Policy and Politics

Doug Bloch, Political Director

Political Director's Report

Fighting our biggest target yet — Amazon

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an explosion in online shopping. Teamsters in many industries are working harder than ever. UPS, our largest employer, hired 50,000 Teamsters since the pandemic began. And with the holidays coming up, UPS just announced plans to hire 100,000 more seasonal workers.

Amazon is UPS’ largest customer. Amazon has also rapidly become the second largest employer in the U.S. The company hired 500,000 people last year and just announced plans to hire another 125,000 warehouse workers and 50,000 delivery drivers by the end of the year.

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The Sacramento Report

Many Teamster-sponsored bills in the mix

By Shane Gusman

Hello from your State Capital! The Legislative session is in full swing, with roughly 1,500 pieces of legislation moving through the process.

As a Union, we have a very diverse jurisdiction so we have to keep an eye on most of these bills and take active positions on hundreds. We also have our own legislative program where we “sponsor” specific bills to help our members and help to grow the union. 

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