Mayoral Candidate Joyce Craig was introduced to the membership Sunday, November 5, 2017, prior to the monthly membership meeting being called to order. The Teamsters represent several bargaining units employed by the City and the School District. Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro stated that he was impressed with Ms. Craig’s positive and enthusiastic outlook for the City of Manchester. Jeff Padellaro stated, “It is time for the executive of this fine city to address the issues that resulted in other communities pulling out of the Manchester School District. Mayor-elect Craig is uniquely qualified to address that issue and to take action in support of the schools to entice the surrounding communities to come back to the Manchester School District.” Padellaro continued, “It will be a pleasant change to have a mayor that appreciates not only the taxpayers, but also the men and women who work for the City to make it all work, many of whom are also taxpayers and residents.”
Candidate Craig was well- received by the Teamster members in attendance at the monthly meeting.
Congratulations, Mayor-elect Craig!
Business Agent Kevin Foley represents 1,250 UPS members at nine different company locations in New Hampshire. A grievance arose out of the company’s decision to unilaterally deduct monies from the drivers’ paychecks for Saturday work, without the express written authorization of the members, in violation of the Contract and State Law. This resulted in an unlawful loss of monies for our UPS drivers.
“We filed a grievance and gave the company every opportunity to fix the problem. We were met with arrogance and resistance by the company as we did everything within our power to secure payment. We contacted the Department of Labor and filed a complaint to secure any and all pay shorts owed to our members. The conclusion of the DOL audit/investigation into this matter found that the company had illegally shortchanged our folks approximately $125, 000, in compensation by their computations regarding break/lunch periods. This decision of the DOL resulted in almost every employee at UPS in NH, Part-time and Full-time, receiving a check for back wages owed, along with a cover letter from the company that we obviously disagree with based on the facts. Look, it’s our members’ money, they work extremely hard for this company day in and day out and we will fight anyone for every penny earned and owed to our members,” said Business Agent Kevin Foley.
“The Teamsters will continue to protect our members’ rights, wages, benefits, terms and conditions of their employment as bargained for by our legally binding contract with UPS, as well as ensure the company complies with the applicable State Laws. We will do whatever it takes to make sure they are paid correctly. That’s exactly what occurred in this case,” said Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Padellaro.