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DATE:    February 26, 2015                                                     
 
 
RE:         TEAMCARE PARTICIPANT SERVICES – NOW OPEN ON SATURDAY
 
Dear Principal Officer:
 
Service to our members has always been a trademark at TeamCare.  Due to overwhelming call volume experienced during our peak weekday service hours, hold times have been unusually high.  To address this important matter, TeamCare is undertaking a number of initiatives to resolve this service issue. 
 
First, TeamCare is expanding hours to better serve you and your members. Although our Participant’s Services call center is typically closed on weekends, TeamCare is temporarily providing special service hours on the following Saturdays:
 
 
 
·           Saturday, February 28th      9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
·           Saturday, March 7th             9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
·           Saturday, March 14th                     9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST
 
In addition to being opened on the above Saturdays, for the next three weeks our Participant’s Services call center will be open earlier, beginning at 7:30 a.m. and staying opened until 6:00 p.m.  Currently, the lowest hold times are either before 8:30 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m.
 
Secondly, TeamCare has recently hired additional Benefits Specialists who are in the training process.  Once trained, these additional Benefit Specialists will help relieve the unusually high hold times by adding more staff to answer your member’s questions. 
Finally, we encourage members to register on our website at www.MyTeamCare.org where members can access benefit and claims information, their explanation of benefits, along with answers to the most frequently asked questions.  Members can also email us directly from the website with any of their questions. Our website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
We appreciate your patience and are committed to providing you and your members the service you expect from TeamCare. 
 
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Charles "Trigger" Rogers Membership Appreciation Meeting

A great time was had by all on Sunday, May 4, 2014 for the Charles "Trigger" Rogers Membership Appreciation Meeting.
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UNION MEETINGS

General Membership Meetings for Teamsters Local Union 745 are held the first Sunday of the Month at 1007 Jonelle, Dallas, Texas beginning at 10:00 a.m.
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Weingarten Rights

WEINGARTEN   One of the most vital functions of a Union steward is to prevent management from intimidating employees. Nowhere is this more important than in closed-door meetings when supervisors or guards, often trained in interrogation techniques, attempt to coerce employees into confessing to wrongdoing. In 1975, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc, the U.S.
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RETIREE'S

The Retiree Chapter meets three times a year for food, fun and fellowship.  We discuss ways to improve retirement and ways to assist Local 745.  Membership in the Retiree Chapter entitles you to the accidental death/dismemberment policy as long as you have paid your membership dues prior to the enrollment date.
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Be sure to notify the Local Union of any change in your mailing address...
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Be sure to request a withdrawal card when being laid-off, going on leave of absence, medical leave or terminating your employment.  There is NO CHARGE for a withdrawal card, but all initiation fees, and back dues must be paid current before the withdrawal card can be issued.
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Central States Information
Several of the Members represented by Teamsters Local Union 745 are also participants with the Central States Health and Welfare and Pension Funds.
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  Current Campaigns  
  • 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.

  • First Student employees’ collective bargaining agreement with the company, which covers more than 21,000 workers, expires on March 31, 2015. Employees at First Student made history when they voted overwhelmingly to ratify a national master agreement on June 1, 2011, and it is time to renegotiate that agreement. Turn to this page to get the latest contract news and updates. The first round of negotiations is scheduled for January 27-28, 2015. The national contract expires March 31, 2015.

  • At the Hunt’s Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, 1,300 members of Teamsters Local 202 have been working under harsh conditions without a raise several times since the recession. They are asking management for a fair wage – a pay hike of $25 a week. Management is refusing and the workers voted to authorize a strike at 4 p.m. on Jan 18. The workers who feed New York should be able to feed their families.

  • Teamsters are standing together to protect good jobs as Sysco, the country’s largest foodservice provider, attempts to purchase its only national competitor, US Foods. Join our campaign to demand that Sysco and US Foods honor their agreements with 11,500 Teamsters and protect the livelihoods of the men and women who make these companies leaders in the industry. LIKE our Facebook page, here.

  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • 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.

  • Teamsters at Republic Services/Allied Waste have stood together in recent years to fight for strong contracts, including going on strike and supporting their fellow striking workers. Workers continue to fight for strong contracts that include retirement security at the second largest solid waste company. This campaign page is dedicated to those ongoing efforts.

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    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

     
 
 
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