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WTWT Annual Enrollment

The Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust is beginning its Annual Enrollment for the 2017 benefit year. Consistent with prior years, medical plan participants will be asked to do two things:

1. Re-enroll in order for their medical claims to be paid.

2. If they live in a Group Health Options service area, choose their medical plan.

Download your appropriate Annual Enrollment packet below:

It's time to update your annual Health Assessment Info

Annual Health Assessment Reminder From Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust

Every year, the Trust offers participants an incentive to complete a quick, easy and confidential Health Assessment. You can save hundreds on your 2017 medical expenses by completing your annual Health Assessment by Dec. 19, 2016.

Take your Health Assessment between Nov. 1 and Dec. 19, 2016 and:

• Medical Plans A, B, C, and Z – your annual deductible in 2017 will be $200 less for individual coverage and up to $600 less for family coverage than if you do not take it.

• Medical Plan JC28XL – your out-of-pocket maximum in 2017 will be $200 less than if you do not take it.

UPS Hiring for Peak Season

UPS is hiring tractor-trailer drivers for Peak Season work. Contact Business Rep. Michael Valenzuela at (509) 455-9410 or (509) 710-3883 for more info.

2016 Big Buck Contest

2016 Big Buck Contest FlyerSend us your 2016 photos of legally harvested deer with the details by Friday, December 9, 2016. The winners to be announced at the Local 690 Christmas party on December 10th.

Entries are limited to members in good standing and Retirees. Entries should be sent to:

1912 N. Division #200
Spokane WA. 99207

or e-mail them to us at


1st place: $100 Cabela’s Gift card
2nd place: $75 Cabela’s Gift card
3rd Place: $50 Cabela’s Gift card
Women’s Category: $75 Cabela’s Gift Card


Deadline for entries: Friday, December 9, 2016
Winners announced: at the Local 690 Christmas party on December 10th


Download the NOTICE OF ELECTIONThe election of International officers is being conducted by mail ballot by the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters ("IBT"). The ballot count will begin after 10:00 a.m. EST on November 14, 2016, at the IBT International Election Count Site in Alexandria, Virginia.

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, a member must have his or her dues paid through October, 2016. Members may become eligible by paying any unpaid dues and initiation fees at their local union by the close of business on November 10, 2016.


Watch the Video of the IBT Officer Candidates Forum

Download this notice about the Candidates Forum VideoGeneral President Candidate Fred Zuckerman and General Secretary-Treasurer Candidate Ken Hall answered questions at the IBT Officer Candidates Forum on August 25, 2016. Members viewed the forum live on C-SPAN, and on the Teamsters web page and Facebook page, and the forum was recorded. Now, the entire forum may be viewed in the Candidate Videos section of or on the Election Supervisor's Vimeo page.


IBT General President Candidates Forum Live on the Internet

WHEN: August 25, 2016, 6:30pm (EDT)
WHERE: National PresDownload this flyers Club (529 14th Street NW 13th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20045
WHAT: A limited number of tickets are available to attend the Candidates Forum, in person. Contact the candidates for information on tickets.


  • Fred Zuckerman, candidate for IBT General President on the Teamsters United Slate
  • Ken Hall, candidate for IBT General Secretary-Treasurer on the Hoffa-Hall2016 Slate (Jim Hoffa, candidate for IBT General President on the Hoffa-Hall2016 Slate has designated Mr. Hall to appear as his representative at the Candidates Forum. 2 016 Election Rules, Article VII, Section 6( d))

Watch LIVE at or The internet audience will be able to submit questions that may be posed to the candidates during the Forum.


Volunteer Help Needed for Events

Teamsters Local 690 is looking for Volunteers to help coordinate our Annual Marv Long Live to Ride and Drive Charity Poker Run as well as our Teamsters Local 690 Centennial Celebration for 2017.

If you are interested in helping with either one of these events, please contact the Local at (509) 455-9410 or by e-mail.

