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New Mexico Teamsters Win at NMTDC 2024
Jun 27, 2024

New Mexico Teamsters Win at NMTDC 2024

On May 18, 2024, New Mexico Teamsters converged from all over the state to compete in the New Mexico Truck Driving Championship. Held at the Isleta Casino, the decades-old event encourages dedicated drivers, spread among 9 divisions, to test their skills among 98 fellow competitors for the title of State Champion in their division. The 9 winners of that title will join up to 450 of the best of the best from across the nation to vie for a shot at the gold at the National Truck Driving Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana in August.

Each of the 9 divisions are scored in 3 categories. The written test grades knowledge of the trucking industry and all that is associated with being a trucker, such as the law, first aide, fire safety and load securement. The pre-trip inspection tests the driver’s ability to proactively scan the vehicle which they are about to drive and spot problems before they happen on the road. The skills test assesses the ability to maneuver the vehicle through a course that mimics real-life situations.

Several NM Teamsters took home a trophy, and 4 Teamsters won their division: Brothers Justin Gallant, Kirk Weis, Ralph Garcia, Robert Zamora, all from ABF Freight. Kirk Weis also won the NM Grand Champion award and Robert Zamora won the 2023 Driver of the Quarter award. Below is the list of Teamster trophy winners.

3 AXLE Division

Third Place and Rookie of the Year – Chris Apodaca, UPS

4 AXLE Division

First Place – Justin Gallant, ABF Freight

Third Place – Frankie Leyba, ABF Freight

5 AXLE Division

Third Place – Christopher Johnson, UPS

FLATBED Division

First Place and Grand Champion – Kirk Weis, ABF Freight

SLEEPER BERTH Division

First Place – Ralph Garcia, ABF Freight

TANK TRUCK Division

First Place and Driver of the Quarter – Robert Zamora, ABF Freight

Second Place – Shawn Hale, ABF Freight

To see the complete list of the scores and winners, CLICK HERE. Congratulations to all our Teamster winners and thank you to all of the Teamster competitors for your time and effort.  You make your union proud!

Article Written by Joseph Carrillo

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New Mexico Teamsters Win at NMTDC 2024

New Mexico Teamsters Win at NMTDC 2024 On May 18, 2024, New Mexico Teamsters converged from all over the state to compete in the New Mexico Truck Driving Championship. Held at the Isleta Casino, the decades-old event encourages dedicated drivers, spread among 9 divisions, to test their skills among 98 fellow competitors for the title of State Champion in their division.

2024 California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Applications NOW AVAILABLE

The California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus is proud to offer its 2024 Scholarship.  The California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship digital fill-in form application can be downloaded by Clicking the "read more" button, or a paper copy can be picked up in person at the Union Hall.  The instructions, requirements, and deadline to submit the application are detailed on the application form.
Download: California Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship digital fill-in form.pdf

Yellow Corporation Bankruptcy Update Regarding Member WARN Act Claims

4/18/2024 - The following is a message from John A. Murphy, IBT National Freight Director and Co-Chair, TNFINC: Re: Yellow Corporation Bankruptcy Update Regarding Member WARN Act Claims TO ALL LOCAL UNIONS HAVING MEMBERS EMPLOYED OR FORMERLY EMPLOYED BY YELLOW CORPORATION AFFILIATES I.

Teamsters Local 492 Wins Historic Grievance Against Sysco for Members

4/16/2024- It is with great pleasure that I can report to all our members, that Teamsters Local 492 has won a hard-fought grievance for our Sysco brothers and sisters! On April 03, 2020, a grievance was filed to enforce the forty-hour language in our contract.  This grievance was filed during the Walter Maestas administration, in the early stages of Covid-19.

Teamsters 492 Organizing Victory in NM at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

On behalf of Teamsters Local 492, I would personally like to congratulate all of the workers at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in this Local's jurisdiction, which includes warehouse workers, loaders, drivers as well as hostlers/yard jockeys.

TForce Freight – Article 44 Rail & Subcontracting Update

TForce Freight – Article 44 Rail & Subcontracting Update The IBT has reviewed the monthly filing by TForce Freight to TNFINC and pursuant to the requirements of the 2023-2028 National Master TForce Freight Agreement’s Article 44. TForce Freight’s for the month of January 2024 was 43.44%, which is under the 45.8% limit as of January 31, 2024.

Correction: Notice of 492 Contact Info

Correction: Notice of 492 Contact Info 1/26/2024- Recently, an email was sent out with incorrect information regarding contact info for our 492 bookkeeper who handles Dues, Life with Dues, and Pension appointments, Monique Montoya. Her correct 492 office phone number is 505-344-1925 Ex. 12.

WCTPT Summary Plan Booklet 2023 Now Available

The Updated Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust Summary Plan Booklet 2023 is Now Available in PDF Form. Also, building on the strong investment results of 2023, the Trustees of the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Trust have approved major benefit improvements.
Download: WCTPT_Summary_Plan_Booklet_2023.pdf


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Teamsters Local 492
4269 Balloon Park Road NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
  505-344-1925

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