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VOLUME 53, NO. 2
OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF JOINT COUNCIL OF TEAMSTERS #3
Covering Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Idaho and Nebraska
Senators from JC3 states
are key to EFCA vote
U.S.Senators from three of the seven Council--Arizona, Idaho, Utah and in three other Joint Council states — states targeted as vital during President
states within Teamsters Joint Council 3 Wyoming — conservatives hold both seats Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. Obama’s campaign for president, and
could be instrumental the decision by the in the U.S. Senate. All eight of those sen- And, as this story went to press, most of Montana was considered “in play” until
Senate on whether or not to pass the ators have said they will not vote for them were either noncommittal on the late in the campaign.
Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). EFCA. issue, or were undecided. It is interesting Their somewhat wimpish approach to
In each of four states in the Joint However, Democrats hold both seats that both Colorado and New Mexico were EFCA, which was not exhibited during the
presidential campaign, has puzzled some of
their labor supporters. Their reluctance to
endorse EFCA was exemplified in a recent
comment by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-
Colo.), who said:
“We’re going to have to see whether
or not there’s a consensus that can be
reached that makes it something that can be
passed because right now there isn’t some-
thing that can be passed . . . Temperatures
are running high on both sides of this. We
need to make sure that no matter how this
turns out . . . that we’ve got all hands on
deck working on health-care reform
because this is the year to get that done.”
Bennet is running scared. He faces his
first election in 2010 and has been caught
like a deer in the headlights by the complex
national issues during his short time in the
senate. He was appointed less than three
months ago by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to
fill the unexpired term of Sen. Ken Salazar
who retired from the senate to become
Interior Secretary in President Obama’s
Bennet’s ambivalence on EFCA and
MMMMM, GOOD! other issues has apparently not endeared
Young Della, foster daughter of Nancy Lindstrom, a job steward for Montana Local 190 at the City of Billings, him to the electorate in Colorado, which
puts the bite on a hot dog at Local 190’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration and parade. See Local 190 column on page 7. Continued on page 2
Time for the U.S. Senate to stand up for America
here is so much waffling going Democrats, we are sure to lose, no fili- levels that diminishes our federal and state rights in the work-
on today in political circles buster needed. labor laws. On the other hand, organized place. Workers can
that it reminds one of the local Labor is also having problems on the labor has worked hard over the years to be fired and replaced
I-Hop. state level in some legislatures where so- enact laws establishing Social Security, the by scab replacement
On the national level, some of labor’s called progressives are in control. Union 40-hour workweek, occupational safety workers for going on
so-called friends are now wringing their leaders often complain about the shortage and health safeguards, workers’ compensa- strike, and they are
hands, biting their lips and looking for the of support for labor issues among office tion, unemployment benefits, overtime pay confronted by a
nearest exit every time they are asked about holders who were endorsed and supported and others. growing income gap
the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). by the unions. If today’s politicians were in office between themselves
They were he heroes of the working class All of the sudden with the politicians, when those laws were enacted, I am not and the wealthy STEVE VAIRMA
until confronted with a real labor issue. it’s like this: “Wow, the labor guys want sure they would have had the courage to class. PRESIDENT
At this point, the final outcome of the something from us. How do we get out of stand up to the business interests that were Fortunately, in JOINT COUNCIL 3
EFCA issue is anybody’s guess. The fact this one? We didn’t expect this. We real- running the political show at the time. this country we are
that the Democrats fell one or two senate ly need the money and the boots on the How tough it must have been in 1935 to capable of doing something about it. We
seats (depending on when Al Franken is ground, but how can they expect us to sup- vote for the Wagner Act, which gave the can go to the polls and vote for our sup-
seated in Minnesota) short of a filibuster- port them on this issue?” Oh, pity the poor unions the right to organize at a time when porters, once we figure out who they are.
proof U.S. Senate is troublesome. If we business guys whose buddies on Wall the Roosevelt administration was being And, lest our politicians forget, we can
end up needing one or two Republicans, we Street have been cheating the working mid- attacked unmercifully by the corporations. also work against those who pay lip service
may fall short again because, like dle class for years. Checked your 401K Workers today face serious problems. to the middle class during a campaign, but
Democrats, Republican balls seem to recently? They work under archaic labor laws, which bow to the business interests at crunch time.
shrink in crunch time, so to speak. Corporate American supports legisla- are often interpreted by hostile judges whose This time, the politicians must stop the
But if we fail by a small number of tion every year on the national and state decisions have chipped away at workers’ waffling and stand up for America.
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What the freedom to join unions means to America's workers
AMERICA CANNOT BE A SUCCESSFUL LOW-WAGE CONSUMER SOCIETY
he Bush administration has hurt the American middle class, than a decade, just as it is today. The times per capita, lower infant mortality and
tried to make up for stag- increased economic inequality and desta- in our history when workers have been lower death rates; have a lower incidence
nant wages with con- bilized our economy. With deunioniza- able to come together to speak for them- of workplace fatalities; and have better
sumer debt a choice that tion, we have set off a long-term down- selves in the workplace have been times of worker safety net programs such as unem-
has proven disastrous. ward spiral of lower wages and fewer ben- rising real wages, economic and financial ployment insurance and workers' compen-
Our country needs more efits. Pockets of workers with good jobs stability, rising health care coverage, rising sation than states with the lowest union
money to go to America's workers and less try to hold on to a middle class standard of pension coverage and rising productivity. density. Unions not only improve the
to Wall Street speculators and CEOs. That living, even as more and more people suf- But when workers' rights are repressed, the quality of worker protection programs at
is why a key element of our nation's eco- fer lower wages, less health care and no American economy produces gross state and federal levels — they inform and
nomic recovery must be to restore workers' retirement security. As companies fight to inequality and financial instability. educate workers about these programs and
freedom to form unions, speak for them- cut costs, consumer demand falls, breeding Some responsible and profitable help them gain access to their benefits and
selves and negotiate a fair share of the recession and instability. major corporations have adopted majority protections.
wealth they create. Rising income, not Over the past 35 years, workers' pro- sign-up as standard practice and an impor- Unions also have a large positive
more debt, is the only way out of the eco- ductivity has risen by more than 75 per- tant element of their corporations' success- impact on civic participation by America's
nomic crisis. cent, but inflation-adjusted wages of ful highroad business plans. The result for workers. It comes as no surprise that the
America became the greatest middle America's workers — as published by the companies like AT&T and Kaiser states with the highest union density have
class society in the world when our country President's Council of Economic Advisors Permanente has been workplaces with bet- higher voter participation rates than states
respected workers' fundamental human — are lower than in 1973. The reality ter labor-management relations, less ten- with the lowest union density.
right to represent themselves and bargain today for America's workers is: sion, more respect for employees and a Unions and collective bargaining are
for better wages and benefits. Through bar- 1. Stagnant wages and rising econom- positive impact on employee morale. vital not only in the workplace but also in
gaining, workers transform bad, dead-end ic inequality. Of course, there are employers that society at large. Half a century ago, the
jobs into living-wage jobs with opportuni- 2. Pessimism and deepening worker want America to be a low-wage economy. groundbreaking economist John Kenneth
ties for training and upgrading.' The long- dissatisfaction with their economic The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has Galbraith identified unions as a vital
term decline in collective bargaining cover- prospects. issued white papers attacking workers' source of countervailing power in an econ-
age is a significant cause not only of wage A multitude of published studies by freedom to organize, relying on writings omy dominated by large corporations.
stagnation but also of the nation's health respected and prominent economists have by a handful of far right-wing economists. That remains true today.
care and retirement income security crises found that when workers have the right to What the chamber doesn't want poli- The Employee Free Choice Act is part
— crises that grow worse by the day. come together and form unions, their lives cymakers to know is that union member- of a strategy for American economic
But the law that protects workers' improve and the larger economy is health- ship is the route out of poverty for workers revival — for a high-wage, high-skill
freedom to bargain has been perverted. ier: Productivity rises, product and ser- in low-wage occupations. For example, economy. Increasing incomes and
Companies routinely fire workers who vice quality improves, economic inequali- union cashiers earn 30 percent more than respecting workers' rights on the job must
stand up for themselves. Workers who ty is reduced and wages are boosted sub- nonunion cashiers, union dining room and be a central part of that strategy.
want to form unions are threatened with stantially for all workers — but especially cafeteria attendants earn 49 percent more What is the plan proposed by the anti-
plant closings, interrogated, offered bribes, for low-wage workers and workers of than nonunion dining room and cafeteria worker voices in the business community?
spied on and intimidated. The result? color. Unions and collective bargaining attendants and union janitors earn 31 per- More consumer debt? More subprime
Only eight percent of private-sector work- have been especially important in giving cent more than nonunion janitors. mortgages? More jobs without pensions
ers actually belong to unions, even though workers access to health insurance and Today, states with the highest union den- and health care? A vain effort to compete
independent surveys by a leading national defined-benefit pensions. sity enjoy higher wages, higher family with low-wage countries by cutting our
survey firm show that 58 percent of U.S. During the 1950s and 1960s, when incomes, lower poverty rates and smaller per- standard of living to their levels for all but
workers say they want a union in their America's economy grew at the fastest rate centages of people without health insurance the wealthiest Americans?
workplace — the highest percentage in 25 since World War II, the percentage of than states with the lowest union density. America deserves better than econom-
years. workers who had unions was at its highest When workers can form unions, rising ic inequality and economic decline. That's
Denying Americans the freedom to point in U.S. history. Conversely, on the wages set off a positive, upward cycle. why America needs to restore the freedom
form unions at their place of work is not eve of the worst economic crisis of the States with the highest union density spend for all of its workers to bargain for a better
just unfair, it is destructive economic poli- 20th century, the Great Depression, union more per pupil on public education; pay life by passing the Employee Free Choice
cy. Taking away workers' rights on the job membership had been declining for more teachers higher salaries; have more doctors Act.
JC3 Senators are key, cont.
Continued from page 1 battle over EFCA is the fact that in the threw the book of lies, half-truths and “But if our elected representatives are
he hopes to win over in the 2010 election Senate it takes 60 votes to invoke cloture, innuendos at candidates who supported afraid of the liars who represent Wall
campaign. In a poll recently released by which is to cut off debate and take a final EFCA. Those candidates survived and Street cheats and thieves, then they proba-
Public Policy Polling, Bennet’s job vote on the issue itself. The actual vote we’re confident they will again if they bly shouldn’t be sent to Washington,”
approval rating was 34 percent, while his takes only 50 votes to pass, which means vote for EFCA again. Vairma said.
disapproval rating was 41 percent that up to 10 senators could vote for cloture
The position of Colorado’s other sen- and then vote against the bill and it would APRIL 2009 • VOLUME 53, NO. 2
ator, newcomer Mark Udall, who was a still pass with the vice president voting OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF JOINT COUNCIL OF TEAMSTERS #3
Covering Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico,
sponsor of the bill as member of the U.S. with 50 Democrats to break a 50-50 tie. Utah, Wyoming and parts of Idaho and Nebraska
House in 2008, is somewhat puzzling to This strategy might appeal to some
those in organized labor who have always Democrats who are afraid of the business
supported him during his long career in community retribution, but that approach
the House. Udall has been noncommittal is chicken-hearted, to say the least.
on EFCA in recent weeks and is not a co- “Organized labor for years has been
sponsor of the senate legislation. the backbone of the progressive move- JOINT COUNCIL #3 EXECUTIVE BOARD
However, his labor supporters are still ment said Steve Vairma, president of the STEVE VAIRMA — Colorado, president
confident that he supports EFCA. Teamsters Joint Council 3. “We’ve been ROBERT LEE ANDREW MARSHALL TOM MONTHEY
In Montana, both Democratic sena- with them, through thick and thin in most Idaho, secretary-treasurer Arizona, vice president Utah, trustee
tors — Max Baucus and John Tester — cases, helping to finance their campaigns JOE DWYER WALTER MAESTAS MICHAEL SIMEONE
remain undecided, although Baucus has and providing foot soldiers in the Montana, recording secretary New Mexico, trustee Colorado, trustee
said he has some reservations about precincts. It could be a huge mistake for Published bi-monthly as the editorial journal of Joint Council of Teamsters No. 3, 10 lakeside Lane, Suite 2E, Denver,
CO 80212. Subscriptions paid by membership dues. Rate $4 per year. All address changes should be mailed or telephoned
EFCA. them to misinterpret our intentions. We to local union office (the address and phone numbers appear in the local union columns). We must have the member’s Social
Brightest light among Democratic sen- are deadly serious about EFCA; we want it Security number in order to make an address change.
