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Teamsters Weekly Update Week Ending 3 22 19

Hoffa Marks 20 Years of Building Teamster Power: Today, March 19, 2019, marks an important milestone in Teamster history. On this date, General President James P. Hoffa became only the second General President to log 20 years as head of the Teamsters Union. Over the course of those two decades, the Teamsters have regained their mantle as the strongest union in North America through rebuilding its finances, organizing the unorganized and negotiating the strongest contracts in labor. In corporate boardrooms, on Capitol Hill and throughout the labor movement, the Teamsters again command respect.

YRCW Update: Tentative Agreement In Principle Reached: The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and YRCW companies, YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland, have reached a tentative agreement in principle for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the current agreement which is expiring on March 31.

Teamsters Local 174 Members at Bunzl Unanimously Ratify Strong 5-year Agreement: Earlier this month, a group of 18 Teamsters Local 174 members working at Bunzl unanimously ratified a new 5-year agreement with their employer. These drivers are responsible for delivering Bunzl products – including paper products, cleaning supplies, food storage products – to various businesses throughout Washington State.

Kansas Teamsters Argue for School Bus Driver Unemployment Insurance at Senate Hearing: Today members from Teamsters Locals 696, 795 and 838 attended a hearing at the Kansas State Capitol to support Senate Bill 38. They were joined by John Billigmeier, Central Region Vice President of First Student, the nation’s largest school bus company, and Kansas Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Brett Flachsbarth.

Frontier Airlines Mechanics Ratify Contract with Teamsters Local 455: Frontier Airlines mechanics have voted to ratify their most recent contract with the Teamsters by a margin of 96 percent. The agreement will be in effect until March 2023.

BLET Lobbies Capitol Hill to Promote Rail Safety: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) officers and staff invested a lot of legwork lobbying for rail worker safety during the early part of March, 2019. The BLET lobbying effort was led by National President Dennis R. Pierce and Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman, with invaluable support for BLET Director of Regulatory Affairs Vince Verna and BLET Legislative and Political Director Bob Hagan.

Firefighters/EMTs in Illinois Join Teamsters Local 525: A group of 10 firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in Illinois have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 525.

Teamster School Bus Workers Lobby for Unemployment Insurance in St. Paul: School bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 120 and Teamsters Local 638 spoke at a hearing today at the Minnesota House of Representatives about the importance of passing H.F. 988, legislation that would extend unemployment insurance (UI) to school bus workers employed by private contractors. Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that doesn’t extend unemployment insurance to these workers during the summer months.

Teamsters Support Dream and Promise Act: The Teamsters Union applauds today’s introduction of The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), by Reps. Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Velazquez (D-NY) and Clarke (D-NY). This crucial legislation, which has 130 co-sponsors, would ensure that the future of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders is secure.

Food Service Workers in Idaho and Oregon Join Teamsters Locals 483 and 670: On Friday, March 8, a group of 34 drivers in Idaho and Oregon working at Food Services of America, Inc., which US Foods is in the process of purchasing, voted to become members of Teamsters Local 483 in Boise, Idaho and Local 670 in Salem, Oregon.

‘Miracles Do Happen:’ Long-Lost Mother and Daughter Find One Another at Local 777: Workers know that the union has a way of bringing people together, but it’s not every day that the Teamsters brings together actual blood relatives. That’s what makes the story of Mary Kay Krekan-Trout and her daughter Sandra (Sandee) Dumas so extraordinary, because that’s exactly what happened: the two had been separated and searching for one another for decades, and through what they describe as an act of God, mutual friends that they each worked with at Teamster school bus yards helped to connect them.

Teamster Dispatchers, Allegiant Air Reach Agreement in Principle: The Teamsters Union and Allegiant Air reached an agreement in principle yesterday for the 34 dispatchers employed at Allegiant. This will be the first contract for the dispatchers since they voted to join the Teamsters.

Teamsters Lend a Hand to Help Wounded Vets in Ariz.: A vacation to Arizona turned into an event honoring U.S. veterans at a facility in Tucson on Saturday where attendees received headphones and other gifts as a thank you for their service to this country.

Reyes Fleet Management Mechanics Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Local 727: Last week, mechanics employed by Reyes Fleet Management, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, LLC, voted overwhelmingly in favor of union representation, selecting Teamsters Local 727 as their collective bargaining representative.  Local 727 also currently represents more than 700 employees of the Reyes Holdings subsidiary Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, Inc.
 

