vice presidents were held earlier in the day.
The International Convention, held every five years, is the supreme policymaking body of the union with the power and authority to modify the Constitution, establish programs, address fiscal issues and set priorities.
This week, delegates will consider constitutional measures and resolutions. Delegates will also nominate candidates for the International offices of General President, General Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Presidents and Trustees.
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union 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.
Cedar Point Discount Tickets are now available at the Joint Council 41 Office located at 6051 Carey Drive, Valley View, Ohio 44125. You now have the option to purchase discount tickets at the office or online.
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You will need the Username: TJC41 (ALL CAPS) and Password: teamsters2016 (lower case) to log in.
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Members of Congress Pledge Support in Fight to Stop Cuts, Preserve Retirement
(WASHINGTON) – Thousands of Teamster retirees from across the country joined together at a rally at the U.S. Capitol today to protest the proposed cuts to their pensions by the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund (CSPF). The retirees received pledges of support from more than a dozen members of Congress in their fight to protect their hard-earned pension benefits. View photos from the rally, here.
CSPF filed an application for cuts to the Treasury Department in September 2015 as allowed under the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). Treasury appointee Ken Feinberg has until May 7 to approve or reject the application for benefit reductions. The cuts will devastate the lives of thousands of retirees who worked for years to earn pensions that could be cut as much as 60 percent under the CSPF plan.
“These cuts must not be approved,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “You worked hard every day, year after year for the promise of a secure retirement. That was the deal. Now Central States wants to slash your pensions by up to 60 percent? Not on my watch. We will use every resource available to our union to stop these cuts!”
Rita Lewis, widow of retired Local 100 president Butch Lewis, spoke passionately about her husband’s commitment to stopping the CSPF cuts before his death and called for Congress to put aside party differences to help the thousands of retirees at risk.
“I would like a bipartisan, permanent solution to solve this pension crisis, for the Teamsters and all union members that have worked for years to earn their pension,” Lewis said. “A promise is a promise is a promise.”
Members of Congress turned out to throw support behind the retirees’ fight against the cuts. In February, a bipartisan collection of 90 House members signed onto a letter sent to the Treasury asking it to reject Central States application. And 25 senators, both Republicans and Democrats, did the same in a separate letter.
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.
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.
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!
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.