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Janus vs Fair Share Fees

Janus vs. Fair Share Fees The organizations financing the attack on unions’ ability to represent workers Written By EPI  Over the last decade, a number of cases attacking the rights of public-sector union members have been quietly working their way through the courts and, finally, up to the U.S. Supreme Court. The most recent of these challenges is Janus v.
Download: Fair_Share_Fees&Janus.pdf

Teamsters at Working People’s Day of Action

Working People’s Day of Action in Albuquerque Today Saturday, February 24, New Mexico stood with thousands of working people across America as workers unite and demand an end to a system and an economy that’s rigged against us by the wealthy and powerful. Hundreds showed up at Nob Hill and viewed the Teamster Joint Council #3 Truck as the backdrop for the event.


TEAMSTERS MAKE PROGRESS THIS WEEK AT ABF NEGOTIATIONS This week, the Teamster National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and ABF Freight resumed bargaining for a new national collective bargaining agreement and the Union reported progress on some of the issues. The current agreement is set to expire on March 31, 2018.
Download: abf_update_feb_16_web.pdf

Teamsters 492 Training Classes

Teamsters Local 492 will be conducting a Forklift Safety Certification Class (1 Day Course) and will also hold separate classes for OSHA 10 (2 Day Course) along with the Haz-Com/GHS (3 hour refresher). Only online registration will be accepted, to register, Click HERE.

2018 NM Film Week Schedule

Film Week starts tomorrow with the Tune Up Tuesday mixer from 5:30-7 pm at the Hotel Santa Fe. Representative Bill McCamley will be present to discuss the NM House Labor & Economic Development Committee's options around the incentives program.
Download: 2018_Film_week_schedule.pdf

NM Looks to Attract More Film Jobs

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers want to eliminate New Mexico's annual $50 million cap on film incentive spending but the future of the proposal is unclear amid Republican opposition.

ABF Negotiations Get Started

Teamsters, ABF Address Non-Economic Issues As Negotiations Kick-Off The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) met with ABF this week to start negotiations for a new ABF National Master Freight Agreement (NMFA) that would take the place of the current agreement which is set to expire on March 31.

YRC to Pay $1 Million for Exceeding Rail Max

Company Exceeded Permissible Amount of Freight That Can Be Diverted The Teamsters Union has won a $1 million settlement on behalf of YRC Freight’s road drivers. The collective bargaining agreement with YRC Freight limits the amount of over-the-road freight that can be put on trains or hauled by non-bargaining unit personnel. The Teamsters Union monitors those amounts.

XPO (Con-way) and The Teamsters – History

XPO (Con-way) & The Teamsters – History    As some of you may remember, non-union Con-way was created by CF-Consolidated Freightways in 1983. CF shutdown in 2002 while Con-way somehow continued to operate.

492 Election Results 2017

As most of you know, there was an election held today for your Local 492 Union Officers. There were a total of 515 ballots counted. Thank you to all of you that took the time to mail in your ballots. The results can be found below. Secretary-Treasurer Walter R.

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Current Campaigns
  • This Web page provides the latest updates for the national contract, riders and supplements that cover about 3,500 Teamsters at DHL Express.

  • We Are eXPOsing XPO’s Global Greed

    XPO Logistics is a top ten global logistics and transportation company with annual revenue of $15 billion and 89,000 employees, another 10,000 workers classified as independent contractors, and thousands more working for firms that subcontract with XPO. We are the REAL workers at XPO Logistics worldwide exposing the truth about the company’s global greed, illegal wage theft, unsafe conditions, and abhorrent and vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics. 

    This greed includes mistreating former Con-way Freight workers in the United States who are being kept in the dark about terminal closures and layoffs, and the company’s illegal refusal to bargain contracts and denying their workers’ federally protected right to organize. It also includes port, rail and last-mile drivers around the country and in Southern California fighting wage theft in excess of $200 million because they are misclassified as independent contractors and denied the right to form their union. This greed has caused numerous lawsuits and strikes.  Greed also means an unsafe workplace and mistreating its warehouse employees.

