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    Hoffa Scholarship 2018

    The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $1.4 million in scholarship
    awards to students in the U.S. and Canada this year. For the first time this included scholarships
    to assist with students attending training and vocational programs. Assisting the sons, daughters
    and financial dependents of Teamster members with their educational goals is a tradition
    that we are proud to continue.

    This year the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund decided to have International
    Scholarship and Tuition Service (ISTS) administer the academic and vocational program
    awards for the Fund. ISTS is an experienced administrator for college scholarship funds across
    the country.

    The Fund’s website, www.jrhmsf.org , will continue to have the most up-to-date information
    about the online application for the Academic and Training and Vocational Programs
    scholarships. The application process for the programs is now open and we encourage the sons,
    daughters and financial dependents of members to apply.

    Sincerely,

    The Board of the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

     It gives me great pleasure to let you know our Local is as financially sound as it has ever been.  Although the Mergers of Local 669 and 182 into our Local initially caused a bit of a strain, our local has seen its assets grow!

    Good fiscal practices, prudent managerial decisions that have been implemented and teamwork throughout the office have attributed to our Local having current assets at almost $1.9 Million dollars.

    All of these things have allowed us to leverage our financial strength to benefit our members with strong contracts, arbitration procedures, and growing through organizing. We continue to have some of the strongest contracts in our industries with the best wages and language.

    With President Bulgaro’s leadership, a strong financial discipline, proper budgeting, and the team effort we have…. I see great things happening for the future of our local!

    Labor Headlines

    US labour news headlines from LabourStart

    Action Center
    • "The job-killing tax plans passed by the House and Senate in the last few weeks, are nothing short of a disaster for working families, particularly the New Yorkers you represent. We simply cannot afford to let the proposals embodied in the misleadingly titled “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” become law.
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      "The job-killing tax plans passed by the House and Senate in the last few weeks, are nothing short of a disaster for working families, particularly the New Yorkers you represent. We simply cannot afford to let the proposals embodied in the misleadingly titled “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” become law.
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      Looming pension shortfalls to complicate next shutdown fight. "Key Democrats want a government funding bill to maintain the solvency of pension plans for hundreds of thousands of workers. The next potential sleeper cause of a government shutdown? Pensions. Congress barely averted a shutdown last year amid a fight over miners’ health care.
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      Thank you to all Local 294 members and their families that were able to attend the annual December Breakfast!  It was a great event to recognize organized labor that brought together many different crafts.
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      Toys for Tots Teamsters Local 294 members Dave Garhart and Thomas Pitts out getting the job done volunteering in the Toys for Tots Drive.  Great Job fellas.
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      "New York voters gave a resounding thumbs down to a constitutional convention on Tuesday, once again rejecting an opportunity to open the state’s founding document to a full-scale overhaul after opponents stoked fears that such a convention could result in lost rights and benefits." - Read the full New York Times Article here
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      December Breakfast Meeting Our December 2, 2017 membership meeting will be our annual breakfast meeting to be held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.  Please call our office (518)489-5436 to let us know if you plan to attend no later than Monday 11/27/17.
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       Local 294 Teamsters Care 2017 Scholarship Winners 

      On Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Teamsters Local 294 awarded $30,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors through its very own Local 294 Teamsters Care program.  Congratulations to all of our 2017 Winners and families, best of luck in your collegiate endeavors.


