Local 769 Stands Up For Airline Workers

Posted April 3, 2014 By Local 769

SONY DSCTEAMSTERS LOCAL  769  shows solidarity and supported the International Federation of Transport Workers

SONY DSCThe ITF LATAM Airlines Network of Unions would especially like to thank the ITF Americas office and Teamsters Local 769 of Miami for their support in Miami this weekend.  Teamsters are members of the ITF, the International Federation of Transport Workers, representing 4.5 million transport workers around the world.

SONY DSCThe ITF and Teamsters Local 769 shows their solidarity and gave support this past weekend to LAN Express flight attendants in Chile and LAN Peru mechanics. Teamsters and union representatives from South America passed out leaflets in Miami to over 7300 potential passengers warning them about possible delays and cancellations on LAN Airlines. “This event was very important for the Local Union to support and to participate in, considering the magnitude behind this and that south Florida is the gateway to Latin America” says Mike Scott- Principle Officer of Teamsters Local 769.

LAN Airlines is a sponsor of the Miami Sony Open tennis championships. Union leaders held banners and distributed leaflets to people attending the event.  A plane flew overhead towing a simple message, “WARNING:  LAN AIRLINE DELAYS”.

SONY DSCThe company continues to obstruct the negotiations process with their unions.   According to the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, “The airline is facing impasse with its unions, which is resulting in the delays of flights.”

Despite saying that standards should be the same within the airline group, the company is paying mechanics in other countries approximately twice as much as the LAN Peru mechanics for doing the same work. The company is trying to break the union.  New mechanics hired on temporary contracts are being given permanent contracts if they agree to leave their union.   Senior mechanics who leave the union receive a large payment from the company, at a rate of $450 USD for each year worked.  The Peruvian Labour Ministry is investigating all three of the most recent firings of mechanics for unfair treatment.  Despite this intense pressure, 80% of the mechanics continue to remain union members, showing strong support for the union negotiations of a collective contract.

SONY DSCLAN Express flight attendants in Chile are negotiating a collective agreement and are also hoping that their situation will be settled soon. The flight attendants were voting this last week on whether to strike the company.   The votes were counted late Monday night with 91% voting for the strike.  This is the only cabin crew union in the LATAM Airline Group that has not received a pay rise since 2010.

We are eager to see that the contracts for the flight attendants and mechanics will be resolved as soon as possible so that further disruptions can be avoided, particularly as the World Cup in Brazil begins in June 2014.

 

 

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Why D.R.I.V.E.?

Posted March 21, 2014 By Local 769

DRIVEMeet your special interest group.

One of the biggest challenges faced by the modern working man or woman is political representation. All too often today, their elected officials are swayed by the financial power of corporations and their lobbyists and many elected representatives do a poor job standing up for the needs of those who put them in office.

The Teamsters have been fighting for working people for decades. The Union has championed the cause of working people on the picket lines, at the negotiating table and through the creation of D.R.I.V.E. Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working families on politics by more than 15-1. Through grassroots political action and aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill and in State Houses and City Halls across America, Teamsters have stopped some of the worst attacks on working people.

20140320_203139Over the coming days  you may have the opportunity to meet with a couple of our IBT Field representatives at your workplace. John Cuite and Kevin Currie are visiting Local 769 job sites spreading the word about DRIVE and explaining how we can fight back.

It was participation in DRIVE by members, wives, friends and even children that helped to bring about such monumental legislation as Medicare and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Over the years, other important pro-worker legislation has been enacted on the local, state and national level because of DRIVE.

So look for Kevin and John at your workplace. Stop by,say hello, learn about how you can help and sign up for DRIVE if you already haven’t. You can also click here to print your own drive application and join by mail. As General President Hoffa wrote,”The corporations have the money and the power, but there are more of us than there are of them.” With D.R.I.V.E. we can make sure the voice of working men and women is heard, loud and clear.

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UPS Update 3-19-14

Posted March 19, 2014 By Local 769

UPS Ohio Rider passes.

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On Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, the IBT announced that the Ohio Rider has been passed by the membership.  Still outstanding are the Western Pennsylvania Supplement, Local 623 Supplement and the Local 89 Air Rider.  Ballots will be mailed for the Local 89 Rider this week and will be counted on April 10, 2014.
As always,  for the latest news as it applies to Teamster members of Local 769, follow us on social media or subscribe to updates from our website by entering your email address in the box on the left side of our homepage.

