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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    Every three to five years or so, the International, in Washington, sends an Internal Auditor out to each Local to do an extensive review to ensure there are no improper expenditures, failures to obtain approvals or other  violations  of  the  union’s  bylaws  and/or  the International Constitution. In the early spring, we endured our regular review and I am happy to report, overall it was very successful.

    The audit made me think about my position as Secretary-Treasurer over the last five years and thinking back, I have to admit, that in 2015, when I experienced my first Internal Audit as Secretary- Treasurer, I was a little nervous…. Not because I feared we were doing anything wrong, but more of a fear of the unknown. What did the audit involve? Was I going to be able to answer questions about the work of my predecessors? …etc. That first audit was long and arduous, but a great learning experience overall that tremendously prepared me for our  most recent audit.

    I learned the importance of maintaining good records with good back up documentation and I learned the importance of keeping the Board involved    in many decisions and discussions regarding our financial situation and where to  go  moving  forward.  The  Secretary-Treasurer’s  function  is  the  union’s administrative backbone. And for me, doing the job right is absolutely essential — not only because of the legal requirements concerning accounting, taxes and reporting, but also because it maintains our integrity  and financial health.

    I do, however, view the role of Secretary-Treasurer as much more than just “keeping track of the money”. While the title of “treasurer” clearly conveys my financial responsibilities, meeting with and working for you, our  members, and understanding your needs and how they are intertwined with the overall mission of our organization, is absolutely an essential part of being a good treasurer.

    I just wanted to take the time to let you know that the Secretary-Treasurer position of this Local is an important responsibility that I do not take for granted and I am honored to be able to serve.

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  • Organize Your Workplace

    Most employers wish there company could remain union free because unions stand up for the rights of employees and demand that their voice be heard. The only way to force a positive change in your workplace is for you and your co-workers to have representation from Teamsters Union Local 294. One employee all alone will be ignored, but when you and your co-workers organize with Teamsters Union Local 294 and become united, we will be able to negotiate a legally binding contract that includes better wages, affordable health care, a secure retirement and a safer workplace for all.

    Members of Teamsters Union Local 294 understand that the only way to ensure job security and protect the future of their families is to negotiate a legally binding union contract. When you and your co-workers negotiate a union contract, your wages and benefits will be part of the negotiating process. When was the last time that your boss asked you for your input when it came to your review?

    The rights and benefits in a legally binding contract cannot be reversed once they are agreed upon. The Teamsters will fight to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. The rights outlined in the contract cannot be altered without your approval. Therefore, as an example if the contract states that you are entitled to two full weeks of vacation a year, you are able to take those vacation days off without negotiating on an individual basis with management.

    The members of the Teamsters Union understand that the only way to ensure job security and protect the future of their families is to negotiate a legally binding union contract.

    For further information on organizing please feel free to send an e-mail to info@teamsterslocal294.org or contact (518) 489-5436.  All calls and emails are confidential.

    Jun 10, 2020

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