29th International Convention Wrap-up

Posted July 5, 2016 By Local 769


The 29th International Teamsters Convention was filled with many memorable moments and a clear path for the success of our Union was drawn into the future. Numerous resolutions were passed during the week as updates on many of the battles we are engaged in were discussed.

13494918_767662503370558_3425513640611630491_n - EditedOn Monday, Teamsters Local 769 President and Principal Officer Mike Scott spoke about the IBT plan “Let’s Get America Working” which our local union fully supports. “For far too long our government infrastructure investment has taken a back seat to corporate tax breaks”, said Mike.

That’s why the Teamsters rolled out the Let’s Get America Working platform last year. By investing in our infrastructure we’re investing in our workers and our economy. These are jobs that can’t be outsourced.

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa delivered his Five Year Report on Monday as well. In it he touched on many issues that the union has dealt with during the previous five years. He discussed the growth of our union and the battles we have won and asked convention attendees to “pledge together to fight the good fight, to win the war on workers and to look in the mirror five years from now and say I did my part!”

13558843_768270029976472_7627840777680882206_oOn Tuesday, Teamsters Local 769 and Joint Council 75 was again part of the Convention as workers from Sysco Foods took the stage and reported on their struggles to unionize workplaces in the South. “We never could take on these companies without the brave rank-and-file workers who took on the union busters,” said Steve Vairma, International Vice President and Director of the Warehouse Division, who spoke on efforts to organize and represent workers at Sysco and US Foods. He then introduced Kipling Cortez from Sysco Foods Atlanta and Tom Baldwin of Sysco Foods in West Palm Beach, FL to tell the delegates first hand how hard fought their battles were.

“I’m proud to say we are the first group of workers as a major food company to go Union in the state of Florida for a very long time.”, said Tom Balwdin.

On Wednesday, Local 24 President Travis Bornstein addressed the Convention about the overdose of his son Tyler in 2014. His family created the non-profit Breaking Barriers to help combat addiction. Upon concluding his presentation, the response of the union was overwhelming, and more than $1.4 million in donations were pledged to help the fledgling group build a facility on the vacant Akron, Ohio lot were his son’s body was found. As part of the resolution, “the Teamsters call for greater education and outreach related to prescription drug addiction.”

13528718_768700293266779_2078935580504480781_nSome other issues highlighted in resolutions during the week:

  • Finance Reform
  • Get UPS Out of ALEC
  • NYC Horse Carriage Campaign
  • Teamster Organizing Model
  • Transportation Safety
  • UC Local 2010 Contract Campaign
  • XPO Logistics Organizing

13567274_10153612290036674_2082570775799597702_nOn Thursday, after a parade of Teamster trucks rolled down Las Vegas Boulevard, International VP Ron Herrera and Chuck Stiles of the Waste Division spoke to delegates about waste industry organizing and were joined by two veterans of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike who inspired attendees with their stories of struggle. Baxter Leach and Alvin Turner spoke about how efforts which culminated in the 1968 sanitation strike began as early as 1960 when only 33 workers walked out. The eight year struggle to organize finally paid off.

Said Baxter Leach,”…police run us like dogs, tear gas, eyes bloody. Still it didn’t stop us. We stood up to be a man. We just kept on running until we got a victory.”

“After a while, after Dr. King had came,”, said Alvin Turner, “and he said that he was–“I’m going to be with you until you win it.” And I felt good. A few days after that, then they killed him. And that was hard–it hurted me again. It really did something to me.”

A report and resolution on human rights and inclusion was passed to work toward more diversity in the union. In order to maintain a strong foundation, we must continue to be inclusive and protect the rights of members from all walks of life, and to bring awareness to issues affecting those who face persistent inequality and adversity resulting from discrimination, social stigma and stereotypes.

After lunch, delegates reconvened and heard from Jose Hernandez, a former Teamster and astronaut. Starting from working in the fields of California, Hernandez worked in a cannery as a Teamster to afford school and eventually reach his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut.

On Friday, the final day of the convention, attendees at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ 29th International Convention approved a slate of resolutions that clarify the union’s policy stances on everything from airline organizing to worker misclassification. More than 30 resolutions were passed en masse this morning, many focused in the organizing or political realm. This brought an end to another successful convention.

For more information and details on the 29th International Convention which also included performances by Tom Morello, the Swon Brothers and more, click here.


Be the first to comment

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.

Be the first to comment

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.




Be the first to comment

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.

Be the first to comment
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.”

Be the first to comment

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.


Be the first to comment

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.

Be the first to comment

UAL Negotiations Update

Posted April 18, 2016 By Local 769

Be the first to comment

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.”

Be the first to comment

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.


Be the first to comment