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National Teamster Hispanic Caucus Convention

The National Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado, August 14, 15, 16, 2014 at the Hyatt Regence Convention Center, Denver, Colorado. Attached is more information...  If you have questions please call:  303-458-1600 Ext.
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WELCOME ALSCO MECHANICS AND SANITATION!

WELCOME!! ALSCO, MECHANICS AND SANITATION, WHO ELECTED TO BECOME TEAMSTER MEMBERS WITH A NEARLY UNANIMOUS VOTE.
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MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY-TREASURER
Steven P. Vairma

Warehouse director, Steve Vairma, says:

"We'll fight for members at Sysco, US Foods"

The Teamsters Union is preparing for a battle with two giants of the food distribution industry over an $8.2 billion pending merger that has the potential to kill thousands of jobs, both union and nonunion.

"Our members at Sysco and US Foods have serious concerns about job security, seniority and other important issues that will arise if this merger is allowed to move forward," said Steve Vairma, an IBT vice president who is also director of the union's warehouse division.  "We will do everything in our power to protect their jobs and their union contract."

Vairma emphasized that it is important that Sysco and US Foods employees-whether or not they are union members-stay informed as the merger process goes forward.

"The Teamsters will protect jobs and the best way to stay protected is for all employees at Sysco and US Foods to work together."

Sysco's $8.2 billion buyout ($3.5 billion cash plus $4.7 billion in debt) is currently under review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a multi-state committee of attorneys general, tasked with examining the effects on competition.

The companies are the two largest providers of foodservice supplies in an industry built on contracts with not only restaurants, but also multimillion dollar federal and state deals with the military, schools and universities, prisons and other agencies as well as airports, hospitals and hotels.

In addition to the Teamsters, several other groups including some customers, competitors and public interest groups have criticized the merger.

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) recently submitted a letter to the FTC, noting that the merger would "likely result in higher prices; lower quality, reliability, and food safety; and less innovation-to the detriment of foodservice outlets and consumers of food that is prepared away from the home."

Vairma said the Teamsters Union has opened lines of communication with some of these groups to discuss mutual interests in the pending merger.

"We have assembled a team of experts to monitor the proposed transaction," he said.

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa recently reminded the FTC and state investigators of possible antitrust issues involved if Sysco is allowed to acquire pending US Foods.

"Our members are the daily connection between these companies and their customers." said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa.  "They know the structure and operations of the businesses firsthand and provide a perspective vital to any examination of the effects a merger would have on this industry.

"The costs of this merger will be borne not only by people who want to go out for dinner with their families, but by taxpayers who fund public institutions, travelers, elderly patients in nursing homes and the employees.  It deserves careful and deliberate scrutiny," Hoffa said.

The Teamsters represent more than 7,000 Sysco warehouse workers and drivers and nearly 4,000 at US Foods.  They operate 70 warehouses in the United States, where they employ thousands more nonunion workers than union employees.  Sysco and US Foods operate 16 distribution centers in states - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming -- within Teamsters Joint Council 3.

The IBT is conducting a survey of its Sysco-US Foods members on the pending merger.  Here is a small sample of what they are saying:

"The companies don't give us the pay and benefits; the union and we guys have fought for them." --Mark M., US Foods, Local 455, Denver.

"I work for Sysco in Metro New Jersey.  We have five days to go on our contract and Sysco will not give us a letter of protection.  All other Sysco and US Foods houses beware."  Anthony C.

"I have not had one customer tell me they are looking forward to the merger."  Jeff C., US Foods, Local 107, Bridgeport, NJ.

"As time goes on, I don't have good thoughts of this merger.  The company always does best for the company. We are just an afterthought, we who are on the front lines...I hope I'm wrong.  I've worked here for over 30 years. We made these companies what they are today- Richard H.

"Nothing good will come of this merger.  I haven't heard one positive from management, workers or the customers." - Dave G.

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  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

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