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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Episode 162: The Great Chicago Blitz of 2017

January 17, 2018

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Hear how Teamsters at the local, regional and international level joined together in the Chicagoland region late last year as part of a weeklong organizing “blitz” that challenged logistics companies XPO and ITS ConGlobal to recognize unionization efforts by their workers. Plus, legendary country music venue the Grand Ole Opry’s union ties.

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This episode features interviews with IBT Organizing Director Jeff Farmer; XPO driver Ryan Jinota; XPO driver Jose Ramirez; Teamsters organizer Joel Wood; XPO campaign organizer Jamie Welsh; XPO campaign organizer Paul Krenz; XPO campaign organizer Mario Gonzalez; XPO worker James Plimmer; ITS ConGlobal terminal operator Jeff Kensey; ITS ConGlobal terminal operator Daniel Newborn; former ITS ConGlobal worker Paul Garza; ITS ConGlobal worker Ken Burlson

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Episode 161: Strength in Numbers

November 16, 2017

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Learn how Teamster women are demanding fairness and equality for themselves and others in the workplace, plus how members Local 238 in Iowa pushed back on anti-union legislation aimed at public sector workers. And hear why the Prophets of Rage aren’t going to take it anymore.

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Features interviews with Traci Place, Local 340 business agent; Keeley Lambert, Local 340 shop steward; Fernanda Santos, Local 847 president; Leticia Acosta, Local 657 secretary-treasurer; Yolanda Wilson, Local 988 member; Elizabeth Gonzalez, Local 777 business agent; Camila Corrales, Local 542 member; Michele Hayes, Teamster and school bus driver; Jessie Case, Local 238 secretary-treasurer; Jarrod Skelton, IBT organizer; Sara Burroughs, Local 238 member and correctional officer; and Michael Filler, Teamsters Public Services Division director

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Episode 160: Putting Workers First in NAFTA 2.0

October 25, 2017

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Learn about the Teamsters’ effort to create a new NAFTA that helps North American workers and keeps U.S. highways safe, plus catching up on the union’s disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. And remembering the victims of the Las Vegas shooting with a performance by country artist Jason Aldean.

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Featuring audio from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa; Teamsters Canada President François Laporte; Napoleon Gomez, president, Los Mineros union; Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.); Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.); Teamster legislative representative Mike Dolan; Local 455 member John Cruz; Local 813 members Lance Gibbs and Joe Arias; Joint Council 16 President George Miranda; Joint Council 13 Human Rights Coordinator Roy Gillespie; Local 174 Business Agent Carl Gasca; and Local 631 member Marcos Cruz

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Teamsters Solidarity: Disaster Zones and Picket Lines

September 29, 2017

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Teamsters are pitching in through donations of food, water, money and by volunteering to help their fellow union members in need who have suffered from catastrophic Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in recent weeks. Meanwhile, in New York, members of Local 812 stood up against beer distributor Clare Rose for almost three months before agreeing to a new contract. And meet Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of gospel music.

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Podcast features Aisha Nelson, driver for First Transit; Robert Mele, President of Local 988 and Joint Council 58; Roy Gillespie, Joint Council 13 Human Rights Commissioner; Phil Cady and Art Collins, United Airlines mechanic shop stewards with Local 19; UPS driver Alex Gonzalez; Local 988 business agent Felton Jolivette; Local 769 President Mike Scott; International Vice President and Joint Council 16 President George Miranda; Joint Council 42 President Randy Cammack; Local 812 President Ed Weber; Clare Rose driver Mark Pooler; Long Island Labor Federation President John Durso

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Episode 158: Big Fights – Pills and Ports

July 19, 2017

EPISODE NOTES: Learn more about the role drug distributors like McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health play in the explosion of opioid painkillers availability in this country, and what the Teamsters are doing to try and curb the problem. Plus, an update on the latest strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. And finally, Chance the Rapper stands up for the rights of working musicians.

SHOW NOTES: Podcast features Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall; Local 24 President Travis Bornstein; Teamsters International Vice President and Joint Council 7 President Rome Aloise; Pennsylvania state Rep. John Taylor; Dawn Becker, emergency room nurse at Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Michigan; Michael Pryce-Jones, senior governance analyst, Teamsters’ Capital Strategies Department; Teamsters Port Division Director Fred Potter; Gabriel Persel, XPO port driver; Daniel Conseko, Intermodal Bridge Transport driver; Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor; Tracey Ellis, Shippers Transport driver

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