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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.

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

    • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
      More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
      Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • President's Page


    Teamsters Local 776 President Edgar Thompson

    Brothers and Sisters;

    Welcome to the President's Page.Check back for periodic updates from Local President Ed Thompson with news and information pertaining to Local 776.



    Aug 07, 2018

    As you’re reading this the year is already half over; the time just seems to go by faster and faster. Earlier this year I reported that new master contracts were being negotiated with ABF Freight, UPS, and UPS Freight. I’m happy to say that the ABF national agreement was approved by the membership while work continues on several ABF supplemental agreements. Once all of the ABF supplemental agreements are ratified the negotiated wage and benefit package will go into effect retroactively to the start date of the new agreement. Additionally a handshake agreement was reached with UPS on their national agreement while work continues on several of their supplemental agreements. This is the first time in quite some time that an agreement could be reached with UPS on a national agreement before the contract’s expiration date. Once all of the UPS supplements are completed the agreements will be voted on by the membership. At UPS Freight the national committee continues to work toward an agreement with the company’s negotiating committee. I’d like to thank Local 776 Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks, who sat on the ABF National and Central PA negotiating committees for a job well done in securing an agreement for the ABF members. In Central PA the members ratified their supplement by a 73.5% margin.

    The Local 776 family picnic was held on June 10th. As the date approached I was apprehensive about the weather forecast and as the picnic drew nearer the forecast worsened. As I stood in the registration tent that morning, as the rain continued to fall, I was disappointed for our members and their families. Many were excited about having the picnic at Knoebels Amusement Park. Registration was up significantly over previous years. Everyone had plans to spend the day at the park enjoying themselves with family and friends. But as I stood there I also felt a strong sense of pride. Pride that despite the conditions members and their families came through the rain, the mud, stood in line to register, and find a place to sit with their family and friends supporting each other and supporting THEIR Local Union. An event of this magnitude could not be postponed until a later date due to the weather. All of the Local’s staff worked hard preparing for the event. Knoebels had made plans for the large Teamster crowd expected and could not postpone until a later date. But despite the conditions over 3,000 Teamster members and their families’ came out in support! The sun might not have shined that day but I was beaming with pride because of our members.

    The face of organized Labor changed drastically on June 27th when the U.S. Supreme Court released their decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case. This decision reverses over forty years of established labor law in the public sector. By backing the plaintiffs in “Janus v. AFSCME,” the high court’s decision is an attempt to limit the collective voices of not only government workers, but those in the private sector as well. 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 that working people have made in union organizing to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees. Dedicated everyday working people standing together built our middle class. Local 776 will honor that dedication by continuing to fight to give working people the promise of the American dream. That won’t end with the Janus decision. Local 776 will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.



    Ed Thompson, IBT Local 776 President

    Apr 30, 2018

    Challenges and Opportunities

    January 1st began a new term of office for our team of Officers, Business Agents, and myself. The new term brings challenges as well as opportunities. Some of the challenges include:

    New master contracts are being negotiated for ABF Freight, UPS, and UPS Freight.  These negotiations began in 2017 with hopes of bringing new contracts to the members for a ratification vote before they are due to expire. The Local Union is fortunate that we have BA Spencer Dearth on the UPSF national negotiating committee and Secretary-Treasurer Ron Hicks on the ABF national negotiation committee. In addition to the above contracts we will be negotiating various local “White Paper” agreements with many of our employers under contract. We remain committed to obtaining the best possible contract possible for and then enforcing it after ratification. We will continue to support the agencies in the communities where are members work and live, giving back to these areas is what being a service organization is all about.

    There are also opportunities for us to explore: We have an active organizer on staff who regularly receives organizing requests, resulting in new bargaining units coming into the Teamsters, growing our membership. We are strong financially and can provide various training and informational seminars to our members to help them on the job and also later as they move into retirement. This financial strength also allows us to take on employer disputes to obtain the best settlement possible for our members rather than settle for something less. Additionally we provide various social activities throughout the year for the members and their families to attend, bringing the Teamster “Family” together as one.

    There is one piece of troubling news I feel important to share with you, that is the upcoming Supreme Court Decision in the Janus vs. AFSCME case. This case centers on a Union’s right to collect fair share dues from employees they represent that work in the public sector. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on this important case by June 29, 2018. Many observers expect the court to rule 5-4 in favor of Janus and bar Unions from collecting this fair share fee. This decision will reverse over 40 years of established labor law, drastically changing the way all Unions do business. At Local 776 we are taking a pro-active approach; identifying how this could affect the Local’s financial picture and drafting a contingency plan to reformulate how we do business while not sacrificing representation to our members. No matter the outcome of the Janus case we remain committed to serving you, the members with the highest degree of professionalism that you have come to expect from us.



                                                              Ed Thompson, President

    Editors Note: As this issue of the Presidents Message was written a tentative agreement had been reached with ABF Freight and was being presented to the membership for a ratification vote. Details can be found on the website's home page.

    Jan 07, 2018

    Starting our second term as your elected Officers and Business Agents I took a moment to reflect on where we have been, where we are, and where we are going as a Local Union.

    Prior to taking office in 2015 the Local was in turmoil; the officers and agents were divided, there was in-house fighting, grievances were unresolved, contracts were expired The Local’s financial resources were dwindling. In 2014 we asked for your support to restore Local 776 to it’s former self and you responded, putting your trust in us to fix the Local’s ills.

    In our past term we immediately set out to clear up the backlog of grievances, negotiate contracts that had been languishing, some for a year or more, and build a strong Local that the members could once again be proud of. With the addition of an organizer we began to grow the membership. We have been fiscally responsible in the use of Local Union resources and have grown those resources without cutting any services or functions for the members. Our Union Halls have been repaired and are a source of pride to the membership. In late 2017 we again asked for your support at election time. Pleased with the work we had done in the past 2 ½ years you again overwhelmingly responded: showing your trust in us and allowing us to continue to serve you doing the work at the Local.

    Looking ahead the times will not be easy. Many national as well as local “White Paper” contracts are in the process of negotiation, with more coming due for negotiation in the coming year. We remain committed to obtaining the best contract possible and then enforcing it after ratification no matter the size or scope of your collective bargaining unit. There will be more challenges against Union’s right to organize and collectively bargain for their members. The officers, Business Agents, and myself remain committed to serving you, the members with the highest degree of professionalism that you have come to expect from us.



                                                                         Ed Thompson,

                                                                         President, Teamsters Local 776

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