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Gov. Says YES to NM Film Industry

It’s Official! Today Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the new NM Film incentives into law. “New Mexico is recommitting to our film & TV industry! Signing SB 2 more than doubles the cap on the film tax credit and ensures that this booming industry will bring jobs to the entire state, not just Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

YRC Tentative Agreement Reached in Principle

The Teamsters National Freight Industry Negotiating Committee (TNFINC) and YRCW companies, YRC Freight, New Penn and Holland, have reached a tentative agreement in principle for a new collective bargaining agreement to succeed the current agreement which is expiring on March 31.

NM Film Industry Just Got a Huge Boost!

After hundreds of man-hours spent by your 492 Business Agents Melissa Malcolm, Trey White and Tracy McCarty, who have been lobbying Representatives and Senators in the roundhouse over the last 3 weeks, House Bill 85 passed this week and Senate Bill 2 has passed this morning at 3:00 a.m., 41 to 24.

Teamsters Celebrate Black History Month

Since 1903, the Teamsters Union has been at the forefront of the struggle for workers’ rights in North America. During Black History Month, Teamsters honor the contributions of African-Americans in our nation’s history and their important place in the union today.

Teamsters Honor Vets At SF National Cemetery

Dozens of 492 Teamsters Honor Vets in NM Over 30 Teamster's and their family members from around the state of New Mexico gathered at Santa Fe National Cemetery on December 15, 2018 to participate in the Annual Wreath's Across America project.

2019 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

The application process for the 2019 year is now open.  To access the JRHMSF application process (administered by ISTS), go to: https://aim.applyists.net Please use JRHMSF for the "Key" Eligibility:  For the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members (including the BMWED, BLET, GCC and TCRC).
Download: JRHoffaScholarship2019_FAQs.pdf

HNRY - YRCW New Logistics Co

“Earlier this evening YRCW announced that it is launching “HNRY Logistics” to leverage its existing networks of Holland, New Penn, Reddaway, and YRC Freight and promote their services as well as provide one-stop shopping for the shipping public.

Teamsters Laying Wreaths Honoring Vets

Date: December 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM Place: Santa Fe National Cemetery Come out and join Wreaths across America, LANL and Teamsters 492 in laying wreaths on this place of Honor for are veterans. If you would like to volunteer to come out and help. Please notify Brother Teamsters Ralph Martinez   505-221-3227 or Jesse Marquez 505-412-2799.
Download: WreathsAcrossAmerica.pdf

UPS Freight Teamsters Ratify LBFO

UPS FREIGHT TEAMSTERS RATIFY COMPANY’S FINAL CONTRACT OFFER The Union will Ensure Company Compliance with Agreement Terms – Workers at UPS Freight represented by the Teamsters Union have ratified a new five-year agreement that was the company’s last, best and final offer, averting a national strike.

Daughter of 492 Teamster Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Alyssa Chacon, daughter of 492 Teamster Andrew Chacon (LANS) for being selected as a $1,000.00 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship recipient in the 2018 scholarship for high school seniors.
Download: 2018 Hoffa Scholarship.pdf


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Teamsters Honor Vets At SF National Cemetery

Updated On: Dec 19, 2018 (13:23:00)

Dozens of 492 Teamsters Honor Vets in NM

Over 30 Teamsters and their family members from around the state of New Mexico gathered at Santa Fe National Cemetery on December 15, 2018 to participate in the Annual Wreath's Across America project. The Teamsters were tasked with a special gravesite-specific assignment where individuals sponsor a wreath specifically for their loved one who is buried within the Santa Fe National Cemetery. There were also about 900 wreaths sponsored that were not gravesite-specific, so a section of the cemetery is designated every year where the non-specific sponsored wreaths are placed. The Teamster's broke off into two groups to tackle the special assignment. The assignment was completed successfully with due diligence and honor for each specific individual gravesite that received a wreath. There are over 60,000 gravesites at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In total, over 300 volunteers showed up to successfully lay over 3,000 wreaths. Click Here to View Photos

Wreaths across America organization was officially formed in 2007 but the family behind it has been laying wreaths for vets since 1992, Click Here to learn more. The Santa Fe National Cemetery, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory's Community Partnership Division has participated in this great project since 2011. Since the beginning of LANL's participation, the Community Partnership Division has partnered up with various groups, departments, and divisions within the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the success of this project. For the first time ever, the Teamster's Local Union 492 partnered up with the Community Partnership Division, and the Santa Fe National Cemetery, to make the 2018 Wreath's Across America project a memorable success.

