Next General Membership Meeting

Sunday, April 27
9:30 AM

Teamsters Local 805
21-42 44th Drive, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101

E / M train to 23rd St., Court Square
7 train to 45th Rd., Court Square

Sign the Petition, Save Our Horses

Mayor de Blasio wants to ban horse carriages in Central Park. These carriages have been a part of New York City history for 150 years. The horses are beloved by residents and tourists alike and are well cared for by their hard-working drivers. De Blasio wants to replace the horse carriages with electric cars.

Mayor de Blasio, WE DO NOT want you to ban horses in Central Park.

Click here to sign the petition.

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Support Fired UPS Drivers

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Local 805 supports the 250 UPS drivers from Maspeth, Queens who were given termination notices for protesting the firing of a co-worker.

Click here to sign the petition and tell UPS it's not OK to retaliate against their workers.

Union Election Results

Members have elected the Sandy Pope Slate Leadership Team.

Thanks to all Local 805 members who made the effort to participate and vote in the election.

Click here to view the complete vote totals.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

Applications are being accepted to International Union's James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The deadline is March 31, 2014.

Click here to download an application packet.

NYC Labor Council Endorses National Single Payer Health Care

IB ImageThe Executive Board of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, unanimously approved a resolution supporting HR 676, national single payer health care legislation, sponsored by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

NYC CLC President Vincent Alvarez calls this resolution “Labor’s way of standing up for the health and well-being of working men and women and their families,” noting “The national legislation is a true means of controlling ever-increasing healthcare costs, while ensuring that Americans get the medical care they so desperately need.”

In the resolution, the Council notes that almost every union is forced to battle and sacrifice to sustain healthcare benefits for members.  The Council also notes that while the United States spends twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as other developed nations, we remain the only industrialized country without universal healthcare coverage.

Robert Score, Recording-Corresponding Secretary of IATSE (Theatrical & Stage Employees) Local One, said "As we all know, nobody in the United States should have to choose between healthcare and keeping a roof over their heads, food on their table or clothing on their children. HR 676 will prevent such calamities.  I am thankful to President Alvarez for guiding the NYC CLC to endorse HR 676."  IATSE Local One submitted the resolution that was passed.

The NYC CLC, the 146th CLC to endorse HR 676, represents 300 local unions with a total membership of 1.3 million.

In other news also, on July 19th Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of California’s 46th district became the 44th co-sponsor of HR 676.

HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding a greatly improved Medicare to everyone residing in the U. S.

HR 676 would cover every person for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental (including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics), mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), vision care and correction, hearing services including hearing aids, chiropractic, durable medical equipment, palliative care, podiatric care, and long term care.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments.  HR 676 would save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs.

In the current Congress, HR 676 has 44 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.

HR 676 has been endorsed by 605 union organizations including 146 Central Labor Councils/Area Labor Federations and 43 state AFL-CIO's (KY, PA, CT, OH, DE, ND, WA, SC, WY, VT, FL, WI, WV, SD, NC, MO, MN, ME, AR, MD-DC, TX, IA, AZ, TN, OR, GA, OK, KS, CO, IN, AL, CA, AK, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NY, NV, MA, RI, NH, & ID).

NY Times: Pension Predators

Pension Predators
The New York Times Editorial Board

May 15, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done retirees and military veterans a great service by ordering New York's top banking regulator to investigate "pension advance" firms that persuade customers to sign over all or part of their monthly pensions in exchange for immediate cash payments. The payments, advertised as advances, are, in fact, cleverly disguised loans that can carry ruinously high interest rates and eventually strip older citizens of their meager assets.

By insisting that they are making advances, not loans, these firms elude state supervision, including usury laws, licensing regulations and the federal Truth in Lending Act, which requires lenders to disclose borrowing costs. These and other subterfuges have enabled the companies to ambush pensioners with "advance" loans that carry interest charges ranging, according to a review by The Times, from 27 percent to 106 percent.

This is clearly illegal in New York, where a 1976 law makes it a felony for lenders to charge in excess of 25 percent interest. In addition to cash-strapped older residents and public employees like teachers, firefighters and police officers, the companies have been aggressively courting military veterans despite a federal law barring veterans from turning over pension payments to third parties. Next up for fleecing are disabled people who may have received structured disability settlements. In some cases, borrowers are required to pay for life insurance policies that list the lender as the sole beneficiary.

In addition to this investigation, the Cuomo administration has come out strongly against a bill pending in the Legislature that would lift the longstanding usury cap, allowing short-term lenders who issue ruinously priced loans to operate in the open. This should shed light on, and shame, legislators who have been lapping up contributions from the industry in return for supporting a bill that would be dangerous for their constituents.

The investigation into the pension advance companies now rests with the state's Department of Financial Services. The department moved quickly last week, sending subpoenas to 10 companies that asked, among other things, for information about their profits and marketing strategies. Depending on what it finds, the state could bring a lawsuit, issue an enforcement action or create new regulations. Given what we know so far about these seedy enterprises, all three could be required.

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NYC School Bus Strike

Show Your Support for Workers and the Children They Serve

IB ImageNearly 10,000 union school bus drivers and matrons are on strike across New York City to fight for critical safeguards that ensure our childrens' safety as well as the rights of union workers.

Local 805 stands 100% behind ATU and Teamster members in this important fight. We will be on the picket lines showing our support.

Call the Mayor at 1-888-833-7428 and tell him you support the strike and the Employee Protection Provisions.

Click here to sign a petition to the Mayor.

Mayor Bloomberg forced this strike by putting out bids to bus companies that do not include safeguards, called the Employer Protection Provisions, that require school bus drivers and matrons be employed based on their seniority in the industry. This guarantees that the most experienced drivers and matrons transport our city's children to school.

Without these rules, nonunion companies can underbid union employers by hiring inexperienced drivers and matrons at bargain basement wages and benefits.

The Employer Protection Provisions protect living wages for workers and child safety for every New York City student. You can't put a price on that.

The strike was called by ATU Local 1181. But more than 1,000 Teamsters from Local 854 are part of this struggle too.

The Teamster members are not on strike because their Teamster contracts are still in effect and contain a No Strike/No Lockout Clause. But Teamster drivers and matrons were not transporting students today. They reported to work and went home because conditions did not allow them to work.

If you see a picket line, honk your horn and show your support.

Just as important, we need to let the Mayor know how we feel. He can end this strike at any time, but he needs to hear from New Yorkers now.

Call the Mayor at 1-888-833-7428 and tell him you support the strike and the Employee Protection Provisions.

Click here to sign a petition to the Mayor.

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

Click here to download an application.