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Solidarity was on vivid display during Local 243’s November 3, 2023 rally at the Lansing Chipotle restaurant. Teamsters are calling on Chipotle to stop stalling and give their workers a contract that provides them with fair wages and an equal voice.
More than 12 months after contract negotiations began on a first agreement for the newly-organized Lansing Chipotle workers, and seeing little to no progress at the bargaining table, Local 243 held a solidarity rally outside the restaurant on November 3rd to step up pressure on Chipotle to get serious about finalizing a first contract.
“The Teamsters are here and we are not going anywhere,” Local 243 President Scott Quenneville declared. “We are demanding that Chipotle stop playing games, stop dragging their feet and get serious about bargaining a first contract.”
Quenneville said that in 2022, Chipotle reported massive earnings of $8.6 billion. In addition, Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol pocketed more than $17 million last year.
Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol’s Message To His Workers: $17 Million For Me ... A Few Pennies For Thee
“While CEO Niccol takes home more than $17 million, he offers workers an insulting five cent raise,” Quenneville said. “Chipotle workers are worth more than a nickel and this is why we will continue standing firm to get these hard-working young men and women a first contract that provides them with better wages, hours and an equal voice on the job.”
During the rally outside the Lansing restaurant, Local 243 received support from a diverse group of labor and political allies:
• Teamsters Locals 247, 299, 283, 337 and 406;
• Representatives from the Michigan State AFL-CIO;
• State Representatives Angela Witwer and Donovan McKinney; and
• Nate Engle, Director of Community Engagement for Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
In addition, Michigan Speaker of the House Joe Tate called President Quenneville prior to the rally kickoff to express his support to the Chipotle workers in their ongoing contract fight.
“This was a great display of solidarity, but it’s only the beginning,” Quenneville said. “If Chipotle thinks they can erode workers’ resolve with delays, they’re wrong. Our Chipotle members are more determined today than ever. Teamsters demand Chipotle stop wasting time and give their workers the fair contract they demand and deserve.”
Teamsters Local 243 and Michigan AFL-CIO Demonstrate Continued “Picketline Solidarity” With UAW Stellantis Strikers
On October 13, 2023 Local 243 President Scott Quenneville, Recording Secretary Phil Turner and Business Agents Bill Black and Christina Gonzalez, along with our newly-organized Teamsters from the Michigan AFL-CIO in Lansing, outside the Stellantis Mopar parts plant in Centerline to support the ongoing UAW strike.
“Michigan Teamsters are proud to stand with the Michigan AFL-CIO in a strong demonstration of picketline solidarity with our UAW Brothers and Sisters at Stellantis, Ford and GM who continue fighting for a strong and just contract," Local 243 President Scott Quenneville declared. “We will remain steadfast in our strength until the workers receive a contract that truly rewards them for their commitment, loyalty and hard work.”
Local 243 and Local 247 Join Picket At Ford Wayne Assembly Supporting UAW Strikers
Local 247 Secretary-Treasurer Tom Ziembovic (left), Local 243 President Scott Quenneville and Business Representative Bill Black.
Teamsters Local 243 and Local 247 Union Officers and Business Agents “held the line” with UAW strikers at the Wayne assembly plant on September 22nd as the UAW strike against the Big 3 continues.
Local 243 President Scott Quenneville said Teamsters stand ready and willing to join the fight for a fair contract — wherever and whenever the call for help goes out.
“We are here supporting our Brothers and Sisters in the UAW in their fight for justice and a fair contract,” President Quenneville said. “Just as the Teamsters did at UPS, UAW members are standing united in their fight for a strong contract. We are proud to join this protest against the corporate status quo whereby CEOs rake in millions while workers scrap, picket and fight for pennies. UAW workers deserve better and Michigan Teamsters are committed to helping them win this strike.”
Local 243’s Newly-Elected Executive Board
Front row (left to right): Recording Secretary Christina Gonzalez, Secretary-Treasurer Phil Turner, President Scott Quenneville, and Vice President Corey Smith. Back Row (left to right): Trustee David Bailey, Trustee Scott Wood and Trustee Ken Christie.
On September 4th, Local 243 President Scott Quenneville and the members of the Quenneville Leadership Team were elected, without opposition, to a three-year term starting January 1, 2024.
