James R. Hoffa 2021 Memorial Scholarship Opportunity

The 2021 Academic and Training/Vocational Scholarship application process is now open.  Applications are due March 1, 2021.  All high school seniors who are the sons, daughters or financial dependents of Teamsters members can apply on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters website:  www.jrhmsf.org.   This website has information not only about the scholarships but the procedure for applying.   

November 12, 2020 General Membership Meeting Guidelines

Please read the attached guidelines in order to attend the General Membership Meeting: https://bit.ly/3llRD0b

Secretary-Treasurer Tommy Blitsch and the Re-Elect the Pride Slate receives a WHITE BALLOT

The nomination of Officers Election for Teamsters Local 631 were held on Monday, November 9, 2020.   In accordance with the Bylaws and because only one candidate for each office was nominated no election will be conducted.  All unopposed candidates of the Re-elect the Pride Slate were declared elected by acclamation. 

Delegate Nomination Meeting Results

Attached are the results of the Delegate Nomination Meeting held, January 11, 2021.  These candidates are declared elected and will represent Teamsters Local 631 as Delegates/ Alternates in the upcoming 2021 Teamster National Convention.   https://bit.ly/3nx6iWI

Delegate Nomination Notice

Attached please find Local 631's Nomination Notice for the upcoming Delegate Election: https://bit.ly/2LkBhaY   https://bit.ly/3qVmrIz

Convention Members Union Dues

Convention members, Please read the attached notice and contact the union hall if your dues were put on HOLD when COVID-19 started. https://bit.ly/3d3D7Xr

Thank you

MSTS Construction Boilerplate Contract ( For your Reference )

The attached Boilerplate Construction Contract includes all recent changes made for your review and reference.  https://bit.ly/3bDoc82

MSTS Construction Appendix A / B Contract Vote

Please see the attached to review the tentative agreement that you will be voting on beginning Sunday, January 17th.  https://bit.ly/35FTlnr

 

 

 

 

Extension of reduced dues for Convention members

Convention members, please read the attached letter from the Secretary-Treasurer where the reduction of union dues has been extended. https://bit.ly/2HWg0D8

January 2021 Werdco, Werdco BD, and Paul Delong Wage Allocation Vote Notice

Please click the attached link for information about your upcoming wage allocation: https://bit.ly/2VrkWDo

Republic Services Wage Allocation Vote

All Republic Services members please read the attached regarding your upcoming wage allocation:https://bit.ly/32Q9aq8

November 2020 Letter to the Membership

Please read the attached letter from Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Blitsch. https://bit.ly/3jR896L

2020 Construction Contract Vote Allocation

Please read the attached: https://bit.ly/348u6Kz

Construction Contract Vote - Last, Best, and Final Offer

Please read the attached: https://bit.ly/3gMhgF1

August 2020 Membership Update

Please read the attached letter from Tommy Blitsch, Secretary-Treasurer  https://bit.ly/2Xl2yNG

July 10 2020 Convention Vacation Disbursement

Please read the attached letter pertaining to the 2020 Convention Vacation Disbursement. https://bit.ly/2W8wCLM

July 7 2020 Letter to Convention Members

Convention members, please click on the attached link to read a very important letter from Secretary-Treasurer,Tommy Blitsch. https://bit.ly/2O7oXcg

July 5 2020 Letter to Membership

Please read the attached letter from Tommy Blitsch, Secretary-Treasurer https://bit.ly/2Z47gAI

New Enhanced Member Benefit Website letter by Board of Trustees of Teamsters Local 631 Trust Funds

Please see the attached letter from the Board of Trustees of the Teamsters Local 631 Trust Funds.  It contains information about the New Enhanced Member Benefit Website along with registration instructions.  Thank you!  https://bit.ly/3gfAmmm

June 29 2020 Letter to Construction Industry Members

This June 29, 2020 Letter to Construction Industry Members contains very important information.  Please read the entire letter. https://bit.ly/31uCAKI

  

2020 Construction Industry Contract Vote Employers Last Best and Final Offer

Notice: Please find attached the Construction Industry Contract Vote Employers Last Best and Final offer.  Please read carefully and follow further instructions. https://bit.ly/2CKruGS

2020 Construction Contract Proposal Survey

Please click on the attached link:  This survey must be downloaded, completed and emailed back to Thomas Memmer. https://bit.ly/3hcEghf

