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500 people were in attendance at the 2017 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day on Saturday Sept 23rd. Members came from a wide variety of crafts and companies which included (in order of highest member turnout) ABF, UPS, Creamland, YRC, Film/Movies Drivers, UPS Freight, Sysco, American Airlines, AmeriPride Linen, Sandia Labs, and TeamOne. There were Teamster Retirees that also attended and had a booth set up for info on their Teamster Retiree Club.
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Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas along with The Teamsters 492 Executive Board and Business Agents were all there and you may have seen some of them busy working to make sure the event ran smooth. This year’s theme was “We Are Teamsters!!!” Hanging from the new 492 tents and on the back of the free shirt were logos of the dozens of Companies Local 492 represents. Everyone enjoyed the free food featuring Popeye’s Chicken, the free Teamster shirts for Members (designed by ABF Brother Albert Lujan), plus face painting & a Jumper for the kids. We also gave away a 49" Flat screen TV, Drone, Electric Fireplace heater, and whole lot more including 20 gift bags full of Teamster books, Teamster DVD, and also some 492 Teamster swag. The first bunch of kids who attended received a free Teamster Ring Disc Frisbee (we ran out). The three most sought after prizes were the TV, won by UPS Brother John Wecrzynek, and the two custom made 492 Teamster Disk-it’s, won by OMI/CH2m Hill Brother Ricardo Sanchez & UPS Brother Dominic Gutierrez.
This is the 5th year Teamsters Local 492 has hosted an event to celebrate the Teamsters of New Mexico, and the third year we have had a committee of Volunteer Teamsters Members plan the event. The Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board, on behalf of all of the Members who enjoyed the event, would like to thank The 492 Volunteer Event Committee for all of their hard work and the countless hours of their personal time they donated to this great Union over the past months preparing for this day. In addition to the planning, the Committee showed up Thursday & Friday to set-up the inside of the hall and came in at 8 am Saturday morning to prepare the outside. Most of the Committee also worked the entire event to insure the Members would enjoy themselves. In alphabetical order, The 2017 Committee was led by Brother Joseph Carrillo (ABF) (event coordination), Lacey Eversole (ABF), who also volunteered at the check-in table, Sister Rori Hall (ABF), who also volunteered at the Teamster store and raffle tickets, Brother Albert Lujan (ABF) who also volunteered with face painting for the kids & also designed the beautiful shirt this year, Business Agent Kevin Pohl, Brother Robert Sanders (ABF), and Brother Jesus Vidaca (ABF) (event coordination) and his kids Ashley & Jesus Vidaca Jr.
Other volunteers (in alphabetical order) who came in early on Saturday to help set up the event were Business Agent Melissa Malcom-who also volunteered at the check-in table, Business Agent Tracy McCarty, Trustee Aaron Powell & his family Becky, Mya and Eli, Brother Kirk Weis (ABF), Recording Secretary Trey White-who also volunteered at the check-in table, and Brother Donald Wood (ABF).
Other volunteers (in alphabetical order) that helped during the event were office secretary Darlene Archuleta-Teamster store and raffle tickets, Sister Esther Basham (ABF)- food table and supplied the homemade salsa, Sister Silvana Cufré (ABF)-Face painting and Tanya Pohl-Teamster store. (If you would like to be on the event committee or volunteer at our next event, let us know by Clicking Here)
A special thanks to the many that stuck around to help clean up. Thank you to all who participated and attended this event, we truly enjoyed seeing all of you and meeting your families and we hope to be able to do this for years to come. On behalf the Teamsters Local 492 staff, Business Agents and Executive Board, we truly appreciate the Members of this Local Union and everything you do to make this Union great, and all the hard working Union Stewards that do such a great job helping their fellow Members, Thank you Teamster Brothers & Sisters!
Go down memory lane below:
Upcoming Teamsters National Freight ABF Contract Negotiations-Proposals
As you are aware, the current Teamsters ABF NMFA expires on March 31, 2018. In preparation for negotiations for a successor agreement with ABF, the IBT is requesting local unions representing employees at ABF, confer with their members and shop stewards, and submit suggested proposals to the negotiating committees. The proposal forms are similar to forms that have been used in the past for obtaining this important information.
The IBT has mandated that these forms be completed and returned to the IBT by October 16, 2017. Therefore, all proposals must be submitted to Local Union 492 by October 12, 2017 so that we will have time to sort & organize them for submission to the IBT.
You can send them to email@example.com with your filled out forms. You may also mail or bring them to 4269 Balloon Park Rd, Alb, NM 87109.
Now is the time to tell us what you would like to see in the next ABF Teamster Contract. This is YOUR contract, so make sure you participate in this process to have your ideas and voice heard.
If you have any question please call the Business Agent for Freight, Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas at 505-344-1925 ex 13. If you have any technical issues with the submission of these forms, call Trey White at 505-344-1925 ex 15.
Teamster UPS Screening Committees & Two-Person Review Scheduled
The UPS and UPS Freight Screening Committees are scheduled for September 25th and the Two-Person Review is scheduled for October 17th. Teamsters Package Division Director Denis Taylor, Co-Chair of the UPS National Negotiating Committee, will lead the meetings along with Kris Taylor who is Co-Chair of the UPS Freight National Negotiating Committee.
Approximately one year out from the expiration of the UPS and UPS Freight contracts, the IBT requests all locals to gather proposals from the Union’s membership. At the end of that 60 day time-frame the proposals are sorted by article, section and sub-section. IBT staff then goes through the thousands of proposals to ensure that there are no duplicate proposals—for example, there does not need to be 100 proposals that UPS allows neatly trimmed beards, one will suffice. These proposals are then put into binders for the National Negotiating Committee to review. The NNC screens the proposals based on surveys and their day-to-day experience dealing with UPS on the shop floor as well as the various regional and national grievance committees.
The results of the screening are then reviewed at a meeting known as the Two-Person committee, comprised of two representatives from all UPS and UPS Freight local unions. The results of that meeting become the Teamster’s initial bargaining proposals to be presented at the start of negotiations.
9.5/OT Tops UPS Teamsters List of Concerns
With thousands of proposal sheets coming in, today the Teamsters Package Division began the process of organizing and reviewing each proposal submitted by members from the union’s nearly 200 UPS locals.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, each submitted proposal was read aloud by Package Division Director Sean O’Brien to the Division's regional chairs and co-chairs. The proposals were discussed and, where necessary, staff was assigned to contact individual locals to clarify any proposal that was unclear.
The following sections received the most proposals:
Health Welfare and Pension (Article 34)
Overtime/9.5 (Article 37)
Subcontracting/Coyote (Article 26 and 32)
Safety and Health (Article 18)
Part-time Wages (Article 22)
“These proposals represent the direct input from members. We take every submission seriously as we begin the process of crafting the Teamster proposal to UPS,” said O’Brien. “This meeting was just a first step in digesting the ideas that our members have for improving their lives and workplace.”
Following today’s initial review, all of the proposals will be vetted by the wider screening committee in the upcoming weeks.
New Communication Tools to Keep UPS Teamsters Informed!
The new “UPS Rising” mobile app has just been released in the App Store and Google Play. Download it now to stay up to date on the fight for a strong contract in 2018. Find all the contracts, supplements and riders for your local, searchable and easy to navigate.
DOWNLOAD THE APP HERE: http://ibt.io/upsrising-app
Also, check out the new website: www.upsrising.org.
You can also go to the UPS Rising Facebook page: Facebook
And TEXT “UPS” to 86466 to receive text message alerts.