Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien joined President Joe Biden during his presidential address about strengthening the U.S. economy for Union members and retirees on December 8 in Washington, D.C.
More than 3,000 Teamsters lined the streets of downtown Seattle in a mass demonstration outside Amazon's corporate office as the Union steps up organizing pressure on the e-commerce giant.
Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien and General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman thank Local 243 Chipotle Crew Member Samantha Smith for successfully organizing the first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan.
Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien (center) with Local 243 President Scott Quenneville (left) and Trustee Lynne Meade at the 2022 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Women's Conference.
Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan, voted overwhelmingly on August 25th to join International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 243, making it the first of the restaurant chain’s 3,000 locations to organize.
In addition to the security of a powerful Teamster contract, workers are forming a union to improve their work schedules, increase wages, and gain the respect from management that they’ve rightfully earned.
"The Teamsters Union is home to 1.2 million workers, and all of us are fighting for our brothers and sisters at Chipotle to get the rights and workplace protections they deserve,” IBT General President Sean M. O’Brien declared. “Now is the time for working people in this country to take back what’s theirs. No matter your industry, no matter your age or how intimidating your employer may seem, you too can protect your labor with a union. The revitalization of labor is really just beginning.”
“Chipotle pulled in revenue of $7.5 billion last year, and just as we’re seeing workers of all ages and backgrounds across the country take on these corporate giants, it’s so inspiring to see Chipotle workers stand up and demand more from a company that can clearly afford it,” said Scott Quenneville, President of Local 243. “The Teamsters have these workers’ backs. They’re going to have a union they can be proud of and that knows how to get things done.”
President Scott Quenneville and Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran Pledge Continued Strong Membership Representation As They Begin Their Terms of Office
Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak (right) issues the oath of office to newly-elected Local 243 President Scott Quenneville (left) and Secretary-Treasurer Greg Lowran during a ceremony at the Union's Plymouth Township office.
Local 243 UPS Members Continue Fighting Back, and Winning, Against Company Violations of Their 9.5 Contractual Rights
Last year, Local 243 hit a historic mark as the Union fought, and won, more than $102,000 for members who filed grievances over the Company violating their 9.5 contractual rights.
This trend continues in 2021 as Local 243 stands firm on our commitment to strictly enforce the collective bargaining agreement.
Since January 1, 2021 Local 243 has won an additional $1,553.62 in 9.5 grievance payouts for members.
Local 243 encourages all UPS members to continue utilizing the grievance procedure to protect your dignity, rights and respect on the job. If you believe your rights have been violated by the Company, your Manager or your Supervisor, or if you disagree with any discipline that you receive, contact your Steward or Business Representative right away and file a grievance to PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
IBT and UPS Negotiate Sick Leave Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Regarding Coronavirus
The MOU guarantees up to ten (10) days of paid sick leave for UPS members who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 virus as follows:
(1) Employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is required by government, public health official, a doctor or UPS to be quarantined.
(2) Employee’s immediate family member who resides in the same household is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is thus forced to quarantine.
For more specifics click on the image above to read the entire MOU.