POSTMASTER: Send address change to Rocky Mountain Teamster, 10 lakeside Lane, Suite 2E, Denver, CO 80212.
ators in Joint Council 3 at this point is Tom passed,” he said. We must have the complete reader identification number (top line of mailing label) in order to make an address change.
Udall, a new U.S. Senator from New Vairma pointed out that the U.S. The opinions which appear in bylined articles in this newspaper are not necessarily the opinions of Teamster Joint
Council 3 or the editorial staff. Letters, articles and photographs are welcomed, but they may be abridged to meet space
Mexico. Udall was a sponsor of EFCA in Chamber of Commerce had sunk to a new requirements.
the House and he has signed on as a sponsor low in its advertising campaign against Address newspaper correspondence to Editor, Rocky Mountain Teamster, 10 Lakeside Lane, Suite 2E, Denver, CO
80212. Address all other union correspondence to the appropriate local union.
in the Senate. The other New Mexico sena- EFCA. “We hope the senators who will Periodicals postage paid at Denver, CO and at additional mailing offices. Printed in the U.S.A.
tor, Jeff Bingaman, remains silent on EFCA. vote on EFCA realize that during the last
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An interesting aspect to the ongoing election campaign the U.S. Chamber
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A tale of two workers at FedEx . . .
The boss and the
rederick Smith, chairman, pres- When Jean Capobianco, a FedEx tives. In the fiscal year ended May 31, be a big improvement. Fewer than half
ident and chief executive offi- Ground driver, took time off for cancer 2008, he received $51,959 in unreim- of all nonunion workers receive employ-
cer of FedEx Corp, isn’t reticent surgery, she was fired. “Company offi- bursed personal use of FedEx’s corporate er-provided health and retirement plans,
about his opposition to the cials said they were free to terminate her aircraft, $595,875 in security services compared with 80 percent of all union
Employee Free Choice Act. because in FedEx’s view she was an and equipment, $ 64,620 in tax prepara- members. In case of injury or illness, 62
“I think the opposition to card-check independent contractor and therefore not tion services, $30,673 in financial coun- percent of union members receive dis-
is so broad and so deep in American protected by the Americans with seling services and $10,661 for personal ability benefits, compared with just 35
industry that all we can do is to say we do Disability Act.” use of company cars. percent of nonunion members.
not think that is good public policy,” Smith and other FedEx executive Union contracts would provide Smith receives the Cadillac-equiva-
Smith told securities analysts in an earn- officers don’t have to worry if they lose employees with job security that thou- lent of these benefits. The present value
ings’ conference call last December. their jobs. They have a “Management sands of FedEx workers are denied. of his pension benefits for 36 years of
But while Smith receives a generous Retention Agreement” that outlines a FedEx Ground drivers are required to service totals more than $27 million.
salary, assurance of a severance if the three-year employment agreement fol- pay for their own delivery trucks, as well Smith and other FedEx executives also
company gets bought, perquisites and a lowing a merger or acquisition. Smith as for the insurance, repairs, gas and tires receive $1.5 million in life insurance and
traditional pension — these are benefits stands to receive a $26.6 million golden that they need to do their jobs. By argu- disability insurance equal to 60 percent
that FedEx workers can only dream parachute as well as outplacement assis- ing that the drivers are independent con- of the executive’s monthly earnings less
about. Because FedEx classifies drivers tance if he loses his job or is demoted tractors, not employees, FedEx also $10,000. Finally, FedEx provides its
for FedEx Ground as independent con- after a merger or acquisition of the com- maintains that they can’t unionize. executives with annual physical exami-
tractors, the company can fire them at pany. Fewer than 15 percent of working One of the key reasons workers form nations “so they can focus on producing
will and is not legally required to provide Americans have employment contracts. unions is to negotiate for improved superior financial returns for our share-
them with such basic benefits as over- Smith also receives lavish employee benefits. In the case of FedEx owners.”—AFL-CIO (www.aflcio.org).
time pay or expense reimbursements. perquisites typical of corporate execu- drivers, just getting basic benefits would
James P. Hoffa
Trucking debate with Mexico about U.S. safety
here is no question that Mexico ing Mexico along the U.S. border. More no certified lab, and the collection and cus- But alarmingly, U.S. officials were unable
is a much more dangerous place than 7,000 people in the past year have tody procedures have been questioned by to determine when a participating Mexican
than the United States. So the been killed. the U.S. Transportation Department’s truck entered the country or where it went.
idea of allowing unsafe trucks Recent media reports document that inspector general. U.S. truck drivers are DOT’s inspector general reported that no
from Mexico unfettered access to our high- Hezbollah uses the same southern nar- taken off the road if they commit a serious conclusions could be made about the
ways, risking the cotics routes of Mexican drug lords to traffic violation in their personal vehicle. trucks’ safety record.
lives of U.S. drivers smuggle drugs and people into the United Not so in Mexico. A NAFTA tribunal ruled in 2001 that
and endangering States. The Bush administration opened the the United States has the right to enforce
our national securi- “They work together,” Michael border to dangerous trucks from Mexico in safety standards. So when Mexico keeps
ty, is outrageous. Braun, retired assistant administrator and 2007, with a few of the safest trucks hand- its end of the bargain, we can keep ours.
Congress chief of operations at the U.S. Drug picked to participate in a pilot program.
recently shut the Enforcement Agency, told The
border to these dan- Washington Times. “They rely on the
gerous trucks, and same shadow facilitators. One way or In memoriam
Mexico has retaliat- another, they are all connected.”The U.S.
JAMES P. HOFFA
GENERAL PRESIDENT ed by raising some Justice Department recently filed lawsuits Anthony C. Lock
tariffs. Supporters against Union Pacific Railroad Co., seek-
cry protectionism. ing $37 million in damages for allegedly Teamster’s Teamster
But the United States shouldn’t be bullied failing to prevent its rail cars from being
by Mexico. used to smuggle drugs into the country. 1945-2009
When NAFTA was passed in 1994, Do we really want to open our border Anthony C. (Tony) Lock, union co- Pension Trust Fund.
the United States had a $1 billion trade sur- to trucks from Mexico, letting them travel chair of the Western Conference of Mr. Lock’s commitment and ability
plus with Mexico. Last year, the trade freely throughout the United States with- Teamsters Pension Trust, died on March in serving the membership in each of his
deficit had ballooned to $64 billion. That’s out the ability to track them? I don’t think 20 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 64. roles or assignments earned him the
hardly protectionism. so. Most Americans agree, which is why Mr. Lock was a longtime Teamster highest regard and respect by all who
What this debate is really about is Congress shut down the program. who had served the union in many capac- knew him in the union, as well as the
safety and security, and Mexico’s record is Mexican trucks and drivers aren’t ities since he first became a member at employers and professionals he dealt
simple: It hasn’t met our safety standards. required to meet the same safety standards age 17 in Phoenix. At age 23, he became with throughout his career.
In fact, a Feb. 20 State Department as U.S. trucks and drivers. Mexican trucks a business agent for Arizona Teamsters He was instrumental in leading the
alert warns U.S. citizens about driving in are older, dirtier and more dangerous. Local 104. In 1978, he was appointed an Western Conference of Teamsters
Mexico, urging travel during daylight Limits on the hours a driver can spend organizer for Teamsters Joint Council 3, Pension Trust during a time of unprece-
hours on main roads if driving can’t be behind the wheel are ignored in Mexico. which was based in Denver and covered dented growth. Under his direction, the
avoided. U.S. truck drivers are routinely tested for Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and fund became one of the largest labor-
An escalating drug war there also puts drugs and alcohol using labs that meet rig- Arizona in those days. A year later he management pension funds in the world.
our national security at risk by destabiliz- orous federal standards. Mexico still has was overwhelmingly elected secretary- Mr. Lock’s willingness to go
treasurer of Local 104. anywhere anytime to explain the sta-
One of his biggest accomplishments tus of the pension trust, whether
Buy as the head of Local 104 was facilitating
a record breaking National Labor
Relations Board return to work settle-
favorable or not, was an indication of
his integrity and his intense dedica-
tion to the union members who relied
U n i o n-M a de ment and negotiate a new labor agree-
ment after a six-year strike at Associated
Grocers in Phoenix. Mr. Lock served as
on him to protect their interests. He
was recognized an as expert in his
field and was used as a resource by
A merica n
secretary-treasurer of Local 104 until many defined benefits plan retirement
1985 when he moved to Seattle to take plan trustees and managers across the
on the challenging job of Western country. He was a mentor to many
Conference warehouse director. Soon and a friend to all who knew him.
P ro d u ct s thereafter, he became chairman of the
Western Conference of Teamsters
Mr. Lock is survived by his wife,
Peggy, and an extended family.
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Construction picking up as summer approches in Idaho
LOCAL 483 members. If you have any questions con- helped negotiate this agreement. Be sure to request a withdrawal card
cerning your place on the out-of-work list, Severance packages have been agreed when being laid off, going on leave of
BOISE — With the onset of spring our con- please call our construction dispatcher, to for 15 customer service representatives at absence, lengthy medical leave, military
struction work is beginning to pick up and Joanne Libengood, and she can answer your the QBI call center. Hopefully, this is the leave or terminating your employment.
many of our construction members have questions. last of the cut backs and those of you who There is no charge for a withdrawal card,
already been dispatched to Western With the members’ rejection of the remain can go about doing your business of providing all dues and other financial oblig-
Construction. company’s last and final offer our negotia- taking care of the customers. Please call us ations are paid to the local union, including
Western has tions with First Student continue. New pro- with any questions you may have concern- the dues for the month in which the with-
several projects posals were formulated by those members ing your health care, pension or severance drawal is effective.
lined up this who attended the March 25 meeting and the package. It is your responsibility to obtain a
year with most company has been given several dates in UPS has completed the shutdown of the withdrawal card, so please take care of it as
of them being April, which the union has open for negoti- day sort and the affected workers have been soon as possible after leaving the company
located in the ations. I will keep you informed as progress moved to their new shift. Business Agent so that you will not be obligated to pay extra
Magic valley, is made. Nino Suarez has worked on your behalf to dues. Failure to request a withdrawal card
Pocatello and The members from Albertsons make sure that the company followed the may cause you to pay back dues.
Idaho Falls Sundries center have ratified a new three- provisions of the labor agreement and that As a reminder, if you have recently
Mark Briggs area. The new year contract that includes increases to their everyone was treated fairly. After one week moved or are planning to move, please con-
Secretary-Treasurer Southern Idaho wage and pension package. The contract of the shutdown only one problem and tact local 483’s office immediately with
Master Labor also includes language that modifies the grievance has surfaced and will be dealt your new address. Notice of address
Agreement has been signed by the five craft application of dues check-off, banked holi- with at the next panel. None of us like changes should also be reported to the
unions and Steve Heaton. Currently we are days, floater board, funeral leave, flex time change but at least everything was done fair- appropriate administration offices that
awaiting the signature of Lonnie Simpson and seniority. I would like to thank shop ly and now all we can do is hope the econo- administer your pension and health and wel-
from Debco Construction so that we can get stewards Susan Lusk, Marilyn Long, my improves and freight levels return to the fare benefits.
the contracts printed and passed out to the Delaine Mclafferty and Larry Quintin who norm.
