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      The application process for the 2020 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is now open.  

      DEADLINE IS MARCH 2, 2020

      To apply for a scholarship, please follow the instructions below:  

      To submit an application for this year, follow these instructions:
      (1) Go to https://aim.applyists.net/JRHMSF
      (2) Create an account or log into your existing account to be directed to the Application
      (3) If you are on the Home Page, click the ADD NEW APPLICATION button and enter the Program Key: JRHMSF
      (4) Complete all required fields
      (5) Click “Submit”

      ELIGILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must be the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members (including the BMWED, BLET, GCC and TCRC).  

      During 2019, $1.2 million was awarded in $10,000 and $1,000 academic scholarships for the children of Teamster members to attend four-year colleges and universities .  Additionally, many scholarships to support the costs of vocational/trade school programs were awarded.

      The application deadline is March 2, 2020.

      Local 243 Members Join National Mourning For Two UPS Drivers Killed In Pennsylivania Turnpike Multi-Vehicle Accident


      Local 243 Wins $28,000 “Snow Day” Pay For Members At Durham, Northville

      Local 243 Vice President Scott Quenneville (left) and Recording Secretary Phil Turner (right) with some of the Drivers and Monitors from Durham, Northville who collectively received more than $28,000 in snow day pay through the Union's grievance procedure.

      Drivers and Monitors at Durham School Services, Northville received an early Christmas gift once the Union won its “snow day” pay grievance resulting in the Company paying more than $28,000 in backpay to the membership.

      Durham Northville members were off work a total of seven days due to inclement weather during the 2018-2019 school year.  Even though the Company was paid by the Northville School District for the seven missed snow days, they refused to pay employees for their lost days as required by the Union’s contract.  

      In response, on July 2, 2019 Local 243 filed a class action grievance on behalf of all Drivers and Monitors for the snow day pay.  On November 29, 2019 Durham finally agreed to follow the contract and pay employees a total settlement of $28,187.67 for the lost snow days.  Each member received their share of this total based upon their hourly rate and the number of hours missed during those seven snow days.

      “Payment for snow days has been, and remains, a major issue for our Durham members,” Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Neil Pettit said.  “The Company violated the contract by refusing to pay members for the snow days.  This grievance victory demonstrates, very clearly, that Local 243 Local 243 will use every resource available, including the power of our grievance and arbitration process to enforce our contracts, protect members’ workplace rights and make sure that rank-and-file members receive every negotiated benefit to which they are entitled.”

      Trinity Transportation, Detroit Workers Vote YES To Join Local 243

      Victory For Workplace STRENGTH and RESPECT

      Drivers, aides and mechanics at Trinity Transportation Detroit's East and West terminals took a major step forward in their fight to improve wages, job security and respect when they voted YES to join Teamsters Local 243.  

      When the ballots were counted on Friday, October 20th, the workers at Trinity's Greenfield and Mack terminals in Detroit made their voice heard loud and clear, voting by a margin of 170-to-18 (90% support) to join ranks with Teamsters Local 243 to gain a stronger voice in improving their working conditions.

      “Teamsters Local 243 congratulates all of the Trinity Transportation workers who made the right decision and voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Teamsters Union,” said Local 243 President Jim "Cinci" Cianciolo.  “Moving forward, we look forward to contract negotiations, where these workers will gain the wages and respect they deserve guaranteed in writing.”

      Trinity Transportation is a subsidiary of National Express (NEX), one of the largest student transportation providers in the world. The Trinity Transportation drivers, aides/monitors and mechanics are part of a growing trend of Michigan school bus workers who are affiliating with the Teamsters.  Last year, over 200 workers at another NEX subsidiary, Durham School Services in Ann Arbor, voted to join Local 243.

      Local 243 Secretary-Treasurer Neil Pettit said this was a dynamic team effort between Local 243 and the International Union.  The IBT dispatched a team of skilled organizers to Detroit to assist with ground activities leading up to the victory and with membership turnout on the day of the Union vote.

      "We want to thank the International Union for the solid backing and guidance they gave as part of an ongoing effort to 'Drive Up Standards' for school bus employees here in Michigan and across the country," Pettit said.  "Thanks also to Joint Council #43 Organizer Marian Novak for providing expert guidance over the many weeks of this campaign.  This was a dynamic team effort and proves, once again, that when Teamsters are united for a common objective, nothing will stop us from securing ultimate victory."

      Anthony Clingman works at Trinity Transportation and he’s been a professional driver for over 40 years. Clingman was a Teamster member in a previous job, and that experience motivated him to serve on the organizing committee during the lead up to this representation election.

      “I learned a lot from being a Teamster – how to take care of myself, to not just accept things as they are,” Clingman said. “One thing that I’m looking forward to is having more job security once I’m no longer an employee at-will.  When we have that, everything else will fall into place.”

      Secretary-Treasurer Pettit said the Union will schedule a  contract proposals meeting soon to gather information and hear what's on the minds of the workers.  Barganing dates will then be scheduld to begin negotiations on their first Teamster contract.

      Local 243 members are reminded that if you know a non-union worker who could benefit from the strength and security of a Union contract, call Local 243 today.  Members who provide a lead that results in a successful campaign will receive $500.00 for helping expand our Union's membership.

      Local 243 Wins Arbitration Board Case Against Jack Cooper Transport


      Sale of Jack Cooper Finalized — Saving 2,200 Teamster Carhaul Jobs 

      (WASHINGTON) – The sale of Jack Cooper Transport was finalized today, a move that will protect the livelihoods of about 2,200 Teamsters and their families.

      Jack Cooper filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings this past summer due to extremely high debt and declining sales volumes. While Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings are meant to help companies restructure their debts so they can continue operating, they can be risky and in this case thousands of jobs were at risk. However, to make the restructuring possible, Teamster carhaul members at Jack Cooper overwhelmingly approved a Restructuring Term Sheet that facilitated the sale to a company backed by Solus Alternative Asset Management, an existing lender in Jack Cooper’s debt structure. The new company will remain operating as Jack Cooper but have entirely new owners, significantly less debt and less future potential liabilities.  READ MORE




      Details of Jack Cooper Transport’s “Last, Best and Final” Offer to Save Members’ Jobs

      Click on document to read entire proposal

      Teamsters Local 243 Supports the Butch Lewis Act of 2017

      Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown outlines the important facts about how the Butch Lewis Act will restore financial stability to the broken U.S. pension system.


      Contact your legislators TODAY

      Hey Congress: Pass the “Butch Lewis Act”!

      Local 243 Joins Columbus, Ohio Rally To “Save Our Pensions”

    • Current Campaigns
      • 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!

      • 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 contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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