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    From the Desk of President Tom Quackenbush

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board of Local 294 for appointing me as President to lead our Local into the future.  As you are aware, the recent retirement of John Bulgaro has left a void to fill and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you.  I have been a part of this organization for a long time, starting as a shop steward at UPS, Recording Secretary, Business Agent, Secretary Treasurer and now your President.

    In the last 75 years, we have had three Presidents. That is a testament to the strength and resiliency of our organization.  I realize the void that needs to be filled and I am up for the challenge.  As our newly elected International General President Sean O'Brien says, "We need to get Bigger, Faster, and Stronger".

    With the partnership of our Executive Board and our members, I would like to make our organizing efforts a top priority.  This will enable us to get "Bigger".  To get "Stronger and Faster" we have to involve our younger generation of Teamsters to get involved.  Our younger members are the future.  

    Through the efforts of Business Agent Stan Koniszewski, we have secured two grants totaling $250,000 that will be used to buy a truck and expand our CDL training program to Class B.  These types of efforts create new opportunities for our current and future members.  Recently, I have had the opportunity to speak with several young Teamsters who are in the process of obtaining their CDL A through our training program and it was exciting to hear their stories.  

    In closing, I would like to say I'm excited for the future of our International Union as well as our Local Union and look forward to working with you. 

    With warmer weather on its way, I wish you all a happy and healthy spring and summer.

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  • Town of Austerlitz Ratifies 1st Contract
    Posted On: Dec 14, 2021

    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.

    Public Sector employees are at the mercy of their town boards, who can change the conditions of their employment with just one board resolution.

    With their first contract being ratified the starting wages were substantially raised and are now in line with the neighboring Teamster town highway depts.

    Town of Austerlitz Steward Jim Casey said, “After a lot of hard work, we’re grateful to be part of the Teamster Family. I would like to give a big shout out to all those involved from Local 294 that helped make this successful.”

    Business Agent Michael Degano stated, “ I would like to congratulate our new members at the Town of Austerlitz for being so committed to the Union cause. This group truly embraced a Team approach when it came to contract negotiations, the entire crew participated in negotiations from beginning to end. Our members today have contractual guarantees in writing as opposed to broken or forgotten promises of the past, great job and welcome aboard!

    Congratulations Brothers!!


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