Local 251 Leaders Propose Membership Bill of Rights

By-laws-bulletin-smThe Local 251 Executive Board has proposed a Bill of Rights that would strengthen members’ rights in our union.

Members will vote on the reforms at the Local 251 meeting on March 20th.

The new Bill of Rights, includes:

  • The right to elect your shop steward
  • The right to have rank-and-file members on your Local 251 contract negotiating committee
  • The right to elect Local 251 contract negotiating committees
  • The right to a Contract Action Team that mobilizes members to win better contracts
  • The right to vote on salary increases for union officers and representatives

Click to download text of the actual proposed reforms.

More than 1,300 members signed a petition in favor of these reforms in 2013.

We put these reforms into effect in 2014—and they have paid off. Members have elected their shop stewards and contract negotiating committees and won strong contracts.

Now, we’re proposing these reforms as permanent changes to the Local 251 Bylaws. The bylaws are the rules that govern our local union.

We are also proposing a lower rate of union dues for all members who make less than $15 an hour and the establishment of a Local Union Strike Fund to help members win good contracts.

Members will discuss these reforms at the next General Membership meeting on February 28th. A vote will be held at the General Membership meeting on March 20th.

We urge all members to vote YES in favor of union reform and the members’ bill of rights. A two-thirds vote is required to change the bylaws.

For Union Reform & Members’ Rights
Vote YES at the March 20 Union Meeting

RIH Safe Staffing Update

safe staffing buttoN-smLast month, Teamster Local 251 members and UNAP launched a campaign against understaffing. Our unity is paying off.

Hospital management has agreed to fill Unit Secretary positions, improve job assignments for UAs and create more Teamster jobs.

  • All Unit Secretary positions will be filled. Vacant Unit Secretary jobs are being put up for bid and will be filled after a four-week training period.
  • Stocking duties will come off the UAs—with no loss of jobs. UAs will be able to focus on delivering trays on time and CNAs can focus on their patient care duties.
  • Management will hire 13 new supply distribution employees so floors are stocked and nurses and CNAs have the supplies they need.
  • Management has promised to increase CNA staffing by doing a search for quality CNAs to hire on a permanent, union basis.

How We Won–and What Comes Next

We fought for strong Job Security language in our contract and it paid off. When Rhode Island Hospital cut 200 jobs, we were protected. Not a single Teamster had to take an involuntary layoff.

When short staffing drove down our working conditions and threatened patient care, Local 251 took action.

We buried management in grievances and we joined forces with UNAP to unite Hospital employees to take on the understaffing crisis.

By speaking up together, we have forced the Hospital to listen. Management has agreed to a series of changes, starting January 25. We will continue to stand up together and hold the Hospital accountable.

We know we can count on you to continue to show support for safe staffing, good working conditions and quality care. United, we win!

Local 251 Notice of Election of Delegates and Alternates to the IBT Convention

Click here to download the Nomination Meeting Results Click here to download the Notice of Election of Delegates and Alternates to the 2016 IBT Convention. The Notice of Election is also available in Spanish, and Portuguese.

Ballots will be mailed on or about February 22, 2016. Ballots will be counted March 19, 2016.
You should receive your ballot by March 3, 2016. If you have not received a ballot by then, or if you make a mistake on your ballot or lose your ballot, or need any materials which accompanied your ballot, you may request a duplicate by contacting the Election Consultant at: 877-324-7655 – Ballot Request Line

Applications Open for Joint Council 10 New England Scholarships

Important Scholarship Announcement

Members with a son or daughter who is a high school senior and plans to attend college: Request a scholarship application today!

The sons and daughters of Teamster members have the opportunity to apply for the annual scholarship offered by Joint Council 10 New England Teamsters.

To request a scholarship, please contact Teamsters Local 251 at 401-434-0454

Click here to download the announcement.

The Allied Aviation Contract has been Extended

The Local 251 Negotiating Committee for Allied Aviation employees has negotiated a contract extension valid through November 23, 2015. All issues in question except wages, overtime pay and equal treatment have been tentatively agreed to by the Company. We thank our members for their solidarity. While a job action has been averted for now, the Local will keep members posted as negotiations continue.

Lifespan H.R. & the Screw-up Fairy

Screw-Up-Fairy-300What is up with H.R. lately? They can’t seem to get anything right. Every day it’s another visit from the Screw-Up Fairy.

First, H.R. screwed up and didn’t deduct our union dues the last week of July.

Then, they deducted DOUBLE dues in August and didn’t even bother to tell members or the Union in advance. Did they think that employees would be too dumb to notice? It’s insulting!  READ MORE. 

Tell UPS: Get Out of ALEC

ALEC is an organization that sets up meetings for companies, like UPS and FedEx, to meet with state legislators to develop and promote anti-worker, anti-union legislation that directly hurts working families. Many Teamster members took action to tell UPS how we feel about the companie’s involvement with ALEC. UPS heard us, but as of now, UPS is continuing to support ALEC.

Why is ALEC so bad for working families? Because it pushes model legislation like the:

Now, UPS is sponsoring ALEC’s annual meeting at a luxury resort in San Diego starting tomorrow. In 2014 and previous years, UPS has paid $25,000 to attend. Why is UPS paying tens of thousands of dollars to support legislation that hurts its workforce, and runs contrary to UPS’s own business model?

TAKE ACTION by telling UPS to sever ties with ALEC. Click here to email UPS executives, or call (855) 974-4180 to report anonymously to UPS that you view its membership in ALEC as a slap in the face to working families.

ALEC: Bad for UPS, worse for you.

Financial Reforms Pay Off For Members

matt-taibi-200-225Local 251 members are stepping up and getting involved and your actions are paying off. We’re winning strong contracts, organizing the unorganized and building a stronger political voice for working people. Our union’s financial reforms are paying off too.

When members voted for new leadership and a new direction in our local, the officers who lost the election cashed out over $129,000 in vacation pay and benefits. Our union treasury took a big hit as a result, but we took action to make sure that members didn’t take a hit too.

College Scholarships for RIH Teamsters

Local 251 is awarding ten $3,500 college scholarships to children of Rhode Island Hospital Teamster employees. This benefit was negotiated in our union contract with Lifespan.

A drawing will be held to determine the scholarship winners.

Applicants must be the son or daughter of a Teamster member in good standing at Rhode Island Hospital to be eligible to apply.

Applications should be returned to the Union Hall or submitted to a Liaison, Union Representative, or the RIH H.R. Department. Only one (1) application per student. Applications must be received by Friday July 31. 

Click here to download an application.