Central States Pension Fund Information Update

Posted October 7, 2015 By Local 769

Teamsters Local 769 would like to pass on information to our members concerning the proposed pension rescue plan, which was submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) under the Multi-employer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) on September 25, 2015, by the Central States Pension Fund. The following information has been provided by the Central States pension fund and we are providing it to our members in an effort to answer any questions you may have. More information can be found at http://www.cspensionrescue.com/ 

There is also an upcoming video presentation and telephone town hall meeting on Thursday October 15th at 5:00 p.m. Central Time (6pm EST). Details are provided on the following form which can downloaded here as well.



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CAL/UAL Mediation Update

Posted October 6, 2015 By Local 769
cal-ual-updateAttention all s-CAL & s-UAL Technicians & Related. Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent Tommy Esposito, would like to urge everyone to read the press releases from the Teamsters Airline Division, at the following links.
“Although progress was made, the last two weeks of mediation did not yield the results we were expecting.”, said Tommy. “The results were a little disappointing, however we are still confident we will make further progress at the next round of meetings in Fort Lauderdale during the week of October 19, 2015, with the goal to once again to achieve an industry leading tentative agreement.”
United Airlines clips:
Times Gazette:
E Turbo News:
Air Wise:
Herald Current:
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Herald Recorder:
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2015 UPS Peak Season Agreement

Posted October 3, 2015 By Local 769

The Following document is a copy of the agreement between Teamsters Local 769  and UPS the Florida District detailing peak season operations for 2015. This agreement provides our members with the protection they deserve and also provides opportunities for others to capitalize on the heavy volume. Contact your business agent and shop stewards with any questions related to these matters and have a safe holiday season.

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UAL Negotiations Update

Posted October 2, 2015 By Local 769

Teamsters logoThe following document is the latest information on the status of United Airlines negotiations. As always, subscribe to our website or any of our social media pages to keep up on the latest news as it affects members of Teamsters Local 769.


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2015 United Way Campaign

Posted September 24, 2015 By Local 769

11221327_616383621831781_5565358491526892038_oTeamsters Local 769 and it’s members do many things for working families and for the community in which we live, including lending support to outside charitable causes. While America’s Union movement works to improve conditions for all working families, we must also work to help those left behind in our worsening economy.

Local 769 Business Agent Keith Pascalis accepts and award from the United Way for record level contributions

Local 769 Business Agent Keith Pascalis accepts an award from the United Way for record level contributions

The United Way is a long time partner of Teamsters Local 769 and for years this partnership has truly made a difference right here in our own communities. The United Way supports many programs right here is South Florida, some of which directly benefit our fellow union brothers and sisters.

As union members, we know that if one of our own falls on hard times that our union brothers and sisters will rally together to help, but unfortunately that is not always enough. The United Way administers a Union Fund for just that occasion. It offers housing, utility and food assistance with no administrative fees. 100% of the donations made to the fund go to help members in need. “While every situation is unique,” says Chrissy Cassata the Palm Beach County AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison, “they’ve all found themselves at a place they never thought they’d be. They come to me physically and emotionally deflated with stories of heartbreak and despair.” Chrissy continues, “The sad fact is there is little public assistance available and on average it takes just more than $2,000 to help a family get back on their feet.”

Officers Josh Zivalich, Roly Pina and members of Local 769 at the Labor Lives United Golf Tournament

Officers Josh Zivalich, Roly Pina and members of Local 769 at the Labor Lives United Golf Tournament

Many brothers and sisters of Teamsters Local 769 have already had the opportunity to contribute to the 2015 United Way Campaign through their employer such as the employees of UPS, but they aren’t they only ones. “Not only do other union employers contribute to United Way–but so do the Officers and staff at the Local.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Secretary-Treasurer Josh Zivalich.

Every year, the United Way of Miami-Dade holds a Labor LIVES UNITED event to commemorate the partnership of organized labor and United Way. This past June 26th, the Fifth Annual Labor Lives United Golf Tournament, which was co-chaired by Teamsters Local 769 Secretary-Treasurer Josh Zivalich, teed off at the Doral in Miami. Guests enjoyed a fun day out on the course with food, drinks and prizes, all benefiting United Way of Miami-Dade.

