PA CONFERENCE OF TEAMSTERS NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS
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PA HOUSE TRANSPORTATION MEETING JULY 14, 2020
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SUPPORT OUR TURNPIKE WORKERS
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The PA Turnpike Commission voted to eliminate 500+ good paying Teamster jobs on the Pennsylvania Turnpike using the Covid-19 Virus as the pretext to eliminate these 500+ jobs.
Tell the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to honor their agreement with the Teamsters and quit using the COVID-19 Virus as an excuse to continue all electronic tolling. Other toll roads in surrounding states as well as the bridges linking Philadelphia and NJ have reinstated cash collection.
In a letter dated March 16, 2020 concerning the COVID-19 virus from Mark P. Compton, Chief Executive Officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, he stated “I want you to know that our overall operation will not convert to AET until our planned date of October of 2021, as we assured previously; nor will it change our commitment that impacted employees can remain employed with the Commission until at least January 2022.”
See the two-page letter below from various PA Congressional members supporting the Teamster's toll collectors. Click image to enlarge.
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Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters are working on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. We are treating patients, delivering essential goods, working in food processing and in warehouses to keep grocery store shelves stocked, and so much more. We are putting our lives at risk so that others remain safe and healthy.
The House Democrats recently passed legislation that protects workers with enforceable OSHA health and safety standards, whistleblower protections and funds to support state efforts to broadly test and trace infection. Now, the Senate must take action to protect workers!
Click HERE to send an email message to your Senator demanding that the Senate pass The Every Worker Protection Act - S. 3677 which requires OSHA to issue enforceable worker safety standards. While we continue to do our essential jobs, we need to call on Congress to do its job to keep us safe.
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Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters are working on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. We are treating patients, delivering essential goods, keeping grocery store shelves stocked and so much more. We are putting our lives at risk so that others remain safe and healthy.
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Congress has announced that they are putting together a “Stimulus 4” package in response to COVID-19. This is our chance to demand that our elected officials live up to their responsibility of keeping us safe. Click HERE to send an email message to your Members of Congress.
10th Area Convention April 26-29, 2020
Based on the Coronavirus Pandemic and the enforceableguidelines set by President Donald Trump and PA Governor Tom Wolf restricting crowd sizes and to protect our Members, Elected Officials, Families, Friends and Vendors, while on an emergency conference call the Policy Committee of the PA Conference of Teamsters have made the decision to cancel the 10th Area Convention of the PA Conference of Teamsters scheduled to be held from April 26-29, 2020.. At this time, we have not made any decisions on rescheduling the convention for this year in Hershey.
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IF YOU BOUGHT IT
A TRUCK BROUGHT IT
This incredible picture shows the poignant tribute hundreds of First World War soldiers paid to the horses who died fighting by their side. Approximately eight million war horses were killed during the conflict. The Horse was the backbone of the Teamsters in the early days. That is why the Teamsters use two horse heads and a wagon wheel as its permanent logo.
PA Conference of Teamsters Headquarters in Harrisburg, PA gets facelift.
PA Conference of Teamsters official logo on building
Teamsters 776 Steps Up
(Harrisburg, PA Local 776) With a partial federal government shutdown that has left 800,000 government workers without a paycheck for nearly a month Local 776 decided to step up and help some of these workers. The Local bought groceries for furloughed TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Agents at Harrisburg International Airport who are being forced to work during the government shutdown and aren't getting paid. Helping with the grocery distribution were Local 776 Officers and BA’s including Ed Thompson, Ron Hicks, Dave Wolf, Eddie Sutton, Dave Licht, John Taylor, George Goodling, and Organizer Mark Cicak. Additionally 776 members employed at Piedmont Airlines based at HIA came out to help and show support for the TSA Agents: Andy Barnes – Local 776 Steward and Piedmont Mechanic, Dylan Lascoli - Piedmont Mechanic, and Anthony Jones - Piedmont Mechanic. Tom Felice, representing the PA Conference of Teamsters was also on hand to help out. Congress continues to play politics while they are being paid, the most essential people, the government workers, are being held hostage and not getting paid.
