Andy wrote this article on the IBT election for the publication In These Times. All Teamster members will get ballots in the mail beginning October 4th to vote — hopefully this helps inform your vote. An election this November will decide who will lead the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the North American union ofContinue reading “Hoffa’s House Divided: The 2021 Teamster Election, Explained”
At Metro, we put together newsletters from time to time. There’s a long history of unions putting out their own information at the worksite — these are helpful in putting out workers’ news rather than the bosses. This edition takes up changes in our health insurance, Covid, and the IBT elections.
Earlier this year we ran a Rebuild 695 slate to represent our union at the Teamsters National Convention. Usually, the officers of the union run unopposed.We ran to be able to vote on rules for the whole Teamsters union. Results came back early spring: they only beat us by 27 votes! Schultz, Bruger, Whedan, andContinue reading “27 Votes Was the Difference”
A really useful article going over who’s who and what’s what in the Teamsters this year.
Going through what the IBT Convention is, what we’re voting on, why it matters, and a little history of the Teamsters.
It’s happening: we’re running a slate for the IBT Convention to represent Teamsters Local 695. Every five years, the Teamsters union has a Convention where every local sends representatives to vote on priorities and changes to the union. WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Delegates nominate candidates for International Union office and they vote on changes toContinue reading “IBT Delegate Election: Vote REBUILD 695”
Hello fellow teamsters, Hell of a time living through coronavirus, kind of upending the year we expected. All the same, here’s some news on what’s going on in 695 and with the IBT: Membership meetings – Teamsters 695 has not held any membership meetings since the beginning of the pandemic. Usually these are held theContinue reading “What’s going on in the union – December”
Sister and brother Teamsters, By now everyone knows that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a serious pandemic that threatens serious illness and death. Governor Tony Evers has declared a state of emergency following more confirmed cases of the virus in Wisconsin, and is ordering public schools to close starting Wednesday, March 18th. It can’t be overstatedContinue reading “COVID-19 Coronavirus”
“Whenever a collective bargaining agreement is about to be negotiated, modified or extended at the request of the employer or by this Local Union, the principle executive officer or business representative shall call a meeting at which the membership shall determine and authorize the bargaining demands to be made.” Bylaws of Teamsters Local 695, SectionContinue reading “Metro Teamsters: We Want Our Contract Meeting”
Its been a week since the vote count and the smoke has cleared some, so we can start to look at what we got from running in this election. As we’ve said over and over, this was the first officer election in 20 years. The last election was in 1998 when a 695 business agent,Continue reading “What We Got From Running”