• August 14, 2020
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    August General Membership Meeting Cancelled

    Teamsters Local 294 takes the health, safety and security of its members very seriously. As a result of the COVID-19 virus the August General Membership meeting will be cancelled.  The Local will still conduct normal business as legally permissible, your Business Agents will continue to be available to address workplace and contractual issues.

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    From the Desk of Secretary Treasurer Tom Quackenbush

    Every three to five years or so, the International, in Washington, sends an Internal Auditor out to each Local to do an extensive review to ensure there are no improper expenditures, failures to obtain approvals or other  violations  of  the  union’s  bylaws  and/or  the International Constitution. In the early spring, we endured our regular review and I am happy to report, overall it was very successful.

    The audit made me think about my position as Secretary-Treasurer over the last five years and thinking back, I have to admit, that in 2015, when I experienced my first Internal Audit as Secretary- Treasurer, I was a little nervous…. Not because I feared we were doing anything wrong, but more of a fear of the unknown. What did the audit involve? Was I going to be able to answer questions about the work of my predecessors? …etc. That first audit was long and arduous, but a great learning experience overall that tremendously prepared me for our  most recent audit.

    I learned the importance of maintaining good records with good back up documentation and I learned the importance of keeping the Board involved    in many decisions and discussions regarding our financial situation and where to  go  moving  forward.  The  Secretary-Treasurer’s  function  is  the  union’s administrative backbone. And for me, doing the job right is absolutely essential — not only because of the legal requirements concerning accounting, taxes and reporting, but also because it maintains our integrity  and financial health.

    I do, however, view the role of Secretary-Treasurer as much more than just “keeping track of the money”. While the title of “treasurer” clearly conveys my financial responsibilities, meeting with and working for you, our  members, and understanding your needs and how they are intertwined with the overall mission of our organization, is absolutely an essential part of being a good treasurer.

    I just wanted to take the time to let you know that the Secretary-Treasurer position of this Local is an important responsibility that I do not take for granted and I am honored to be able to serve.

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    • Every year Teamsters Care, a non-profit organization established from Local 294, gives out scholarships to the college bound children of Local 294 members.
      All money given out is acquired through fundraising efforts held throughout the year and is in no way associated with union dues of Teamsters Local 294.
      President John Bulgaro offered his congratulations to all of this year’s scholarship winners. He said in a statement, “These scholarships are providing students the financial assistance and community support they need to attend college and pursue their dreams. By awarding these funds, we are saying ‘We’re behind you.’”

      Congratulations to the Class of 2020....


      Essential Workers.....Empire Merchants These Teamsters made sure liquor stores were stocked for the stay at home order during the Pandemic. Thank you to all the employees at Empire.
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      Essential Workers at Adirondack Beverage Company... These Essential Teamsters worked during the Pandemic to provide businesses with products to ensure people’s needs were met. We Thank You.
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      Local 294’s Essential Workers at Sysco These Teamsters provided essential food to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, restaurants and grocery stores during this crisis. We Thank You.
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      Town of Bethlehem Police Dept Our fellow Brothers and Sisters at the Bethlehem Police Dept are some of the most essential "Essential" workers. They risk their lives everyday but with the COVID-19 crisis their jobs become even more dangerous.
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      Teamsters volunteered alongside many other unions for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY's Drive-Thru Food Pantry at the Labor Temple this past Saturday. David Soares, who is running for Albany County District Attorney also stopped by to help out. Thank You to all of the volunteers who helped serve about 400 families in need.
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      Ed Diffley, a UPS driver out of Hudson recently retired with 30 years with the company. "This was a great job and I enjoyed the work, I'll miss my co-workers and my customers. I'll be leaving here with a great pension and health benefits which gives me a peace of mind" says Ed Diffley. Jeff Kritzman, Shop Steward says "Ed was a solid union member and an effortless worker.
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      Our Teamster sister, Susan Acquilla, a UPS driver out of Amsterdam recently retired with 30 years of service. Shop Stewards Jeff Palmerino and Joe Rackmyre congratulate her and wish her the best in the next chapter of her life. “Suzy is a terrific coworker and one of the hardest workers in the building, we wish her a happy and healthy retirement! “ says Palmerino.
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      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.
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      Teamsters Essential Workers - The Town of Ghent Highway Dept out working on a roadway in a snowstorm in order to ensure people are safe. They also are keeping each other safe by wearing their masks and maintaining social distance.  Thank you Brothers.
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      Essential Workers .....Town of Copake Highway Dept. It was business as usual for these Teamsters during the COVID 19 crisis making sure roads were safe. It was also safer for them due to the stay at home order. We Thank You.
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      Teamsters Local 294 welcomes the Town of Taghkanic Highway Department: Town of Taghkanic Highway Department recently just approved their first Union Contract.
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      Ed Diffley, a UPS driver out of Hudson recently retired with 30 years with the company. "This was a great job and I enjoyed the work, I'll miss my co-workers and my customers. I'll be leaving here with a great pension and health benefits which gives me a peace of mind" says Ed Diffley. Jeff Kritzman, Shop Steward says "Ed was a solid union member and an effortless worker.
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      Our Teamster sister, Susan Acquilla, a UPS driver out of Amsterdam recently retired with 30 years of service. Shop Stewards Jeff Palmerino and Joe Rackmyre congratulate her and wish her the best in the next chapter of her life. “Suzy is a terrific coworker and one of the hardest workers in the building, we wish her a happy and healthy retirement! “ says Palmerino.
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      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.
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      Teamsters Essential Workers - The Town of Ghent Highway Dept out working on a roadway in a snowstorm in order to ensure people are safe. They also are keeping each other safe by wearing their masks and maintaining social distance.  Thank you Brothers.
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      Essential Workers .....Town of Copake Highway Dept. It was business as usual for these Teamsters during the COVID 19 crisis making sure roads were safe. It was also safer for them due to the stay at home order. We Thank You.
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      Teamsters Local 294 welcomes the Town of Taghkanic Highway Department: Town of Taghkanic Highway Department recently just approved their first Union Contract.
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           It is with deep sadness that Teamsters Local 294 announces the loss of long time Teamster, former Vice President and 294 CDL Instructor David Garhartt. Dave was a pillar of strength for the 294 Teamster community, Dave was best known for his proud work with countless students to improve their ability to pursue a career as a Class A driver.
      President John Bulgaro says "Our Local lost a good solid Teamster. Dave was a dedicated and loyal 50+ year member who exemplified what it means to be a Teamster. He cared about his brothers and sisters and would unselfishly do what was needed to be done and helped out in anyway that he could. He was a great friend and he will be sorely missed."