Stewards, new and old, hone skills at seminar
LOCAL 222 mind when they hear the word Thank your stewards for down part of its operation and let so many
“Teamster.” the time and effort they dedi- great members go. Some members were
Proudly representing workers The first lesson learned cate to you and your co-work- able to retire or lock in their 25-year lock
in the State of Utah since 1931 was that even though the stew- ers. with the pension fund.
ards work for more than 30 dif- YRC has now completed the consolida-
2641 South 3270 West ferent companies, all under dif- Huge Teamster volunteer tion of the two companies. This has not
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119 ferent contracts and working effort in K-Bull 93 been an easy task and we are still working
Phone: 801-972-1898 conditions, the face of their radioathon through problems. I want to thank everyone
Toll free: 800-824-4352 management is the same. As they did last year, for their hard work and patience. YRC
Fax: 801-972-8226 Many commented that this Tom Monthey Teamster members and/or their rushed this through and, had it not been for
www.teamsterslocal222.org method of introduction and Secretary-Treasurer family members showed the members working hard to protect the
interaction made them realize tremendous support of the K- customers, it would have been a bigger
LOCAL 222 BUSINESS AGENTS that they are not alone and that all of them Bull 93/Huntsman Cancer Institute mess. We have had some lay-offs and we
Tom Monthey – ext. 17 and the members in their charge face the radioathon this year by stepping up to volun- may have some more to come. The econo-
Rusty Hart – ext. 28 same issues. A true feeling of unity, soli- teer their time on phone lines, event set up, my is the driving force behind most of the
Craig Eddins – ext. 29 darity and identity was felt by all. etc. changes that the company has made. We all
Cory Haslam – ext. 13 One impressionable comment from John Coffman of ABF was once again hope that the economy will improve, and
Marty Cowin – ext. 15 Flores, who is from Texas – also a so-called the diehard, volunteering both days, all day. freight will start moving again.
Jeff Kendall, organizer – ext. 14 “right-to-work” state – was that “in Texas, He could not be made to go home and was There are several grievances that have
they believe they have the best members; being teased as being one of their staff. been filed by the local to protect seniority
TEAMSTERS LOCAL 222 they join the union because they want to, Teamsters Local 222 sponsored the 12-1 and our line driver primary routes. I will let
EXECUTIVE BOARD not because they have to”. “power hour” on Saturday. you know how these turn out as soon as we
Tom Monthey Local 222 Organizer/Business Agent The involvement of the membership in get a decision.
secretary-treasurer (principal officer) Jeff Kendall went a bit deeper into the these community events is turning public
Rusty Hart, president grievance handling procedures outlining opinion of unions to that of a positive one. By Craig Eddins
Steve B. Jensen, vice president some common mistakes with grievances Many thanks to all of you who lend your Business agent
Lisa Oveson, recording secretary and how to avoid them. support to these causes. In the Construction Division, the local
Jeff Anderson, trustee Stewards with 20-plus years comment- was able to get a contract with Kiewit on the
Clark Johnson, trustee ed that the seminar was very educational to By Rusty Hart two joint ventures with W.W. Clyde. Kiewit
Spencer Hogue, trustee them, taking them back to basics they had President/business agent is still holding out on a contract on a trans-
not been formally taught and refreshing RTS negotiations have been completed mission line in northern Utah. At present
By Tom Monthey them on things learned in the past. and a new three-year contract has been rati- they are not using Teamster equipment but
Secretary-treasurer Through the “meet a stranger” intro- fied by the members. Our members at RTS I’m sure they will and we will act according-
Principal officer ductions at the steward seminar, the most unload the trailers and containers off the UP ly.
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 55 stew- common answers to why stewards signed up rail cars in Salt Lake City. We are part of an Construction negotiations — Heavy
ards from various companies came together to be stewards was that “no one else would area agreement that also includes Stockton, and highway negotiations are coming this
at a seminar held February 21 at do it” or “my co-workers asked me to.” California, and Seattle, Washington. Even in summer. Watch for notice of meetings to go
Thanksgiving Point. Members, you will never realize what today’s economy we were able to get some over issues.
The seminar covered a lot of ground your stewards do for you behind the scenes, modest increases in hourly salary, pension Pipeline — Pipeline is dead with no
and took the stewards through an A to Z or how much of their time is spent to police contributions and continue to protect the current projects. There is still a possibility
course of the many responsibilities of a your workplace, promote your union, etc. maintenance of benefits (full MOB) for that some work in Wyoming could pop up.
union steward. They are not paid for the hours they health and welfare. This is the first time in four years we have
Iliana Flores from the IBT Department spend on the phone or at the union hall with We have lost more than 70 percent of not had any work in pipeline. This is true
of Training and Development, who present- their business agent and members resolving our members at DHL because they closed across the country, as many planned jobs are
ed the seminar, started the meeting by ask- grievances, negotiations and conducting their domestic operation down. All clerical being put off due to the economy. The only
ing every steward to “meet a stranger.” union business. They are often under attack employees in the Salt Lake City office were good news is the Ruby is still on schedule for
They were asked to introduce the stranger, a from their own co-workers as well as man- Teamsters under the National Master 2010. The size of the project will be almost
fellow steward they had never met, and tell agement. Freight Agreement with Airborne Express. equal to Kern River with Local 222 dealing
about themselves, their employer, why they These ladies and gentlemen do not vol- A severance package was negotiated that with three contractors crossing Wyoming
became stewards, their hobbies and past unteer for this duty because they have to; will help while members look for new jobs. and Utah.
times and describe what one word comes to they do it because they want to. It is never easy to have a company close Continued on page 5
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Continued from page 4 the MTC Job Corps negotiations. The mem- thoughts to a prospective member: This is simply not true. It is the only
Sand and gravel/ready mix — Sand bers will have improved working conditions, 1.- Wages, benefits and representation argument they can come up with against this
and gravel ready mix has had a slow winter wages, bereavement and other issues impor- are all tied to Teamster contracts. legislation. This is about the survival of the
and spring with layoffs going deeper into tant to the membership. I would like to 2. Wages, benefits and representation middle class and the American Dream, not
seniority and lasting longer than I can thank the hard work of the negotiating com- are critical to our individual family’s well labor law.
remember. There is work for the summer but mittee. Their focus and understanding of the being and security. The IBT has a Million Member
the hours are not going to be there as past memberships needs were a critical part of a 3. To protect our individual family’s Mobilization drive (petition) for members to
years. successful contract negotiation. well being and security, we need to be sign, which will send to President Obama
This is a time for all of us to do what we Magna Water company negotiations are Teamsters. and Congress a message of support for the
can to get through this slow economy. The in the works. We intend to address the needs passing of this legislation. You can contact
economy also affected Parson’s attempt to of the membership and conclude with a con- By Jeff Kendall Local 222 for a petition or sign up on the
become Teamsters. Many who supported in tract that continues to improve and mature. Organizer / Business agent IBT’s website. Click on “Take Action,”
the past were just too scared to make a stand RTC Enterprises Inc. annual wage America needs the Employee then on the “Be One In A Million Voices”
against the company. They are at present just appropriations are also underway. We hope Free Choice Act article/link. If you would like more infor-
glad to have a job at any pay and benefits. to have them complete with favorable results When workers are free to choose to join mation on the EFCA, please visit
Attention Geneva drivers: To all as soon as possible. a union, our economy can work for everyone www.FreeChoiceAct.org.
Geneva Rock drivers: Please go over your We have seen an impressive increase in again. That’s why we need the Employee MV Transportation — As this article
trucks and write up anything no matter how membership in our white paper contracts. Free Choice Act (EFCA), federal legislation goes to press the company and the
small. I don’t care if you have to write it up Membership has increased by more than 80 that would help level the playing field and International Union are in talks for a possi-
every day for months until fixed. This is the members since August of 2008. A majority give workers the freedom to choose to join a ble national contract. Either way, we will be
only protection you have and puts responsi- of these members were existing employees union, so that can earn better wages and ben- entering into negotiations with the company
bility on the shop. Telling the company you who have been further educated as to the efits. soon and with the support of the members,
told the shop won’t protect you so write it importance and necessity of Teamster repre- The Employee Free Choice Act will we hope to see great improvements on this
up! sentation. Their understanding of the impor- allow employees to sign a union authoriza- contract. We hope to have some information
Hertz — Hertz is also suffering due to tance of representation, wages, benefits and tion card lessening intimidation. Employees on the status of the talks between MV and
the economy, and this also will make upcom- seniority has been expanded due to the would have the choice of a majority card the IBT. We will keep you posted on the
ing contract negotiations hard. Local 222 is efforts of our stewards and members. I check or an NLRB election, taking the next step of negotiations.
going to arbitrate the subcontracting of defu- would like to welcome all of our new mem- power and decision away from the employ- UPS Freight — We continue to try to
eling. We are going to make every effort to bers. er, on how they choose to join a union. clear up contract “intent” and to work on
protect our work from being subcontracted I would also like to stress the impor- There will be stricter penalties for illegal and many issues that have come up that are not
out. tance of high union membership and partici- unfair labor practices. addressed in the contract, as well as process-
Other contracts opening this year — pation. The solidarity and strength of our The Employee Free Choice Act will fix ing grievances. This is typical with a first
Other contracts, which I represent that open union membership means better benefits, a broken system which gives corporations contract.
this year, are Tramcor and Praxair. Watch wages and working conditions for our mem- far too much power. We know this is all new and can be frus-
for meeting notices. bers. A testimonial provided by a co-work- Workers often face harassment and trating. We ask for your continued patience
er concerning the importance of our union intimidation when they try to organize and support.
By Marty Cowin can be an effective and critical factor in (unionize). EFCA opponents argue that it I would like to thank the stewards who
Business agent recruiting a prospective member. It is will be the unions who will intimidate work- are doing a great job!
We have just successfully concluded important to communicate the following ers into joining.
Local 222 stewards’ seminar
draws a crowd
Spring is a busy time for New Mexico Teamsters
LOCAL 492 Chuck Blanton. We also would like to thank assemble a con-
Report from Business Agent outgoing stewards Ramon Garcia, Duane tract committee
Report from Walter R. Maestas Ruben Armendariz Oldfield, and Larry Kozlowski. before the end
Secretary-Treasurer ABF – ABF has 27 members on the line of the current
ALBUQUERQUE — I would like to wish and 18 on the dock laid-off. The work is Report from Business Agent Mike Butler contract. If you
the following retirees best of luck in their starting to pick up and the local union is OMI – A notice was posted on March have any ques-
future endeavors: Camilo J. Martinez – monitoring the freight flow closely. 22, 2009, at the wastewater, administration, tions, please
RDY, Larry Ortiz – RDY, Bill Hatchitt – YRC – YRC has 43 members on the and maintenance Buildings for a steward approach these
YTI, Anthony Perea – YTI, Richard line and 17 on the dock currently laid-off. election. These postings were removed on stewards. This
Cordova – YRC The Teamsters nationally and at our local are March 10, 2009. The new primary steward local union Walter R. Maestas
Local 492 would like to express our still dealing with the change over issues will be Robert Apodaca. The two alternate looks forward Secretary-Treasurer
condolences to the families of: between Yellow and Roadway and also the stewards will be T.J. Doering and Andy to continuing a
Robert Whitbeck – ABF, Ralph Aragon – problems with the change of operations. Hall. Congratulations to all three members good working relationship with all involved.
ABF, Bill Tudor – ABF, Edward J. Coates – The local would like to congratulate the new for stepping up to assist in the daily applica- UPS, Northern New Mexico – Several
CFWY, Herman L. Weaver – CFWY, John stewards in line-haul on their election: tion of the collective bargaining agreement. issues have been resolved at the local level.
