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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Teamsters, Community Supporters Protest Unlawful Firings at XPO Logistic

https://teamster.org/news/2017/05/teamsters-community-supporters-protest-unlawful-firings-xpo-logistics
Group Demands That Company Reinstate Three Drivers


(HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.) – A group of more than 50 Teamsters and supporters, including state lawmakers and the head of the state AFL-CIO, protested outside the XPO Logistics, Inc. terminal here today and demanded that the company reinstate three fired workers they say were punished for supporting a recent union drive.
“XPO has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to run vicious anti-worker, anti-union campaigns across the country, but the company has reached new lows by unlawfully firing three workers here in the Trenton area,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division. “Our message is clear: we will not tolerate the company firing workers who are exercising their federally protected right to organize.”
The group included state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-Cranbury); state Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton Township); Charlie Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey AFL-CIO; Laurel Brennan, Secretary-Treasurer of the New Jersey AFL-CIO; and Jeff Sagnip, district director for Rep. Chris Smith (R), as well as AFSCME members. They marched on the XPO terminal and presented management with a letter demanding that the company meet to discuss the firings, and to reinstate the three workers. Management refused to meet with the group.
A group of 34 workers at XPO in Hamilton voted to join Teamsters Local 701 in North Brunswick on April 14. The three fired workers, Tom Bower, Ivo Cifelli and Laszlo Rituper, served on the union Organizing Committee.
Cifelli has logged nearly 500,000 accident-free miles and was hired by Con-way in 2010. “It was clear that we were fired for supporting the union,” he said. “We need a Teamster contract. Without a Teamster contract, this can happen to anyone.”
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. For more information about the XPO campaign, visit Facebook: XPO Exposed.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

from https://www.facebook.com/xpowearexpo/

XPO workers from around the country are standing strong with Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa and International Transport Workers' Federation leaders Steve Cotton and Noel Coard at the Teamsters Unity conference today. They are sending a message to XPO that workers are united worldwide against the company’s greed. Workers are organizing for justice in the XPO supply chain. And We Will Win!
#WeAreXPO

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Leading Proxy Advisory Firm Slams XPO CEO’s Pay, Backs Disclosure of Labor Practices

from https://teamster.org/news
ISS Recommends Investors Vote FOR Teamster’sSustainability Proposal, Against ‘Say on Pay’

(WASHINGTON) – Leading independent proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is recommending investors support a Teamster-sponsored shareholder resolution calling for enhanced disclosure of XPO Logistics Inc.’s (NYSE:XPO) human capital management performance, among other sustainability practices.
ISS is also advising against XPO’s advisory vote on executive pay (the so-called “Say-on-Pay” vote) due to a recent $20 million “mega-grant” to CEO Bradley Jacobs, a pay risk previously flagged by the Teamsters. Coupled with recent controversy over XPO’s workplace practices, the recommendations raise the specter of a contentious annual shareholder meeting when investors meet May 10 at XPO’s Greenwich, Conn. headquarters.
In supporting the Teamster’s sustainability proposal, ISS wrote that such reporting allows shareholders to better evaluate the potential risks, liabilities and opportunities of XPO’s practices and highlighted recent controversy over working conditions at an XPO warehouse operated on behalf of leading UK online clothing company, ASOS plc (LON:ASC). 
“Shareholders have every reason to be concerned about workplace practices, when the UK House of Commons’ Business Committee calls your employment contracts ‘exploitative’ and demands a Parliamentary inquiry into working conditions at one of your facilities,” Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall said.
In a detailed letter to investors, GST Hall also flagged the risks to long-term shareholder value from the company’s business model of labeling drivers independent contractors while treating them like employees. The California Labor Commissioner has called worker misclassification a form of “wage theft” and recently awarded $855,000 to four port and rail drivers working for XPO due to alleged misclassification of the drivers as independent contractors.
“This could be the canary in the proverbial coal mine for XPO shareholders,” Hall said, noting that numerous class action lawsuits were pending. “A sustainability report will allow investors to inspect what potential liabilities or risks to the current business model lie beneath the hood.”
In recommending against the company’s Say on Pay, ISS found a “high concern” for the alignment of pay and performance, noting that CEO Jacobs’ compensation was more than three times that of his peers and had increased nearly 200 percent over the past year – driven largely by a $20 million
“mega-grant” of equity in fiscal 2016. ISS said it was “unclear why the committee made an award of this magnitude,” adding that it was “particularly concerning given that there is no commitment to refrain from making additional grants during the [four-year] measurement period.”
“This feels like a crowning award for a CEO who still faces profound uncertainty over the underlying economics of his business model,” Hall said. “The board risks overvaluing its executive team and undervaluing its workforce.”
The Teamsters’ sustainability resolution calls for the publication of an annual sustainability report that covers, among other things, the company’s processes, practices and performance regarding human capital management and climate change.
XPO is one of the world’s largest global third-party logistics companies, providing transportation and logistical services to 63 percent of Fortune 100 companies.
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.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

