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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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    • College and Trade/Vocational Financial Support for Sons, Daughters and Dependents of Teamsters

      The application process is now open for the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund's 2020 college and vocational scholarship programs for the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamsters. 

      In 2019, $1.2 million was awarded in $10k and $1k academic scholarships for the children of Teamster members to attend four-year college and universities throughout North America. Additionally, many scholarships to support the costs of vocational/trade school programs were awarded.

      Apply for the James R Hoffa Memorial Scholarship today!  Deadline is March 2.

      http://www.jrhmsf.org/

      Local 294 Teamsters Care program went to work doing some serious cooking and cleaning at the Albany Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides families lodging that travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family.
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      Career opportunities are available to those that are willing to go the extra mile. Here is a great story about Bob Sitser a 30 year UPS Hudson Teamster that went the extra mile, and now is doing some serious miles.
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      The Center for Disability Services voted on a proposed contract and it was overwhelmingly ratified. With 71 eligible voters there was an 80% turnout. Business Agent Chuck Greenfield said the contract had significant pay raises including a $3/hour increase to the starting wages.
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      This annual dinner serves 10,000 homebound and homeless people and more than 3600 volunteers cook, serve, deliver meals and clean-up. This event is entirely funded by generous donations from local businesses, civic groups and private citizens. Before all of that can happen our Teamsters members volunteer to pick up the food donated for the event. Thank You to the following volunteers for making this Equinox event successful. Dominic Pasinella (pictured below), Frank Bove, Phil Lanouk, Marty Hardt, Tom Schlutow, Tom Racana, Bob Chenetle, Tony Sidoti, Thad Rutherford, Marty Hession, Steve Schneider, Tom Maleski, Walt Meyers, Gerry Menz and Peter Swatt
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      Business Agent Michael Degano and Field Representative Paul Engel recently spoke at a Schenectady Community College Class regarding workforce development. Men and Women of all ages and demographics are now recognizing the breakthrough opportunities the Labor movement has available. "Teamsters Local 294 represents a very diverse sector with opportunities across the Labor Movement.
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      Congratulations to the Ryder Teamster Mechanics that recently unanimously voted in a new contract. Ryder was a recently organized group, now working under their 2nd contract. Our Mechanics service a multitude of fleets in the Capital Region, work around the clock and are on call 24-7. This contract created many strong protections regarding seniority rights and impressive wage increases.
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      To date there have been 2 self-defense classes held and another is scheduled for January.  This class is held at the ABC Modern Self-Defense Academy in Albany and is free to all teamster women as well as the wives and daughters of our teamster members.  If you have a daughter attending or will be attending college this class teaches them valuable tools to protect themselves.
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      Teamster Spotlight

      Dave Garhartt

      Dave is a long-time Local 294 Teamster member who has worked as a truck driver in many industries over the last 50 years... but most important is how involved Dave has been with the Local over the last 50 years!

      Dave has served on our Local Union Executive Board as a trustee and currently serves as Vice-President. He is also a long-time instructor for our Driver Training School.

       

      Over the years, Dave has received countless letters of recognition from union members who all say the same thing after they pass their CDL exam… “he is a great instructor who gave me the confidence to accomplish this!” If you have taken the course with Dave as your instructor, you know he has a way of getting in your  head and staying there!
       

      Also, Dave has unselfishly donated countless hours of his time to the Local 294 Teamsters Care program over the last 30 years! He has been an unwavering participant in many events such as the Labor Parade, Farm-Aid, Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy Disaster Relief, Regional Food Bank Collections and many, many more! He has also provided morale-building solidarity to many unions on the picket line to lift the spirit and energy of the strikers… usually with coffee, food, water, a wisecrack and a smile!
       

      Dave has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. We really wanted to take a moment to let Dave know
      that we wish him well as he undergoes treatment and hope to see him back to the truck soon!

      I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! It seems like yesterday; we were beginning 2019 and now the year is coming to an end. It has been a busy year for us here at Local 294.
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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 2019 January 6, 2019 February 3, 2019 March 3, 2019 April 7, 2019
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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.
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      I cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! It seems like yesterday; we were beginning 2019 and now the year is coming to an end. It has been a busy year for us here at Local 294.
      Read More...
      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 2019 January 6, 2019 February 3, 2019 March 3, 2019 April 7, 2019
      Read More...
      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.
      Read More...
      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.
      Read More...
      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...

      Saranac Brewery has been brewing since 1888, Utica Club still brewed by Teamsters today was the first beer sold after prohibition ended in 1933. This Holiday season a good Teamster is willing to join the club, support our brothers by reaching for a Utica Club!!! https://www.saranac.com/
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      Saranac Brewery has been brewing since 1888, Utica Club still brewed by Teamsters today was the first beer sold after prohibition ended in 1933. This Holiday season a good Teamster is willing to join the club, support our brothers by reaching for a Utica Club!!! https://www.saranac.com/
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