Multiemployer pension plans are no strangers to political threat – especially those plans that are in poor financial health, which are frequent targets from anti-union politicians. However, the threat posed by currently proposed legislation would not only damage plans facing financial challenge, but would do even more devastating damage to plans like the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust (WCTPT): plans that are in strong condition, in the “green zone.” This new proposed legislation, called the GROW Act, must be stopped in its tracks. Teamsters Joint Council 28 is calling on all Teamsters to come together to put an end to this awful legislation.
The GROW Act, which stands for “Give Retirement Options to Workers,” is little more than a cover that would allow employer participants in multiemployer plans to shift all the risk from themselves directly onto the employee members of the plan. The GROW Act, which cannot be used by “red zone” plans and would therefore do absolutely nothing to help financially troubled multiemployer plans, would change the rules for these pension plans in a way that weakens the system as a whole and threatens our retirement security.
Please click on the link to learn more about this potentially devastating legislation and how we can help stop it!
Tina Morrison, Secretary-Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, responds to ill-informed cartoon editorials regarding Unions and Right-to-Work legislation. She also sheds light on the case sitting before the Supreme Court currently, Janus vs. AFSCME, which contrary to what the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation claims, is not about worker freedom or free speech. Its sole purpose is to undermine the collective voices of workers through litigation.
Please click on the link to read Tina’s full article and how this decision, if upheld, will harm workers and serve to undermine a Unions’ ability to collectively bargain fair contracts and wages for their members.
SYSCO-SPOKANE WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES WIN ORGANIZING VOTE 19-8!!
This is a huge victory for the Warehouse Employees, who overwhelmingly voted yes to join Teamsters Union Local 690! Business Representative Larry Kroetch, who also represents the Sysco Drivers, worked many long hours and on holidays educating the employees and answering questions to help them make an informed decision on whether or not to have Teamsters Local 690 represent them and negotiate a fair contract for wages, benefits and job security. International Organizer Chris Rosell accepted the challenge to assist the Local in this effort and both his and Larry’s hard work paid off!
Teamsters Local 690 members from multiple employers and industries came out to show their support of the Sysco employees for their NLRB Election yesterday.
Sysco NLRB Election
[img src=http://teamsterslocal690.org/wp-content/flagallery/sysco-nlrb-election/thumbs/thumbs_sysco-support-800x600.jpg]Local 690 wins Sysco NLRB vote
CONGRATULATIONS SPOKANE SYSCO WAREHOUSE EMPLOYEES!
Click here to read the post from the IBT https://teamster.org/news/2017/03/sysco-workers-idaho-join-teamsters-local-690
SOLIDARITY WITH SYSCO EMPLOYEES IN SPOKANE WHO WANT A UNION
Teamsters Local 117 Members show support for Sysco Spokane Warehouse Employees that want to Organize with Teamsters Local 690.
Members of Teamsters 117 who work in the food service industry are sending messages of solidarity to their Brothers and Sisters who work at the Sysco warehouse in Spokane.
The Spokane warehouse group is fighting to win their Union and become members of Teamsters Local 690. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election is scheduled for this Thursday, March 2.
“I STAND WITH MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN SPOKANE TO HAVE A VOICE AT WORK.”
Last night, dozens of our members at Food Services of America and the Sysco in Kent shared photos with signs that read, “This Teamster stands with the Spokane Sysco warehouse” and “Vote YES!” Many offered words of encouragement:
“I have been at the bargaining table and have seen first-hand what this Company has proposed and would implement if we were not Union here in Seattle,” said James Borsum, a Teamster 117 member who works for Sysco in Seattle. “I stand with my Brothers and Sisters in Spokane to have a voice at work.”
Yesterday, Sysco sent a letter to their employees’ homes trying to convince them to vote against the Union.
“These kinds of tactics are typically used to try to intimidate employees and frighten family members,” said John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “Sysco should refrain from this kind of ugly campaigning, respect the democratic process and their employees.”
The Teamsters Union has a long history of fighting to improve wages, pensions, benefits and working conditions for our members. The ‘Right to Work’ legislation being brought forward at the National and State Level are deceptive. In fact, the *Bureau of Labor Statistics concludes the quality of life is worse in states with ‘Right to Work’ laws. Wages are lower, poverty levels are higher and people are less likely to have health insurance with workplace safety standards being compromised, causing an increase in workplace deaths.
‘Right to Work’ legislation allows the government to unfairly interfere with your rights to collectively bargain and weakens our ability bargain for respect, fair pay, benefits and safety on the job!
This anti-union/anti-employee campaign is being promoted on a State and National Level. Washington State Senator Michael Baumgartner (R), Spokane, has promoted this in the last two sessions in Olympia. Don’t stand idly by while Politicians and Big Business conspire to take away your competitive union wages, pension, benefits, and workplace safety that we have fought so long to achieve.
This legislation does nothing to create new jobs, grow the middle class or improve the lives of working families. It is shameful that members of Congress have once again chosen to prioritize big business interests over the loud and clear voices of the American middle class!
Please contact your representatives and let them know you are OPPOSED TO ‘Right to work’! 1-855-465-4694
*Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2014.
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 are calling on the House Education & Workforce Committee to go back to the drawing board rather than move forward with newly proposed legislation that changes pension funding rules to create “composite” multiemployer plans, saying they are a bum deal for both active participants and retirees.