June 18, 2020 Food Distribution

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/3hgqHxj

Ready Mix July 2020 Wage Allocation Vote

Please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/2AeKyvT

May 11 2020 Letter to Membership

Please click on the attached link: https://bit.ly/3dEWTrq

Republic Services Wage Allocation Vote

Please click on the attached link: https://bit.ly/2YHzi5f

Convention Members Face Mask Distribution

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/2W7u5lJ

May 14, 2020 Food Distribution

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/2xxLNVN

UPS Freight Team Care Extension of Benefits

UPS Freight members please click on the link: https://bit.ly/3c3YhD7

April 9, 2020 ULAN Food Assistance

Please click on link: https://bit.ly/2VciiAK

COVID-19 Resource Tool Kit

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/3e5AWCR

April 6 2020 Letter to Membership from Secretary Treasurer Tommy Blitsch

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/39N5ZAb

March 30 2020 Letter to Membership from Secretary Treasurer Tommy Blitsch

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/2xwhBKp

March 23 2020 Letter to Membership from Secretary Treasurer Tommy Blitsch

Please click on the link: https://bit.ly/2UeqvW0

March 19, 2020 Letter to Membership from Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Blitsch

Please click on the link to read the most current letter from Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Blitsch. https://bit.ly/2wnq8Pt

Teamsters Local 631 Office Closing and change of Operating Hours

Please click on the following link:  https://bit.ly/2QtD3WW

Letter to Membership from Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Blitsch

Attached is letter from Secretary-Treasurer, Tommy Blitsch updating our membership on the Coronavirus as it relates to 631 members.  https://bit.ly/2TSJftS

2020 California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Application

Below is the California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Application.  The application deadline is Friday, June 5, 2020.   

https://bit.ly/2TMx15S

Construction Industry Pension meeting - Canceled

The Construction Industry Pension meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 22nd has been canceled due to the safety concerns surrounding the Coronavirus. 

Coronavirus COVID 19 Convention Members

Please click on the below link to read a letter from Secretary-Treasurer Tommy Blitsch regarding the Coronavirus pertains to the Convention Industry. 

https://bit.ly/3cNinD8

Coronavirus COVID 19 All Members

We encourage all members to click on the below link to read the attached letter from Secretary-Treasurer Tommy Blitsch as it pertains to the Coronavirus; ways to stay educated , protect yourself and your family and what to do if you are feeling sick and need to go to the doctor.

https://bit.ly/2PXDrgo

Teamster Wet N Wild Day

 Wet N Wild 2020 will be on Saturday, June 6th.   Keep checking back for more information on registration.

Teamsters Local 631 All Charities Fund Scholarship Opportunity

https://bit.ly/36zUPx5   Deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020.  Please make sure to include the application, grade transcript, statement of career goals with your essay, when submitting the packet.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Opportunity

This application is an Academic or Vocational Scholarship for Teamster sons and daugthers or financial dependents of Teamsters members graduating high school in spring 2020.   Go to www.jrhmsf.org and file today.  The deadline to submit your application is March 2, 2020.  

Convention Vacation Savings 2019 Disbursement

https://bit.ly/2OmWjnb


Convention Vacation Savings Checks were mailed and direct deposited on November 12, 2019. If you have not yet  received your check, please review the list of bad addresses on the attached file . If your name appears on this list your check will be available to pick up November 18, 2019 after 1pm in the Union’s Dispatch Office. You must present a valid state or federally issued picture I.D. and fill out an address update form when you pick your check up from the Dispatch Office. If your name does not appear on the bad address list please continue to check your mail. If you have not received your check by December 2, 2019, please contact BeneSys Administrators to discuss a correction. BeneSys CANNOT correct any missing checks until December 2, 2019. 
 

Teamsters Local 118 General Merchandise Warehouse Workers Win Wage Increases in Five-Year Agreement
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(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) – After months of negotiations, members of Teamsters Local 118 employed in the Wegmans General Merchandise Warehouse overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year agreement. The general merchandise warehouse agreement is separate from the grocery and transportation agreement which is set for renegotiations next year.   

The ratified agreement provides for wage increases of 16.5 percent over the contract term, and increased night shift differentials along with a $500 ratification bonus. In addition, the new agreement improves language with respect to job bidding, vacations, rules, regulations and other areas.

“We are very pleased with the progress made in many areas of this new agreement. Reaching this five-year deal with the company underscores the company commitment to maintain general merchandise warehouse operations in the Rochester area,” said Local 118 Business Agent Paul Hogle.  

Local 118 represents approximately 4,300 members throughout the greater Rochester area. Follow us on Facebook at Friends of Teamsters Local 118, on Twitter @Teamsters118 or visit www.teamsterslocal118.org.  

