Local 104

October 2017

New and exciting things happening

PHOENIX — Greetings sisters and brothers: Teamsters Local 104 has had a productive summer, with new and exciting things happening and as our members are more engaged with our local to ensure success, I am proud of the accomplishments that we have worked towards, and continue to do so.

Teamsters Local 104 has hosted a health and welfare seminar, a steward workshop, an internal organizing workshop, and continues to develop a strong educational platform for our local union. Watching our members grow, engage, and become stronger is something that I am very proud of.

The upcoming UPS negotiations will be very difficult; to say that labor relations are strained is an understatement. Health and welfare, pension and compliance with our contract will be at the forefront of our negotiations and were reflected in the proposals we received from our membership.

I have been involved in our UPS/IBT National, Western Region Supplemental, and the Southwest Package and Sort Rider Negotiating Committees for over 15 years, and I foresee these negotiations to be the most difficult yet. As UPS tries to evolve to be competitive, the company has lost sight of the essential elements that historically have been the main ingredient for its success, valuing their workers and their customers.

We must not only protect our coveted benefits, we must reinforce and improve mechanisms that will impose harsh sanctions on the employer for brazenly violating our contract. The fight is on and it will take each and every one of us to deliver the message that it is about respect and fair treatment for our members.

Please take an active role in the upcoming negotiations by following UPSrising on Facebook, the app “UPSrising”, and checking on our website: www.teamsterslocal104.com.

Your business representatives have been busy around the state. With over 40 CBA’s that Teamsters Local 104 currently has, we have been traveling to all parts to visit with our members. In a RTW state, we have 100% membership in some of our crafts. Teamster by choice is something our members take pride in.

As the last three months of this year come to an end, we will continue to do what we have throughout the year, bring the best representation, continue to handle grievances, go to arbitrations and negotiate contracts.

Karla E. Schumann
Secretary-Treasurer

Report from Dustin Howell, business agent
It’s been a very busy year at Arizona Teamsters Local 104. With monetary gains statewide well over $100,000 in nine months, I’m very proud of our Teamster UPSers and their vigilance.
In our outlying areas, our Holbrook facility has filed multiple grievances for the company violating seniority rights between three separate centers, two being satellite centers. The company believes it can trade work between the three centers. This is a huge case and is going through the panel system right now. Special thanks to Steward Johnny Johnson and all the drivers for their help in this matter.
The other three outlying centers continue to exercise their contractual rights and hold the company to the contract with excessive overtime and 8-hour request grievances. Keep up the good work!
In our Mesa and Tempe facilities the excessive overtime and request 8 grievances are working. UPS corporate has removed and relocated a certain UPS manager who has relentlessly forced our drivers to work excessive hours and spend time away from their families. Continue to stand up for your rights and hold the company to what is rightfully yours, your contract.
In our feeder department, we scored a huge victory against Coyote Logistics and subcontracting violations. I want to thank feeder stewards Maurice Nelson, Tony Nuetzman, J.R. Johnston and Brian Pope for their help in this big settlement. The final settled amount paid $14,258.19 split up between 24 feeder drivers, 11 who were on layoff and forced back into package delivery. In all there were 82 grievances filed by our drivers and this is what happens when you stand together and exercise your union rights.

Report from Dawn Schumann,
political coordinator
Sisters and brothers: As the leaves are changing and we are getting out our pumpkin spice and everything nice, the labor movement is still under attack and we are still fighting legislative measures that would cripple organized labor in Arizona and across our country.
RTW bills have been introduced and so far with the continued support of many, are not gaining much ground in the senate or house. We are fortunate that the T.I.R.E. Act which was to kill the Davis Bacon Act did not get much footing and therefore, was “dead” on the floor.
In times like this, when we hear news daily that in one way or another, unions are under attack we must stand in unity and fight for our rights.
DRIVE is so crucial in times like these. With every dollar or two that you give, you are able to help fights like RTW legislation, T.I.R.E Act, and many more. I urge you to take the time to read about DRIVE and if you can contribute, please do so.
Teamsters Local 104 will be interviewing candidates for the upcoming 2018 cycle. I encourage you to learn about the men and women who want to run our state and be a voice for us in Washington D.C.
As Josephine Hoffa said,”Labor’s enemies don’t stop for lunch; neither can we.”

Report from Ryan Proctor, business agent
The last few months have been extremely busy for me.
I attended IBT training in Seattle for Negotiating Strong Teamsters Contracts. The class was offered to business representatives and officers of IBT local unions across the country. I attended with my mind set on learning and bringing back information that was beneficial for the contracts I am negotiating and the ones to come as well.
Encon/T-Pak was not willing to negotiate and come to the table with proposals that would benefit the members. We went on strike and within three days, the company returned to the table. Solidarity! No one crossed the picket line and we stood together in unity.
We organized the mechanics at Sysco, and with a quick turnaround, they voted for Teamster representation. Welcome to the newest members of Teamsters Local 104.
Laborers don’t rest; Laborers pick up the battle and carry on.