Cooper – YTI Bobby Gonzales, James Mikkelsen, and These stewards are actively looking to
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Continued from page 5 of the economy. We are seeing some lay- was returned to work and was awarded full more efficient without losing jobs and
Some timeliness complaints have been offs with feeder drivers, package car dri- back pay and benefits for 60 days. hours. I would like to thank those of you
addressed with management to include the vers, and some part-time employees. A road driver who was terminated for who volunteered to participate in this year’s
proper steps in the grievance procedures. I would like to thank all stewards for an accident was put back to work after Truck Roadeo. We are proud to have you
The 9.5 guidelines should have reached their help. Please, feel free to contact me being off for seven days. The local union’s representing not only SCS but this local
all the centers in Local 492’s jurisdiction. anytime, on issues or concerns. You may investigation into the circumstances of the union.
However, some questions continue to arise reach me at the union hall. accident produced overwhelming evidence Political – The Employee Free Choice
out of the rank-and-file. If you have a ques- Report from Business that the driver was not at fault. We later Act (EFCA) is one of the hottest topics in
tion about the proper criteria to follow, or Agent Moises L. Ortega recovered the seven days of lost pay for our politics today. U.S. Senator Tom Udall has
where you may fall within the guidelines, Movies – As with most of our other member. always been a friend of working families
please give Kenny Duran or me a call with industries, the motion picture industry is We are now getting to the point where here in New Mexico and is one of the spon-
your concerns so we may address them. currently suffering from a lack of work. we are settling issues at home, which is the sors of EFCA. All of our U.S. representa-
I’ve got to be brutal about the next They tell me that movies are recession way it should be. I commend this group tives are also sponsors of the Act and are
issue, the G.P.S. or Global Positioning proof and that we will be getting busy and their stewards, Paul Lopez and Keith working very hard in putting the middle
System. The J.A.L.M. continues to hear again soon. We currently have a few griev- Brewer, for hanging tough through this class back in this country. U.S.
more of these cases from all over the ances going forward on the two shows that process of establishing a first contract. The Representatives Martin Heinrich (1st
Southwest, including New Mexico. The are not in production. morale of the bargaining unit has been District), Harry Teague, (2nd District) and
information can only be triggered from the The biggest issue out there is the “hir- greatly improved by seeing some tangible Ben Lujan, Jr. (3rd District) have all been
D.I.A.D., and it is as accurate as you can get. ing by grouping” from our industry experi- results. keeping in contact with this local and keep-
So with that being said, I will tell you to fol- ence roster. Hopefully, we can establish ing us informed with the status of EFCA.
low your trace, take your break and lunch the legitimacy and therefore the enforce- Report from Business Agent Although we have a strong presence
appropriately, and – last but not least – fol- ability of our roster system. In an attempt Kevin H. Pohl representing the people of New Mexico in
low your methods. The company has the to establish a verifiable list by group of Sara Lee Store – Congratulations to all Washington, D.C., we need 100 percent
ability to track everything you do, where you those members available for work, the of our members on a new contract. I would commitment for EFCA to pass. Local 492
are and when you are doing it. If you are local union has contracted with Film like to personally thank your Steward Robin would like to urge all of our members to
doing something that inflates your day or Savage to compile a searchable database of Bryant for all the hard work and time she write U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and ask
increases your personal time, the company is drivers and wranglers. If you have not put in to these contract negotiations. Not him to support the Employee Free Choice
going to catch on to it. Losing your job in done so already, you need to contact us at only is she the voice of the membership, she Act, which will protect the rights of workers
the current economy is not anything that the hall so that you can have your informa- understands the process it takes to get a across our nation to establish and participate
anyone needs to be testing. tion downloaded into the database. Film good contract. During contract negotia- in a union without harassment or intimida-
Again, if you’re confused, ask someone Savage is not going to be dispatching dri- tions, Moises and I never heard her say “I tion from employers.
who has the correct information and can get vers, or adjusting grievances. They simply want…” or “What’s in it for me?” With It is important for workers to be able to
you the proper answer. Let me know if you have been contracted to provide the union every issue, she looked to see how it would form unions in order to guarantee a decent
have any questions and if I can answer them with the tools to make putting you to work benefit the entire membership. standard of living. Let Senator Bingaman
at that time I will. easier. Support Contract Services – Spring know it’s time to grant working families the
UPS Freight – At the January, 2009, bidding is complete and it seems as though basic freedoms and protections they need by
BE SAFE OUT THERE! grievance panel, our local cartage steward, the company took advantage of the drivers supporting the passage of the Employee
Report from Business Agent who was terminated in November, 2008, input on suggested runs trying to make them Free Choice Act.
Kenny F. Duran
UPS, Southern New Mexico – This
serves the purpose of raising awareness on
issues we are currently dealing with around
the state. Issues are as follows:
Undependability – Please be aware
that when calling in sick the company is tak-
ing into consideration your nine-month
prior history on call ins, no call/no shows
and tardiness when issuing discipline.
Negotiations underway with Mission Industries
9.5 Issues – Please be advised when fil- LOCAL 104 company-maintained health McDonalds restaurants locat-
ing a 9.5 grievance you may possibly get a and welfare, job preservation ed in southern Nevada. The
three-day ride. Know your 340 methods, Report from Business Agent and pension. One point I 76 employees of G.S.F.
follow your trace, and take your lunch and Russell Medigovich would like to stress to the bar- Phoenix, AZ Division, under-
break as allowed per the contract. PHOENIX — Contract negotiations will gaining group is “Solidarity.” stand the need for solidarity.
GPS (Global Positioning System) – begin in April between Teamsters Local Together we will be success- The shop stewards who help
It’s out there. Be aware. Again, follow 104 and Mission Industries in Lake ful. keep the company in check
your trace, stop complete at delivery point Havasu City, AZ. I have recently met with Golden State Foods – are Joe “JR” Rivera, Daniel
and the same with pick-up locations. the membership to get their input on the 100 percent membership at Solarez, David Foster, Daniel
DO YOUR JOB AS YOU HAVE most important issues that need to be G.S.F. includes the employees Andrew Marshall Gamez and Shane Duncan in
BEEN TRAINED. addressed during negotiations. Wages are working in Las Vegas Secretary-Treasurer Las Vegas.
Currently we are all feeling the effects always at the top of the list followed by Nevada, who service the
YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE BECK
In accordance with various court paying the uniform dues and initiation ment of the major category of expen- contract proposals or to participate in
decisions and the rulings of the fees. ditures for the Teamsters local union, union affairs.
National Labor Relations Board, you Nonmembers have the right under Teamsters Joint Council No 3, and the If you elect to be or remain a non-
are hereby notified of the following Communications Workers of America International Brotherhood of member, you must notify the local
rights you have under the National v. Beck, 487 U.S. 735 (1988) to Teamsters, designating which of such union in writing each year that you
Labor Relations Act, 9bject to paying for union activities expenditures are representational and wish to remain a nonmember and
You have the right to become and not germane to the union’s duties as therefore chargeable; and (3) their object to paying full union dues and
remain a nonmember of the union, bargaining agent and to obtain a right to challenge these figures. fees. You objection must be submit-
which right derives from NLRB v. reduction in fees for such activities While you have the right to ted to the union each year, not more
General Motors 373 U.S. 734 (1963). that are not germane to (1) Collective become and remain a nonmember of than 90, not less than 60 days prior to
In General Motors, the Supreme bargaining. (2) Contract administra- the union, and while only nonmem- the anniversary date of the collective
Court held that the obligation to tion, and (3) Grievance adjustment. bers have the Beck rights described bargaining agreement covering your
acquire membership in a union pur- Nonmember bargaining unit employ- above, including the right to pay less employment. Upon receipt of time
suant to a union-security clause under ees, who have objected or who object than the full amount of dues and fees, objection, you will be provided with
Section 8(a) (3) had been “whittled within 30 days of the issuance of this nonmembers do not have the rights the current year’s figures for the rep-
down to its financial core.” That is, notice of their right to object, have the that come with union membership. resentation fee, basis of calculation,
employees could satisfy the member- right to be provided with a notice con- For example, nonmembers do not major categories of expenditures and
ship requirements of a lawful union- taining a statement of (1) the percent- have the right to run for union office, notice of your right to challenge these
security clause by merely meeting the age of dues reduction; (2) the basis to attend and vote at union meetings, figures.
financial obligations of such a clause, for the calculation, including a state- to participate in the formulation of
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Tony Lock, friend and colleague, will be missed
LOCAL 190 team, riders, a the Teamsters Hall for a hot dog feed and these bills, such as the so-called “right-to-
panel wagon music by The All Hands String Band. We work” legislation and bills that would have
By Joe Dwyer and the had a great turn out and everyone had a excluded more workers from workers’
Secretary-treasurer Teamster truck. good time. There were approximately 150 compensation benefits. We also succeeded
BILLINGS — It is with great sadness that Teamsters and in attendance including retirees, current in killing multiple bills that would have
I report the death of the union chairman of their families members and their families. We would weakened current laws on independent
the Western Conference of Teamsters volunteered as like to thank all who were involved in this contractors. Watch your mailbox for your
Pension Trust, Tony Lock. Brother Lock’s walkers and event. It wouldn’t have been the success it 2009 Legislator Voters Guide for a com-
leadership, knowledge of and commitment handed out was without all of you. plete review of our efforts in the legisla-
to the plan and its participants are what pencils and Pension meetings – Spring pension ture.
made the Western Conference plan the pre- candy to the Joe Dwyer meetings were scheduled for April 20-24, On the federal level, the Employee
mier defined benefit plan in the country. crowd. The 2009, with scheduling cut off on April 6. Free Choice Act (EFCA) has stalled. This
As a trustee I will miss Brother Lock’s horse drawn We had a lot of members sign up for indi- legislation is very important in helping to
insight and leadership. The Trustees have wagon and team belongs to Aaron Meyer vidual meetings and print outs both. These grow our union. Please contact our sena-
selected Brother Chuck Mack as the new and was driven by Shawn Doss. The riders individual meetings and print outs are a tors and ask them to support and co-spon-
union chairman. I know that Chuck will were Fred Charette and Monica Bradshaw. great way to plan your financial future. If sor the Employee Free Choice Act.
carry on with the same tenacity and leader- The 1955 Chevy Panel Van belongs to Les you would like information on your pen- Senator Tester can be reached toll free at
ship as Tony and I wish him the best of Masterson. And the Joint Council 3 sion, you can call your Pension office at 866-554-4403 and Senator Baucus at 800-
luck in this new position. Teamsters truck belonging to all of us was any time to answer your questions. 332-6106.
St Patrick’s Day Parade – The weath- driven by Jim Adams. Old and young alike 2009 legislative Session – In the state Reminders – Don’t forget to keep your
er was exceptional for the 2009 St Patrick’s are always impressed when the truck passes legislative session, there are numerous bills address, phone number(s) and other perti-
Day Parade held on March 14, 2009 in by. that were a direct attack on the working nent information current with our office.
Billings. ”Teamsters Then and Now” was After the parade, volunteers and families of Montana. Through our lobby- Also request your withdrawal cards in a
the theme with a horse drawn wagon and Teamsters were invited to an open house at ing efforts, we were able to kill many of timely manner.
Teamsters Then and Now
“Teamsters Then and Now” was the theme of the Teamsters'
entry in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Billings.
Driving the team, which is owned by Aaron Meyer,
was Shawn Doss and riders were Fred Charette
and Monica Bradshaw.
The 1955 Chevrolet panel truck is owned by Les Masterson,
and the Joint Council 3 Teamsters truck was driven by Jim Adams.