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TEAMSTERS ELECTED TO OFFICE
TEAMSTER MEMBERS ELECTED
IN THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION
The PA Conference wishes to congratulate the following Teamster members who were either elected or re-elected on November 6, 2018 in the PA General Election
Principal Officer of Teamsters Local Union No. 312 in ChesterPA
Elected as PA Representative in the 162nd Legislative District (DelawareCounty)
Hon. PA RepresentativePatrick J. Harkins
Former member at UPS Local 397
Re-elected Representative for the 1st Legislative District (ErieCounty)
Member of Teamsters Local Union No. 830 in Philadelphia
Elected as PA Representative for the 53rd Legislative District (MontgomeryCounty)
Kristine C. Howard
Member of Teamsters Local Union No. 384 in Norristown, PA
Elected as PA Representative in the 167th Legislative District (ChesterCounty)
Member of Teamsters Local Union No. 384 in Norristown, PA
Elected as PA Representative in the 74th Legislative District (ChesterCounty)
The Miracle on North 3rd and State Streets, Harrisburg, PA December 12, 2017
On behalf of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters we would like to thank the following PA Democrat and Republican Senators and Legislators for standing with us and the working men and women of the Great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and voting against PA Senate Bill 166, the “Paycheck Deception Bill”.
We are asking all affiliates of the PA Conference of Teamsters to scrutinize the listed elected officials and if they are yourrepresentatives please thank them and support them for standing with us on such an important issue.
PA Senators that supported the PA Conference of Teamsters’ position:
(HARRISBURG, Penn.) – Pennsylvania legislators voted last night against the proposed Senate Bill 166 which was characterized as a “paycheck protection” bill, but was actually a means to silence the voice of working families.
“’Paycheck protection’ is part of a national effort being pushed by the same big corporations and CEOs who for years boosted their profits by sending American jobs overseas,” said William Hamilton, president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters and International Vice President.
“No worker can be forced to fund a union’s political and legislative activities. As it stands, union members choose whether to join a union, set their own dues, elect their own leaders and vote on where and how their money will be spent.”
“We applaud the legislators who voted NO on this bill. This bad legislation, part of the whole “right to work” platform, would have only served to hurt working families. With this defeat, working men and women will continue to have a right to voice their political views.”
The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters represents 95,000 Teamster members throughout the state and thousands of retirees.
Senators and Legislators who
more than they care about the middle class, their constituent’s well-being, and family sustaining wages. This is their way of silencing the voice of labor since we do not always see eye-to-eye with them on issues.
We will be listing all elected officials who vote in favor of anti-union legislation and include pictures of then for not standing up for the working men and women in PA, DE and NJ.
Pennsylvania House rejects bill targeting unions' political activity
An article appearing in The Morning Call (c) online news expained in the article that no veto was needed after enough moderate Republicans sided with Democrats to defeat the measure. The bill was favored by the GOP’s vast conservative majority and by two influential lobbying groups, the Commonwealth Foundation, which advocates against unions and for businesses; and the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs, which raises campaign money for conservative pro-business candidates.
The article further statedthat, after the vote, two GOP supporters moved for a new vote before the legislative session expires next November. To view and read entite article click here THE MORNING CALL
The PA Conference Supports Our Troops
Extremely rare cover from 1903, the year the IBT incepted. Team Drivers Local 416 out of Philadelphia, PA. Go to the Nostalgia Page to view more early Teamster items.
(WASHINGTON) – The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is working closely with Joint Council 16 in New York and the AFL-CIO to provide qualified volunteers to provide much needed support to the people of Puerto Rico. Teamsters Local Union 901 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, an affiliate of Joint Council 16, represents more than 2,000 working men and women across the island.
“Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico are suffering under unimaginable conditions wrought upon them by Hurricane Maria," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "We are working to identify ways in which the union and our members can best assist those in need."
The Teamsters are joining with labor unions from across the nation to identify skilled workers to travel to Puerto Rico next week to provide much needed support in critical areas.
“This is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions," said Teamsters International Vice President and Joint Council 16 President George Miranda. "It is imperative that we provide the manpower and financial support necessary to get Puerto Rico on the road to recovery."
“Tronquistas (Teamsters) are in the street working since the first day after the hurricane passed and we will continue working to bring peace back to our people,” said Alexis Rodriguez, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 901. “The only goal of the Tronquistas is to raise Puerto Rico back up, stronger and better."
There is currently a need for volunteer truck drivers who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to transport shipping containers from the port to distribution centers throughout the island. Additionally, the Teamsters Freight, Airline, Passenger Transport, Package, Public Services and Waste Divisions are contacting Teamster employers that operate in Puerto Rico and our local unions throughout the United States and Canada to identify avenues of support and volunteers.
At this time, it is unclear if there are trucks available to move the containers, fuel to operate the trucks or road access to the distribution centers. However, the labor movement is working on the ground in Puerto Rico to bring volunteers to meet specific needs.
Additionally, the Teamsters Disaster Relief Fund is collecting monetary donations to support those impacted by Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma. Contributions can be made online attdr.teamster.org.
(HARRISBURG, Pa.) – More than a thousand Teamsters from across Pennsylvania rallied on the steps of the state capitol today to protest legislation designed to weaken worker protections and undercut their ability to bargain for improvements on the job.
