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 Retirements – February Membership Meeting

                          Teamsters’ Retirements Acknowledged at the February General Membership Meeting
 

Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro and Business Agent Richard Laughton presented Gerry McGuire with a Teamsters’ watch in recognition of his long time commitment to the Union. Agent Laughton stated, “Gerry is a 36 year member of the Teamsters. He spent over 30 years at Yellow/Roadway and 4 years at Red Star. As a former Shop Steward, Gerry was very helpful during the merger of the two companies. Gerry has always been an active participant in our Local Union and regularly attended our monthly membership meetings. During his long career, he always looked out for the best interests of our members at work. Gerry is a true Teamster. Good luck, my friend.”                            

Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro and Business Agent Kevin Foley presented James Duso with a Teamsters’ watch in recognition of 31 years as a Union member. James is retiring from UPS where he was a Feeder Driver. Kevin Foley stated,”Jim started his career at UPs as a Package Car Driver in Laconia in 1987. Jim then took advantage of the Feeder Driver opportunity where he remained until retirement. Jim has always been extremely helpful and a great asset to this Union. He represented both the Union and UPS in a professional manner at all times. We hope that he has a very long, safe and healthy retirement and wish him nothing but the best.”                                                                                                                                                                                         

Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro and Business Agent Kevin Foley presented Theodore Burnette with a Teamsters’ watch in recognition of 35 years as a Union member. Ted is retiring from UPS where he worked as a MHT Gateway 22.3 Combo employee at the Manchester Airport. Kevin Foley stated, ” UPS grew because of folks like Ted with his hard work and dedication to the mission. I believe his constructive, thoughtful questions helped and encouraged me to be better at what I do for all our members. I hope his retirement is long and healthy and Ted has the opportunity to do those things he has put off for so many years. We all wish Ted a long and happy retirement.”

Jeff Padellaro thanked all the retirees for their hard work and dedication to their employers and the Union. Jeff stated, ” These members are the faces of our Local; hard working for their employer and strong loyal members for our Local. These two qualities are not mutually exclusive. On behalf of the Local’s Executive Board, I want to wish them a long, healthy and happy retirement. I look forward to seeing them at future General Membership meetings and other Union events where they will always be welcome as part of our Union family.”

TEAMSTER PROFILE – Frank Logan NH DOC

 

TEAMSTER PROFILES

Frank Logan

Correctional Officer – Union Steward

Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro created this section to profile our members in more depth so that our brothers and sisters have a better appreciation for members working in careers with which they may not be familiar.

Frank Logan is currently assigned to the Concord Prison for Men’s Secure Psychiatric Unit (SPU). A 49-year-old Army Veteran, Frank has worked for the Department of Correction since 1999. He recalled the hiring process as slow and that new Correctional Officers were assigned to one of three locations prior to attending the academy. Frank described a situation where the new officers would be introduced to the new environment with little training. The assignments for the Correctional Officers in Training (COT) included a post in the Chapel, a post in the old weight room located near Box 1, and the visiting room.

“The visiting room was a difficult assignment for a COT as the inmates had the ability to meet with visitors and potentially introduce contraband,” Frank said. In addition, to bring attention to the status of the COT, they were required to wear a cover with the word “TRAINEE” emblazoned on it.

Frank described attending the Academy located in the Berlin facility administrative house. Three COTs were housed at the building for the duration of his training. The Admin building was described as an old farmhouse.

Frank recalls the introduction of cameras within the facility and described the apprehension felt by many of the experienced officers. Frank believes the stationary and hand-held cameras have generally been a good addition to the security infrastructure of the facility. Other improvements over the years have included the upgrading of radios and the introduction of Tasers within the department. Frank stated he would like the Tasers distributed to any officer who requests them.

Over the years, Frank has worked at every post within the facility except the Main Control Post. During his career he has been assaulted seven times, one of which was extremely serious, resulting in time off from work and the criminal prosecution of the inmate. The inmate was sentenced to additional time for the assault.

Frank stated that being an officer is a difficult job but believes it is important to remain positive. He said that Correctional Officers “work with your head on a swivel and to always look out for your brother and sister officer.”  Frank expressed sincere concern over the number of hours officers are forced to work as a result of the critically low staffing numbers. Frank says that, unfortunately, some officers develop serious health issues, have difficulty maintaining healthy personal relationships at home and experience serious child care issues as a result of officers being forced to work two to four forced overtime shifts a week. In addition, because the staffing is always at the minimum, the officers available to respond to inmates acting out is severely limited.

