• October 15, 2021

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    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.

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  • Town of Hartford Highway Dept
    Updated On: Sep 21, 2021

    Town of Hartford Highway Dept

    Just how important are the employees of the highway dept in your town? When it snows are you able to make it to work? Are the roads in your town maintained to keep your car from possibly being damaged? These workers take care of the things we naturally take for granted.

    The Town of Hartford Board doesn't value our Teamster brothers who take care of the roads for the residents that live there. Their contract expired in December of 2019 and they have been negotiating a contract which is now in mediation with no agreement in site.

    The main sticking point seems to be language that was agreed upon in the last contract and now the town wants it out of the new contract. The guys feel the Town Supervisor wants to change their working conditions. For the men they want modest pay increases. Right now the starting pay in the neighboring towns is around $20/hr or more. Recently the town ran a $400 ad looking for help and received one application which they had to turn down because the person did not have a CDL license. They can't get anyone to work here due to the low wages. The town also raised the part-time wages to entice workers so they would be making more money per hour than the guys that work full-time. What a slap in the face!

    These men always do more than what their job titles encompass. They do the mechanical repairs on the trucks to keep them running. If the town had to contract that out the cost would be extremely high. They paint the trucks to keep them looking good...they have a 2005 truck that they cannot get parts for anymore so the men make the parts themselves. They do construction work on the Town Hall when needed, recently redoing the bathroom. Why do they do it? Because they care about the town and its residents.

    The guys collectively say "We are just asking for a fair contract with fair wages. The cost of living is going up and we want our wages and healthcare to be comparable to the neighboring towns."

    The town needs to do the right thing by our brothers and give them a fair contract.

    ~Teamster 294 Solidarity!!!!

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