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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    Every three to five years or so, the International, in Washington, sends an Internal Auditor out to each Local to do an extensive review to ensure there are no improper expenditures, failures to obtain approvals or other  violations  of  the  union’s  bylaws  and/or  the International Constitution. In the early spring, we endured our regular review and I am happy to report, overall it was very successful.

    The audit made me think about my position as Secretary-Treasurer over the last five years and thinking back, I have to admit, that in 2015, when I experienced my first Internal Audit as Secretary- Treasurer, I was a little nervous…. Not because I feared we were doing anything wrong, but more of a fear of the unknown. What did the audit involve? Was I going to be able to answer questions about the work of my predecessors? …etc. That first audit was long and arduous, but a great learning experience overall that tremendously prepared me for our  most recent audit.

    I learned the importance of maintaining good records with good back up documentation and I learned the importance of keeping the Board involved    in many decisions and discussions regarding our financial situation and where to  go  moving  forward.  The  Secretary-Treasurer’s  function  is  the  union’s administrative backbone. And for me, doing the job right is absolutely essential — not only because of the legal requirements concerning accounting, taxes and reporting, but also because it maintains our integrity  and financial health.

    I do, however, view the role of Secretary-Treasurer as much more than just “keeping track of the money”. While the title of “treasurer” clearly conveys my financial responsibilities, meeting with and working for you, our  members, and understanding your needs and how they are intertwined with the overall mission of our organization, is absolutely an essential part of being a good treasurer.

    I just wanted to take the time to let you know that the Secretary-Treasurer position of this Local is an important responsibility that I do not take for granted and I am honored to be able to serve.

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    • As you all know, we are faced with hard times. Many of our union members, families and communities are struggling due to the economic crisis we are in. Unions have stepped up to fight for and help working people who are suffering. The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY has been holding drive-thru pantries all over our region.
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      Teamsters Local 294 takes the health, safety and security of its members very seriously. As a result of the COVID-19 virus the June General Membership meeting will be cancelled. The Local will still conduct normal business as legally permissible, your Business Agents will continue to be available to address workplace and contractual issues.
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      Long time employee, Jim Hernigle, retired December 31 from the Town of Charleston Highway Dept. His fellow workers gave the 87 year old a farewell party.
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      Teamsters Local 294 represents various public sector employees throughout Upstate New York. Pictured below are members Lenny Hughes, Rich Jennings, Rich Miles, Ralph Waite and Daryl Waite (shop steward) from the Town of Hillsdale in Columbia County. This Highway crew was opening roads after a recent storm took down trees in the area.
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      Long time employee, Jim Hernigle, retired December 31 from the Town of Charleston Highway Dept. His fellow workers gave the 87 year old a farewell party.
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      UPS Poughkeepsie Stewards Kyle Reilly and Steven Farrell held a parking lot meeting to discuss enforcing contractual rights of the membership, combating harassment and OJS rides.
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      President John Bulgaro and Business Agent Michael Degano went to Empire Merchants to talk with teamster employees about a settlement of a class action grievance with the company.
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      Business Agent Chuck Greenfield visited the City of Albany Landfill to welcome new members Charlie Sivaslian and John Callahan and to review other members information as part of the Address Verification Project.
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           It is with deep sadness that Teamsters Local 294 announces the loss of long time Teamster, former Vice President and 294 CDL Instructor David Garhartt. Dave was a pillar of strength for the 294 Teamster community, Dave was best known for his proud work with countless students to improve their ability to pursue a career as a Class A driver.
      President John Bulgaro says "Our Local lost a good solid Teamster. Dave was a dedicated and loyal 50+ year member who exemplified what it means to be a Teamster. He cared about his brothers and sisters and would unselfishly do what was needed to be done and helped out in anyway that he could. He was a great friend and he will be sorely missed."

      Rest Easy Brother.....