      Rest Easy Brother.....

       Obituary for Teamster David Garhartt

      Garhartt, David George Sr. ALBANY David George Garhartt Sr., 73 of Rotterdam, passed away peacefully at home on March 19, 2020, with his loving family by his side. Born in Albany in 1947, he was the son of the late George and Muriel Garhartt. David married his high school sweetheart Caroline in 1964. He proudly served in the United States Army and he was a member of Teamster Local 294 for 50 years serving as vice president and senior driving instructor for their driving school. David was also a member of the Teamster Care Program for over 35 years. He believed in helping others to make their lives better for themselves and their families and never asked for anything in return. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Sonie O'Donnell. David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Caroline Garhartt; daughter Kimberly Tompkins (Tom); son David Garhartt Jr. (Jen); and grandchildren, David Garhartt III, Samantha Tompkins, Dylan Garhartt and Delaney Garhartt. David also came from a large family of brothers and sisters, Ross Garhartt (Leon), Richard Garhartt (Linda), Gene Garhartt (Karen), Ronnie Garhartt, LuAnn Burgess (John), Robin Garhartt (Patricia), Tammy LaFountaine and Randy Garhartt. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to send a special thank you to all the staff at St. Peter's Oncology Department and Community Hospice for their kindness, compassion and extraordinary care they provided to David and the family. Due to the restrictions in place regarding gatherings, services will be private. A memorial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the local animal protective  foundations, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

      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 2020. January 5, 2020 February 2, 2020 March 1, 2020 April 5, 2020 - CANCELLED May 3, 2020 June 7,2020 Oct 4,2020 Nov 1, 2020 Dec TBD
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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
      Teamsters Local 294 is monitoring the ongoing Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and is committed to providing representation of our members and their families during this difficult time. It is our top priority that our members can preform their jobs in a safe working environment while ensuring that every member is provided basic economic security and protections during this crisis.
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      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committe  Teamsters Local 294 Womens Committee will be meeting on October 6, 2019 at 9:00am in the new conference room.  All 294 Women are encouraged to attend and participate, at this months meeting.  The discussion will be the upcoming Women's committee events for 2019 and 2020.
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      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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      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 2020. January 5, 2020 February 2, 2020 March 1, 2020 April 5, 2020 - CANCELLED May 3, 2020 June 7,2020 Oct 4,2020 Nov 1, 2020 Dec TBD
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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
      Teamsters Local 294 is monitoring the ongoing Corona virus (COVID-19) crisis and is committed to providing representation of our members and their families during this difficult time. It is our top priority that our members can preform their jobs in a safe working environment while ensuring that every member is provided basic economic security and protections during this crisis.
      Read More...
      Teamsters Local 294 Women's Committe  Teamsters Local 294 Womens Committee will be meeting on October 6, 2019 at 9:00am in the new conference room.  All 294 Women are encouraged to attend and participate, at this months meeting.  The discussion will be the upcoming Women's committee events for 2019 and 2020.
      Read More...
      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...

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