Largest pension plan on brink of failure will soon be eligible for relief

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At-Large John Murphy appeared on the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Central States Pension Plan’s ability to file for relief from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), which will protect full benefits for retirees and working Teamsters through 2051. Continue reading

Wisconsin truck drivers see higher wages in face of trucker shortage

Teamsters Local 200 Business Representative Tom Benvenuto joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the advantages truck drivers have in the current employment market, and how they can use this leverage to increase their pay. Continue reading

Seattle concrete mixer drivers on strike after negotiations break down

Teamsters Local 174 Director of Communications and Research Jamie Fleming joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a strike by 330 Seattle concrete mixer drivers, which has entered its fourth month. Continue reading

Butch Lewis Act will preserve multi-employer union pension funds

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At-Large John Murphy joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Butch Lewis Act, which will preserve and restore pensions for more than one million workers and retirees. Continue reading

Made in America Council pursues priorities of Biden’s Executive Order

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Made in America Council, which was designed to guide the Biden Administration’s efforts to boost the purchase of U.S.-made goods. Continue reading

Infrastructure bill provision can benefit generations of workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Legislative Representative Mike Dolan, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss provisions in the recently passed infrastructure bill that will require all projects funded by federal tax payer dollars to use materials manufactured in the U.S. Continue reading

Rollout of Butch Lewis Act will preserve and restore retiree pensions

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At-Large John Murphy joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Butch Lewis Act, which preserves and restores the pensions of more than one million retirees and workers. Continue reading

Cargo ships pile up as truck drivers continue delivering goods

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic shutdowns have caused global disruptions to the supply chain. As a result, some governments made the decision to intervene in an attempt to correct the negative impacts.

Teamsters Western Region International Vice President Ron Herrera joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the Teamsters are interpreting and handling irregularities in the shipping industry. He also discussed how the U.S. federal government is stepping in to help and what may come of their effort. Continue reading

Brooklyn oil workers enter fifth month of labor strike

Brooklyn oil workers at the United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been on strike for five months, as they demand a fair union contract after two years of failed negotiations.

Since April 19, the workers have maintained a 24-hour picket line.

They joined Teamsters Local 553 in February 2019 and since that time have been fighting for a contract. The essential workers supply New York with heating oil, diesel and gasoline — but are paid as much as 50 percent less than similar workers doing the same job in the same area. They also receive inferior health and retirement benefits. Continue reading

Teamsters secure contracts with XPO Logistics in Trenton and Miami

Organizing has been tough at XPO Logistics, a diverse freight hauling company that does logistics for the likes of Pepsi, Quaker and IKEA. The company has been notoriously anti-union. After holding successful votes for unionization, many locations have struggled to get a first contract.

After a long fight, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters ratified separate contracts for its members in Trenton, N.J. and Miami. The contracts were signed a week apart.

Greg Chockley, National Campaign Coordinator for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Teamster’s efforts to ratify the contracts, anti-union strategies used by XPO during negotiations and more. Continue reading