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.
Julie Henry, a UPS Amsterdam Preloader, has retired with 33 years of service. President John Bulgaro and Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush were there for the celebration as well as Shop Stewards Joe Rackmyre and Jeff Palmerino.
Joe and Jeff say, "Julie played a huge role in our building for over 33 years. She was always there to help out and was extremely dependable when called upon. She will be greatly missed by everyone. We wish her a happy and healthy retirement.
"Congratulations to Julie Henry on her well deserved retirement. Through the years she has proven to be an asset to UPS Amsterdam Teamsters due to her consistent involvement with Local 294. We Thank You and wish you the best in your retirement." says President Bulgaro.
Julie has a few words..."A big chapter of my life has come to an enjoyable but sad end. I have always enjoyed the challenge of the job. I will miss all of my UPS family terribly. I have been truly blessed and thank you all for always treating me with much kindness and respect. I wish you all great luck and prayers for staying safe and healthy....Love You All!!!"
Congratulations Julie from your Brothers and Sisters from Local 294!!