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Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

The Teamsters Union is internationally recognized as an organizing union—in 2008 we organized over 43,000 workers. Teamsters Local 618 is a progressive Local Union always on the leading edge of representing it's members. Local 618 was at the forefront of hosting a website in the late 1980's while most Local Unions did not. We like to put our members first! You to can become a member of the greatest Union there is the Teamsters! Be proud to be a part of such a diverse group of people who believe in getting treated fairly by there employer. With a Teamster contract you will be able to have a voice in your workplace. In Unity there is strength.

Teamsters Local 618 was chartered into the Teamsters in 1938 and have been servicing it's members for over 75 years. Teamsters Local 618 is a progressive Local which covers a wide range of industries including Freight Carriers, Auto Dealerships, Tank Haulers, Flight Attendants, Airline Pilots, Airline Fuelers, Rent-a-Car Services, Part Houses, Dial Corporation, Parking Garages, Towing Companies, Service Stations, Chemical Companies, Tire & Rubber Industries and many others. Local 618 can help you explain the benefits of Union membership to your fellow employees and assist in planning a organizing drive. Teamster contracts are the best in the Labor Movement. We have earned our reputation for bargaining hard and demanding the best protection and wages. For more than a century, Teamsters solidarity has kept corporate America from holding the cards and calling the shots.

We are the Teamsters ! We are 1.4 million strong and our membership is growing. Join us and become a member of the worlds strongest Union. Remember we win we stand as one. If you are interested in becoming a Teamster please contact Teamsters Local 618 to start the process of becoming a member. You can call anytime at (314)426-4618.


Jan 21, 2011

What Foremen and Supervisors Cannot Do!

  1. Attend any union meetings, park across the street from the union hall to see which employees enter the hall or engage in any undercover activity which would indicate that the employees are being kept under surveillance to determine who is and who is not participating in the union program.
  2. Tell employees that the Company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.
  3. Lay-off or discharge any employee for union activity.
  4. Grant employees wage increases or special concessions in order to keep the union out.
  5. Bar employee union representatives from soliciting employee memberships during non-working hours.
  6. Ask employees about confidential union matters, meetings, etc. (Some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but they must not ask questions to obtain additional information.)
  7. Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representation.
  8. Ask employees how they intend to vote.
  9. Threaten employees with economic reprisal for participating in union activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations, or reduce employee’s benefits.
  10. Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.
  11. Give financial support or other assistance to a union or to employees, regardless of whether or not they are supporting or opposing the union.
  12. Announce that they will not deal with a union.
  13. Tell employees that the Company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activities.
  14. Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union or have signed up for a union.
  15. Ask an employee during the interview when they are hiring him, about his affiliation with a labor organization.
  16. Purposely team up non-union men and keep them apart from those they think may belong to the labor organization.
  17. Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliation or activity.
  18. Choose men to be laid off on the basis of weakening the union’s strength or discouraging membership in it.
  19. Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.
  20. Discipline union employees for a particular action and permit non-union employees to go unpunished for the same action.
  21. Deviate from Company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union.
  22. Become involved in arguments that may lead to a physical encounter with an employee over the union question.
  23. Threaten their workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.
  24. Promise employees a reward or a future benefit if they decide “no union”.
  25. Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if plant is organized.
  26. Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.
  27. Say unionization will take away vacations or other benefits and privileges presently enjoyed.
  28. Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining it.
  29. Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.
  30. Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.

Jan 21, 2011

Working Women Are Not Second-Class Citizens!

Contrary to popular belief, women do not work just for the fun of it. Often, working women are either the sole support of the family or else provide the supplemental income that determines whether their families make it or break it. In other words, women have to work.

Working women are entitled to the same wages and benefits as their male counterparts. If you settle for less, you are only selling yourselves out. However, some employers may give you no choice but to take what they offer. Instead of settling for second best, there is something you can do to guarantee for yourselves a living wage, adequate benefits, job security, and much more.

You can gain all this for yourselves by joining together and becoming members of the Teamsters Union. In unity there is strength. You will benefit, not only from the strength of a united work force at your place of employment, but also from the economic strength of over 1.5 million working women and men who belong to the Teamsters Union.

SETTLE FOR THE BEST-
JOIN THE TEAMSTERS UNION

Contact Local 618 at 314-426-4618


Jan 21, 2011

Strikes

At some point during our campaign to win a union, the employer will talk about how voting for the union equals going on strike. Why? Because the employer wants to distract us from the real issues of winning better wages, benefits and working conditions - of winning a better future for ourselves and our families.

It’s a phony issue and employers know it. But that will not stop them from using it as part of their campaign to scare us.

Here are the facts:

  • Better than 97% of all Teamster Contracts are settled without strikes. When working men and women stand organized and united, employers are more likely to come to an agreement without a strike.
  • Last year, hundreds of thousands of union contracts were negotiated in the United States – with very, very few strikes. The Media, like the employers, give big headlines to strikes, but the truth is they very rarely happen.
  • Strikes are used only as a last resort in all contract negotiations. There are lots of ways to persuade and put pressure on employers without striking. Workers most often achieve very successful results without ever having even to think about striking.
  • Before any strike can happen, a majority of the workers must vote to strike. If we do not want a strike, there will not be one.
  • Usually, an employer will make every effort to avoid a strike. Strikes hurt employers. Most employers do not want to take the risk that a strike will disrupt production or distribution. Customers may go elsewhere – and perhaps never return. Employers need productive, satisfied workers. Employers want to protect their investment, not put it in jeopardy.

In the very rare situation in which Teamsters decide to strike, they are not alone. They receive support from their Joint Council, The International Union and also the assistance and support from other Unions.




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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

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