February 2015 Local Union No. 690 Newsletter
Stories in this issue:
- Sysco Annual Shareholder Meeting
- Local 690 Donates to 2nd Harvest
- Secretary-Treasurer Message
- Annual Membership Appreciation Meeting And Christmas Party
- Recognizing Our Members With Years Of Service
- Local 690 Member Receives Award
- Public Sector Update
- Big Buck Winners
- Recent Retirees
- Broken Wheel
- Dues Payment
2014 Christmas Party Photos
The photos from the 2014 Christmas Party are up! There are a LOT, so we broke it down into seven different photo galleries.
2015-2016 Academic Year James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Applications Due March 31, 2015
The application deadline for the 2015/2016 college scholarship is March 31, 2015.
Applications and instructions for the 2015-2016 Academic Year James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship are now available by download here. You may also visit the Teamsters JRH Scholarship page to read more about the Scholarship Fund.
At the Sysco Annual Shareholders Meeting
Local 690's Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom sent Business Agent Larry Kroetch to Houston to join with Teamster Members and Representatives from across the country in support of the IBT's National campaign raising awareness by attending the Sysco Annual Shareholders Meeting and voiced our concerns about the proposed merger. Teamsters attending the meeting held the floor for approximately 75% of the time, asking pointed questions to the Board and demanding our concerns about protecting our member be heard and addressed.
During the meeting Teamsters held a 2 hour rally outside the meeting for public support and awareness. In one of the photos you can see one of the challenges we faced, as the Houston Police Department was in force at the rally.
Roy Wheeler Receives 15-Year Pin
Congratulations to Construction member Roy Wheeler, who is shown above receiving his 15-year Teamster Pin from Local 690 Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom.
JC 28 Teamster Women's Caucus Reports on Chicago Conference
September 4, 2014 marked the beginning of the 12th Annual Teamster Women's Conference. This year it was held in Chicago and there were almost 1,200 Teamsters in attendance. Again, a record-breaking year.
Music played a large role in all of the daily ceremonies, with Gospel singers and a Bagpipe & Drum Corps. Director Becky Strzechoski was eloquent and strong-spoken, telling us:
"We stand up for workers rights and we will use the power of our vote this November".She was followed by General President James P. Hoffa, who informed us that the City of Chicago, Cook County, and the State of Illinois pronounced Friday September 5th to be "Teamster Women's Day."
FTC Considers Challenge to Food Merger
The Federal Trade Commission is considering a possible antitrust lawsuit to block the planned merger of Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc., concerned that combining the nation's two biggest food suppliers to restaurants, schools and other institutions could threaten competition, according to people familiar with the matter.
The FTC, which has been investigating the merger for several months, is weighing other alternatives, such as requiring Sysco and US Foods to divest assets to competitors, these people said.
The commission hasn't yet decided whether to challenge the deal but a decision could come within weeks, these people said. The FTC in recent years has been relatively quiet on challenging mergers. Many big-name deals have landed instead at the Justice Department, which shares antitrust authority. The department last year filed lawsuits challenging major mergers in the airline and beer industries. Both cases ended with settlements before trial that allowed the deals to go forward.
-- Read more here .
CDL Skills Test Revisions Effective 9/1/14
This is to inform you of changes to the Commercial Driver License (CDL) Skills Test. Effective September 1, 2014 changes to Washington's CDL Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Controls and Road Tests were implemented.
To see a summary of the primary changes to each of the Skills Test Sections and download the appropriate pdf documents, please click here.
UPS National Master Agreement Available
The National Master UPS Agreement is now available on the Teamster website in the format in which it will be printed. Supplements, Riders and Addenda will be added as they are completed. You can access the final agreements by using the links provided.
You may view all regional supplements and Riders by visiting the Teamster UPS Agreements page.
UPS Freight Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New National Contract
January 15, 2014
From Ken Hall, Co-Chair, UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee UPS Freight members ratified the contract with 71% voting yes; almost 70% of the membership turned out to vote on the Agreement.
Congratulations to all of the Local Unions for making the process so successful. Because of your hard work, UPS Freight members will be able to receive the substantial pension improvements, wage increases and protections of the new Agreement.
2013 Christmas Party Highlights
Business Representative Larry Kroetch announced the 2013 2nd Annual Big Buck Contest winners:
- 1st place winner: Michael Smith, URM
- 2nd place winner: Brian Torosian – FSA
- 3rd place winner: Jordan Howeton – Franz Bakery
Ben Carroll won the Quilt Raffle.
West Region UPS Supplemental Agreement Passes by 75% "Yes" Vote
Ted Bunstine, UPS Division Director of Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28 reports, "I am pleased to report to you that the West Region UPS Supplemental Agreement has passed by a 75% "Yes" Vote. Every Local Union in Joint Council No. 28 passed the Agreement with all Locals increasing the number of ballots returned from the June 2013 vote.
"Joint Council President Rick Hicks and I would like to thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this process."
(You can see the official vote tally for local Riders and Supplements HERE.
2013 Shop Stewards Seminar
The November 23, 2013 Shop Steward/Member Seminar was a rousing success! Topics covered included:
- Hours of Service rules
- CDL Drivers
- Introduction to Organizing
- Overview -- NLRB
- Adam Morrison - Local NRLB Attorney
- Claudia Galloway - IBT Organizing
- Tom Hamilton - Director - Teamster Training Center
- David Ballew - Local 690 Attorney
Public Defenders Have Strong Ally in Local 690
TEAMSTER MAGAZINE, Summer 2013
Public employees in Eastern Washington have a strong ally in Local 690, representing more than 350 public employees in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The Teamster local recently came to the defense of one of its members who works for the county as a public defender and won her reinstatement complete with back pay, benefits and sick leave.
"I was fired by the county, but thanks to the great representation from Local 690, I was reinstated in my job as a Spokane County Public Defender," said Carol Huneke. "Seven years ago we needed representation and turned to Local 690. I was the first person to join and now, due to the diligence of the Teamsters, I was reinstated to my job and can continue doing the work I love."
Huneke works as a public defender representing people who are accused of a crime and cannot afford an attorney, She enjoys the work, puts in long hours defending her clients and considers it a privilege to serve the community.
"The county denied our wrongful termination grievance so the local immediately filed for arbitration with the county and the local's legal team went to work preparing this very complicated case for arbitration," said Val Holstrom, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 690. "The process took 14 months and Carol's arbitration lasted seven days but we were up to the challenge. We fought for Carol and won. The arbitrator ordered the county to reinstate her with no loss of seniority and make her whole for all lost wages and benefits."
ABF Members Approve National Master Freight AgreementABF members have approved the ABF National Master Freight Agreement, which protects workers' health, welfare and pension benefits and helps save 7,500 union on freight jobs.
Members also approved 21 of the 27 supplements. At press time, the National Freight Division was working with local unions to re-vote the supplements before the national contract could take effect.
The agreement will run for five years, retroactive to March 31, 2013.
Spokane: 6 PM
690 Teamster Hall
Spokane: 6 PM
690 Teamster Hall
Construction Out-of-Work Slips and Payments
Construction Out-of-Work slips and payments are due by the last business day of the month.
All Hire Hall payments need to be in no later than 5:00pm, Friday, February 27, 2015 in order for them to be posted.
2015-16 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Deadline 3/15/15
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