Recent winter weather took a toll on the U.S. At one point, approximately 75% of the country was snow covered. Extreme cold covered Texas and the south. Texas remained in the frigid grip of winter storms as an arctic blast deepened an electricity supply crisis that has forced millions to endure days without power and heat. Pipes froze and burst across the state, and icicles hung from kitchen faucets in Houston, as Texas utilities struggled to restore power to millions of residents affected by the brutal winter weather, officials were scrambling to provide clean water as well. Cities and counties across the state, including Houston, San Antonio and Austin, had issued boil water notices stemming from concerns about contamination and low water pressure as frigid temperatures froze pipes, leaving some households with little to no running water. The boil water notices compounded the frustrations of some residents who stated that they do not have the power or electricity to boil water or are without water completely.
During the height of the crisis in Texas Local 776 received a call from the IBT. The International had a truckload of bottled water marked for delivery to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and needed someone to deliver it. Without hesitation, President Ed Thompson offered the Local’s truck and drivers to make the delivery. Two Local 776 members, both road drivers and Union Stewards from ABF Freight, Chalmer Edgin and Garry Teter Jr., jumped at the chance to deliver the much-needed water and were soon on the way, dropping the water off at the headquarters of Local 178 Operating Engineers Dallas/Ft. Worth. Once again, the Local’s motto “People Helping People” is put to the test and we delivered.
NAVISTAR UNION MEMBERS RATIFY CONTRACT
Teamsters L.U. 776
Victory at Navistar!
On a cold blustery day, after 24 days on strike, the Navistar Teamster members ratified a new five-year agreement on November 28th. Highlights of the new agreement include an increase in Company contribution to the 401k plan, wage increases ranging from $1.95 to $3.00 per hour, lump sums payments, and reasonable weekly healthcare contributions.
Teamsters Local 776 Business Agent Spencer Dearth stated, “our members did everything right during the strike. From staffing and participating on the strike line 24/7, to looking out for each other needs and following extra safety precautions due to COVID-19, they clearly gave the Employer a message of their intent to strike until issues with health care contributions, wages, and general work rules were improved from the last, best, and final offer voted down on November 2nd.”
Navistar employs approximately 60 warehouse and maintenance workers at the Navistar Parts Inc. distribution center located in Manchester PA.
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Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters are working on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. We are treating patients, delivering essential goods, working in food processing and in warehouses to keep grocery store shelves stocked, and so much more. We are putting our lives at risk so that others remain safe and healthy.
The House Democrats recently passed legislation that protects workers with enforceable OSHA health and safety standards, whistleblower protections and funds to support state efforts to broadly test and trace infection. Now, the Senate must take action to protect workers!
Click HERE to send an email message to your Senator demanding that the Senate pass The Every Worker Protection Act - S. 3677 which requires OSHA to issue enforceable worker safety standards. While we continue to do our essential jobs, we need to call on Congress to do its job to keep us safe.
Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters are working on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. We are treating patients, delivering essential goods, keeping grocery store shelves stocked and so much more. We are putting our lives at risk so that others remain safe and healthy.
•OSHA Temporary Standard to provide enforceable health & safety protections
Congress has announced that they are putting together a “Stimulus 4” package in response to COVID-19. This is our chance to demand that our elected officials live up to their responsibility of keeping us safe. Click HERE to send an email message to your Members of Congress.
Click to view: TEAMSTERS SAFETY & HEALTH Coronavirus (COVID-19)
IF YOU BOUGHT IT
A TRUCK BROUGHT IT
This incredible picture shows the poignant tribute hundreds of First World War soldiers paid to the horses who died fighting by their side. Approximately eight million war horses were killed during the conflict. The Horse was the backbone of the Teamsters in the early days. That is why the Teamsters use two horse heads and a wagon wheel as its permanent logo.
PA Conference of Teamsters Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA gets facelift.
