Historic Moment for South Florida TNBC

Posted May 26, 2015 By Local 769

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A milestone event for the South Florida chapter of the TNBC and a historic moment for Teamsters Local 769 occurred this past weekend. On Sunday, May 24, 2015 the very first South Florida TNBC Executive Board was sworn in and we are proud to officially announce the “South Florida Teamsters Nation Black Caucus”.

At the 1971 Teamsters convention right here in Miami, a small group of black delegates, guests and friends attending the convention, met to discuss the lack of black participation in the convention. Since then, the TNBC serves to uphold the principles of the Teamsters’ movement and to foster the opportunity for all Teamsters to serve in leadership capacities throughout the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its affiliates. Now we have a TNBC chapter of our own right here in South Florida.

The Teamsters National Black Caucus (TNBC) is an organization of black Teamster men and women, who are united by their special concerns for rights and conditions of workers. Working within the framework of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Constitution, the TNBC seeks to address pressing issues confronting black workers ranging from increased participation to outreach to the African-American community and other communities of color. The TNBC is not a separate union. If you are interested in learning more about the caucus and becoming a member, please call the Miami office at (305) 642-6255 and look for updates including meeting announcements right here on our website.

Congratulations to all of our newly elected TNBC officers.


 

Tyronne Brewster – President

Cego (Les) Duvillaire – Vice-President

Woodrow Wilson – Secretary-Treasurer

DeShaun Humes –  Recording Secretary

Trustees:

Pirty Jackson

Keith Simons

Imour George

Sergeant in Arms:

Malik Shabazz

Dwayne Stevenson

Chaplin: Shirley Tarpley

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KeolisLOGOCongratulation to our newest brothers and sisters!

Today, May 6, 2015,  the Dispatchers and Mechanics of Keolis Transit America Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida unanimous voted “YES” to join our Brothers and Sisters at Teamsters Local 769. The election was conducted by the National Labor relation Board.
Six months earlier, on November 6, 2014, the Drivers at Keolis Transit voted to become Teamsters. The election was held by the National Labor Board and they were victorious. Today there are 76 Bus Drivers in the bargaining unit.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members to our local. Congratulation on your victory. In solidarity there is strength.
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Support iPods for Wounded Veterans

Posted May 5, 2015 By Local 769

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Captain David Bourne to Walk for “iPods for Wounded Veterans”

For a few years now, Teamsters Local 769 has been encouraging our members to support iPods for Wounded Veterans. Since 2014 our very own David Renshaw was named southern rep for the southeast United States for iPods for Wounded Veterans. The organization was founded by a Vietnam Veteran and a retired Teamster, and is currently working to provide iPods, iPads, eReaders and other materials to improve the quality of life for our wounded Veterans. They have also created a page that makes it easier than ever to get behind this great cause. http://ipodsforwoundedveterans.org/donate-online.html 

This May, Captain David Bourne of the Teamsters Airline Division will be taking on a new challenge. In order to raise money for our wounded servicemen and women, David will be walking across Scotland in support of iPods for Wounded Veterans, a group founded by Teamsters and joined by members of the DAV and VFW. On the 24th of May, David will leave from Port Glasgow and head across Scotland, finishing on June 7th in the city of Inverness. All funds raised will go to the iPods for Wounded Veterans charity.

About Captain Bourne
Capt. David Bourne is a Boeing 747-400 pilot who has been the Director of the Teamsters Airline Division since 2008. He has been involved in numerous negotiations and has improved the contracts and working conditions for Teamster pilots across the country. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Airline Pilots Association’s President’s Committee on Cargo.

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Decision on Airline Medical Grievances

Posted May 4, 2015 By Local 769

UnitedMechRead the newest Mechanics Dispatch for details on the outcome of the second part of the Medical Grievance that dealt with our s-UAL Brothers! You may say to yourself, “so, what does that have to do with me as a s-CAL Member, we did not get a favorable decision to our grievance”? As all of you are aware, in mediation Medical Benefits are one of the bigger economic items in discussion. This decision secures the intent of the language on the s-UAL side and helps with our arguments to maintain benefit levels for everyone!!!

 

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1st Annual Florida Shoot For A Cure

Posted April 27, 2015 By Local 769

SFaCTeamsters Local 769 Business Agent John Sherman is a member of the Executive Committee that helped to put together this event benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The goal of the event is to raise $20,000 this year. Please RSVP by May 20th, 2015 as this event will sell out.

Date : Friday May 29, 2015

Location : Quail Creek Plantation, Okeechobee, FL 

For more information, see the entry form/flyer below or call (925) 698-0719


Click HERE if you are unable to view or print the flyer.

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Latest Update on UAL Mediation

Posted April 23, 2015 By Local 769

UALfairContractThe following is an update on the UAL mediation. As you will see things did not go as planed which made for a very frustrating week. As everyone knows we have been reporting that the Company owed the Union a counter proposal, and once again the mediator has given them a pass. Please read the update in full for further details.

If you are unable to view the document below, CLICK HERE.

As always, for the latest news that affects members of Teamsters Local 769, follow us on any of our social media accounts or subscribe for updates using the form on the left side of our homepage.

