Hurricane Irma Relief from Teamsters Local 25

Posted September 22, 2017 By Local 769

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, a tractor-trailer from Teamsters Local 25 arrived at Crowley in Port Everglades-Fort Lauderdale, FL.  Manfi Leasing Drivers Jimmy Williams and John Curtin made the trek down to Florida on behalf of Local 25. The trailer was full of generous donations for Hurricane Irma relief.

Due to the logistics in delivering the donations to the Florida Keys, the donations needed to be received, unloaded and then reloaded into two 20 foot containers. We would like thank Crowley at Port Everglades for their partnership in the use of their facility, equipment, drivers and all employees that worked to transfer the donations. This was a key part in facilitating the disbursement of the donations that will be delivered to the Florida Keys next week.

Thanks as well to all of the brothers and sisters of Teamsters Local 25 whose efforts and generosity set the example for solidarity in this great Union. It was a very successful group effort and greatly appreciated.

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On September 10, 2017 at 9:10 Am (EST), Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale as it rolled into the Florida Keys. The center of Irma’s eye crossed Cudjoe Key, 20 miles east of Key West, packing 130-mph winds, where an estimated 10ft storm surge occurred in the afternoon. The hurricane caused major damage to buildings, trailer parks, boats, roads, the electricity supply, mobile phone coverage, internet access, sanitation, the water supply and the fuel supply.

After the storm, South Florida, the main land was in assessment mode from Miami Dade County to St. Lucie County and through Ft. Myers. We were all in full clean up mode. During that time, we were all listening and viewing reports that were coming in from the Keys.

Knowing the fact that our Brothers and Sisters in the Florida Keys needed assistance, Teamsters Local No. 769 put an action plan together for Hurricane relief efforts. Currently, TLU 769 represents the following in the Florida Keys: Monroe County, Monroe County Correction Officers, City of Key West, U.P.S. and Amerigas. On Saturday, September 16, 2017, before sunrise, Brother Rolando Pina (Recording Secretary and Business Agent) and Brother David Renshaw (Business Agent and Human Rights Commission) were granted access and made a round trip to Key West. During that one day round trip, the two of them made 16 stops throughout the Keys. At each stop they delivered some much needed supplies to the members and to communities within the Florida Keys. The relief supplies were donated by the following: Teamsters Local 769, Bimbo Bakery/Entenmann’s, Crystal Water and residence in Pembroke Pines. Currently we are working on delivering multiple relief loads of donations to the Florida Keys.

Members of Teamsters Local 769, if you have suffered losses from this storm; fill out a “Request for Help” form (include all requested documentation) Disaster relief forms must be returned to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund by December 15, 2017. For any assistance and or questions, you may contact David Renshaw at (305) 642-6255 ext. 2236 or email at drenshaw@teamsterslocal769.org.

Teamsters Disaster Relief for victims of hurricane Irma information and forms can be found here.

 

 

Florida Keys Facts:

The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
The longest key is Key Largo, which is 30 miles long and 0.5 miles wide.
There are 42 bridges connecting the Florida Keys islands. The longest bridge, is the Seven Mile Bridge, 15% of total travel time in the Keys is spent on bridges.

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Teamsters Disaster Relief for Victims of Hurricane Irma

Posted September 15, 2017 By Local 769

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a major disaster for the state of Florida on September 10, 2017, opening the way for the use of federal disaster funds for people affected by Hurricane Irma. Assistance is available to individuals and households in the following counties who may have experienced a loss due to this disaster:

Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, DeSoto, Duval, Flagler, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. John’s, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia

Members of Teamsters Local 769, please contact our Local Union office at (305)642-6255 if you have suffered losses from this storm; fill out a “Request for Help” form (include all requested documentation) if you would like to request a grant from the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund.

Disaster relief forms must be returned to the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund by December 15, 2017.