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Hoffa Marks 20 Years of Building Teamster Power: Transforming the Teamsters since March 19, 1999:Today, March 19, 2019, marks an important milestone in Teamster history. On this date, General President James P. Hoffa became only the second General President to log 20 years as head of the Teamsters Union. Over the course of those two decades, the Teamsters have regained their mantle as the strongest union in North America through rebuilding its finances, organizing the unorganized and negotiating the strongest contracts in labor. In corporate boardrooms, on Capitol Hill and throughout the labor movement, the Teamsters again command respect.
“When our administration took office 20 years ago, the union was on the verge of bankruptcy and was hopelessly divided,” Hoffa said. “We faced employers bent on destroying our union and others willing to spend large sums of money to keep workers from joining the Teamsters. We found good union employers fighting for their survival in the face of government policies that rewarded companies sending jobs overseas. We also faced employers who wanted to take advantage of our weakness to cut wages and health care benefits, and eliminate pension and retirement plans. We engaged these challenges from day one.”
Under Hoffa’s leadership, the Teamsters Union has strengthened its foundation by putting its financial house in order, which helped the union organize. In the last 20 years, the Teamsters Union has been the most active organizing union in the country. Organizing is the first step, but the work doesn’t stop there. Hoffa and his team have fought hard to negotiate the best contracts in many industries, raising wages and benefits and improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of workers.
When it comes to shaping politics and policy for this union, Hoffa’s tenure as head of the Teamsters started off strong and hasn’t looked back since. From the get-go, his administration was on the ground fighting alongside thousands of Teamster brothers and sisters in as part of the “Battle of Seattle” against the failed policies of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Hoffa sounded the clarion call against broken trade agreements and helped raised public attention to the issue.
Sticking up for unions and their ability to collectively bargain has always been paramount for the Teamsters. Hoffa has led that charge in state after state where legislatures have sought to reduce the power of unions by approving right-to-work legislation.
“We have accomplished a lot in the last 20 years but there is always more to do,” said Hoffa. “Workers’ rights and the gains we have made never stand still—we are either on the rise or someone is trying to take what we have—we only win by constantly fighting for more.”
Reflecting on serving the Teamster membership for 20 years, Hoffa added, “It has been my greatest honor to serve the great men and women of this union. I look back with pride knowing that because of the strength of the Teamsters, thousands of workers have been able to retire with dignity, thousands of children had illnesses treated because of excellent union-negotiated health care, and that thousands of Teamster families could be a part of the American middle class because they belonged to the Teamsters.”

YRCW Update: Tentative Agreement in Principle Reached: The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and YRCW companies, YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland, have reached a tentative agreement in principle for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the current agreement which is expiring on March 31.
TNFINC has granted a contract extension of the current agreement through May 31, 2019 in order to allow the parties to finalize some language and a few supplemental issues as well as to allow the union’s ratification process to take place.
National Freight Director and TNFINC Co-Chair Ernie Soehl stated, “The parties have worked incredibly hard to reach a new tentative agreement in principle. There were a lot of issues, history and emotions involved with these negotiations. I want to thank the union’s bargaining committee for its hard work and support. We certainly got creative, but I believe we got every penny we could have and that this contract will improve Teamster lives.”
As with the union’s practice, details of the tentative agreement will not be released until after they have been reviewed at a two-person meeting which will be scheduled in the near future To read the PDF from the Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee, click here.

Teamsters Local 174 Members at Bunzl Unanimously Ratify Strong 5-year Agreement:  Agreement Rewrites and Improves Vast Sections of Contract Covering 18 Bunzl Drivers:
Earlier this month, a group of 18 Teamsters Local 174 members working at Bunzl unanimously ratified a new 5-year agreement with their employer. These drivers are responsible for delivering Bunzl products – including paper products, cleaning supplies, food storage products – to various businesses throughout Washington State.
The new agreement not only guarantees strong economics, but also improves vast sections of the contract language. It offers the best economic package these drivers have seen in years, with strong wage increases, an increase in pension contribution hours, and the best health and welfare worker protections in decades. It also includes major improvements to sick leave, bereavement leave, and vacation language.
Other major victories for the work group included new rules regarding bidding of routes, and a generous clothing and boot allowance. Overall, the unanimously-approved contract did not include a single takeaway for members.
“Whether it’s a contract covering thousands of members or a contract covering a handful, Local 174 always brings the fight to the bargaining table, and we don’t walk away until we have a great agreement,” said Teamsters Local 174 Secretary-Treasurer Rick Hicks. “We are proud of our members at Bunzl and our negotiating team for standing firm and negotiating such an excellent contract, which will guarantee our members’ futures for the next five years and beyond.”
“I think Bunzl management showed up to the table expecting a quick two-day bargain with minimal changes to the language of the contract, but that isn’t what they got,” said Teamsters Local 174 Senior Business Agent Pete Lamb, lead negotiator for the Union side. “They got a fight, and as a result, our members got the strongest contract they’ve seen in a long time.”

