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

 I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy and well. I am personally thankful for all of the good fortune and God's blessings that we all have enjoyed. My humble and heartfelt thanks to my family and all my brother and sister Teamster members for their support and efforts that have been displayed throughout the year. I know and believe that with the help of God and my fellow members we can weather out any storm and diminish any bad or misfortunate events. This is the benefit of being a Teamster member.

Here at Local 295 we have had our share of ups and downs. DHL Express has a good growing business and as Teamster members we have enjoyed the benefits of this growth with the current contract that has provided job security, good wage increases, great health care, and pension benefits that are fully funded by the company. DHL Express shop numbers have increased by approximately 100 new members from January 2016.  Local 295 is proud of approximately 80 upgrades at DHL from part-time to full-time status which means full time wages, Local 295 Pension benefits, and Health and Welfare coverage. That is a great life changing event for those and their family members.

Other Local 295 shops have been doing well in a bad economy that affects this Air Freight industry; however because of a 295 Teamster contract those jobs and those members are better protected as Teamster Union members than if they were non-union members.

I am proud to be an American and a Teamster Union member. I am also proud and greatly appreciate all the Local 295 members that are good, honest, hard-working and take their membership in this Union seriously.

Many of you have inquired about the Teamster Jackets that our Shop Stewards are wearing;   We have partnered with Promotion Solutions LLC who is an IBT insignia licensed vendor and one we have a long standing relationship with to sell Teamster Apparel directly to you.  You can now purchase the Jacket, Sweatshirts, Zippered Hoodies and Polo Shirts.  Please see their flyer in this newsletter and on your Union Bulletin Boards.

The recent IBT General Election results once again have proven that Local 295 voter turnout was among the top in the country compared to all other Locals. We have a distinct performance in voter turnout and percent of votes for the Hoffa-Hall slate. I want to thank all our Shop Stewards for your efforts in “Getting out the Vote” and all the members of Local 295 for your participation in this General Election.  I would like to congratulate Jim Hoffa, Ken Hall, Dan Kane Sr., George Miranda, Bill Hamilton, Greg Floyd and the whole Hoffa-Hall 2016 Slate on their victory.  The entire slate swept the Eastern Region and I look forward to working with them.

I also want to congratulate all of this year's Local 295 Scholarship winners and their Local 295 parents. I wish them all well in their future!

Last but not least I want to thank our Local 295 Business Agents Vinny and Jack, our Shop Stewards, Alternate Shop Stewards, the Local 295 Executive Board and Val for another good year.

On behalf of the Executive Board of Local 295, Val and myself we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a Happy Holiday Season and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!