Teamsters Local 769 proudly endorse the 2015 United Way campaign and urge you to look for your opportunity to support this important effort as well. Together we can make real investments in our community, our country and our future.

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Drivers at Keolis Ratify First Contract

Posted September 19, 2015 By Local 769

IMG_0765This past November, 76 bus drivers at Keolis Transit America Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida voted unanimously to become members of Teamsters Local 769. On Friday September 18, 2015 our new Teamsters brothers and sisters ratified their first contract.

Among the list of improvements in their new collective bargaining agreement are improved seniority rights,  a new grievance and arbitration procedure, a guarantee of hours of work, just cause language relating to discipline, wage increase, and many more. “This contract will provide the workers the job security and respect that they deserve.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent Eddy Valero. Workers at Keolis “are very happy that they finally have a Union contract and now they are officially part of the Union.”

Teamsters Local 769 would like to congratulate all of our brothers and sisters at Keolis Transit on their efforts to secure a better future. Your strength and solidarity has paid off and given you a voice in your workplace.




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OSHA 10 Training in October

Posted September 11, 2015 By Local 769

20140220_165140We are pleased to announce that Teamsters Local 769 will be offering an OSHA 10 class for members only at our Miami Union hall. Interested members must contact DeShaun Humes at the Miami office to reserve their spot. (305) 642-6255 ext. 2234 to RSVP.  OSHA requires the class to be completed in two days; therefore the classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday. There is NO CHARGE for the OSHA 10 training and lunch will be provided on Saturday.

  • Date/Time
    • Saturday October 17, 2015 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
    • Sunday October 18, 2015 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Place     12365 West Dixie Hwy, North Miami, FL 33161

Please be advised that you must attend BOTH classes in order to receive your certification. Should you have any other questions about the training, please contact John Sherman at (954) 941-3343 ext. 1103

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AmeriJet Crew Update

Posted September 2, 2015 By Local 769

Teamsters Local 769-Supreme Court Update (9.1.15)


As many of you are aware, we have had multiple grievances tied into our ongoing matters in the Federal Court of the United States, including but not limited to Port of Spain.  The position of the Union has been the same since day one and that is the following – “open grievance(s) should be heard in front of an arbitrator.”  We are proud to announce that Teamsters Local 769 has prevailed and we have recently received notice of said decision. “While there may be merit in AmeriJet’s argument”, the Court of Appeals decided that AmeriJet is making this argument in the wrong forum.  It is now the role of the arbitrator to determine whether those collective bargaining agreements apply to the aggrieved employees and whether those employees are entitled to relief on the merits of their claim.  As such, the Court grants the Teamster’s a motion to compel the arbitration of grievances in Counts II and III.  Our lawyers are currently in the process to begin scheduling the above mentioned open grievances, as we will keep you posted on the progress.

Below you will find the 2 page court ruling which you may view or download if your device is unable to display these documents.

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AmeriJet Negotiations Update

Posted August 4, 2015 By Local 769

AmerijetNegotiations: On Tuesday, July 21, 2015 your negotiating committee, along with Steve Nagrotsky, the I.B.T. Airline Division Deputy Director, met today with Amerijet at Amerijet headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Please read below for an update in regards to or current status:

Amerijet has provided Teamsters Local 769 with a counter proposal, in which Amerijet labeled their counter as a “Last and Best Final”.  Based off of their counter labeled as a “Last and Best Final” that has forced Teamsters Local 769, under the direction of International Brotherhood of Teamster Airline division to proceed to the next step and that is to file for mediation with the National Mediation Board. Currently, I.B.T. is assisting the Local to process the necessary documents to begin the process.  Below are some bullet points in regards to the process and steps.

