Michigan Teamsters Congratulate Gretchen Whitmer On Her Primary Election Victory
IBT General President James P. Hoffa (at podium) and Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak (left) lead an August 2nd rally at Teamsters Local 332 in Flint, Michigan.
Strong support from Michigan Union members propelled Whitmer to victory.
Now, the focus turns to the November general election where workers get the chance to end the devestation of the last eight years and restore fairness and a "workers' rights agenda" to Lansing.
“I'm ready to roll up my sleeves on day one and get to work solving problems,” Whitmer said.
American working men and women, demanding a stronger future and a better quality of life at work, are again taking a closer look at unions. A Gallop Poll shows that public approval and support of unions is on the rise after taking a beating following the 2008 Great Recession. Workers are fearful of the future and simply do not trust their employers (or the politicians) to do what is right for working families.Failure to cut formal ties calls into question the true political motivations of United Parcel Service.
Let's all do our part to educate rank-and-file Teamsters about ALEC's national political schemes to attack and undermine the power and strength of American working families.
Click here to find out “How To Talk About ALEC” with your membership.
Michigan Teamsters also need to know the facts about what ALEC is doing as “the voice of corporate special interests” in states across the country, including here in Michigan.
Have you ever wondered what former Teamsters President James Riddle Hoffa and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. discussed with each other during the height of the crucial civil rights battles of the 1960s?
These two historic figures shared tremendous respect for one another and supported each other in their mutual fight for justice, freedom and strength for all American men and women.
Now you can learn the bond they shared by reading, in their own words, what each believed were the key challenges and opportunities of the time.
The King Center has made available online a sample of letters between the Teamsters General President and the leader of the SCLC Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Read these invaluable historic documents here:http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/theme/2439
Greetings from Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Teamsters Joint Council #43 is working everyday to enhance communications with rank-and-file members across Michigan. We recognize the importance of information and so, in conjunction with our affiliated local unions, are making it a priority to provide members with updated news and information as quickly as possible
One new way we are refining our communication program is with this website. Digital communications is essential to our growth and success in the 21st Century. Therefore, we are moving forward to take advantage of this growing and useful technology. As you can see, we have designed a very user-friendly that Teamsters, both here in Michigan and across the country, can log on to for information about events taking place here in Michigan.
I encourage all members to visit this website frequently so that you can keep updated about issues and events that impact your jobs, your benefits, your workplace rights, your union and your future. As I see it, our priority is to do everything we can to spread the positive message about how Michigan Teamsters are working diligently to make their workplaces, and our communities, safer and stronger for everyone.
If you ever have any questions about the services provided by the Joint Council, or if you have suggestions for improving our website, feel free to give me a call. Remember, we are here to serve and represent you.
Greg Nowak, President - Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43
Did you know that the George Washington University Labor History Research Center in Washington, D.C. houses the archives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters?
Check it out next time you are in the nation's capitol and in the mean time, check out their internet website with incredible materials that are available for review digitally.
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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.