Teamster Brother Ralph Martinez of LANS/TRIAD who helped organize the Teamsters participation said; “I want to take this time to thank all the Teamster's, and their families, who came out to help make the 2018 Wreath's Across America project at the Santa Fe National Cemetery a success.  Thank you to the Teamsters listed below that volunteered their Saturday to help honor the veterans. It was a great day of bonding within the Brotherhood and I look forward to more of these days ahead. Thank you guys!!”

Teamsters and their family members in Alphabetical Order from LANL were; Daniel M. Abeyta, Derrick Aragon, James T. Armstrong II, Danny Esquibel, Chris Garcia, Peter Garza, Alex Gutierrez, Leroy Gonzales, Christopher & Rubina Loibl, Phillip & Vincent Lujan, Jesse Marquez, Kenny Ortiz, Modest Quintana, Michael Rivera, James Romero, Jimmy M. Sandoval, Howard Smith, Richard Suazo, Adrian Trujillo, Phillip Valdez. Teamsters from ABF were; Joseph Carrillo, Marvin Garcia, Stephen, Pamela, Dillion, Angel, & Aspen Roger's, Kirk & Brandon Weis, and Larry Ortiz from Roadway.

This article was also reposted by the IBT. 

2019 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Updated On: Dec 12, 2018 (20:02:00)

The application process for the 2019 year is now open. 

To access the JRHMSF application process (administered by ISTS), go to: https://aim.applyists.net

Please use JRHMSF for the "Key"

Eligibility:  For the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members (including the BMWED, BLET, GCC and TCRC). Academic scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and Training/Vocational program awards of up to $2,000 for use at community colleges and trade schools. For more details, Click Here.

  • Application Open: November 30, 2018

  • DEADLINE: March 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone

  • Membership Verification Deadline: March 31, 2019

  • Notification of Selection Results: June 2019

  • Funds Disbursed: August 2019

For general questions about the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund, please call 855-670-ISTS (4787) or Email: contactus@applyISTS.com

College Tuition Discount Network

As a Teamster member, there is a college tuition discount program that is available to you and members of your family. The ISTS Tuition Discount Network (TDN) is a list of For-Profit and Non-Profit colleges and universities that offer reduced tuition. The amount of the reduction can varies by school and can sometimes be as specific as major. Make sure you identify yourself as a Teamster when applying.

The link to the TDN is http://www.applyists.com/tuition-discount-network/. Click on the school's logo to view the discount. 

About James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund. This site describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures. Please click here.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is an independent organization established and registered as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund is established solely to provide scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and contributions to the Fund are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law.


Download: JRHoffaScholarship2019_FAQs.pdf
HNRY - YRCW New Logistics Co

Posted On: Dec 04, 2018 (09:57:02)

“Earlier this evening YRCW announced that it is launching “HNRY Logistics” to leverage its existing networks of Holland, New Penn, Reddaway, and YRC Freight and promote their services as well as provide one-stop shopping for the shipping public. We are encouraged that YRCW is using internal innovation to promote its national network of Teamster represented companies, strengthen its market share, and increase the volume of work that our members perform. We will, of course, monitor these developments and ensure compliance with our existing contracts,” stated Ernie Soehl, National Freight Division Director and Co-Chair, TNFINC on December 3, 2018.

The new HNRY website states, “With HNRY Logistics, shippers now have a single access point to one big, mind-blowing network that will deliver what you need, where you need it and when you need it. With HNRY Logistics, you’ll always have a truck ready to go, a team of people behind it and the latest technology to make it simple and easy. Welcome to the future of logistics. It’s going to be a fun ride.”

