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Charlotte, NC Serving Members in North and South Carolina
 
 
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TEAMSTERS 2020 PRESIDENTIAL SURVEY

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UPS WAGE INCREASE AUGUST 1, 2019

(WASHINGTON) – General wage increases for full-time and part-time UPS Teamsters of 75 cents per hour will go into effect August 1, 2019 under the nation’s largest collective bargaining agreement that took effect earlier this year benefiting 250,000 workers represented by the Teamsters. Also on August 1, part-time workers represented by the Teamsters will get a boost in their starting rate to $14 per hour.

Recently, as a result of the new collective bargaining agreement between the Teamsters and UPS, workers received retroactive wage increases estimated at $660 million for hours earned from August 1, 2018 until final ratification in April. The Teamsters agreement with UPS is the richest in Teamster history.

The Teamster-UPS contract includes wage increases of $4.15 per hour for both full-time and part-time workers over the term of the contract and will increase the part-time start rate by $5.00.

“Our members are dedicated, hardworking men and women who are the backbone of this country’s package delivery system,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “They have well-earned all of the back pay from the company as well as the August 1 general wage increase.”

The Teamsters Package Division has advised local unions representing UPS workers that members should review their paychecks and if discrepancies are found, the union business agent should be contacted so that the matter can be resolved with the company.

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.

PENSION RIGHTS NEWS
Butch Lewis Act passes House of Representatives: We are thrilled to report that the Butch Lewis Act, H.R. 397 (formally named the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act) passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday July 24 with a vote of 264 to 169. This was an overwhelmingly positive vote, with 29 Republicans joining our ranks to vote YES!

Here’s to the thousands of activists who wrote and called their members of Congress to advocate for the bill along with wonderful allied organizations including the National United Committee to Preserve Pensions and their member committees, the Teamsters Union, the Machinists Union, the AFL-CIO, AARP, the Boilermakers, Steelworkers, and Bakery Workers Unions, Musicians for Pension Security and everyone else who helped with this effort.

We, of course, want to thank Congressman Richard Neal and Speaker Nancy Pelosi for championing Butch Lewis and all the members who voted for it. We also want to thank Congressman Bobby Scott for his leadership in the Education and Labor Committee.

We are also excited that the Butch Lewis Act was introduced in the Senate by Senator Sherrod Brown and 26 co-sponsors.

When we started, everyone said that stopping pension cuts was impossible but look how far we’ve come.

We thought you’d want to see some of our recent activities related to multiemployer reform:

Karen Friedman wrote an op-ed, published in Newsweek the day the bill was passed urging members to vote for it.


PRC hosts annual National Training Conference: In June, we held our annual national training conference for the pension counseling attorneys from the six pension regional counseling projects. The projects provide free legal counseling to people in 30 states across the country, and every year they come to Washington DC for discussions on pension issues, and to learn from experts and each other. A highlight from this year’s national training conference for the Pension Counseling and Information Program was being able to hear from staff at federal agencies that regulate Americans’ retirement benefits. These included Tim Hauser, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations at the Employee Benefits Security Administration, and Connie Donovan, Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We also heard from Mary Lazare, Principal Deputy Administrator at the Administration for Community Living, who gave comments at our reception for the pension counseling project attorneys.

Thanks to our Summer intern, Katie Jonckheer! Today is our last day with our summer intern, Katie, who is an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley. Katie has been with us all summer, learning the basics of pension law, attending markups and other meetings on Capitol Hill, sitting in on our National Training Conference, and getting to see the Butch Lewis Act pass in the House! This was particularly poignant for her because Katie is the granddaughter of Michael Gordon, the principal architect of ERISA who was a long-time board member of the Pension Rights Center. He was also the inspiration for our Michael S. Gordon Fellows Program. Fellows are distinguished retired pension experts who advise us on complex legal and policy issues and consult on cases.


PRC in the News
- U.S. House Passes Pension Bailout as Democrats Eye Union-Heavy States for 2020
- Cuts in Multiemployer Pension Plans Hurt Older Americans
- America’s retirement accounts are growing, but not fast enough
- New tactics being deployed in challenging church plans
HOUSE PASSES TEAMSTERS-BACKED PENSION REFORM BILL

(WASHINGTON) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to pass H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, more commonly referred to as The Butch Lewis Act. The legislation is an essential step to help secure the retirement security of more than 1.5 million workers and retirees nationwide.

