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    Hoffa Scholarship 2019

    The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $1.4 million in scholarship
    awards to students in the U.S. and Canada this year. For the first time this included scholarships
    to assist with students attending training and vocational programs. Assisting the sons, daughters
    and financial dependents of Teamster members with their educational goals is a tradition
    that we are proud to continue.

    This year the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund decided to have International
    Scholarship and Tuition Service (ISTS) administer the academic and vocational program
    awards for the Fund. ISTS is an experienced administrator for college scholarship funds across
    the country.

    The Fund’s website, www.jrhmsf.org , will continue to have the most up-to-date information
    about the online application for the Academic and Training and Vocational Programs
    scholarships. The application process for the programs is now open and we encourage the sons,
    daughters and financial dependents of members to apply.

    Sincerely,

    The Board of the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

    TEAMSTERS VOTE!

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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    As Secretary Treasurer, I am constantly gauging our financial health.  Everything we do is directly related to you, the membership, and that is why it is important to manage our finances with a strong sense of accountability.  Effectively and efficiently managing the Local’s finances so we can continue to provide the best opportunities for all members is my highest priority.

    As we hurtle towards the end of 2018 it is comforting to know that our income and expenses are well-balanced and because of that we certainly have plenty of financial options moving forward.  Despite this, we must always be cautious and not take our healthy financial position for granted by delving into frivolous ventures or making unnecessary expenditures. Sometimes as an organization we feel somewhat pulled in many different directions and that is to be expected because we are a diverse organization.  But it is those diversities that make us who we are and what we are financially committed to.

    So, while we will soon be closing our books for the year and working with auditors to ensure that our financial statements fairly and correctly represent our financial position, we will also be working on new programs that support our diverse membership and making sure they are being accomplished within an approved budget.

    I am proud of the work that is being done by our Local Union.  Please keep yourself informed so you can be proud too.  As always, I look forward to hearing from any member who has any questions, suggestions or comments about our financial health.

    Labor Headlines

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    Action Center
    • Teamster Local 294 Women's Committee Teamster Women of Local 294 have formed a Women's Committee to address issues on various workplace issues.  A special appearance at the 294 December Breakfast was made by Rosie the Riveter, our very own Local 294 member to represent the hard working women of Local 294.
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      Teamster Local 294 Women's Committee Teamster Women of Local 294 have formed a Women's Committee to address issues on various workplace issues.  A special appearance at the 294 December Breakfast was made by Rosie the Riveter, our very own Local 294 member to represent the hard working women of Local 294.
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      Addison Green and her father Stephen Green from Mohawk Valley Water Authority
      Scholarship Winners!
      Patrick McLaughlin, his father Patrick works for Callanan
      Scholarship Winners!
      Bridget Tompkins and her father Thomas Brand from Southland Contracting
      Scholarship Winners!
      Emin Vokovic, his father Nermin works at Utica City Schools
      Scholarship Winners!
      Alexa Wells, her father Ed works for UPS Albany
      Scholarship Winners!
      Nicole Weidel, her father Karl works at Greene County
      Scholarship Winners!
      Mckensey Periard, her father Ken works for the Town of Charlston
      Scholarship Winners!
      Danielle Ferris and her father Frank Ferris from UPS Albany
      Scholarship Winners!
      Collin Hession, his father Marty works for UPS Albany
      Scholarship Winners!
      Paige Harris, her mother Lisa works for Utica City Schools
      Scholarship Winners!
      Renee Dearstyne, her father Michael works for Clemente Latham
      Scholarship Winners!
      Danielle Cieslak, her mother Marlene works at Municipal Housing Authority
      Scholarship Winners!
      Jason Briscoe, his father Greg works for UPS Albany
      Scholarship Winners!
      Emily Mierek, her father Steven works at Mohawk Valley Water Authority
      Scholarship Winners!
      Kayla Denue pictured with Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush, her father Don works for Nassau
      Scholarship Winners!
      Maria Berghela, her father Paul works for Showtime pictures development
      Scholarship Winners!
      Samantha Pasinella, her father Dominic works for UPS Albany
      Scholarship Winners!
      Kyle Persch, his father Lewis works at UPS
      Scholarship Winners!
      David Malagisi, his father David works for Gloversville
      Scholarship Winners!
      Breeann Davis, her father Tom works at the Town of New Hartford
      Scholarship Winners!
      Jaise Gilbert, his father Michael works for Sysco foods
      Scholarship Winners!
      Tyler Briggs, his father William works at YRC
      Scholarship Winners!
      Brian Bovee, his father Brian works for UPS Kingston
      Scholarship Winners!
      Tyler Barnes his father Terry Barnes works for Town of Malta
      Scholarship Winners!
      Steven Benedetto, his father works for Albany County Sheriff
      Scholarship Winners!

      Local 294 UPS Supplement Members Local 294 UPS members; Please read the attached document.  This is the 2018 Upstate/West New York Supplemental Agreement subject to ratification by the membership.  Please refer back for more updates.
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      CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST & GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING Sunday, December 2, 2018 THE DESMOND HOTEL – ALBANY RSVP 518-489-5436 No later than Monday 11/26/18
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      The UPS Upstate/West New York Supplemental Agreement has been released.  This is a tentative agreement subject to ratification by the membership.
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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!

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      As I sit down and gather my thoughts for this letter, I am reminded that our Local is in the middle of an election. While I don’t know the outcome of this election today; by the time this newsletter is printed we will all know the results and what direction our Local Union will be heading in. Whatever the outcome, what is taking place in our Local is no different than what is playing out in politics, on college campuses and in our cities and communities every day. It is healthy for people to disagree and sometimes out of fear, people often assume that their goals differ from the goals of others. And it makes me wonder how do we come together when, for some, we are starting from a place of division and separation? The answer for me is to go back to basics and find common ground. I think that we all agree that, as Teamsters…as brother and sisters, we ultimately all share the same goal… Strength and solidarity. Without these core values we cannot achieve good, solid contracts, which insure that our members' wages, hours, and working conditions are always protected and always improving. No matter what your age, cultural or religious background or political affiliation that one common goal has always brought Teamsters together. Embracing the diversity of our organization and working together to achieve that goal will be the glue that holds us together. With that in mind, I can only say that I hope that you all took the time to exercise your right to vote in our Local Election and I hope that you all take the time to vote on Election Day, as it is right and freedom that no one should ignore or take lightly.
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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
      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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      As I sit down and gather my thoughts for this letter, I am reminded that our Local is in the middle of an election. While I don’t know the outcome of this election today; by the time this newsletter is printed we will all know the results and what direction our Local Union will be heading in. Whatever the outcome, what is taking place in our Local is no different than what is playing out in politics, on college campuses and in our cities and communities every day. It is healthy for people to disagree and sometimes out of fear, people often assume that their goals differ from the goals of others. And it makes me wonder how do we come together when, for some, we are starting from a place of division and separation? The answer for me is to go back to basics and find common ground. I think that we all agree that, as Teamsters…as brother and sisters, we ultimately all share the same goal… Strength and solidarity. Without these core values we cannot achieve good, solid contracts, which insure that our members' wages, hours, and working conditions are always protected and always improving. No matter what your age, cultural or religious background or political affiliation that one common goal has always brought Teamsters together. Embracing the diversity of our organization and working together to achieve that goal will be the glue that holds us together. With that in mind, I can only say that I hope that you all took the time to exercise your right to vote in our Local Election and I hope that you all take the time to vote on Election Day, as it is right and freedom that no one should ignore or take lightly.
      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
      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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