YRCW Posted; In this new era of tight capacity, YRC Worldwide is well positioned to respond to the complexities of our customers’ supply chains with a suite of solutions that complement our less-than-truckload (LTL) services. By combining one of the world’s largest LTL networks with a freight brokerage and customer-facing transportation management system (TMS), YRCW is building the future of logistics. “We are excited to leverage the enterprise synergies of Holland, New Penn, Reddaway, YRC Freight and now HNRY Logistics to bring more value to our customer base,” stated Darren Hawkins, chief executive officer of YRC Worldwide. With a North American focus, HNRY Logistics is comprised of five service divisions: Truckload Direct, Express Direct, Residential Direct, Engineered Solutions and Contract Logistics. HNRY Logistics blends cutting-edge technology and multi-mode solutions with our fleet of nearly 60,000 assets. This hybrid logistics model gives the customer a convenient one-stop-shop for all of their capacity needs. “After studying market trends and customer demand, we opted to build our own in-house freight brokerage and offer a carrier-direct TMS shipping portal (myHNRY™),” stated Hawkins. “Our customers will have a single access point to our entire network and brokerage – from rate shopping to dispatch to tracking to payment – creating a seamless digital customer experience.”

Teamsters Laying Wreaths Honoring Vets

Updated On: Dec 14, 2018 (11:35:00)

Come out and join Wreaths across America, LANL and Teamsters 492 in laying wreaths at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, a place of Honor for our veterans. If you would like to volunteer to come out and help, please notify Teamster Brother Ralph Martinez 505-221-3227 or Teamster Brother Jesse Marquez 505-412-2799. The Teamsters will be meeting at the coffee table in front of the Admin Bldg between 9:15 - 9:30 am. Dunkin Donuts has donated coffee and donuts for the Teamsters that come out.  

Date: December 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Place: Santa Fe National Cemetery

You can sponsor a wreath for $15 by going to This Link

Click the "Sponsor Wreaths" button, choose the amount, then click the "Review My Sponsorships" button to complete the sponsorship.  

Click Here to Download the Flyer


Download: WreathsAcrossAmerica.pdf
UPS Freight Teamsters Ratify LBFO

Updated On: Nov 12, 2018 (20:54:00)

UPS FREIGHT TEAMSTERS RATIFY COMPANY’S FINAL CONTRACT OFFER

For those of you that were not able to hear the call. It was only 6 mins long and the following is what was discussed:

The Union will Ensure Company Compliance with Agreement Terms – Workers at UPS Freight represented by the Teamsters Union have ratified a new five-year agreement that was the company’s last, best and final offer, averting a national strike. Members approved the contract by a 77 percent to 23 percent margin at local union meetings held from Nov. 7 until today. The agreement covers approximately 11,600 with 10773 eligible voters of whom 9002 workers at the company voted. The final vote was 6,935 (77%) in favor and 2,067 (23%) with 84 percent of eligible members voting, which was a 16% increase in turnout from the last vote.  View the UPSF LBFO IBT Vote Totals & Press Release Here

Recalls will be in seniority order by classification and qualification. Members not called back should file for unemployment. The IBT also recommends UPS Freight members not recalled apply at ABF or YRC ASAP as most locations are hiring.   

Tracy McCarty been in contact with Myrlon and UPSF will be working on the 11-12-2018. Myrlon will be in the office and start setting up schedules. If there are any questions contact Tracy at the office. 

Thank you to everyone that came out to witness the UPSF vote count and thank you to everyone that voted, Teamsters Local 492 had 100% turnout! The total for Teamsters Local 492 was 17 (71%) to accept the contract and 7 (29%) to reject. 

Daughter of 492 Teamster Scholarship Recipient

Updated On: Oct 24, 2018 (09:55:00)
Congratulations to Alyssa Chacon, daughter of 492 Teamster Andrew Chacon (LANS) for being selected as a $1,000.00 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship recipient in the 2018 scholarship for high school seniors Read More...
Download: 2018 Hoffa Scholarship.pdf
Netflix Buys First Studio in ABQ

Updated On: Nov 05, 2018 (22:04:00)

10-18-2018 Update - Your Teamsters Local 492 Film Industry Business Agent Melissa Malcom and Recording Secretary Trey White were in attendance at the City Council Meeting in October where ABQ city councilors unanimously approved $4.5 million (plus $10 million for the State of NM) in incentives from the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Fund which helped Netflix purchase Albuquerque Studios. In turn, Netflix will refurbish the studios to shoot films & TV series, spending at least $1 Billion on film productions in the first 10 years of operations. Instructors from CNM at the meeting stated the school is ready to help Netflix fill jobs. "We don't just have filmmakers at CNM, we have builders, we have carpenters...we have any jobs in the film industry. We can do it," Charlie O'Dowd said. Netflix is making Albuquerque its home away from home. The entertainment giant has purchased Albuquerque Studios and will make it a production hub over the next year. Mayor Tim Keller said, “There will be 1,000 jobs per year, which is the largest Albuquerque-based jobs program that we can think of.” Local 492 welcomes Netflix and looks forward to the next 10 years!!!

