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Teamsters Local 71
Charlotte, NC Serving Members in North and South Carolina



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Dear Teamster Political Coordinator:

It has been a busy week on Capitol Hill. Two of our most prominent issues areas, pension and trade, had some big developments this week that you should be aware of.

Pension Reform - On November 29th, Senators Brown and Hatch announced that the Joint Select Committee on Multiemployer Pension Solvency would not be able to reach an agreement by the statutorily imposed November 30th deadline. However, they pledged to continue to work beyond the deadline toward what they feel is an attainable bipartisan solution. Senators Brown and Portman issued a similarly worded statement on the same day. Those statements can be read here:

We will provide further updates as details are made available about the specific plan to extend the Committee’s work.

Trade Reform - On August 30th, President Trump notified the Congress of his Intent to Sign the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), as required by Fast Track, which started a 90-day clock that expired with the actual signing that took place today in Buenos Aires.

This signing marks just another step in replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Next, the US International Trade Commission has 105 days to publish its report on the likely economic effects. The Administration also has just 60 days to publish a list of proposed changes to US law necessary to comply with the new NAFTA, which will form the basis of the implementing bill that will be debated in the next Congress.

The Teamsters have fought for the interests of our membership at every step of the way with this agreement so far. Because the underlying implementing legislation has not yet been formulated, we cannot say whether we can support this new deal or not, but we will continue to communicate with Members of Congress and the administration about the elements that we need to see in the legislation to earn Teamster support.

The fight for fair trade is still ahead of us. We will keep you informed of what you can do to assist in this fight.

Thank you.
UPS National Contract Ratified/UPS Freight Rejected


UPS Freight Contract Rejected in Separate Referendum

(WASHINGTON) – Workers at UPS represented by the Teamsters Union have ratified a new five-year national contract.

The vote on the contract was 42,356 in favor and 50,248 opposed. In such circumstances where fewer than 50 percent of the membership votes on a final contract offer, the International Constitution provides that “a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those voting shall be required to reject such a final offer…”  Failure to reject the offer by at least two-thirds vote of those voting “shall require the negotiating committee to accept such final offer or such additional provision as can be negotiated by it.”  Only 44.3 percent of members voted and 54.2 percent opposed the agreement – triggering the constitutional provision. Thus, the National Master Agreement has been ratified.

The Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee fully intends to demand that UPS return to the negotiating table to address a number of member concerns in the National Master Agreement. 

Additionally, regional and local supplements and riders were tallied and the National Negotiating Committee will follow up with those committees to move forward.

The union also announced that UPS Freight Teamsters have rejected a proposed five-year national agreement with UPS Freight by a vote of 2,601 in favor and 4,255 opposed with 66.2 percent of the membership voting.

The Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee will notify the company that the union is terminating the contract extension, and the committee will contact the company to request another round of negotiations in order to address members’ concerns. That agreement, which covers about 11,600 union-represented workers, will then need to be voted on again by the members.

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UPS and UPS Freight Teamsters may follow the contract ratification vote results live on Friday, October 5. There are two ways to participate:

1) You may join a conference call at 7 p.m. Central time/8 p.m. Eastern timeonFriday, October 5 to listen to the results. To join the call, dial 866-767-0669.


2) You can watch and listen to the results live at


Download: Disaster Relief (4)-4-1.docx
Hello Brother and Sisters,
As all of you know by now many of our members across the Carolinas have been and will continue to be affected by Hurricane Florence's aftermath for some time.
With this said I have been contact with the IBT Disaster Relief Department, Deputy Director of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief and FEMA. As reports continue to come in and situations continue to change, obvious needs will arise. 
First off we need keep all of those affected by this horrendous storm in our thoughts and prayers as they and their loved ones struggle with loss of life and property.
Secondly, please pass along the word to any of our fellow Teamsters that were affected by the storm that may have specific needs and could possibly benefits from receiving relief funds, (provided by the IBT Disaster Relief Fund ) to contact me personally and I can possibly put them on the fast track to receiving assistance.  
Next, there continues to be a need for the movement of supplies to the affected areas via truck, both private and commercial. A few of our companies have already volunteered and offered their equipment to help with these efforts. With this said, as access to the these areas opens up there will be an additional need for drivers for this equipment. If you, as an employee of some of the companies would be willing to volunteer your time and effort to assist in this matter, please contact me @ (704) 363-6492. 
Last but certainly not the least, I'd like to express a personal and on behalf of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters; heartfelt THANK YOU to USF Holland drivers Frankie Billings and Charlie McCullough who volunteered their time this past Sunday to move two loads of ARC supplies from Charlotte, NC to New Bern, NC. It made for a long day but their sacrifice was and will continue to be greatly appreciated. 
Fraternally Yours, 
Joe Eason
President / Business Agent
Teamsters Local # 71

Hello Brothers and Sisters

Here’s some very important information concerning your TeamCare benefits in light of the hurricane and and it’s affects on out members.    Please pass this along.

I have also been in touch with he Deputy Director of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Operations and the IBT Disaster Relief Department attempting to coordinate the movement of supplies to the areas most affected. They  needed two trailers moved from Charlotte and two from Fuquay-Varina to the Wilmington area for the National Guard to distribute.  So far USF Holland has offered the tractors and two drivers (Frankie Billings and Charlie McCullough) have already volunteered their time to take them down on Sunday morning with a Police escort.  Please keep them and all those affected in your prayers and things continue to unfold.

The IBT Coordinator will be in our offices next week if you know of anyone in need of assistance after the hurricane please have them contact me.


Joe Eason
President / Business Agent
Teamsters Local # 71

Download: Special Bulletin FLORENCE 2018-02.pdf

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 or

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

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