IBT Local Union No. 295




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“All that serves labor serves the nation.  All that harms is treason.  If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.  There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other.”   Abraham Lincoln

President’s View

 This newsletter’s front page story is about a proposed national legislation called Right to Work.  The name of this is extremely misleading!  It is a gimmick name designed to dupe one into thinking it has a positive effect on workers.  This has nothing whatsoever to do with granting anyone a right to work or protect those who have a job from losing it.  This “misunderstanding by design” is an attack on workers, unions and the right to unionize.  We as Local 295 members must NEVER just accept “fake news”; this is aimed at taking union workers rights away!  

We are all very busy every day, working, caring for and providing for our families, just trying to survive. While we are going on with our everyday life, we as individuals may not always think about our part of a “bigger picture”.  The bigger picture may be your family, you as a citizen of this great country, as a parishioner in your church or in the religion you practice, as an employee of the company you work for or as a member of this Union.   However, as human beings from the time of our birth, we are part of a bigger picture of life.  Our lives start with a mother, a father, people assisting the mother while delivering the baby, which is then cared for and nurtured by parents, family and adults. There are always individuals serving that infant, child or young teenager. Throughout our life we are served by people who serve a common cause that benefit us as individuals and then we grow to serve others.  


As Americans we have God given rights as declared in our Declaration of Independence.  Our US Constitution established the Bill of Rights and laws that preserve certain basic rights for all U.S. citizens. These rights have been at the core of our beliefs as Americans. These freedoms and liberties have been fought for and protected with the lives and the blood of our brave serviceman, law enforcement and our fellow Americans.  These Americans were and are all individual working people who sacrificed for our unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. These individuals served in the "Common Cause".  The meaning of common cause is to unite one's interest with another’s’ interest for a greater good.  The Local 295 Executive Board and I have sworn an oath to serve this Local and the best interests of the honest and hardworking membership.  We are confident and we will keep our faith in this Teamster Union to serve the members faithfully and conduct ourselves to give the members reasons to have hope and faith in us and this Union.  We will serve your best interest as you work and deal with the toils of everyday life.   I have faith and hope in that we all share in this Common Cause.  Our “Common Cause” right now is that we need to stand together and fight against Right to Work Legislation!  This legislation is detrimental to all workers and we must band together and do something about it!

I have always recognized this one thing about the majority of Local 295 members, “they can’t and won’t be bull-shitted!”  Right to Work legislation is worse than a bait and switch scam.  We cannot fall for this!  As Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1961 “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as “right to work”.  It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.  Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone... Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights.  We do not intend to let them do this to us.  We demand this fraud to be stopped.  Our weapon is our vote.” Please take action! Call the Teamsters Right to Work Hotline at 855-465-4694 to contact your congressmen to let them know you are dead against this and tell them to vote NO to Right to Work legislation!  Also go to the Local 295 website at and check out “Right to Work Is Wrong for Workers” on our home page for more information on Right to Work.  

In closing I would like congratulate this year’s Scholarship winners and their families and thank all our generous contributors, Val and our Stewards who make the Local 295 Scholarship possible.  Have a happy and safe summer!

Fraternally yours,

Lou Calemine

Local 295 President