AmerijetInto the early hours of Friday morning, after nearly four years of bargaining and arbitration, the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Teamsters Local 769 and the AmeriJet negotiating committee announced that an Agreement in Principle had been reached by all parties for a new collective bargaining agreement.

According to David Renshaw, Local 769 Business Agent for the Miami based carrier; significant gains over the previous collective bargaining agreement have been achieved.

“We anticipate having the final language and agreement ready in the near future for the membership to review and vote upon,” said Renshaw. “After years of arbitrations, lawsuits and the Company doing everything it could to refuse to honor the existing CBA, we are moving forward under the direction of the new ownership. With the willingness of their management team, we anticipate a better and more productive relationship to take place where labor is concerned.

A tremendous amount of credit belongs to Airline Division Director David Bourne, Assistant Division Director Steven Nagrotsky and Lead Attorney Nick Manicone, as we would not have been able to proceed to obtain this agreement without their outstanding leadership, unyielding efforts, guidance and their steadfast commitment to all Teamsters in the airline industry.

Furthermore, I would also like to thank the I.B.T Economics Department and the due diligence of our collective bargaining committee, as their tireless efforts are validated through a successful agreement having been reached by all parties,” he concluded.

        

UAL Tentative Agreement Overview

Posted October 16, 2016 By Local 769

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The following videos have been put together by the Teamsters Airline Division to help with getting the proper information to all the members. The video’s are overviews of the TA in the areas of Health Benefits, Economic Items & Scope explained by the Professionals that help the negotiating committee throughout the four years of this negotiations process.
An additional video on Pension is now in the format process and will be released and posted on this web site soon.
Note: All videos are also available for review on “YouTube” if you are unable to view or play them here.

        

Vote like a Teamster in 2016

Posted October 11, 2016 By Local 769

img_20160915_211632There are many issues facing working families these days and all of them will be affected by the 2016 elections, both at the top of the ticket and all the way down the ballot. Each election we are faced with choices that can play an important role in the lives of working families and this election season is no different. The Teamsters, along with other labor unions across the nation, will be standing up for candidates that fight work workers rights and a strong middle class. The right to collectively bargain remains the only clear pathway to the middle class and it is under constant threat from corporate sponsored legislation and anti-union candidates.

img_20160915_170707This election season we ask our members as well as friends and family to stand up for candidates who are proud to stand with labor and to “Vote like a Teamster”. In previous years we declared that we were Teamsters and we vote but voting itself is just not enough. We need to focus specifically on candidates that support collective bargaining and stand for union values and that is why this election season we are asking you to “Vote like a Teamster”.

I Vote like a Teamster because everything we have in collective bargaining can be taken away with the stroke of a pen by legislators. All gains we have made at the NLRB including the new election process will be lost if we elect the wrong person to the white house.”, said Teamsters Local 769 President and Principal Officer Mike Scott.

img_20160915_170540You can participate in the Teamster Challenge: Teamsters Local 769 is again challenging voters to show their Teamster spirit and participate in our “Vote like a Teamster” CHALLENGE! Print this flyer as a full page and take a selfie (picture of yourself) dressed for work or at work holding it (ON YOUR BREAK TIME-of course). Post it on your social media page with a brief comment of  why you support labor endorsed candidates. Use hashtag #UnionStrong in the post so we can see. Each week until election day, 1 random member who participates in the challenge will be chosen to receive a Teamsters Local 769 t-shirt and a featured worker profile on our website.

As always we also encourage all of our members to participate in the Teamsters D.R.I.V.E. program which supports candidates from all parties who fight for labor.  You can learn more about the Teamsters D.R.I.V.E. program here and always vote for those who have the backs of working men and women.

img_20160915_142825We have a tough battle ahead this fall, but Teamsters are always ready for a fight. Stand up, stand together and VOTE LIKE A TEAMSTER!

If you cannot view or print the image below, click here.

        

Hurricane Mathew Special Office Hours

Posted October 5, 2016 By Local 769

hurricane-facts_0Teamsters Local 769’s Offices will be closed at Noon Wednesday October 5thand all of Thursday October 6th in response to Hurricane Mathew. Hours for Friday have yet to be determined.

