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Due to COVID-19, the January 2021 General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 on at 9:00 am.  It will be taking place online via ZOOM.  If you plan to participate in the General Membership Meeting, please register with the information below.  The last time to register is Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 5 pm.

When: January 23, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: January 2021 General Membership Meeting

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Due to COVID-19, the October 2020 General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 on at 9:00 am.  It will be taking place online via ZOOM.  If you plan to participate in the General Membership Meeting, please register with the information below.  The last time to register is Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 5 pm.

When: Oct 31, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: October 2020 General Membership Meeting
 
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We would like to announce that the Stater Bros Contract was ratified yesterday, on October 7, with a vote 96% to approve and 4% to reject. The details on the ratified contract are as follows:

  • It is a five year agreement;
  • The contract comes with the following wage increases: $2.00 in year one and $0.50 in each of the next four years;
  • Pension increases as follows: $0.27 the first year and $0.50 in each of the next four years;
  • Full maintenance of benefits on healthcare for the duration of the contract.

We want to thank the negotiating committee for all of their help, they did a terrific job, in securing a great contract.
The proposed Local Union Election Plan to nominate and elect delegates to the IBT Convention to be held in La Vegas, Nevada in June of 2021 was submitted to the Election Supervisor on September 29, 2020.

To view the notice, click here.

On behalf of the brothers and sisters at Teamsters Local 63, we would like to welcome our newest members to the Teamsters Family!  On Thursday, September 3rd, the Drivers at US Foods in Fontana voted to join our local and we're proud and excited to have them be a part of our local.  Together, we can continue to fight for the wages, benefits and protections that all of our members deserve.

Welcome to the family!

- Randy Cammack, Secretary/Treasurer
- Sam Stewart, President

To all Teamsters in the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan
Your pension is under attack and we urgently need your help. Within the next couple of weeks there will be discussions on Capital Hill regarding pension reform legislation. There is a large contingent of people still pushing the Grow Act as part of that pension reform. The Grow Act will be devastating to your pension and pensions like yours. Please call this number, 202-224-3121. When they answer, you can ask for the House or the Senate. We are asking you to talk to your representative in both the House and the Senate. Give them your name and let them know you are a Teamster and that you oppose the Grow Act. Your help is greatly appreciated. 

Save Your Western Conference of Teamsters Pension.

 
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

The Aava Dental Emergency Network gives our community members a place to go, should a dental emergency occur since most dental facilities will be closed and are not accepting patients at all. This will also help to avoid those dental emergencies from going into our local Hospitals during a time when we need prioritize those services for people who are affected by this pandemic.

  • High Quality Dentistry using Quality products
  • Locations have agreed to open at least one day a week, some 4-5 days a week to take emergency patients when needed and on call for emergencies that cannot wait.
  • All offices are Preferred Providers with most dental plans.
  • All offices are small businesses and owned by practicing dentists – Not corporate Dentistry
  • All Locations are CDC compliant and offer a safe & clean environment, following ADA Guidelines for COVID19. 

During these difficult times, Aava Dental partnering offices will be offering emergency "palliative" care at no charge for those members that have lost their benefits and are experiencing financial hardship.

To contact Aava Dental, call 855-228-2336 or visit www.aavadental.com.