Teamsters Local Union No. 104 Notice of Nomination Meeting and Election of Officers

Nominations will be accepted for the Offices of Secretary-Treasurer, President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and three (3) Trustees of Local 104, IBT. The terms of office for these officers will begin on January 1, 2018 and end on December 31, 2020. Merriman River Group, an independent election contractor, will conduct the nomination meeting and subsequent election. The nomination meeting will be held on:
Saturday, October 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Meeting Hall of Local 104
1450 S. 27th Avenue
Phoenix AZ 85009

To nominate a candidate, second a nomination, or otherwise participate in the Nomination Meeting, your dues must be paid through the month of September, 2017. Nominations shall be made orally from the floor by a member in good standing other than the nominee, and shall be seconded orally from the floor by a member in good standing other than the nominee. Nominations must be accepted by the nominee at the time made, either in person or, if absent, in writing at the time such nomination is made.

To be eligible to run for office in Local 104, a member must be in good standing in accordance with the IBT Constitution and Local 104 By-Laws and have been a member in good standing in Local 104 for twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination and have been actively employed at the craft within the jurisdiction of Local 104 for a period of twenty-four consecutive months prior to the month of nomination and be otherwise eligible to hold office if elected. “Good standing for twenty-four consecutive months” means that dues must have been paid on or before the last business day of the month preceding nominations and for twenty-four consecutive months prior to the month of nomination, with no interruptions in active membership in Local 104 because of suspensions, withdrawals, transfers or failure to pay fines or assessments. Periods of unemployment during the twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to nominations shall not be considered a break in active employment at the craft within the jurisdiction of the Local Union if the nominee was actively seeking and available for employment in the craft during such unemployment.

Election rules are set forth in the Local 104 By-Laws, and the IBT Constitution, which are available to members upon request. Prospective nominators, seconders and nominees are advised to verify their eligibility in advance of the Nominations Meeting.

Election of officers will be held by secret mail ballot in accordance with the procedures established by the Local Union Executive Board, which include the following: Ballots will be mailed to active members on or about Nov 6, 2017 to the most recent current address contained in the Local Union’s records. All ballots must be received at the designated Post Office Box by 10:00 a.m. on November 28, 2017 in order to be counted. Ballots will be retrieved from the Post Office on November 28, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and counted immediately thereafter at Teamsters Local Union No. 104 located at 1450 South 27th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85009. The candidate receiving a plurality of the votes cast is the winner with the exception of Trustee, in which case the three (3) candidates with the highest number of votes win. In the event of a tie vote, the candidates shall resolve the tie by lot except in the case of office of Secretary-Treasurer in which case there shall be a re-election between the candidates who have tied for office.

To be eligible to have your ballot counted, you must be a member in good standing of Local 104 with your full initiation fee and dues paid through October 2017. Members will have until 5:00 p.m. on November 27, 2017 to pay their fees and dues at the Local 104 office in order to have their ballots counted. A member on dues check-off shall not lose good standing as a result of failure by the employer to make a proper deduction for any month in which the member had earnings.

Instructions for completing the ballot will be enclosed in the ballot package. This is a secret ballot vote. You should mark your ballot in private and mail your ballot, enclosed in the secrecy sleeve, to the designated Post Office Box in the envelope provided. Do not give your ballot to anyone.
Members who have not received their ballot in the mail, or who need a duplicate ballot, should call Merriman River Group, the election contractor for Local 104, at 877-324-7655 to request a ballot. You will be required to provide identifying information. It is your responsibility to ensure that the Local Union has your current address on file. If you have recently moved or have not received Local Union correspondence, you should immediately notify the Local Union of your current correct address.
Fraternally,
Executive Board
Teamsters Local Union No. 104

August 2017

Workshops provide valuable information

By Karla E. Schumann
Secretary-Treasurer

PHOENIX — Greetings to all Teamster members. First and foremost, I would like to thank all the members who attended both the UPS Western Region 177 and the Legacy Plan healthcare workshops. This was the first time we have hosted such an event and It was a great success. The membership was really engaged and they learned valuable information about their healthcare plans. As Teamsters, we have good benefits and it is important to know how to get the most out of them. We will be hosting these same types of workshops in Southern Arizona in the early fall.

Congratulations to the Sun Tran members who just overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement. Our negotiations were difficult and occasionally caustic. After many years of being the service provider for transit in the city of Tucson, Transdev and the city have decided to part company. This new development caused the City of Tucson to hire a private consultant to be the lead negotiator on behalf of Transdev and the city. This threw a curve ball into negotiations but we managed to knock it out of the park.

