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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe! Our Local has had a lot of challenges this past year and one thing I have learned is that Local 294 Teamsters know how to fight the good fight! I was fortunate to be witness to these “fighters”… members who keep our union strong by stepping out of their daily routine to support their coworkers… many times this year. I am talking about our shop stewards and member leaders who understand that our strength is in our unity and solidarity. These are the members who choose to lead, learn, and stand up for fairness at work. They sit through contract negotiations, dispel anti-union misinformation, and constantly organize their peers for strength. They just seem to inherently know that the next generation of workers depend on today’s Teamsters to keep our union strong … just as we depended on the Teamsters that came before us. Think about it for a moment, every place of employment, at one point, had no union. Workers had to fight to change how things were. They risked their jobs and their families' livelihoods to stand together as one. They demanded that their right to negotiate with the employer for wages, working conditions, and benefits be recognized, and they won their fight. We cannot forget these fights. It is important that we all recognize the hard work and dedication of members who step up and become advocates of our union. This keeps us strong and moves us forward. We cannot forget that we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors and it is our duty to preserve, protect and build upon their efforts.

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      Teamsters Local 294 President John Bulgaro and Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush presented the Heroes Award to Glens Falls UPS member Matthew Bailey today. Matt was making deliveries in Granville, NY when he noticed an elderly woman lying in her doorway and was disoriented. Matt quickly called 911 and stayed with the woman until emergency services arrived.
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      Herkimer County DPW workers in New York joined Teamsters Local 294 in July and ratified their 1st contract today! Field Representative, Stan Koniszewski, says “members received significant wage increases, increases in longevity, 5 weeks vacation and so much more.
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      Local 294 would like to send Congratulationsto Teamsters ABF Freight driver and Shop Steward, Lewis Mackey, of Albany, NY. Lewis has achieved 15,000 hours of accident-free driving.
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      Welcome to the Teamsters!! Local 294 would like to welcome Tyler Loud, the newest member of Crainsville Block Co. in Kingston, NY. Tyler is a 2nd generation Teamster and works at the same plant as his father. Field Representative, Stan Koniszewski, says “redi-mix is a tough job, but it is encouraging to see the younger generation getting into trades to provide for their families.
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      Welcome to the Teamsters! Local 294 President John Bulgaro swore in new members to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters after the October General Membership Meeting.  Local 294 would like to thank all members for showing up, getting involved and being a part of this great union.
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      Teamsters Local 294 hosted the New York State Conference of Teamsters on August 29th-31st. The conference had all New York State Joint Councils in attendance. Teamsters Local 294 & Joint Council 18 President, John Bulgaro, was joined by Thomas Gesualdi (Joint Council 16 President), and George E. Harrigan (Joint Council 46 President) to start off with opening remarks.
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      Teamsters Local 294 General Membership Meetings will resume on October 2, 2022 at 10am. We hope to see you there. New members, we hope to see you there to get officially sworn into this great union. Check in with your Stewards for more information! Stay involved.
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      Once a year, Teamsters Local 294 gives Scholarship Awards through their non-profit organization called Teamsters Care. Teamsters Care funds given are raised throughout the year through means of fundraising and are not in any way associated with member's union dues. These scholarships are given to member's kids that are heading to college.
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      Teamsters 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 2022 Local 294 Teamster Scholarship.  This annual scholarship is available to all active members, in good standing for the last 12 months, who have children/dependents that are presently high school seniors.
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      XPO First Round of Negotiations Teamsters Local 294 made great progress during the opening round of negotiations with XPO on January 25-26, Local 294 President John Bulgaro said. "We made great progress, including the exchange of several items across the table," Bulgaro said.
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      Town of Broadalbin Highway Dept Field Representative Stanley Koniszewski stopped by the Town of Broadalbin's highway garage to deliver their newly ratified union contract. This new contract saw a substantial wage increase and they maintained all previous benefits. Great Job Brothers and Sister.
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      UPS Amsterdam driver retires Scott Johnson, the most senior employee in Amsterdam, retired recently with 35 years of service and 25 years of safe driving. Shop Steward Joe Rackmyre says, "Scott has been a mentor to me for the last 28 years. He is a role model, an excellent friend and a great coworker.
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      own of Mohawk Highway Dept The Town of Mohawk hosted the annual holiday party this year. The town highway depts of Minden, Oppenheim, Broadalbin and Palatine joined in the celebration. Field Rep Stan Koniszewski was there as well.
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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 2021


