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News Items - May 2016
Updated On: Jun 10, 2016
Corona, California US Foods Teamsters launch unfair labor strike

May 2, 2016 | Yesterday, Teamsters who drive for US Foods in Corona began a ULP strike to protest allegations that the foodservice giant violated federal law that protects workers rights. Almost immediately, Corona workers extended their picket line to 10 other US Foods distribution centers and resident yards in Southern California and Phoenix, Arizona, where 750 Teamsters have ceased work to honor the picket lines… In all, more than 800 Teamsters employed by US Foods are currently not working because of the strike and extensions...

Stand with CWA/IBEW strikers at Verizon
May 5, 2016 | On April 13, 2016, General President Jim Hoffa declared that the Teamsters stand united with the CWA and the IBEW’s strike against Verizon. Today he urges Teamster Local Unions and members to support our union brothers and sisters at Verizon. “It’s more important now than ever to show Teamster solidarity in standing up to corporate greed. We have our own battles with corporate giants like US Foods where multiple Teamster Local Unions are on Unfair Labor Practice strikes, and at a Supervalu-owned distributor that services Kroger stores in Colorado. By having a strong Teamster presence supporting CWA and IBEW and helping those unions win their battles, we will help our union win current and future battles against these corporate giants.” Sign the petition to “Stand with Striking Workers.”

Locals 355 and 570 extend picket lines to Ohio and New York
May 9, 2016 | We’ve extended our picket lines to US Foods in Twinsburg, Ohio (Cleveland), where our US Foods brothers at Local 507 are honoring the lines. US Foods workers, members of Local 264 in Buffalo, NY, began honoring our picket line Friday, May 6 at midnight. Thank you, Cleveland and Buffalo!

Local news station ABC Channel 2 report on US Foods ULP strike
May 9, 2016 | "They're talking about bringing the minimum wage up to $15, they'll be under the $15," said Neil Dixon, with Teamsters local 570 that represents the warehouse workers. "The company is trying to get 8.1 million dollars out of this deal in concessions. Those concessions are going to hurt our people."See the news video at

New contracts ratified at Toyota, Merchants Terminal
May 12, 2016 | A three-year contract was ratified April 30, 2016 by members employed at Toyota’s parts distribution center in Baltimore. The new agreement provides wage increases and members will move into the Local 570 defined benefit plan, significantly improving the benefits for members choosing to retire going forward. Engineers at Merchants Terminal ratified a new agreement in early April that provides significant wage increases, maintains Health & Welfare, and improved language related to company-paid training. Warehouse members at the company ratified a three-year contract in June 2015. More shop news in the upcoming issue of our newsletter, The 570 Express.

Locals 355 and 570 extend picket lines to Michigan and Illinois
May 12, 2016 | On Tuesday, picket lines were extended to a US Foods location in Wixcom, Mich., where unloaders and drivers, members of Local 337, are honoring our strike. And last night, some 40 Teamsters represented by Local 722 who work at the US Foods' distribution warehouse in Streator, Illinois, refused to cross the picket line in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Severn, Md. Thank you, Wixcom and Streator! #USFoodsStrike #Solidarity

Driving Up Standards: Hoffa, First Student members rally to mark 10th anniversary
May 16, 2016 | Today, General President Hoffa rallied with First Student drivers and monitors who transport students for Baltimore City Public Schools to celebrate a decade of the Teamsters Union's Drive Up Standards campaign. "This rally is to celebrate you," said Sean Cedenio, principle officer of Local 570. "Ten years ago today, this is where it all started." Assisted by Local 570 organizers, 150 workers in 2006 voted to become Teamsters. Unfortunately, the company wasn't yet ready to welcome unionized workers. The IBT has gone on to successfully organize more than 46,000 First Student workers nationwide, and in December 2014, First Student bus workers in Baltimore voted to join Local 570. "The company's attitude is a lot different today," said Denis Taylor, Teamsters Joint Council 62 president. "It is the contract that makes it work; it drives up the industry's standards. And you are the ones that make it all possible." "I believe in this union and I believe in you," said shop steward Kevin Shelton. "I believe together we can take this company to the top." "Together, Teamsters work to get a bigger piece of the pie," President Hoffa told the workers. "Think of yourselves as a team because it's only when we work together that we can get it done." More photos here.

Hoffa joins the picket lines in support of USF members
May 16, 2016 | General President Hoffa this afternoon met and walked the picket line with more than 50 Local 355 and 570 members who have been on the picket line for almost three weeks. He pledged the full support of the International for the strikers. "US Foods is attempting to pull these workers out of the middle class," he said in a press release. "Slashing pay as well as health and retirement benefits is no way to ensure that this formerly Maryland-based company remains a good corporate partner in the Free State." Baltimore Sun story here.

Teamsters to host strike update conference call with US Foods investors
May 24, 2016 | The IBT will host a conference call tomorrow to discuss the immediate and long-term impact of recent strike at US Foods' distribution warehouses across the country and the ongoing strike in Severn. "We are stunned US Foods management is asking investors for money in the midst of repeated and sustained work actions against the company," stated Steve Vairma, director of the Teamsters' Warehouse Division. "We are now entering or fourth week of work actions and they will continue until management meets us at the table with real, substantive proposals to renew or resolve contract disputes at 18 Teamster represented US Foods warehouses."

Teamsters at largest USF facility in US honor our picket lines
May 24, 2016 | We extended our picket lines to Metro New York (Perth Amboy; photos above), the largest US Foods facility in the country. Three hundred and twenty Teamster warehouse workers and drivers from Locals 202 and 282 have the right to honor the picket lines by refusing to work.

USF members take their message to Camden Yards
May 31, 2016 | (Click image to enlarge.) Locals 355 and 570 distributed informational leaflets – Support our vets. Keep our jobs in Maryland – yesterday during the Memorial Day Baltimore Orioles game. "A war is being fought, and not between the Orioles and the Red Sox. It's being waged by US Foods on Baltimore workers." Local 570 warehouse worker, Chris Price, is a military veteran. "I fought for my country, and now I have to fight for my job from US Foods."

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