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Advice to part-time employees on UPS layoff notice
LOCAL 455 hub sort you are assigned to. your daily guarantee. issue to arbitra-
2. Layoffs never go by your assigned 5. Any questions about layoffs please tion.
Report from Business Agent work area. They go by the entire sort you are contact your union steward or contact Local Western
Alan Frisbee assigned to. 455 at (303) 458-1600, extension 312. Sugar, Fort
DENVER — Just a reminder to all part-time 3. If you are not the most junior person Morgan – As
employees or Article 22.3 full-time employ- on the shift to which you are assigned, then Report from Business Agent this year’s
ees assigned to the Commerce City Hub. If a you should not be laid off. Bob Adams process season
UPS supervisor comes to you and says to you 4. If you start work on your shift and Praxair – The company claimed it need- neared an end,
that you are laid off, you must remember the UPS management comes to you and says you ed to reduce the Speed Management the company
following things: are laid off for the rest of your shift, you need
Guidelines negotiated in the labor agreement compiled its Steve Vairma
1. Layoffs go by seniority by which to find a union steward and file a grievance
as a cost savings measure. However, when annual holdover Secretary-Treasurer
asked to pro- list to determine
duce the esti- what seasonal workers would continue to
mated cost sav- work and who would be laid off.
ings, the When the company finished, it was clear
employer could that many members had not been fairly con-
not. A griev- sidered to remain on the list. Twelve griev-
ance was filed ances were filed. At the step two meeting our
because the local union held the position that all members
action taken by should be considered and that seniority and
the company skills must be recognized. At the end of the
will most likely meeting, all grievances were resolved.
result in a loss Western Sugar Scottsbluff – Because
of earnings to the warehouse was full of produce and the
our members. packaging lines could not be run at capacity,
At the second the company decided to do daily layoffs.
step meeting, However, when these layoffs occurred, they
the company were out of seniority order and five senior
refused to com- people were laid off.
ply with the The local union took the position that any
Teamster Ron Jensen, right, recently retired after 43 f o r Vern Alder, right, a 31-year Teamster who recently provisions of layoff must comply with the provisions of the
years at U.S. Foodservice. He is congratulated by Gary retired from Safeway Distribution Center, is congratu- the contract, labor agreement. The company stipulated and
Stugart of Local 455. lated by Bob Adams of Teamsters Local 455. and our local all five were paid for the time they were
has referred the forced to be off.
Vern Kiefer is congratulated on his recent retirement by Longtime Local 455 member Michael Green, right, is
Bob Adams of Local 455. Kiefer retired after 27 years congratulated on his recent retirement by Ron Cash of Congratulations to Lynn Bybee, a member of Local 455,
with Ryder. Local 455. Green retired after 31 years of service. recently retired after 31 years at Kiewit Construction.
Historic measure approved by executive board
LOCAL 17 Local 17 and I have agreed to earned. There has been a grievance filed for the
voluntary take a 10 percent pay Freight levels have been company subcontracting freight out of
By Mike Simeone cut. The savings from this his- down at this company. We Denver that is to be serviced out of the
Secretary-Treasurer toric measure will continue to have seen more layoffs at ABF Pueblo terminal. This grievance will go
Principal Officer increase Local 17's financial than I can remember as the straight to the subcommittee: For TNFINC,
growth. Following the lead business agent. As this report Tyson Johnson and Gordon Sweeton. For
DENVER — The executive board of from the Local 17 YRC mem- goes to press it seems like TMI, Jim Roberts and Bob Davidson. We
Teamsters Local 17 recognizes and under- bers, we want all Local 17 freight is picking up. We have will keep you informed. Also, a grievance
stands the sacrifices that all of our members members to know that we share one recall at the Denver break- has been filed by the local because we feel
are making. During these difficult times it is the benefits and sacrifices bulk and two recalled at the the company has an excessive number of 4-
more important than ever to keep the local’s together with you. Secretary-Treasurer Cheyenne line-haul board. 10 hour bids. Again we will keep you
expenses down and maintain a solid and Standing together during Hopefully, this trend contin- informed. The company also has been ask-
profitable budget. good times and tough times is what ues. ing that the workweek at 824 be changed
At my request the Local 17 executive Teamsters Local 17 is all about. Also, there has been an issue with hours from M-F & Tue-Sat to M-F & Sun-Thurs.
board has done just that over the past three Until next time, worked. Remember the JWAC decision Mr. Simeone’s response has been if it is not
years. Local 17 has realized a substantial Mike with the 10-hour rule. All employees cov- in the contract or the Western Work Rules, I
growth in membership and over a 125 per- ered by the P & D contract must have 10 don’t want to discuss it. Thank you Mike
cent gain in assets and cash, making Local Report from Business Agent hours off between work shifts. Also, if Simeone!
17 one of strongest locals with a very Mike Ramos worked more than 14 hours a day, it triggers I hope you all enjoy a great spring and
healthy bottom line. This is because of the ABF — Congratulations to recent a money claim. This decision helps our laid stay positive throughout the recession. We
many cost saving measures enacted by Local retirees Fred Paswaters and Vernon off members. Please advise your stewards if will survive. We are TEAMSTERS.
17 in the last three years. This includes Johnson. Thanks to them for all the contri- the company violates this decision.
moving to a more rent efficient building that butions they did for Local 17 as stewards YRC — Congratulations to recent Report from Recording Secretary
has made Local 17 so financially solid. and members. I want to personally thank retirees Steve Timmermeyer and Jim Peters. Ed Bagwell
In an unprecedented move, all fulltime them so much for the way they helped me. I Thank you for being great Local 17 mem- We want to thank all of you who have
officers and business agents of Teamsters hope they enjoy their retirement. It is well bers. Enjoy that retirement.
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Continued from page 8 take the time to make sure that your route encing it’s a bad time for some of us who system. You get to say what you want, not
stepped up to the plate and talked at work boundaries honestly reflect what your actual aren’t working. Therefore, there is no rea- what your boss wants to do. Card check has
about the benefits of joining Local 17. route is. son for supervisors to be working (NONE). been used by unions for 40-plus years to
Whether you are a steward or an activist If it does not, get with your steward to They need to plan better and keep their unionize companies as large as AT&T and
with local 17, it is important to continue our address the issue with your manager prior to hands off the packages and allow us to do the old Bell System. This bill will also force
growth by telling the non-believers or non- filing your grievance. our work. That is why Local 17 has placed the employer to sit down at the bargaining
members that the Teamsters can and do I would like to congratulate Steward new information on our grievance forms and table and bargain in good faith. The first
make a difference when representing work- Vernon Johnson and Steward and Sergeant a new emphasis is going to be placed on that contact is the hardest to get due to the fact
ers for the City and County of Denver. We of Arms Fred Paswaters on their retirements information and the old information that is that the companies, as it is now, don’t have
would also like to welcome a new steward to from ABF. We wish them well. stated directly under the signatures on the to bargain in good faith. Under the
Local 17. Her name is Maria Blea. This lit- I would like to extend my sincere con- grievance form. If the manager does not set- Employee Free Choice Act, there is a provi-
tle bundle of energy has been actively sign- dolences to the family and friends of Local tle a grievance with the grievant and the sion that a contract must be reached within a
ing up new members and wants to do more. 17 members Joe and Theresa Noel. Joe and steward and I ultimately receive that griev- reasonable length of time or the contract will
I welcome her enthusiasm to represent the Theresa worked for UPS at the Douglas ance, the information on the grievance shall go to binding arbitration.
members at DHS, and would ask that all Wyoming center, both passed away recently be enforced unless the grievant or the stew- This is why as members of Teamsters
members at DHS call her and give her your and will be truly missed by those who knew ard is given authorization by either Local 17 Local 17 we need to support the Employee
support. them. or me to settle the grievance. Free Choice Act. You can help to rebuild
In these troubling financial times, we As a reminder, if you do not work for an We have been experiencing a number of the middle class by insuring we have strong
are seeing wage cuts and furlough days for entire calendar month, you can contact retirees from UPS and Local 17 and I want pensions, health care and union wages for
many members of our membership. Our Local 17 and take a withdrawal card. If you to wish them and their families all the best. many years to come. We all need to write a
principal officer, Michael A. Simone, recog- take a withdrawal card, you must notify the I know how difficult it was for them to per- letter to Senator Bennett. The letter should
nizing the financial burden that has been local immediately upon returning to work. severe. be in your own handwriting and be sent or
placed on many Teamster local 17 members, Work safe and have a great summer. dropped off to the Local at 7010 Broadway,
has made the decision to cut his salary by 10 Report from Political Coordinator suite 200 Denver Colorado 80221. Local 17
percent. He does this because he believes Report from Business Agent John Jackson will forward your letters to the International
that “an injury to one is an injury to all.” Chris Rodriguez This year has been a busy year already. Brotherhood of Teamsters offices in
Michael Simeone has been a Teamster for Just a quick note: If anyone goes out on President Obama and Congress are back to Washington D.C. and they will be handed to
40 years and is dedicated to the members of disability, workman’s comp, leave of work on the national level and the Colorado the Senator’s office. The letter should
Local 17. I am also going to cut my salary absence or is terminated from United Parcel legislature is nearing the end of its session include your name and home address so the
by 10 percent to follow Brother Simone’s Service either small package, CSI or UPS this year. In the U.S. Senate we have final- senator can send a response back to you.
example. Remember, In Unity there is Freight and takes a withdrawal card, it is ly seen the Employee Free Choice Act intro- In Colorado, Local 17 supported House
Strength! their responsibility to call and inform the duced. It is one of the most important pieces Bill 1010, a bill that would have created
local when they return to work. of labor friendly legislation we have seen in good paying Teamster Local 17 jobs in the
By President Duane Grove If you don’t take a withdrawal card and many years. Big businesses are lining up to movie industry. The bad news is that the
Local 17 has opened contract negotia- thereby allow your standing with Local 17 to do and say whatever they can to stop this House Appropriations Committee voted to
tions with Meadow Gold Dairy. I will be become past due – and then you ignore the bill. They are lobbying hard. remove the expanded incentive funding ($10
meeting with the employees to map out our subsequent warning of imminent suspension The story they are telling is that we million) from the legislation, effectively
negotiating strategy and determine what pro- that the local sends you – you are going to be don’t need this, nor does your average killing the proposed new incentive program.
posals we will be presenting to the company. suspended. You will then be responsible for American want this. Only the “union boss- The committee stated that the current state
We have about 20 outstanding griev- past dues and re-initiation fees when you es” want this as a way to force people to join of the budget does not allow for the funding
ances at UPS Freight, most of which will be return to work. You will also be responsible the union. If this is true, why is it that, in the of the incentive program at this time. Why
settled after the issue has been resolved at for past dues and re-initiation fees if you fail March 22 copy of the Parade Magazine, do anything to add more jobs to the state
the national level grievance panels. I would to deposit your withdrawal card with the when the question was asked, “Does when it is easier just to make excuses.
like to remind all employees to see their office after returning to work. It just takes a America still need labor unions?” 92 percent The good news is that the committee
steward if they are having a problem at work phone call 1-800-343-6790. said yes, adding that working people need to did approve by unanimous vote the re-estab-
or just have a question about the contract. There seems to be some question from unite so they can all get decent wages and a lishment of the film commission as a state
The stewards at each location have been pro- the package car drivers as to the methods pension. Companies oppose unions because agency under the Office of Economic
vided contract books to distribute to the that UPS wants them to follow. Do the they are greedy – they want to pay for exec- Development and International Trade.
members. methods the way that the company wants it utive perks off the sweat of our labor. The last two weeks of March, I was
We have about 50 outstanding griev- done. It is their company and they insist that Big business has been doing a good job assigned to DRIVE for the state of
ances with UPS Package, most are 9.5 or everyone that has a job assignment, so of lobbying congressmen by telling them Wyoming by Secretary-Treasurer Mike
supervisor working grievances. The biggest whether you’re part-time, package car dri- lies. Some supporters of the bill last year are Simeone. I did DRIVE education in Local
issue that we are working to resolve is the ver, mechanic or a feeder driver, you need to now backing away by not being a co-spon- 17's jurisdiction in Wyoming. We had a
route and center boundaries in the state of follow THEIR methods. In turn it is imper- sor this year and saying they are not sure good showing by the members in the state
Wyoming. It is the position of Local 17 that ative that everyone take their lunch breaks they will vote for it. with over 50 percent signing up for DRIVE.
center boundaries and route boundaries do between the third and sixth hour or as per The Employee Free Choice Act doesn’t If you have any questions please call me
not overlap. We have some managers that article 18 of the Central Region Supplement. take anything from you; it gives you the at 303.378.5545 - email JJackson@team-
have used very broad and nonspecific With the downturn of the economy and right to choose what you want to do. You sterlocal17.org.
boundaries when bidding routes. Please the number of lay-offs we have been experi- can still do a secret ballot or the card check
Teamsters file motion to ‘stay’ court ruling
LOCAL 961 start April 14, 2009 in Chicago, Fort. Morgan secretary, Lilly Swift & Company Lamb – In our labor
and updates will be available on Aguirre, on the birth of her management meeting we discussed the 401K
President’s Letter the Local 961 UAL web site and grand daughter on April 1. plan and other issues at the plant. On March
By Matthew Fazakas the IBT Airline Division web 10 and 17, we met with employees and
President and Principal Officer site. Report from Business Agent explained how the 401K plan works.