  • Union files paperwork for Mediation with National Mediation Board (NMB)
  • NMB assigns a Mediator (government agent) to oversee the mediation process
  • Mediator sets location of meetings, dates of meetings and length of negotiation sessions
  • Mediator cannot force either side to agree to anything
  • Mediator tasked with facilitating both sides to come to an agreement on open items
  • Once all items are agreed to, end result voted on by membership
  • If there are still open items, Mediator decides when there is NO more movement from the parties
  • Once Mediator decides there is no more movement, the Mediator takes our case to the National Mediation Board members for review and request for release of the parties
  • There is a mandatory 30 day “cooling off” period
  • If we get a release from the Board, we can seek self help

Your negotiating committee, along with Captain David Bourne, I.B.T. Airline Division Director and Steve Nagrotsky, I.B.T. Deputy Director have reviewed the “last and best final” in full detail.  Under our I.B.T. constitutional bylaws, the director of the division has the authority to decide whether or not the last and best final gets voted on by the membership.  Based on the substandard inadequate language, the Company has proposed we could and will not endorse nor recommend this last and best final going up for vote.  A major open section is Amerijet’s position that the CBA is not applicable outside the USA (POS and POS like operations), that itself is something that we can NOT agree to.  Below is a list of some of the open items:

  • Foreign Bases
  • Successor/Merger Protection
  • Scope
  • New Aircraft/weight
  • Scheduling
  • Publishing RDO awards to all crewmembers
  • Protection from discipline during legal job actions
  • Temporary Domicile/Base Vacancies and per diem
  • Furlough and Displacement
  • 401-K
  • P.F.E.  CBA

Your committee notified the Company today, in person, that based off of their “last and best final”, Amerijet has left us no other choice but to file and proceed to NMB mediation.  “This notification could have been submitted by regular mail however, I feel strongly that this notification should be done in person.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw. ” I would like to add that your committee has worked countless hours in the hopes of obtaining an agreement that we can proudly put forth in front of you and your families and we will continue until we have reached that tentative agreement.  Your committee and I want to continue to negotiate with Amerijet in order to attain these goals.”

David continues, “Amerijet has come up considerably on the wages, (driven by airline industry standards), though the wages are very important, the above mentioned open sections have just as much bearing……..if not more. I will not allow this proposed substandard industry language to be bought and driven by wages only. I truly understand you folks would like details.  Now that we are at this stage, I will be able to provide the details that you are inquiring.  Now, the following will take place, multiple up and coming conference calls, along with multiple meetings in Dade and Broward.  I look forward to the above calls and especially the face to face meetings to meet you folks and to place the rumors to rest.”

11th Circuit Court (grievance updates):

Amerijet appealed a ruling issued by a three-judge panel (two of whom were 11th Circuit judges and one a trial court judge acting as an appellate judge by appointment on this and other cases heard in Miami in January 2015).  The judges unanimously ruled in favor of the Union on the issue of arbitration and advancing deadlocked grievances to arbitration.  Amerijet filed in one pleading two separate requests – a motion for reconsideration and a motion for “rehearing” “en banc.”  A motion for reconsideration is just that – asking the same judges to reconsider their ruling and reverse it.  A motion for rehearing “en banc” seeks a new oral argument in front of all of the 11th Circuit’s appellate judges and a vote by all of those judges on the case.  Both of those motions were denied by the 11th Circuit last week.

Now the 11th Circuit will issue a “mandate” – that means the decision is final, at which point in time the case goes back to the trial court judge for entry of an order that complies with the 11th Circuit’s ruling.  This may take many months.

Amerijet may also appeal to the Supreme Court.  It does so by filing a “petition for writ of certiorari.”  The Supreme Court has discretion over whether it will hear an appeal in most cases; it has the liberty to decide it will not hear a case on appeal.  “I cannot predict whether this case holds any appeal for any of the Supreme Court justices.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw.

Teamsters Local 769 will keep you up to date on all developments related to these or any issues concerning our Amerijet brothers and sisters. Keep checking back here or subscribe to our website to receive email updates the moment news breaks. You can also stay connected using any of our social media pages by clicking here.

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2015 Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship

Posted June 26, 2015 By Local 769


Teamster parents work hard to provide for their children and funding for a good education is a concern for all who have children nearing the end of high school. The Teamsters Local 769 Scholarship fund is something all the 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 2015 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 10, 2015.

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