Members voted overwhelmingly to approve reforms to our local union bylaws that build union power by empowering the membership. The changes were approved by a 90 percent vote.
Under the reforms, you have:
- the right to elect your shop steward
- the right to have rank-and-file members to your contract negotiating committee
- the right to vote on salary increases for union officers and representatives
Members also approved 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 workers win good contracts.
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, these reforms have been passed as permanent changes to the Local 251 Bylaws. The bylaws are the rules that govern our local union.
Union power starts with you. Thanks to all the members who turned out to vote.
Local 251 members have elected the 251 United Action Slate to represent them at the Teamster Convention this June. The 251 United Action Slate won all delegate and alternate delegate positions. You can view the official voting results here.
Delegates to the Teamster Convention vote on amendments to the Teamster Constitution and nominate candidates for International Union office. A ballot for the International Union election will be mailed to every Teamster in October.
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.
Click here to download an electronic version of the new Rhode Island Hospital contract.
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.
Local 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.
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.
When contract negotiations covering 184 school bus drivers at First Student came to a head, management refused to give ground on a key demand of the members: to increase their guaranteed hours from 2½ to 3 hours per shift. Then they voted 90 to 6 against management’s “last, best and final offer” and voted to go on strike after the February school break if the company didn’t make an increase in guaranteed pay retroactive.
Teamsters at Lifespan took on Rhode Island’s biggest employer by mobilizing a contract campaign that united the members.
The result? A four-year contract that delivers $19 million in improvements. In contract surveys, members identified Job Security as their number one issue. Management wanted to lay off up to 95 workers and eliminate the contract’s No Layoffs clause. Members took action on the job and in the community.
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.
“He was always trying to throw his weight around and with new union leadership he thought he could push us around even more,” Mooradian said. With no warning, the manager changed workers’ schedules so they were forced to work until 11 at night on Fridays—a violation of their union past practice rights. Members had enough and took action. They got together and every member signed a group grievance to oppose the change and protest the non-stop harassment.
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.