 

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Air Canada Teamsters Ratify New Contract

Posted April 14, 2015 By Local 769

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Air Canada today announced it has received confirmation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters representing the airline’s U.S.-based workforce that a new collective agreement reached February 4, 2015 has been ratified. The new agreement is in effect until June 30, 2019.

“We are pleased that our members at Air Canada have approved a strong contract that keeps their jobs secure and raises workplace standards at the airline,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “Our focus was to negotiate a contract worthy of our members’ hard work and dedication. That’s why we went back to the table after members voted down the previous tentative agreement. The members have now spoken, showing the new contract meets the exceptional standards that our members deserve.”

U.S.-Based Air Canada Teamster Vote More Than 65 Percent in Favor of New Agreement, Securing Wage Increases, Job Security and Improved Benefits

This new contract covering more than 500 U.S.-based Air Canada employees was ratified by Teamster members who voted 200-to-101 in favor of the agreement. Voting was conducted electronically beginning on March 17 and ballots were tallied today showing overwhelming support for the new seven-year contract.

The new agreement provides increases to the top of the wage scale of 2 percent each year for the first three years of the contract beginning July 1, 2012, and 3 percent each year for the next two years of the contract followed by 2 percent for the last two years of the contract. In 2018 member will receive a lump sum bonus of 2 percent.

The Air Canada contract also expands job security with a no-subcontracting provision protecting Teamster work even if flights at a station are entirely replaced with another carrier’s flights. The agreement also gives newer hires access to retirement benefits and new health care options for all members covered by the contract.

Air Canada Teamsters in the U.S. work as customer service and ramp agents at stations in California, Florida, New York, and other areas.

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Victory for Teamsters at AmeriJet

Posted April 3, 2015 By Local 769

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We are pleased to report that the federal 11th Circuit court of appeals issued a decision on our appeal yesterday and across the board ruled in our favor. The victory affects our Teamster brothers and sisters at Amerijet whose contractual rights are all the more secure now. The appellate court found that we have the right to grieve and arbitrate events that occur outside of the US and American airspace.  The court also ruled that we have the right to advance grievances to arbitration even if Amerijet complains about whether the grievances were timely filed or advanced through the steps of the grievance procedure. This is a terrific victory which reverses the district court’s October 17, 2012 ruling granting AmeriJet a “Motion to Dismiss”.

Teamsters Local 769 represents AmeriJet’s pilots and flight engineers and there are Collective Bargaining Agreements that represent each unit which will be bolstered by this ruling. Thanks for a great job by our friends at Sugarman & Susskind who helped win another one for the workers. Another reason collective bargaining works for America. Strong Teamster contracts hold up in court, providing solid workplace rights and job security.

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Avis/Budget Employees WIN BIG!

Posted March 20, 2015 By Local 769

AvisBudget1Teamsters Local 769 would like to welcome our newest members from the Avis / Budget groups at the Miami and Fort Lauderdale Airport Locations. This encompasses both the Rental Representatives and the Customer Service Representatives at both locations.  The employees at these locations voted unanimously to ratify their first contract which officially makes them new Teamsters. It is a long-standing policy of Teamsters Local 769 to not collect dues from any group that has voted for Teamster representation until they ratify their first contract.

AvisBudget2This journey for these brave employees began almost one year ago (see story) and their strength and solidarity has brought them the major job improvements they were seeking. The new contract contains wage improvements, new grievance procedures with progressive discipline standards as well as improvements to vacation and holiday time.  These and other improvements give them greater job security and rewards for their hard work which has helped make the Avis/Budget group such a strong and profitable company.

Teamsters Local 769 would like to extend a special thank you to the following members of the negotiating committee who helped shape and ratify this strong agreement. Ivan Rodriguez, Richard Scott, Abdallah Ahroun, Kenya McGee, Trelisa Duncan and Martina Denis.

Congratulations to all of our new brothers and sisters at Avis/Budget. You have again helped to demonstrate why collective bargaining works for so many working men and women of the world. When workers win, everyone wins.

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1st AmeriGas CSR Contract

Posted March 11, 2015 By Local 769

10714134_518135638323247_64995104158763859_oOn March 10, 2015, the Customer Service Representatives at AmeriGas in Broward voted unanimously to ratify their very first contract.

Back in November of 2014, the CSR’s had voted for Teamster representation at the Broward County facility. The main reasons were that they were looking to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and they were seeking the addition of the grievance procedure to ensure job security. Some of the employees working at this location have been employed for over 15 years.

These brave workers become the first AmeriGas Customer Service Representatives to unionize and ratify their first contract in the nation. Teamsters Local 769 also represents the AmeriGas drivers, services techs and yard men, not only in Broward location, but also in Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys areas.

Teamsters Local 769 would also like to thank Elaine Mann, with 32 years at AmeriGas and a committee person during negotiations, Elaine was instrumental in helping negotiate their first ever contract. John Sherman, the Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent that represents these new Teamsters and negotiated their contract said, ” Congratulations to all of the CSR’s and welcome to the Teamsters. Your strength and solidarity has paid off.”

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