The newly-elected Executive Board Officers are:• Scott Quenneville, President• Phil Turner, Secretary-Treasurer• Corey Smith, Vice President• Christina Gonzalez, Recording Secretary• David Bailey, Trustee• Ken Christie, Trustee• Scott Wood, Trustee
“We thank Local 243 members for their unanimous support of our team and our member-focused agenda to build upon our Union’s successful past to guarantee a brighter future for all Local 243 members,” President Quenneville said.
Quenneville praised current Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran and Trustee Ernie Bell for their years of service on behalf of the membership.
“Brother Lowran decided back in 2021 to come out of retirement and help our Union transition following the retirement of President Jim Cianciolo,” Quenneville said. “Even though Greg has decided to step aside as Secretary-Treasurer, he will continue putting his experience to work as a UPS Business Agent.”
Earlier this year, Trustee Ernie Bell announced that he would be stepping down as Trustee at the conclusion of his UPS career this year.
“Both Ernie and Greg have served our Union with dedication and distinction,” Quenneville said. “We wish Ernie happiness in his retirement and look forward to continuing to work with, and learn from, Greg Lowran for years to come.”
President Quenneville also welcomed newly-elected Executive Board members Christina Gonzalez and Ken Christie. Sister Gonzalez, a current Business Agent, is Local 243’s new Recording Secretary. Meanwhile, Brother Christie is the new Trustee, replacing retiring Brother Bell.
“Christina and Ken are well known to UPS members with decades of experience,” Quenneville said. “Both are excellent additions to our team who will refine our mission of providing first-class representation to the members.”
Local 243 “Practice Picket” At UPS Adrian Center, July 20, 2023
Local 243 President Scott Quenneville with UPS Adrian members at their 2023 “practice picket” outside the Adrian Center on July 20th.
President Quenneville updates UPS Adrian members on the status of negotiations as the July 31st strike nears.
Local 243 Holds “Practice Picket” At UPS Madison Heights On July 18, 2023
Local 243 members rally outside the UPS facility in Madison Heights.
(Above, Left) State Senator Mallory McMorrow encouraged UPS members to stand strong as she pledged support from Lansing lawmakers to UPS members fighting for a fair contract.
(Above, Right): Business Representative Bill Black, State Senator Mary Cavanaugh, President Scott Quenneville and State Senator Rosemary Bayer at the Madison Heights “Practice Picket.”
State Senator Mallory McMorrow speaks to UPS members at the Madison Heights “Practice Picket” (click above for video link)
President Scott Quenneville discusses the status of UPS negotiations as the August 1st contract expiration deadline approaches. (click above for video link)
Local 243 members march outside UPS Madison Heights. (click above for video link)
Local 243 Conducts “Practice Picket” Outside UPS Taylor As Possible National UPS Strike Nears
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Teamsters Local 243 UPS members joined a "Practice Picket" outside the Taylor, Michigan building on July 14, 2023 as members continue demonstrating solidarity with the IBT in its push for a new UPS contract.
Michigan State Senator Darrin Camillari, a pro-worker champion who spearheaded the campaign to repeal right-to-work in Michigan, joined the picket as a public display of his support for UPS workers in their right to negotiate a fair contract.
UPS Taylor members give a "thumbs up" in a demonstration of Teamster contract solidarity.
(Above, left) State Senator Darrin Camilleri (left) with Local 243 President Scott Quenneville and Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran. Camilleri pledged his full support to UPS workers in their battle for a fair contract.
(Above, right) Local 243 members demonstrate their readiness for a possible national UPS strike.
(BELOW) UPS members march in UNITY outside the UPS Taylor building on July 14, 2023 (click below for videos)
“Practice Pickets” Continue Outside UPS Ypsilanti As Company Stares Down August 1st National Strike
On July 13, 2023 Local 243 UPS members continued showing their readiness to fight for a strong contract with practice pickets outside the UPS Ypsilanti facility.
Talks between the Union and Company broke down when the Company abruptly walked away from the bargaining. Now, with just days to go before a potential nationwide UPS strike, IBT President Sean O’Brien continues standing firm on his pledge to win the strongest UPS contract in history.
“They’re [the members] rightfully demanding what they’re owed,” President O’Brien posted on Twitter. “It’s time for your company to do right by the Teamsters and our members’ families.”
Local 243 UPS Members Show Contract Solidarity with "Practice Pickets"
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Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran mobilizes members at the "Practice Picket" on June 30th outside UPS Livonia.