Netflix says it will use the new studio for production of its irreverent apocalypse dramedy Daybreak, supernatural drama Chambers, and epic, suspenseful drama Messiah. The streaming giant said it has found New Mexico to be well-suited for production, with its hospitable climate, great exteriors and interiors and an experienced crew who’ve built infrastructure in the years since the city provided the backdrop for Breaking Bad. It previously produced the Emmy-winning limited series Godless, The Ridiculous Six and Longmire in NM among many others. “Our experience producing shows and films in New Mexico inspired us to jump at the chance to establish a new production hub here,” said Ty Warren, Netflix’s VP Physical Production. “The people, the landscape and the facilities are all stellar and we can’t wait to get to work — and employ lots of New Mexicans — creating entertainment for the world to enjoy.”

Albuquerque Studios consists of nine sound stages with over 170,000 sq ft, and another 100,000 sq ft for production offices which often doubles for filming locations, mill space and a back lot. They also offer a variety of production support from in-house lighting and grip to equipment rental.  View a list of recent productions that have been filmed in part of Albuquerque Studios Here. According to a press release Monday, the company is in the final negotiations to purchase Albuquerque Studios and plans to bring $1 Billion in production to New Mexico over the next ten years. This will be Netflix's first purchase of a production studio complex. The company will produce film and television series in the new facility. They will also film at locations around the state.  New Mexico will provide up to $10 million in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding and Albuquerque will commit up to $4.5 million in local LEDA funding.

Albuquerque has regularly been ranked in the top 10 of Moviemaker’s best places to be a filmmaker. The New Mexico film industry has seen steady growth for more than 15 years. “This deal helps define us,” Mayor Keller says. “This is Intel equivalent. There has been nothing like this in central New Mexico other than Intel. For us though, Intel was one of 13 fab (fabrication) plants. This is it. It is their only studio they have in the United States that they’ve purchased. [Netflix is] putting their anchor here and it’s going to redefine the economic landscape in Albuquerque and the Southwest.”

Keller said Albuquerque beat out other places such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Austin, New York, Georgia and Los Angeles. Netflix was impressed with the experience of crew in New Mexico. “Our workforce was ready. The jobs don’t require a particular degree and they are accessible from all walks of life. They are high paying and that is extremely rare. The film industry has its own career ladder. It doesn’t matter where you went to school and it’s one of the great industries where you are rewarded for as good as you are at your job.”

“Albuquerque Studios has been a rental house for years,” Alicia J. Keyes, city of Albuquerque’s film liaison said. “Now you have a production and distribution company that can create their own content. They won’t be looking for people to rent the space. Netflix’s commitment to Albuquerque is the result of years of support for this industry by the legislature, the administrations and the New Mexico people. Our state’s commitment to the entertainment industry has paid off in a big way, especially when you consider the amount of outside money flowing into our community. Last year, just in Albuquerque, film/TV brought in over $180 million of direct spend, and that does not count the indirect money from tourism and monies spent outside of production.”

At its recent peak in 2016, New Mexico’s film industry injected $505 million (more than a half a billion dollars) into the economy, shattering the previous record by more than $115 million. In that same year (2016), the U.S. Department of Commerce ranked New Mexico’s economy the third-fastest growing in the nation and seventh in the nation for private-sector job growth. The 2016 data showed that the industry continues to support more jobs, with over 448,304 worker days in FY17. Local 492 had about 300 Teamsters working in the NM film Industry in 2016. Brian O'Leary, Senior Vice President Tax NBCUniversal said, “The stability of the tax credit program, an expanding and increasingly skilled local workforce, and best in class industry support from the New Mexico film office are just some of the critical elements that have led to a thriving industry cluster in New Mexico.”

