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We began the year by cutting officer pay by $300,000 and investing your dues money in the real source of our union’s power: the membership.
We asked members to step up and get more involved in our union and you have answered the call.
- Winning Good Contracts: Members have gotten involved on Negotiating Committees and in contract campaigns. Our new approach to negotiations is paying off in contract wins.
- Enforcing Our Rights: Every Local 251 members now has the right to elect their shop steward. Stewards new and old have turned out for a series of workshops to share strategies for enforcing our contracts and defending our members.
- Building Unity: We are building unity and putting the old divisions behind us. Members have turned out for union rallies, picket lines and to raise money for good causes like pediatric cancer research.
We’re building new alliances with unions and community groups like Jobs with Justice to help Teamsters and all workers win a better future.
The Fall 2014 Teamsters Local 251 Report shares the news about what we’ve accomplished together so far this year.
Some of our biggest work is ahead of us, including contract negotiations for close to 2,500 Teamsters at Rhode Island Hospital.
As the issue is being mailed out to members, members at the Hospital are launching a contract campaign.
We’re uniting Teamsters, other unions and the community to win good jobs, a fair contract and quality care for patients and their families.
Local 251 members are showing the power Teamsters can have when we get involved and work together. United, we win!
Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer
The Fall 2014 issue of the Local 251 report is in the mail to members.
Check out the report to read updates on the Rhode Island Hospital contract campaign and organizing victories at Woonsocket Housing Authority, Airgas, Petro, First Student, Fall River DPW, Cardi Ready Mix, PJ Keating, Twin River Casino, UPS and more. The Report includes reports on Local 251 events and info on applying for a Local 251 Scholarship award.
Read about the latest contract wins and successful organizing campaigns.
The wage increases covers First Student drivers in three yards where the company had a driver shortage. Next up, First Student drivers in Providence are headed to the bargaining table. And next year, the national First Student contract will be negotiated.
Management at Petro wanted new employees to pay a co-pay on their healthcare premiums.
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.
“We won what we were after. Being united was the key.”
Teamster drivers at UPS were tired of unrealistic workloads and unwanted excessive overtime. A grievance campaign is delivering results.
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.
“The bosses came to the bargaining table demanding a laundry list of givebacks on everything from seniority to holiday pay to work rules that affect our jobs day-to-day. We held our ground on each and every one. And we won a contract that preserves top-shelf pension and healthcare benefits.”
Mike Klitzer, Cardi Ready Mix
“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.”
Paul Dimascio, PJ Keating