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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Details Released on Air Canada Tentative Agreement

Posted February 7, 2015 By Local 769

Air Canada2The following letter includes highlights of the Air Canada Tentative Agreement. Look for additional information in the coming weeks as it becomes available including ratification packages.

Click here if you are unable to view the following document.

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St. Lucie County Contract Proposal Meeting

Posted February 6, 2015 By Local 769

stlucie_county_logoBlue Collar members at St. Lucie County will be holding a contract proposal meeting on Monday February 9th, 2015 at 4:30pm. The locatation of the meeting will be the International Longshoreman’s Union Hall in Fort Pierce, FL.

The contract with St. Lucie County is set to expire in the near future and an effort is being made to gather ideas and proposals from our members. This is one of the benefits of Union membership. Only members are allowed at this meeting and they play have the power to play a role in their future. We encourage all of out St. Lucie County members to attend and submit their proposals so negotiations with the County can proceed prior to the expiration of the current agreement. No date for negotiations has been set as of this time.

Teamsters Local 769 would like to thank brother Derek Moore, chief St. Lucie County Shop Steward, for his above and beyond representation of our brothers and sisters and for his tireless efforts assisting with this process.

Date: Monday February 9, 2015

Location: International Longshoreman’s Hall
                   503 N 7th St
                   Fort Pierce, Florida

Time: 4:30 p.m.

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Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement with Air Canada

Posted February 5, 2015 By Local 769

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The following press release from the IBT is the latest news for our members at Air Canada. Click here if you are unable to view the following document.

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Local 769 in the Community

Posted January 31, 2015 By Local 769
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Teamsters don’t just fight for improvements or equality in the workplace, they are also active within their communities to make life a little better for all.

A few years back, a program was started in Key West to collect food for those in need where the food collected would stay entirely within the Key West area. Thanks to the efforts of members and stewards from the City of Key West, Monroe County, UPS and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office we received the following message of thanks for doing what Teamsters do.

“Last year with the help of groups like the Teamsters, we were able to serve 4,609 meals to the homeless, provide 40 families with emergency food, and service 1,211 men and women (children not included).”, said Sgt. Kevin Bickford. “Thank you for all you do!”

More opportunities for Teamsters to pitch in are always being discussed and made available at our monthly General Membership Meetings like the following.

The local will pick up the cost for the first 10 volunteers who will have the opportunity to work at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral benefitting the United Way. This applies to members and their children 13 years old and above. Children over 13 will receive community service credit for school and perks also include event entry for attending as a spectator and a FREE round of golf during the summer. See the following flyer and contact the local if you are interested in helping out.  Call (305)642-6255

 

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D.R.I.V.E. is How We Fight!

Posted January 24, 2015 By Local 769

DRIVEYou know why we fight, D.R.I.V.E. is how we fight.

One of the biggest challenges faced by the modern working man or woman is political representation. All too often today, their elected officials are swayed by the financial power of corporations and their lobbyists and many elected representatives do a poor job standing up for the needs of the voters who put them in office.

The Teamsters have been fighting for working people for decades. The Union has championed the cause of working people on the picket lines, at the negotiating table and through the creation of D.R.I.V.E. Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working families on politics by more than 15 to 1. Through grassroots political action and aggressive lobbying on Capitol Hill and in State Houses and City Halls across America, Teamsters with the help of D.R.I.V.E. have stopped some of the worst attacks on working people.

20140320_203139Over the coming days  you may have the opportunity to meet with a couple of our Teamster Field representatives at your workplace. John Cuite and Kevin Currie are visiting Local 769 job sites spreading the word about D.R.I.V.E. and explaining how we can fight back.

It was participation in D.R.I.V.E. by members, wives, friends and even children that helped to bring about such monumental legislation as Medicare and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Over the years, other important pro-worker legislation has been enacted on the local, state and national level because of D.R.I.V.E.

So look for Kevin and John at your workplace. Stop by,say hello, learn about how you can help and sign up for D.R.I.V.E. if you already haven’t. Take a selfie with John or Kevin and use #TeamsterDRIVE in your post to show us your Teamster spirit. You can also click here to print your own drive application and join by mail. As General President Hoffa wrote,”The corporations have the money and the power, but there are more of us than there are of them.” With D.R.I.V.E. we can make sure the voice of working men and women is heard, loud and clear.

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Teamsters Local 769 Helps Saves Lives

Posted January 22, 2015 By Local 769

IMG_3567 (1)On Saturday January 17, 2015, Teamsters Local 769 hosted its first ever CPR class at the Miami Union hall. Today’s workplace is safer than ever thanks to Labor Unions, but in an age of increased productivity and automation the battle to keep the workplace safe goes on. Union members are the safest, most highly trained workers in their industries and having the correct training to respond to an emergency can sometimes be the difference between life and death.SDC13748

During the class, members received training on C.P.R., B.L.S. (basic life support) and A.E.D. Defibrillator training such as what to do when a child, infant or an adult has a problem breathing; giving compressions and breaths to an infant, a child and an adult; the Heimlich Maneuver and how to use an automatic external defibrillator (AED).

The instructor of the course was a Teamster Local 769 shop steward from Medics Ambulance in Miami, FL. The course lasted approximately two and one half to three hours and the cost of the class was $25.00 which included a plastic mouth piece for the members to keep. Upon completion of the course the member were CPR Certified and they will receive their CPR certification within two weeks by mail.

SDC13743I think this is a great class to offer to the members and their families. It’s a class that can save a life, said David Renshaw-H.R.C. who was one of the first members to take the class at the Union hall.

Stay tuned as Teamsters Local 769 will be having additional courses to offer in the near future. Since class sizes are small, they will be offered on a first come first serve basis so look for details on the next offering soon.

If you would like additional information please contact David Renshaw (305) 642-6255, ext 2236 or by email at drenshaw@teamsterslocal769.org.

Together we can make a difference…..lets educate and save lives.

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