PA Conference of Teamsters official logo on building
Teamsters 776 Steps Up
(Harrisburg, PA Local 776) With a partial federal government shutdown that has left 800,000 government workers without a paycheck for nearly a month Local 776 decided to step up and help some of these workers. The Local bought groceries for furloughed TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Agents at Harrisburg International Airport who are being forced to work during the government shutdown and aren't getting paid. Helping with the grocery distribution were Local 776 Officers and BA’s including Ed Thompson, Ron Hicks, Dave Wolf, Eddie Sutton, Dave Licht, John Taylor, George Goodling, and Organizer Mark Cicak. Additionally 776 members employed at Piedmont Airlines based at HIA came out to help and show support for the TSA Agents: Andy Barnes – Local 776 Steward and Piedmont Mechanic, Dylan Lascoli - Piedmont Mechanic, and Anthony Jones - Piedmont Mechanic. Tom Felice, representing the PA Conference of Teamsters was also on hand to help out. Congress continues to play politics while they are being paid, the most essential people, the government workers, are being held hostage and not getting paid.
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2020 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
UNDERSTANDING "FAIR SHARE" AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT MILLIONS OF PUBLIC SECTOR WORKERS
Pennsylvania House rejects bill targeting unions' political activity
An article appearing in The Morning Call (c) online news expained in the article that no veto was needed after enough moderate Republicans sided with Democrats to defeat the measure. The bill was favored by the GOP’s vast conservative majority and by two influential lobbying groups, the Commonwealth Foundation, which advocates against unions and for businesses; and the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs, which raises campaign money for conservative pro-business candidates.
The article further statedthat, after the vote, two GOP supporters moved for a new vote before the legislative session expires next November. To view and read entite article click here THE MORNING CALL
The PA Conference Supports Our Troops
Extremely rare cover from 1903, the year the IBT incepted. Team Drivers Local 416 out of Philadelphia, PA. Go to the Nostalgia Page to view more early Teamster items.
(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – More than a thousand Teamsters from across Pennsylvania rallied on the steps of the state capitol today to protest legislation designed to weaken worker protections and undercut their ability to bargain for improvements on the job.
Currently, there are a number of bills introduced in the general assembly that are a direct attack on working families in Pennsylvania. These bills are attempting to make harmful policies like right-to-work and paycheck deception law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf spoke out against the legislation at the rally, denouncing the attack on working Pennsylvanians.
“There is a concerted effort by many at the national and state level to damage working men and women's ability to fight for wages they deserve, benefits they have earned, and protections that are fair,” Gov. Wolf said. “The constant threat of legislation like right to work, like paycheck protection, is an assault on the market and the economy. Any legislation that makes it harder for employees to organize in turn makes it harder for businesses to provide quality products and services to their customers.”
Opposition to these bills crosses party lines as representatives from both sides of the aisle have joined the fight to defeat the legislation. Republican State Rep. John Taylor spoke at the rally, expressing his opposition to the right-to-work and paycheck deception bills.
“I believe the sanctity of the bargaining agreement should stay intact,” Taylor said. “Right to work is something I’ve fought against since I was a college student and a Teamster. Right to work is not an issue worth pursuing. People will be hurt by this legislation.”
Rank-and-file Teamsters visited their elected officials before and after the rally to call on their representatives to vote against these bills. Pennsylvania Conference of Teamster President William Hamilton stressed the importance grassroots activism and the role it will play in defeating these bills.
“We can’t stand by and hope that our representatives to the right thing and vote down these bills,” Hamilton said. “We must keep the pressure on them and let them know that their constituents will not stand for this attack on Pennsylvania’s working families.”
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.
William Hamilton, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Eastern Region Vice President and President of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters joins Rick to raise awareness to the big money special interests setting up shop in Pennsylvania to push their No Rights at Work agenda and to explain why working people need to fight back against the euphemistically labeled poison.
At the Tesla’s facility in Hawthornem Cailf., the company showed off a futuristic, battery-powered big rig with a surprising 500-mile range.
The Semi comes with impressive acceleration and horsepower. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab. Pulling a full load at 80,000 pounds, it would be 0 to 60 in 20 seconds. Going up a 5-degree-grade hill, the Tesla Semi should maintain a speed of 65 mph, while a conventional diesel truck slows to 45 mph.
Tesla would guarantee that the Semi wouldn't break down in the first million miles of operation. Tesla estimates a two-year payback for the added cost of the truck, meaning more than $200,000 in saved fuel. It didn’t release exact pricing information but said operating costs—including power, lease payments, and insurance—would be 20 percent lower for the Semi than a diesel truck.
To view short video to see the semi click picture to link to youtube.