Our new contract delivered increases in wages, health and welfare and pension contributions for all three years. The economic package in this agreement is by far one of the most lucrative in many years. There were many new language improvements made as well. I couldn’t be prouder of the Local 104 Negotiating Committee. They worked tirelessly and their experience and knowledge of their craft helped in forging a great contract that the members can be proud of. Truly, the strength behind these negotiations were our members, knowing that we endured a 42-day strike during our last contract negotiations set the tone and sent a loud message. We came for a fair and decent contract and we got one!

On the UPS front, summer can’t end soon enough. Not only will this year break record temperatures but it will most likely end in record numbers of grievances and contract violations. There is a singular theme running rampant at UPS; they don’t care about contract compliance. The 9.5 problems are excessive and 8-hour request language has simply eroded into a venue for extra pay and not the intended purpose of getting you off the clock in eight hours. With negotiations around the corner there is a resounding thought at the forefront of my mind; blatant disregard! It is apparent that UPS doesn’t care about grievances; they shell out penalty pay for noncompliance and they almost prefer to have issues tied up in the various levels of the grievance procedure. We must find a better way of combating the repeated disregard of our contract. We must adjust our tactics in dealing with this company and we must do so with a united purpose. Often, the only motivating factor for compliance these days have become public exposure or hitting them deep in their pocket book. I encourage all UPS’ers to participate in our proposal meetings and become more involved with your union both locally and nationally. We must stand together and we must stand strong.

By the time this publication makes it to your mailbox we will have completed our steward workshop training in late July. My thanks to the entire local union’s staff and the IBT for all the hard work put into developing this event and look forward to sharing more about it in our next edition. Stay cool and hydrated.

Report from Josh Graves, vice president, Warehouse Division
Ruan/Fry’s – We were able to settle the arbitration on the company refusing to pay a daily guarantee. The settlement is the company will pay a daily guarantee if there is no work and the company sends you home, either eight or 10 hours depending on your bid. Also, going forward you will be able to float and take all of your vacation in daily increments if you choose so. The daily percentage will remain at nine percent of the scheduled bids for any day to be allowed off. If you want to schedule a vacation week/day you must give 14 days’ notice prior to date to be taken. The stewards and I worked very hard to accomplish a good settlement for the members. Any questions? Give me a call or get with a steward. I would like to also thank all the stewards. Ruan is now 100 percent union.

US Foods – The time study has been completed. The three major areas that were fixed were the chemical selection, ice cream selection and the fork/replenishment times were all loosened in our favor. If there are any other issues that arise, let me know. We need help from all members to help with increasing our membership. Before you know it we will be back at the table fighting for our next contract.

Atlas – Members must be careful when giving statements to the company as there are cameras everywhere in the Atlas warehouse. As more and more of the old Fry’s members retire, it is time for the next generation of Teamsters to follow in their legacy and make Atlas a strong union barn. The Atlas Sanitation contract expires next year and we will have our work cut out for us.

Golden State Foods – The union held a meeting with the executive board at the local on June 10, 2017 in which we discussed several issues from the membership. I would like to thank everyone that attended and I look forward to moving past these issues in the best interest of the membership.
Please remember there is about a one month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is printed and things change constantly. I have been very busy the past months tag teaming our expiring contracts with Russell. I want to congratulate the Alliance/BreakThru members who overwhelmingly ratified a strong new agreement. We are still working on Coke, TeamOne and Young’s Market. Hopefully, we will have all of the open grocery contracts done by the end of summer.

“Our struggle is the struggle of every working man and woman in America. We built this country, we have fought and died in its wars, paid our taxes and built every road and building in it, from one coast to the other. And all we’ve asked in return is a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.” — Moe Lepore, President Boston Metro Area Local APWU (2010)

Report from Russell Medigovich II,
business agent, grocery

The world of grocery here at Local 104 has been super busy. As most of you know, we have been very busy negotiating several contracts and we have made some very big improvements. Breakthru and Holsum both have recently ratified their contracts with over a 98 percent yes vote.

There were big improvements in both contracts, including increases in pension, wages and new and improved language. We are still in negotiations with Swire Coke and have made a lot of progress and we have now moved on to economics.

I couldn’t be prouder of this first time negotiating committee. These guys are on the ball and know their jobs well. We recently settled the outstanding labor board charges we filed after the election for representation. The outcome of the settlement was what we were looking for: The company must clear all attendance records for each bargaining unit member. There will be a joint posting listing all violations made by the company, back pay and front pay for the five employees who were terminated totaling $83,150. There will be implementation of the grievance and arbitration article for attendance.

