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”You cannot be fired or disciplined

for joining a union.” 

The Only Way To Predict Your Future

Is To Create It!

Contact an organizer at: (859) 263-5115

(all calls are confidential)

Did You Know That:

* Union members earn 25% more than non-union workers

* 70% of Union members have guaranteed defined benefit Pensions (the real retirement vehicle!)

* 73% of union members have health care benefits (only 51% of non-union workers receive benefits & those benefits are generally more costly and do not have the coverage a Union plan will have)

Your Right to Organize

You have a right to join a union and organize your workplace. No matter what your employer does to stop you, you can do it.

What You Can Do

Under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), you have the legal right to:

*Attend meetings to discuss joining a union.

*Read, distribute and discuss union literature (as long as you do this in non-work areas during non-work times, such as   breaks or lunch hours).

*Wear union buttons, t-shirts, stickers, hats or other items on the job.

*Sign a card asking your employer to recognize and bargain with the union.

*Sign petitions or file grievances related to wages, hours, working conditions and other job issues.

*Ask other employees to support the union, to sign union cards or petitions, or to file grievances.

  You have a right to join a union. But odds are you'll have to fight for this right. Most employers try to talk workers out of organizing. Why? Because employers know that with a union, workers gain the power to make their voices heard. And employers must listen.

 That's exactly what having a union is all about:  having dignity and respect on the job, and having the power to stand up for ourselves, our families and our future. Possessing a strong, collective voice helps gain fair and safe working conditions, wages and benefits while ensuring a better future for families.

  The only way to gain real, positive changes in the workplace is to get it in writing—in a legally binding Teamsters union contract.  It makes sense. When we stand alone, we are powerless. Employers hold all the cards and they call all the shots. By standing together, workers gain a seat at the table and the ability to demand a fair deal.

  Teamsters Local 651 is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), which boasts a membership of more than 1.2 million members. We know that talk is cheap and FALSE company "promises" can't protect your families. We understand that the only way working people can truly protect their jobs and their families is by standing together and negotiating a legally binding contract.

  Have you had enough of broken promises? Tired of lousy pay? Strained through lousy working conditions? Do you want a little respect on the job and security for your family? Then it is time to organize. Contact Teamsters Local 651's Organizing Department for more information (859) 263-5115.

How Organizing Works

 You have a federally protected right and employers will challenge you. But the rewards outweigh the struggle. This is how a union organizing campaign works.

Your Right to Organize

  Interested in organizing in your workplace? A union is simply a majority of employees who join together to better their work lives. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) you have the legal right to form a union in your workplace.

The NLRA says:

Section 7:  "Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining . . . ."

Section 8(a):  "It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer . . . to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7. . . ."

Getting Started

  To get a union started, the first thing you need to do is talk to your coworkers. Do they share the same concerns you have? Or, do they have other issues? Is there a common theme to these concerns such as lack of respect and dignity; lack of a voice in the workplace; unfair treatment; and/or wages and benefits lower than other people working in the same industry?

Contact Us

  If you're interested in organizing your workplace, call us a(859) 263-5115 (all calls are confidential). An organizer will contact you. He or she can set up a meeting with you and some of your coworkers to discuss the possibility of a union in your workplace.

Strength in Numbers

  Joining Teamsters Local 651 allows you to have a voice in how you are treated at work. As a Teamster member, you are part of 1.2 million working men and women and their families fighting to improve working conditions at your workplace and around the nation. The Teamsters are a family, along with 400,000 Teamster retirees in the United States and Canada. You will always have the support and strength of your union sisters and brothers. Your union is a democratic organization, where the members have the right to elect their leaders, and decide the union's policies.

Strong Teamster Contracts

Contracts cover such rights and benefits as...

*Pay levels and pay raises.
*Health coverage.
*Job security.
*Promotions.
*Paid time off for vacations and holidays.
*Retirement benefits.
*Rules about how you must be treated on the job.
*Your contract is negotiated with management by your co-workers and Teamster leaders. Every member has the right to make suggestions about what should be in the contract and to vote on the final agreement.

  To win a good contract, workers have to show management that they are united in support of their negotiating team. Sometimes workers have to get support from other unions, community groups, public officials, consumers, or other organizations to convince management to reach a reasonable agreement.

  The rights and benefits in the contract are guaranteed. Management cannot legally change them without negotiations with the union.





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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    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!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • 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.

     
 
 
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