Welcome to Teamsters Local Union No. 223! You are part of a proud tradition in the labor movement. For over a hundred years the Teamsters Union has been a leader in setting the standard for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions for workers throughout the United States and Canada.
We are proud to be part of Joint Council No. 37, and affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Local 223 represents members throughout the State of Oregon and Southwest Washington Counties. Our membership consists of a wide variety of professional workers in both the public and private sectors. We represent office personnel, medical and technical personnel, law enforcement agencies, and many departments of public works. The labor representatives employed by Local 223 have many years of experience as both union representatives and past employees of agencies and businesses we represent.
Teamsters Local 223 is dedicated to negotiating the best possible labor agreements and providing the strongest day-to-day representation for our members. The Local strives to ensure that all members get fair representation and that the employers adhere to the language of the labor agreements. The health and welfare benefits have always been and continue to be a very important part of any good contract. Local 223 has been able to offer its members some of the best medical coverage packages in the State of Oregon.
MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS FOR:
Your Teamster "steward," one of your coworkers is the way through which members enforce their rights in the workplace. Every time you have a problem in relation to your employer, you should let the steward know about it. It is helpful to write down any pertinent information so you and the steward can work together to document any violations of your rights. Some actions taken by management are direct violations of your rights spelled out in the labor agreement or law, and need to be processed through the appropriate procedures. Other actions, while unfair, annoying or hurtful, may not be violations and therefore, cannot be processed through the labor agreement. If there is no violation of contract language, regulation or law, most arbitrators and grievance panels will not rule in your favor. Your steward and labor representative have the most thorough understanding of your rights and will let you know what avenues are available for addressing issues you have with the employer. All solutions to worker problems must be made through the Local Union because we are responsible to all our members. Labor law places this right and responsibility on the Local Union; therefore, if management tries to get you to agree to something, be sure to run it by your steward and labor representative.
There are more than 500 local unions within the Teamsters Union. Everyone benefits when the members unite to achieve common goals. We encourage you to become an informed and active member and work with us to bring dignity, justice, and fairness to the workplace. If you're a Local 223 member please join us at our monthly membership meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm., Sept. - May.