Some of the other major Studios in NM include, I-25 studios, Garson Studios, and Santa Fe Studios.  “It’s really good for the state and they will be hiring people from New Mexico,” Nick Maniatis, NM Film Office director said. “It won’t have a negative impact. The rest of the [NM] studios will be busy with work that would normally go to Albuquerque Studios.”

“Having Netflix set down roots in Albuquerque guarantees that the city will remain a major production center for the entertainment industry,” Keller said. “Thanks to the strong leadership of our Albuquerque Film Office, who initiated the deal, and the groundwork laid by previous and current film industry partners, we’re ready to welcome Netflix to Albuquerque as a long-term partner in building our state’s economy.” Netflix has 130 million memberships in over 190 countries.

Portions of this article came from the Albuquerque Journal, KRQE News and Deadline

UPS & UPSF Vote Results (Oct 5, 2018)

Updated On: Nov 30, 2018 (14:24:00)

11-30-18 - TWO OUTSTANDING UPS SUPPLEMENTS TO BE RE-VOTED SOON

11-11-18 UPSF Teamsters Ratify LBFO

11-1-18 - UPSF Says They Are No Longer Taking Freight

10-31-18 - IBT UPS Freight Re-Vote Mailer 

10-30-18 PM - UPS Freight Re-Vote Authorized by Locals

10-30-18 - Local 492 Voting Info Notice (Login to view)

10-30-18 - IBT & 492 Conference Calls Poster (Login to view)

10-25-18 - UPS Freight Last Best & Final Offer (Summary) 

10-25-18 - UPS Freight Last Best & Final Offer (Details) 

10-11-18 - UPS Freight New Negotiations Scheduled

10-11-18 - UPS Freight Contract Update

In light of UPS Freight members rejecting the National Master Agreement, the Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee has notified the company that the contract extension will terminate on November 12. The negotiating committee will work with local union officers to determine member priorities.

Following those discussions, the committee will hold further negotiating meetings with the company to address the members’ concerns. The first such negotiations are scheduled the week of October 22.
The extension agreement requires a minimum 30-day notice to terminate. The union sent a termination notice on Tuesday, October 9 and set an expiration date of Monday, November 12.

10-11-18 UPS Contract Update

The National Master UPS Agreement has been ratified, but it will not go into effect until all the rejected supplements have been re-voted and approved. Following the vote count on Friday, October 5, the results showed that six supplements were rejected. The union will be reaching out to the chairs of the supplements and then will arrange for a meeting with the company. The rejected supplements are:
• Teamsters Central Pennsylvania Tentative Agreement;
• Teamsters Local 243 and Metro Detroit Tentative Agreement;
• Teamsters Local 804 Tentative Agreement;
• Teamsters Trailer Conditioners Inc. (TCI) Tentative Agreement;
• Teamsters Upstate and West New York Tentative Agreement; and
• Teamsters Western Pennsylvania and Local 926 Car Wash Tentative Agreement.

Package Division Director Denis Taylor has reached out to UPS requesting a meeting to discuss the contract. We will keep the Local Unions informed as this process continues. Once these six outstanding agreements are ratified, the national agreement will then go into effect, with economic improvements retroactive to August 1, 2018.

UPS National Master and Supplements Results

Since the announcement that a tentative agreement had been reached with UPS, the National Negotiating Committee (NNC) has provided members with an unprecedented number of leaflets and summaries explaining the terms of the proposed contract.  We have conducted teleconferences to highlight the improvements in the new agreement and take questions from members, which were answered in writing and available on several electronic platforms.  Members supporting and opposing the tentative agreement have freely and energetically exchanged their views through social media and in the workplace, examining every aspect of the proposal.  The debate has been vigorous, and any member could easily obtain information necessary to determine whether to support or oppose the National Master Agreement as well as his/her applicable Supplement and Rider.

Once the ballot materials were printed and ready for mailing to the members, both the NNC and opponents to the agreement have repeatedly encouraged members to vote.  The NNC contacted members through postcards, social media messages, text messages and robo-calls urging them to exercise their right to vote.  Every Local Union reached out to its members with similar programs designed to encourage membership participation in the ratification.

