NEED A UNION?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS???
Why is the Teamsters Union trying to organize us?

The Teamsters Union never tries to organize a group of employees unless the employees themselves express an interest in joining the Union.  A number of employees approached the Union and asked us to be your collective bargaining representative.

How would a Union become our collective bargaining representative?

If at least 30% of the employees sign authorization cards, a petition can be filed with the Labor Board for a presentation election.  But a majority of those voting (50% + 1 vote) must vote for Union representation before a Union can become the collective 

Why should I be interested in the Teamsters Union?

The Teamsters Union believes that all working people are entitled to decent wages which enable an adequate standard of living, job security, and dignity on the job.  No employee should have to put up with unfair treatment or unsafe working conditions.  The Teamsters Union does not tell your Employer how to run the organization, only how employees should be treated – with dignity and respect.

Isn't the Teamsters Union a truck drivers Union?

The Teamsters Union originally began as a truck drivers Union.  Today, only about 15% of over 1.5 million members are truck drivers.  The majority of Teamsters are in every walk of life – in every industrial, business, service, municipal and casino sector.

What are the dues?

You start paying dues only after negotiations and after a contract has been approved and ratified by the EMPLOYEES.  The formula used for paying dues once each month is two and a half (2 1/2) times the hourly rate + $4.00.  For example: $13.00/hr x 2.5 = $4.00 = $30.00 per month.

What about strikes?

The Union cannot force employees to go on strike.  In fact, the Teamsters Union does not advocate strikes.  More than 97% of all Teamster contracts are negotiated without a strike.  Furthermore, it takes a 2/3 majority vote by the EMPLOYEES before you go on strike.

Why should I join the Teamsters Union?

Alone, you do not have the strength to negotiate with your employer in order to improve your wages and working conditions.  But together, you gain the collective strength to make your Employer listen to your girevances and suggestions.  With the Teamsters Union behind you, you gain strength at the negotiating table to put employer promises in writing and make them live up to those promises.

What do I get out of the Teamsters Union?

You gain experienced negotiators; expert representation to intercede on your behalf; economice aid; legal and research services; and the support of over 1.5 million Teamster members.

Who runs the Union?

YOU do! YOU have the vote that brings the Union in.  YOU tell the Union the demands you wan negotiated into your contract.  YOU have the vote to ratify that contract.  YOU have the vote that decides if you fo out on strike.  YOU have the vote that determines who you want as Officers in your Local Union every three (3) years.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

Employees shall have the right to self organize, 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 or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all such activities.

THE IMPORTANCE OF UNIONS

The Labor Advantage

For more than 135 years, New Jersey’s working families have had a unified voice in their state labor federation – long before there even was an AFL-CIO. And every step along the way, New Jersey’s labor movement has fought not only for safer conditions for workers, but for progressive social policies that have helped transform our state.

In 1879, the Federation of Trades & Labor Unions of New Jersey was born, a full seven years before Samuel Gompers formed the American Federation of Labor (AFL). In its early years, the Federation was a leader in the early fight for factory safety laws – including one law that mandated fire escapes and adequate ventilation at workplaces, some 30 years before the fatal Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City brought the issue to the nation’s attention.

The Federation was also at the forefront of social changes at a time when many other state’s labor movements were just in their infancy. Election and ballot reform, a Tenant Bill of Rights, support for public libraries, and New Jersey’s first law requiring an education for all children – a direct effort to combat child labor – are among those early victories.

And they put union members in political office to help push issues important to workers. Those victories led Joseph Patrick McDonnell, the secretary-treasurer of the young Federation, to proclaim: “No other state in the United States can show greater accomplishments by legislation for the welfare of the wage class.”

On November 29, 1892, the Federation of Trades & Labor Unions of New Jersey was granted a charter of affiliation with Samuel Gompers’ American Federation of Labor, for the first time aligning New Jersey’s union movement with the nation’s growing labor movement.

Under Governor Woodrow Wilson, the New Jersey State Federation of Labor was able to pass the nation’s first effective workmen’s compensation law. And the Federation continued winning victories, including legalizing the right to organize and bargain collectively, raising wages and shortening work hours, banning child labor, and increasing workplace health and safety laws.

In 1939, New Jersey’s second labor federation, the Industrial Union Council, was formed. And it was on September 25, 1961 when more than 3,000 union members packed into a Newark armory to watch as the two organizations formally came together to create the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

Since that day, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO has continued its tradition of progressive social change, not just for workers but on behalf of all New Jersey families. The hallmarks of that work include:

1966 – Establishment of New Jersey’s first minimum wage law.  

1968 – New Jersey becomes just the 3rd state to allow public employees to collectively bargain.

1982 – The institution of the state’s progressive income tax, ensuring that New Jerseys wealthiest pays a fair share.

1984 – Creation of the nation’s first statewide Transportation Trust Fund to ensure stable funding for infrastructure projects, and the jobs they create.

1993 – Passage of the Youth Transition-to-Work program, creating clearer paths to union apprenticeships.

2003 – Enactment of the nation’s first Project Labor Agreements law.

2005 – Providing card check recognition for public sector organizing efforts.

2008 – Enactment of the nation’s 2nd – and most successful – Paid Family Leave law.

2013 – Successful passage of a state constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage and tying future increases to the rate of inflation.  

Established by the New Jersey AFL-CIO