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Teamsters Local 542 IBT Delegate and Alternate Delegate Election
Ballots were counted on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
However, official notice of the Elections Results will be posted once the the Election Supervisor certifies the election.
Tell the City of San Diego NO to Falck!
Teamsters Local 542 is ask for your support as we voice our opposition against the City of San Diego’s decision to award its new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) contract to Falck, a low-quality provider in the industry that has a history of bad practices and been known for unfair treatment of their employees.
Last year in Alameda County, NAGE Local 510 picketed for higher wages following months of negotiations. The Alameda County EMTs and paramedics were earning substantially lower wages than providers in neighboring counties, despite similar costs of living. During the pandemic, the EMS providers dealt with near constant payroll issues, healthcare benefit lockups and poor handling of the employees covering special pandemic assignments.
Falck required first responders to attend "union busting" meetings that served no public health purpose, while the NLRB received several unfair labor practice charges against Falck including for coercive rules and concerted activities. Awarding this contract would directly impact our hardworking Teamsters 542 City Dispatchers.
JOIN US IN SAYING NO TO A “UNION-BUSTING” FOREIGN-OWNED COMPANY.
It takes less than a minute.
In the midst of a pandemic, we are extremely concerned that awarding the City of San Diego’s contract to Falck would be an irresponsible choice with serious consequences for residents and for working families. It would set a terrible precedent for other City contracts.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the 2021 IBT Convention Election
Ballots for the Delegates and Alternate Delegates Election were mailed out to Teamsters Local 542 member's homes on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Members that do not receive a packet with your ballot by March 25, 2021 or members requesting a Duplicate Ballot must make the request personnally (not via another member) by calling UniLect at 1-855-240-0363. This toll free Call Center is available 24/7 with English and Spanish speaking operators standing by. IMPORTANT: UniLect cannot control US Postal Service delivery schedules. All ballots will be mailed 1st Class postage. If a member has spoiled their ballot or has not received a ballot by March 25, 2021, they should contact UniLect's Duplicate Request Call Center right away. The sooner the member calls the better the chance a member has to receive a replacement ballot and mail it back in time to be counted.
Ballots must be received at the Post Office Box address on the Return Envelope by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, for it to be counted.Further details will be included in the Official Ballot Packet.
April General Membership Meeting
Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:30 p.m.
To register for General Membership Meeting click on the following link:
Teamsters Local 542
Rick Aceves Memorial Scholarship Application is now available.
You may download the application by clicking on the following link:
Notice for Delegates and Alternate Delegates Nominations Meeting
The Notices consist of a four (4) page document.
Please click on the notice to view the entire four (4) page document.
If you would like to attend the Nominations Meeting please register on the following link:
Deadline to register for the Nominations Meeting is Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Si usted decea atender la junta de nominaciones debe de registrarse en el siguiente enlace:
The Devastating Facts of GROW
Twelve unions, representing the majority of private-sector union members, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, oppose the GROW Act. So why have the House Democrats included it in their latest coronavirus relief bill?
The GROW Act hurts workers, retirees, employers, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and should not become law.
The GROW Act is deeply flawed because it allows multiemployer plan trustees to “refinance” their obligations to workers and retirees in the existing pension plan over 25 years instead of 15 years, so they can divert money to create a new composite pension plan. This weakens the existing plan and leaves neither plan—the existing plan, nor the composite plan—with enough money to pay promised benefits.
The current public health and economic crisis illustrates the harm the GROW Act would inflict on Americans. If Congress had already passed the GROW Act and it was law now, workers in a previously healthy multiemployer pension plan that converted to a composite plan would face draconian benefit cuts. The benefits composite plan participants expected they would earn would be cut 70%, and the vested benefits they already earned would be cut 25%. At the same time, the vested benefits of workers in the existing plan would be cut 21%. To avoid benefit cuts, employers would be required to increase contributions by approximately 82%—above and beyond what they already committed.
Supporters of this terrible legislation claim that transitioning to a composite plan is voluntary. Composites plans are anything but voluntary. They undermine multiemployer defined-benefit pension plans by shifting risk from the plan sponsor (employer) to the worker, thereby creating an incentive for employers to flee defined-benefit plans. If GROW succeeds, it guarantees it will be an issue in every negotiation where unions currently have defined-benefit plans and result in a race to the bottom. The more than one million Teamsters who are essential workers risking their health to continue going to work amid the pandemic deserve to retire with dignity and financial security.
We urge Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats to listen to the majority of the labor movement that opposes GROW and strip it out of the HEROES Act before it is considered on the House floor.
Steve Vairma, IBT Vice President, President JC 3
Rome Aloise, IBT Vice President, President JC 7
Rick Hicks, Presiden,t JC 28
Tony Andrews, President, JC 37
Randy Cammack, President, JC 42
Ron Herrera, Vice President, IBT
Download: NO TO GROW Press Release.pdf
- UPS RETIREE BREAKFAST MEETINGS
UPS Retiree Breakfast Meeting of May 2021 will be at:Perry's Cafe475 North Magnolia El Cajon, CA 92020 (619) 440-5724Friday, May 7, 20219:00 a.m.
NORTH COUNTY MEETING:
Friday, September 2020
Hamburger Factory Family
14122 Midland Rd.,
858-486-4575From I-15 head east on Camino del Norte for about five lightsand turn right on Midland Road. It will be on the right in the park.
South UPS'rs are welcome to attend!
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