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Teamster members and retirees: we have the next 20 hours to flood the emails and phones of the House Leadership to get them to strip out GROW from the HEROES Act.  Call and email Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn with a simple message:  “Remove GROW from the HEROES Act”. 
 
The Teamster position is spelled out below.  Contact info for Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn is below.
 
GROW will have a huge negative impact on Teamster pensions if it becomes law.  GROW doesn’t belong in the HEROES Act.  It is a Republican bill and it should not be in the Dem’s HEROES Act.  Mobilize now to kill GROW!  Call, email TODAY---RIGHT NOW!
 
 
Nancy Pelosi
Website: pelosi.house.gov
D.C. phone number: 202-225-4965
Phone number District Office: 415-556-4862
 
Steny Hoyer
Website: hoyer.house.gov
D.C. phone number: 202-225-4131
Phone number District Office: 301-474-0119
 
Jim Clyburn
Website: clyburn.house.gov
D.C. - phone number: 202-225-3315
Phone number District Office: 803-799-1100
 

The Devastating Facts of GROW

Twelve unions, representing the majority of private-sector union members, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, oppose the GROW Act.  So why have the House Democrats included it in their latest coronavirus relief bill?
 
The GROW Act hurts workers, retirees, employers, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and should not become law. 
 
The GROW Act is deeply flawed because it allows multiemployer plan trustees to “refinance” their obligations to workers and retirees in the existing pension plan over 25 years instead of 15 years, so they can divert money to create a new composite pension plan.  This weakens the existing plan and leaves neither plan—the existing plan, nor the composite plan—with enough money to pay promised benefits. 
 
The current public health and economic crisis illustrates the harm the GROW Act would inflict on Americans.  If Congress had already passed the GROW Act and it was law now, workers in a previously healthy multiemployer pension plan that converted to a composite plan would face draconian benefit cuts.  The benefits composite plan participants expected they would earn would be cut 70%, and the vested benefits they already earned would be cut 25%.  At the same time, the vested benefits of workers in the existing plan would be cut 21%.  To avoid benefit cuts, employers would be required to increase contributions by approximately 82%—above and beyond what they already committed.
 
Supporters of this terrible legislation claim that transitioning to a composite plan is voluntary.  Composites plans are anything but voluntary.  They undermine multiemployer defined-benefit pension plans by shifting risk from the plan sponsor (employer) to the worker, thereby creating an incentive for employers to flee defined-benefit plans.  If GROW succeeds, it guarantees it will be an issue in every negotiation where unions currently have defined-benefit plans and result in a race to the bottom.  The more than one million Teamsters who are essential workers risking their health to continue going to work amid the pandemic deserve to retire with dignity and financial security. 
 
We urge Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to listen to the majority of the labor movement that opposes GROW and strip it out of the HEROES Act before it is considered on the House floor.
 
Sincerely,
 
Steve Vairma, IBT Vice President, President JC 3
Rome Aloise, IBT Vice President, President JC 7
Rick Hicks, President, JC 28
Tony Andrews, President, JC 37
Randy Cammack, President, JC 42  
Rick Middleton Vice President, IBT 
Ron Herrera, Vice President, IBT

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UPS Western Region Supplemental Leaders Led by Union Chairman Andy Marshall Reach Agreement Further Protecting Employees During COVID-19 Crisis

Letter of Understanding addresses most serious member safety concerns while mitigating effects of excessive volumes on drivers

The escalating COVID-19 crisis has been hard on everyone, and it has especially proven challenging for Teamster members at UPS. These hardworking Teamsters are not only on the front lines of the fight as “essential” workers interacting with the public every day, but they are also dealing with heavier than normal volumes – in some locations, peak level delivery volumes – and an employer who has been generally dismissive of CDC guidelines for keeping them safe. However, after a weekend of intense negotiations in response to the COVID–19 crisis, and for the purpose of providing continued service to the community at large during this crisis, UPS management and the Teamsters Western Region Bargaining Committee have reached an agreement that addresses our members’ largest concerns during this pandemic.

One of the most serious issues our members have brought to our attention is UPS’s refusal to provide basic cleaning supplies to workers, including hand sanitizer and disinfecting products for trucks, DIAD boards, etc. We are proud to announce that this new Letter of Agreement (LOA) puts in writing that UPS management must provide these products when possible. We all understand that there is a shortage of some supplies; however, if supplies are available – and the Union will work with UPS on locating distributors of these supplies – then UPS must provide them. This list includes masks and gloves when requested, as well as sanitary supplies (i.e. hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, paper towels, etc.).

We have also heard from members that UPS has been taking an extremely lax approach to social distancing guidelines, which could also foster potential spread of COVID-19. This new LOA addresses this as well. It bans all supervisory management on-car rides (i.e. OJS, Training, etc.), with the exception of return to work from injury rides, post-accident rides, or rides for training of new hires for the duration of this LOA. It also bans utilization of all on-car helpers for the duration of this LOA.

The other major problem facing our UPS members has been excessive volumes, which is unsurprising given the current situation. However, due to staffing issues at Amazon which are projected to worsen over the coming weeks, UPS has warned the Teamsters that they predict volumes to rise to peak season levels over the next several days. This will put further strain on employees who are already overworked, and so the LOA takes action to mitigate this impact.

Firstly, the LOA allows any driver working during their scheduled vacation to be paid at their overtime rate for all hours worked. Secondly, the LOA allows any current part-time employee to volunteer to deliver packages out of their own vehicle. They will be paid the top RPCD hourly rate to do so; they will be capped at eight hours; and they will not work their regular part-time shift on days they choose to deliver packages.