I truly believe that this will be one of the best beverage contracts once it is ratified.

Young’s Market negotiations have not been going as well as the rest. The company has been slow playing during our sessions, bringing less than adequate proposals to the table and only agreeing to meet a few days at a time. We are currently working on an approach to combat the company’s stall tactics.

Team One negotiations haven’t been going well either. The amount of greed exhibited by this company is beyond belief. By the time this article is published we will have voted on the company proposed contract and, if rejected, we will hold a strike vote on the same day. This is a small unit but they are 100 percent Teamster strong. The company stated more than a few times during negotiations that “they are just a small unit.” Well guess what? Whether it is a unit of two or 2,000, we bargain the same. Together we bargain; divided we beg. And Teamsters don’t beg. Stay strong brothers and sisters!

Report from Ryan Proctor, business agent
This has been a good last few months for my members. On June 14 the decision was given that we won the arbitration regarding the Sysco Distracted Driving policy. The arbitrator ruled, and our members won all issues. He voided the policy and ordered Sysco to bargain with the union.

With respect to any employees who have been disciplined under the 2016 policy, he has retained jurisdiction to rule on the appropriate remedy in the event the union and Sysco cannot resolve this in negotiations.

On June 23, we won a desertification election, along with the other unions that are in this unit. As the 100th anniversary of “The Bisbee Deportation” was upon us, this was a huge win for our miners at the Pinto Valley Mine. The employees at the mine let their voices be heard in this election and told the company they wanted union representation.

To the Pinto Valley miners: I appreciate your grit and determination to vote and stand up for your rights and your future.

Good day Brothers and Sisters.

Report from Hector Rivas,
business agent, freight

ABF Freight has started a Driver Development Training Program in Phoenix It is a 6-week training program, in which students are paid for eight hours of training at casual rate of pay. The new drivers do not pay for this training, it is provided to them at no cost. This training site for this program is at Teamsters Local 104’s parking lot. Not only are they learning to drive and other crucial elements to operating a truck, they are learning about the union as well.

Phoenix has four Driver Development trainers who set up the parking lot every morning so drivers can learn techniques like straight line offset ally dock parking, parallel parking and more.

Upon completion of the program, they test for their CDL and take a company road test. If they pass, they are put on as a regular employee at 90 percent with a one year progression.

As of right now, two students have completed the program and are now full time employees with ABF Freight-Phoenix Division.

We currently have eight TMAP drivers in the Phoenix building. TMAP is Teamsters Military Assistance Program that assists active duty service members who are transitioning, veterans and military spouses with job opportunities. TMAP is partnered with ABF freight. It is an honor to help veterans find employment once they are finished serving our country.

Being in a RTW (right-to-work) state, our ABF building is 100 percent Teamster strong! The members at ABF are united and stand in solidarity to teach new drivers the importance of being 100 percent strong in a state burdened by RTW.

With Teamsters Local 104 and ABF working together with this new program, our freight drivers will be given free training, including the necessary knowledge of safety and security. If you wish to apply or would like more information, please contact: www.abf.com

June 2017

‘Hello brother, welcome home

By Dawn Schumann
Special Projects Coordinator

PHOENIX — On April 7, 2017, representatives of Teamsters Local 104, accompanied by a spokesman for iPods for Wounded Veterans, a group dedicated to helping vets, visited Phoenix Veterans Medical Center.

Our business agents and executive board members volunteered for a morning of gratitude as we honored wounded veterans from all over the state. As the room began to overflow, you could see the joy in everyone that attended.

Working with iPods for Wounded Veterans was humbling and exhilarating at the same time. Paul Cardello, chairman of the iPods for wounded Veterans, is a Vietnam veteran and a retired Teamster from Worcester, MA.

Brother Cardello had a vision and $1,000 seven years ago. His vision was to give each wounded veteran coming home from the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait an electronic item (iPods, earphones, computers) as a simple thank you.

Since that vision became reality, Brother Cardello has visited Walter Reed Hospital more than 20 times.

The biggest contributor is BOSE, which donated more than $45,000 worth of headphones, earbuds, speakers and more. Every veteran walked away with BOSE earbuds. We cannot thank BOSE enough! Cornwell University donated 10 laptops and we had over $10,000 worth of magazines to give to everyone who attended.

The veterans and families who attended could not believe that this was all for them. The room was abuzz when the raffle began and almost all walked away with a little something extra.

Our brothers who are veterans were honored, as Teamsters Local 104 thanked them for their service. Congressman Ruben Gallego stopped in and spoke to the veterans and thanked them for their service, and even held a future Teamster. State Representative Richard Andrade, a fellow union brother, spoke of his dedication to all veterans in Arizona and offered words of gratitude as well.

