Know Your Rights

In addition to your rights outlined in your collective bargaining agreement. All Union members have inherent legal rights. It is important that you know which rights apply to you. Some of these rights apply to all Union Members, while others apply only to public employees. This page contains an overview of three of your basic legal rights as they apply to disciplinary situations.

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Why Join the Teamsters?

Do you know the difference?

If your workplace is non-union

  • You are an "employee at will".  Your employer can discipline or fire you at any time for any reason; you have no recourse.
  • "Open door" policy means the employer will listen to you... and then do whatever he or she wants.
  • Employer determines wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of work.  If you are not satisfied, your only option is to find another job.
  • Wages, benefits and other terms and conditions can be changed by the employer at any time.
  • Hiring and promotion is up to the discretion of the employer.

If you join a union and have a contract

  • Discipline, up to and including discharge, is subject to a grievance procedure and binding arbitration, depending on the terms of your contract.
  • Contract negotiations require both sides - labor and management - to listen, and reach reasonable compromises acceptable to both sides.
  • Wages, benefits and working conditions are negotiated.  If you are not satisfied, you can work for changes during contract negotiations.
  • Neither labor or management can make unilateral changes to a signed contract.  If modifications are necessary during the life of a contract, both sides must agree.
  • Hiring and promotion is covered by contract.  Seniority and other factors can be written into the agreement.

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Dues & Payment Information

The current rate of dues for all members in the private sector, whose hourly earnings rate is more than $11.00 per hour were increased to two and one-half (2.5) times the hourly earnings rate. Dues for all members employed in the public sector who are not legally entitled to strike with an hourly rate more than $11.00 per hour were increased to two and one-quarter (2.25) times the hourly earnings rate. Dues for all members in public and private sector whose hourly earning rate is $11.00 per hour or less remained at two (2) times the hourly earnings rate. The initiation fee is $100 and will be separated into several pay-periods so its not collected all at once. The initiation fee is a once-in-a-lifetime fee.

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