UPS has also agreed that before they can take volunteers from the part-time ranks, they must first ensure that all full-time drivers are working or have been offered work in a UPS truck or a rented truck. No current drivers (full-time Regular Package Car Drivers, 22.4 full-time Combination Drivers, full-time 22.3 Combination Job employees who are qualified to drive, full-time 22.3 Combination Air Drivers, full-time Air Drivers, part-time Air Drivers, part-time Early AM Drivers, part-time Cover Drivers and part-time Utility Drivers) are to suffer any reduction of overtime or any loss of work as a result of using the part-timers to bolster the ranks of current delivery drivers.

The LOA will potentially be of help to drivers at UPS Freight and CSI who are currently facing layoff. Under the terms of the LOA, laid-off drivers from UPS Freight and UPS CSI may be hired to perform feeder work when needed. The Company agrees to give these laid-off workers priority for this work before hiring outside the current workforce. Laid-off UPS Freight and CSI employees may also be hired to do package delivery work if UPS is not able to get enough part-timers to volunteer.

The LOA is extremely flexible for Local Unions who choose to participate. It is currently set to expire at 11:59PM on April 28, 2020, but can be renegotiated or extended in 14-day increments beginning five days prior to its expiration. In addition, any Local Union that does not feel the Agreement is working well for their members can unilaterally withdraw from the LOA either at its April 28 expiration, or at the expiration of any 14-day extensions that follow.

“Over the past several weeks, we have heard everything our members at UPS have said, and have been doing everything in our power to solve their problems one by one,” said Joint Council 42 President Randy Cammack. “The national MOU guaranteeing additional paid sick leave was a critical first step, and we feel this Western Region LOA will take a major bite out of the remaining problems UPSers are dealing with on a daily basis. We appreciate the hard work our members at UPS do every day to keep this company and this country running, and we will continue to work hard on your behalf to keep you safe and healthy during this critical time.” 

The LOA will affect UPS members at the following locations at this time and are subject to increase as needed: 

Arizona: Mesa, Tucson, Phoenix (Local 104)
Oregon: Hillsboro (Local 162)
Southern California: Ontario, San Bernardino, Palm Springs (Local 63); Santa Barbara (Local 186); San Fernando, Van Nuys, Main St. (Local 396); San Diego, Chula Vista (Local 542); Laguna (Local 952)
Utah: Salt Lake City (Local 222)
Washington: Seattle, Redmond, Shoreline, Port of Tacoma (Local 174); Kennewick (Local 839)

Amid the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, the safety of Teamsters Local No. 63 members and our staff is our number one concern. In cooperation with the local, state and federal levels, we have made the following changes to the office procedures: 

OUR OFFICES ARE NOW CLOSED TO WALK-INs

Our members are important to us and we are here to assist you. The Local Union will have office staff working and assisting our members Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. If you need to speak to your Business Representative and/or the personnel that handles your Union Dues, you may call the office and they will transfer you to the prospective party. Please be sure to leave a message and they will return your call. Our number is: (909) 877-4760. 

The COVID-19 can only be slowed down by ALL OF US being proactive by staying HOME if possible, staying 6 feet away from each other, limiting our interactions with more than 10 person gatherings and washing our hands. Let’s all do our part. 

Thank you and be SAFE, 

TEAMSTERS LOCAL NO. 63 

All members have rights and benefits under California labor laws; and if COVID-19 has directly or indirectly made you unable to work, you may qualify for government benefits in the form of money paid directly to you.  The following chart has a list of the benefits, how to obtain more information on those benefits, and how to file a claim.  The Teamsters fought hard to have these laws passed.  You should submit a claim if you believe you are eligible for the benefits.  (Note: These benefits are in addition to the benefits and protections you have under your Union contract.)


To download this document with the active links so that you can file a claim, CLICK HERE.





*ATTENTION MEMBERS!* Your health and safety is our biggest concern, in and out of your work sites. As we get more information regarding COVID-19 "The #Coronavirus", please stay informed on preventative measures you can take and what to do if you feel ill. Our business agents and staff are accessible to be of help if you have any issues at work as it relates to working in a safe environment. For information regarding COVID-19 and how to stay safe, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s website and make sure to visit it often to get the latest information on the Coronavirus.
You can visit the CDC's Website by clicking here.





TEAMSTERS! TOMORROW IS ELECTION DAY! Our voice matters at the ballot box and we need to make sure that you vote. Along with the Democratic Presidential Primary, we have important races at the local, state and federal level and you need to know that your vote is a statement for workers all over the country.  If you are a registered voter in Los Angeles County and don't know where to vote, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar's website at www.lavote.net.  Don't miss this opportunity to make your voice heard! #TeamsterStrong #YourVoteIsYourVoice





For 21 years, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa had dedicated his life to being a voice for working families in our country. His hard work and resilience has ensured that our members continue to see improvements in wages and benefits earned, along with having their voice within the workplace be valued by their employers.

As the Teamsters moves forward, we know that we are able to do so thanks to the foundation that Mr. Hoffa set for us all. Thank you for all your hard work, Mr. Hoffa... #TeamsterStrong





We are excited to announce that the applications for the Teamsters Joint Council 42 Scholarship are now available. To qualify for the scholarship, you must be a graduating high school senior and must be a child of an active Teamsters Joint Council 42 Local Union member. All applications submissions MUST BE RECEIVED by Teamsters Joint Council 42 by May 18, 2020.

To download the application, click here.




On behalf of the entire Teamsters Local 63 Family, we send our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of our UPS Teamster Brother, Frank Ordonez. His life was cut short while fulfilling his duties as a dedicated worker for UPS and as a proud member of Teamsters Local 769. He was a father of 2 children and this tragedy has a deep impact on so many who knew him and loved him.

His brother, Roy, has setup a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses, Frank's daughters schooling and for attorney fees.
May you rest in peace, Brother Frank.