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The Proposed Local Union Plan to nominate and elect delegates to te 2016 IBT Convention to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June 2016 was submitted to the Election Supervisor on: September 21, 2015

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Honor our Service men, women and Veterans.

Local 294 is proud of our fighting men and women, especially any of those who are members or related to our members.
 If any of our members has an immediate member of their family serving with the armed forces, and would like

 to see their name and photo posted on our Military Page  let me know. We would like to honor our service men and women with a page all their own. Please send me a photo if available, their name rank, branch of service, their relationship to you and where they are serving.  We would also like to include pictures of our members who have served in the past, either in war or peace time. So if you are a veteran please send in your picture. Please include the information posted above , also the years you served.
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10 shocking facts about corporate exploitation of America

Excessive corporate power is causing the standard of living to fall for 90 percent of Americans, according to David Cay Johnston, a Syracuse University law professor.

Johnston recently published a book called 'The Fine Print,' which describes how corporations get rules and regulations written in their favor so they can milk Americans, a penny at a time. A review of the book notes,

No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power found in America to gouge cus≠tomers, shortchange workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason is that so little of the news . . . addresses the private, government-approved mechanisms by which price gouging is employed to redistribute income upward.Ē

In a recent interview with Alternet's Joshua Holland, Johnston tells us:

What big business -- and thatís those 2,600 companies which own 80 percent of the business assets in America Ė what those 2,600 companies have figured out, and their leaders have figured out, because people running these firms are very smart people, is that it is easier to mine Congress and the state legislatures for gold than to go out and earn it in the marketplace.

You are being systematically exploited by powerful corporations every day. These companies squeeze their trusting customers for every last cent, risk their retirement funds, and endanger their lives. And they do it all legally. How? Itís all in the fine print. 

Johnston shares 10 outrageous facts about how corporations rob American workers and consumers blind:

  1. 4.3 percent of the corporations in America own 80 percent of all business assets.

  2. The bottom 90 percent of Americans' average real income, as reported on tax returns, went up by $59 from 1966 to 2011 (adjusted for inflation and as reported on tax returns).

  3. For each extra dollar of annual income going to the bottom 90 percent of households since 1966, $311,233 went to households in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent.

  4. Despite massive bank fraud during the oughts, there has not been a single prosecution of any significant person involved. During the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, a federal regulator named Bill Black got 1,000 high-level felony convictions and 3,000 convictions overall.

  5. Over the past 50 years, The amount of federal corporate income tax receipts increased 764 percent. Personal  income taxes 2,540 percent. Social Security taxes rose 4,881 percent.

  6. In 2011 the average adjusted gross income of the vast majority fell to $30,437 per taxpayer, its lowest level since 1966 when measured in 2011 dollars.

  7. The pipeline industry rakes in $1 billion a year by collecting one penny from every American every day. It got itself exempted from the corporate income tax but still collects it from consumers.

  8. The average monthly cost for cable TV, phone and internet service in the U.S. is $160. In France it's $40 to $70.

  9. U.S. internet speed is 28th in the world, behind Bulgaria.

  10.  In 21 states, state taxes withheld from workers' paychecks can be kept by the company. Not every employer gets the windfall, but 2,700 big companies do. 








Spring 2015 News Letter

Voice of 294 Spring 2015 Edition
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For information about our CDL Training Program click on photo above.

About the Teamsters.
Founded in 1903, the Teamster
mission is to organize and educate
workers towards a higher standard of living.
There are currently 1.4 million members under 21 Industrial Divisions that include virtually
 every occupation imaginable,
both professional and non professional, private sector and public sector.

From the desk of President John Bulgaro

Local 182 votes to merge with Local 294

This past November Teamsters Local 182's members voted to merge with our Local Union. Local 182 is located in Utica, New York

and has approximately 1,400 members. This merger was approved in March by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Executive Board in Washington DC. The actual  date of the merger is May 1, 2014. Local 182 has some 70 contracts covering private and public sectors with a jurisdiction covering many counties in Central New York. They also have a very active retirees club.

We intend to work with the staff of Local 182 to make this transition simple and smooth for all the members involved. We will continue t
o have an office in Utica, NY to service the jurisdiction Local 182 represents. We are totally committed to representing and servicing every member and contract.

With this merger our Local Union membership will surpass 5,000 active members and several hundred retiree members. Not mentioning the jurisdiction which will encompass form as far south as Poughkeepsie to Syracuse, and as far north as Plattsburgh. This will empower us to work for improved jobs, wages, and * most importantly benefits for our members and their families. We want to rebuild the middle class by improving retirement security, health coverage and raise the standard of living for all our working family members.

Welcome new Members

Town of Cairo Ambulance
Town of Malta Maintenance
Teamsters Local 182

Moving?  Change of Address or Phone Number?

If you move or change your address or phone number please call the hall and let us know. This is important. We need your updated addresses and phone numbers so we may keep you posted on news and updates to insurance and  pensions etc.

Email Database

The local would like to maintain a email  and phone number database for our members and retirees. Please click on the link below and add your email  to our list. Please include where you work or if you are retired where you did work.   Thank You

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Withdrawal Cards


It is important to get a withdrawal card from the Local Union if you do not work and are not being paid by your Employer. This applies if you terminate your employment, go on unpaid sick leave, workers compensation, a leave of absence, are laid off, or for any reason you do not work and are not being paid by your Employer. Members must request a withdrawal card. Failure to request a withdrawal card will make you responsible for all back dues and possibly a re-initiation fee. Your request should be submitted before the end of the month in which you last worked. A withdrawal card allows a member to maintain his or her membership on an inactive basis. In other words, you will not owe union dues for any months you did not work after you obtain the withdrawal card. Additionally, this allows you to avoid paying a re-initiation fee when you return to employment.

You can request a withdrawal card by mail. Along with your request, please include fifty cents to cover the cost of the withdrawal card. Mail requests to:
Teamsters Local 294
890 Third Street
Albany, NY 12206

In order to be eligible for a withdrawal card, your initiation fees must be paid in full and your union dues must be paid current.

Union Dues: This Local Union is required to conduct an update of dues paid by members to be in compliance with the directives of the IBT Constitution (Article X, Section 5). All members are reminded that accurate and timely payment of dues is the memberís responsibility. If a member is on dues check-off, they must contact the Union Hall immediately to report any error in their monthly dues deduction.

What our members are doing.

If you have a picture of yourself  doing something we might be interested in seeing, please send a photo of yourself and whoever else is engaged in what ever,  hobby, charity, community project etc. Use your imagination and let the rest of the members know what you are interested or involved in. Send a photo and some explanation of what is going on, who, what, when and where?.  We would like to post it on our web site.  Thanks. To post something Click Here
























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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