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.

By Ratifying New 3-year Agreement, Strike Averted

With a 172-9 ‘Yes’ vote, workers at the Miller Brewery in Irwindale, California ratified their newest Teamsters contract. “Our members are pleased,” said Phil Cooper, Principal Officer and Secretary- Treasurer of Local 896. “The way the contract was negotiated they won’t have to pay anything for their medical costs, and that is something that we are really happy with.”

Full medical coverage, pension increases, steady wage increases and a bonus have all been included in this contract at no cost to workers, a sticking point for the workers, one that they didn’t back down from.

Coming off of a strike possibility, this hard-fought agreement is a huge victory for Miller workers at Irwindale. “It was possible that a strike could happen”, said Joseph Perea, Local 896 shop steward. “We avoided a strike by coming together and fighting for the contract we deserve and that outcome was very positive”.

Besides the gains on medical insurance, workers were pleased to see that provisions for seasonal workers were included in the contract. “People were happy to see that 26-ers (seasonal workers) got some steady wage increases, it shows them they are just as valuable to the company as everybody else,” “They knew that we were very strong, that we would stick together and that we have a good team,” Perea said.

“Our representatives worked closely with Local 896 and the bargaining committee to achieve this victory,” said Greg Nowak, director of the Teamsters Brewery and Soft Drink Workers Conference.

This contract covers production, brewery, warehouse, customer service, clerical and distribution workers. This Miller brewing facility supplies Miller products to the entire Southern California region.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa Calls for Quick Action to Save Pensions

(DETROIT) – Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa joined U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Dingell, UAW International Union President Gary Jones, and hundreds of retirees and active members of major unions, at a town hall meeting calling for urgent action to protection pensions. More than 43,000 Michiganders and millions of retirees and workers nationwide are facing a looming pension crisis.

Participating in the town hall at the Teamsters Health and Welfare building in downtown Detroit were retirees, active members and leaders from the Teamsters Union, UAW International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 951, Iron Workers Local 25, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the National United Committee to Protect Pensions.

“I want to thank Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Dingell, and all members of Congress who’ve joined us for this critical discussion about the future of pensions in America. It is imperative that Congress act as soon as possible to protect millions of active and retired workers who face an uncertain future due to the pension crisis,” Hoffa said.

Hoffa introduced Jones, who noted that pensioners in over 300 retirement plans across the country need quick action by Congress to solve the crisis.

“The bottom line is that many retirees through no fault of their own find their pensions in peril. We encourage Congress to step up and protect hard-working Americans who rely on their pensions,” Jones said.

“The potential for pension cuts is already having devastating effects on the working men and women in Michigan,” Dingell said. “Every day I hear from people who are scared to death. This is not an academic debate; this is about people’s lives. We cannot overlook the human cost of these cuts. I welcome Leader Pelosi and my Congressional colleagues to Michigan for the opportunity to hear stories first hand. American workers paid into their pensions, now it’s time for Congress to provide them a Better Deal that saves their pensions and allows them to have a secure retirement.”

“Protecting Americans’ pensions is an urgent moral priority,” Pelosi said. “I salute the relentless leadership of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell to defend every American’s right to the dignity of a good retirement and to ensure every worker and retiree is heard. Together, we must safeguard the pension and health benefits that working families have earned, and give the American people A Better Deal that lowers their costs, increases their pay and protects their freedom to join a union to fight for better futures.”

Members of Congress at the town hall also included Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI).

At the town hall, retirees and active workers held signs that read, “Save Our Pensions,” and shared their stories and concerns. John Wilkinson was among the retirees who spoke about the dire need for a solution to the pension crisis.

“We need a fix and need it now. We have to make sure pensions will be there for retirees now and later. We’re all in this together,” said Wilkinson, a 40-year Teamster from Marshall, Michigan.

The Teamsters Union is fighting for a legislative solution and working with legislators on both sides of the aisle. The Teamsters Union supports the passage of the Butch Lewis Act of 2017 (H.R.4444/S.2147) which was introduced in Congress last November by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and has received bipartisan support. A bipartisan House-Senate Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans has been tasked with working on a fix to the looming pension crisis by November.

More than 10,000 union workers and retirees assembled on the grounds of the Ohio state Capitol last week to let members of the Joint Select Committee know they need to act quickly to protect the jeopardized pensions of some 1.5 million people.

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.

James P. Hoffa: Message to the Amazon MAD4 Workers

International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa sends a letter of solidarity to striking Amazon workers in Spain. View the letter, here.