When asked about his interaction with the Union, Frank responded that he had tried to get involved when previous Unions represented the group, but felt it was a closed system. Frank stated he is extremely satisfied with the Teamsters’ approach to servicing the members. He cited the Tours of Teamster Union officials on a regular basis and the availability of the Business Agents, Field Representative and legal counsel by phone and email between face- to- face meetings. He also appreciated Local 633 sending two of the stewards to a 3-day critical incident/internal affairs seminar and hopes to attend additional training provided by the Local.

When asked about his participation at the Labor Management Committee (LMC), Frank said, “It is an excellent forum to bring up issues directly to the Commissioner without it being filtered by the other members of the Administration.” Frank stated that he hoped the Governor and the other decision makers in the legislature would visit the facility and meet the men and women who, through their professionalism and commitment, make it work under difficult conditions. They make it work with staffing shortages that are unbelievably taxing on the officers. Frank said, “It is a pleasure to work beside the many men and women who do such a great job and I know have my back.”

Frank Logan is a Teamster Steward, LMC member, and he is on the Negotiating Committee.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation for all the time and effort Frank dedicates for all of our members employed by the Department of Correction. JP

Editor’s Note: Frank, we agree, the Governor and company should tour the facility, and, when their tour is complete, they should be notified that their tour has been unexpectedly extended another 8 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Craig’s Historic Victory in Manchester Mayoral Race

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!

 

DAN CHAMBERS of UPS RECOGNIZED for 25 YEARS of SAFE DRIVING

  Dan Chambers of UPS Nashua was recognized by UPS for 25 Years of Safe Driving. This honor is bestowed upon those drivers who have reached at least 25 years of commercial operation without incurring an avoidable accident. Business Agent Kevin Foley congratulated Dan on this milestone and wishes him continued success in his career as a professional Teamster driver for UPS. Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro also extended his congratulations to Dan and his family on this achievement.   

Teamsters Attend Labor Day Breakfast 2017

“Local 633 had a strong showing at the Annual 2017 Labor Day Breakfast held at the Saint George Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester,” according to Jeff Padellaro. Senator Maggie Hassan, pictured above, greeted old friends at the Breakfast. Pictured with Senator Hassan are Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro; Business Agent Rick Laughton; Business Agent Kevin Foley; Field Representatives Keith Judge and Roger Travers; and Trustees Scott Gove and James Petrillo. 

The Breakfast was attended by labor leaders along with politicians representing local and state government. Jeff Padellaro commented that without union representation the working class can not keep pace with the rising cost of living. Without representation, we would have working men and women of this country facing the accountants and lawyers representing corporate interests, with the worker standing alone, without the protection of the Union to act as a shield against arbitrary and capricious actions of the corporation.

Camp Allen 2017 – A Special Day for All

Every year, for the last 45 years, Teamsters Local 633 sponsors a special day for Camp Allen attendees. Camp Allen hosts individuals of all ages with developmental and physical challenges.  Principal Officer Jeff Padellaro stated that this year’s event was once again a great success. Jeff credited the many active and retired Teamsters who volunteered their time to make this event a success. Other partners that contributed to the success of this event include First Student who provided transportation for the attendees; and Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Bimbo Bakeries who provided beverages, snakes and desserts. Associated Grocers provided transportation of all the food and supplies along with the campers’ equipment in addition to their very generous donation. 

Jeff stated that it was rewarding to see the many campers enjoying the event with laughter and smiles. He also noted that many of the volunteers also looked very happy as they observed their impact on their guests for the day. 

Principal Officer Jeffrey Padellaro expressed his sincere thanks for the many Teamsters Local 633 who volunteer their time each year to make this event a success. 

 

Teamsters Local 633 Summer Lake Tour

Left to right:   Jason Proulx, Dennis Rinki, Don Stengle, Wayne Blais, Joe Rienert, Pete Pitman, Local 633 Business Agent Rick Laughton, Karen Delph, Armand Proulx, John Gagnon (Not shown is photographer Kelly Proulx.)

On Saturday, July 29th, Teamsters Local 633 Business Agent Rick Laughton joined a group of members, retirees, and guests on a day- long ride through the Lakes Region. The ride started at the Union Hall in Manchester, NH and the group completed a 200 mile loop through the Lakes Region. Some of the lakes visited were Winnipesaukee, Wentworth, Lovell, Squam and Province. It was a perfect day for the ride with clear skies and dry roads. The lakes were in sight most of the day starting in Alton into Wolfeboro, then heading east through Wakefield to the Maine state border before looping north to Ossipee. The group enjoyed lunch together at the Yankee Smokehouse. The ride then continued from Moultonborough to Laconia and Belmont before heading back to Manchester. A great time was had by all and plans may be in the works for another ride in the early fall.   If interested in joining a fall ride, please reach out for Rick Laughton.