The Denver Newspaper Matthew Fazakas
DENVER — The Teamsters Union has filed Agency requested early negoti- Allied Systems, LTD – Report from Business Agent Bill DeGroot
a motion to “stay” the Frontier Airlines’ ations as a result of the banks The company has committed to Soon we will once again be out of the
maintenance and material specialists contact claiming the company was in research obtaining freight from winter season and starting into the summer.
court rejections in N.Y. Federal District default of it $135 million in the AXIS group. PMT has lost Most of the over-the-road drivers by now
Court. The union is waiting on the decision loans. The Pressman and Matthew Fazakas all of the General Motors work have had their fill of chaining and unchaining
of the court. Updates will be forthcoming as Transportation Departments rat- in California with more than and dodging ski bums from out of state who
the case progresses. ified their three-year contracts with the 200 drivers losing their jobs. think a four wheel drive will never spin out,
As this column was written, there has implementation date of March 16, 2009. The Report from the Fort Morgan office or can stop on a dime. I urge all of you not
been no answer on the UAL 20 percent out- very important “SNAP” back agreement from Norberto Ricardo, to let your guard down and show everyone
sourcing grievance. The arbitrator is drafting calls for a salary cap on management wages Adan Morales and Victor Mora that a union driver is a professional and cour-
a decision that will be presented to the union and has provisions for the return to the origi- Cargill Meat Solutions – We had two teous driver.
and company System Board of Adjustment nal contact rates based on semi-annual audits employees reinstated with full seniority and As we all know economic times are
(SBA) members. It will be finalized after and the term of the agreement. benefits who were suspended pending termi- tough and it affects us all, union or nonunion.
the SBA confers and then will be presented The DNA has secured the business of nation. The local union recovered $3355.23 Layoffs are all around us. We hope the econ-
to the parties. The audits for 2007 and 2008 printing the USA Today and the Fort Collins for pay issues where employees were not omy recovers soon. I want to remind every-
will be conducted once the arbitrator resolves Coloradoan daily newspaper. paid correctly. The local was able to get body that this is YOUR union. Get involved,
meaning of the language. The pending 2006 Congratulations on the retirement of written warnings for 18 members removed and attend your monthly membership meet-
grievance will also be addressed by arbitra- DNA Pressman Bob Haynes, Adnan Babaa, from employees’ files. We were also able to ing so you know what is going on. I want to
tor's decision. UAL contract negotiations and Ray Jackson. Congratulations to our get another 31 grievances resolved. Continued on page 10
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Continued from page 9 introducing a short term disability insurance The Airline Division Advisory Committee (303) 458-1415 Ext. 16 John Hennelly
encourage you to volunteer as we are only as policy to the members. Eventually this plan will be meeting to address the release from Secretary Treasurer/Business Agent
strong as you are. You need to be involved. will be available to all Teamster Airline mediation for the flight attendants and dis- (303) 458-1415 Ext. 15 Raoul “Bill” DeGroot
Arkansas Best Freight – Business has Division members. The company is not patchers. Recording Secretary Mike Porreco
been slow which has resulted in layoffs. allowing the insurance representatives onto AIRSERV Corp. – The new contract Trustee Zenaida Palomo
YRC (formerly Yellow their property because it is not a company was ratified and is in place. We picked up Trustee Walt Cunningham
Freight/Roadway Express) office, janitori- policy, so alternative sites are being some paid sick time, a paid birthday holiday, Trustee Don Slawinski
al, maintenance and line drivers – The arranged. This is another example of terrible and the four scheduled layoffs were can- Business agent
local union is still fighting the office staffing company policies that punish our members celed. The company paid back wages for (970) 867-7311 Norberto Ricardo
issue and is attending the national meeting in for a no-cost item to the company. Look for two suspended members. The new contract Assistant business agent
Florida April 14, 2009. The staffing of the details of where and when the meetings will is out for signature. (970) 867-7311 Adan Morales
10 additional shop mechanics is progressing. be held to be posted on your bulletin boards. Earl Scheib – With the state of the Assistant business agent
There have been numerous run-around The union continues to process grievances economy, if you need your car painted con- (970) 867-7311 Victor Mora
penalty payments as a result of the company involving illegal upgrades to supervisors. tact Earl Scheib in Colorado Springs. UAL chief coordinator
running teams over the top of Denver. YRC United Airlines – The steering commit- Denver Newspaper Agency trans- (303) 717-2866 Ramon Gonzales
currently has layoffs in place and even with tee wrapped up an intense week of prepara- portation (DNA) – The new contract was UAL grievance coordinator
the merger of Yellow and Roadway you have tion and finished almost all non-economic ratified with the concessions and changes in (303) 717-1676 Pete Angelos
to have freight to put in the trailers to keep proposals for the upcoming contract negoti- fleet truck make up from class “A” trucks to UAL recording secretary
people working. No matter where you work, ations. The testing committee met with class “C” trucks. The local union was able (303) 717-2720 Craig Kelly
if you get laid off please make sure you company officials to discuss changes in the to increase the class “C” rate of pay for cur- UAL PV/GQ coordinator
request a withdrawal card. procedures as well as discussing settlement rent class “A” drivers that are forced to the (303) 506-9803 Ken Meidenger
UPS Freight – There are numerous of several grievances for members that were lower class “C” rate of pay. UAL TK representative
grievances filed regarding the lack of work forced to transfer out of Denver and/or were DAJA/Standard Parking valet park- (303) 476-3644 Jim Prout
and call-ins. not allowed to test. ing – A planned layoff was canceled when UAL safety representative
Lanier Brugh – This company is still UAL Chief Coordinator Ramon the City and County of Denver pointed out (720) 234-4486 Vic Austin
looking for drivers to run the U.S. Mail from Gonzales – During the week of March 16 the staffing requirements of the contract to UAL EAP representative
Denver to Salt Lake City, Utah. Contact me through March 20, Ken Meidinger, Craig the company. The staffing levels will (303) 884-8245 Mike Brooks
if you are interested. Kelly, Scott Brown, Rich Olsen, Alcino remain the same and the re-bid has been can- Office manager
DHL – The severance package deadline Marques and I were in SFO for the contract celed. (303) 458-1415 Ext. 11 Kathy McBride
has passed, there are only 11 employees left steering committee meeting. We accom- AMPCO/Nationwide Parking Titan administrator
on the active list with one office person on plished a lot and will be meeting with the AMPCO AMODs – The local union has (303) 458-1415 Ext. 12 Jackie Purcell
letter of lay off who didn’t take the severance company on April 14, 2009, for the official reviewed the 2009 wage increases mandated Denver secretary
package. start of contract negotiations. Ken and I are through our contract and the RFP with the (303) 458-1415 Ext. 10 Karen Hess
BUC Transport (DHL contractor) – representing Denver. While in SFO 4 griev- City and County of Denver. Fort Morgan secretary
BUC has completely gone out of business in ances were settled with SFOLR. Don't for- AMPCO/Nationwide lot supervisors (970) 867-7311 Lilly Aguirre
Denver as DHL awarded the IC contract to get to stay strong and united during these – The negotiations for a new contract are
another company. trying times. We must show the company about wrapped up with only some minor lan- El Sindicato Hace una
Sidwell Transportation (DHL con- that we are a union and sticking together. I guage to be hammered out. Lot supervisors
tractor) – Sidwell has two drivers in urge you all to attend your union craft meet- will get a 3.2 percent pay increase retroac- Moción de “suspender” la
Colorado Springs as a result of the DHL cut- ings tive to February, as well as an increase in the Decisión de la Corte
backs. UAL TK Jim Prout – A reminder that elective insurance opt-out payment.
Frontier Airlines aircraft appearance the United IBT website has been developed Report from Mike Porreco, chief Carta del Presidente
agents and MX cleaners – For the most part to provide union-specific UAL information chairman DNA pressmen – At the Denver Por Matthew Fazakas-
things have been going well even as the air- for our members and is located on the web Newspaper Agency, the pressman ratified Presidente y Oficial Principal
line industry has had a rough time making a at: http://www.ualibt-den.org. their contract on Monday, March 16. The
profit. Frontier has made a lot of changes Information will be posted promptly on this company was asking for $20 million in con- DENVER — El Sindicato ha hecho una moción
and seems to be turning things around. website as it becomes available. cessions from all of the unions at the paper. de “suspender” el rechazo del contrato de los
Hertz Car Rental Maintenance, UAL Safety Vic Austin – The IBT Our wages were reduced by 1.75 percent empleados de Frontier Airlines de manten-
VSAs, Bus Drivers and HLE – The compa- Aviation Division Director David Bourne with the addition of a new “washer” classifi- imiento y de los especialistas de materiales
ny and union are in discussions to extend the and I recently spoke at length about the qual- cation. The rest of the concessions were in hecho por la Corte Federal del Distrito de Nueva
current contract, which is set to expire in ity of the organization’s safety structure. benefits and working conditions. York. El Sindicato está esperando la decisión
October of this year. This would be a one- Mr. Bourne assured me that the division will We are expanding our newspaper pro- de la corte. Se les mantendrá informados en
year extension, which would be voted on by strengthen its aviation safety program and duction and commercial work. We will start cuanto al progreso del caso.
the membership. asked for help from the United Airlines safe- printing the USA Today on March 24, five Cuando se escribió este artículo, aún no
ty committees. He mentioned a new IBT days a week, and the Fort Collins había habido una respuesta al agravio de man-
Report from Business Agent Aviation Safety manager Paul Alves, whom Coloradoan, seven days a week. The Rocky dar afuera el 20 por ciento de UAL. El árbitro
John Hennelly I recently spoke to. Paul comes to us from Mountain News printed their last publica- está escribiendo la decisión que será presentada
Continental Airlines MX and facili- the pilot ranks with experience in the USAF tion on February 27. Surprisingly, we lost al Sindicato y a los miembros de la Junta de
ties maintenance – Contract negotiations and in commercial aviation. He is keen on very little circulation; it was all transferred Ajustes de Sistema (SBA-System Board of
with the company are ongoing with updates safety issues and programs having been to the Denver Post, hopefully the Rocky Adjustment) de la compañía. Se finalizará
available on the Local 961 web site. Some involved in many high-level positions. I Mountain News subscribers will renew their después que el SBA confiera, y se le presentará
questions regarding changes in policy and have confidence that we will make produc- subscriptions when they expire. With sad- a los partidos envueltos. La auditoría del 2007
local agreements are being addressed. tive headway towards our safety goals. I ness we have lost brother Dave Martin and y 2008 se llevará a cabo tan pronto el árbitro
Congratulations to Gary Stanich (Den-line) encouraged the organization to seek input two retirees Ray Willan and William Pugh. resuelva el significado del lenguaje. El agravio
for 35 years of service and Keith Randolph from our mechanic ranks as we build upon General membership meetings – The que todavía queda del 2006 también será resuel-
(Den-line) for 25 years of service. our safety structure. May general membership meeting has been to por la decisión del árbitro. Las negociaciones
Frontier Airlines maintenance and I participated in an internal OSHA moved to 9a.m., May 17, 2009, as a result of del contrato de UAL comienzan el 14 de abril de
material specialists – The second “gap” preparatory audit by Unity’s corporate safe- the conflict with the Memorial Day holiday. 2009 en Chicago, se les pondrá al día en el lugar
began with far fewer temporary furloughs ty department and we walked through the Regular monthly meetings are held at 9 a.m. de la red mundial (website) del Local 961, el de
than originally planned. Some 77 members main underground facility for our baggage on the fourth Sunday of each month at the UAL, y el del IBT Airline Division.