PENNSYLVANIA TEAMSTER ELECTED MAYOR OF JEANNETTE, PA
Editorial from the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA
THE PATRIOT NEWS HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON THE HEAD!
"We all know why Republicans want "paycheck protection" and have couched the issue in Orwellian terms: Unions tend to strongly support their opponents.
But this is not needed legislation.
And as many taxpaying voters in the commonwealth have asked this week, don't legislators have more important things to do right now - such as property tax reform, pension reform and getting the state budget under control?" as quoted in the editorial.
It doesn’t matter if you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Independent. What matters is that you vote and only vote for those representatives that stand with you and issues that are important to you. If your elected officals voted or votes in favor of “Right-to-Work” legislation they are obviously not with you. It is time to send a a strong message to our elected officials that those choosing to vote against their hard working constituents will no longer have your support. Please ask your family and friends to support you by also voting against them.
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Republicans Want To Pass A National Right-To-Work Law
Such a law would devastate unions, and it’s closer than ever to becoming a reality.
There are many serious problems pending in the Commonwealth that need to be addressed instead of wasting valuable time and resources on Right-to-Work legislation that will reduce wages.
Some members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate believe it is more important to pass right-to-work legislation than take care of the most critical problems facing the state, which they were elected to do.
School funding, infrastructure and good-paying jobs need their attention, not a measure that would devastate the middle class.
It is quite obvious these members have been bought out by billionaires and organizations who are more interested in lining the pockets of Wall Street and big business than helping the hard-working men and women in Pennsylvania maintain good paying jobs.
Right-to-work could more aptly be called "right-to-poverty.
Right-to-work is wrong.
It could more aptly be called "right-to-poverty."
Many of our fathers, grandfathers, relatives and ancestors fought and died helping workers achieve better wages, working conditions and safety in the work place by forming unions.
Unions have always helped strike a balance between the employee and the employer.
Our lawmakers promised to create good paying jobs in this state yet some are entertaining legislation that will force many of us into lower paying jobs by instituting such laws.
By lowering wages, elected officials would hurt the tax base and drive many more constituents into a life of low wages and welfare benefits to feed their families and make ends meet.
This will only add more stress on a system that is already overburdened. Even The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating that wages in Right-to-Work states are much lower.
The cleverly worded title to the Folmer bill is "The Freedom of Employment Act." But it is nothing more than a bill designed to destroy unions and good-paying jobs and has nothing to do whatsoever with freedom in the workplace.
Lawmakers and the public shouldn't be fooled.
William Hamilton is the president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.
The PA Conference was proud to be a part of her dream
Brielle and her Sister - Click picture to view her Princess Party at the Hotel Hershey
Brielle was born October 16th 2008 and at only 6 days old it was discovered that her small intestine had twisted and died and had to be removed. She needed a transplant desperately and spent her first Christmas in the hospital with a line infection…the first of many. On October 5th2012 the family thought their prayers were answered and Brielle received her new intestines. She had her first of three rejections on October 17th and spent the next 55 days in the hospital.
After being re-admitted to the hospital in early December with what seemed to be the flu or another line infection a scope on January 23rd revealed the tumor in her new bowel and on the 25th they had to remove her new intestine. As if this tragic ordeal were not enough for Brielle and her family a routine ct scan prior to discharge revealed over a dozen small B Cell Lymphoma in her brain and liver. This child has spent 1/3 of her life in the hospital, undergone 32 surgeries and is currently taking chemo for the Lymphoma.
On a sad note, Brielle passed away in June 2014. The horses that pulled her princess carriage to Hotel Hershey in late November escorted her coffin to the gravesite. We offer our sincere condolences to Brielle’s family and may Brielle, the strong and courageous little fighter, rest in peace.
Brielle's dream was made possible through and organization known as Jamie's Dream Team. Jamie Holmes is the founder of Jamie’s Dream Team. Her organization can be viewed at:
Photos courtesy of the Rick Smith Show; B. Banditell
Below is a picture of the 1992 PA Conference of Teamsters “Conference Report” showing a building located at 814 North 2nd Street in Harrisburg, PA that will become the official headquarters for the PA Conference of Teamsters. Also shown below are the actual designs used to construct the PA Conference of Teamsters Crest that, still today, adorns the headquarters. To view more unique, rare and historic Teamster item go to our Nostalgia page 1 and Nostalgia page 2.
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