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Hartford Distributors Locked Out!


As I am sure you are aware our Brothers at Hartford Distributers in Manchester, CT are involved in a very serious labor dispute with that company.  The company recently locked these members out of their jobs.

The company’s intent appears to be to break the union.  This fight is not just those workers it is all of ours.

Those workers are participants in the same pension plan as those of you in the New England Teamsters Pension Plan.  Their fight is also our fight.

We can help these members in a number of ways:

  • Help on the picket line - 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
  • Bring water, soda and food to the strikers
  • Do not purchase or consume the following products:
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Budweiser
  • Hooker
  • Long Trail
  • Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Yueng-Ling

We need to support these fellow members – It could be you tomorrow.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Union Hall for more information.


Dave Lucas


Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Brothers and Sisters:

I would like to begin by thanking the entire membership for showing the confidence in myself and the entire Executive Board and Business Agents.  As I am sure you know, we were all elected to another 3 year term.

For the past 24 years, I have been working along with the Executive Board, Business Agents and Staff on behalf of our Local Union to advance our mission to grow our membership and defend our members who are treated unfairly in the work place.

We have continued to put all of our efforts towards the job of securing our health and pension benefits.

The past decade has been a very difficult one for organized labor as we have had to deal with companies wanting to sub-contract work and taking away from our bargaining units.  Virtually every negotiation we enter into, the company’s propose getting out of our pension and health funds or attempting to put expensive member cost share in the contract.  

Our goal needs to be to rally our membership.  We need to get involved in every aspect of our union.  You need to attend a Monthly Meeting so you are informed of the issues that are facing all of our members.  This fight is about all of us.  We need to preserve the benefits, working conditions and wages that our retired members and we have all fought for over the years.  It’s up to this membership to step up and fight for each other.

You will see the effort to educate our new members in the future.  Our goal is to have our members understand the value of what we have and the importance of preserving what we have today and continue to gain the very best for our families.  As the saying goes - you will get from this union what you put into it.  Don’t stand on the sidelines, get involved.

As always if I or any of the Staff or Business Agents can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call or stop by the Union Hall or attend a Monthly Membership Meeting.


Dave Lucas


Principal Officer

  Current Campaigns  
  • 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.

  • Candidate material is distributed to all members to encourage informed participation in the International officer election, and to promote a fair, honest and open process.

  • 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 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.

  • Negotiations for the National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) are under way. On Wednesday, June 3, 2015 representatives from carhaul local unions met in Detroit to approve the contract proposals and the next day, Thursday, June 4, 2015 the Teamsters National Automobile Transporters Industry Negotiating Committee (TNATINC) exchanged the contract proposals with the employer group.

    The committee will work hard to protect members’ health, welfare and pension benefits, protect job security and other address other top priorities

    The National Master Automobile Transporters Agreement (NMATA) and its supplements expire on August 31, 2015. The national contract covers almost 6,000 Teamster carhaulers.

    In addition to protecting benefits and job security, other top priorities are wages, the grievance procedures and safety and health issues.

  • The IBT-Airline Division has established this page as a place to get up-to-date information about the Republic Airways Holdings (RAH) bankruptcy.  Please check here for the latest information about the bankruptcy.

  • 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 Teamsters Union represents more than 250,000 members at UPS and UPS Freight. UPS remains an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) despite the organization’s anti-worker and anti-union agenda that seeks to undermine and weaken worker protections.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • Workers across the country at FedEx Freight and Con-way Freight are standing shoulder to shoulder to form their unions with the Teamsters to win a more secure future. Momentum is building with a first wave of victories with many more to come.

    There is growing worker resentment toward the companies after years of being treated unfairly. While the companies have suddenly made improvements since workers began to organize, workers know that without a legally binding contract the company can take these things away at any time.

    The unfulfilled promises that have been made to drivers and dockworkers over the past decade are coming back to haunt management.

    But now workers are taking action and standing up for themselves by forming their union. It's a different era now. It's Teamster Time! LIKE our Facebook page, here.

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