Two brothers from Colorado brought the JC 3 semi-truck down for this event. Brother Jim Adams and Brother John Halzworth are proud retired Teamsters and Brother Adams is a Vietnam veteran. He stood at the welcoming table and welcomed home every veteran. He looked them in the eye and you could feel the connection between them, whether it was a young kid who served in Iraq, or an elderly veteran of Vietnam or Korea. Brother Jim, thank you for all your hard work for this event.

After the event was over, Teamsters Local 104 was awarded the Healing Wreath Award from iPods for Wounded Veterans for our dedication to our service members and our wounded veterans in the state of Arizona.

We also received recognition from, Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and State Representative James Miceli from Wilmington, Massachusetts, giving thanks for the work that we are doing with our veterans in Arizona.

As a Teamster, it was an honor to stand with my brothers and sisters and give back to our community of veterans. As a military mom, it was a thank you to all the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, spouses and friends that take care of our wounded veterans every day, without a thank you.

If you would like iPods for Wounded Veterans to come to a Veterans’ Hospital near you, please contact dawn.schumann@teamsterslocal104.com.

Once again, I want to thank every Teamster who came and volunteered April 7, 2017.
And to every veteran: Thank you and welcome home.

April 2017

Local to engage, educate, empower

By Karla Schumann
Secretary-Treasurer

PHOENIX — There is an exciting buzz within our local union as we forge a new course and new direction. We shall continue to hold onto the principles of our past by improving the quality of life for our members through advancing the terms and conditions of their employment. We shall look to the future to develop new strategies, better ways of communication and new avenues to engage, educate and empower our members.

Part of the focus for the future I wish to implement is a “Back to Basics” philosophy. It is important that we prioritize steward training and member education. We need to ensure that every member and steward has the tools, information and education necessary to take on the battles with the employers. You are not alone but each member must know that they too have a part to play in this union. We need each and every member to be educated about their rights and responsibilities under their collective bargaining agreements and we are here to help you with that.

Only 5.3 percent of the workers in Arizona are union represented. We inherit from those who came before us the hard fought for benefits of union representation and collective bargaining, don’t let it go to waste. GET EDUCATED! Take the opportunity to participate in training and workshops when they become available to you.

I wish to introduce to our membership our two newest business agents at Teamsters Local 104:
Ryan Proctor comes out of the mighty US Foods and was an instrumental part of not only organizing but also part of the negotiating team. Ryan has also served as a trustee on our executive board and is known for being tenacious, aggressive and doesn’t sugar coat anything.

Business Agent Brian Pope comes from UPS where he was employed for almost 21 years. Brian worked as a combo and was a very efficient and effective steward. He is going to be a great fit when it comes to representing the combos and part-time members. Brian is known for being prepared, doing his homework and having a great rapport with the members.

I would like to congratulate the members at Safeway who overwhelmingly ratified a 4-year agreement. The negotiating committee did a fantastic job and we were faced with some serious challenges. This was an exceptional agreement, which not only had a lucrative economic package with health and welfare protections but also contained numerous language changes for the better. Well done!

Report from Dustin Howell,
UPS business agent

With the beginning of the summer months ahead of us in Arizona, we are not only gearing up for the excruciating heat, but also the implementation of “full service Saturday delivery.” This is a “must” for UPSer’s worldly when it comes to competing with lesser paid nonunion companies.

This change is inevitable in order to maintain our work staff and protect jobs. Fortunately, we have language to protect members’ rights from who can volunteer, who can be forced, and what their pay is for what could possibly be a sixth-day punch and time-and-a-half for all hours worked on that day.

One positive note on this subject is based on our language now: It will force the company to hire more full time jobs and promote those part-timers into a “cover driver” position. Understand this: Change is not always accepted and understood, but without adapting to customers’ needs, we eventually could all be out of a job.

In our Mesa facility tensions are high because this will be the “test pilot” for Saturday ground delivery. It’s quite chaotic because UPS managers have no clue when the implementation is actually going to take place, yet are being asked to give business plans to their peers without even knowing how this is all going to work.

We had a stewards election in San Tan center and I’d like to congratulate new Stewards Dean Ornelas, Mark Scheidt and David Fierros. I’m very excited to work with them all.

In our Tempe facility, they are also gearing up for the Saturday delivery. However, it won’t go into effect until Mesa has been implemented and all the wrinkles are ironed out.

Excessive overtime is starting to creep up and routes are being broken out. Our members continue to stand their ground and exercise their rights even as the company makes idle threats with the unfair production measurement of 3-day lock in rides. We’ve beaten this practice before, we’ll beat it again with the help of our members.

