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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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    • 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 2021 Local 294 Teamster Scholarship.
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      Governor Andrew Cuomo's office issued updated guidance on COVID-19 sick leave on January 20, 2021
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      Every year Teamsters Care, a non-profit organization established from Local 294, gives out scholarships to the college bound children of Local 294 members.
      All money given out is acquired through fundraising efforts held throughout the year and is in no way associated with union dues of Teamsters Local 294.
      President John Bulgaro offered his congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship winners. He said in a statement, “These scholarships are providing students the financial assistance and community support they need to attend college and pursue their dreams. By awarding these funds, we are saying ‘We’re behind you.’”

      Congratulations to the Class of 2020....


      Bob Gallager recently went to Arbitration with Sysco with Shop Steward Stan Koniszewski and Business Agent Rocco Losavio by his side. Bob won his case and President John Bulgaro congratulates him. ~ Teamster Strong.
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      President Bulgaro swore in third generation Teamster Michael Mossey Jr who works for Pepsi. HIs father Michael Sr., who works for New Penn, was there to witness the ceremony. Michael's grandfather, Richard, worked for Red Star. Welcome Michael!!! Pictured below from left to right: Michael Jr, President Bulgaro, Shop Steward Joe Mahar, and Michael Sr.
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      UPS (Stanley Building) delivered the first 80,000 COVID 19 vaccines to Albany Medical Center. Pictured is Capital South Driver Michael Sagendorf (Left), Albany Medical Center receiving Supervisor Dave Ravenna (Center), and UPS On-Road Supervisor Mark Thomas (Right).
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      Some of our Teamster brothers participated in a Truck Convoy called Fuel up for Finn. Finn is a 5 year old from Fort Ann that has been diagnosed with leukemia and has a passion for trucks. Some of our Teamsters stepped up to represent what we're all about. Our brothers from UPS Glens Falls, Matt Bailey, Craig Brown, Austin Daniels and Brad Ordway, drove the UPS trucks.
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      Brian Delaguerra, UPS driver from Poughkeepsie and a 294 Steward is currently in our CDL Training Program. Tony Sidoti is a top notch trainer and has graduated many members, helping them get better careers. This training is free to our members and there is a waiting list. If you are interested in this program call (518)-489-5436 to sign up. Good Luck Brian.
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      Tomra Warehouse in Essex, Vermont successfully negotiated and ratified their first contract. Congratulations and welcome to the Teamsters.
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      Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush says the Teamsters at SI Group recently ratified a new 3 year contract and they moved into the Upstate Fund for health insurance. They saw standard wage increases and maintained all other benefits. Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at SI Group!! Pictured below: Dorian Angus, Shop Steward Benji Dwyer and Ronald Hart.
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      Business Agent Rocco Losavio and Shop Steward Todd Brown met with Fitzgerald Bros Teamsters to vote on the recently negotiated contract. The voting resulted in a ratified contract that saw substantial wage increases. Congratulations.
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      Teamsters Local 294 Welcomes the Town of Claverack Highway Department as they recently won their first Union Contract! "Our brothers saw raises across the board as well as a significant boost in the starting wage, increased paid time off and major Health care and retirement protections.
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      The Town of Mohawk recently ratified their new 3 year contract. With this contract they maintained all benefits and increases in pay for each of the 3 years. Pictured below from left to right: Shop Steward Randal Hart, Highway Superintendent Bill Holvig and Shop Steward Mark Wilmont Congratulations Brothers.
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      Town of Jefferson Highway Dept Many times the people behind the scenes are the unsung heroes that don’t get any recognition. Well in the Town of Jefferson the residents really love our Teamster brothers at the Highway Dept. They appreciate the work they do on the town roads and wanted to recognize them for a job well done.
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      First Student Catskill Ratifies New Contract!! Contract Negotiations for First Student Catskill started in July and after several zoom meetings a tentative agreement was reached. Last week our brothers and sisters voted and the contract was ratified. They saw a substantial increase in the starting pay to attract new employees as well as raises across the board.
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      Town of Jackson Highway Dept Our brothers at the Town of Jackson are new Teamsters who have negotiated and ratified their first contract alongside Business Agent Rocco Losavio. This 3 year contract saw a significant boost in wages and benefits. We welcome Richard Bentley, Daniel Carney, Dean Catellier and Jeffrey Ruggles to the Teamster family. Congratulations on the ratified contract.
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      Business Agent Mike Degano reviews the recently negotiated contract with our brothers at the Chatham Highway Dept. The 3 year contract has significant increases in wages, benefits and working conditions. The negotiating team was led by John Blasi, Rich and Ken O'Dell. Pictured below: John, Rich, Gary Wheeler, Brad Miteen, Bill Magill, Lance Gerber and Eric Coons.
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      Tomra Warehouse in Essex, Vermont successfully negotiated and ratified their first contract. Congratulations and welcome to the Teamsters.
      Read More...
      Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush says the Teamsters at SI Group recently ratified a new 3 year contract and they moved into the Upstate Fund for health insurance. They saw standard wage increases and maintained all other benefits. Congratulations to our brothers and sisters at SI Group!! Pictured below: Dorian Angus, Shop Steward Benji Dwyer and Ronald Hart.
      Read More...
      Business Agent Rocco Losavio and Shop Steward Todd Brown met with Fitzgerald Bros Teamsters to vote on the recently negotiated contract. The voting resulted in a ratified contract that saw substantial wage increases. Congratulations.
      Read More...
      Teamsters Local 294 Welcomes the Town of Claverack Highway Department as they recently won their first Union Contract! "Our brothers saw raises across the board as well as a significant boost in the starting wage, increased paid time off and major Health care and retirement protections.
      Read More...
      The Town of Mohawk recently ratified their new 3 year contract. With this contract they maintained all benefits and increases in pay for each of the 3 years. Pictured below from left to right: Shop Steward Randal Hart, Highway Superintendent Bill Holvig and Shop Steward Mark Wilmont Congratulations Brothers.
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      Town of Jefferson Highway Dept Many times the people behind the scenes are the unsung heroes that don’t get any recognition. Well in the Town of Jefferson the residents really love our Teamster brothers at the Highway Dept. They appreciate the work they do on the town roads and wanted to recognize them for a job well done.
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      First Student Catskill Ratifies New Contract!! Contract Negotiations for First Student Catskill started in July and after several zoom meetings a tentative agreement was reached. Last week our brothers and sisters voted and the contract was ratified. They saw a substantial increase in the starting pay to attract new employees as well as raises across the board.
      Read More...
      Town of Jackson Highway Dept Our brothers at the Town of Jackson are new Teamsters who have negotiated and ratified their first contract alongside Business Agent Rocco Losavio. This 3 year contract saw a significant boost in wages and benefits. We welcome Richard Bentley, Daniel Carney, Dean Catellier and Jeffrey Ruggles to the Teamster family. Congratulations on the ratified contract.
      Read More...
      Business Agent Mike Degano reviews the recently negotiated contract with our brothers at the Chatham Highway Dept. The 3 year contract has significant increases in wages, benefits and working conditions. The negotiating team was led by John Blasi, Rich and Ken O'Dell. Pictured below: John, Rich, Gary Wheeler, Brad Miteen, Bill Magill, Lance Gerber and Eric Coons.
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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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      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.
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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.
      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 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.
      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...

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