• Teamsters Local 243 Mirror
    • Meet Santa Day 2019

      DATE 
      Sunday, December 8
      TIME
      11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
      PLACE
      Local 243's Union Hall

      39420 Schoolcraft Road
      Plymouth Township, MI 48170

      Local 243 members and their famlies are invited to join us for refreshments, hot dogs, donuts and cookies as Santa meets with children and reviews their Christmas lists. 
      Please bring your own camera for photos with Santa. 
      If you are planning to attend, please call Marie at (734) 420-6900, ext #101 as soon as possible so that we can have an accurate count of how many members to expect at this year's Christmas party.

      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


      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.


      ESTATE PLANNING WORKSHOP
      It’s NEVER Too Late To Plan Ahead
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      2019 LABOR DAY PARADE

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      Teamsters Local 243’s Plymouth Township Office Receives A Contemporary Exterior Facelift

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      Fifteen years after its grand opening, Teamsters Local 243’s Plymouth Township Union office, located at 39420 Schoolcraft Road, has received a long-overdue facelift.  The building's out-dated red color is gone, replaced by a modern gray giving the building a contemporary monochromatic appearance.  

      Seaway Painting, a Union employer, was hired for the work.  This repainting, approved by the membership in August, 2019, is a necessary maintenance project to replace the previous fading, flaking and peeling paint.


        IMPORTANT CARHAUL NOTICE  

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

      Click on document to read entire proposal

      Click the image above to read the entire five-page NLRB complaint against Jack Cooper Transport

      IMPORTANT NOTICE

      For All Jack Cooper Transport Members

      Teamsters file unfair labor practice charges against Employer for “direct dealing” in violation of federal law.

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      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.

      SAVE OUR PENSIONS!

      Contact your legislators TODAY


      Hey Congress: Pass the “Butch Lewis Act”!

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


    • Current Campaigns
      • Following round-the-clock negotiations with Jack Cooper and one of its lenders during the week of July 29, the Teamsters National Auto Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) has received a Last, Best and Final Offer (LBFO) in the form of a Restructuring Term Sheet to save more than 2,200 Teamster jobs at the company.

      • The TNFINC-Reddaway Freight Agreement covers about 1,300 Teamsters in the Western United States. Workers will be mailed voting materials on or about September 13 and votes will be counted on or about September 27. The agreement will raise wages, restore a week of vacation that was given up in 2015 and will protect health and welfare benefits, among numerous other gains.

      • We, the EMTs, paramedics and dispatchers at Abbott Ambulance, owned by American Medical Response, Inc. (AMR), are forming our union so that we can negotiate a legally binding contract that provides our rights and guarantees in writing. Firefighters have their union and their collective bargaining agreement, and we deserve this same security for ourselves and for our families.

        Once we form our union with Teamsters Local 610, we can negotiate a contract and fight for the issues that matter to us:

        • Fair pay;
        • Affordable and quality health insurance;
        • More paid vacation;
        • Set schedules, and
        • A strong voice at work.

        The only way to win a more secure future as Teamsters is to vote Teamsters YES! and negotiate a legally binding contract. In addition to the firefighters, the EMTs, paramedics and dispatchers at Medic One in St. Louis have a contract with their rights and protections spelled out. The Medic One workers are Teamsters!

        Let’s remain strong, united and focused!

        For more information contact: Sean O’Neill at (202) 437-5228.

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

      • 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!

      • 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.

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