    XPO’s greed extends to Europe beginning with breaking its promise to not layoff any workers for at least 18 months. French workers and the unions have been fighting back against XPO’s disrespect, lies and attempts to slash jobs. Similar struggles are taking place in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, and across Europe.

    Join the worldwide struggle now! Get involved with this campaign by joining the Facebook group “XPO Exposed.”

    Together, we can eXPOse the company’s global greed and win fairness, respect and dignity for tens of thousands of XPO employees around the world!

  • This page provides the latest contract information to the 7,500 Teamsters—drivers, dockworkers and office staff—employed by ABF Freight System, Inc.

  • Workers’ pensions are being endangered by both Congress and those charged with overseeing them. The Teamsters and our members are standing united to say “No!” to cuts and “Yes!” to greater retirement security!

  • The ‘Let’s Get America Working!’ campaign seeks to restore a dynamic and prosperous middle class to drive economic growth by helping to advance policy decisions that create and maintain good middle-income jobs, guarantee retirement security, expand access to the American Dream, and ensure that the benefits of the ongoing economic recovery are felt by the many, not just the few.

  • This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office.  Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill,  a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.

  • This web page provides information on the ongoing effort to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since 1994, NAFTA has devastated working families, putting corporate profits ahead of people.  What’s worse is that NAFTA has become the blueprint for all other trade agreements, from the way that it was negotiated in secret, to the bad provisions that have made their way into every agreement that has been signed since then.  Now, NAFTA is being renegotiated and we demand that it be reframed to work for workers instead of corporate interests.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • The contributions of black members to the success of the Teamsters Union are numerous, varied and as old as the union itself. This month, the Teamsters Union spotlights some of those contributions.

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Officers & Staff
Secretary-Treasurer/Business Agent

Walter R. Maestas

Brother Walter R. Maestas is a proud second generation Teamster as his father, Herman (“Apple”), worked for 32 years as a Teamster for the following companies; Navajo Freight Lines/ABF as a Dock/PUD employee, P.I.E. as an OTR driver and commencing in 1982 with Yellow Freight Lines, once again as an OTR driver where he retired in 1999. 

Walter began his Teamster career at Yellow Freight Systems, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM in April, 1977.  Brother Maestas was affected by a Change of Operations in 1980 when Yellow Freight chose to move their operation, and split their breakbulk in the West between Barstow, California and Phoenix, Arizona.  As Brother Maestas lacked being a successful bidder moving to Phoenix by two (2) slots and also not electing to move to Barstow he was placed on lay-off status and he began working at both ABF and Roadway as a casual in early March, 1980.  Walter was hired at ABF in 1980 and then while on lay-off status in approximately 1982 began to once again work on day to day recall at Yellow as the company started to use some of their laid-off people.  During that time frame he also worked at Systems 99 as an OTR driver and also at CF in the Dock & PUD operation.  Sometime that year he was affected by a Change of Operations once again as ABF purchased East Texas Motor Freight, and those ETMF employees dovetailed into the Albuquerque ABF facility.  After being recalled to full time status at ABF sometime in 1982, Walter was elected Steward for the Dock and PUD - a position he held until approximately 1994.

Brother Maestas became a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 492 in August, 1996.  He initially handled the miscellaneous contracts until September 1997, and then began representing the Freight Industry.  Walter has been an Executive Board member of Teamsters Local 492 since 2000, first serving as Recording Secretary from 2000 until he was appointed to the position of President upon the retirement of Brother Pete Castanuela.  Upon the retirement of principle officer Robert "Bob" Younger on July 31, 2007 he was appointed to his current position of Secretary-Treasurer and was re-elected in 2008, 2011, and 2014. Brother Maestas also currently serves as the Business Agent for the Freight Division.  