 

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UPS Contract Proposal Meeting Notice

Posted August 7, 2017 By Local 769

To: All Teamsters Local 769 Members Employed by UPS

Teamsters Local 769 will be conducting UPS Contract Proposal meetings on Sunday, August 13, 2017 to ensure our members get a chance to have their voices heard. The current IBT/UPS contract is set to expire on July 31, 2018. The IBT/UPS National Negotiating Committee is requesting we begin gathering proposals from our membership.

The meeting locations are as follows:

Southern Location – Teamsters Local 769 Union Hall

12365 West Dixie Highway, North Miami FL 33161

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Central Location – Teamsters Local 769 Broward Office

1385 South Andrews Avenue (S.W. 12th Avenue) Pompano Beach, Florida 33069

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Northern Location – Teamsters Local 769 West Palm Beach

1003 Belvedere Rd. West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Choose whatever location is best for you. The purpose of this meeting is to expedite your contract proposals to the IBT. Please be prepared with your proposals so we can run the meeting as efficiently as possible. You may print a proposal sheet using the pdf below or you may contact your shop stewards to request a copy.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

        

Teamsters know the importance of making sure their children grow up receiving a good education. Teamsters Local 769 is always looking for ways to help its members and if you have children entering college or yours are too young, it’s not too soon to help.

The following information has been mailed to all Teamsters Local 769 stewards or it may be printed directly from our website. Included is an application for 2017 graduating seniors to apply for a scholarship from the Teamsters Local Union No. 769 Scholarship Fund and an application for all members to come out to our annual golf tournament on October 7th, 2017, to raise money for the very same fund.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting a bright future for Teamster children and support the TLU769 Scholarship Fund. Please spread the word about the Scholarship Fund to all of your coworkers with children entering college and others who may want to share their support for a program that strengthens our future. It’s just another way that Teamsters Local 769 members stand up for our brothers and sisters and their families.

 

        

Teamsters Walk Across England

Posted June 5, 2017 By Local 769

Last years walk across Scotland was just the beginning of David Bournes adventures for IPods for Wounded Veterans. This year along with Jim Kimball by his side he will venture across England, gaining support and donations to help our wounded servicemen and women and the efforts of iPods for Wounded Veterans.
Please donate and share the adventure at www.ipodsforwoundedveterans.org
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Teamsters Business Agent Supports Our Troops

Posted May 29, 2017 By Local 769


On Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017, iPods for Wounded Veterans along with Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent David Renshaw had the pleasure of visiting with our Veterans at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center, the Fort Belvoir Hospital and the Richmond V.A.

iPods for Wounded Veterans secures sponsorship to collect iPods, iPads, eReaders, Nooks, Bose headphones and other materials for our wounded veterans. Their class A security clearance allows them to personally hand deliver these gifts to the military and wounded veterans as well as to interact with the soldiers and their families one-on-one.

Through iPods for Wounded Veterans, there is also a program called ‘Dear Soldier’ in which kindergarten through 12th graders from different schools write letters to the wounded soldiers. These letters consist of children thanking soldiers for their service and included thank you “rulers” that the students made. In regards to the Dear Solider program, brother Renshaw was asked to be involved in delivering these letters. “It was an honor to accept this invitation to personally deliver the letters that we collected from Broward, Dade and the City of Key West.”, said David. “We collected and delivered over 1,600 thank you letters, recycled crayon hearts and thank you banners.”

Between Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2017 they delivered over 4,000 thank you letters from all ages of children across the United States, 1,800 assorted magazines and over 400 electronic items. During these two days, they had the pleasure of spending quality time with the soldiers and their families. The average age of the soldiers range from 21-25 with many different types of injuries, including multiple amputations and PTSD. “As we were there thanking them for their service and sacrifice, they took pause and thanked US for taking the time to remember them and their families.”, continued David. “The expression on a soldier’s face when they receive and read the letters from the children is something that I will never forget.” The letters are received with the utmost gratitude and these letters give the soldiers such joy from children they don’t even know. They truly appreciate the efforts of the children and the kindness in each of their hearts.

