David W. Laughton Honored at October Union Meeting

Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro honored the decades of dedicated service that David W. Laughton  provided to the men and women of Local 633, and to the Teamsters Organization, at this month’s general membership meeting. Dave’s relationship with the Teamsters began in 1971 when he worked as a union truck driver for various employers. In 1973, after serving as a steward, he stepped up and was elected as a Business Agent for Local 633.  The membership recognizing his leadership skills elected Dave to become the Secretary-Treasurer of Local 633 in 1983, where he remained until his retirement in January of 2017. 

In addition to all the duties and obligations entrusted to Dave in managing Local 633, Dave served the International in several capacities including, Secretary-Treasurer/Director of the Brewery & Soft Drink Workers Conference, Co-Chairman Anheuser-Busch National Negotiations, Co-Chairman Miller/Coors Negotiations, to name a few. Dave’s leadership skills were further recognized by the member Locals of Joint Council 10, where he served as the Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer from 2003 until his retirement. 

Although Dave has retired from his position at Local 633 he remains a valuable asset that many of us utilize from time to time. Dave remains active in the AB negotiations and is presently the Chairman of Allegiant Care. 

Local 633’s Executive Board enthusiastically voted to name the Union Hall the “David W. Laughton Membership Hall.” Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro revealed the plaque afterwhich Dave expressed his appreciation of the recognition to the members in attendance. The membership responded with a long standing ovation for a man that has had a positive impact on so many members and their families.

Jeff Padellaro stated, “Dave grew this Local into the powerhouse that it is today by hard work and demanding only the best for our members. We owe his family our gratitude and thanks for sharing him with us for the many decades of selfless dedication to the Teamsters International, Joint Council 10 and Local 633.”

 

UPS AND UPS FREIGHT TEAMSTERS AT LOCAL 633 SAY NO CONCESSIONS

At successive contract meeting held yesterday, New Hampshire Teamsters voted unanimously to reject agreements negotiated by the International.

Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro and Business Agent Kevin Foley met with UPS and UPS Freight workers on Sunday, August 26, 2018, to discuss the current tentative agreement on the table. After an informative discussion, the TA and the New England Supplement were put to a vote. UPS Teamsters of Local 633 voted unanimously to reject the tentative National Master Agreement. However, the group also voted unanimously to endorse the New England Supplement.

Immediately following the UPS meeting, UPS Freight Teamsters unanimously voted NO on the tentative agreement negotiated by the International.

Exact details regarding are still pending, but balloting is set to commence in September.

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2018 Scholarship Recipients!

Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro and the Executive Board are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Scholarship Awards granted by Teamsters Local 633. “This is truly demonstrative of Teamsters helping Teamsters,” Jeff stated. The awardees were notified by mail on July 17, 2018, of their scholarship consisting of $1,000. Jeff commented, “In an age of skyrocketing costs associated with Teamsters’ children attending institutions of higher learning, every little bit helps. We wish these scholars and future leaders much success in their academic career.”

Member Name   Employment   Child’s name
Scott Anderson   Atkinson Police   Angela  
Sean Avery   UPS     Emily  
Dan Brockway   Manchester Airport   Ryan  
Jeremy Brooks   UPS     Jaelyn  
Russell Brown   UPS     Katie AND Sabrina
Mark Clifford   UPS     Patrick  
John King Jr.   UPS Freight   Alexander
Rowan Kosmin   Airgas     Stephanie
Chris Lamontagne   NH DOC Berlin   Travis  
John Moody   UPS     Autumn  
Joy Ouellette   Nashua Police Dept. Jared  
William Pease   Nashua Police Dept. Kelsey  
Glenn Rand   Associated Grocers   Hailey  
Charles Renfors   NH Distributors   Kendra  
Todd Schroeder   UPS     Nathanial
Bryan Stanley   UPS     Patrick  
Scott Watson   NH DOC Berlin   Connor  

 

TEAMSTERS GIVE CAMP ALLEN ATTENDEES A DAY TO REMEMBER!

Jeff Padellaro and the Executive Board of Local 633 organized and executed an outing for some exceptional campers from Camp Allen. Under the direction of Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro, the Teamsters partnered with Associated Grocers, First Student, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Bimbo Bakeries and Mondelez International to provide transportation, food and drink to dozens of Camp Allen Campers. 40 Teamsters, along with the Camp Allen Staff, provided a safe, fun day at Hampton State Park July, 15, 2018. Participants who wanted to experience the ocean were accompanied by Teamsters and Camp Allen Staff into the surf for a refreshing and safe experience. Jeff extends his thanks to the Teamsters who volunteered their time to cook, drive the trucks and buses, and host the campers at Hampton Beach. Additionally, Jeff extends his thanks to employers who generously donated their equipment, food and beverages for this event.

Please enjoy the pictures below and share the excitement of the attendees and volunteers alike.

TEAMSTERS SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS !!!

