Killing Off the Traveling Public

     WASHINGTON — Drivers on the nation’s Interstates could soon be paying more to travel.
     A transportation proposal sent to Congress by the Obama administration on Tuesday would remove a prohibition on tolls for existing Interstate highways, clearing the way for states to raise revenue on roads that drivers currently use at no cost. Congress banned tolls on Interstates in 1956 when it created the national highway system under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
     The administration said lifting the toll ban would help address a shortfall in funding to pay for highway repairs. The tolls, along with other changes, could provide an additional $87 billion for aging roadways, tunnels and bridges, the administration said.
     The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, which represents toll companies and their vendors, applauded the administration’s decision.
     “Tolling is a proven and effective tool to fund and finance more than 5,000 miles of roads, bridges and tunnels in 35 states,” said Patrick Jones, the group’s executive director. “To ensure our roads and bridges remain safe and reliable requires a variety of solutions. All options should be on the table so that states can choose the funding methods that work best for them.”
     But the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, which includes American Trucking Associations, UPS, FedEx, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, said it was disappointed.
     “Tolling has proven to be an inefficient mechanism for collecting transportation revenue, consuming up to 20 percent of revenue generated, and those paying the toll may not even see that road improved because the president’s plan would allow toll revenue to go to other projects in the state,” said Miles Morin, spokesman for the alliance.
     Mr. Morin said lifting the ban would cause drivers to bypass Interstate highways, hurting businesses like fast-food franchises that depend on the traffic.
     Some Northeastern states, like Delaware and New Jersey, were allowed to keep tolls on existing highways that became a part of the national system. Other states were allowed to charge tolls on highways that were added to existing Interstates, but that revenue can be used only for repair and maintenance of those roads.
     The proposal comes as Congress prepares to rewrite the existing surface transportation bill. A Congressional Budget Office study found that the Highway Trust Fund, which helps pays for Interstate repairs and is financed by a gasoline tax, will run out of money in August.

Quote from Cliven Bundy the American Patriot, (Not)

     I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. “…because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”


Hoffa-Hall Impose UPS Concessions, 

Steal Members Right to Vote

April 23, 2014: Hoffa and Hall have implemented the UPS contract, including concessionary supplements and riders that were overwhelmingly rejected by Teamster members.

According to an International Union memorandum, the UPS contract, including all supplements and riders, will go into effect on April 25 and the new Teamcare health coverage will take effect on June 1.

In the memorandum, the National Negotiating Committee repeats Ken Hall’s cover story: that the only issue holding up the rejected supplements is TeamCare. This is just a lie.

The Louisville Air Rider was rejected by a 94% No Vote because UPS’s second offer was even worse than its first offer and left unaddressed a whole series of pressing local issues: from members being forced to work off the clock to full-time jobs. 

The International Union could easily have settled the supplements by telling UPS to bargain over the outstanding local issues. Instead, Hoffa and Hall have sided with the company and forced through concessions as political payback against the leadership of Louisville Local 89 and Vote No Teamsters.  

Led by TDU, Teamster members fought for and won the Right to Vote on supplements and riders at the 1991 IBT Constitutional Convention to stop employers from imposing concessions in supplements and riders by pushing through a contract nationally.

Now Hoffa and Hall have overridden members’ Right to Vote. They claim that Article 12 of the IBT Constitution gives them the right to do it. That is a another lie. Article 12 has no such language.

Click here for complete TDU coverage.

Download: IBT’s Memorandum of LiesThe IBT Letter to Members; the IBT “Talking Points” for officialsThe IBT Posting.

Conference Call Saturday, April 26

11 am East / 10 am Central / 9 am Mtn / 8 am Pacific 

Teamster members have used the Right to Vote to fight concessions at UPS, YRC and UPS Freight. Now that right is under attack.


Every Teamster who cares about concessions and our rights as Teamsters is invited to join this important Conference Call. 

Click here to register for the Conference Call this Saturday, April 26 and the call-in number and code will be sent to you. The call is being administered by the TDU office.

If you are using the Firefox browser and having trouble registering, email with your name, local, email and phone number and we will send you the conference call number and code.

Speakers include:


Mark Timlin, Founder, Vote No on UPS Contract Facebook Page


Tim Sylvester, Local 804 President on how Teamster members and the community stopped UPS from firing 250 Teamsters in New York City.


Fred Zuckerman, Local 89 President on the fight against concessions at UPS Worldport in Louisville.


Sandy Pope, Local 805 President, on concessions and protecting our Right to Vote on Contract Supplements

WHAT:  Conference Call on New Concessions Threat


WHEN: Saturday, April 26.  11 am East / 10 am Central / 9 am Mtn / 8 am Pacific


WHO: Concerned Teamster activists, leaders of the No Concessions movement and you.


Click here to register for the conference call and the call-in number and code will be sent to you.

If you are using the Firefox browser and having trouble registering, email with your name, local, email and phone number and we will send you the conference call number and code.