2016 Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship

Posted June 21, 2016 By Local 769


Teamster parents work hard to provide for their children and funding for a good education is a top priority for all who have children nearing the end of high school. The Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship fund is something that  all children of Teamsters Local 769 members are eligible for and the following application form can be printed at home or requested from your stewards or business agents. All 2016 graduating seniors are eligible to apply.

All Teamsters Local 769 members are welcome and encouraged to help support the event that helps fund our scholarships by attending our Annual Golf Tournament on October 1, 2016.

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Teamsters Local 769 Recognizes Supporters

Posted May 26, 2016 By Local 769

DSC01844On Thursday May 19, 2016, Teamsters Local 769 welcomed the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Jean Monestime and his Senior Policy Advisor Terry Murphy, PhD. They were acknowledged during our monthly General Membership Meeting for their commitment to Miami’s working class and the recent passage of the Living Wage Health Care Amendment in Miami-Dade County.  Commissioner Monestime sponsored the amendment of which the improvements to our members’ healthcare coverage will be a tangible, significant, and a lasting change for the better.DSC01843

DSC01846Commissioner Monestime serves Miami-Dade County in District 2 which encompasses portions of the City of Miami, North Miami Beach, Opa-locka, City of Hialeah and unincorporated areas of Liberty City, Biscayne Gardens and North Dade Central. Mr. Monestime was first elected to District 2 on November 2, 2010. After 30 years as a resident of Miami-Dade County, he became the first Haitian-American to ever serve on the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to Miami-Dade Commission Chairman Jean Monestime, Dr. Terry Murphy, Business Agent Eddy Valero, Cynthia Hernandez and President Andy Madtes of the South Florida AFL-CIO, Lili Bach from SEIU, and the many Teamsters Local 769 stewards and members from C & W Services who stepped up and got involved to make this extremely important, impactful change to the county ordinance a reality. “Our members and their families are better off and we are a stronger labor movement in Miami as a result of this collaborative effort.”, added Josh Zivalich, Teamsters Local 769 Secretary Treasurer.

We would also like to say Thank You to the many other advocates from the Miami-Dade County Commission and the Living Wage Advisory Board, including Marcus Braswell and Alyssa Cundari-Roelans for their efforts and support. 

Our community is stronger and our quality of life is better because of the strength of our union and the allies who share our values.




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DSC_0636For the 10th year in a row,  the Teamsters Local 769 Annual South Picnic will feature a car show which has grown to be one of its favorite attractions. If you haven’t already marked November 5th on your calendar, you should. Among the many other activities at the South Picnic, the car show will again feature classic and late-model cars, some in original condition and some customized but all are a must see.

If you have a vehicle that you’d like to enter in this year’s show, see the flyer below for details on how you can enter.

Be sure to check out this video of one of our previous car shows which was recorded for Car Show Television and see you at the picnic.

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FullSizeRenderUnion Will Continue to Move Forward on Legislative Efforts to Repeal MPRA, Protect Pensions

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the Department of Treasury announced its decision to deny the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund (CSPF) application to cut the pensions of thousands of Teamsters Union retirees. The union applauds this decision, and will continue to work with members of Congress to find a solution to the pension crisis.

CSPF filed the application for cuts with the Treasury Department in September 2015 as allowed under the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). Treasury appointed Kenneth Feinberg as a Special Master in June 2015 to review all applications submitted by funds under the MPRA. Feinberg determined that the CSPF application did not meet all the requirements set by Congress in the MPRA.

“On behalf of our union and the more than 400,000 retirees and participants in Central States Pension Fund, I would like to thank Mr. Feinberg and the Department of Treasury for denying these massive cuts that would destroy so many lives. We worked with thousands of retirees to educate Treasury and Congress on the devastating impact of the proposed cuts,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “This decision means that there won’t be any cuts to retirees’ pensions this July or the foreseeable future. We will find a solution to this problem that will allow members and retirees to continue to retire with dignity.”

The union supports the Pension Accountability Act, which addresses concerns with MPRA, and the Keep Our Pension Promises Act, which would protect workers and retirees from cuts to their earned retirement benefits. The Teamsters will continue its legislative efforts to repeal MPRA and find a viable solution to the pension crisis.

“The MPRA was a horrible piece of legislation that would have never passed through Congress on its own merits,” said Eastern Region International Vice President John Murphy. “It passed in the eleventh hour as a self-executing amendment to a spending bill that had to go through. In the short term, we intend to continue to push through legislative remedies that will fix the negative aspects of the MPRA while fighting to repeal the law in the long term.”

