Teamsters at Lifespan took on Rhode Island’s biggest employer by mobilizing a contract campaign that united the members.
It almost came to a strike but Providence school bus drivers came away with a strong contract, including raises of nearly 44% for some First Student drivers.
Last year, Praxair members won their “best contact ever,” says shop steward Marc Mooradian. The contract protects members’ pension and healthcare, adds two more paid sick days, protects seniority, and creates more union jobs. Members were happy with the contract improvements, but the plant manager was not.
DiGregorio Concrete started negotiations by demanding a laundry list of concessions. But after a one-day strike, members changed the company’s attitude and won a contract that preserves their 8-hour guarantee, maintains funding for health & welfare and pension, and protects seniority.
Members at Marr Scaffolding entered negotiations with wages as their top priority. Their new contract not only defeated concessions demanded by the company, but provides for the biggest wage increases members have ever seen.
Some politicians wanted to privatize trash collection—a move that would have eliminated 30 good Teamster jobs. That’s when Local 251 members at the Fall River DPW took action.
Local 251 Teamsters at McLaughlin & Moran, Inc. deliver Budweiser products across the state. When management at the beer distributor tried to deny healthcare to injured workers, the company got a taste of real union contract enforcement.
Teamsters at the Twin River Casino took a gamble that solidarity could beat corporate greed at Twin River Casino. Now they’ve beaten the house.
Fed up with excessive hours and workloads, Local 251 members at UPS launched a grievance campaign to enforce contract protections against excessive overtime.
UPS part-timers haven’t had a fair shot at full-time jobs
in years. But tougher contract enforcement is making UPS deliver more full-time jobs.
“For the first time, the union brought us into negotiations to sit across the table from company. It made all the difference. We won a new classification in the contract with highest pay ever.”
Fed up with a boss who harassed employees and made offensive remarks especially to women employees, Teamsters at the Woonsocket Housing Authority decided to do something about it.
“When the company refused to make a fair offer, we got together and unanimously voted to authorize a strike. When the company refused to come back to the negotiating table, we filed unfair labor practice charges.”
The members stuck to the old union slogan that an injury to one is an injury to all and demanded no concessions for new hires.
“The top senior drivers met with our Business agent and decided we didn’t want a one-time bonus. We wanted a pay increase that will be there every time we get a paycheck.”