On February 20, Local 63 in
More than 200 stewards packed the union hall and cheered enthusiastically as Randy Korgan, Local 63's Director of Organizing/Business Agent, led them in welcoming their Teamsters Union leadership.
“I requested a basic training so that both new and experienced stewards would have an opportunity to develop a consistent system for documentation and grievance handling,” Korgan said.
Sally Payne, Associate Director of the Teamsters Training and Development Department, designed and instructed the program to match the needs of the local.
The participants worked through the roles and responsibilities of a steward, and discussed a video on the do’s and don'ts of grievance handling as part of the day’s activities.
Jack Peasley, Representative for the Teamsters Field and Political Action Department, addressed the stewards and congratulated them for making Local 63 “Number One” in the nation for DRIVE contributions.
Even though there was “standing room only” because of the large number of participants, most of the stewards said they wished the program had been longer.
“The program made me want to be more effective in my stewardship,” said Joe Carrington, Sr.
“One of the skills the seminar provided was the emphasis on taking notes and asking questions. That really hit home with me,” said Jesus Beltran. “I see how a basic skill can really make a world of difference.”
Both Greg Stebbins and Robert Terrell felt glad to be Teamsters.
“The seminar reminded me of what it means to be a good Teamster,” said Terrell, who is a longtime steward for Local 63.
Laura Tabares summed the day up for everyone when she said simply, “It was awesome!”