WELCOME TO TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229
WHO WE ARE:
The Teamsters are America’s largest, most diverse union. In 1903, the Teamsters started as a merger of the two leading team driver associations. These drivers were the backbone of America’s robust economic growth, but they needed to organize to wrest their fair share from greedy corporations. Today, the Union’s task is exactly the same.
The Teamsters are known as the champion of freight drivers and warehouse workers, but have organized workers in virtually every occupation imaginable, both professional and non-professional, private sector and public sector.
Our 1.4 million members are public defenders in Minnesota; vegetable workers in California; sanitation workers in New York; brewers in St. Louis; newspaper workers in Seattle; construction workers in Las Vegas; zoo keepers in Pennsylvania; healthcare workers in Rhode Island; bakery workers in Maine; airline pilots, secretaries and police officers. Name the occupation and chances are we represent those workers somewhere.
There are nearly 1,900 Teamster affiliates throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Being a Teamster member means that you belong to the strongest and most democratic labor union in the world. For more than 100 years the Teamsters Union has been a leader in setting the standard for higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions for workers throughout the United States and Canada. The Teamsters Union is strong because of the participation of many of its 1.4 million members. Teamster members can find a variety of ways to participate to help build a stronger union in the workplace — from supporting coworkers in their struggle for justice or helping with the bargaining process to joining a local union committee or becoming a volunteer organizer.
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 ANNOUNCE STATUS OF 2020 AWARDS
Upon review of the financial health of the Scholarship account and the current Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, Teamsters Local Union 229 Executive Board has made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Scholarship Golf Tournament and not award Scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic year. We ask that all applicants apply next year, with a tentative date set for the Golf Tournament as August 21,2021
MEET THE TEAM
Principal Officer/Secretary Treasurer/
Business Agent (previous Board Member)
Elected in 2011-present
Vice President/Business Agent (previous Board Member)
Office Manager/Secretary/Titan Operator
Local Union 229 EXECUTIVE BOARD:
WILLIAM METZGER - PRESIDENT
JOHN MCADARRA - RECORDING SECRETARY
JOANN WISER - TRUSTEE
JOE SECOR - TRUSTEE
CHRIS SANTORO - TRUSTEE
POSTED ON BULLETIN BOARDS
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 2020 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
JUNE 24 2020
Teamsters Local Union 229
Minutes of the Local Union Executive Board Meeting
June 14 2020
Call to Order:
The meeting was held AT LU 229 and was called to order by President William Metzger at 9:00 a.m. Due to the fact the building is closed due to the corona virus and Gov Wolfe Pandamic stay at home orders the General Membership Board meeting was cancelled for June 2020
Roll Call of Officers:
Local Union Officers present were:
Craig Pawlik, Secretary Treasurer
William Metzger President
Mike Kovaleski, Vice-President
Johh McAdarra, Recording Secretary
JoAnn Wiser, Trustee
Joe Secor, Trustee
Chris Santoro – Trustee
Reading of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting:
The Minutes of the Local Union Executive Board meeting held May 9 2020 via teleconference were read by Recording Secretary John McAdarra. A motion to approve the Minutes as read was made by Trustee JoAnn Wiser and seconded by Trustee Joe Secor. The motion was approved unanimously.
Secretary-Treasurer’s Financial Report:
Secretary Treasurer Craig Pawlik read the financial report for the months of April & May 2020. A motion to approve the financial reports as read was
made by Recording Secretary John McAdarra and seconded by President Bill Metzger. The motion was approved unanimously.
Local Union Trustee Joe Secor reported that the Local Union Trustees have examined the books and records of the Local Union for the months of April and May 2020 and have found them to be recorded correctly and the bank balances verified.
At the General Membership meeting held on March 8 2020 it was addressed to the membership that the April meeting there would be a vote to suspend with the summer meetings as done so historically for June, July and August. Due to the cancellation of the May meeting by the Stay at home order (Covid 19) by Governor Wolfe we were unable to put to the membership that vote.
Secretary Treasurer addressed the Executive Board and under the guidance of the IBT, we are to proceed with an Executive Board vote if necessary to postpone the July and August meetings, those meetings will be dealt with at the discretion of the Chair.
With the unanimous vote and due to the current Covid 19 situation, the motion to suspend the general membership meetings for June, July and August was made by Trustee Joe Secor and seconded by Recording Secretary John McAdarra. The motion was approved unanimously.
New Business -
A motion was made by Secretary Craig Pawlik to postpone the Annual Scholarship golf tournament for 2020, and to let all the applicants for 2020/2021 school year know that we are sorry for the cancellation of the tournament and the awarding of scholarships for the year 2020, (due to the lack of funding for this year,) but due to the Covid 19 restrictions it is best to forego this year . We hope to have the tournament again next year and asked that all reapply next year. The motions was seconded by Vice President Mike Kovaleski to suspend this years tournament and plan for next year. The motion was approved unanimously.
A motion was made by President Wm. Metzger to use Merriman River (Matthew Fitch) for the upcoming IBT 2021 Delegate Election as we have in the past. Merriman River Assocs., will handle the mailing ,collecting and tally of the ballots as needed. The motion was seconded by Vice Pres Mike Kovaleski. The motion was approved unanimously.
Received and Placed on File:
Local 731 Search for a Cure Golf Tournament
Global Election Services-IBT Election Delegate
A motion was made by Secretary Treasurer Craig Pawlik to “take no action and place the correspondence as received and placed on file”. The motion was seconded by President William Metzger. The motion was approved unanimously.