In our feeder department, subcontractors continue to run volume out of Las Vegas to our facility — taking our work out based on balancing equipment and origin work. We have over 20 grievances on the docket for panel. With a joint effort from Local 631 and the IBT, we hope to force the company into hiring more feeder drivers in Las Vegas. Hopefully, moving forward with a new division manager in place in our feeder department, we can get back to the basics of treating our members with dignity and respect.

I’d like to recognize three retirees I had the honor of seeing off: Pete O’Conner, Stan Schofell and David Perry.

In our outlying centers, I’m proud to say that in all four of my facilities we are 90% union. In a right-to-work state, I would say that’s very impressive. Thanks to the stewards who do a great job of educating every member.

In Holbrook, there is an issue of satellite centers and the formatting of center-specific delivery work. With help from Steward Johnny Johnson we are forcing the company to submit a change-of-operations if it chooses to continue down this road This could take some time and I appreciate the drivers’ patience.

In closing, with changes ahead, I would like to personally thank former secretary-treasurer of Local 104, Andy Marshall, for not only hiring me as an agent, but for his friendship, tenacity and, most important, his belief and love for our members.

We are all excited to see the bright future Karla Schumann will lead us into at Local 104. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”
These are two great leaders that have been influential not only for me, but also for the thousands they represent. Thank you both.

Report from Josh Graves,
business agent

Ruan/Fry’s – Now that we are about six months into the new contract, I hope the members can look back and see the strategy that was implemented and how we were able to be victorious. The drivers have voted to divert their wage increase to the pension in which the new rate will be $4.04 and the mechanics have rejected the diversion; therefore their wage increase will stay on their wages, effective June 1, 2017.
The union held a steward election in transportation and I would like to congratulate Walter Abraham on being elected.

US Foods – The union brought in our IBT engineer to validate the production standard in the warehouse the week of March 6 through March 10. I am waiting for the final report and should have it by time this article is printed, and I will inform the membership as updates are available. We need to continue to grow our membership and increase our bargaining power as in two more years we will be back in negotiations.

Atlas – We are getting a lot of grievances for wasting company time. Members should be careful in taking long breaks and lunches. The order selectors are on a 6-week rolling average. Therefore, as long as you are not taking long breaks and/or lunches and do not have a significant time not working, this is not wasting company time.

Please welcome Frank Soto who has been appointed to FDM second shift as a steward and Esteban Rodriquez to second shift grocery.

Golden State Foods –
We passed out 100% pins the week prior to Christmas. If you have not received one, please stop by the hall or see a steward. We also made a video that is posted on the local’s Facebook page. Being a 100% shop is something to be proud of and that is why the local wanted to recognize our members for their solidarity.

Please remember there is about a one month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is printed and things change constantly.

I would like to first wish Andy Marshall the best with his endeavors with Local 572. I personally thank him for all his time as secretary-treasurer and the amazing job he has done over the years I look forward to serving the membership and building a strong future fo Local 104 as vice president.

We have many contracts expiring this year and as the grocery coordinator, I plan to be very busy making sure our members get the best contracts possible. It has started with a huge victory this past week when our membership at Safeway ratified a new contract by 97% “yes” votes. This has not only secured their future, but the attention of the Albertson’s facility that currently is non- union.

“I’ve said consistently that no employer ever really accepts a union. They tolerate the unions. The very minute they can get a pool of unemployment they’ll challenge the unions and try to get back what they call management’s prerogatives, meaning hire, fire, pay what you want.” – Jimmy Hoffa

Russell Medigovich II,
business agent

Safeway – I would like to congratulate the members of Safeway who overwhelmingly ratified their new collective bargaining agreement.

The members of the bargaining committee worked tirelessly to achieve the best contract they have ever seen. This contract is unprecedented in many ways. The committee was able to obtain excellent increases in wages, pension and health and welfare, they were also able to achieve more language changes then they have seen in almost twenty years. Along with being able to ensure that the 293 future brothers and sisters at Albertsons will be able to enjoy the protection and benefits of the collective bargaining agreement once the merger begins. I am extremely proud of the members who stuck together to achieve this agreement.

Swire Coke – We have made some progress in negotiations, we have been able to negotiate a letter of agreement on access to the facility. We have three weeks scheduled for negotiations over the next two months./

Breakthru Beverage – We are currently in negotiations with the company and have made some much-needed progress toward obtaining a good contract.

Holsum Bakery – After two weeks of negotiations we were able to reach a good Tentative Agreement. Securing good wage increase, health and welfare, and pension increases along with language changes that will benefit the whole bargaining unit. We will be holding the ratification meeting this weekend.

I am extremely proud of the committee members who worked on these contracts to achieve such good agreements. I am also proud of the members who stuck together to show the company that they would except nothing less than a fair contract. It goes to show when you stand together you can achieve what you deserve.

