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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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  • South Colonie School District
    Posted On: Sep 21, 2021

    South Colonie School District

    Diane Irving, a classroom monitor for Special Ed students, has retired from the school district after 22 years. Her co-workers recently celebrated with her and Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush attended to present her with some Teamster retirement gear.

    Our Teamster sister looks back on her years working with the students. "In my early years I was in the classroom assisting some students with minor disabilities and as time went on I was working with students with greater disabilities (mostly autistic) and eventually was working with kids in self-contained classrooms. My last 4 years was at the High School in a Life Skills program with many of the students being non-verbal and we would take them into the community each day teach them life skills. Before Covid we would take them grocery shopping and they would find items on our grocery list, they had volunteer jobs at a few locations like Habitat store on Fuller road, the Garage Sale store and Goodwill on Central Ave. We also volunteered at the Humane society and American Cancer Society and the Regional Food Bank.

    So much happened in my 22 years and every time I talk about my job I get a big smile on my face."

    Michele Johnson, Shop Steward, says "I met Diane 20 years ago when I started working at Forest Park school. Diane was the one person who always had your back and kept the monitors a united group. Even when the job was difficult she had a way of making us laugh. Diane had a true commitment to her students that will definitely be missed!

    I will miss the way she gave me advice that always made sense! Thank you Diane!!"

    Let's wish our Sister the Best of Luck as she embarks on a new chapter of her life!

    Congratulations Diane!!!


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