      Teamsters Local 294 made good progress at a "meet and greet" with XPO contract negotiators on December 16, a lead up to the start of negotiations on January 25-26. "We're pleased with the progress we made at this 'meet and greet,' but we recognize that this is early in the process, and we still have a long way to go," said John Bulgaro, President of Local 294.
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      Our Women's Committee recently held their first Blood Drive. Giving blood is a cause that Business Chuck Greenfield is committed too and thank you to our rank and file members that came out to support this cause. The next Blood Drive will be in May...hope to see you there.
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      James Hickey who has been a Teamster for over 30 years has retired from Southern Wine & Liquor. He has worked for several Teamster employers and has worked at Southern Wine since 2007. Congratulations James.
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      UPS Hudson Chris Konow, a full time driver, recently retired with 30 years of service to UPS. He celebrated with his co-workers and Business Agent Mike Degano as well. Chris says, "To reach the 30 year landmark is not easy and it takes a steadfast commitment trying to do the job safely when we all know there is nothing safe about the job.
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      UPS Hudson Circle of Honor Phil Melino, a 30+ year Teamster has earned the Circle of Honor Award. This award is given to UPS drivers who have driven 25 years in delivery with no accidents. This is a great achievement and not many drivers earn this award.
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      Town of Austerlitz Highway Dept Ratifies 1st Contract!! The Town of Austerlitz highway dept employees were once one of the lowest paid highway depts in Columbia County. That wasn't their #1 reason for deciding to organize and join the Teamsters. They were more concerned about being protected.
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      Town of Austerlitz Highway Dept Our new Teamster brothers have been recognized by the town as a bargaining unit and will be negotiating their first contract soon. Welcome brothers.
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      Empire Merchants Administration Our sisters at Empire Merchants recently ratified their first contract alongside Business Agent Mike Degano. "It was a hard fought battle that secured great Teamster benefits; wages, health care and retirement" says Degano. Congratulations and Welcome.
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      At the May General Membership Meeting Brian Dupuis from ABF was sworn in by President John Bulgaro. In attendance were coworker John Weaver and Vice President George Coffey. Welcome to the family Brian.
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      Town of Austerlitz Highway Dept Ratifies 1st Contract!! The Town of Austerlitz highway dept employees were once one of the lowest paid highway depts in Columbia County. That wasn't their #1 reason for deciding to organize and join the Teamsters. They were more concerned about being protected.
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      The South Colonie Central School District negotiating committee tallied our ratification vote 4/23/21. 88% voter turnout, 84% ratified this agreement that includes, an 11% pay increase, $1000 salary base builder, $4600 in increased and new stipends and and optional zero pay prescription plan (some wanted to stay with the current plan as is).
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      Town of Austerlitz Highway Dept Our new Teamster brothers have been recognized by the town as a bargaining unit and will be negotiating their first contract soon. Welcome brothers.
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      At the May General Membership Meeting Brian Dupuis from ABF was sworn in by President John Bulgaro. In attendance were coworker John Weaver and Vice President George Coffey. Welcome to the family Brian.
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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.

      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 l0:00 am.  All members are urged to show support for their Union by attending these monthly meetings.  The following is the General Membership Meeting schedule for the remainder of 2021        January 3, 2021 February 7, 2021 March 7, 2021 April 11, 2021 May 2, 2021 June 6, 2021 October 3, 2021 November 7, 2021 December 5, 2021 (There are no meetings July/August/September)
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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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      A Message from President Bulgaro  It is hard to believe it is 2021. After a year like no other, a year that has tested us all; we, as brothers and sisters, stood together to fight through the challenges this pandemic has created. We watched coworkers, close friends and family members fall ill and sadly mourned the loss of those taken away. We faced many fears and unknowns along the way, but we persevered. There were times when a brighter future seemed so far away, but now I believe we are finally starting to see a small shred of light at the end of this tunnel. I am pleased to say that the optimism for organized labor is better this year than it has ever been. Recent prolabor decisions at the Nation’s highest level, like the replacement of an anti-union, sitting general counsel at the NLRB and a Secretary of Labor choice who comes right out of the labor movement have all gotten this year off on the right foot.
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      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committee  Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committee meetings will be held immediately after the General Membership meeting each month. Come join us and get involved in your union! A Women's Place is in Her Union!!
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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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      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 l0:00 am.  All members are urged to show support for their Union by attending these monthly meetings.  The following is the General Membership Meeting schedule for the remainder of 2021        January 3, 2021 February 7, 2021 March 7, 2021 April 11, 2021 May 2, 2021 June 6, 2021 October 3, 2021 November 7, 2021 December 5, 2021 (There are no meetings July/August/September)
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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
      A Message from President Bulgaro  It is hard to believe it is 2021. After a year like no other, a year that has tested us all; we, as brothers and sisters, stood together to fight through the challenges this pandemic has created. We watched coworkers, close friends and family members fall ill and sadly mourned the loss of those taken away. We faced many fears and unknowns along the way, but we persevered. There were times when a brighter future seemed so far away, but now I believe we are finally starting to see a small shred of light at the end of this tunnel. I am pleased to say that the optimism for organized labor is better this year than it has ever been. Recent prolabor decisions at the Nation’s highest level, like the replacement of an anti-union, sitting general counsel at the NLRB and a Secretary of Labor choice who comes right out of the labor movement have all gotten this year off on the right foot.
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      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committee  Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committee meetings will be held immediately after the General Membership meeting each month. Come join us and get involved in your union! A Women's Place is in Her Union!!
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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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