In order for our union to grow stronger every member must be well informed. That's why Teamsters Local 623 developed this handbook to help new members understand their rights, responsibilities, and duties as members of this Local Union and of the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters.
Were you recently hired at the Greyhound station or at UPS in Philadelphia? Want to learn more about your union?
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Teamsters Local 623 participates in the Teamsters Health and Welfare and Pension Trust Funds of Philadelphia and Vicinity for full-time employees and the UPS Pension Plan for part-time employees. Please find benefit request forms below. If you have question don't hesitate to call the numbers below.
UPS Pension Plan 1-404-828-6044
Teamsters Health and Welfare Fund 1-800-523-2846
Be sure to fill out this form when being laid-off, going on leave of absence, lengthy medical leave, worker's compensation or terminating your employment.
Teamsters Democrat, Republican, Independent, Voter Education (DRIVE) is the Teamsters' political action committee. Big Business spends big money in Washington to influence members of Congress and push their anti-worker plans. They outspend working people in politics by more than 15-1. Your contribution supports working-class political action by Teamster members to stand up to Big Business interests. And your membership to DRIVE will help elect candidates that fight for working people and Teamsters themselves.
Use these forms to notify TeamCare of a short-term disability, a continuation of disability and/or an extension of health coverage due to a non-work-related injury or illness or inability to work due to pregnancy.
If you want to get on the 9.5 list now, fill out the 9.5 Add/Cut Form and have your shop steward turn it into management. You will be added to the 9.5 list for the following week.
Once you are on the list, If you work more than 9.5 hours on three days in a week, talk with your shop steward to file a grievance for triple time pay for all hours worked over 9.5 in a day and to have your dispatch adjusted if necessary.
If there are any 22.4 drivers working in the center, then every Regular Package Car Driver is eligible to be on the 9.5 list.
If there are no 22.4 drivers working in the center, then Regular Package Car Drivers are eligible to get on the 9.5 list as long as: (1) the driver covers a route for a full week; (2) the driver bids or is assigned to cover a route for a full week but is prevented from completing that bid or assignment due to reassignment by management; or (3) the driver has four years of seniority as a full-time package driver.
22.4 Drivers are not eligible for the 9.5 list.
Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.
These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. This means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.
If management calls you into the office or talks to you about your job performance, an accident, or anything that could lead to discipline, ask for your shop steward.
Your steward has the right to know what the meeting is about and to meet with you to talk before the meeting starts.
You also have a right to take a break during the meeting and talk to your steward privately. Just say you want to go in the hallway and “caucus” with your steward.
Use a caucus to ask questions, to fill your shop steward in on important facts and to get on the same page.
The Constitution and Bylaws contain the rules that govern this Union at the International, State, Joint-Council and Local levels.
In October of 2004, the Executive Board approved the establishment of the William J Cooke Memorial Scholarship Fund in recognition of Bill Cooke’s tireless efforts to improve the working conditions of his fellow brothers and sisters. Bill “Cooke” was a Teamster member for 31 years. For more than half of his career, Cooke served as an elected Union officer.
Applicants for the Scholarship must be:
• The child or grandchild of an active Local 623 member who had at least 12 months of consecutive membership in good standing.
• The child or grandchild of a member in good standing during the 12 months preceding the application deadline or, if retired or deceased, the member must have been in good standing for the 12 months preceding his/her retirement or death. The parent/grandparent can not be a current officer/employee of the Local Union.
• Currently in their last year of high school, and;
• Plan to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement and personal qualifications as determined by the Selection Committee. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. All awards will be sent directly to the college or school of which award winners are enrolled and credited to their account for payment of authorized expenses (tuition, room & board, books).
Seniority protection is a Teamster core value. The seniority system ensures fairness and equal treatment to all members. The principal of seniority is pretty simple, the length of time that any member has contributed to the Company gives them certain privileges when it comes to new job bids, vacations, and other benefits.
Members attain seniority through continuous employment and maintaining their membership in good standing. After working thirty (30) days within a ninety (90) consecutive day period, a new worker shall be placed on the seniority list.
Click the links below for updated seniority lists for each center. Contact your Business Agent or Shop Steward if you have any questions or concerns.