The following Teamsters Scholarship Applications will be available in the near future for any high school senior of a Teamster member graduating in June of 2018. The following deadlines apply:

The IBT Scholarship Program has a deadline of 3/31/18.  Closed for 2018

Joint Council 10’s Scholarship Program has a deadline of  3/12/18. Closed for 2018

Local 633’s Scholarship Program has a deadline of 7/15/18.  See Application Below.

Secretary-Treasurer Jeffrey Padellaro urges all eligible members to apply for these scholarships. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call the Union Hall. 

scholarship app local 633

 

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputies Exposed to Fentanyl

Two deputies were exposed recently to the deadly narcotic fentanyl while conducting a motor vehicle stop for a suspected impaired driver. The stop occurred on December 4th on North Road in the vicinity of the Rockingham County Complex. During the stop, the deputies became aware that the operator was transporting the substance within a pill bottle. Upon opening the bottle to confirm the presence of the dangerous substance, the powder became airborne. The deputies secured the substance and arrested the operator; subsequently, the deputies were treated and released from the hospital as a precaution because of the potential exposure.

Unfortunately, the dangers arising out of motor vehicle stops and domestic violence calls continue to grow. These brave souls continue to perform their duties as professionals knowing they face serious injuries or worse, from passing vehicles, exposed contaminated needles, airborne narcotics, weapons or violent reactions by the suspect(s).    

Business Agent Rick Laughton reached out to the Steward to make sure that the involved deputies were all set. Rick Laughton represents the Rockingham County Deputies and Dispatchers. Be safe out there!

Secretary-Treasurer Jeffrey Padellaro visits Concord Prison for Men

On December 14, 2017, Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Padellaro visited the Concord Prison for Men along with Field Representative Keith Judge and Attorney Bill Cahill. Jeff stated he likes to visit the facility every 4 to 6 weeks to hear from the men and women who keep the facility under control 24/7 while working mandatory overtime 3 to 4 times a week. Updates were given regarding the Contract Negotiation process which is currently in fact finding status. (Updates will be posted.)

Last week, there was an incident in the Hancock Unit that resulted in a member being assaulted by an inmate. The situation was compounded by other inmates not following the lawful directives of the officers in a timely manner. This serious incident was prevented from becoming a more explosive incident by the fast, decisive and professional response of our members.  These types of incidents become even more critical because of the limited staff available to respond to these flare-ups. This incident will be added to the arguments made in fact finding to support our demand for higher wages commensurate with the professional services rendered on a daily basis.

A member inquired whether the Union was doing anything, referring to the expiration of the current CBA. Jeff Padellaro emphatically stated, “Yes.”  Upon the expiration of the current contract, the “Status Quo” doctrine applies. This means that terms and conditions of employment must be maintained while the parties continue to bargain in “good faith.” In fact, legal counsel for the Teamsters is at the Concord facility almost weekly to represent members that are called into the Warden’s office on various disciplinary issues. In addition, Bill Cahill represents members at the Police Standards and Training Council for certification issues. Investigations also require Teamsters’ legal counsel to travel to Goffstown,  NCF and Headquarters for similar issues that arise. On a weekly basis, Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro and Field Representative receive and respond to emails and texts from our stewards and members who reach out with questions and/or concerns. In addition, it is the enforcement of our Teamster Contract that allows our members to use sick time without negatively affecting overtime that has been worked.

Preparation for our presentation to the Fact-Finder continues. Please thank your Negotiation Team Members for their efforts during the negotiations, mediation, and now, through the fact- finding process. Frank Logan, George Bigl, Erik Turner and Annie Wrenn have all devoted countless hours to the process.

On behalf of all your brothers and sisters throughout the state, have a Happy Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas!

Be Safe.

Hopkinton School District Grievance Results in $2100 Award

Field Representative Keith Judge represents the Hopkinton School District Custodians. A grievance arose out of the hiring of a custodian who had previously worked as a casual/substitute custodian for several years. Upon hiring the part-time custodian to a full- time regular position, the Superintendent placed the member in the wage scale for Employees Hired after the Ratification of the present Agreement per Article 16.2, as opposed to the wage scale for Current Employees under Article 6.1. This placement resulted in a significant hourly wage difference with a loss of approximately $3.00 an hour. Field Representative Keith Judge correctly and competently grieved this issue via the CBA and the Superintendent continued to interpret the CBA in a manner that prejudiced our member. The grievance finally made it to the last step of the grievance procedure which is before the School Committee. 

The Superintendent presented his case to the Board and, although extremely complimentary to our member’s work product, he adhered to his proposition that the former casual/substitute custodian was a “New Hire” under the CBA and was properly placed in the wage matrix.  Field Representative Keith Judge and Attorney Bill Cahill presented our member’s case to the Board. The Board listened intently and asked probative questions. The parties made their closing statements and awaited the written decision of the Board.

Two weeks later, the Board’s written decision was issued. The Board held that our member was, in fact, an employee prior to the ratification of the new CBA and should be placed on the Wage Scale for Current Employees resulting in an award of a little over $2,100.00. Great work by Keith Judge with the support of Steward Joe Case. 