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IBT Conducts TLA at Our Miami Hall

Posted March 18, 2014 By Local 769

3-8-14TLA 073-SMILEFrom March 11-14, 2014, Teamsters Local 769 hosted a Teamsters Leadership Academy (TLA) where we welcomed business agents and officers from locals across the nation for advanced training and education. The focus of the course was on the legal aspects of collective bargaining in private and public sectors. The four day program placed special emphasis on contemporary and difficult bargaining questions including healthcare and pension.

20140312_113559Teamsters came from as far as Denver Colorado to participate in the academy conducted by the IBT Training and Development Department with Iliana Flores, Richard Lipsitz, and Mike Manley, Staff Attorney from the IBT Legal Department.

Group exercises and simulated negotiations were conducted to demonstrate the latest tactics and tools for negotiating strong Teamster contracts. Although nearly all of the Local 769 Business Agents and Officers had already had this training, many of them were on hand each day and they were glad to sharpen their skills by participating with those that were attending the TLA.

3-8-14TLA 076 (1)“The Teamsters Leadership Academy that was held at TLU 769 was very educational from bargaining health care, writing contract language to the mock bargaining exercise that was held.”, said Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw. “The information that was received from this leadership academy will assist in future bargaining.”

As an added bonus, visiting Teamsters here for the training were treated to beautiful weather all week long and other than a faulty light switch repaired by Local 769 Business Agent Steve Myers, the weeklong event went off without a hitch.

Thanks to everyone who attended and to everyone from the IBT Training and Development Department that made this TLA a wonderful success.

 

Special Thanks to-

Iliana Flores, Southern Region Training Coordinator and IBT Training & Development Department

Richard Lipsitz, Training Consultant, IBT Training & Development Department and Political Action Coordinator

Mike Manley, Staff Attorney IBT Legal Department

Ron Cancelose, Assistant Director IBT Economics and Contracts Department

Hemant Berry, Assistant Director IBT Benefits Department

Beatrice “Tris” Newbury, Assistant to the Director IBT Benefits Department

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Steward Seminar is a Big Success

Posted March 12, 2014 By Local 769

3-8-14StewardSeminarFULLOn Saturday March 8th, 2014, Teamsters Local 769 hosted a Steward Seminar to offer more in depth training to the men and women who are on the front lines of the War on Workers. Stewards came from all over to gather at the DoubleTree in Deerfield Beach, like Charles Pons, a steward for the City of Key West who made the trip up that morning from Key West.

Local 769 President Mike Scott

Local 769 President Mike Scott

The day began with President and Principal Officer Mike Scott welcoming the stewards who, as he said “are the backbone of the Local.” After introducing the officers and staff of Teamsters Local 769, Mike welcomed Ken Wood, IBT Vice President Southern Region, who spoke to the stewards about the challenges that face our Union and the importance of their dedication as members and stewards.

Next, Mark Shumar, Western Region Director and member of the IBT Field & Political Action Department, gave a passionate presentation about the importance of political action. He explained how each and every one of us needs to make certain that our voice is heard in the political arena. That our values and needs as Union members are defended and represented by our elected officials as well as the importance of casting your vote for those who support labor.

IBT Southern Region Training Coordinator Iliana Flores

IBT Southern Region Training Coordinator Iliana Flores

After a short break, Southern Regional Training Coordinator Iliana Flores gave a fantastic presentation on our rich history. Our history as a Union both locally here in Miami and our history nationally, even internationally as she discussed our expansion beyond US borders. A history so detailed and interesting, you will soon see excerpts from Iliana’s presentation make their way to our history page on this website, so keep checking back.

After learning about our past, it was time to learn about our plan for the future. Bill Munger, Eastern Region Training Coordinator and Randy Pines, Local 769 Business Agent and Organizer spoke about the importance of organizing and how to build unity through internal organizing. Bill provided the game plan and explained the best techniques for organizing a workplace and Randy provided the motivation, rousing the room of stewards into the atmosphere of a boisterous rally.

Amazing as it may sound, this was all before lunch. After lunch the stewards broke into workshop groups where they would get information specific to their experience level and the company they work for.  Iliana worked with the newer stewards and Bill Munger taught the advanced course. Steve Nagrotsky, Deputy Director of the IBT Airline Division spoke to the Airline Stewards and Ken Wood, IBT Southern Region UPS Panel Chairman spoke to the UPS Stewards.

Local 769's Roly Pina introduces Ken Wood

Local 769′s Roly Pina introduces Ken Wood

This was one of our best, if not the best Steward Seminar we have held in Local 769.” said Josh Zivalich, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 769. “Iliana and all of the presenters did a fabulous job today.” Josh went on to say. “Excellent turnout, participation and feedback from the stewards.”

