|Welcome To the Summit Teamsters Web Site.
Please be patient with us as we remodel our site.
We still have several of our Brother & Sister Teamsters that have not been allowed to return since the strike. Most have been accused of violating a company policy that seeks to restrict our free speech rights while On or OFF the job. While some moderate restrictions may be in order during work hours, the company has absolutely no right to discipline or dismiss anyone for exercising their free speech rights while off duty. This would most definately apply to the company's punitive actions related to comments made by our Teamster Brothers & Sisters during the strike and the related Safeway Boycott. In those cases where a Teamster was accused of one crime or another, once a Court of Law has found them "Not Guilty", that means "NOT GUILTY". That translates out to "No Crime... PUT THEM BACK TO WORK!"
||PLEASE JOIN US IN BOYCOTTING ALL SAFEWAY DIVISIONS UNTIL EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE BACK TO WORK!
SAFEWAY MUST UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL HOLD THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF THEIR THIRD PARTY PUPPETS!
||In today's world, more than ever, workers need to join together. Instead of one lonely person asking for his share of the pie, by joining with others, employees can bargain from a greater position of strength and demand fairer wages, better health benefits, and a retirement plan for the future. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, union workers make up to 59% more than non-union workers in the same occupations! [ More ]
Why? Because a union creates a more level playing field between employer and employee.
Union representation means that you gain rights. Legal rights that you don't have without a union contract.
Under the employment at will doctrine, the cornerstone of American employment law, in general terms, unless you belong to a protected group, your employer has the right to discipline or terminate, with impunity, you for any reason -- even a bad one -- or for no reason at all. That's why it is sometimes called the fire at will doctrine.
However, with a collective bargaining agreement, you have rights. Management must have just cause for any disciplinary action taken against a union employee. You bargain over wages, health benefits, working conditions and a retirement plan for your future. But, you bargain collectively with the strength that comes from a collective voice.
The Union Difference
What the AFL-CIO says
THE LAW says that YOU have the RIGHT to organize into a union of your own choice. It gives YOU the right to vote for union representation in a secret, government-supervised ballot.
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) you have the legal right to form a union in your workplace. The NLRA says:
Section 7: "Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining ....."
Section 8(a): "It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer .... to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in section 7 of this title...."
ITS ALWAYS wise to take full advantage of YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS .
WITH A UNION, the employer must bargain and pay the wages negotiated.
WITH A UNION , your rights on the job are spelled out and must be respected.
WITH A UNION, you can stop abuses on the job. The union can prevent unjust and unfair treatment by giving you representation on the job and the right to file grievances if you are treated unfairly.
WITH A UNION, you can negotiate for better holiday pay, vacations, health and welfare benefits, and job conditions.
WITH A UNION , you have greater security on your job. Company management cannot fire you without good reason and they must respect your length of service if there are layoffs.