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Dependent Verification Program

Download the flyerOne of the best ways to preserve healthcare benefits is to make sure that only eligible dependents are covered on our plans. That's why the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust will be conducting a confidential dependent eligibility verification program starting March 31, 2015.

If you have dependents (a spouse and /or children) enrolled in a Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust medical or dental plan, you will receive a letter addressed to your home from HMS Employer Solutions, who has been contracted to perform the verification program for the Trust. It is very important that you read this letter and respond quickly to verify your dependents' eligibility and maintain coverage.

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2015 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest Applications Due June 15, 2015

 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

Separate from the annual scholarship for high school seniors, the 2015 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest will award one-time $1,000.00 scholarships annually to 200 students. All applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria.

This year's essay topic is: "What impact would an increase in union membership have on the U.S. economy and the middle class?"

The application deadline for the  2015 Essay Contest is June 15, 2015.

Download the application and instructions here.

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Teamsters/AGC Construction Truck Driver Training Begins June 2015

Download this noticeThe Teamsters/AGC is currently accepting applications for Teamster Construction Truck Drivers in Washington State.

Applicants must be over 21, able to read and speak the English language, and be capable of obtaining a commercial drivers license.

The program consists of 2 weeks of classroom and 4 weeks of driver training that includes Commercial Drivers License preparation and testing. Graduates will participate in 3,000 hours of on the job training. Apprentices start at 70% of Journey scale progressing to 80% after only 1,000 hours with 100% of Journey benefits. Females and Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Local 690's Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom Appointed to Represent Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho as an Advisor to the Executive Board of Joint Council 28.

Val Holstrom

Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom was appointed by the Executive Board of Joint Council 28 to serve on the Advisory Board of Joint Council 28 on March 13, 2015. Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom accepted the position (along with the other Advisory Board Members) on March 13, 2015.

Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom thanked the Executive Board of Joint Council 28 for the appointment and said it will be an honor and a privilege to serve and represent the interests of the members of the Joint Council in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Local 690.

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Talking Sysco with IBT President Hoffa

IBT President Jim Hoffa with Local 690 Business Agent Larry kroetch

Teamsters Local 690's Business Agent Larry Kroetch met with James P. Hoffa (General President of International Brotherhood of Teamsters) and others to discuss the proposed Sysco/US Food merger.

2014 Christmas Party Photos

Check out the 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.

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February 2015 Local Union No. 690 Newsletter

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2014 Christmas Party Photos

Check out the 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.

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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.

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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.

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Roy Wheeler Receives 15-Year Pin

Roy Wheeler receiving 15-year pin from Val Holstrom

Congratulations to Construction member Roy Wheeler, who is shown above receiving his 15-year Teamster Pin from Local 690 Secretary-Treasurer Val Holstrom.

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JC 28 Teamster Women's Caucus Reports on Chicago Conference

Download the newsletterSeptember 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."

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FTC Considers Challenge to Food Merger

Source: (Originally published in the Wall Street Journal,September 22, 2014)

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, WSJ Photo via teamster.orgschools 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 .

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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.

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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.

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UPS Freight Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New National Contract

January 15, 2014
Ken Hall's letterFrom 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.

-- View vote results here.

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2013 Christmas Party Highlights


See more photos from the December 14th Christmas Party here.

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.

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West Region UPS Supplemental Agreement Passes by 75% "Yes" Vote

UPS package carTed 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.

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2013 Shop Stewards Seminar

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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

Speakers were:

  • Adam Morrison - Local NRLB Attorney
  • Claudia Galloway - IBT Organizing
  • Tom Hamilton - Director - Teamster Training Center
  • David Ballew - Local 690 Attorney

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Public Defenders Have Strong Ally in Local 690

Carol Huneke wins back job, thanks to Local 690Public 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."

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ABF Members Approve National Master Freight Agreement

ABF rigABF 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.

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Next Meetings

Spokane: 6 PM
April 16, 2015
690 Teamster Hall

Pasco: 6:30 PM
April 28, 2015

Construction meeting April 28th in Pasco

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, Thursday, April 30, 2015 in order for them to be posted.

2015 Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony

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2015 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund Essay Contest

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