UPS Livonia Members Carry Signs Proclaiming "Just Practicing for a Just Contract!"
UPS Members Declare: "Just Practicing for a Just Contract!"
Teamsters To Chipotle Shareholders:
“Chipotle claims they’re engaging in good faith, but we still have not even seen a legitimate first offer, let alone an agreement after eight months,” said Local 243 President Scott Quenneville.
Local 243 is committed to securing a first Union agreement that will give these hard-working Chipotle employees an “equal voice” on the job for dignity and respect.
SOLIDARITY AT STARBUCKS!
Teamsters Local 243 Supports Starbucks Workers United In Their Current Organizing Campaign For Workplace Justice
Local 243 Business Agents Bill Black and Christina Gonzalez, along with Michigan State Senators Darrin Camilleri and Erica Geiss, joined the May 22nd rally at Riverview’s Young Patriots Park supporting Starbucks Workers United in Allen Park and Riverview in their organizing campaign for fairness, dignity and respect.
Teamsters General President Sean O'Brien Visits Local 243 UPS Livonia Members On March 27th
Check out the May-June Local 243 Mirror for more information about IBT President Sean O’Brien’s visit with UPS Livonia members. Click here
Local 243 Wins Voluntary Recognition For Michigan AFL-CIO Employees
Field and Campaign Organizers, Training and Communication workers and Legislative Staff at the Michigan State AFL-CIO in Lansing became Teamsters on April 27th as the AFL-CIO granted voluntary recognition to Local 243 as the employees’ Bargaining Representative.
Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien joined President Joe Biden during his presidential address about strengthening the U.S. economy for Union members and retirees on December 8 in Washington, D.C.
More than 3,000 Teamsters lined the streets of downtown Seattle in a mass demonstration outside Amazon's corporate office as the Union steps up organizing pressure on the e-commerce giant.
Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman thank Local 243 Chipotle Crew Member Samantha Smith for successfully organizing the first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan.
Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien (center) with Local 243 President Scott Quenneville (left) and Trustee Lynne Meade at the 2022 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Women's Conference.
Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan, voted overwhelmingly on August 25th to join International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 243, making it the first of the restaurant chain’s 3,000 locations to organize.
In addition to the security of a powerful Teamster contract, workers are forming a union to improve their work schedules, increase wages, and gain the respect from management that they’ve rightfully earned.
"The Teamsters Union is home to 1.2 million workers, and all of us are fighting for our brothers and sisters at Chipotle to get the rights and workplace protections they deserve,” IBT General President Sean M. O’Brien declared. “Now is the time for working people in this country to take back what’s theirs. No matter your industry, no matter your age or how intimidating your employer may seem, you too can protect your labor with a union. The revitalization of labor is really just beginning.”
“Chipotle pulled in revenue of $7.5 billion last year, and just as we’re seeing workers of all ages and backgrounds across the country take on these corporate giants, it’s so inspiring to see Chipotle workers stand up and demand more from a company that can clearly afford it,” said Scott Quenneville, President of Local 243. “The Teamsters have these workers’ backs. They’re going to have a union they can be proud of and that knows how to get things done.”
Local 243 UPS Members Continue Fighting Back, and Winning, Against Company Violations of Their 9.5 Contractual Rights
Last year, Local 243 hit a historic mark as the Union fought, and won, more than $102,000 for members who filed grievances over the Company violating their 9.5 contractual rights.
This trend continues in 2021 as Local 243 stands firm on our commitment to strictly enforce the collective bargaining agreement.
Since January 1, 2021 Local 243 has won an additional $1,553.62 in 9.5 grievance payouts for members.
Local 243 encourages all UPS members to continue utilizing the grievance procedure to protect your dignity, rights and respect on the job. If you believe your rights have been violated by the Company, your Manager or your Supervisor, or if you disagree with any discipline that you receive, contact your Steward or Business Representative right away and file a grievance to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
IBT and UPS Negotiate Sick Leave Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Coronavirus
The MOU guarantees up to ten (10) days of paid sick leave for UPS members who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 virus as follows:
(1) Employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is required by government, public health official, a doctor or UPS to be quarantined.
(2) Employee’s immediate family member who resides in the same household is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is thus forced to quarantine.
For more specifics click on the image above to read the entire MOU.