2016 Michigan Teamster Voter Information
GENERAL ELECTION - November 8, 2016
Last day to register: October 11, 2016
The 2016 elections are just a few months away. Between now and Tuesday, November 8th Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 and our affiliated local unions will be working to expand their involvement to make sure that working families can have a voice in shaping the political landscape in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
"We must never underestimate how important it is for Teamsters to unite and have a strong and powerful display of unity on election day," Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak said. "As we have witnessed here in Michigan all too well, when the wrong people with the wrong priorities get elected to public office the results are scandalous. We have experienced our share in Michigan. Pothole ridden roads, bridges that are literally falling apart, public schools that lack resources to properly educate our children, poisoned drinking water in Flint, neglected veterans at a Grand Rapids veterans facility, favoritism for Snyder's family and campaign contributors, passage of laws to weaken workers' rights and bust unions and a lack of interest or compassion for the people of Michigan. This shameful demonstration of 'leadership' is the hallmark of the Snyder/GOP regime in Lansing, and shows why we must all get politically involved to take Michigan in a new and productive direction for working families."
Nowak said the real answer to fixing Michigan's problems, which are getting worse everyday due to lack of leadership from the governor and his family members, political associates and wealthy contributors rests directly with Teamsters and their families.
"Voting is the great equalizer which gives middle class families the strength to advance our interests through the power of the ballot box," Nowak said. "Don't be fooled by the propoganda of candidates who shout about all that is wrong without any true solutions. Any candidate who brags about wanting to make our country great and then turns around and attacks workers and targets unions for elimination are not worth our time. Government is not a circus act and we must all be cautious about getting caught up in the moment and losing sight of what really matters."
The first step to bringing positive changes to Michigan is registering to vote. While some state lawmakers have made voting more difficult and time consuming, including a December, 2015 vote to ban straight-ticket voting, some Lansing officials who value democracy are continuing the fight to protect our democratic rights. We applaud the actions of our friends in Lansing who are challenging this ban on straight-ticket voting with a lawsuit.
The first step in the voting process begins by REGISTERING to vote. Recognizing that the process can sometimes seem overwhelming, the Michigan Secretary of State's office has put together a step-by-step guide to explain the process and help Michigan Teamsters expand local union voter registration. If you are not sure whether or not you are registered, there is a simple and easy way to check. The click of a mouse is all it takes to see your registration status, view a sample ballot for your area and track your absentee ballot (just in case it gets 'lost' in the mail).
Thanks to 21st Century technology, Michigan Teamsters can also register to vote online. The process is simple and takes only a few minutes. Use this link to register to vote so that come election day you can make your voice heard by making your vote count.
Election 2016 is our chance to take our country back from the right and powerful who have done so much damage to everything working families hold dear. Register today and make your vote count this year!
Central States Pension Update:
Connect These Dots in the War On the Middle Class
U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains.
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.
Michigan Teamsters are well positioned to take advantage of this new NLRB ruling to expand our organizing activities statewide.
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.
Agreement Launches New Era of Democracy and Accountability for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
IBT President Jim Hoffa announces historic agreement to end 25 years of U.S. government oversight of the Teamsters Union. What's New Member Apps
September 27, 2016 Current Campaigns
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.
Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.
Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.
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 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.
Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.
The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities
The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.
In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.
The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy. Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.
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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.
This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.