Teamsters Local 769 would like to thank all of the guest speakers and instructors who helped make this event a success and a big thank you to all of our stewards who took the time out of their weekend to participate. It is because of all of you that our Union is stronger today. Keep up the good work and keep fighting!

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Local 769 Hosts Spanish Steward Seminar

Posted March 10, 2014 By Local 769
SpanishSteward1On February 22, 2014, Teamsters Local 769 hosted a Seminar for our Spanish speaking stewards. The seminar was held at our Miami hall and the goal was to help provide additional tools to assist them in their battles for labor.
The job of a Steward is the most challenging, most rewarding and most important job in our Union. That’s because they are on the front lines of our fight to protect our members’ rights and bring fair and decent treatment to the workplace.
 
We thank all who attended for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty. Keep up the fight!

 

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Local 769 Retiree Continues to Help Others

Posted March 6, 2014 By Local 769

100logoTeamsters Local 769 would like to encourage our members to consider supporting a wonderful charity scholarship event. We would like to thank everyone for your past and continued support of the Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship Fund but we would like to take a moment and let you know about another event that retired Local 769 Business Agent Tyronne Brewster has gotten involved in.

what-they-seeThe name of the charity is The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale and they are holding their 4th Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday June 21st, 2014. The Annual Golf Tournament raises scholarship funds for young men graduating from the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale Leadership Academy for continuing their education. Already in it’s eighth year, the Leadership Academy continues to see exponential growth as young men voluntarily seek mentorship and guidance from community mentors who serve as role models. We would like to ask you consider supporting this charity scholarship event as this demonstrates how even after retirement, Brothers and Sisters of Teamsters Local 769 strive to make their communities better for everyone.

Any questions regarding the event should be directed to Brother Tyronne Brewster at (305) 336-5512.

Thank you for your consideration.

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2-day OSHA 10 Construction Course

Posted February 26, 2014 By Local 769

20140220_165140Teamsters Local 769 will be offering a 2-day Construction OSHA 10 Course for members only. The course will be held on a Saturday April 5th and Sunday April 6th, 2014 and will run from 8-4:30 on Saturday and 9 to noon on Sunday. Interested members need to contact DeShaun Humes at the Miami office to reserve their spot. Call (305) 642-6255 to be notified of location of class.

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Teamsters Supporting Military Veterans

Posted February 24, 2014 By Local 769

VeteransMEMEAn offshoot of the national Helmets to Hardhats program, the Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP), provides disability assistance for all military veterans and job placement opportunities for veterans in the construction industry. The program’s disability initiative alone can help workers track down services, benefits and funds owed to them as veterans – in some cases, for as much as tens of thousands of dollars in back benefits.

HelmetsToHardhat2Regardless of Teamster membership, military veterans in all 50 states are encouraged to complete a TMAP Veteran Registration Form to begin the process to locate, determine and/or recoup any lost benefits or resources from military service. Once completed, the form will assist TMAP personnel with filing individual claims with the military from the Teamsters’ Building and Construction Trades Division in Washington D.C.

“We’ve already helped military veterans receive payments for chronic illnesses that they otherwise would not have gotten through their insurance companies, even while paying a high premium,” said Michael L. Yauger, President of Local 786 in Chicago.

All completed registration forms should be mailed to:

Teamsters Building and Contruction Trades Division

c/o Teamsters Military Assistance Program

25 Louisiana Ave. N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

Forms may also be faxed to (202) 624-8107

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Informational Picketing at UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Posted February 22, 2014 By Local 769

DSC00213On February 14, 2014, an information picketing was assembled in front of the UPS Supply Chain Solution facility. The purpose of the information picketing was to let the company know that Teamsters Local Union 769 will stand for your rights.

UPS Supply Chain Solution made unilateral changes to the employee’s health insurance benefits without bargaining with the union.

  1. DSC00222UPS Supply Chain Solution has taken the position to remove the spouse of employees from the health insurance if they have insurance at their place of employment without bargaining with the Union.
  2. UPS Supply Chain Solutions is demanding employees that smoke pay $150 dollars towards the health insurance without bargaining with the union.

Teamsters Local Union 769 is here to continue providing you the best representation possible to improve UPS Supply Chain Solution employee working conditions. To provide you job security.

Teamsters Local Union 769 will continue representing you and protecting your rights, it’s unfortunate that your employer (UPS Supply Chain Solution) does not do the same.

Together We Are United, Together We Can Build, And Together we are Strong

 

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