       Obituary for Teamster David Garhartt

      Garhartt, David George Sr. ALBANY David George Garhartt Sr., 73 of Rotterdam, passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2020, with his loving family by his side. Born in Albany in 1947, he was the son of the late George and Muriel Garhartt. David married his high school sweetheart Caroline in 1964. He proudly served in the United States Army and he was a member of Teamster Local 294 for 50 years serving as vice president and senior driving instructor for their driving school. David was also a member of the Teamster Care Program for over 35 years. He believed in helping others to make their lives better for themselves and their families and never asked for anything in return. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Sonie O'Donnell. David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Caroline Garhartt; daughter Kimberly Tompkins (Tom); son David Garhartt Jr. (Jen); and grandchildren, David Garhartt III, Samantha Tompkins, Dylan Garhartt and Delaney Garhartt. David also came from a large family of brothers and sisters, Ross Garhartt (Leon), Richard Garhartt (Linda), Gene Garhartt (Karen), Ronnie Garhartt, LuAnn Burgess (John), Robin Garhartt (Patricia), Tammy LaFountaine and Randy Garhartt. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff at St. Peter's Oncology Department and Community Hospice for their kindness, compassion and extraordinary care they provided to David and the family. Due to the restrictions in place regarding gatherings, services will be private. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the local animal protective  foundations, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

      Teamsters Local 294 is monitoring the ongoing Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and is committed to providing representation of our members and their families during this difficult time. It is our top priority that our members can preform their jobs in a safe working environment while ensuring that every member is provided basic economic security and protections during this crisis.
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      Get a Withdrawal Card when you leave your job!  Whether you are leaving your job, being laid off, taking a leave of absence, a lengthy medical leave or terminating your employment, it is your responsibility to obtain a withdrawal card.  The charge for a withdrawal card is still only 50 cents and your monthly dues must be paid through the date of your request.
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      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committe  Teamsters Local 294 Womens Committee will be meeting on October 6, 2019 at 9:00am in the new conference room.  All 294 Women are encouraged to attend and participate, at this months meeting.  The discussion will be the upcoming Women's committee events for 2019 and 2020.
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      Teamsters Care Local 294 Scholarship is now open! Teamssters Care has provided over $50,000 in scholarships to High School Seniors in just the past two years!!! We will now be accepting applications for the 2020 Local 294 Teamster Scholarship.
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      Teamsters Local 294 is monitoring the ongoing Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and is committed to providing representation of our members and their families during this difficult time. It is our top priority that our members can preform their jobs in a safe working environment while ensuring that every member is provided basic economic security and protections during this crisis.
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      Our Local Union's General Membership Meetings are held the first Sunday of every month, however, they are suspended for the summer months. Meetings are held at the Labor Temple, 890 Third Street, Albany NY and begin promptly at 10:00am. All members are urged to show their support for their Union by attending these monthly meetings. The following is the General Membership Meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2020. January 5, 2020 February 2, 2020 March 1, 2020 April 5, 2020 - CANCELLED May 3, 2020 June 7,2020 Oct 4,2020 Nov 1, 2020 Dec TBD
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      Get a Withdrawal Card when you leave your job!  Whether you are leaving your job, being laid off, taking a leave of absence, a lengthy medical leave or terminating your employment, it is your responsibility to obtain a withdrawal card.  The charge for a withdrawal card is still only 50 cents and your monthly dues must be paid through the date of your request.
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      Download: WITHDRAWAL CARD REQUEST form REVISED.docx
      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committe  Teamsters Local 294 Womens Committee will be meeting on October 6, 2019 at 9:00am in the new conference room.  All 294 Women are encouraged to attend and participate, at this months meeting.  The discussion will be the upcoming Women's committee events for 2019 and 2020.
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      Organizing is the life blood of a strong Local Union.  Building the strength of the Labor movement by organizing new members into our Union equates to better contracts and worker protections for our members' and their families.
      Read More...
      Teamsters Care Local 294 Scholarship is now open! Teamssters Care has provided over $50,000 in scholarships to High School Seniors in just the past two years!!! We will now be accepting applications for the 2020 Local 294 Teamster Scholarship.
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