Kansas Teamsters Argue for School Bus Driver Unemployment Insurance at Senate Hearing: (TOPEKA, Kan.) – Today members from Teamsters Locals 696, 795 and 838 attended a hearing at the Kansas State Capitol to support Senate Bill 38. They were joined by John Billigmeier, Central Region Vice President of First Student, the nation’s largest school bus company, and Kansas Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Brett Flachsbarth.

SB 38 would extend unemployment insurance (UI) in the summer months to school bus drivers employed by private companies. Currently Kansas is one of the only states in the region where privatized school bus drivers are not eligible to collect unemployment benefits in spite of their employers paying into the system. The legislation is currently being considered by the Kansas Senate Commerce Committee. Its companion legislation in the Kansas House of Representatives, HB 2148, has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Labor and Economic Development. Local 696 Secretary-Treasurer Matt Hall told the committee that SB 38 would improve safety and reduce turnover in the school bus industry.
“This is an industry that demands the highest safety and background check standards,” Hall said. “Retaining and recruiting safe, professional drivers is key to the well-being of our children and the public at large because they haul our most precious cargo. When companies lose experienced drivers because they can’t afford to work at this job anymore our schools, children and communities lose.”
First Student Driver and Local 838 Member Ray Alvarez also spoke at the hearing. He said that the inequities in the industry create hardships for drivers.
“When drivers don’t have economic security in the summer months it’s a real struggle to make ends meet – some of our best drivers are forced to take other jobs and many times they do not return to drive in the fall,” Alvarez said. “Workers in other industries are able to collect unemployment when they are laid off; even the bus monitors who work alongside us are able to collect unemployment when they are laid off. Why not us?”  
The Teamsters Union represents more than 500 school bus workers across Kansas and workers in a wide variety of other industries throughout the state.

Frontier Airlines Mechanics Ratify Contract with Teamsters Local 455 Latest Agreement Ratified Overwhelmingly by Membership: (DENVER) – Frontier Airlines mechanics have voted to ratify their most recent contract with the Teamsters by a margin of 96 percent. The agreement will be in effect until March 2023.
“We are thrilled that we were able to ratify such a great agreement for our members at Frontier Airlines,” said Steve Vairma, Local 455 Secretary-Treasurer. “Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to get this contract ratified.”
“Much thanks to all of the workers who voted by a massive margin to implement their latest contract with Frontier Airlines,” said Capt. David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director. “The enthusiasm and solidarity that our negotiating committee and Local 455 Business Agent Don Ramsey displayed during negotiations led to the outstanding wages and benefits that these workers will enjoy throughout the lifetime of this agreement.”
The new agreement contains significant wage increases, including a 15 percent wage increase that went into effect upon the date of ratification, an overall wage increase of 29 percent over the lifetime of the agreement and a $3,000 signing bonus. Frontier aircraft appearance agents ratified their most recent contract unanimously last year, making this the second Frontier Airlines contract that Teamsters Local 455 has ratified by more than a 95 percent margin in less than six months.

BLET Lobbies Capitol Hill To Promote Rail Safety: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) officers and staff invested a lot of legwork lobbying for rail worker safety during the early part of March, 2019. The BLET lobbying effort was led by National President Dennis R. Pierce and Vice President and National Legislative Representative John P. Tolman, with invaluable support for BLET Director of Regulatory Affairs Vince Verna and BLET Legislative and Political Director Bob Hagan.
On March 5, 6 and 7, they met with a dozen members of the U.S. House and Senate from both political parties, and held meetings with the heads of regulatory agencies, including Federal Railroad Administrator Ron Batory, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt and Member Jennifer Homendy. President Pierce also met with the heads of the National Carriers’ Conference Committee and the Association of American Railroads. To read the entire article, click here.

