Local 243 Salutes All Essential Workers
Frontline “Heroes" Who Are Working Everyday to Keep America Strong During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Check out this awesome video produced by rank-and-file members at UPS Livonia who are on the job everyday sorting, loading and delivering for America
TEAMCARE COVID-19 Bulletin For UPS, Jack Cooper Transport and American Red Cross Members
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TEAMCARE COVID-19 Short-Term Disability Benefits Claim Form
For use by UPS, Jack Cooper and American Red Cross members applying for short-term disability
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TEAMCARE Trustees Announce COVID-19 Health Care Layoff Coverage Benefit Changes
Local 243 has been advised that the TEAMCARE Board of Trustees has approved granting up to eight weeks of health care layoff coverage at no cost to members who are laid off between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. We have been in discussions with representatives at TEAMCARE to address this crucial membership priority.
You can read more about the eight week layoff coverage, as well as some frequently asked questions, in the three special TEAMCARE BULLETINS below.
EIGHT WEEKS of Layoff Health Care Benefits At NO COST (click graphic below to read entire bulletin)
Frequently Asked Questions About TEAMCARE Layoff Coverage (click graphic below to read entire bulletin)
Cost-Sharing Waiver For COVID-19 Testing and Treatment (click graphic below to read entire bulletin)
Notice To UPS Members On Utilizing Covid-19 Emergency Paid Leave
An intake process has been established and the UPS Human Resources Service Center (HRSC) will have a dedicated team available for the Emergency Paid Leave (EPL) intake.
UPS Representatives are available Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached by calling 1-866-790-9505.
Telemedicine Options Give MCTWF and TEAMCARE Members 24/7/365 Access To Quality Health Care Consultations During Coronavirus Pandemic
MICHIGAN CONFERENCE OF TEAMSTERS WELFARE FUND - Local 243 members with health insurance through the Michigan Conference of Teamsters Welfare Fund (MCTWF) who need to speak with a doctor can do so by utilizing the Fund’s MDLIVE program.
Fund members receive immediate access to physicians who can assist with an array of health care questions. This is especially important now, during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Members who believe they may have symptoms of the Coronavirus are encouraged to contact MDLIVE for diagnosis, assistance and treatment options.
Copayments for MDLIVE online consultations have been waived through March 31, 2021.
More information is available at https://members.mdlive.com/mctwf or click the graphic below. You can also call MDLIVE at 1-800-657-6169.
TEAMCARE - Local 243 members with TEAMCARE health insurance are encouraged to seek telemedicine through Teladoc. Physicians are available to help evaluate risk and provide support.
If a higher level of care is determined to be necessary by the physician, Teladoc will navigate patients to the appropriate resource.
There is no cost to TEAMCARE members for using Teladoc.
More information is available at Teladoc.com/TeamCare or click the graphic below. You can also call Teladoc at 1-800-835-2362.
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.
COVID-19 EMERGENCY LEAVE
UPS Members Requesting Covid-19 Emergency Leave Need To Complete This Emegency Leave Request (ELR) Form
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Once you complete this ELR form, email it to:
NOTE: For the first two boxes on this form, make sure you include the following information:
Local 243’s Offices Are Open During National Coronavirus Emergency
The health and safety of you and your family is of the utmost importance to the Officers and Business Agents of Local 243.
Local 243 has been communicating with your employer to find out what policies, procedures and preventative measures are being put in place to protect you and your co-workers.
Local 243 plans to continue operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Union offices in Plymouth and Lansing are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., subject to any future federal and/or state declaration. Local 243 Business Agents will continue to be available during this national health emergency. Should we be forced to close by a state or federal mandate, Business Agents will be available by telephone.
Metro-Detroit members should call (734) 420-6900 and Lansing members should call (517) 887-2944. When you call, please leave your name, telephone number and company you work for and you will receive a returned call within 24 hours.
Local 243 will keep members updated about future developments which may impact our daily operations.
Please visit Local 243’s website www.teamsters243.org daily as new developments concerning COVID-19 may arise at any time. Our website includes valuable links about the COVID-19 Pandemic. These include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal Emergency Management Agecy (FEMA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institutes of Health and the State of Michigan.
You can find these links regarding COVID-19 in the “Member Resources” box on the left side of the Home Page.
As the United States responds to the outbreak of COVID-19, we must ensure that working people are able to perform their jobs in a safe working environment and that sick leave is available to all workers. Without adequate sick leave, workers will be forced to continue working in order to provide food and housing for their families, thus potentially exposing others to the virus.
Federal, state and local governments, as well employers, need to listen to front-line workers in every industry about the actions needed to keep working people safe on the job and to protect our communities.
Teamster members have greater job protections than nonunion workers. However, every worker must be provided basic economic security and protections during this crisis.
The Teamsters will fight to ensure that:
- Everyone has access to free COVID-19 testing;
- Every worker is provided some form of paid sick leave;
- Workers are not punished for calling in sick;
- Frontline workers who treat potentially infected populations be provided with the appropriate protective equipment;
- Workers understand that they are entitled to worker compensation benefits if they are infected as a result of their work;
- Those receiving unemployment benefits while affected by COVID-19 are exempt from searching for work during that time.
It is imperative that we come together as a nation to ensure that sick workers and their families stay home when sick, continue to be compensated and protected during this time and that federal, state and local governments do everything in their power to keep workers protected during this crisis.
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.
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