Episode 165: Bringing the Heat to Miami

April 27, 2018


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.


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

Episode 164: Pushing to Protect Pensions

March 29, 2018


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.


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.)

Episode 163: Teamsters and MLK: the Labor Connection

February 21, 2018


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.


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

Episode 162: The Great Chicago Blitz of 2017

January 17, 2018


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.


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

Episode 161: Strength in Numbers

November 16, 2017


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.


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

Episode 160: Putting Workers First in NAFTA 2.0

October 25, 2017


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.


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

Teamsters Solidarity: Disaster Zones and Picket Lines

September 29, 2017


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.


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

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

Listen to June’s Teamster Nation Podcast

June 21, 2017


Getting the low down on the future of automated trucks and how truck driver jobs and highway safety could be affected; an update on the XPO Logistics campaign; the value of Teamsters running for public office; and Queen Latifah’s long history as a union member.


Podcast features interviews with Jim Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Lamont Byrd, Director of the Teamsters Safety and Health Department;  Jay Grimes, Director of Federal Affairs with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; Jose Garcia, Teamsters Local 813 member and private sanitation truck driver; Tom George, Director of the Teamsters AGC Training Center in Pasco, Washington; Frank Martinez, Director of the Southern California Construction Teamsters Training Trust; Steve Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation; Sam Loesche, Legislative Representative with the Teamsters Political and Legislative Action Department; Cassandra Ogren, Research Director with the Teamsters Strategic Research and Campaigns Department; Doug Bloch, Political Director for Teamsters Joint Council 7; Eric Teoh, Senior Statistician with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; John Lannen, Executive Director of the Truck Safety Coalition; Tom Bower, fired XPO worked at Trenton facility and Local 701 member; Curtis Antoniak, Mayor-elect of Jeannette, Pennsylvania and Local 30 member;  John “Bubs” Carl, Assistant Shop Steward, Jeannette, Pa. Sanitation Department and Local 30 member;  and Payton Corbett, Candidate for Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts and Local 122 Trustee 

Listen to May’s Teamster Nation Podcast

May 17, 2017


Learn about the Teamsters’ fight to help keep so-called right-to-work laws at bay both in states around the country as well as at the federal level, and efforts to halt other anti-worker legislation across the country. Plus, Teamsters airline mechanics compete at competition to show off their maintenance skills and union training. And finally, a song from one of the nation’s most beloved bluesmen.


Features interviews with Dale Lance, Aramark Uniform Services route sales representative;  Marni von Wilpert, Economic Policy Institute associate labor counsel; Ken Hall, IBT General Secretary-Treasurer and Local 175 President; Jim Kabell, President, Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters; Jeff Padellaro, Local 633 Principal Officer; Chris Moore, Chairman, Teamsters Aviation Mechanics Coalition; Bob Fisher, International Representative, Teamsters Airline Division; Marcos Penpol, UPS Air Cargo mechanic; Boyd Ingram, UPS Air Cargo mechanic;  John Goglia, AMC competition co-founder; Jarred Hegna, United Airlines mechanic; and Shiva Ramcoobair, United Airlines mechanic