Firefighters/EMTs in Illinois Join Teamsters Local 525 Workers Seek Fair Pay and Improved Benefits: A group of 10 firefighters/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in Illinois have voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 525.
The election was held by mail ballot and votes were counted on February 26. The vote was 8-0 in favor of Teamster representation. There are 10 workers in the bargaining unit.
The firefighters/EMTs work for Kurtz Ambulance Service in East Alton, Illinois. They all serve employees of Olin Brass, a large manufacturing plant in East Alton.
“We welcome these workers and we will work with them to negotiate a strong first contract that addresses their issues,” said Kevin Engelke, Secretary-Treasurer of Alton-based Local 525. “They perform an important job in our community and they deserve a secure future.”
“The workers turned to the Teamsters because they were receiving poor representation from another union,” said Brett Wessel, Local 525 Vice President and Business Agent. “They couldn’t reach their former business agent and they did not have a chance to vote on their last contract. As Teamsters, they will have a strong voice.” Workers are also seeking fair pay and improved benefits, Wessel said.

Teamster School Bus Workers Lobby for Unemployment Insurance in St. Paul: Legislation Would Reduce Turnover, Improve Equity in School Bus Industry (ST. PAUL, Minn.) – School bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 120 and Teamsters Local 638 spoke at a hearing today at the Minnesota House of Representatives about the importance of passing H.F. 988, legislation that would extend unemployment insurance (UI) to school bus workers employed by private contractors. Minnesota is one of only a handful of states that doesn’t extend unemployment insurance to these workers during the summer months.
“It's time these workers are provided unemployment benefits during the summer months,” said Teamsters Joint Council 32 President Lawrence Yoswa. “We support this statutory change to create parity with other industries.”
Local 120 Member Steve LeFerber and Local 638 Member Dawn Petersdorf were at the Jobs and Economic Development Finance Division hearing where the legislation was being considered.
“Currently the annual turnover in drivers is in excess of one-third of the workforce annually,” LeFerber said. “If you have consistent drivers who keep the same routes year after year, kids remember their drivers and it’s a stable place for them. We can’t provide that with turnover as high as it is.”
Petersdorf noted that it was unfair for school bus workers to be singled out.
“Payments, bills, groceries, transportation and fuel costs do not stop during the summer; school bus drivers still have to pay for them,” Petersdorf said. “Construction workers who are laid off during the slow season are able to collect unemployment insurance, why not us?”

Teamsters Support Dream and Promise Act Legislation Would Provide Permanent Protections for Dreamers, TPS Holders: (COVINA, Calif.) – The Teamsters Union applauds today’s introduction of The Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), by Reps. Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Velazquez (D-NY) and Clarke (D-NY). This crucial legislation, which has 130 co-sponsors, would ensure that the future of Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders is secure.
Permanent protections for Dreamers and TPS holders must be enacted to stabilize an uncertain and unstable situation for the American economy and population as a whole. The cancellation of these programs have upset the lives of millions of men, women and children who have done nothing but lived their lives as productive members of our community.
“Our union supports The Dream and American Promise Act as it establishes a permanent solution to an economic and human crisis that threatens to tear our nation apart,” said Ron Herrera, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 and Teamsters International Vice President. “We are a nation that was founded, built and has prospered thanks to the vision and work of immigrants from all around the world. Providing a clear path to citizenship for immigrants and their families that are integral parts of our society is the right thing to do and honors the history of our great nation.”