Connor Hickmann

Connor Hickman Awarded James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

Connor Hickman, son of Local 690 URM member Walter William Hickman II, was just named as a recipient of a 2016 James R. Hoffa $1,000 Bootstrap scholarship. 

Connor graduated on June 10th from MT Spokane High School with a GPA of 3.97 and will be attending MT. Tech in the fall.

Congratulations, young man, on a job well done!

June 2016 Local 690 Newsletter

Download the June 2016 newsletterDownload the latest newsletter! Stories in this issue include:

  • Delegates Nominations Results
  • Recently Ratified Contracts
  • Charity Clay Shoot Competition
  • Public Sector Update
  • Estenson Logistics Arbitration Victory
  • Annual Workers Memorial Ceremony
  • Secretary-Treasurer Message
  • Membership Pins
  • Recent Retirees
  • Pension Appointments
  • Broken Wheel

IBT Delegate Nomination Results

Delegate Nomination Results

At the February 18, 2016 IBT Delegate Nomination Meeting, the following delegates and alternate were nominated:

  • DELEGATE: Val Holstrom (protecting Your Future)
  • DELEGATE: Carol Stone (protecting Your Future)
  • DELEGATE: Matt Tanner (protecting Your Future)
  • ALTERNATE DELEGATE: Taj Wilkerson (protecting Your Future)

The number of nominees does not exceed the number of delegates to be elected and, therefore, the candidates named above are declared elected.

Nomination Notice

Download a pdf version of this noticeLocal Union 690

Nomination of candidates for four, __3__ delegate(s) and one __1__ alternate delegate to the June 2016 International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention in Las Vegas, NV, will be held on:
Date:  February 18, 2016
Time:  6:00 P.M.
Location:  1912 N. Division St., Spokane, WA 99207

The expenses of sending delegates to the IBT Convention will be paid by the Local Union. The expense of sending one  1  alternate delegate will be paid by the Local Union.


To be eligible to nominate or second, a member must have dues paid through  January 2016 .

Dues and arrearages must be paid by  5:00 P.M.  on  02 / 18 / 16  at 1912 N. Division St., Ste-200, Spokane, WA 99207,


To be eligible to run for Convention delegate or alternate delegate, a member must:

  • Be a member in continuous good standing of the Local Union, with one's dues paid to the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination with no interruptions in active membership due to suspensions, expulsions, withdrawals, transfers or failure to pay fines or assessments;
  • Be employed at the craft within the jurisdiction of the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination; and
  • Be otherwise eligible to serve if elected.

It is strongly recommended that each prospective nominee request advance verification of his/her eligibility to run for delegate or alternate delegate. In order to maximize the opportunity for the Election Supervisor to verify eligibility in advance of nomination, this request should be made in writing to the Election Supervisor as soon as possible, but in no event less than five (5) working days prior to the nomination meeting. The Election Supervisor will not be able to verify eligibility of any prospective nominee who requests verification less than five (5) working days prior to the nomination meeting.


Delegate candidates will be nominated and seconded separately from alternate delegate candidates.

All nominations for delegate and alternate shall be at large.

Any member may:

  1. Be nominated and seconded orally from the floor by members in good standing other than the nominee; or
  2. Be nominated and seconded in writing by members in good standing, other than the nominee, unable to attend the nomination meeting. A written nomination or second must:

    • Be submitted to the Local Union Secretary-Treasurer so as to be received no later than 5:00 PM of the day before the day of the nomination meeting;
    • State whether it is a nomination or a second;
    • Identify the name of the person being nominated or seconded;
    • Identify if the nomination or second is for delegate or alternate delegate;
    • Be signed and have the member's Social Security Number; and,
    • Be treated by the presiding officer as if it had been made from the floor
  3. Nominate or second more than one candidate;
  4. Be nominated or seconded by more than one member;
  5. Decline to be nominated or seconded by a particular person or persons.

Any member who intends to nominate or second a candidate may also request that the Election Supervisor verify his/her eligibility. All such requests must be in writing and must be received by the Election Supervisor no less than five (5) days prior to the nomination meeting.