XPO Workers in Trenton, New Jersey Vote to Join Teamsters Local 701



XPO drivers in Trenton, New Jersey voted to join Teamsters Local 701 on Friday, April 14, boosting momentum to a nationwide workers' campaign for fairness at the giant transportation and logistics company.
Also voting on Friday, April 14, drivers in Elgin, Illinois and dockworkers in Aurora, Illinois were not successful at this time seeking Teamster representation. The actions of XPO and its high-priced union busters has been egregious and suspect throughout the company's campaigns and will be challenged through the National Labor Relations Board.
The 34 drivers in Trenton join the hundreds of workers nationwide who have already formed their union as Teamsters. The earlier victories were in Aurora (drivers); Miami; Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; North Haven, Conn.; and King of Prussia, Pa.
"The victory in Trenton and the company's desperate actions in Illinois show that the XPO workers' campaign is getting stronger and stronger, as freight, warehouse and port drivers fight for a more secure future," said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division, who is also President of Local 701 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. "The workers help make XPO very successful and they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work."
The drivers are seeking decent and affordable health insurance, a secure retirement, job security and a voice on the job. Port, freight and warehouse workers at XPO are coming together across the country in their fight for a more secure future.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Please forward and share with all immediately! It's time to stand up and rally around our co-worker Tommy Bower.

Attention Trenton drivers,
in case you didn't know, last night the union buster became very aggressive in the meeting, throwing his paperwork and books, jumped around the table, and got directly into Stan's face. The union buster was inches from Stan's face violating his personal space and proceeded to verbally attack Stan. The same incident occurred with Tommy last week but this time when Tommy came out of the meeting he felt sick.  He was taken to the hospital and they told him he had suffered a heart attack.  This goes to show how desperate the company really is, trying to keep us from having a voice and voting YES on April 14th.

Bruce Ryan
PS: Our prayers go out to Stan and his family to that everything will be fine. Amen.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

XPO Logistics Drivers in Trenton Seek Teamster Representation

(TRENTON, N.J.) – Drivers at XPO Logistics in Trenton, N.J. filed for Teamster representation today, the latest action by workers across the U.S. who are banding together to fight for fair treatment at one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the world.
The 33 drivers at the former Con-way Freight want to join Teamsters Local 701 in North Brunswick, N.J. and are planning to join workers in Miami, Laredo, Texas; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Ill.; North Haven, Conn.; and King of Prussia, Pa. who have already formed their union with the Teamsters.
“The freight workers in Trenton are united, strong and focused on forming their union with the Teamsters so that they can address the issues that are important to them -- better and affordable health insurance, retirement security and a voice on the job,” said Ernie Soehl, Director of the Teamsters National Freight Division and President of Teamsters Local 701.
“The XPO drivers in Trenton have worked hard to get to this point and they are excited to be part of the workers’ nationwide campaign that is gaining momentum,” said Ron Lake, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 701.
Port, freight and warehouse workers at XPO are coming together across the country in their fight for a more secure future.
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org

Monday, February 27, 2017

Teamsters Demand Justice for Workers While XPO CEO Jacobs Speaks


https://teamster.org/eXPOsed



BREAKING: XPO Logistics, Inc. workers along with allies from CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice and Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy demand CEO Bradley Jacobs meet with worker.


