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  • Teamsters understand the value in union membership. Higher pay, better benefits, and a greater voice in the workplace are standards set by union members that won’t be given up without a fight, even after the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Janus v. AFSCME” case.

    While it is true that this ruling may create temporary roadblocks, public employees throughout the United States need to remain unified. We cannot allow the progress working people have made in union to be slowed down because of lawsuits that disregard the value of public employees.

    The Janus decision came about because anti-employee forces spent millions of dollars on lobbying and court challenges for over 40 years. Attacks from these outside groups, backed by secret donors, seek to eliminate the freedom of public employees to negotiate with their employer over the value of their work.

    Many Teamster members around the country have held conversations with their co-workers about the impact of the Supreme Court decision to reinforce the value of remaining unified. Whether at the worksite or at the ballot box, members are fighting back against these attacks.

    Public sector Teamsters have made it their career to serve their country and community, and any attempt to take away their freedom to join together is an attack on those who are the foundation of America.

    Our middle class was built by everyday working people, standing together in union. The Teamsters honor that history by continuing the fight to give working people the promise of the American dream.

    That won’t end with the Janus decision. The Teamsters will continue to organize, mobilize, and do whatever is necessary to achieve prosperity through collective action.

  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • The Teamsters Military Assistance Program (TMAP) assists Active Duty Service members that are transitioning, Veterans and Military spouses with job opportunities with responsible employers.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

Local 6-505 Union History

The History of Local 6-505M

This mural, created by Siegfreid Reinhardt, depicts the historical sequence of the history of the Lithographic and Photoengraving process in three major stages. The first section deals with the origin of lithographic processes invented by Aloys Sennefeld in 1786. The second section reflects the impact the photo camera had on the industry, and the creation of the process of photoengraving. The third section expresses the increased efficiency and modernization of the industry by the introduction of computers and machines into the process. This mural, which hangs in our Union Hall, remains as a statement of our pride and commitment to our industry, bridging our rich history with a prosperous future.

Local 5 began in June of 1888, by our secretary’s ledger. At this period, we were known as the Lithographers International Protective and Benevolent Association, Local 5.

In 1892, the Artist, Engravers, and Designers League organized.

In 1898, the Stone and Plate Prepare Association formed.

In 1899, the Pressman’s Union founded the Local 6C in the St. Louis area and remained so until 1989, during which time the local 6C absorbed several trades.

In 1900, the International Protective Association of Lithographic Feeders was created.

The development of these organizations stemmed from techniques and innovations of the time, and different points of view that evidently were prevalent of the respective organizations.

By 1912, the Artists, Engravers and Designers Leaguer broadened its scope and formed the International Union of Lithographic Workmen whose goal was joining all the lithographic organizations in one amalgamated union, which was successfully done in April of 1915 when we become the Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 5. The first International President of International Protective and Benevolent Association was a member from St. Louis Local 5, Jack Hamilton.

There was also another organization in St. Louis that has its beginning in the 1898. It was known as the Photoengravers Local 10, and was chartered by the International typographical Union. This Local’s operation paralleled Local 5 in many respects and in 1917, a brother member by the name of Henry Schmal became the new International Secretary – Treasurer.

On Labor Day of 1964, due to technological advancements, and the need for better collective bargaining agreements, the Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union was created. Two years later in 1966, the Local 5 of the Amalgamated Lithographers of America, Local 10 and 110 of the Photoengravers Union, merged to create Lithographers and Photoengravers International Union Local 252.

Then again, the international merged with International Brotherhood of Book Binders and the Local Unions of 18, 55, and 209 in 1972 to create the Graphic Artists International Union Local 505. This same year our Union Hall was built.

On July 3, 1983, the Graphic Arts International Union and the International Printing Press Union merged to create the Communication International Union.

In 1989, Local 6C merged with Local 409S to become Local 6M.

In January of 2001, Local 6M and Local 505 of the GCIU merged to create Local 6-505M.

In 2005, the GCIU merged with the International Brotherhood Teamsters, to become the Graphic Communications Conference International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Currently, our union is the Local 6-505M of the GCC/IBT.

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