Currently, there are a number of bills introduced in the general assembly that are a direct attack on working families in Pennsylvania. These bills are attempting to make harmful policies like right-to-work and paycheck deception law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf spoke out against the legislation at the rally, denouncing the attack on working Pennsylvanians.
“There is a concerted effort by many at the national and state level to damage working men and women's ability to fight for wages they deserve, benefits they have earned, and protections that are fair,” Gov. Wolf said. “The constant threat of legislation like right to work, like paycheck protection, is an assault on the market and the economy. Any legislation that makes it harder for employees to organize in turn makes it harder for businesses to provide quality products and services to their customers.”
Opposition to these bills crosses party lines as representatives from both sides of the aisle have joined the fight to defeat the legislation. Republican State Rep. John Taylor spoke at the rally, expressing his opposition to the right-to-work and paycheck deception bills.
“I believe the sanctity of the bargaining agreement should stay intact,” Taylor said. “Right to work is something I’ve fought against since I was a college student and a Teamster. Right to work is not an issue worth pursuing. People will be hurt by this legislation.”
Rank-and-file Teamsters visited their elected officials before and after the rally to call on their representatives to vote against these bills. Pennsylvania Conference of Teamster President William Hamilton stressed the importance grassroots activism and the role it will play in defeating these bills.
“We can’t stand by and hope that our representatives to the right thing and vote down these bills,” Hamilton said. “We must keep the pressure on them and let them know that their constituents will not stand for this attack on Pennsylvania’s working families.”
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.
William Hamilton, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Eastern Region Vice President and President of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters joins Rick to raise awareness to the big money special interests setting up shop in Pennsylvania to push their No Rights at Work agenda and to explain why working people need to fight back against the euphemistically labeled poison.
At the Tesla’s facility in Hawthornem Cailf., the company showed off a futuristic, battery-powered big rig with a surprising 500-mile range.
The Semi comes with impressive acceleration and horsepower. Using four separate electric motors, the Semi will go from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, compared with 15 seconds in a diesel cab. Pulling a full load at 80,000 pounds, it would be 0 to 60 in 20 seconds. Going up a 5-degree-grade hill, the Tesla Semi should maintain a speed of 65 mph, while a conventional diesel truck slows to 45 mph.
Tesla would guarantee that the Semi wouldn't break down in the first million miles of operation. Tesla estimates a two-year payback for the added cost of the truck, meaning more than $200,000 in saved fuel. It didn’t release exact pricing information but said operating costs—including power, lease payments, and insurance—would be 20 percent lower for the Semi than a diesel truck.
To view short video to see the semi click picture to link to youtube.
PENNSYLVANIA TEAMSTER ELECTED MAYOR OF JEANNETTE, PA
MAY 18, 2017 (Washington, DC) International Brotherhood of Teamsters .
Mayor-Elect Curtis Antoniak
Bests Incumbent in Landslide Victory
Curtis Antoniak, a recently retired Teamster with the City of Jeannette, Pa.’s Public Works Department, won an election for Mayor in the a small Pennsylvania city roughly 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
“The Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters supports and encourages its members to seek local office, and I’m really proud of Brother Curtis Antoniak and everyone on his campaign for scoring such a resounding victory,” said William Hamilton, Eastern Region Vice President and Principal Officer of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters. “What’s been done here in Jeannette can serve as a model for not just the rest of the state, but the entire region. When Teamster members get involved in politics, we can fight and we can win.”
Antoniak, a Teamsters Local 30 member with 32 years of service and 14 years as a shop steward, beat the one-term incumbent Richard Jacobelli with a margin of 74-26 percent. In addition to his service as a Teamster member, Antoniak has been involved in his community for years coaching baseball, and the market in Jeannette that his grandparents started has been in business since the 1920s.
Jacobelli ran on a platform of renegotiating agreements with the Jeannette’s largely union workforce, and Antoniak decided to get involved in the Mayoral race after Jacobelli unveiled plans to outsource the city’s sanitation operations. The plan could potentially have resulted in lay-offs for the six workers, in spite of the department having a profitable year in 2016.
Antoniak learned of the results late last night at a party with over 200 supporters at a local American Legion hall, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This is the first time Antoniak has run for public office.
“I love our town, I'm very humbled with the results of the election,” Antoniak said. “I really feel that I can work well with the people on council. I am not on any agenda. I will listen.”
Editorial from the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA
THE PATRIOT NEWS HIT THE NAIL RIGHT ON THE HEAD!
"We all know why Republicans want "paycheck protection" and have couched the issue in Orwellian terms: Unions tend to strongly support their opponents.