February 2017

Leadership change at Local 104

Report from Karla Schumann
PHOENIX — As many of you are aware our principal officer, Andy Marshall, will be resigning as our secretary-treasurer effective March 1, 2017. After 20 years of dedicated service to the members of Local Union 104, he will be moving on to start a new chapter in his life in Southern California working for Teamsters Local 572, and pursuing a new and more difficult challenge – marriage.

In all seriousness, Andy will be truly missed and we all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts, which can only be repaid by our continuation of growth and evolution in the labor movement. It is his time to ameliorate his own life just as he has ours for so many years. Best wishes to Brother Marshall in his new endeavors.

I will be filling the vacancy of secretary-treasurer and I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the fact that Andy leaves some mighty big shoes to fill. However, I look forward to the many new challenges that I will face and believe my many years of experience has prepared me well. I know that I am not alone in the desire to continue to grow and develop our local union for our members. Local 104’s success will continue, not because of a singular person but because of the efforts and resolve of all our members, staff, agents and executive board.

I am pleased to announce that Business Agent Josh Graves will be filling the position of vice-president. For those who don’t know Josh he is young, energetic and has been a strong representative in the grocery and food services industry in our local. Josh’s creativity and out-of-the-box tactics against the employers may be just what we need moving forward. We welcome him onto our executive board and look forward to his contributions in shaping our local union.

The attack on organized labor in our country is at an all-time high. Maintaining and improving our wages, pensions and healthcare is an everyday battle and it will take all of us to win these battles. Change is inevitable. What we do to prepare for it and our attitudes about it is truly the defining difference.

Report from Russell Medigovich II,
business agent

Hello Brothers and sisters, I hope all of you had a great holiday season. As most of you know this is going to be a busy year for the grocery industry in Local 104.

We have seven contracts up for negotiations this year in the first six months. It is imperative that we get full participation from you, the members, during the process of preparing for negotiations. It is your input that makes your contract strong Never forget you are the union and your voice is what makes us strong, especially when everyone stands together and speaks in one voice. Please make every effort to attend the posted meetings.

Breakthrough —
We have negotiation dates set for the week of March 20 through the March 24 and by the time this article comes out we will have already had our proposal meetings. I would like to thank all the members who participated in this process. I believe with your input we will have successful negotiations and achieve a great contract.

Baker Commodities —
I would Like to congratulate the mechanics who unanimously chose to become Teamsters. They demanded recognition and were heard. We were able to get them into the current contract. They gained guaranteed increases in wages, company-paid Teamsters health care and Teamster pension along with all the current contract language.

Holsum Bakery — By the time this issue comes out we will have successfully completed negotiations. Participation is key we have seen movement from the company that you guys haven’t seen in a few contracts, and that’s all accredited to your participation throughout this process.

Kellogg’s — We will meet with the company to go over the new implementation of production standards in the warehouse to make sure that they are fair and accurate. It has become a growing problem of drivers being caught on the drive cams talking on their phones. It is imperative that you follow the company’s policy for distracted driving a phone call or text message is not worth your job.

We are seeing growth in the membership and you guys are close to joining the 100 percent membership club. Talk with your coworkers and get them signed up to be part of this great union!

Bimbo Thrift Stores — The pay issue has been resolved and you should have received a reimbursement check. If you have not, please let me know ASAP. I would also like to congratulate Janet Bilandzija on her recent retirement and I would also to thank her for her 26 years of service as a Teamster.

Young’s Market — We are currently setting up dates for negotiations. With your help, we are looking forward to successful and productive negotiations. I would like to congratulate Shop Steward Andrew Koppos on his recent retirement. Enjoy, brother. You earned it!

Safeway Stores Inc. — We are going into negotiations on February 6 and with the help of this 100 percent-strong unit we will achieve one of the best contracts we have ever seen. I look forward to the next Rocky Mountain Teamster article to let everyone know how it went.

Swire Coke — This company has been playing hard ball and they obviously don’t realize they are playing against the best team in the world. I commend the future members on their ability to never give up and keeping this unit strong.

We will be having contract proposal meetings in February and will be selecting the negotiation committee. This company has broken just about every rule in the book and these workers have stood strong and have not let them get away with anything. We are currently trying to get dates set for negotiations.

Quotable Quote — The union is not a fee-for-service organization; it is a family. — Sue Carney

Report from Dustin Howell,
business agent

The New Year, 2017, is kicking off with a BANG! Talk abounds about UPS going to full-service Saturday delivery, staffing issues, Coyote Logistics being implemented to “take on peak season volume,” and the scramble to keep its most prominent customer, Amazon. It becomes a question of, “how does UPS compete with other couriers?”

