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    • 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.

    • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

    • Below is a link to the Independent Disciplinary Officers (IDO) Report 2 dated June 8, 2016. Due to an inadvertent printing error, page 2 of the report was not printed in the August 2016 Teamster magazine.

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

      The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

      The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

      In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

    • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

    • 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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

    • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

    • Welcome To Teamsters Local 776

      Teamsters Local 776 is the largest Teamsters Local in Pennsylvania. Chartered by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 1937, we are located in South-Central PA. Our diverse mix of over 8,500 members work in six different counties.

      Summer Meeting Notice
      By a vote of the membership in attendance at the May 2016 monthly membership meeting the monthly meetings for June, July, and August 2016 have been suspended. Additionaly the membership in attendance voted to hold the September 2016 meeting at the York Union Hall. The Local Union would like to wish everyone a safe and happy summer. We look forward to seeing you at the Local picnic, the golf outing, and when monthly membership meetings resume in September.

      Due a great response to the ticket promotion from Teamsters across the state additional tickets at a discounted price are available for purchase. The original deadline was July 29th and PSU is still getting members from our local calling asking if they can extend the deadline for them to order. PSU still has tickets left and has agreed to do so. For more information including dates, seating, and pricing follow the link below:

      PSU Tickets Extended Offer


      On August 16, 2016 Local 776 attended a public hearing on the Mariner East II pipeline project to show support for the pipeline job. The Department of Environmental Protection holds the public hearings where homeowners, environmentalist, workers and others can voice their opinions on the pipeline project. This construction project will create over 30,000 jobs along its route; much of it will be done by Union workers hands. Local 776 President Ed Thompson and Local 776 Organizer Mark Cicak along with Richard Stern  attended the hearings. Richard is an administrator with the Teamsters National Pipeline Labor Management Cooperation Trust. The following 776 construction members also attended to voice their support for the project: Kyle Thomas, Beth Thomas, Jeffrey Reim, Bill Eavenson, Cory Hockenberry, Jeff Jarbeck, Richard Moyer, and Jay Parson.

      Local 776 Construction Member Bill Eavenson addresses the hearing

      Local 776 Organizer Mark Cicak delivers the Local's written comments supporting the pipeline project

      IBT representative Richard Stern; 3rd from left, Local 776 President Ed Thompson; 5th from left, along with Local 776 construction members


      During open enrollment in the fall of 2015 the Hershey Medical Center doubled the Smoker and Spousal surcharge costs. Business Agent Dave Vrona immediately filed a grievance stating that the surcharges were over the contractual 16.5% limit. The case deadlocked at the second step of the grievance process. Dave Vrona, with the approval of the Local 776 Executive Board, took the case to arbitration with the help and testimony of Steward Bob Kroster and Attorney Jason Weinstock.

      Article 29 of the 2013 2016 agreement states that the cost the employee pays shall not exceed, in any event 16.5% of total cost of the applicable health benefit program thru June 30, 2016. On May 4, 2016 an arbitration hearing was held to hear the case of the Smoker and Spousal charges.

      Decision award: On July 5, 2016 the independent arbitrator issued an opinion and award upholding the claims of Local 776 members. He directed Hershey Medical Center to reimburse members whose contributions in 2016, including any surcharges exceeded 16.5%. The total award gave $150,764.98 back to all hard working members at Hershey Medical Center. During calculation of the award it was also found that Hershey Medical Center was over charging for eye and dental in the same time frame which came to overpayment/refund of $9,487.57 for dental and $2,365.58 for vision for a total payout of $162,618.13 to all affected members.

      To download, view, and print the complete arbitration decision follow the link below:

      HMC Smoker and Spousal Surcharge



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