UPS OFFERS DISCOUNT SHIPPING TO PUERTO RICO & SELECT CARIBBEAN DESTINATIONS

UPS Service to Puerto Rico Resumed with Special Discount on Selected Services for Individual Shippers

 
  • Shipping has resumed in most areas and will continue to expand as conditions allow. Humanitarian aid flights also continue.
  • Special discount rates from U.S. to Puerto Rico and select Caribbean destinations for select ground and deferred shipments, where available, through The UPS Store, www.ups.com/ship and 1-800-PICK-UPS® offered from Monday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 31 for individual shippers not currently under commercial contract with UPS.
  • Special package pick-up hours at five delivery centers in Puerto Rico
  • The UPS Foundation continues to support humanitarian aid organizations to prioritize transportation of goods and provide logistics experts to assist recovery operations

Atlanta, October 5, 2017 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) has reestablished delivery service to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Air shipments, small package, and some freight services are now available in 149 of the island’s 176 zip codes (see www.ups.com for daily updates to service areas, by zip code).

“We are pleased to begin operations again in Puerto Rico, though the situation is dynamic. Power outages, many impassable roads, and damaged communications infrastructure are impacting our ability to operate normally,” said UPS Americas Region President, Romaine Seguin.

The company has established a special hurricane aid rate discount, which can be applied at the time of shipping, for packages shipped from the U.S. to Puerto Rico and selected Caribbean destinations. To access the discount, UPS customers should go to www.ups.com/ship, visit a local The UPS Store location, or call 1-800-PICK-UPS. The special shipping rates will be available from Monday, October 9, through Tuesday, October 31 for individual customers not under existing UPS commercial contract agreements. The discount applies to UPS’s Ground shipping solutions, the company’s least expensive products, most often used by individual shippers.

Throughout Puerto Rico some residents are living in alternative dwellings. In response, UPS has begun special hold for package pick-up services at five of the company’s seven package centers in Puerto Rico. In San Juan, pick-up hours are from 8am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. In Arecibo, Bayamon, Caguas and Ponce, pick-up hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

UPS customers shipping to the island should anticipate delayed service at this time, and the company’s time-in-transit commitments are temporarily suspended, due to the extensive damage to the island’s roads and other infrastructure. Additionally, many packages shipped prior to the hurricane are now being transported, and there is a backlog in UPS facilities throughout the island and on the mainland. The company is implementing contingency plans, but expects continued challenges before returning operations to normal.

UPS and The UPS Foundation have been supporting relief operations for Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Until now, The UPS Foundation and UPS Airlines have been prioritizing flights to Puerto Rico for first responder organizations. In fact, since just prior to the hurricane, UPS has operated 17 relief charter flights, transporting more than 1.7 million pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico for groups including UNICEF, FEMA, CDC, Salvation Army and others. Earlier this week, The UPS Foundation, UNICEF and the State of New York announced several flights to deliver water and hygiene kits to thousands in need on the island.

At the same time, UPS employees have been working at a grassroots level throughout the Caribbean, including in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Recently, several UPS Freight truck drivers also deployed to Puerto Rico to provide additional assistance, at the request of the White House and Department of Transportation. The UPS Foundation continues to support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, and the earthquake in Mexico. The UPS Foundation also conducted a test in the Houston area together with the American Red Cross, using a drone to capture high resolution photography and aid in disaster assessment efforts.

More than 470 UPS employees live and work in Puerto Rico, and UPS is continuing to locate staff, make sure they are safe, provide direct aid and make arrangements to resume deliveries where the company has reopened operations.

Merrimack College Facilities Department Becomes Teamsters!

On September 8, 2017, members of the Merrimack Facilities Department voted overwhelmingly to have the Teamsters be their exclusive bargaining representative. Field Representative Roger Travers reports that this group maintains the facilities and grounds of Merrimack College. Merrimack College’s grounds and facilities accommodate 3,500 full-time undergraduate students and 575 graduate  students. 75% of Merrimack College students reside on campus. Under the direction of  Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro,  Field Representatives Roger Travers and Keith Judge successfully educated and organized this group of hard working individuals. 

Welcome to the Teamsters Local 633 family!

STA DRIVERS IN LONDONDERRY VOTE FOR TEAMSTERS!

On September 19, 2017, the bus drivers of STA Londonderry stated clearly to their employer, by an overwhelming vote,  that they wanted to join the Teamsters in Driving UP Standards at their location. Under the direction of Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro, Field Representative Roger Travers assisted the group in organizing to become part of the Teamster family. The Teamsters will now negotiate with STA for these drivers to receive comparable terms and conditions of employment as their Union brother and sisters receive.  Field Representative Keith Judge and President Dennis Caza assisted Roger Travers in the organizing effort. 

Jeffrey Padellaro welcomes our new brothers and sisters from STA in Londonderry, and looks forward to meeting them during our upcoming Union Meetings. The Londonderry location employs approximately 45 drivers.