The nominee may accept either:

  • In person at the meeting; or, if absent, in writing.
  • If acceptance is made in writing, the document must be presented to the presiding Local Union officer no later than the time the member is nominated. Any member present at the meeting may produce the written acceptance at the time the absent member is nominated.

No member may accept nomination for both delegate and alternate delegate.

Any candidate for delegate and alternate delegate is permitted to run as a member of a slate, which is defined as any grouping by mutual consent of two or more candidates. To qualify on the election ballot as a slate, a slate declaration form, which is available from the Secretary-Treasurer or the Election Supervisor at the addresses shown below, must be completed and submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer, with a copy to the Election Supervisor, no later than three (3) days after the Local Union's final nomination meeting.

Any attempt by a person or entity to limit, interfere, or retaliate against any IBT member for exercising the right to nominate, second or run as a delegate or alternate delegate, may result in disqualification of a candidate who benefits from the violation, imposition of criminal penalties under federal law and/or other consequences or remedy.

For additional information relating to the nomination or election process for IBT International Delegates or Alternate Delegates, please contact your Local Union Secretary-Treasurer, the Election Supervisor, or the Election Supervisor Regional Director.

The Election Supervisor may be contacted at:

Office of the Election Supervisor for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
1050 17th Street, Suite 375
Washington, D.C. 20036
844-428-8683 Toll Free
Facsimile 202-774-5526

The Election Supervisor Regional Director may be contacted at:

Deborah Schaaf
1521 Grizzly Gulch Dr.
Helena, MT 59601
Tel: 607-227-6474
Fax: 406-442-1665


A candidate(s) meeting will take place immediately following the nominations of delegates for the purpose of determining Slate names, correct spelling of names and placement of Slates and/or individual candidates on the ballot, and, review of the mail ballot voting process.

This is How "Right to Work" Gets You Less

Data and map from Idaho Statesman.  Click to read their story.

IDAHO STATESMAN | Boise is among the nation's bottom ten mid-sized metro areas for wage growth, among both the lowest- and highest-paid workers, according to Headlight Data, a data aggregation company.

Analysts reviewed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data between 2005 and 2014. They found Boise's median wages, adjusted for inflation, declined 6.1 percent for the highest-paid workers and 8.1 percent for the lowest-paid workers.

According to BLS data for the first quarter of 2015, the average weekly wage in Ada County was $873. In Canyon County, it was $630. The average statewide was $736, compared with $1,048 nationwide and ranking Idaho 50th in the U.S. for wages, ahead of only Mississippi.

Executive Board Re-elected by Acclamation

2015 Executive Board

At the November General Membership and Officer's Nomination Meeting, Val Holstrom and the Teamsters Local 690 Executive Board were re-elected by acclamation of the membership.

Pictured from left to right: Taj Wilkerson, Trustee (Liberty Lake Police Dept.); Ricardo Lopez, Recording Secretary (Instructor AGC Apprenticeship Training Center); Matt Sturgell, Trustee (UPS Freight); Val Holstrom, Secretary-Treasurer; Matt President, President (Franz Bakery); Carol Stone, Vice-President (AMR); Mike Robinson, Trustee, (FSA).


Download the Local Union Nomination and Election Notices from Joint Council No. 28

Download the Local Union Nomination and Election Notices from Joint Council No. 28

Download the Local Union Nomination and Election Notices from Joint Council No. 28

Download the Local Union Nomination and Election Notices from Joint Council No. 28

Download the Local Union Nomination and Election Notices from Joint Council No. 28

Download the Local Union Elections Notice (PDF file)

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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.

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

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.

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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2016 Christmas Party

Dec. 10, 2016

11 AM

Girl Scouts of America
1404 N. Ash
Spokane, WA


Download this flyer about Teamsters/AGC Forklift Training


Download this poster for the 2016 Poker Run.


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Current Newsletter

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Local 690 is now accepting VISA, Mastercard & Discover cards!

Construction Out-of-Work Slips and Payments

Construction Out-of-Work slips and Hire Hal payments are due by 5 PM on the last business day of the month.