        

Teamsters Win Court Decision Against AmeriJet

Posted September 22, 2016 By Local 769

amerijetUPDATE11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Union

(WASHINGTON) – A three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Amerijet must follow a district court order to arbitrate labor disputes with Teamsters who are temporarily based in the Caribbean.

This decision is the latest in a series of legal wins for the Teamsters against Amerijet. The union originally sued Amerijet in April 2012 after the company began illegally terminating workers who were stationed overseas under false legal premises.

“This case was decided in less than a week and the court’s ruling was less than 50 words,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “It has been almost a year since the Supreme Court declined to take this baseless case. Enough is enough; this company needs to stop the games and get back to the table to work with the pilots.”

 

The case is International Brotherhood of Teamsters v. Amerijet International Inc., case number 15-15145, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

        

2016 UPS Peak Season Agreement

Posted September 21, 2016 By Local 769

wpid-wp-1398803082379.jpegThe Following document is a copy of the agreement between Teamsters Local 769  and the UPS Florida District detailing peak season operations for 2016. 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 and prosperous holiday season.

As always, follow us on social media or subscribe to our website using the form field on the left side of the home page for the latest updates on all matters affecting members of Teamsters Local 769.

 

        

FreshPoint Drivers Say Yes to Teamster Representation

Posted August 26, 2016 By Local 769

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signal-2016-08-27-155309The voting began Thursday night at 11pm and on Friday morning August 26th, when the votes were counted, Teamsters Local 769 had 101 new brothers and sisters.

FreshPoint is North America’s largest exclusively owned produce distributor and a division of Sysco Corporation. They boast about their commitment to their customers but as with many produce and grocery delivery companies, their commitment to their employees is lacking to say the least.

The NEW Teamsters work at the Pompano Beach Florida facility as well as other satellite yards located around South Florida. They won their election by a margin of 63% against a hard fought anti-union campaign by Syscos usual gaggle of union busters. This is the third organizing victory by Teamsters Local 769 at a Sysco owned warehouse in South Florida during the past four months and there are 101 workers in the bargaining unit.

“Once again, workers stood up to Sysco’s anti-worker, anti-union tactics and stood strong and united in their fight for positive change,” said Mike Scott, President of Local 769 in Miami. “The drivers at FreshPoint work hard providing fresh produce to their communities and they deserve to receive fair wages and benefits and to be treated with respect.”

“It’s a relief to finally have a voice on the job for myself and my co-workers,” said Dondi McCrea, a driver and three-year employee. “It feels great to be a Teamster—it’s a blessing.”

“We have been mistreated for too long, but now we will fight for respect on the job as Teamsters,” said 10-year employee Eddy Deronvil, another driver, one of many employees of Haitian descent. “This is a great day.”

In addition to being treated with dignity and respect, the workers are seeking fair wages, improved benefits and better working conditions in the Florida heat.

Congratulations to our newest Teamsters and welcome to Local 769.

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Fleet Mechanics at Sysco in West Palm Beach Win BIG!

Posted August 19, 2016 By Local 769

14054299_794461017357373_1534663096683828735_oOn Thursday August 18, 2016 Fleet Mechanics at the West Palm Beach Florida Sysco Foods facility voted unanimously for Teamster representation. Their victory came less than 6 months after drivers at the same facility had voted to join Teamsters Local 769.

In recent years, Sysco has been mistreating its workers nationwide. While increasing its profits off the backs of its hardworking employees the company spends countless thousands on union busters to keep their workers from getting what they deserve.

Fleet mechanic Joe Pennica said, “It’s a great feeling to be a Teamster.” We couldn’t agree more Joe. Congratulations and welcome our new brothers from Sysco in West Palm Beach.

UnionYes

        

The following document is the latest press release regarding the agreement in principle between the Teamsters and United Airlines for a joint contract covering the company’s approximately 9,000 technicians and other related employees. Click here if you are unable to view the copy below.

