Teamsters Survival GuideSimplified information to succeed in dealing with both the company and union
Everyday is a marathon, not a race. Whether your here for the full pension or using this job as a stepping stone to something else. Knowledge is the key. The only way to survive is knowing; the only way for that to happen is taking the time to absorb as much information as possible so you can achieve your goal.
– S.Scott Williams
Giving you the proper tools for your survival
“Knowing a little about the union’s history and how UPS works, goes a long way in understanding both and knowing your place within both.” – S.Scott Williams
The History of Teamsters
The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector.
Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.
There are nearly 1,900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, with the following breakdown:
The 1997 Teamsters Strike
The United Parcel Service strike of 1997, led by International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) President Ron Carey, started on August 4, 1997, and involved over 185,000 teamsters (IBT members). The strike effectively shut down United Parcel Service (UPS) operations for 16 days and cost UPS hundreds of millions of dollars. The strike was a victory for the union, resulting in a new contract that increased their wages, secured their existing benefits and gave increased job security.
UPS vs. FedEx: An Overview
“United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) and FedEx Corp. (FDX) are two leading delivery services companies and main competitors to each other, at least in the public eye. However, to those following them closely, the two companies are quite different in their business models and strategies. Package delivery and express service are where the two companies have made names for themselves. Although each company has other delivery services that make everything they do seemingly overlap.
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As the 2018 Elections for Teamsters Local 804 approached, many were confounded with the idea of how to fix the union. The idea of how to fix the union is complicated, but in many ways it was the simplest idea. One of the biggest problems that will faced by anyone who...
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This is a critical year (2018) as United Parcel Service (UPS) and the International Brotherhood (IBT) of Teamsters are negotiating the master contract for all UPS teamsters in North America. The interesting aspect of the negotiations is the enforced black out (brown...
The Core Six
Making money is the main purpose for working. Maximizing every aspect of work and the services the union offers is the most important thing you shuould know. Every dollar you earn was not easy, so you shoulld take the time to understand about everything that has to do with the money you earn.
Take the company and union serious
if you don’t manage your money, who will?
Family life can have so many meanings. First is the actual time you spend with your family. Wife, husband, partner, children, parents, Playstation, golfing, fishing, and any assortment of people or things your prefer to spend you free time. My point, you work, but should also enjoy you free time. Free time may not always be for fun, free time could be needed to take care of personal business. The one thing most should, but not all, understand is you are not married to the job. Work provides you the means to do the things you enjoy. Learn More
Harassment in the work Place
The simplest right in the work place that is not known or practiced by the union worker. To often this right is violated and the union member does not know it exist to protect them and their job. Learn More
Government agencies work for you
The company and the union can not take care of every issue you may run it to as an employee or union member. The government state and federal have several agencies that are more than willing to deal with any number of issues you need addressed. I would say it is free, but it is not; you already payed for their servics with your tax dollars. Learn More
Who needs the Union
It is understandable one can be frustrated with the union, or simply not know the advantages the union offers. If it were possible to work a year without one, then it would be easy for a individual to have an appreciation for the union. Taking advantage of what a union has to offer depends on how much you learn about a union, how it works, and all the services it has to offer. Learn More
Health and Safety
The key ingredient to ones success, is their health and they stay safe. Safety is often preached, but it is best that you both understand it and practice it. If you don’t, then you do jeopardize you health and well being. The company preaches safety, but it is also best that you know the rules. This will go a long ways towards you having a long and productive life. Learn More
Questions, Comments, and Suggestions
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