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Teamsters Remember Harrison “Tiny” Lushbaugh

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Harrison “Tiny” Lushbaugh, retired principal officer of Local 992 in Hagerstown, Md. and longtime International Representative, passed away on September 30. 

“I knew Brother Lushbaugh for a long time and I always admired the pride he took in his work. His willingness to help any working person in need set a good example for everyone he knew,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. 

Lushbaugh joined the Teamsters as a driver for Buch Express in York, Pa. in the 1950s. When the terminal in York was closed in 1957, he moved to Hagerstown, signed on with Novik Transfer and joined Local 992 where he was active with the Teamsters. E.W. Butler, the local’s founding and then-principal officer, tried unsuccessfully for years to get him to work for the local. Lushbaugh loved to drive trucks, so it wasn’t until 1969 that he agreed to join the staff part time. 

In 1973, Lushbaugh became a full-time business agent and organizer. During the following years he held every office in Local 992—the only person to ever do so. He also served as an International Representative of the Eastern Conference of Teamsters. Lushbaugh retired in 1994, but continued to offer his experience, knowledge and assistance to the members of Local 992 whenever asked to do so.

“Everybody in freight new Tiny. He was a true Teamster in every way,” said Denis Taylor, Teamsters Package Division Director and President of Local 355 in Baltimore. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Zelma Lushbaugh, and a large family including great-great-grandchildren.