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If you want to help build a union in your workplace in order to improve your wages, benefits and working conditions, then send us an e-mail at dc3icastro@twc.com or call us at 1 (800)-411-9292, we'll put you in touch with a union organizer who can confidentially talk to you about unions and what it takes to organize in order to get a voice in the workplace.

The Law Protects Your Rights During Union Organizing Drives

You have the right to organize a union to negotiate with your employer over your terms and conditions of employment. This includes your right to distribute union literature, wear union buttons, t-shirts, or other insignia (except in unusual "special circumstances"), solicit coworkers to sign union authorization cards, and discuss the union with coworkers. Supervisors and managers cannot spy on you (or make it appear that they are doing so), coercively question you, threaten you or bribe you regarding your union activity or the union activities of your co-workers. You can't be fired, disciplined, demoted, or penalized in any way for engaging in these activities.

Remember before you take any steps at work send us an e-mail at dc3icastro@twc.com or call us at 1 (800)-411-9292 and we'll put you in touch with a union organizer who can talk to you and develop an action plan for your workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a union?
A union is a group of employees who join together within a company to bargain collectively for better wages, stronger benefits and safer working conditions.

What do unions do?
A union’s primary objective is to secure good contracts for its members and to enforce the provisions of that contract. The union also administers some of the contract's important benefits directly. Often these include wage increases, health plans, and pensions.

How do I organize a Union with District Council 3?
Workers who want to join GCC/IBT District Council 3 sign a “union authorization card”. When a majority of employees sign cards, they are forwarded, in most cases, to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB then schedules and conducts a secret ballot election. In some cases, when a majority of workers sign cards the company will recognize the union. When the union is certified, the company is required by law to bargain over wages, benefits and working conditions.

If I sign an authorization card do I have to vote yes in the election? What if I change my mind?
In District Council 3 we are committed to organizing workers that want Union representation. Organizing is not about holding a vote; it is about gaining a voice in the workplace. When the NLRB conducts a union election it's a secret ballot. No one has any right to know how you voted.

Who negotiates our contract?
The Union and the company each choose their own negotiators. The company's team is usually comprised of lawyers, local management and upper management officials. The union team usually consists of bargaining unit employees and expert union negotiators.

What is a “bargaining unit”?
A bargaining unit is made up of all the employees who are eligible to vote for and be in the union.

What kind of say do I get in the contract?
Before contract talks start, we ask you what you'd like to see in a contract. Usually the union sends out a survey to all a bargaining unit's members. Once the contract has been negotiated it's submitted to you and your co-workers for ratification. If a majority doesn't approve of the contract, your negotiating team goes back to the drawing board.

What are union dues? What are they used for?
Union dues are the money you pay to the union to help pay for support staff, legal costs, negotiation costs, arbitrator's fees, etc. In fact, newly organized groups do not pay any union dues until the majority of employees vote in favor of accepting a contract.

How democratic are unions?
The whole process is open and democratic. You decide if you want to sign an authorization card. You decide whether to vote "yes" on joining the union. You decide which co-workers you want on your negotiating team. You decide what to tell your negotiators you want in a contract. You vote on the contract once it's negotiated. You vote on who will be your shop steward. You vote on who will be the officers of your local.


GCC/IBT DC3 Founding Locals

bullet Cincinnati Local 508-M
bullet Washington Courthouse Local 774-S
bullet Greensburg Local 761-S

GCC/IBT DC3 Affiliated Locals

bullet Detroit/Toledo/Lansing/Flint Local 2/289-M
bullet Grand Rapids Local 550-M
bullet Leipsic Local 270-M
bullet Toledo Local 27-N
bullet Detroit Local 13-N
bullet Louisville Local 619-M
bullet Evansville Local 571-M
bullet Cleveland Local 546-M
bullet Kalamazoo Local 507-S
bullet Battle Creek Local 135-C
bullet Grand Rapids Local 555-S
bullet Battle Creek Local 705-S
bullet Toledo Local 1135-T
bullet Cincinnati Local 128-N

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Contact Information

Main Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3, 2351 West McMicken Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214
• Phone: 513-621-3974 or 800-411-9292 • Fax : 513-621-5283
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

Michigan Regional Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3, 11420 East Nine Mile Road, Warren, Michigan 48089
• Phone: 586-755-8041 • 800-797-2289 • Fax: 586-755-8042
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

Louisville Regional Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3, 659 South 8th Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40203
• Phone: 502-583-2709 • Fax: 502-584-7095
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

Cleveland Regional Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3,  3227 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44109
• Phone: 216-741-5722 • Fax: 216-741-6819 • Toll Free: 877-344-0546
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

Evansville Regional Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3, 2425 Highway 41 North, Suite 132, Evansville, Indiana 47711
• Phone: 812-422-6044 • Fax: 812-422-3666
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

Battle Creek Regional Office: Graphic Communications Conference/International Brotherhood of Teamsters District Council 3, 8680 Verona Road, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
• Phone: 269-968-4143 • Fax: 269-968-0120
• Email: GCC/IBT District Council 3

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