Local 804 delegates to the Teamster Convention will vote to nominate International Union Candidates and amend the Teamster Constitution to increase members’ rights.
Every five years, our union holds a Convention with elected delegates from every local. This year’s Convention will be held online from June 22 to June 25.
Delegates will vote to nominate candidates for International Union office. Candidates must receive the support of at least five percent of the Delegates to appear on the ballot. This October, every Teamster will be mailed a ballot to vote for International Union leaders.
Delegates will also vote on amendments to the Teamster Convention, including:
- Eliminating the Two-Thirds Rule on Contract Votes
- Respecting Membership Votes on Contract Supplements
- Rank-and-file Members on all Negotiating Committees
Ending the Two-Thirds Rule
The Two-Thirds Rule allows the IBT to require two-thirds of the members to vote No to reject a contract if fewer than half of the members vote.
In 2018, the majority of UPS Teamsters voted to reject the last UPS contract. But the International Union ratified the contract by using the Two-Thirds Rule.
Convention Delegates will vote on an amendment to eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule and establish majority rule on contracts.
Respect Member Votes on Supplements
The Teamster Constitution currently allows the International Union to override the vote of the members and ratify local supplements that are rejected by the members.
The right to vote on our supplement gives us leverage, because the national contract cannot go into effect until all supplements are approved.
Local 804 members voted No to reject our supplements in each of the last two negotiations. Both times, we won a better contract offer as a result.
Convention Delegates will be voting on an amendment to require the International Union to respect the vote of the members on supplements.
Rank-and-file Members on Contract Negotiating Committees
Local 804 includes members on all contract negotiating committees.
The national UPS contract was negotiated without a single rank-and-file Teamster from UPS on the bargaining committee.
Convention Delegates will be voting on an amendment to require rank-and-file members to be included on all contract negotiating committees.
These are examples of some of the issues that will be debated and voted on at the Convention. There will be others.
The General President will appoint a Constitutional Committee to debate and propose amendments to the Constitution. Amendments that are rejected by the Constitutional Committee can be proposed from the floor of the Convention.
Local 804 will be represented at the Convention by 9 Delegates and 9 Alternate Delegates. We will ask them to
report back to the members on the issues and how they voted.
Rank-and-File Members on Bargaining Committees
“The national UPS contract was negotiated without a single rank-and-file Teamster from UPS on the bargaining committee. That’s wrong. Local 804 includes members on all contract negotiating committees. I’ll be voting to change the Constitution to require that rank-and-file members to be included on contract negotiating committees.”
Rocky DiPaolo, Delegate
Majority Rule on All Contract Votes
“In 2018, the majority of UPS Teamsters voted to reject the last UPS contract and 96 percent of Local 804 members voted No. But the International Union ratified the contract by using a loophole called the Two-Thirds Rule. That’s how members got stuck with givebacks that we had rejected like 22.4s. At the Convention, I’ll be voting to eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule so that majority rules on all contract votes, including supplements.”
Lawrence Grant, Delegate
Local 804 will be represented at the Convention by 9 Delegates and 9 Alternate Delegates.