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    From the Desk of President Tom Quackenbush

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board of Local 294 for appointing me as President to lead our Local into the future.  As you are aware, the recent retirement of John Bulgaro has left a void to fill and I appreciate the opportunity to serve you.  I have been a part of this organization for a long time, starting as a shop steward at UPS, Recording Secretary, Business Agent, Secretary Treasurer and now your President.

    In the last 75 years, we have had three Presidents. That is a testament to the strength and resiliency of our organization.  I realize the void that needs to be filled and I am up for the challenge.  As our newly elected International General President Sean O'Brien says, "We need to get Bigger, Faster, and Stronger".

    With the partnership of our Executive Board and our members, I would like to make our organizing efforts a top priority.  This will enable us to get "Bigger".  To get "Stronger and Faster" we have to involve our younger generation of Teamsters to get involved.  Our younger members are the future.  

    Through the efforts of Business Agent Stan Koniszewski, we have secured two grants totaling $250,000 that will be used to buy a truck and expand our CDL training program to Class B.  These types of efforts create new opportunities for our current and future members.  Recently, I have had the opportunity to speak with several young Teamsters who are in the process of obtaining their CDL A through our training program and it was exciting to hear their stories.  

    In closing, I would like to say I'm excited for the future of our International Union as well as our Local Union and look forward to working with you. 

    With warmer weather on its way, I wish you all a happy and healthy spring and summer.

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  • UPS Hudson
    Updated On: Feb 41, 2022

    UPS Hudson Circle of Honor

    Phil Melino, a 30+ year Teamster has earned the Circle of Honor Award. This award is given to UPS drivers who have driven 25 years in delivery with no accidents. This is a great achievement and not many drivers earn this award.

    Phil says “I am proud to have earned this award and join two previous drivers in this building, Art Harm and Bob Sager, what a club to be in! It was great having my family there to share in the celebration of this prestigious award."

    Chief Steward Jeff Kritzman says "The Circle of Honor is probably the highest achievement a UPS driver can accomplish in their career. We have had only a few that have achieved this status in Hudson. Congratulations to Phil Melino for making it to that milestone. Well done Phil!"

    Shop Steward Rudy Firmbach says "Congratulations to Phil on this momentous occasion. He is a leader in our building and for many years has been a mentor for young drivers by preaching safety."

    Brian Cannon, Northeast Atlantic District President was at Phil's celebration and says "We are very proud of Phil's remarkable accomplishment. For him to drive accident free for 25 years shows his commitment to his personal safety and the safety of the public. Along the way he has also mentored many younger drivers, teaching them what he has learned so they too can succeed at UPS. We thank Phil for all that he does for UPS!"

    Congratulations Brother!!!

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