Unfortunately, as the battle continues overseas, there will be a continuous need for an organization of this nature, now and into the future. This will be an ongoing project for all of us. We must continue to support our veterans as well as assist others in spreading the word to help keep this fantastic program going so that we can give back to our veterans. They have so selflessly given so much of themselves for us. They are the very reason we enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Join us in thanking iPods for Wounded Veterans and brother David Renshaw and stay tuned as Teamsters Local 769 will have another Dear Soldier campaign in November and December 2017. If you would like additional information on this or other Human Rights Commission Events, contact Business Agent David Renshaw at drenshaw@teamsterslocal769.org.

To donate to iPods for Wounded Veterans click here www.ipodsforvets.org.

On this Memorial Day Weekend, remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation and the freedoms we hold dear.

Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend and we would like to wish all our Veterans a Happy Memorial Day on behalf of Teamsters Local 769 .

        

2017 Steward Seminar

Posted May 23, 2017 By Local 769

On Saturday May 20, 2017 in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Teamsters Local 769 conducted our 2017 Steward Seminar. Stewards came from all over South Florida to gather at the DoubleTree Hilton for in-depth training and instruction on subjects ranging from grievance procedure to legislative issues.

Robert Asencio – Florida State Rep. Dist.118

The day began with President and Principal Officer Mike Scott welcoming all of the stewards who “are on the front lines of contract enforcement.” Mike then welcomed Sean O’Brien, IBT Eastern Region Vice President , who spoke to the stewards about the challenges that face our Union and the coming negotiations at UPS.

Following Vice President O’Brien were presentations by Bill Einhorn of the Arbor Group, Iliana Flores of the Teamster Training and Development Department, Brian Tierney, an IBT Communication Project Manager and Florida State Representative Robert Asencio from District 118 . After lunch, stewards broke up into industry specific workshops where they received instruction pertinent to their job sites, contracts or level of experience.

“All of the guest speakers and instructors brought useful information our stewards can take back to their workplaces and we thank them.” said Josh Zivalich, Secretary Treasurer of Teamsters Local 769. “Thanks as well to all of the stewards who took time out of their weekend to better represent our brothers and sisters.” Josh went on to say. “Our Union is strong because of their continued efforts to help their fellow Teamsters.”

Teamsters Local 769 would like to thank all of the guest speakers and instructors who helped make this event a tremendous success and a big thank you to all of our stewards who took the time to participate in this event.

Sean O’Brien – IBT Eastern Region Vice President

        

West Palm Beach Sysco Drivers Ratify First Contract

Posted April 18, 2017 By Local 769

On April 15, 2016 Sysco Drivers in West Palm Beach Florida voted for Teamster representation and now exactly one year to the day later they voted to ratify their first contract. They embarked on this journey seeking fair treatment and respect in the workplace and today they have that in the form of a new three-year agreement.

Highlights of the agreement include strong seniority and bidding language, job security, a strong grievance procedure and $2.90 in pay increases over the length of the agreement.

Teamsters Local 769 Business Agent Steve Myers said, “These Sysco Teamsters showed great strength and solidarity over lengthy and hard fought negotiations. Today they have achieved what they set out to, a strong Teamster contract and I would like to thank all of the members of the negotiating committee who helped make this possible.”

“This is about respect,” said Tom Baldwin, a Sysco driver for 27 years. “We all worked hard for this victory. Forming our union with the Teamsters and now our first contract was why we started this.”

The West Palm Beach Sysco facility covers an area from North Miami to Orlando and the bargaining unit is made up of 85 drivers. Mechanics in the West Palm Beach facility also voted to join the Teamsters and progress continues to be made in the effort of getting them their first contract as well.

Congratulations to our Sysco Teamsters. You serve as examples of why America works best when you say UNION YES!

        

Don’t Tax Our Benefits

Posted March 21, 2017 By Local 769