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 Enterprise
 A rental car company waited too long to challenge an order that it reimburse a labor organization out of its own funds for union dues that should have been deducted from employee paychecks, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held ( Enterprise Leasing Co. of Fla., LLC v. NLRB, 2016 BL 153618, D.C. Cir., No. 15-1200, 8/5/16 ).

The court closed the case without reaching the merits of an unusual order that precludes the employer from recouping dues payments from the employees who would have made them but for the employer’s labor law violations.

Enterprise Leasing Co. of Florida argued that the National Labor Relations Board lacked authority to make the company shoulder the dues obligations of union-represented employees, but Judge Cornelia T. L. Pillard wrote for the court Aug. 5 that the company failed to preserve its objection in proceedings before the NLRB.

The appeals court said the NLRB had substantial evidence that Enterprise illegally withdrew recognition from an International Brotherhood of Teamsters local and refused to honor the union dues checkoff authorizations of bargaining unit employees.

Second Round in D.C. Circuit

In 2013, an NLRB panel mostly adopted the findings of an administrative law judge that Enterprise illegally withdrew recognition from International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 769 (359 N.L.R.B. No. 149, 196 LRRM 1613 (2013)).

The panel also found that Enterprise committed a number of National Labor Relations Act violations after its withdrawal of recognition, including failing to honor a dues checkoff provision that remained in effect until the collective bargaining agreement expired.

Enterprise filed a petition for review in the D.C. Circuit, and the board set aside that ruling after the U.S. Supreme Court held in NLRB v. Noel Canning, 134 S. Ct. 2550, 199 LRRM 3685 (U.S. 2014) that President Barack’s Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments to the NLRB, including those of two members on the Enterprise panel, were unconstitutional. 

Board 2-1 Adopted Dues Remedy

A new three-member panel issued an order in 2015 (362 N.L.R.B. No. 135, 203 LRRM 2779 (2015)). The board members agreed that the employer had committed unfair labor practices, including withdrawing recognition from Local 769, and they ordered the company to recognize and bargain with the union.

However, a board majority (Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and Member Lauren McFerran) also required Enterprise to make the union whole for union dues that should have been withheld from employee wages under the union’s contract. The board’s order precluded Enterprise from recouping the dues amounts from workers.

Requiring employees to make the back dues payments would impose “an additional burden” on the workers, the board said, “for which they might well blame the Union, undermining its standing—and exacerbating the consequences of the Respondent’s unlawful conduct.”

Member Philip A. Miscimarra dissented from the remedial order. Writing that Section 302 of the Labor-Management Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. § 186, limits employer payments to labor unions, Miscimarra said the board should order Enterprise to “remit past dues that, in turn, are deducted from unit employees’ wages or otherwise recouped by the Respondent.”

Jurisdiction Limited in Appeals Court

Enterprise challenged the board order, including the dues remedy, in the appeals court, but the D.C. Circuit enforced the NLRB order.

Pillard said the board’s unfair labor practice findings were supported by substantial evidence, and she found the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the employer’s challenge to the dues reimbursement remedy.

Section 10(e) of the NLRA, 29 U.S.C. § 160(e), precludes a reviewing court from considering an objection that has not been “urged before the board.” 

D.C. Circuit Finds Objection Wasn’t Preserved

Pillard wrote that the NLRB’s general counsel, not Enterprise, brought the remedial issue to the board by filing exceptions to an administrative law judge’s decision.

“Nowhere in any of its filings in the proceedings below did Enterprise argue that it was impermissibly punitive or otherwise unlawful for the Board to prevent Enterprise from collecting from its employees the dues it had failed to pay to the Union,” she wrote.

Enterprise could not rely on Miscimarra’s dissent to excuse its failure to raise an objection, Pillard said. The employer could have filed a motion for board reconsideration after the 2015 decision but did not do so, she added.

Finding the company’s objection to the remedial order was not timely, the appeals court concluded “We thus lack jurisdiction to consider it” and enforced the board order in full.

Judges Thomas B. Griffith and Robert L. Wilkins joined in the opinion.

D. John Sauer of James Otis Law Group LLC argued the case for Enterprise Leasing Co. of Florida. NLRB attorney Greg Lauro in Washington argued for the board.

by: Lawrence E. Dubé