Sky Chefs’ Workers Spell It Out

We recently published a call-to-action (here) for our brothers and sisters at Sky Chefs, who are represented in Dallas-Fort Worth by UNITE HERE Local 23, although some of the company’s 11,000 workers nationwide are Teamsters in other areas.

In the video below, hear what those members recently shared with Local 767’s Kristan Turns and why they need all hands on deck.

This is what solidarity looks like.

Revised UPS Feeder Work Rules

Please read and share the following announcement regarding UPS Feeder Work Rules from your Local 767 Feeder Business Agents.

Attention All 767 Feeder Drivers :

As you may or may not know, our current Local Feeder Work Rules were set to expire on July 31st, 2019.  These Work Rules & Guidelines have been in place since 2004. Through much negotiating and hard work, we’ve been able to preserve, revise and enhance our Local Work Rules.  Some of the improvements include more stability and job security for our members on the Coverage Board, improved language for the Sleeper Teams and mileage turn drivers.  We eliminated the Company’s ability to force seniority drivers, in bid positions, from being forced to go on-call to get their weekly guarantee.   Going forward each member that bids on a Vacation Coverage Board position will have an opportunity to bid on a guaranteed a start time weekly which will allow drivers the abiity to know their schedule a week in advance. These changes will ensure that the seniority of our members will be protected and preserved for years to come.

For the Sleeper Teams, we were able to get a better definition of the workweek, a timeline for the posting of the Intent List and our Holiday week schedule practice on paper.  For mileage turn jobs in the brown network, we cleaned up the language about meal periods, we protected the language for start work and finish work and now we have the ability to discuss mileage jobs with Company. 

The Company proposed two options: 1. Get rid of the Cover Board Rules Altogether or 2. Eliminate the pass as an option but continue the on-call.  Eliminating the Cover Board Rules and just adopting the practice that most of the other Locals throughout the South do of simply having the senior most on the Coverage Board cover what jobs that are available that week, laying off the rest and calling them back daily in seniority order. No passing, if they called you, you are expected to work at the mercy of the Company and if you didn’t work that opportunity on the first day of the week per the contract you would have to displace two part-timers and you’d go back to the hub for that day. The alternate option proposed by the Company was to keep the current rules and eliminate the ability to pass at all if on-call.  We stood firm and presented our own alternative to the Company, which they eventually agreed to, revising the existing Work Rules to fit the needs of our members in 2019 by protecting the seniority rights of each member that bids on the Cover Board as well as securing each member of the Cover Board a guaranteed start and ability to get their weekly guarantee without having to wait for a phone call.  Furthermore, we established the On-Call List and clarified rules for when the company can call those drivers that are on the On-Call List; as well as better defining the Extra Work Rules.

Additionally, we were able to get the Company to agree to our implementation plan for these new and improved Work Rules. The details of which are coming soon. Copies of the newly revised Work Rules will soon be available on the website for all Feeder Drivers to review. We want a rapid and smooth transition to our newly revised Work Rules so our Members can begin benefiting from them as soon as possible. 

So be on the lookout for more information regarding these exciting upgrades to our Local 767 Feeder Work Rules. 

767 UPS Feeder Business Agents

You can view and download a copy of the new rules below. They will also be permanently available here for ease of reference.

DRIVE: The time is now

Local 767 begins its second and biggest DRIVE campaign of the year with the IBT on July 29. The week-long event aims to increase member participation to reach our regional, state, and national political objective to create Teamster-strong, labor-friendly legislation. If you see us at your work gate, be sure to stop by.

With Local 767’s newly official Political Action Committee, your DRIVE dollars will go even further here at home–in northern Texas.

For more information about DRIVE, please visit here.

CALL TO ACTION: Sky Chef needs our power!

Join us as we stand with our brothers and sisters, Sky Chef workers, as they fight for a living wage. Informational pickets will be held every Thursday from 3:30pm until 5:30pm and on Fridays from 1pm until 3pm beginning in July at DFW Airport, Terminal D between gates 21-40. Park at Terminal D; they will be wearing red UNITE HERE! Local 23 shirts.

Those union workers, represented nationwide and locally by UNITE HERE!, as well as by Teamsters in other areas, will be holding two informational pickets per week indefinitely and planning a LARGE ACTION on August 13 [BE THERE!]. 

Because they are under the Railway Labor Act, these workers have to be released by the federal government to legally strike—that is why they are limited to informational picketing for now, and it’s also why they need broad public and union support to increase the visibility of their campaign. 

For more info about the plight of these workers, follow this link.

Political & Legislative Action Update: The Butch Lewis Act

Relative to H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act aka The Butch Lewis Act, the Teamsters Department of Political and Legislation Action released the following information:

“The House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (MA-1) has formally noticed the mark-up of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act (HR 397) for Wednesday, July 10 at 10:00am ET. Following the mark-up, the committee members will vote on this bill. This is the final step before a full floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. You can watch a live stream of the hearing here.

“General President Hoffa sent the attached letter to members of the committee, urging them to pass the bill out of committee. Teamster members and retirees from across the country have made their voices heard in their districts and with calls into congressional offices. This nationally coordinated effort will culminate with a rally at the capitol on Wednesday morning, hosted by the General President to keep the pressure on our congressional members to show leadership on this very important issue.”