In an effort to make voting more convenient and to simplify the process, the NNC implemented electronic voting, replacing traditional paper mail ballots.  All members could easily vote via computer or telephone in order to express their opinion of the contract.  Further, the new procedures allowed members to change their vote up until the close of voting.

Despite of all of these efforts made by the NNC, Local Unions and individual members to encourage voting, only 44.3 percent of the eligible UPS membership participated in the ratification referendum on the National Master Agreement.  Of the 209,043 members who were eligible to vote, only 92,604 (44.3%) cast a vote.  The results of the tabulation show that 42,356 (45.8%) voted for the proposed contract and 50,248 (54.2%) voted against it. 

In such circumstances where less than 50 percent of the membership votes on a final contract offer, the International Constitution provides that “a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those voting shall be required to reject such final offer…”  Failure to reject the offer by at least two-thirds vote of those voting “shall require the negotiating committee to accept such final offer or such additional provisions as can be negotiated by it.”  As the vote tally indicates, a majority of members did not vote and a two-thirds majority of those who did vote did not oppose the contract.

The International Constitution does not give the NNC an option in these circumstances.  As required by law, the NNC informed UPS of the ratification requirements at the beginning of negotiations.  This provision has been in the Constitution since the 1991 Convention.  If a majority of the eligible members had exercised their right to vote in this ratification, as did the members employed by UPS Freight, then a simple majority of those voting would have been needed to either accept or reject the agreement.  But not enough members covered by the National Master UPS Agreement exercised their right to vote.  And as we saw in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, winning the popular vote does not necessarily win the election when the Constitution requires you to win the Electoral College vote.  As Teamsters, we too must abide by the rules in our Constitution.  Thus, the National Master UPS Agreement has been ratified.

The Committee fully intends to demand that UPS return to the bargaining table to address a number of member concerns with the National Master UPS Agreement. We will keep you informed.  However, based on the results announced this evening, the National Master UPS Agreement has been ratified. Additionally, regional and local supplements and riders were tallied and the National Negotiating Committee will follow up with those committees to move forward.

The entire National Master UPS Agreement is not final until all of the Supplements and Riders have been resolved.  Accordingly, the NNC is prepared to assist the Supplemental Negotiating Committees secure another contract offer that will be presented to the affected membership.

This has been a lengthy process.  While we attempt to resolve the outstanding Supplements/Riders and discuss the National Master with UPS, you are reminded that the terms of the 2013 Agreement remain in effect, including the no strike/no lockout clause.  Under the terms of the extension agreement, all of the wage increases and other economic improvements in the new contract will be paid retroactively to August 1, 2018.

UPS Freight Results

The union also announced that UPS Freight Teamsters have rejected a proposed five-year national agreement with UPS Freight by a vote of 2,601 in favor and 4,255 opposed with 66.2 percent of eligible members voting.

The Teamsters National UPS Freight Negotiating Committee will notify the company that the union is terminating the contract extension, and the committee will contact the company to request another round of negotiations in order to address members’ concerns. That agreement, which covers about 11,600 union-represented workers, will then need to be voted on again by the members.

Great Turnout for NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2018

Updated On: Oct 08, 2018 (16:17:00)

Record for Member Attendance at NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2018 

Over 500 people came to the 2018 New Mexico Teamsters Appreciation Day on Saturday Sept 22nd which included reaching an all-time high this year for the amount of active 492 Members attending. Local 492 Teamsters came from a wide variety of crafts and companies which included are very large number from the Freight and Package industries (in order of highest member turnout) UPS, ABF, YRC, 492 Movie Drivers & Wranglers, Sysco, UPS Freight, AmeriPride Linen, Creamland, TeamOne, Franklins, LANS, OMI, RTD Blue Bus, Sandia Labs, and Sara Lee Thrift Stores.  There were Teamster Retirees that also attended and Brother Phil Tuff had a booth set up for info on the Teamster Retiree Club.

Photos of the Event can be Viewed Here.

Secretary-Treasurer Walter R. Maestas was there along with other members of the Teamsters 492 Executive Board; Vice-President Richard Martinez, Recording Secretary/BA Trey White, Trustee Joseph Carrillo and Trustee Andrew Palmer, along with Business Agents Melissa Malcom & Tracy McCarty. You may have run into them busy working to make sure the event ran smooth.