Walter has participated as a Union committee member for the Freight Grievance Hearings (1st level) since 1999.  In the year 2000, he was appointed to the job of Recording Secretary for both the PUD and OTR Committees at JWAC (2nd Level).  In 2001 he became a sitting panel member for both the PUD and OTR committees at those second level Freight Hearings.  Walter was appointed as Chairman of the OTR committee in 2007 by the Western Freight Director, Robert "Bob" Paffenroth.  Upon the request of Brother Paffenroth and also National Freight Director, Tyson Johnson, Brother Maestas was appointed to the National Grievance Committee by General President James P. Hoffa around the same time frame, and serves in that capacity as of today.  

In addition, in 2002 Brother Maestas was appointed to the negotiating committee for the PUD/Dock/Office Negotiations for the 2003-2008 National Master Freight Agreement with regards to the Western Supplement.  The negotiations that occurred in 2007 for the 2008-2013 agreement, Brother Maestas participated as a committee member for both the Western States Area Supplemental Agreement and also the National Master Freight Agreement.  As the National negotiations commenced for the ABF National Agreement sometime in early 2013, Brother Maestas was appointed by assistant Freight Director Gordon Sweeton to Chair the negotiations for the Western Supplement. 

Upon the retirement of Bob Younger, Brother Maestas also filled the vacated Joint Council #3 position representing the state of New Mexico as a Trustee then became the Recording Secretary then the Vice-President and today currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of Joint Council #3.  That appointment led to Joint Council #3 President, Steve Vairma, having Brother Maestas as the representative for Joint Council #3 to the Western Teamsters Welfare Trust (WTWT) as a Union Trustee.

He also serves as the Union Chair to the Western Conference of Teamsters Supplemental Pension Fund.  In June of 2011, Walter served as a delegate to the IBT Convention representing Joint Council #3 and served on the Rules Committee.

In March of 2017, Walter was appointed as the Secretary-Treasurer of our Joint Council #3 and was also appointed as a Union Trustee to the WCT Pension Fund.

In September of 2017, Hoffa appointed Walter to serve as a member of the National Negotiating Subcommittee as well as the Western Region Supplement to negotiate with ABF.

Regional and National Highlights Summary:

  • Union Chairman at the Multi-State Grievance Panel
  • Over-The-Road Union Chairman for the 13 Western States (JWAC)
  • Recording Secretary for both the PUD and OTR Committees at JWAC
  • Western Representative to National Grievance Committee for the Freight Industry
  • Union Trustee for the Western Teamsters Welfare Trust H & W Plan
  • Union Trustee for the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Fund.
  • Union Chairman for the Western Conference of Teamsters Supplemental Pension Fund
  • Trustee, Recording Secretary, Vice-President and now Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Joint Council #3 Executive Board
  • Has participated in the last four Freight contracts on both the National and Western levels
  • Chaired negotiations for Western Supplement for 2013- 2018 ABF National Agreement
  • Involved in contract negations in conjunction with the NM Building Trades on behalf of LANS Teamster employees  
  • Delegate to the 2006 IBT Convention representing Local 492
  • Delegate to the 2011 IBT Convention representing Joint Council #3 and served on the Rules Committee.
  • Delegate to the 2016 IBT Convention representing Local 492
  • National Negotiating Subcommittee as well as the Western Region Supplement to negotiate the ABF 2018 Contract. 

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President/Business Agent

Mike Butler

Brother Mike Butler began his Teamster career at Sysco Foods in 1982. He was elected Steward on 1986 and served in that capacity until February 2004, when he became a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 492 representing white paper contracts such as Ameripride, Creamland Dairies, Sara Lee, Hertz, Penske.

Since January 2005, Mike  has been serving as a Business Agent for UPS representing the Comanche Hub and the Northern half of the NM.

From 2007- 2011, Mike served as Recording Secretary on the Executive Board. In 2011, Brother Butler was elected as the Vice President for Teamsters Local 492 and held that position until June of 2015. 

