Local 294 is proud of
our fighting men and women, especially any of those who are
members or related to our members. If any of our members has an
immediate member of their family serving with the armed forces,
and would like
to see their name and photo posted on our
Military Page let me know. We would like to honor our service men and women
with a page all their own. Please send me a photo if available,
their name rank, branch of service, their relationship to you and where they are serving.
We would also like to include pictures of our members who have
served in the past, either in war or peace time. So if you are a
veteran please send in your picture. Please include the
information posted above , also the years you served. Thank You . Send to Local 294
10 shocking facts about corporate exploitation of
Excessive corporate power is causing the standard of living to
fall for 90 percent of Americans, according to
David Cay Johnston, a Syracuse University law
Johnston recently published a book called 'The Fine
Print,' which describes how corporations get rules and
regulations written in their favor so they can milk
Americans, a penny at a time. A
review of the book notes,
No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power
found in America to gouge cus≠tomers, shortchange
workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason
is that so little of the news . . . addresses the
private, government-approved mechanisms by which price
gouging is employed to redistribute income upward.Ē
In a recent interview with
Alternet's Joshua Holland, Johnston tells us:
What big business -- and thatís those 2,600 companies which own
80 percent of the business assets in America Ė what
those 2,600 companies have figured out, and their
leaders have figured out, because people running these
firms are very smart people, is that it is easier to
mine Congress and the state legislatures for gold than
to go out and earn it in the marketplace.
You are being systematically exploited by powerful corporations
every day. These companies squeeze their trusting
customers for every last cent, risk their retirement
funds, and endanger their lives. And they do it all
legally. How? Itís all in the fine print.
shares 10 outrageous facts about how corporations rob
American workers and consumers blind:
4.3 percent of the corporations in America own 80
percent of all business assets.
The bottom 90 percent of Americans' average real
income, as reported on tax returns, went up by
$59 from 1966 to 2011 (adjusted for inflation
and as reported on tax returns).
For each extra dollar of annual income going to the
bottom 90 percent of households since 1966, $311,233 went to households in the top 1 percent of
the top 1 percent.
Despite massive bank fraud during the oughts, there
has not been a single prosecution of any
significant person involved. During the savings
and loan crisis of the 1980s, a federal regulator
named Bill Black got 1,000 high-level felony
convictions and 3,000 convictions overall.
Over the past 50 years, The amount of federal
corporate income tax receipts increased 764 percent.
Personal income taxes 2,540 percent. Social
Security taxes rose 4,881 percent.
In 2011 the average adjusted gross income of the
vast majority fell to $30,437 per taxpayer, its
lowest level since 1966 when measured in 2011
The pipeline industry rakes in $1 billion a year
by collecting one penny from every American every
day. It got itself exempted from the corporate
income tax but still collects it from consumers.
average monthly cost for cable TV, phone and
internet service in the U.S. is $160. In France
it's $40 to $70.
U.S. internet speed is 28th
in the world, behind Bulgaria.
In 21 states, state taxes withheld from workers'
paychecks can be kept by the company. Not every
employer gets the windfall, but 2,700 big companies
About the Teamsters.
Founded in 1903, the Teamster
mission is to organize and educate
workers towards a higher standard of living.
There are currently 1.4 million members under 21
Industrial Divisions that include virtually
every occupation imaginable,
both professional and non professional, private
sector and public sector.
From the desk of President John
Local 182 votes to merge with Local 294
This past November Teamsters Local 182's members
voted to merge with our Local Union. Local 182 is
located in Utica, New York
and has approximately
1,400 members. This merger was approved in March by
the International Brotherhood of Teamsters General
Executive Board in Washington DC. The actual
date of the merger is May 1, 2014. Local 182 has
some 70 contracts covering private and public
sectors with a jurisdiction covering many counties
in Central New York. They also have a very active
We intend to work with the staff of Local 182 to
make this transition simple and smooth for all the
members involved. We will continue to have an office
in Utica, NY to service the jurisdiction Local 182
represents. We are totally committed to representing
and servicing every member and contract.
With this merger our Local Union membership will
surpass 5,000 active members and several hundred
retiree members. Not mentioning the jurisdiction
which will encompass form as far south as
Poughkeepsie to Syracuse, and as far north as
Plattsburgh. This will empower us to work for
improved jobs, wages, and * most importantly benefits
for our members and their families. We want to
rebuild the middle class by improving retirement
security, health coverage and raise the standard of
living for all our working family members.
Welcome new Members
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move or change your address or phone number please call
the hall and let us know. This is important. We need your updated addresses and phone numbers so
we may keep you posted on news and updates to insurance and pensions etc.
The local would
like to maintain a email and phone number database for our members and
retirees. Please click on the link below and add your
email to our list. Please include where you work
or if you are retired where you did work. Thank You
It is important to get a withdrawal card from the
Local Union if you do not work and are not being
paid by your Employer. This applies if you terminate
your employment, go on unpaid sick leave, workers
compensation, a leave of absence, are laid off, or
for any reason you do not work and are not being
paid by your Employer. Members must request a
withdrawal card. Failure to request a withdrawal
card will make you responsible for all back dues and
possibly a re-initiation fee. Your request should be
submitted before the end of the month in which you
last worked. A withdrawal card allows a member to
maintain his or her membership on an inactive basis.
In other words, you will not owe union dues for any
months you did not work after you obtain the
withdrawal card. Additionally, this allows you to
avoid paying a re-initiation fee when you return to
You can request a withdrawal card by mail. Along
with your request, please include fifty cents to
cover the cost of the withdrawal card. Mail requests
to: Teamsters Local 294
890 Third Street
Albany, NY 12206
In order to be eligible for a withdrawal card, your
initiation fees must be paid in full and your union
dues must be paid current.
Union Dues: This Local Union is required
to conduct an update of dues paid by members to be
in compliance with the directives of the IBT
Constitution (Article X, Section 5). All members are
reminded that accurate and timely payment of dues is
the memberís responsibility. If a member is on dues
check-off, they must contact the Union Hall
immediately to report any error in their monthly
What our members are doing.
If you have a picture of yourself doing something we might
be interested in seeing, please send a photo of yourself and
whoever else is engaged in what ever, hobby, charity,
community project etc. Use your imagination and let the rest of
the members know what you are interested or involved in. Send a
photo and some explanation of what is going on, who, what, when
and where?. We would
like to post it on our web site. Thanks. To post something
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