The measure, offered by Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), was first introduced in Congress in November 2017. The measure has 209 co-sponsors, including nine Republicans. As in 2017, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) again joined with Rep. Neal in introducing the bill in the 116th Congress. The House approved the measure in a 264-to-169 vote with 29 Republicans voting in support of the legislation.

 “After years of tireless work by Teamster retirees, members and local union officers, the House today rewarded their efforts by passing this critically important legislation,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “Lawmakers cannot delay any longer – this legislation must now be approved by the Senate so that American workers retain their hard-earned retirement security.”

There are more than 300 multiemployer pension plans across the country — including the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund — that are in danger of failing. The Teamsters have been fighting for years for a legislative solution and have worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to do so.

The measure would boost financially troubled multiemployer pensions plans so they don’t fail. It would create a new agency under the U.S. Treasury Department that would sell bonds in the open market to large investors such as financial firms. Those proceeds would then be used to bolster faltering pension plans as part of a 30-year loan program.

 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.

JULY 2019 TEAMSTER HAPPENSING

  

JULY 2019 TEAMSTER HAPPENING

Freight topics

  • The YRC/ USF Holland contract was finally ratified by the membership.  Business Agent Steve Bishop who served on the YRC National Negotiating Committee as well as the Carolina Bi-State committee of which he chairs, has also been able to negotiate and ratify the ALL supplements including those of the City, Road, Automotive as well the Clerical and Janitorial contracts.  
  • We’ve also been able to bring the UPSF Clerks in the bargaining unit as well adding even more members.
  • YRC: Warning letters protests - 353, Suspensions adjudicated - 119, Discharges adjudicated -38 & Complaints settled and paid to date equals over $10,000.
  • USF Holland: Warning letters protests – 68, Suspensions adjudicated – 11, Discharges adjudicated – 1 & complaints settled and paid – $8,250.38
  • UPS Freight: Warning letters protests -31, Suspensions adjudicated -4, Discharges adjudicated - 4

Complaints settled and paid - $1450.83. Have resolved more than 177 discharges and suspensions. All of this since January 2019

  • Shop Steward nominations for the YRC and USF Holland will be conducted in accordance with Local Union Bylaws in the next few weeks.

UPS

  • The UPS National Master and the Atlantic Area Supplement was finally ratified on April 29, 2019. The members received their first wage increase the second week of May and their retro check for back wages on July 3, 2019.
  • The new Over 9.5 list has been established and is currently being used to eliminate excessive overtime.    
  • Charlotte Feeders is still in the process of adding new jobs and Q-list positions with Inside Employees first. However, they may again have to go to “off the street” hires to fill the need.
  • FedEx recently announced their intent to eliminate their Smart Post service, which means UPS will have to eliminate their Sure Post service as well. Meaning 100’s of stops and packages will be coming back the UPS driver and taken away from the US Post Office. This will increase an ever growing need for more Package Car Drivers and the new Full-time 22.4 Hybrid drivers.
  • We have been able to resolve over 39 off the job discharges and suspensions and returned the individuals to work.
  •  Even with the Company’s crack down on Over 9.5 issues, we have still won over $7800.00 in grievance settlement since January 2019.  
  • Construction on the new Charlotte West Building (Smart Hub) is continuing. The initial plan is to “temporarily” move several routes from the Arrowood and Rock Hill centers for Peak Season. Once the construction is completed in early 2020 a permanent “Change of Operations” will take place. This will affect most of our jurisdiction including the Charlotte Hub, Lake Norman, Rock Hill, Gastonia and Monroe centers.

White Paper Contract

  • We are scheduled for contract talks with BlueLynx Distribution in July. Healthcare, Pension and increased wages are the main topics for discussion.
  • The Local has completed filming on the Hallmark Project, “When Angels Land”. The movie will be aired on the Hallmark Channel in December 2019.
  • The Local has completed filming on the Project, “The 24th”. This is a WWI era movie based on a true story about an African- American regiment, based in Texas, that was wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes during the war.

