• Today in Labor History
    Aug. 14, 2003
    The Northeast of the United States and Canada experienced a massive blackout, which affected 50 million people. Initially concerned that it could be a terrorist attack, it soon became clear that it was the failure of Ohio-based First Energy Corporation to maintain its portion of the electrical grid. In a statement following the costly blackout, the Utility Workers Union of America called on Ohio’s Public Utilities Commission to investigate the industry’s maintenance practices and urged the state legislature to revise its deregulation laws that led to lax standards and mass layoffs of line workers.
    ~ Voices of Labor

  • Teamster Structure

    The Local Union
       There are more than 568 Teamster Locals across North America with 1.3 million members. The Local Unions and their members are the heart and the backbone of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
       The members of each loval elect their own officers; devise their own structure, and vote on their own Bylaws – compatable with the International Constitution and Bylaws. While enjoying their independence, locals benefit from the expertise and assistance of the International Union, and the various Conferences and Councils in the Union's structure.
       Shop stewards, the Local's eyes and ears in the workplace, are elected by the employees. They are your direct link to the Local Union. Whenever you have a problem on the job, you should always bring it to the attention of your steward.
       Local 888 has 7 officers - elected by the membership - that comprise the Executive Board. They are Secretary-Treasurer, President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary and 3 Trustees. The officers are intrusted with running the affairs of the Local Union: Negotiating the Contract, organizing new members, handling the finances of the Union, involvement in community activities, etc.

    Joint Councils
       Teamster Joint Councils are set up in areas where there are three or more local Teamster unions. Joint Councils help coordinate Teamster activities in those areas. They also help solve problemd and decide some jurisdictional and judicial matters.

    Trade Divisions and Conferences
       Trade divisions aid Teamster leaders throughout the country who share common interests and problems. They provide an informational clearinghouse for locals that negotiate in the same industry or bargain with the same employer.
       Local representatived discuss common problems and concerns at regular trade divisions and conference meetings.

    International Brotherhood of Teamsters
       At the Union's headquarters in Washington, D.C., the International Brotherhood of Teamsters supports local unions with:

    • Coordination of national contact negotiations, political action, and organizing
    • Training and educational programs for Teamster officers, business agents, stewards and members
    • Advice and assistance from experienced organizers, negotiators, researchers, attorneys, safety and health professionals, auditors, and communications specialists

       The Union's General President and General Secretary-Treasurer serve as the executive officers of the Unions. The General Executive Board consists of 22 Vice Presidents geographically located or at-large. Three Trustees, who are elected at the Union's Convention, serve as watchdogs over the International's finances.
       Convention delegates, elected locally, meet once every 5 years to amend the Consitution and adopt measures that give direction to the Union. Between Conventions, the General Executive Board, guided by the Teamster Constitution, is the final governing body.
     

    IBT headquarters in Washington, D.C.





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