In June of 2015, Brother Butler was appointed as the President of Teamsters Local 492. Also served as Delegate to the 2016 IBT Convention representing Local 492.

In September of 2017, Brother Mike Butler was appointed to the National Committee as well as the Western for the UPS 2018 negotiations. 

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Vice President

Richard Martinez

Brother Richard Martinez started with UPS in 1992 in the Comanche hub. In 1998 he was promoted to a full time package car driver. In 2012 he became a feeder driver. He served as a Union Steward for 22 years. He has been a trustee on the Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board since 2002. He was re-elected Trustee in 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014 and was appointed as Vice-President in October of 2016. 

Recording Secretary/Business Agent

Trey White

Brother Trey White has been a Union member for almost 32 years, starting with the UFCW from February of 1986 until November of 1992. He joined the Teamsters union in April 1992 working for ABF and served as a steward/alternate steward from 2000 to until June of 2015 when Brother White accepted a Business Agent position at Teamsters Local 492.

In 2008, Trey was appointed as a Trustee on the Executive Board of Local 492 and subsequently elected Trustee later that year. In June of 2011, Brother White was appointed as the Recording Secretary and currently serves in that capacity. In 2011 he was elected as the Recording Secretary for Teamsters Local 492, and re-elected in 2014. 

In October of 2009, Brother White finished creating our new Local 492 website, and has been serving as the Webmaster and Website Administrator since then. He also has been serving as the website Admin for the Teamsters Film Industry hiring site since July of 2015 which he has completely overhauled to create a functional Electronic Call Board System to better serve the 375 Movie Industry workers in NM. “Trey is a very strong advocate for communications and has brought this Local Union into the 21st century,” said Secretary-Treasurer, Walter R. Maestas. 

In 2010, he was certified as a HMIT TASA Haz-Mat Instructor by the IBT and also completed the Haz-Mat Transportation and Security Awareness course.

In 2013, Brother White served on the 2-man committee in Chicago, representing the Teamster Local 492 ABF members for the ABF 2013-2018 ABF National Master Freight Agreement. 

In 2016, Trey served as a Delegate to the 2016 IBT Convention representing Local 492.

In October of 2017, Brother White began serving as the Teamsters Local 492 Organizer. If you work for an employer whose workers are not part of a union and you want to help to build a union in your workplace, please call Union Organizer Trey White. You can read more about unions, what it takes to organize, and why to go Union HERE.

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Andrew L. Palmer

Brother Andrew Palmer started at UPS Parcel in February of 1993 at the Albuquerque Hub as a part timer. He was promoted to a UPS driver in July of 2000.

Brother Palmer began serving as a Union Steward in 1997 for the day sort at the Hub. In 2006 he switched to an Alternate Steward and still serves in that capacity to date. He was appointed as an Executive Board Trustee for Local 492 on June 13th, 2011 and was elected to that position in December of 2011, and re-elected in 2014.


Joseph Carrillo

Brother Carrillo started his Teamster career at ABF in 2007 where he says he began to understand what it meant to be a member of the Teamsters. Joseph realized a new found appreciation for the Union while working as a non-union fuel hauler which began in 2008 after he was laid off from ABF, he then became more active with the Union after his layoff ended in 2011. Brother Carrillo stated, “The non-union Company (Western Refining) that I worked for during my layoff, solidified for me the need for a Union.” Upon his return to ABF after being recalled, he joined the Local 492 Teamster organizing team in the effort to organize Western Refining and had the great pleasure of teaching them the value of coming together to form a Union. In 2012, Brother Carrillo got involved with the Annual Teamster Day Event and worked his way up to chairman of the committee for the event. “I'm glad to have been there to see the event grow from 75 people in 2012 to over 600 members and their families in 2016,” said Joseph.

