Teamster Nation News
Episode 177: United in Power at Unity!

Episode 177: United in Power at Unity!

May 22, 2019

EPISODE NOTES

Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how the union united for power at its annual Unity Conference in May, plus its plans for greater wins in the workplace and at the ballot box.

SHOW NOTES

Features audio and interviews from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak; International Vice President and Local 237 President Greg Floyd; Teamsters Public Service Division Director Jason Rabinowitz; Teamsters Organizing Director Jeff Farmer; Katie Finn, national field director for the Teamsters’ Department of Political and Legislative Action; Local 287 member Noel Martinez; Local 727 member Patrice Jefferson; Local 853 business agent Steve Beck; and Local 137 Secretary-Treasurer Dave Hawley

Episode 176: These Women Work!
Episode 175: Standing Up to Sysco

Episode 175: Standing Up to Sysco

March 13, 2019

EPISODE NOTES

Listen to the latest edition of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how Sysco Teamsters are standing together against intimidation all across the country by organizing for power. Plus, remembering former Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, a friend of labor. And Joni Mitchell and her “Big Yellow Taxi”.

SHOW NOTES

Features audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Steve Vairma, Director of the Teamsters’ Warehouse Division; fired Local 886 Sysco workers Nathan Ray, Jerry Allen, Tim Carter, James Daniel and Alan Livengood; Sysco delivery driver Joshua Thomas from Local 337; Sysco driver Trevor Ashley from Local 653f; and Sysco driver Scott Anderson from Local 653

Episode 174: Fire Survivors Serve Community

Episode 174: Fire Survivors Serve Community

January 30, 2019

EPISODE NOTES

Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and hear how Teamsters personally devastated by a Northern California wildfire still managed to lend a hand to their fellow residents. Plus, learn about a regulation rollback that is jeopardizing meal and rest breaks for drivers in California.

SHOW NOTES

Features interviews with Local 137 member and Butte County employee eligibility specialist Victoria Sinclair; Local 137 member and Coca-Cola worker Dan Hines; Local 2010 member and lead painter at Chico State University Michael Denafur; Local 137 member and Butte County Social Services case manager Bruce Dick; Teamsters legislative representative Sam Loesch; California Teamsters Public Affairs Council legislative director Shane Gusman

Episode 173: Speaking Up at XPO

Episode 173: Speaking Up at XPO

December 12, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

Listen to the latest episode of the Teamster Nation Podcast and learn how the Teamsters are working with XPO workers in Southern California and Memphis to empower them so they can tell their stories about a company that misclassifies drivers and puts its warehouse workers at risk. Plus, remembering union-backing and award-winning Hawaiian slack-key guitarist Cyril Pahinui.

SHOW NOTES

Featuring interviews with Teamster organizer Ricardo Hidalgo; XPO driver Juan Islas; XPO driver Omar Alvarez; XPO driver Guillermo Rivera; former XPO Memphis worker Tasha Murrell; and Sunshine McBride, deputy director of the Teamsters’ Political & Legislative Department

Episode 172: Getting Out the Vote!

Episode 172: Getting Out the Vote!

November 1, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

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

EPISODE 171: TeamsHERS on the Job!

EPISODE 171: TeamsHERS on the Job!

October 16, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

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

Episode 170: Rejecting Right to Work in Mo.

Episode 170: Rejecting Right to Work in Mo.

September 18, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

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

Episode 169: Growing for the Future

Episode 169: Growing for the Future

August 22, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

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.

SHOW NOTES

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.

UPDATE: The Pension Fight

UPDATE: The Pension Fight

July 25, 2018

EPISODE NOTES

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.

SHOW NOTES

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