Local 492 received tons of complements on the change in food with the Box Lunches from Firehouse Subs. In addition to the food, Members enjoyed the music, perfect weather and they received a free Teamster shirt and other gifts. The kids enjoyed the face painting (by Sister Silvana Cufré of ABF), a new 5 in 1 Jumper Castle, and free Teamsters Local 492 Frisbees. There were also some new games provided which many enjoyed, plus Rafael Trujillo (ABF) and Rafael Trujillo Jr. (ABF) treated the attendees to their wonderful singing.

Local 492 gave away 35 great prizes this year including a 50" Flat screen TV (won by Sysco Steward Sergio Morales), a deep freezer (won by UPS Brother Lawrence Ryan Padilla), 2 piece luggage set (won by ABF Brother Ricardo Mimbela), a patio heater (won by YRC Brother Winslow), and six custom 492 Steel Cutout Logos. We also raffled three custom made 492 Teamster Disk-it’s, won by UPS Brother Arsenio Martinez, UPS Brother Jeff Slingerland & YRC Brother Salomon Aguilar.

The Teamsters Joint Council #3 Truck was there again this year thanks to Retired 455 Vice President, Jim and Maria Adams who drove it down from Colorado and helped on Saturday with set up and take down. 

Also at the event was Xochitl Torres Small, who is a pro-Union and pro-worker candidate running for the open United States House Congressional 2nd District seat in southern New Mexico. We want to thank Xochitl for driving all the way from Las Cruces to come to our event, she even helped put everything away after it was over; she is amazing! We will need more people like Xochitl Torres Small in congress if we ever hope to get bills like the Butch Lewis Act passed!

This is the 6th year Teamsters Local 492 has hosted an event to celebrate the Teamsters of New Mexico, and the fourth year we had a committee of Volunteer Teamsters Members plan the event. On behalf of all of the Members who enjoyed the event, The Teamsters Local 492 Executive Board 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 NMTAD Committee worked all day Thursday & Friday to set-up the inside of the hall and came in at 8 am Saturday morning to prepare the outside. The NMTAD Committee also worked the entire event to insure the Members would enjoy themselves.

In alphabetical order, The 2018 Committee was once again led by Brother Joseph Carrillo (ABF) (event coordinator). Lacey Eversole (ABF), Sister Rori Hall (ABF), Sister Melissa Malcom, and Brother Trey White were the other 4 on the committee this year and you probably saw them the day of the event volunteering at the check-in/food tables. A special thanks to Brother Tracy McCarty who was our supply runner on the day of the event, and also helped with set-up and take down, and to Brian Chavez and Tanner Chavez for picking up the delicious Box Lunches from Firehouse Subs before the event and again in the afternoon, which enabled everyone to enjoy a fresh sandwich.

Volunteers (in alphabetical order) who came in early on Saturday to help set up the event were; Shane Barrows (YRC), Anthony Boswell (Sysco), Robert Delgado (ABF), Alfred Esquibel Jr, (ABF), Arsenio Martinez (UPS), Ramona Medina (UPS), Anthony Perea (AmeriPride), Becky Powell, Eli Powell, Mya Powell, Robert Sanders (ABF) who also drove the truck with the tents and volunteered at the DRIVE table, Frank Sandoval (Movies), Lawrence Standard (YRC), Brother Kirk Weis (ABF), John Wegrzynek (UPS), and Brother Donald Wood (ABF), who also helped direct members as the came in.

Other volunteers that helped during the event (in alphabetical order); office secretary Darlene Archuleta ran the 492 Teamster store, Sister Silvana Cufré (ABF) did the Face painting by herself this year and did a great job once again, Theron Graham (Movies) did a great job keeping the sodas & water cold and trash cans empty, John Petit (UPS) helped with food, Brittany Thorpe volunteered at the check-in/food table, and Sister Marie Wilson helped at the Teamster store.

Thank you to all who participated and attended this event, we truly enjoyed seeing all of you and meeting your families. 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:

(2017) 500 Teamsters & Family Attend NM Teamster Appreciation Day 2017

(2016) Great Turnout for NM Teamster Appreciation Day  

(2015) 492 Teamster Day 2015 Turns Out Record Attendees

(2014) Membership Appreciation Day

(2013) Great Time Had At The First Ever 492 Membership Appreciation Event

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