O’Brien Fired as Top Teamsters Negotiator in UPS Contract Talks

UPS driver delivers packages David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Teamsters President James Hoffa has fired Sean O’Brien as the top negotiator on behalf of UPS Inc. and its UPS Freight employees after only six months, prompting the ousted director to write a blistering rebuke to the union leader.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2017
Government, Business

About 114 Multiemployer Pensions in Deep Trouble

About 114 multiemployer pensions covering more than 1 million workers are due to run out of money within the next two decades, but the overall state of the system is healthy, according to reports from two actuarial consulting firms.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2017
Government, Business, Equipment, Logistics, TCA

Strike by Concrete Truck Drivers Threatens Seattle Construction Projects

Teamsters Strike Teamsters Local 174

More than a quarter of King County, Washington’s concrete delivery-truck drivers have gone on strike, and the rest could soon join them — threatening to delay dozens of projects amid the region’s record construction boom.

Mike Rosenberg | The Seattle Times
August 17, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Unions Urge Slowdown as Self-Driving Car Laws Pick Up Speed

Autonomous Truck Daimler

Labor unions are urging a slowdown as lawmakers fast-track legislation to allow self-driving vehicles on the road, a potential boon to some union jobs and an existential threat to others.

July 28, 2017
Government, Business, TCA

Washington Tunes Into Fixes for Teamsters’ Failing Central States Pension

Teamsters rally at Capitol Susan Melkisethian/Flickr

Secretary Steven Mnuchin met last week with 25 Teamsters retirees from groups in 15 states. They included Tom Schwarzenberger, who said the focus on possible solutions to the pension’s funding shortfall marked something of a milestone.

Mark Davis | The Kansas City Star
July 18, 2017

Teamsters Union Scores Victory With Intermodal Workers

Teamsters jacket Bradley C. Bower/Bloomberg News

A battle to unionize is ongoing at Parsec Inc., a company that provides equipment and other services to those in the intermodal section, as the Teamsters won a second victory.

July 17, 2017

Charlotte FedEx Freight Workers Decertify Teamsters Representation

Charlotte FedEx Freight decertifies Teamsters CameliaTWU/Flickr

FedEx Freight workers in Charlotte, N.C., have reversed course and voted not to unionize.

Wayne Risher | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
July 11, 2017
Government, Business

Teamsters to Meet With Mnuchin on Central States Pension Fund

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

A group of 25 Teamsters pensioners will meet July 11 in Washington with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about failing pension plans.

Mark Davis | The Kansas City Star
July 10, 2017

Revised New York Teamsters Pension Proposal Calls for Slightly Smaller Cuts

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS

Proposed pension benefit cuts for some active and retired Teamsters, including about 5,200 in western New York, are back on the table.

Matt Glynn | The Buffalo (N.Y.) News
May 25, 2017

Striking New York Truck Drivers Stage Rally at Brewery

Teamsters Local 812

Workers who went out on strike against the East Yaphank, N.Y.-based Clare Rose beer distributor held a rally at the Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, N.Y., on May 6.

May 8, 2017