Jose Ramirez 
XPO freight driver
 
Monica Abraham
XPO warehouse worker

Ryan Janota
XPO freight driver

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

House GOP Renews War On Workers With ‘Right-To-Work’ Bill

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-p-hoffa/house-gop-renews-war-on-w_b_14632338.html


Working Americans stood up to the political establishment in 2016 and demanded that the resources of the country and efforts of the government be devoted to restoring the manufacturing base that provided generations of Americans with good paying jobs that propelled them into the middle class.

They wanted those jobs brought back from foreign countries and they wanted to stop today’s employers from continuing to close American factories, moving them to countries where they could find employees who would work for less and demand fewer benefits. Behind the narrative is the fact that most of the good paying jobs that corporations made disappear were union jobs, covered by union contracts guaranteeing middle class wages and middle class safety, medical and pension benefits.

But as a new Congress took its place on Capitol Hill this year, it became quickly apparent that those in charge are listening to the big business interests that bankrolled their election campaigns, including many of the businesses that closed their factories in the United States and left for foreign shores. Nowhere is that clearer than the Republican’s roll out of so-called right-to-work (RTW) legislation that would further decimate good wages nationwide.
Under current law, each state has the right to decide whether to adopt right-to-work laws for private sector employees in industries other than rail and airlines. Now the oft-proclaimed proponents of limited federal authority want to take that right away from the states and authorize the federal government to impose a law that will eliminate the right of workers to participate in democratic organization that provide them a say in their workplaces. Can anyone spell hypocrisy?

The destructive anti-worker bill introduced by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) last week would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act, to prohibit workers and their elected bargaining representatives from negotiating contracts to protect and improve their wages and conditions of employment and spread the cost of that representation among all of the workers that reap the benefits.
It is safe to say that no worker who participated in the recent election, regardless of which candidate they supported, voted for RTW as the means of restoring America’s economic strength. Rather, the new legislation is being pushed by the American Legislative Exchange Council and billionaire industrialists the Koch brothers, people and institutions not known for their concern for the welfare of America’s workers.
There are no verifiable economic benefits from RTW, other than for the corporations. Studies in states that have adopted such measures in recent years belie the claim that industries will relocate and create a vast number of new jobs. Seven of the 10 states with the highest unemployment levels currently have RTW on the books. Even Stanley Greer, a spokesman for the anti-labor National Right to Work Committee, said, “We’re not purporting to prove that right-to-work produces superior economic performance.”
What is true is that once RTW laws are enacted, lower wages and fewer rights on the job are sure to follow. As the Economic Policy Institute noted, wages are 3.1 percent lower in RTW states for both union and non-union workers, even after calculating differences in cost of living, demographics and the local labor market. That would become the reality nationwide as workers would now have less bargaining power.
Why do corporations want RTW? Because union jobs pay more. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the median union worker makes more than $200 a week more than the median non-union employee. 
RTW is a ruse. Workers in all industries who don’t want to become a member of the union already have the right not to join. It’s the law of the land, as it has been since 1947 when the Taft-Hartley Act was enacted. After workers vote democratically for union representation at their workplace, unions have a legal duty to represent all the workers, even the employees who choose NOT to join the union. But because unions are required to represent even non-members under the same laws, non-members must pay a fair share to cover the reasonable costs of bargaining and enforcing a workplace contract, an amount that is a fraction of the rate of dues paid by workers who want to be members of the union.
Ending that requirement, as RTW would do, would significant diminish the union’s resources available to deal with corporate power, and as Republicans are especially aware, power requires economic resources. The very purpose of RTW legislation is to enable the minority of workers who did not vote for the union to ride for free on the backs of their fellow workers. It is like permitting citizens who voted for Hilary Clinton to stop paying federal taxes because their candidate lost the election — yet they still use all of the essential services and benefits of the federal government. Every freeloader that takes advantage of the higher wages, better benefits and safer working conditions that unions provide while not paying any portion of the costs diminishes the union’s ability to service all of the workers it represents. Imagine the impact on the quality of public education if Congress passed a federal law requiring a school board to provide education for every child but giving parents the option not to pay any portion of the cost.