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      Ethan and his father Jeff Stickles from the Town of Ballston
      Ethan will be attending Alfred University
      Congratulations to all our Scholarship Winners!
      $30,000 in Scholarship money was awarded to High School Seniors!
      Rachael and Father Justin Barnett of UPS Albany
      Rachael will be attending the College of St. Rose
      Analeah Herbst, her father David Helmes works for Empire Merchants
      Analeah will be attending Hudson Valley in the fall
      Benjamin with his Father, Donald Frye from Adirondack Beverages
      Ben will be attending SUNY Brockport
      Mackenzie Evans pictured her parents, William Holtslag works at the Utica DPW
      Mackenzie will be attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute
      Griffin with his Father Angelo Ferrari who works for Kellog's
      Griffin will be attending Onodaga
      Charlene pictured with parents, her father Warren Walters works for New Penn Motor Freight
      Charlene will be attending Fulton Montgomery
      Mark Hinchliffe, his Step-Father Joe Gaitan works at Quality Carriers
      Mark will be attending SUNY Oswego
      Chad pictured with his Father, Jeff Temple works for Upstate Niagra
      Chad will be attending Morrisville State
      Christopher Jr. pictured with his Father Christopher Meano Sr. who works for Coca-Cola
      Christopher will be attending Alfred University
      Alicia pictured with her Father, Toby Hartzell who works for Callanan
      Alicia will be attending Morrisville State
      Sarah Ingalsbe, her Father, Mark works for Sysco Foods
      Sarah will be attending Marist College
      Dean pictured with his Mother, his father Robert Conklin worked at the Village of Whitesboro
      Dean will be attending Suny Cortland
      James with his Mother, Susan Mead who works at South Colonie CSD
      James will be attending SUNY Fredonia
      Marissa with Parents, Ken O'Dell works for the Town of Chatham
      Marissa will be attending Siena College
      Jacob with Father Thomas Rebisz from UPS Amsterdam
      Jacob will be attending Fulton Montgomery
      Emily and her father Gary Brizzee from UPS Gateway
      Emily will be attending University at Albany
      Aaron Jr., his father Aaron Fuller Sr. works for Coca-Cola
      Aaron will be attending University of Buffalo
      Carmine and Christina with parents, Ralph Galtieri is employed at Sysco Foods
      Christina will be attending Alfred State and Carmine will be attending Columbia-Greene
      Gabriella pictured with her father, Leonard DiToma who works at First Student
      Gabriella will be attending Marywood University
      Trevor Folts, his father Donald works for the Town of Minden
      Trevor will be attending Alfred University
      Lindsey with her father, Stephen Schultz from Mohawk Valley Water Authority
      Lindsey will be attending Niagra University
      James Rubino, his father James is a UPS Feeder Driver in Albany
      James will be attending Seton Hall University
      Did you know that America needs truck drivers?  The American Trucking Association has estimated that for-hire trucking companies have nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they need…and it is expected to worsen in the years to come.  ATA largely blames the grueling demands of a job that puts workers on the road for long periods, for little pay, quickly leading to driver burn out.
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      Our Local Union's General Membership Meetings are held the first Sunday of every month, however, they are suspended for the summer months. Meetings are held at the Labor Temple, 890 Third Street, Albany NY and begin promptly at 10:00am. All members are urged to show their support for their Union by attending these monthly meetings. The following is the General Membership Meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2016 and 2017 May 1, 2016 October 2,2016 June 5, 2016 November 6, 2016 December 4, 2016 - Desmond Hotel
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      Get a Withdrawal Card when you leave your job!  Whether you are leaving your job, being laid off, taking a leave of absence, a lengthy medical leave or terminating your employment, it is your responsibility to obtain a withdrawal card.  The charge for a withdrawal card is still only 50 cents and your monthly dues must be paid through the date of your request.
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      Download: WITHDRAWAL CARD REQUEST form REVISED.docx
      Organizing is the life blood of a strong Local Union.  Building the strength of the Labor movement by organizing new members into our Union equates to better contracts and worker protections for our members' and their families.
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      Did you know that America needs truck drivers?  The American Trucking Association has estimated that for-hire trucking companies have nearly 50,000 fewer drivers than they need…and it is expected to worsen in the years to come.  ATA largely blames the grueling demands of a job that puts workers on the road for long periods, for little pay, quickly leading to driver burn out.
      Read More...
      Our Local Union's General Membership Meetings are held the first Sunday of every month, however, they are suspended for the summer months. Meetings are held at the Labor Temple, 890 Third Street, Albany NY and begin promptly at 10:00am. All members are urged to show their support for their Union by attending these monthly meetings. The following is the General Membership Meetings scheduled for the remainder of 2016 and 2017 May 1, 2016 October 2,2016 June 5, 2016 November 6, 2016 December 4, 2016 - Desmond Hotel
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      Get a Withdrawal Card when you leave your job!  Whether you are leaving your job, being laid off, taking a leave of absence, a lengthy medical leave or terminating your employment, it is your responsibility to obtain a withdrawal card.  The charge for a withdrawal card is still only 50 cents and your monthly dues must be paid through the date of your request.
      Read More...
      Download: WITHDRAWAL CARD REQUEST form REVISED.docx
      Organizing is the life blood of a strong Local Union.  Building the strength of the Labor movement by organizing new members into our Union equates to better contracts and worker protections for our members' and their families.
      Read More...

      Teamster Spotlight

      Dave Garhartt

      Dave is a long-time Local 294 Teamster member who has worked as a truck driver in many industries over the last 50 years... but most important is how involved Dave has been with the Local over the last 50 years!

      Dave has served on our Local Union Executive Board as a trustee and currently serves as Vice-President. He is also a long-time instructor for our Driver Training School.

       

      Over the years, Dave has received countless letters of recognition from union members who all say the same thing after they pass their CDL exam… “he is a great instructor who gave me the confidence to accomplish this!” If you have taken the course with Dave as your instructor, you know he has a way of getting in your  head and staying there!
       

      Also, Dave has unselfishly donated countless hours of his time to the Local 294 Teamsters Care program over the last 30 years! He has been an unwavering participant in many events such as the Labor Parade, Farm-Aid, Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy Disaster Relief, Regional Food Bank Collections and many, many more! He has also provided morale-building solidarity to many unions on the picket line to lift the spirit and energy of the strikers… usually with coffee, food, water, a wisecrack and a smile!
       

      Dave has recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. We really wanted to take a moment to let Dave know
      that we wish him well as he undergoes treatment and hope to see him back to the truck soon!

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