Organizing Front

  • We just completed a successful organizing campaign with Adams/ Oldcastle of Lilesville, NC with the help of our Joint Council Organizer. They delivery bags of concrete and supplies all across NC, SC, VA and TN. The NLRB just certified the election and we’ve sent a Demand to Bargain letter to the Company. We hope to start negotiation in the next few weeks. We also have several other organizing leads in the area as well.  

Local News

We like to congratulate Devin D. Cox, son of Winston Cox, UPS pre-loader in Charlotte, NC and Gracie Rackcliff, daughter of Donnie Rackcliff, driver at USF Holland in Charlotte, NC for winning Local Union #71 Scholarship this year.

UPDATED ON PENSION PROTECTION
The Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (HR 397) is headed to the full House of Representatives for debate and a vote on the floor next week.  This bill is vital to protecting the pensions of hundreds of thousands of active Teamsters members and retirees across the country.  Thanks to both Democratic and Republican allies, the bill is expected to pass out of the House.  But every last vote counts, from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.  
 
Please post the attached flyer at your worksites and encourage your members to use the enclosed phone number (888-979-9806) to contact their member of Congress.

Company plans to fill 200 positions; Benefits include union contract pay rates and full paid health care

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), has announced immediate plans to hire 200 qualified over-the-road drivers in cities across the U.S., primarily in Maybrook, NY; Buffalo, NY; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, Il; Salt Lake City, UT; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Cin

 

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Company plans to fill 200 positions; Benefits include union contract pay rates and full paid health care

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YRC Freight, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), has announced immediate plans to hire 200 qualified over-the-road drivers in cities across the U.S., primarily in Maybrook, NY; Buffalo, NY; St. Paul, MN; Chicago, Il; Salt Lake City, UT; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; North Indianapolis, IN; Charlotte, NC; Jackson, MS: Albuquerque, NM; and Kansas City, MO.

"YRC Freight is growing and our volumes are building," said Jeff Rogers, president of YRC Freight. "A huge key to our ability to prosper is engaged employees who are focused on working together with the common objective of on-time pickups and deliveries, claims free service, emphasis on safety, and the long-term commitment of delivering confidence to our customers every day."

A unionized company, YRC Freight makes available to its road drivers full paid health care benefits and vacation time. Drivers are paid union contract pay rates. All equipment is provided and maintained by the company and all fuel cost is paid for by the company. Many daily dispatches involve minimum time away from home. With the exception of team drivers, overnight stays for drivers are provided and paid for in hotel rooms.

YRC Freight recruits from approximately 100 truck-driving schools across the nation and is dedicated to investing in new hires. The company offers training for new drivers and helps them fine-tune their freight driving skills – including how to maneuver in city traffic and how to complete hazmat required paperwork.

"YRC Freight is a great place for drivers. We work as a team to get the job done and everyone treats each other with respect," said Wilson Meier, 11-year veteran driver with YRC Freight who was just named as the New York State Motor Truck Association Driver of the Year. "We have excellent health care benefits and our equipment is well maintained too," added Meier.

"We are the original LTL experts and while our name has recently changed, the caliber of our workforce and our commitment to our customers remains the same as it has been for the past 85 years," added Rogers. "Our strength is built on the talents and dedication of each and every employee. We invite safety-minded professional drivers with a strong work ethic and the desire to succeed to join our winning team."

Drivers interested in positions with YRC Freight can apply online by visiting www.yrcfreight.com/careers or www.yrcw.com/careers

About YRC Freight
YRC Freight, a leading trucker of industrial, commercial and retail goods, specializes in less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping solutions for businesses. Based in Overland Park, Kan., YRC Freight provides comprehensive North American coverage and offers a broad portfolio of LTL services to bring flexibility and reliability to customers' supply chains. For more information, visit www.yrcfreight.com.

Web site: www.yrcfreight.com 
Follow YRC Freight on Twitter: http://twitter.com/yrcfreight  
Follow YRC Worldwide on Twitter: http://twitter.com/yrcworldwide

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