Who Are The Teamsters?
The Teamsters Union is the strongest
and most diverse union in North America and, thanks to the "One Member,
One Vote" amendment of 2001, also one of the country's most democratic.
In 1903, the Teamsters started as
a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the
backbone of America's robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to
wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union's task is
exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion
of freight drivers and warehouse workers but have organized workers in virtually
every occupation imaginable, both professional and nonprofessional, private
sector and public sector. Boasting an impressive 1.4 million members, the Teamsters
likely represent workers in any given occupation somewhere.
Locals are the backbone of the union.
There are nearly 1,900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada
and Puerto Rico.
The Teamsters also belong to the
seven-union, six-million-worker Change to Win federation.
The Teamsters stand ready to organize
workers who want to bargain collectively. The Union provides professional service
and representation, aggressive grievance handling and skilled, experienced contract
Wages and benefits under Teamster
contracts are markedly better than those of nonunion employees in comparable
jobs. Union workers typically earn 34 percent more than nonunion workers, according
to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Teamster contracts
are the guarantors of decent wages, fair promotion, health coverage, job security,
paid time off and retirement income.
The Teamsters Union also performs
vital tasks in such areas as pension management, safety and health, community
outreach, governmental affairs and communications. For more than a century,
the Teamsters have been a public voice for the rights and aspirations of working
men and women and a key player in securing them.
The following information is also
of the Teamsters
Union Member Rights
The Teamster Contract
What to Expect from Management
The Facts About Dues
Weingarten Rights Quiz