were furloughed, with 30 of those scheduled system. We have a very talented mechanic union hall, 10 Lakeside Lane, second floor El Denver Newspaper Agency pidió nego-
for an early return date of April 6. The staff keeping the many belts, sensors and meeting room, Denver, Colorado 80212. ciaciones tempranas debido a que los bancos
remaining 47 members are scheduled to motors running smoothly to bring our cus- Local union withdrawal cards – reclaman que la compañía no pagó $135 mil-
return on April 18, as the company is sched- tomers’ bags to their flights in one piece and Please remember to call the Denver or Fort lones de dólares en préstamos. Los hombres de
uled to return a 318, and receive a new 320 on-time. There are also many areas of dan- Morgan office to be placed on withdrawal if prensa y el Departamento de Transportación rat-
in exchange. The original number of fur- ger that we must be aware of, so any missing you are going to be off work for a month or ificaron sus contratos de tres años con la imple-
loughed members was expected to be around protective devices or dangerous conditions more. When you return to work you must mentación del mismo el 16 de marzo de 2009.
123 but increased needs in both inspection found will be corrected. notify the local union immediately. El acuerdo importante de “SNAP” back pide un
and RON's reduced the number. The union UAL EAP Representative Mike Change of address/telephone number límite de salarios en los salarios de la gerencia y
and company have also signed off on a 12 Brooks – Anyone needing assistance as a – Please contact either local union office if tiene provisiones para volver a las tarifas origi-
shift agreement that keeps the current con- result of the recent layoffs please contact you have a change of address or telephone nales del contrato basándose en auditorias semi-
tractual LOA in place and adds language to me. There are programs available for re- number. anuales y el término del acuerdo.
expand the start time and premium pay for training and assistance with unemployment El DNA ha asegurado el negocio de
these shifts. Great Lakes Aviation flight atten- Teamsters Local 961 officers and staff imprimir los periódicos USA Today, y Fort
US Airlines (Denver, Colorado dants and dispatchers – The pilots have President and Principal Officer Collins Coloradoan.
Springs, and Boise Idaho) – The Teamsters petitioned the NMB for a representation (303) 458-1415 Ext. 17 Matthew Fazakas Felicidades a los Hombres de Prensa reti-
Union, in conjunction with Colonial Life is election with IBT Local 747 and the UTU. VP/Business Agent Continued on page 11
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Continued from page 10 Sidwell Transport (DHL contractor) — específica de UAL para nuestros miembros febrero, tanto como un aumento en el pago de
rados: Bob Hayne, Adnan Babaa, y Ray Sidwell tiene a dos conductores en Colorado aquí: http://www.ualibt-den.org Se pondrá la no optar por seguro electivo.
Jackson. Felicidades a nuestra secretaria de Ft. Springs como resultado de los cortes de DHL. información tan pronto se tenga.
Morgan, Lilly Aguirre, en el nacimiento de su Frontier Airlines Aircraft Appearance UAL Safety Vic Austin — Reporte de Mike Porreco
nieta el primero de abril. Agents y MX Cleaners — Por la mayor parte Recientemente hablé con el Director de la Presidente en Jefe del DNA Pressmen
las cosas han estado bien, con tal de que la División de Aviación del IBT, David Bourne, El contrato fue ratificado el lunes 16 de
Reporte deMatthew Fazakas industria de las aerolíneas ha tenido un mal sobre la calidad de la estructura de seguridad de marzo de 2009 por los hombres de prensa en el
Agente de Negocios tiempo tratando de hacer dinero. Frontier ha la organización. El señor Bourne me aseguró Denver Newspaper Agency. La compañía pedía
Allied Systems, LTD — La compañía se hecho muchos cambios, y parece que están que la división mejorará el programa de seguri- $20 millones de dólares en concesiones de todos
ha cometido a investigar a obtener carga del mejorando las cosas. dad de aviación, y les pidió ayuda a los comités los sindicatos en el periódico. Nuestra paga fue
grupo AXIS. PMT perdió todo el trabajo de Hertz Car Rental Maintenance, VSA’s de seguridad de United Airlines. Él mencionó reducida por un 1.75 por ciento con la adición
General Motors en California con más de 200 Bus Drivers, y HLE — La compañía y el sindi- al nuevo gerente de seguridad del IBT, Paul de una nueva clasificación de “wahser”. El
conductores perdiendo su trabajo. cato están en discusiones para extender el con- Alves, con quien hablé recientemente. Paul resto de las concesiones fue en beneficios y
Reporte de la Oficina de Fort Morgan trato actual, que se supone que expire en octubre viene de los rangos de piloto, con experiencia condiciones de trabajo.
Norberto Ricardo, Adan Morales y Victor de este año. Esto sería una extensión de un año, en el USAF y aviación comercial. Él es un Estamos expandiendo nuestro trabajo de
Mora el cual será votado por la membresía. entusiasta de los problemas y programas de producción de periódicos y trabajos comer-
Cargill Meat Solutions — Se ha reinstal- seguridad, y está envuelto en muchas posi- ciales. Empezaremos a imprimir el USA Today
ado a dos empleados con toda su señoría y ben- Reporte del Agente de Negocios ciones de alto nivel. Estoy confidente de que el 24 de marzo, cinco días a la semana, y el Fort
eficios que habían sido suspendidos pendientes John Hennelly iremos hacia delante de manera muy productiva Collins Coloradoan, siete días a la semana. El
a la terminación. El Sindicato Local recobró Continental Airlines MX y Facilities en nuestras metas de seguridad. Le pido a la Rocky Mountain News imprimió su última pub-
$3,355.23 por problemas de paga en los cuales Maintenance — Las negociaciones del contra- organización que hable con nuestros mecánicos licación el 27 de febrero, perdimos muy poca
los empleados no habían sido pagados correcta- to se están llevando a cabo y se pueden poner al para construir nuestra estructura de seguridad. circulación y toda fue transferida al Denver
mente. El Local logró que removieran 18 avisos día en el lugar de la red mundial del Local 961. Participé en una auditoria preparatoria Post, si Dios quiere las personas que tenían el
de miembros de sus archivos de empleados. Se están viendo varias preguntas en cuanto a interna de OSHA hecha por el departamento de Rocky Mountain News renovarán sus subscrip-
También resolvimos 31 agravios. cambios en la póliza local y los acuerdos. seguridad de la corporación Unity. Vimos la ciones cuando expiren. Con tristeza les informo
Swift & Company Lamb — En la reunión Felicidades a Gary Stanich Den-line por 35 años facilidad subterránea para nuestro sistema de que perdimos al hermano Dave Martin, y a dos
de gerencia del trabajo discutimos el plan 401K, de servicio, y a Keith Randolph Den-line por 25 equipaje. Tenemos a mecánicos muy talen- retirados, Ray Willan y William Pugh.
y otros problemas en la planta. El 10 y 17 de años de servicio. tosos que mantienen las correas, censores y Reunión de la Membresía General — La
marzo nos reunimos con los empleados y les Frontier Airlines Maintenance y motores corriendo muy bien para que nuestros Reunión general de membresía de mayo fue
explicamos como funciona el plan 401K. Material Specialists — El Segundo periodo de clientes tengan sus maletas en sus vuelos en una movida al 17 de mayo de 2009, a las 9:00 de la
“gap” comenzó con menos licencias a las orig- pieza, y a tiempo. También hay muchas áreas mañana, como resultado del día de fiesta de
Reporte de Bill De Groot, Agente de inalmente planeadas. Se licencio a 77 miem- de peligro de las cuales ustedes deben de saber, Memorial Day.
Negocios bros, con 30 de ellos a volver el 6 de abril. Los por consecuencia a cualquier área que le falte Las reuniones regulares de la membresía gener-
Pronto la temporada del invierno termi- otros 47 volverán el 18 de abril, ya que la com- equipo de protección, o tenga condiciones peli- al serán el cuarto domingo de cada mes a las
nará, y empezaremos el verano. Muchos con- pañía va a devolver un 318, y recibirá un nuevo grosas, será corregida. 9:00 de la mañana en el Union Hall en 10
ductores han tenido suficiente manejo con el 320 a cambio. Se esperaba licenciar a 123, pero UAL EAP Representative Mike Brooks Lakeside Lane, Denver, CO 80212, en el cuar-
poner y quitar de las cadenas, y esquivando a la necesidad aumentó en las inspecciones y — Cualquier persona que necesite ayuda to de reuniones del segundo piso.
conductores que van a esquiar que vienen de RON’s, y esto resulto en la reducción de debido a un reciente despido, pónganse en con- Tarjetas de Retiro — Miembros, por
afuera del estado y que piensan que su cuatro números. El sindicato y la compañía han tacto conmigo. Hay programas disponibles favor acuérdense de llamar a la oficina de
por cuatro nunca se saldrá de la carretera, o que aprobado un acuerdo de 12 turnos que mantiene para el re-entrenamiento, y ayuda con el desem- Denver, o Ft. Morgan para ser puestos en retiro
podrá parar en un santiamén. Les urjo a todos el contrato de LOA en lugar, y añade lenguaje pleo. si no van a estar trabajando por un mes o más.
que no bajen su guardia y que le enseñen a todo pare expandir la hora de empezar y de paga Great Lakes Aviation Flight Attendants Cuando vuelvan al trabajo notifíquele al
el mundo que un conductor de Sindicato es un prima para estos turnos. y Dispatchers — Los pilotos han pedido del Sindicato Local inmediatamente.
profesional y un conductor cortés. US Airlines (Denver, Colorado Springs NMB representación de elección con el IBT Cambio de Dirección o de Número de
Como todos saben los tiempos económicos y Boise, Idaho) — El Sindicato Local y Local 747 y el UTU. El Comité de Teléfono — Por favor póngase en contacto con
están difíciles, y esto nos afecta a todos, unión o Colonial Life están introduciendo una póliza Asesoramiento de la División de Aerolíneas se la oficina del Sindicato Local si su dirección o
sin unión. Los despidos están alrededor de seguro de incapacidad de corto termino a los reunirá para ver el cesamiento de la mediación número de teléfono cambian.
