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Updated: Jul. 25 (00:43)

American Airlines to contribute additional $600 million to pension plans
TWU Local 568
ARTICLE 12 ATTACHMENT 12.3-TRANSFER CHANGES-ELIMINATION OF THE 15 DAY WAIT
TWU Local 568
APWU Convention Delegates Pass Resolution Calling for Resignation of PMG
Youngstown, Ohio Area Local 443
AA RESPONSE TO THE 1114-JUNE 24 LETTER & TWU REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
TWU Local 568
Labor Picnic Aug
CWA Local 1103
Join us at Indy's 2nd Annual Labor Fest!
AFSCME Indiana-Kentucky Organizing Committee 962
 
     
Officers & Staff Info
Secretary-Treasurer Neil Dixon

Teamster member since 1972

   Neil worked for Montgomery Ward from 1972 until 1999. He served as a Shop Steward for 23 years. In 1999 he became a full-time Business Agent for Local 311, and was appointed President of the Local in 2000. He became Local 311 Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer in September 2012 upon the retirement of Ken Kelm. He has been a Trustee for the Local 311 Health and Welfare and Pension Funds since 2000.  Since 1999, Neil is a delegate to the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council. Neil has been a delegate to two International Conventions. He serves as Sargeant-at-Arms to Teamsters Joint Council No. 62, holding that position since 2005. Neil is a Chief Negotiator for National and Local Contracts.




President Penelope (Penny) Arhar

Teamster Member since 1988

   Penny was employed at Costco (Suitland, Beltsville) from 1988 to 2003, where she served as a shop steward for 12 years. In 2003, she became a Local 311 Business Agent, and a Local Trustee in 2003. In 2008 she became Local 311's Vice President. Penny was appointed President in September 2012 upon the retirement of Secretary-Treasurer Ken Kelm.
   She has been a member of the Costco Negotiating Committee since 1991.

   Penny also served as an Alternate Delegate to the 2006 and 2011 International Conventions.
   In July 2010, Penny was appointed by General President Jim Hoffa to the IBT's Human Rights Commission as the Eastern/Mid-Atlantic Representative.

   Effective September 2012, Penny was appointed Board Trustee for the Teamsters Local 311 Health and Welfare Fund, and Teamsters 311 Delegate to the Baltimore Building and Construction Trades Council.
   Effective October 2012, Penny assumed the title and responsibilities of Sargeant at Arms for Teamsters Joint Council 62.
   Effective April, 2013, Penny was appointed East Coast Warehouse Division Representative by General President Jim Hoffa.




Vice President Mike Graybill

Teamster member since 1987
   Mike has been employed at Costco since 1988, and has served as a shop steward there since 1993. He has been a member of  the Local 311 Executive Board since 2008, serving first as a Trustee and as Recording-Secretary. In September 2012, Mike was appointed Vice President upon the retirement of Secretary-Treasurer Ken Kelm.
   He was a member of the Costco Negotiating Committee in 2004 in 2007. He is a member of the 2010 Rank and File Sub-Committee for Costco Negotiations. Effective in August 2012, Mike became the Local's business agent at Costco.




Recording Secretary Joe Fowler

Teamster Member since 1986

   Joe has been employed at Johnson and Towers since 1986 and served as a shop steward since 2002. He was a Local Trustee from 2006 -2012. In September 2012, he was appointed Recording Secretary upon the retirement of Secretary Treasurer Ken Kelm.




Trustee Tom Clark

Teamster member since 1987

   Tom is employed at National Gypsum where he has worked since 1987. He has been Chief Shop Steward since 1990.
   Tom has been a Trustee for Local 311 since 2009.




Trustee Donna Carr

Teamster Member since 2002

   Donna has worked for the American Red Cross since 2002, and joined the Teamsters when her coworkers voted to join the Union.
   She has been a local Trustee Local 311 since May, 2012.




Office Manager Denise Martin

Member of the Local 311 staff since 1990 
   Denise has been the Local's
 TITAN dues operator since 1990. Since 2008, she has held the position of Office Manager, Bookkeeper and TITAN operator.






Current Campaigns
  • Taylor Farms workers in Tracy, California are standing up against poverty wages, disrespect and severe violations of their most basic rights. These 900 food processing workers in the Central Valley cut, wash and package salads and other products for the largest supplier of fresh-cut produce in the country. They feed the customers of major grocers, retailers and restaurant chains, including Walmart and McDonald’s.

    With a revenue of $1.8 billion in 2012, Taylor Farms can afford to treat its workers in Tracy with dignity and pay fair wages, just like their Teamster coworkers have at Taylor Farms’ facilities in Salinas, California. But when workers came together to organize with Teamsters Local 601, the company responded mercilessly. It fired, harassed, and punished workers for supporting the union. The company threatened immigrant workers with deportation, hiring an army of union-busters to run a non-stop fear campaign. During an NLRB election for union representation, Taylor Farms deployed a goon squad of supervisors to intimidate workers. The company’s violations were so egregious that the Labor Board impounded ballots while it investigates hundreds of Unfair Labor Practice charges.

    Workers in Tracy, following in the footsteps of labor leader and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez, are taking their fight to the public. The workers’ struggle for a better life for their families is supported by Teamsters in California and nationwide. We are building a movement for respect for the workers who feed America.

    ¡Si Se Puede!

  • Welcome to Teamster Organizing!

    You've heard it said that the best defense is a good offense. In the war on workers, Teamster Organizing is on the offensive! We're winning power for workers across industries and across North America. Join us!

  • Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are fed up!

    After years of unfair regulations and lack of respect, we are fighting back by forming the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association. Our association will be backed by Teamsters Local 922 and the 1.4 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

  • The Teamsters have stood in solidarity with worker struggles in other countries since our founding. With economic globalization, our ability to organize increasingly depends on our ability to build alliances with workers on a global scale.
    More than ever, Teamsters are organizing and bargaining with multi-national companies. A key objective of our Global Strategies Campaign is to build strong alliances with unions around the globe who organize and bargain with common employers. Our focus is on workers in the emerging global supply chains – the infrastructure of globalization.
    Globalization creates new opportunities for international worker solidarity. We seek common cause with workers around the world to build social justice for all workers and the communities in which they live.

  • This web page provides information on our fight against fast-track legislation. The measure requires Congress to take only a quick up-or-down vote on secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and does not allow such agreements to be amended. It limits Congress’ constitutionally mandated oversight of such trade deals and lets others decide what’s best for America. The result is fewer good-paying U.S. jobs and unsafe food and products for Americans. Read more to find out why fast track is the wrong track for Teamsters and America.

  • This is a list of Teamster locals whose members are either on strike or locked out by the employer. We will update this list on a monthly basis.

     

 
 
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