Teamsters Local 690 Trustee Taj Wilkerson, a City of Liberty Lake Police officer, called on his Teamster Local brothers and sisters to show support and solidarity for the Spokane County Sheriff’s SWAT Sergeant that was shot in the line of duty on Monday, March 6th. Staff and members from Local 690, as well as Secretary-Treasurer Holstrom, showed their support as the procession of Multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies escorted him home from the hospital today.
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Teamsters Local 690 makes annual donation to Tom’s Turkey Drive for 2nd Harvest Food Bank.
Pictured above are Local 690 President Matt Tanner, Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom and Tom Sherry. Teamster Local 690 Member Ben Garcia of FSA donated his $100 lottery drawing check from the November 17th Member meeting to Tom’s Turkey Drive also.
Val Holstrom, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 690, on behalf of the 3,000 members in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho presented a check for $500 to Second Harvest and Tom’s Turkey Drive. We are proud to help provide a meaningful Thanksgiving dinner for local families who are in need.
Thousands of people in Eastern Washington lost power as a result of the major wind storm that hit our area early last week. Many people are still without power. We’d like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all those who, even though dealing with the power outages, have stepped forward to donate food to those in need.
On July 17th, 2015, the WA/ID Teamsters/AGC Training Center completed the first VET’s Program at JBLM (Joint Base Lewis McChord) with the graduation of five new Construction Truck Driver Apprentices.
With the support and cooperation of Colonel H. Charles “Chuck” Hodges, Commander, JBLM and his staff, Amy Moorash, Chief, Advising Branch, David L. Stone Education Center, five active and/or recently separated servicemen have completed the first round of their training to become Teamster construction truck drivers in Washington State.
The program consists of six weeks of training, followed by 3,000 of on-the-job-training with local construction contractors. Two weeks of classroom instruction was held at Joint Base Lewis McChord with four weeks of in-truck training held nearby at the Cal-Portland Dupont gravel pit.
The WA/ID Teamsters/AGC Training Center is a Washington State certified apprenticeship program open to all interested candidates who wish to pursue a career as a construction truck driver.
“We only train enough apprentices to fill the job opportunities we’re sure we will have,” said Tom Hamilton, Director. “The last thing we want is to train someone and then not be able to get them a job.”
The VET’s Program was designed to provide civilian employment opportunities and to take advantage of the wealth of talent that is and will be flowing off the base. We are proud to provide this program. It is truly a win-win deal for the military, the individual servicemen and women, the employers, and the state of Washington.
Special thanks goes out to Cal-Porland and to Lakeside Industries for their generous donations of facilities and equipment.
“Dear Teamsters Local 690,
“On behalf of everyone at KREM 2 we thank you for supporting Tom’s Turkey Drive this year. Your generosity helped 11,000 families receive a complete Thanksgiving meal this holiday season. The majority of these meals were distributed on Turkey Tuesday at the Spokane Arena before Thanksgiving. Local food banks helped distribute the remaining meals to families living just outside of Spokane.
“Tom’s Turkey Drive also raised $97,000 for 2nd Harvest Food Bank to continue feeding families in need throughout the year. This 38% increase over last year’s donations is reason to celebrate growth; and most importantly, the generosity of our community.
“Your donations put food on the table for needy families in Spokane- but Tom’s Turkey Drive is about more than that. Think of the holiday memories created by families around a table full of food that might not have been possible otherwise. You gave a great gift.
“Again, all of us at KREM 2, the Tom’s Turkey Drive sponsors, and those who benefit from the drive truly appreciate your generous support. We hope you will join us against next year.
Tom Sherry ”