Episode 172: Getting Out the Vote!

November 1, 2018

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Listen to the latest edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how Locals and Joint Councils across the country are motivating their members to get out and vote for pro-worker candidates that will stand up for union rights, better pay, a safer workplace and protected pensions. Plus, celebrating “This Land is Your Land” before Election Day.

SHOW NOTES

Episode features audio from Local 120 political coordinator Haylee Hilton; Local 120 Political Director Paul Slattery; YRC driver and steward Kevin Pomerenke; First Transit paratransit driver and steward Greg Tvedt; SuperValue order selector Doug Thrasher; SuperValue first shift steward Tom Reardon; USF Holland driver Dave Hesse; JC 53 President Bill Hamilton; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; Ed Baptiste, Assistant Director of the Teamsters’ Department of Political and Legislative Action

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EPISODE 171: TeamsHERS on the Job!

October 16, 2018

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Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how Teamster women are using union power to earn more, learn more and lead more on the job. Plus rocker Joan Jett tells women to stand up for themselves, even if it gives them a “Bad Reputation.”

SHOW NOTES

Features audio clips from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Becky Strzechowski, Director of the Teamsters Women’s Conference; Nathaly Guillemette, Teamsters Canada national coordinator for women, education and youth; Local 332 President Nina Bugbee; Rita Bomer, third-generation Teamster; Valerie Cauldfield, Local 822 member; Towanda Jackson, First Transit bus operator; Anita Ferguson, CSX Railroad conductor; Stacy Murphy, Local 853 Vice President; Michelle Woodrow, workshop leader; Diana Holland, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union; Tasha Morell, former XPO worker; Eileen Jackson, Local 512 member; Donna Marie Domingo, BLET Teamster; Jennifer Ross, BMWED Local 788 member; Lorra Kelleman, Local 1699 member; Marcia Thompson, Local 2010 member; Katie Langenstrass, Barbara Liddy Teamster Woman Activist Award winner

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Episode 170: Rejecting Right to Work in Mo.

September 18, 2018

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Listen to the latest edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast, and learn how Teamsters joined with their union brethren in Missouri to beat back an effort to enact right to work in the Show Me State. Plus, the real meaning behind Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons”.

SHOW NOTES

Features interview with Jim Kabell, President of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters; Marvin Kropp, President of Joint Council 13; Local 618 member Brenda Wright; Local 688 member Franklin Bobbitt; Shop steward and Local 688 member Rodney Kalina; and Larry Tinker, Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council 13

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Episode 169: Growing for the Future

August 22, 2018

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Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how the union is organizing workers in the growing cannabis industry in California and across the country. Plus, remembering the Queen of Soul.

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Features audio clips from Kristin Heidelbach-Terramoto, director of the Teamsters’ Cannabis Division; Barry Broad, Teamsters’ legislative director and chief lobbyist in California; Ricardo Baca, cannabis industry journalist and founder of Grasslands public affairs agency; Ophelia Chong, founder of Stock Pot Images and leading California cannabis industry authority; Richard Rodriguez, distribution driver with RVR Distribution and Teamsters Local 853 member.

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UPDATE: The Pension Fight

July 25, 2018

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Listen to the latest episode of Teamster Nation News and learn how the Teamsters are spending their summer fighting for pension reform that will protect the retirement security of hundreds of thousands of workers and retirees.

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Features audio clips from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa;  House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi;  Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.); Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio);  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.);  Teamster retiree Mike Walden; Local 20 member Roberta Dell; Local 507 member Brian Taylor; Local 741 member Nancy Tummerillo; Teamster retiree Eddie Hopkins; Teamster retiree Sherrye Parker

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Episode 167: A Supreme Injustice

July 6, 2018

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In a post-Janus world, the Teamsters aren’t backing down. Hear how the union is beefing up its membership despite the recent Supreme Court ruling that curbed the ability of workers to join together and bargain on the job.

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Featuring audio from Local 337’s Dave Hughes; Local 320’s Hannah Bernardson; Michael Filler, Director of the Teamsters’ Public Services Division; Randy Korgan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1932; Greg Ortiz, Political Director at Local 700; Chuck Whobrey, President at Local 215; Dr. Robin Cooper, President at Local 502; and Jesse Case, Secretary Treasurer of Local 238

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Episode 166: Building a Stronger Union

May 30, 2018

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Couldn’t make it to Unity? Listen to the latest Teamster Nation Podcast about how nearly 2,000 Teamster brothers and sisters came together to gain inspiration from one another and advance a message in organizing and politics that puts hardworking Americans first!

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Features audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Christy Bailey, director of the Teamsters’ Department of Political and Legislative Affairs; Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute; Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA; Local 320 organizer Claire Thiele; Local 320 business agent Hannah Bernardson; Terrence Mulady, Local 2785 business agent; Jaime Villanueva, Local 572 business agent; Local 455 member Vincent Shaw; Local 777 Vice President Major Rose; Local 509 business agent Sabrina Ice; and Durham bus driver Katie Williams

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Episode 165: Bringing the Heat to Miami

April 27, 2018

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Learn how the Teamsters joined with Sysco workers in South Florida to flex their muscles to management at the companies, resulting in two organizing victories. Plus, rapper Common puts a 21st century spin on the words and importance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a celebration of the civil rights icon.

SHOW NOTES

Features interviews with Teamster organizer Chris Roselle; Sysco/Fresh Point driver Lincoln Patricken; Sysco/Fresh Point driver Lucy Decespedez; Sysco/Fresh Point driver Joe Chung; Sysco Fleet mechanic Travis Blue; and Sysco driver Thomas Baldwin

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Episode 164: Pushing to Protect Pensions

March 29, 2018

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Getting the lowdown on a new joint select congressional panel that holds the future of the Teamsters’ years-long effort to secure the retirements of hundreds of thousands of its members in its hands, and how retirees and workers can help. Plus, how a critically-acclaimed rock band sprung from Teamster security guard jobs at a New York City museum.

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Features audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Teamsters International Vice President At Large John Murphy; Teamsters retiree organizer Mike Walden; Local 348 member and Dean Foods driver Mike Latin; Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio); and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)

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Episode 163: Teamsters and MLK: the Labor Connection

February 21, 2018

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This episode looks at what Martin Luther King, Jr. meant to the Teamsters, past and present. It examines the union’s long-standing devotion to equality and justice in the workplace, and how those decades-long efforts are being translated into the modern working world where corporations are trying to tamp down on collective bargaining rights and with it the wages and working conditions of those on the job.

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Featuring interviews with Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa, Local 667 President and Principal Officer James E. Jones, Teamsters Solid Waste & Recycling Division Director Ron Herrera, and Local 2010 President Catherine Cobb, as well as historic audio from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former Teamster President James R. Hoffa, and 1968 waste worker striker Alvin Turner

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