Business Agent’s Report:
Principal Officer’s Reports:
Secretary Treasurer Craig Pawlik addressed the Executive Board with the PA Governors office Guidelines provided to us by the building Manager of AFSCME Director Kerri L. Gallagher in regards to the Covid 19 Yellow Phase and the use of the building by the public and by staff, which we have been and will continue to follow until Director Gallagher instructs us otherwise.
Good and Welfare:
A Motion was made by Recording Secretary John McAdarra to pay all bills, the motion was seconded by Vice President Mike Kovaleski the motion was approved unanimously.
With no further business coming before the Executive Board, Trustee JoAnn Wiser made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 a.m.. The motion was seconded by Trustee Chris Santoro. The motion was approved unanimously.
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Due to concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, in conjunction with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Governor Wolfe and the owners of the McEntee -Keller Labor Council Center building, LOCATED at 1260 O’Neill Highway, Dunmore Pa 18512, Teamsters Local Union 229 has immediately implemented no public access to the building until they have received word from Management.
Teamsters Local Union 229 will be available for day to day business thru the following means of communication:
Email – Team229@aol.com
Fax – 570-344-6432
Phone – 570-344-7219
A lock box is located at the entrance on the pole below the ash tray, for forms or payments to be dropped off.
All Stewards have access to the Agents Cell Phones if an emergency arises.
We thank you in advance for your patience and will advise you when building access is available.
June 22, 2020
Please be advised that the Regular Monthly Membership Meeting, for July has been
Cancelled and will be reviewed again at the end of July for August, provided that the “Shelter in Place” order is lifted for Pennsylvania by Governor Wolfe
We will keep you informed in the next few weeks of any other changes to the schedule, if this meeting is cancelled please note we will post a notice asap and also on the door of the building, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Local Union Office.
Secretary – Treasurer/Business Rep.
LOCAL 229 HAPPENINGS
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 229 OPEN: MONDAY THRU FRIDAY FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 4:45 P.M (HOURS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PLEASE CALL )
Members not working at the craft for a complete calendar month for reasons other than sickness or injury may request, and be issued, an Honorable Withdrawal Card in accordance with Article XVIII of the International Constitution. Members off work for a complete calendar month because of sickness or injury should contact the Union office regarding the issuance of a withdrawal card.
Please note that any member who is not required to request a withdrawal card in accordance with the International Constitution but who requests and is issued a withdrawal card must be advised that the issuance of that withdrawal card may result in a break in their twenty-four month continuous good standing requirement for eligibility to:
· Hold local union office.
· Be a Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the next International Convention.
· Be a candidate to run for International Office; and
· Nominate/vote in the election of Union officers; the election of Delegates/Alternates; or, in the election of International Union officers.
· Any other continuous good standing requirements of Local Union No. 229 as stated in the Local Union By-Laws.
THE COST FOR A WITHDRAWAL CARD IS $0.50 AND YOU MUST BE IN GOOD STANDING TO OBTAIN ONE, FAILURE TO OBTAIN A WITHDRAWAL CARD CAN RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM THE UNION, A DISCONTINUING OF SCHEDULING FOR WORK PURPOSES AND A RE-INITIATION FEE OF $50.00 AND ALL BACK DUES MAY BE REQUIRED TO CLEAR ARREARS.
ALSO, THE LOCAL UNION MUST BE NOTIFIED WHEN YOU RETURN TO WORK SO THAT YOUR WITHDRAWAL CARD CAM BE DEPOSITED.
WHAT DO YOU PAY DUES FOR:
Dues provide the resources to stand up for good jobs and benefits, decent working conditions and a better future for our families. That's why union members in private industry earn 38 percent more on average than nonunion workers. They also receive 54 percent more in benefits. None of this would be possible without the strength that comes from our Teamster dues.
REPRESENTING YOU THE MEMBER IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR CONTRACTS, ARBITRATIONS AND UNJUST TERMINATIONS are a few along with those
Most of your dues, 78 percent, stay with your local union in order to fund activities that give workers more power at the bargaining table, in the statehouse and in the community. Some of these activities include:
- Organizing expenses;
- Office equipment and regular administration expenses;
- Attorneys to assist in negotiations, grievances and arbitration;
- Research into companies and industries to gather information for negotiations and organizing; and
- Accountants to analyze the company's books.
Members receive information about how dues money is spent by their local at regular monthly membership meetings, and local unions also file annual reports with the U.S. Department of Labor. The International Union publishes its annual audited financial statement in Teamster magazine, which is sent to every member.
The grievance procedure is a negotiated article within your contract that enables the union to enforce the terms of the contract and protect the rights of workers. If management violates the contract, the grievance procedure allows the member to follow a process that can provide relief or justice.
Teamster contracts may define a grievance in several ways: It could be “a dispute between the union and management over the application and/or interpretation of the agreement,” or “any dispute or difference arising between an employee and management or between the union and management.” Each grievance procedure has specific steps with time limits that must be followed. The steps in a grievance procedure vary, but a typical one may include:
- Step One: The steward and the grievant meet with the supervisor within 10 days of the occurrence to resolve the grievance. Management has five days to respond.
- Step Two: If there is no settlement at Step One, a union representative, the grievant and a management representative will meet to try to resolve the grievance.
- Step Three: If still unresolved, the grievance will be heard by an arbitrator or panel who will render a decision.