Sisters and Brothers, out of an abundance of caution, I am cancelling the General Membership Meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2020. It is clear that many businesses, institutions and government agencies are limiting large gatherings in an effort to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. As always, the health and safety of you and your families come first. Stay Healthy and Safe.
Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro requested that President Kevin Foley and Local 633’s Political Consultant and Lobbyist, Dennis Caza, attend a meeting with Senator Jeanne Shaheen where many issues concerning our members were discussed. Topics discussed included the Butch Lewis Act of 2019, which has been referred to the Committee on Finance. The plan proposed by Senators Grassley and Alexander was also discussed. Both proposals reference the status of many Multiemployer pension plans covering approximately 1.3 million citizens and the rehabilitation of such plans. Other issues discussed included the impact of automation on the labor force.
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.”
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.