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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • In July 2011, the plan to restructure YRC Worldwide Inc. (YRCW) aimed at saving more than 25,000 Teamster freight jobs was successfully completed. The restructuring has saved good Teamster freight jobs. This page is dedicated to providing our YRCW members updates about developments that affect them.

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

The Parking Economy - Too Late to Prepare?
Updated On: May 02, 2018

For the parking business, particularly in New York, the parking market has been generally reactive to the financial swings.  As financials markets domestic and abroad struggle to find their footing in consistency, the trickle down of this struggle affected many industries in stages. However, for New York parking, a period of anxiety prior to this financial unrest should have alerted owners to be equipped with a format that protects and maintains its revenue stream.  Where it was rare for some industries that had the foresight to prepare with anticipation of a trickle down effect, others suffered greatly, not excluding the New York parking market.  It would seem that a logical prudence to shield one’s company from an outside collapse should be a formulated tactic, it is however not always the case nor did anyone expect a collapse of this magnitude.  Preparation of this nature especially during strong financial times requires tough decisions, which may not be popular, can disrupt the status quo and may leave negative residuals that can hamper future progress. 

While there was a weary eye for the concerned proprietor and the work force behind it, it did not prompt an all out push to plan for a major down time. Both sides had much to lose in an industry where the declining volume of consumers can spell very big losses.  This decline was not immediate and was actually known about before the financial collapse. 

Adaption to this reality was not necessary prior to the Bloomberg administration where there was still a strong amount of vehicles entering the city and garage locales were being purchased or leased at a healthy pace.  But Mayor Bloomberg’s 2007 campaign to set congestion pricing, add bicycle lanes and build pedestrian plazas that cut through city streets ignited counter measures by parking companies and their lobbyists. A focal point of studies produced by the opponents of the Mayor’s congestion reduction plans have shown that traffic into the Manhattan had actually declined in recent decades negating the need to further implement congestion plans.  However this reaction by parking ownership came only after the threat of these traffic reduction efforts became serious.  If such an indication of a declining volume was evident than why the wait to start to prepare?

A strong consortium of industry insiders did not present itself prior to the announcement of congestion pricing and city traffic lane eliminations.  As the housing market imploded many were ill prepared to handle the aftermath but even fresh from their fight against Mayor Bloomberg’s plans, no clear strategy became evident to address the declining volume.  Had one been developed when the decline was identified, the housing bubble and the other snowballing factors could have curtailed the shortfall even if to a slight degree.    

There were measures to combat losses of revenues but none that appeared radical in application or approach.  These methods have included but not have been limited to requests for reductions or alterations to their leases, constant modulation of monthly rates, cuts in payroll and a scaling back of operational expenditures.  Some companies tried to tap into the green market, such as offering charging stations for electric vehicles and in some rare cases offering lower transient rates to electric and hybrid vehicles.

In a New York Times article in February 3rd, 2012, Vincent Petraro, executive director of the Metropolitan Parking Association, which is an industry group for New York Parking Operators, stated that “The industry faces the reality of fewer cars coming into Manhattan, a weaker economy as well as higher rents, higher real estate taxes, and higher insurance costs.  Because of this, it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain profitability.”  In 2012, the general pulse of the industry was as Mr. Petraro stated above. 

The inevitable solution lies in evolution.  Some companies are gradually shifting into corporations from private ownership.  Whether this is positive or negative step is a variable opinion.  What is fact is that in order to survive, changes must be accepted and dealt with.  How that will be done, only time will tell.

By Rolando Feliz, Local 272 Web Manager

Teamsters Local 272
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