Food Service Workers in Idaho and Oregon Join Teamsters Locals 483 and 670: On Friday, March 8, a group of 34 drivers in Idaho and Oregon working at Food Services of America, Inc., which US Foods is in the process of purchasing, voted to become members of Teamsters Local 483 in Boise, Idaho and Local 670 in Salem, Oregon.
The two locals filed a combined petition to represent the workers. The vote was 23-9 in favor of Teamster representation. Local 483 will represent 32 of the 34 workers, while Local 670 will represent two.
“It feels good to be a Teamster,” said Vince Nye, an employee in Meridian, Idaho for the past four and a half years. “We are seeking fair pay.”
“For far too long, this company has taken advantage of these workers,” said Timothy Acevez, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 483. “We look forward to negotiating a first contract that will address wages, benefits and working conditions. The workers deserve security for themselves and for their families.”
“The workers are also tired of the company’s empty promises and they want to be treated with respect,” Acevez said.
“The company, for too long, has denied these workers the wages, benefits, protections and respect afforded the vast majority of other FSA workers already covered by Teamster contracts,” said Michael Beranbaum, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 670. “We along with Local 483 and the International Union are committed to fighting alongside these workers to achieve the dignity, respect and first contract they deserve.”
The Teamsters Union is also working to give the remaining non-union FSA employees the same protections.
Last July, US Foods Holding Corp. announced it was buying five operating companies collectively known as SGA’s Food Group of Companies, for $1.8 billion in cash. The purchase includes Food Services of America, one of the largest regional broadline distribution companies in the country serving 16 states in the West and Midwest.

Miracles Do Happen:’ Long-Lost Mother and Daughter Find One Another at Local 777: Workers know that the union has a way of bringing people together, but it’s not every day that the Teamsters brings together actual blood relatives. That’s what makes the story of Mary Kay Krekan-Trout and her daughter Sandra (Sandee) Dumas so extraordinary, because that’s exactly what happened: the two had been separated and searching for one another for decades, and through what they describe as an act of God, mutual friends that they each worked with at Teamster school bus yards helped to connect them.
Krekan-Trout, Dumas and their co-workers who connected them are all members of Local 777 outside of Chicago, Ill.
“They both look alike and you can tell that they are related,” said Local 777 President Jim Glimco. “They’ve got a great relationship and it’s one of those magical stories…It’s really great.”
Mary Kay Krekan-Trout gave her daughter up for adoption when she was born. The adoption was supposed to be an open adoption, meaning that Krekan-Trout would regularly receive letters and pictures as updates on how Sandee was doing. Krekan-Trout and Dumas say that sadly it was treated as a closed adoption because of a legal mix-up. In spite of this, both of them are looking toward the future.
“It’s in the past, we’ve got a lot to do and we’re going to do it,” Krekan-Trout said.
“This is what I wanted,” Dumas said. “I turn 40 on April 18 and this is my 40th birthday present. There’s so much we’ve found out, and so much we have yet to find out, and it’s going to be an amazing adventure.”
Reconnecting The adventure started when Dumas took a DNA test that she got from Ancestry.com. The DNA test confirmed a mother-daughter match, and she found out her mother’s name.
Dumas began looking on Facebook, where she found out that Krekan-Trout worked for Illinois Central School Bus. Dumas had just started working at First Student, where she met Tina Applebee. Applebee was acquainted with a school bus driver named Randy Brooks, who knew Krekan-Trout. Brooks and Applebee put the long-lost mother and daughter in touch with one another for the first time since 1979.
“I told Mary Kay, ‘She looks just like you,’” Applebee said. “They were both ecstatic; they’ve been spending almost every day together since. I’m just very happy that they were able to find each other.”
“The time between reaching out to be put in contact with my mother and then meeting her, that Thursday through Friday, I think that was probably the longest time of my life,” Dumas said.
Krekan-Trout received a phone call from Brooks telling her that they had finally found her daughter, and she broke down sobbing tears of joy. Within eight hours they were in contact with one another and they made plans to meet in person at a restaurant called Alfie’s in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
“It was amazing. I thought I would never be able to find her, and then I found her,” Krekan-Trout said. “We took each other off each other’s feet. The first thing we said to one another was I love you and I’ve been looking for you.”
Catching Up They stayed at the restaurant until it closed and then sat in the car for four hours talking to one another. After four decades, they had a lot of catching up to do.
They found out that they were both gaining more family members—Dumas now has another two brothers and three sisters, along with many more aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Through Dumas’ adopted family, Krekan-Trout is gaining another daughter (Sandee’s sister) and a grandson, Dumas’ biological son who she placed in an open adoption at birth. 
They also found out, amazingly, that at one point they nearly worked together at the same Laidlaw school bus yard, but missed meeting each other because their periods of employment were two weeks apart.
Teamster Family Since reuniting, Krekan-Trout and Dumas have found out that as one would expect, they have a lot in common. Both of them love horses and horseback riding. They have similar mannerisms; both say they talk with their hands. They finish each other’s sentences.
Both of them are proud Teamsters as well. Krekan-Trout is a shop steward at her Illinois Central school bus yard, and she said that being a Teamster has made her a stronger advocate for her fellow drivers. When Dumas lived in Kansas, she was part of the initial conversations around bringing the Teamsters into the school bus yard where she worked, and the workers successfully organized the yard after she moved back to Illinois.
“If you’ve got a union backing you, you don’t have to take out a bus that’s unsafe,” Dumas said. “Working for a union shop versus a nonunion shop, the union makes conditions safer and better for everyone, and everyone has a voice.”    
Sandee Dumas and Mary Kay Krekan-Trout say that after all they have been through, they will always be part of one another’s lives, and indeed they seem inseparable.
“Our interests have been pretty much parallel; our lives have been pretty much parallel, unbelievably so,” Krekan-Trout said. “She’s a bus driver, so am I. Miracles do happen, and this is one of them. The one up above had something to do with this, but the school bus industry and the Teamsters did too. It’s the luck of Local 777.”

