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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.

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    • Greene County Solid Waste unanimously votes in favor of a new four year deal Congratulations to our members at Greene County Solid Waste as they unanimously voted in favor of a new four year deal. "This contract delivered the wage improvements our members deserved, and also protected their Healthcare and retirement.
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      Greene County Solid Waste unanimously votes in favor of a new four year deal Congratulations to our members at Greene County Solid Waste as they unanimously voted in favor of a new four year deal. "This contract delivered the wage improvements our members deserved, and also protected their Healthcare and retirement.
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      Question:  What is one of the biggest employee concerns when it comes to employment? Answer:  Job Security. First Student in Catskill employs over 30 Local 294 Teamsters that provides transportation to some of the surrounding school districts.  Every three years the Transportation contract goes out to bid and in 2019 First Student was not awarded the bid.
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      2019 Teamsterscare Scholarship Winners "Education is the key element in building a solid foundation for the Teamsters.  As a member of the Teamster family we congratulate you on your outstanding achievements.  We present you with this award in preparing for a strong future career.
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      The five-year contract covering about 250,000 Teamster-represented workers at UPS will take effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, Monday, April 29, after workers in Michigan ratified the last outstanding supplemental agreement.
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      Teamster Local 294 Women's Committee is sponsoring a free self-defense training event to all active or retired women of Local 294. The next class will be January. Please contact Bonnie Torchia at bonnietorchia@gmail.
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      2019 Local 294 Teamsterscare Scholarship Program OVER 30 SCHOLARSHIPS WERE AWARDED TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN 2018 We will now be accepting applications for the 2019 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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      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
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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!

      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
      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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      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
      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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