Southern Air Pilots Secure Tentative Letter of Agreement to Improve Pay, Standards

(NATIONWIDE) -- Pilots who fly for Southern Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ: AAWW), announced today they have reached a tentative Letter of Agreement (LOA) that is intended to improve working conditions, wages and benefits for the Southern pilots. The LOA which will be voted on from July 25 to August 9, raises some standards at Southern Air — after two and a half years of stalled negotiations because of AAWW litigation — to be on par with those of pilots at AAWW-owned Atlas Air who are working under their own substandard, seven-year-old amalgamated contract. Pilots at both airlines are represented by their union, the Airline Pilots Association, Teamsters Local 1224.

The LOA provides some temporary relief for the pilots who were forced to negotiate their contract with Southern Air during bankruptcy. As a result, Southern Air--which flies exclusively for DHL--has been unable to attract and retain pilots.

“Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings is finally acknowledging the full-blown staffing crisis at Southern Air that we’ve been raising concerns about,” said Captain Bryan Holmberg, a veteran pilot at Southern Air and the Southern Air Executive Council Chairman at APA Teamsters Local 1224. “We want to better serve the airline and the many customers across the globe who rely on our work, but to do so we need to stop the rapid turnover and hire pilots to meet DHL’s ever-growing demands.”

Pilots say they doubt this LOA can stem the tide on a shrinking pilot force and improve the overall working conditions enough to recruit crews that are necessary to grow the company as promised by AAWW executives. They say that years of failed recruiting efforts by AAWW using the same collective bargaining agreement (CBA) for the Atlas Pilots has proven that it is not adequate to attract and retain pilots in the current market place.

“Signing this LOA is a long overdue improvement for Southern’s pilots,” said Captain Daniel Wells, an Atlas Air pilot and president of Teamsters Local 1224. “This interim agreement does not resolve the fact that Southern Air and the pilots are still in negotiations to conclude a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and still in litigation with AAWW. AAWW is facing many issues under essentially the same contract with Atlas pilots, and with this LOA Southern Air will still face the same struggles with hiring and retention that Atlas Air currently does. If AAWW wants to grow its business, it needs to plan for pilots’ long-term success and negotiate fair, industry-standard contracts across its carriers.”

Haul Together: Portrait of an NYC Teamster Sanitation Organizer

Allan Henry, a former hauler himself, now spends his nights organizing with the Transform Don’t Trash coalition to push for an exclusive zone franchise system, which would limit how many companies collect trash in each section of the city.

https://urbanomnibus.net/2018/07/haul-together/

Some UPS Supplements Still Need to Be Finalized
Leaders of local unions that represent UPS and UPS Freight members will meet August 9 to review the tentative agreements.

The meeting is known as a “Two-Person” meeting because two leaders from each local union are invited to attend.

Meanwhile, after another round of negotiating sessions, the Teamsters UPS Supplemental Negotiating Committees have reached tentative agreements on many supplements to the National Master UPS agreement. However, there are some supplemental agreements which have not been finalized. The outstanding supplements are: Local 804, and Southwest Package and Sort Rider. 

After the Two-Person meetings, upon approval of the tentative agreements by the local union leaders, the tentative agreements will be sent to the membership for a ratification vote.

Click here for a PDF of this update.

Sign up for the UPS Rising app where you can find the current UPS and UPS Freight contracts, along with all the UPS contract updates and other news. Visit the UPS Rising Facebook page where members can see the latest updates.

Members can also go to www.upsrising.org for contract updates and other news.Text "UPS" to 86466 to receive text messages alerts (message and data rates may apply).

Teamster UPS Freight Negotiating Committee Reaches Tentative Agreement With UPS Freight

“The Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee (TNUPSFNC) and UPS Freight reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement,” Kris Taylor, IBT/UPS Freight Coordinator, announced today.

No further details will be released until leaders from Teamster local unions that represent UPS Freight members meet in the next few weeks at the Two-Person meeting to review the tentative agreement and approve sending it out for a membership ratification vote.

The parties agreed to an extension of the current agreement to allow for the ratification process to take place.

Once the upcoming meeting takes place, the union will release more information.

Click here to view the printed version of the UPS Rising Update.

Sign up for the UPS Rising app where you can find the current UPS and UPS Freight contracts, along with all the UPS contract updates and other news. Visit the UPS Rising Facebook page where members can see the latest updates.

Members can also go to www.upsrising.org for contract updates and other news.Text "UPS" to 86466 to receive text messages alerts (message and data rates may apply).

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