Members of Congress support the retirees’ fight against the cuts. In February, a bipartisan collection of 90 House members signed onto a letter sent to the Treasury asking it to reject Central States application. And 25 senators, both Republicans and Democrats, did the same in a separate letter. Additionally, 46 U.S. Senators signed on to a letter sent to Sec. of Treasury Jacob Lew on April 15, calling on him to carefully consider the impact the cuts could have on the CSPF retirees and ensure that all criteria are thoroughly considered before making a decision on the application.

“I worked for 31 years with the expectation that when I retired my pension was going to be there to support me through my golden years,” said Mike Walden, a retiree out of Local 24 in Akron, Ohio. “A pension is a promise made by the company to the employee and there is no acceptable reason that the promise should be broken. This was the right decision.”

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On Sunday, April 17, 2016, iPods for Wounded Veterans received an award from V.A. Medical Center as “Volunteer Service Organization of the Year” for our ongoing devoted service for our Veterans.  During the 2016 and 2017 we have multiple trips planned in W.P.B., Orlando & Tampa Florida in our continued support for our wounded veterans.

For additional information and to find out how “you” can get involved with iPods for Wounded Veterans, kindly contact Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent and Southern USA representative for iPods for Wounded Veterans David Rensahw at (305) 642-6255 Ext 2236 or drenshaw@teamsterslocal769.org” and we would like to thank all of our brave veterans for their service.


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Maruti Teamsters Ratify First Contract

Posted April 22, 2016 By Local 769


A year ago, when workers at Maruti Fleet and Management voted unanimously to become members of Teamsters Local 769. Among the many things they were seeking was job security, seniority rights and a voice on the job.

On Monday April 11, 2016 Maruti Teamsters voted to ratify their first contract where along with wage increases they gained more personal time, vacation time, job security in the form of a strong grievance procedure and a contract that will last them the next three years.

Maruti Fleet and Management operates FREE public trams at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and well as providing the support staff to maintain those trams.

Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent Mike Cortez would like to thank Fruto Lamaine for all of his dedication and hard work on the negotiating committee and would like to commend all of the members on their strength and solidarity.

Congratulations brothers and sisters at Maruti Fleet and Management.

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UAL Negotiations Update

Posted April 18, 2016 By Local 769

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Drivers at Sysco SEF Vote for Teamster Representation

Posted April 15, 2016 By Local 769


IMG_20160415_161412 - EditedIn a major victory, Sysco workers in West Palm Beach voted to join Teamsters Local 769 in Miami. With 84 drivers in the bargaining unit, the vote for Teamster representation was 66 to 15, an 81.5-percent margin of victory.

“Today, the drivers at Sysco in West Palm Beach stood strong and united and took a bold step by forming their union with the Teamsters,” said Mike Scott, Local 769 President. “The company waged its typical anti-union campaign, but the workers persevered and remained focused. We look forward to working with the drivers to help negotiate a contract that will improve their work lives.”

“The company has cut our wages and treated us unfairly for years,” said Cary Vanasdale, a driver for 28 years at Sysco. “As this vote shows, we are demanding change. There are lots of hugs and a lot of high fives going on right now. It feels great to be a Teamster.”

“This is about respect—the company has made us work more and paid us less,” said Tom Baldwin, a driver for 26 years. “We all worked hard for this victory. Forming our union with the Teamsters was the chance of a lifetime.”

“In recent years, Sysco has been mistreating its workers nationwide and I am so happy to see that the West Palm Beach workers stood up to this,” said Steve Vairma, Teamsters International Vice President and Director of the Teamsters Warehouse Division. “The company spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on union busters, while increasing its profits off the backs of its hardworking employees.”

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First Transit Para-transit Drivers WIN!

Posted April 8, 2016 By Local 769


ParaTransitWorkers at First Transit in Broward County  voted by an overwhelming 82.5% for Teamster representation on Friday April 8th, 2016.

The bargaining unit, which consist of nearly 120 para-transit drivers, is contracted by Broward County to provide services to primarily elderly and special needs citizens who need transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other essential locations.

Congratulations to our new Teamster brothers and sisters and welcome. Your hard work and solidarity will continue to reward you.


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12321693_10208228903412581_3518092226004790431_nTeamsters Local 769, along with help from the South Florida AFL-CIO, SEIU, South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, and Catalyst Miami, have fought to pass the Living Wage Healthcare Amendment in Miami-Dade County.12494709_10208228902732564_588893448017885197_n

On April 5, 2016 Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted 12 to 1 in favor of passing the amendment which will help thousands of working families access affordable healthcare.

This victory marks an important step for working families in South Florida and gets us one step closer to raising the minimum wage. Many thanks to: Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, commissioner Xavier Suarez, Terry Murphy from commissioner Monestime’s office, Camilo Mejia with Catalyst Miami, LiLi Bach, Jackie de Carvalho and Subhash Kateel with SEIU.

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