nosotros. Esperamos que la economía se recu- miembros. Eventualmente este plan estará para los asistentes de vuelo y los
pere pronto. Quiero acordarles a todos que este disponible a todo miembro de la División de despachadores. SINDICATO LOCAL 961
es SU sindicato. Envuélvanse, y vayan a las Aerolíneas del Sindicato. La compañía no deja AIRSERV Corp. — El nuevo contrato se OFICIALES Y EMPLEADOS
reuniones mensuales de membresía para que que los representantes del seguro vayan a su ratificó y está en lugar. Se logró recuperar Presidente y Oficial Principal
sepan lo que esta pasando. Quiero que sean vol- propiedad puesto que es en contra de las pólizas alguna de la paga de enfermedad, un (303) 458-1415 Ext. 17 Matthew Fazakas
untarios, ya que solo somos tan fuertes como de la compañía, se están haciendo otros arreglos cumpleaños de fiesta, y cuatro de los despidos VP/Agente de Negocios
ustedes lo son. Necesitan estar envueltos. de visitar otros lugares. Este es otro ejemplo de que se habían programados, fueron cancelados. (303) 458-1415Ext. 16 John Hennelly
Arkansas Best Freight — El negocio ha horribles pólizas por parte de la compañía, que La compañía pagó salarios que les debía a dos Tesorero Secretario/Agente de Negocios
estado lento, y como resultado ha habido despi- castiga a nuestros miembros por algo que no le miembros suspendidos. El nuevo contrato está (303) 458-1415 Ext 15 Raoul “Bill”De Groot
dos. cuesta nada a la compañía. Busquen los detalles por firmarse. Secretario que Archiva
YRC(Antes conocido como Yellow de las reuniones en los tableros de anuncios. El Earl Schieb — Con la situación económi- (303) 458-1415 Ext. 18 Mike Porreco
Freight/ Roadway Express) Office, Janitorial, sindicato está procesando agravios que envuel- ca del estado, si necesitan pintar su automóvil, Comisario Walt Cunningham
Maintenance y Line Drivers — El Sindicato ven el ascenso ilegal a supervisores. debe de ponerse en contacto con la tienda de Comisario Zenaida Palomo
Local todavía está batallando el problema de per- UnitedAirlines — El comité de iniciativas Earl Schieb en Colorado Springs. Comisario Don Slawinski
sonal de la oficina, e irá a la reunión nacional en terminó una semana de intensa preparación, y Denver Newspaper Agency Agente de Negocios
Florida el 14 de abril de 2009. El empleo de 10 terminó casi todas las propuestas no económicas Transportation (DNA) — El nuevo contrato (970)867-7311 Norberto Ricardo
mecánicos más en la tienda está progresando. Ha para las venideras negociaciones del contrato. fue ratificado con las nuevas concesiones y Asistente de Agentes de Negocios
habido varios pagos de penalidades de la com- El comité de exámenes se reunió con oficiales cambios en la flota de camiones de camiones de (970)867-7311 Adan Morales
pañía como resultado de tratar de esquivar a de la compañía para discutir cambios en los pro- la clase “A”, a camiones de la clase “C”. El Asistente de Agentes de Negocios
Denver. YRC tiene despidos, pero aunque se cedimientos, y discutir el acuerdo de varios sindicato local logró aumentar el salario de (970)867-7311 Victor Mora
hayan unido Yellow y Roadway, todavía se nece- agravios para los miembros que fueron forzados paga de la clase “C” para los conductores que UAL Coordinador Jefe
sita carga en los camiones para que la gente siga a transferirse afuera de Denver, y que no se les ahora tienen clase “A”, y están siendo forzados (303)717-2866 Ramón Gonzales
trabajando. No importa donde trabaje, si usted es fue permitido tomar el examen. a la categoría de paga más baja de la clase “C”. UAL Coordinador de Agravios
despedido, acuérdese de llenar su tarjeta de UAL Chief Coordinator Ramon DAJA /Standard Parking Valet Parking (303)717-1676 Pete Angelos
retiro. Gonzales — Durante la semana del 16 de — Un despido programado fue cancelado cuan- UAL Secretario que Archiva
UPS Freight — Hay muchos agravios en marzo al 20 de marzo, Ken Meidinger, Craig do la Ciudad y Condado de Denver le mostró (303)717-2720 Craig Kelly
cuanto a la falta de trabajo, y las llamadas. Kelly, Scott Brown, Rich Olsen, Alcino los requisitos contractuales de personal UAL Coordinador de QV/PC
Lanier Brugh — La Compañía todavía Marques, y yo fuimos a SFO para las reuniones disponible a la compañía. Los niveles de per- (303)506-9803 Ken Meidenger
está buscando a conductores que lleven el correo del comité de iniciativas del contrato. Se logró sonal permanecerán iguales, y la re-oferta ha UAL Representante de TK
de Denver a Salt Lake City, Utah. Pónganse en mucho, y nos reuniremos con la compañía el 14 sido cancelada. (303)476-3644 Jim Prout
contacto conmigo si está interesado. de abril de 2009 para el comienzo oficial de las AMPCO/Nationwide Parking AMPCO UAL Representante de Seguridad
DHL — La fecha límite para tomar el negociaciones del contrato. Ken y yo represen- AMOD’s — El Sindicato Local ha repasado el (720)234-4486 Vic Austin
paquete de separación ha pasado; sólo hay 11 tamos a Denver. Los cuatro agravios de SFO aumento de salarios del 2009 mandados por UAL Representante de EAP
empleados en la lista de activos, con una per- fueron resueltos con SFOLR. No se olviden de nuestro contrato y el RFP con la Ciudad y (303)884-8245 Mike Brooks
sona en la oficina con carta de despido que no ser fuertes y estar unidos durante estos tiempos Condado de Denver. Gerente de Oficina
tomó el paquete de separación. difíciles. Le debemos de mostrar a la compañía AMPCO/Nationwide Lot Supervisors — (303) 458-1415 Ext 11 Kathy McBride
BUC Transport(DHL contractor) — que somos una unión y nos quedamos juntos. Ya casi se acaban las negociaciones del nuevo Administradora de Titan
Buc ya no está en negocios en Denver; ya que Les urjo que vayan a las reuniones de oficio. contrato, lo único que falta es ver el lenguaje. (303) 458-1415 Ext 12 Jackie Purcell
DHL le otorgo el contrato de IC a otra com- UAL TK Jim Prout — Acuérdense del Los supervisores del lote recibirán un aumento Secretaria de Ft. Morgan
pañía. website de United IBT que tiene información de paga de un 3.2 por ciento, retroactivo a (970)867-7311 Lilly Aguirre
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When it’s springtime in the Rockies
COLORADO Yellow Freight; Lawrence Mattingley, Esther Paswaters, Local 17, and Jimmy Trustee Tom Monasmith gave some
Local 435; Marjorie Akard, spouse of and Sharon Henson, Local 455. We rec- information on health issues and told
DENVER — L.D., Local 961; Lawrence Anderson, ognized and welcomed our new members some cute jokes. The drawing was held
The February Robinson Dairy, Local 537; Howard with pride and gave them retiree lapel for ten $25 checks and Kaiser donated
general mem- Bowker; Lois Haarhues, spouse of pins. two tote bags for the drawing.
bership meet- Arthur; Norman Norfleet, Manna-Pro; Our special guest was Jil Inman from Members are reminded to keep their
ing was held at Margaret Phenning, spouse of Henry; Robert F. May Co. We had the drawing dues paid up. If you are in doubt about
the Pipefitters Clyde Valdez, CF; Bruce Manning and for ten checks at $25 each and Local 17 when your anniversary date is for pay-
Local Union Ray Burkhart, former president of Local donated two Teamster watches for the ment of dues, call Carole at the retiree
No. 208 meet- 961. May they all rest in peace. We have drawing. office, 433-8184.
ing hall on also learned of the untimely passing of a The March meeting was held on Thanks go to our volunteers, Carole
Jerry Loose February 20 good friend and brother, Anthony C. March 20 with 101 members in atten- Salter, Sharon White, Les Pettera, Tom
President with 112 Lock, union chairman of the WCT dance. Special guests were Jil Inman of Monasmith, Larry Monson, Bernie
members in Pension Trust Fund. Tony had a connec- Robert F. May Co.; Becky Starr of Kaiser Cooley and Mark Ertle, our coffee man.
attendance. The members stood for the tion to Denver as an organizer for Joint Permanente, who introduced her associ- We also thank Jack Monson, who is
Pledge of Allegiance and remained stand- Council 3 early in his career. He was ate, Shawna Broadas. They spoke on always available when we need an extra
ing for a few moments of silence in always available for help with the pen- Kaiser and Medicare and addressed ques- helping hand.
respect for our departed Teamster broth- sion plan. Denver Teamster retirees are tions from the members. Becky As the weather turns nice, remember
ers and sisters and also for all of the men thankful for Tony’s efforts on their behalf announced that Brian Crady, our Kaiser to watch out for the kids in the streets,
and women in the armed forces of our and extend condolences to his family. account manager. is transferring to anoth- especially around the schools. Be good
country. We had the following new members er department and Mr. Tony Locatta will to each other and, above all, remember
The departed members for January for February: William J. Boitano, Local be our new account manager. Another we are all Teamsters and that means you
and February are: Paul Aguilar, IML, 435; Bill and Janet Mattson, Local 435 guest was John Jackson of Local 17, who are a member of the best group of people
Local 17; Otis Monger, Rio Grande; and Joe and Judy Martinez, Local 17. spoke to the members about the in the country, bar none!
Harold Reams, Keebler, Local 219; New members for March are: Michael Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) and
Florence Wegrich, spouse of William, and Marlene Lawson, Local 17; Fred and distributed information.
The months zoom by
UTAH enjoy yourself and have plenty to eat. I COME AND JOIN US AT THE Wendover trip, meetings are not at the
invite each and every one of you retirees MONTHLY MEETING! Check out the union hall and will be advertised in
SALT LAKE CITY — It seems the first to come and always bring your spouse or Retirees Club. You won’t be disappoint- advance.
four months of the New Year have friend. They are always welcome. If you ed. Your club dues are paid by the union The 2009 meeting calendar is as
zoomed by. Soon it will be summer. I have any questions, you can call anyone for the first year. After that, they are only follows:
hope you will of us on the Board. $15 a year. Not bad for a nice lunch January January 14, 2009
be ready for Congratulations to the following on every month, plus all of our drawings, February February 11, 2009
the warmer their recent retirements: Brian Boehme, prizes and fun meetings we have. Come March March 11, 2009
weather. I Yellow; Frank Bucher, Roadway; Brian give us a try. April April 8, 2009
know we will Burgess, Yellow; Richard Butler, If you have any questions, please call May May 13, 2009
be. Pretty soon Yellow; Deanna Hartman, IML; Mike me, David H. Fackrell, president, at 801- June June 10, 2009
we will be Hortin, Yellow; Kim Kennington, 574-5530. July July 8, 2009
planting our Roadway; Larry Lefevre, Yellow; Kenny Our meetings are always held on the August August 12, 2009
gardens. Manzanares, Yellow; Rallo Oakeson, second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. September September 9, 2009
Our meet- Roadway; Charles Paul Loulsen, Lanier here at the Teamsters Union Hall located October October 14, 2009
David H. Fackrell
President ing and lun- Brugh; Willis Simmons, Milne; Dan at 2641 South 3270 West, in Salt Lake Novembe November 11, 2009
cheon for Stewart, Magna Water; Robert Smales, City. On special occasions, such as a December December 9, 2009
January was held on the 14th. Our speak- Yellow, and James Young, Roadway. summer picnic, Christmas luncheon,
er, Charles Bannich, who was here on
other business, stopped by and talk to us
about our pension. He explained to us
how very safe our Western Conference
Pension Fund is, which we all needed to
hear in these times of uncertainty. For
lunch we had our famous soup bar with
America Needs You Now
all the trimmings and desert, and our
monthly cash drawings.
We lost three more members in
January. They are Donald Henry Krase,
Art Rudd and David C. Larsen. They
will be greatly missed.
Our meeting and luncheon for
February was on the 11th (always the
second Wednesday of every month at 1
p.m.). Of course, we had a valentine
theme with pizza from Pizza Hut and
pink and red punch and deserts. I think
everyone enjoyed the lunch. We also
played Bingo and gave away some
prizes. Plus we have our monthly cash
drawings that the members like to partic-
Our March meeting was on the 11th.
We always start each and every meeting
by standing and saying the Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag. We had our fabu-
lous chili and potato bar with all the trim-
mings you could ever want with desert.
We do a lot of visiting and the last few
months, our attendance has been up.
Hope to see more of you coming out
and joining us. I guarantee you will
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