Teamster Dispatchers, Allegiant Air Reach Agreement in Principle Framework for Dispatchers’ First Contract Established: (LAS VEGAS) – The Teamsters Union and Allegiant Air reached an agreement in principle yesterday for the 34 dispatchers employed at Allegiant. This will be the first contract for the dispatchers since they voted to join the Teamsters.
“I’m proud of our dispatchers,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “These workers fought bravely to get their union and now they’re close to getting their first contract. I’m glad we’ve been able to work productively with the company to get these negotiations to this point.”
“I’d like to thank the negotiating committee for all of their hard work at the table,” said Bob Fisher, Airline Division International Representative and Lead Negotiator. “The committee was able to work professionally and proficiently with company negotiators to resolve outstanding issues. I am looking forward to working with the airline to finalize this agreement and deliver a long-awaited contract.”
The Teamsters will work with the company in the next few weeks to finalize the agreement and determine final contract language which will go to the membership for a vote.

Teamsters Lend a Hand to Help Wounded Vets in Ariz.: A vacation to Arizona turned into an event honoring U.S. veterans at a facility in Tucson on Saturday where attendees received headphones and other gifts as a thank you for their service to this country.
Paul Cardello, chairman and CEO for iPods for Wounded Veterans, was out in Arizona visiting family when he realized the Veterans Administration (VA) had a hospital nearby. Enlisting the help of Local 104 and the VA as well as assistance of sponsors Bose, Best Buy, Big Lots and Hudson RPM, he organized an event for upwards of 150 vets that featured speakers, giveaways, food, drink and music.
A retired member of Local 170 in Worchester, Mass., Cardello and his organization have repeatedly joined with Teamsters on the local and national level in order to give back to this nation’s wounded heroes. Officials from the Teamsters Military Assistance Program were on hand to advise former military members about career opportunities with the union.
“This was a massive event,” Cardello said. “Everyone was involved in it.”
Vets received earbuds from Bose and magazines from Hudson. Best Buy and Big Lots provided iPods for Wounded Veterans with discounted merchandise that was raffled off at the event. The VA supplied refreshments and staffing support. Local 104 also provided volunteers for the event.
The organization holds similar event around the country. The next one is scheduled for April 13 in Manchester, N.H., and Local 633 is assisting.  More information about iPods for Wounded Veterans can be found here.

Reyes Fleet Management Mechanics Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Local 727: Last week, mechanics employed by Reyes Fleet Management, a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, LLC, voted overwhelmingly in favor of union representation, selecting Teamsters Local 727 as their collective bargaining representative.  Local 727 also currently represents more than 700 employees of the Reyes Holdings subsidiary Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, Inc.
“Congratulations to our newest Brothers and Sisters!  On behalf of all Local 727 members, welcome to our Teamsters family,” stated Local 727 Secretary-Treasurer John Coli, Jr.  “We look forward to fighting for a strong first collective bargaining agreement.”
By voting for Teamsters Local 727 representation, these mechanics have chosen to have a say in their working conditions.  Their voices, bolstered by a brotherhood of nearly 10,000 fellow workers, can now demand fair pay, strong benefits, and respect from their employer.
After the National Labor Relations Board certifies the election results, Local 727 will begin the process of negotiating a first contract.  This process will begin with an employee demands meeting at which Reyes mechanics will have the opportunity to speak with their new Union business representative and voice their opinions on what issues they would like addressed in their first Teamster contract.
 

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