But this is not needed legislation.
And as many taxpaying voters in the commonwealth have asked this week, don't legislators have more important things to do right now - such as property tax reform, pension reform and getting the state budget under control?" as quoted in the editorial.
Listen to Senator Hughes Floor Remarks on Senate Bill 166 Stifling workers’ voices
WAKE UP UNION MEMBERS
LOOK WHAT HAPPENED IN WEST VIRGINIA & KENTUCKY
It doesn’t matter if you are a registered Democrat, Republican or Independent. What matters is that you vote and only vote for those representatives that stand with you and issues that are important to you. If your elected officals voted or votes in favor of “Right-to-Work” legislation they are obviously not with you. It is time to send a a strong message to our elected officials that those choosing to vote against their hard working constituents will no longer have your support. Please ask your family and friends to support you by also voting against them.
The Huffington Post ®
Republicans Want To Pass A National Right-To-Work Law
Such a law would devastate unions, and it’s closer than ever to becoming a reality.
There are many serious problems pending in the Commonwealth that need to be addressed instead of wasting valuable time and resources on Right-to-Work legislation that will reduce wages.
Some members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate believe it is more important to pass right-to-work legislation than take care of the most critical problems facing the state, which they were elected to do.
School funding, infrastructure and good-paying jobs need their attention, not a measure that would devastate the middle class.
It is quite obvious these members have been bought out by billionaires and organizations who are more interested in lining the pockets of Wall Street and big business than helping the hard-working men and women in Pennsylvania maintain good paying jobs.
Right-to-work could more aptly be called "right-to-poverty.
Right-to-work is wrong.
It could more aptly be called "right-to-poverty."
Many of our fathers, grandfathers, relatives and ancestors fought and died helping workers achieve better wages, working conditions and safety in the work place by forming unions.
Unions have always helped strike a balance between the employee and the employer.
Our lawmakers promised to create good paying jobs in this state yet some are entertaining legislation that will force many of us into lower paying jobs by instituting such laws.
By lowering wages, elected officials would hurt the tax base and drive many more constituents into a life of low wages and welfare benefits to feed their families and make ends meet.
This will only add more stress on a system that is already overburdened. Even The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating that wages in Right-to-Work states are much lower.
The cleverly worded title to the Folmer bill is "The Freedom of Employment Act." But it is nothing more than a bill designed to destroy unions and good-paying jobs and has nothing to do whatsoever with freedom in the workplace.
Lawmakers and the public shouldn't be fooled.
William Hamilton is the president of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters.
The PA Conference was proud to be a part of her dream
Brielle and her Sister - Click picture to view her Princess Party at the Hotel Hershey
Brielle was born October 16th 2008 and at only 6 days old it was discovered that her small intestine had twisted and died and had to be removed. She needed a transplant desperately and spent her first Christmas in the hospital with a line infection…the first of many. On October 5th2012 the family thought their prayers were answered and Brielle received her new intestines. She had her first of three rejections on October 17th and spent the next 55 days in the hospital.
After being re-admitted to the hospital in early December with what seemed to be the flu or another line infection a scope on January 23rd revealed the tumor in her new bowel and on the 25th they had to remove her new intestine. As if this tragic ordeal were not enough for Brielle and her family a routine ct scan prior to discharge revealed over a dozen small B Cell Lymphoma in her brain and liver. This child has spent 1/3 of her life in the hospital, undergone 32 surgeries and is currently taking chemo for the Lymphoma.
On a sad note, Brielle passed away in June 2014. The horses that pulled her princess carriage to Hotel Hershey in late November escorted her coffin to the gravesite. We offer our sincere condolences to Brielle’s family and may Brielle, the strong and courageous little fighter, rest in peace.
Brielle's dream was made possible through and organization known as Jamie's Dream Team. Jamie Holmes is the founder of Jamie’s Dream Team. Her organization can be viewed at:
Photos courtesy of the Rick Smith Show; B. Banditell
Below is a picture of the 1992 PA Conference of Teamsters “Conference Report” showing a building located at 814 North 2nd Street in Harrisburg, PA that will become the official headquarters for the PA Conference of Teamsters. Also shown below are the actual designs used to construct the PA Conference of Teamsters Crest that, still today, adorns the headquarters. To view more unique, rare and historic Teamster item go to our Nostalgia page 1 and Nostalgia page 2.
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Actor and director Danny DeVito speaks at IBT Convention tells the Teamsters “Out source the CEO’s and bring the jobs back to the USA”! Listen to his speech
Tom Morello renowned acoustic guitarist supports the Teamsters. Listen to his speech and music.
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