This legislation does nothing to create jobs, grow the middle class or improve the lives of workers. It’s shameful that some members of Congress have chosen to prioritize big business interests over the demands of their constituents. The Teamsters Union is committed to improving the lives of working people by fighting against dangerous RTW.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Teamsters Strongly Oppose National Right-to-Work Legislation

https://teamster.org/news/2017/02/teamsters-strongly-oppose-national-right-work-legislation

Teamsters Stand Up Against Damaging Bill, Continue Fight Against Right to Work 
(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters Union strongly opposes national ‘right-to-work’ legislation introduced today in Congress that will hurt workers and their unions.
The destructive anti-worker bill, H.R. 785, is sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) and would amend the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act to institute damaging right to work in all states.
“Right to work is wrong for working people. We heard it during the presidential election—workers are speaking out that they want good union jobs and a strong voice at work. The last thing they want is their working conditions rolled back and their rights stripped by billionaire interests, like ALEC and the Koch brothers, who advocate for lower standards for workers through right to work,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President.
Right-to-work laws require workers and their unions to cover the costs of non-union workers who benefit from union contracts. These laws are proven to drive down wages and weaken workers’ unions by undercutting bargaining power.
Nine of the 10 states with the highest poverty rates are right-to-work states. Workers in states with right-to-work laws make about $1,500 less per year than workers in free bargaining states. Workers in right-to-work states are less likely to have employer-paid health care and pensions, and more likely to die in accidents on the job.
“This legislation does nothing to create jobs, grow the middle class or improve the lives of workers. It’s shameful that members of Congress have chosen to prioritize big business interests over the demands of their constituents. The Teamsters Union is committed to improving the lives of working people by fighting against dangerous right to work,” Hoffa said.
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.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Trump's Pick for Labor Secretary Doesn't Think Workers Should Get Breaks

http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/12/our-new-labor-overlord-thinks-workers-shouldnt-get-breaks
But this isn't some exotic new political creed introduced by Trump. It's warmed-over Republicanism.

TOM PHILPOTT DEC. 28, 2016 1:45 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, your new labor secretary, burger magnate Andrew Puzder, left, and your new energy secretary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. 
The US Department of Labor exists to "foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners [and] job seekers," and to "improve working conditions" and "assure work-related benefits and rights." Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's choice to lead the department, has not exactly embodied those values in his career as CEO of CKE Restaurants, parent company of fast-food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He's a staunch and vocal opponent of minimum-wage hikes, and his company has had to pay out millions of dollars to settle overtime claims (more here).
"Have you ever been to a fast food restaurant and the employees are sitting and you're wondering, 'Why are they sitting?'" Puzder asked. "They are on what is called a mandatory break."  
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

from https://teamster.org/news

Local 722 Secures Reinstatement For Member After Wrongful Termination



Back Pay, Full Benefits Secured In Arbitration
In a recent arbitration, reinstatement and back pay were secured for a Teamster who was wrongfully terminated from Bay Valley Foods in Dixon, Illinois. The Teamster is returning to work with more than $79,000 in owed wages and full benefits thanks to the efforts of Local 722 President and Principal Officer Steve Mongan.
In the award, the arbitrator concluded that “no just cause for any discipline was proven.”
“It was justified in getting an improper termination rescinded and making this worker whole. It was so wrong what Bay Valley Foods did and how they did it, she wasn’t deserving of anything like this,” Mongan said. “I’m glad that the arbitrator saw through the smokescreen and ordered her back to work with all rights restored.”
Local 722 -located in La Salle, Illinois- has won all nine of the grievances it took to arbitration in 2016, Mongan reported. This was the third and final arbitration at Bay Valley Foods in 2016.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NBM

Birmingham, AL withdrew a petition for union elections due to scare tactics and lack of information. We will not fold and go away, we will petition once again in 6 months.  We are going to use this time to better inform and educate ourselves. Let's hold our heads up high for Birmingham. Getting this far is an accomplishment in itself. We will show them that even in the anti-union South, we can unionize!