In March of 2014, Joseph began serving as an Alternate Steward, and serves in that capacity to this day. In 2015, Brother Carrillo joined the fight against the anti-union legislation, so called “right to work” (RTW) that was being pushed by our New Mexico Governor. Joseph spent two and a half months educating our fellow 492 brother and sister 492 members about RTW and worked with the many other Union crafts in NM to also educate the New Mexico legislators on the pitfalls of RTW, which was successfully squashed.  In 2016, Brother Carrillo was appointed to the Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board as a Trustee. Joseph said, “I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to be a representative of the New Mexico Teamsters in our strong Local 492!” 


Aaron Powell

Brother Powell is a 2nd generation Teamster, his father is now retired and enjoying a Western Conference Pension. Aaron joined the Teamsters in 1998 at Foster Farms dairy in Modesto California. Brother Powell then moved out to New Mexico in 2005 and rejoined the Teamsters working for OMI (CH2M Hill) project in Rio Rancho in 2006 where he began serving in the Steward position in April of 2010 and still serves in that capacity today. Aaron was appointed as a Trustee on the Teamsters Local 492 E-Board in February of 2017. Brother Powell also served on the Teamsters negotiating committee in the spring of 2017 during contract negotiations with CH2M Hill. 

Business Agent

Kenny Duran

Brother Kenny Duran is the Business agent for Teamsters Local 492 representing UPS Teamsters in Southern half of New Mexico, which includes the Aspen Center and the Gateway in Albuquerque, also Teamsters at L.A.N.L. in Los Alamos. He started his Union career with UPS on February 7, 1991 in Espanola at U.P.S on the pre-loader as a un-loader and then promoted to full-time package car driver on September 17.1991 He then followed his work to Taos in 2003 when the Espanola Center was shut down.

He began serving as a Union Steward for the Taos UPS Center in 2003-2008. In January 2009 he accepted a Business Agent position at Teamsters Local 492 to represent UPS Teamsters, position vacated by Marie Wilson’s retirement.

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Business Agent

Melissa Malcom

Sister Malcom has been a Teamster since 2004 as a Local 492 Movie member. Melissa has served as a Union Steward on movie productions and in June of 2015, was appointed as a Trustee on the Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board. Sister Malcom comes from a family of Teamsters including her Dad, Uncle, and cousins. Melissa is the first woman to serve on the Executive Board for Teamsters Local 492. In 2015 and again in 2017, she represented Local 492 at the Teamsters Women's Conference. In January of 2017, Sister Malcom started as the 492 Business Agent for the Movie Industry. 

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Business Agent

Tracy McCarty

Brother Tracy McCarty started his Teamster career as a dock and P/D driver in 1988 at Yellow Freight. Tracy then transferred to line haul in 1989 and was elected OTR Steward in 2013 and he served in that capacity as Steward until 2015. Brother McCarty then accepted a position as a line driver at ABF where soon after he began serving as an Alternate Steward. Brother McCarty became a Business Agent in August 2017 and took over the contracts retiring Brother Pohl covered including American Airlines, AmeriPride Linen, Chiulista Services, Creamland Dairies, Data Monitor Systems, Estancia Valley Solid Waste Authority, First Impressions, Franklin Earth Moving, Greetings Etc Inc., Hertz, NCRTD Blue Bus, Penske, Sara Lee Thrift Stores, Sysco, Team One CS and UPS Freight.

Bookkeeper/ Secretary

Darlene Archuleta

Sister Darlene Archuleta started with ICX in 1980 as a full time employee. She was hired as a Rate/Billing Clerk and worked for ICX until they filed bankruptcy in 1984. Since then Darlene worked part-time at PIE until they filed bankruptcy. Darlene started employment in August 2006, when Robert D. Younger hired her to work at Teamsters Local 492 as the bookkeeper. She also handles the posting of your dues and initiation fees, pension and health insurance issues. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, she represented Local 492 at the Teamsters Women's Conference.

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