The answer is we must accept and adapt to change. The future is unforeseeable and somewhat of an abyss based on politics and competition. Considering there is now a possibility of a nationwide right-to-work law and other looming anti-union policies, and as corporations prey on underpaid employees without rights, and with competitors who will do anything to steal our work, I ask: “What are you as a Teamster willing to do to ensure our future?”

It’s been a cat and mouse game in our Feeder department with trying to chase down and prove the manipulation of subcontracting. Now a said manager is deciding he wants to start challenging every interpretation of our CBA and neglect local practices that have been in effect for more than 20 years. Attitude is a direct reflection of leadership. What happens when UPS breaks the bond of respect with their drivers? I guess we shall wait and see and keep those grievance forms handy.

In Mesa we were victorious in having a center manager relocated based on his unwillingness to accept the fact that our drivers safety is more important than packages. He did not take the proper measures to ensure our drivers safety, from sending a driver back out after he called in he was sick and needed to be relieved, this negligence cost our driver three days in the hospital. Another driver was told to walk a quarter of a mile to the emergency room after injuring his back, and yet another driver was improperly attended to at the gas pumps. Instead of management calling 911 they brought him into the office to hydrate him, and five minutes later our stewards stepped up and called paramedics. This was a great stand by everyone in the center to help him to his next journey.

Tempe is going through some growing pains with new management implemented. It seems no matter how long our members stand their ground, voice their rights, and hold the company accountable, they continue to find new ways to try and circumvent our contract. Supervisors working turn into training scenarios, over dispatch becomes a staffing issue, and the manipulation of sick days only when it benefits the company. We continue to adapt to their manipulation and lack of understanding.

In our outlying areas, I was able to visit Globe for the first time and learn a little more about our drivers needs in a center of eight. Weather is as big factor this time of year; no Arizona is not just a desert state. In some areas there has been up more than100 inches of snow already. These drivers not only contend with heavy delivery and pickup volume, but also snow, mud, and the cold. Thank you for all you do.

With a scary, unpredictable future for labor, it is our duty to learn more about the politics that affect blue collar American jobs. In the words of Wisconsin teacher Kenneth Bernstein: “Without Unions, workers will lose many of the protections against abusive employers. Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar. The American Dream will be destroyed for millions. And we will have a government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy.”

Report from Arnold Coronado,
business agent

I am hoping that all my brothers, sisters and their loved ones receive this report in the best of health.

First of all. I would like to commend all the UPS employees for making it through another grueling peak season. I know that it takes a phenomenal effortto work the numerous hours attached to the increased volume that peak season entails. Providing a service for so many in such a short time is not an easy task, especially when the company’s projected volume is well under the actual volume processed.

I received numerous calls and witnessed many supervisors performing bargaining unit work during this time. I have also processed numerous legitimate grievances for this contractual violation. The company is taking the position that they exhausted all options in their attempt to contact and utilize bargaining unit employees for this work.

In mid-November during our peak season review, understaffing was brought to the company’s attention when they presented their numbers on the projected volume and the planned number of employees that would be on staff by week.

It just so happened that the volume during the time frame being grieved came in at 10 percent higher than the projected volume, creating more of an under-staffing problem. In my personal opinion, the under-staffing was by design and the plan to work supervisors was already in place, but that’s just my opinion. The message for the day is to protect your work by utilizing the language that was negotiated on your behalf by the Teamsters Union on this issue. Thank you all by taking the time to read this report.

December 2016


New contract ratified at Ruan/Fry’s

Report from Josh Graves,
Warehouse Division

PHOENIX — Members at Tuan/Fry’s overwhelmingly ratified a five year contract on September 10 with a 7% increase the first year and 2% every year after.

The new agreement also included $.20 in pension increases per year, maintained health and welfare, an extra holiday, strike language, and new language protecting our work from agency and contract carriers.

This was a great victory for our members as we accomplished many new changes to the contract and have made strides to the future. Thanks to the negotiating committee: Lou Bautista, Steve Hoopingarner, Jim Martelli, Tom Casperson, Christine Nichols, Bob Sawyer and Jeff Davis.

Safeway – Russell Medigovich II was assigned to take over the Safeway contract effective September 2. I wish him nothing but the best and I will help any time he needs me. I wanted to personally thank the members for allowing me to represent them over the past three years.

Safeway Milk – If you haven’t received a copy of the new contract please stop by the hall or see Steward Craig Glanville. The new union board is up in the break room. We update it regularly with communications from the union and notices of special events.

Southwest Ambulance – Greg Vandagriff has been assigned to the Southwest Ambulance contract. Thanks to the members for allowing me to represent them over the past three years. I will be involved in negotiations next year as we look to improve in the next contract.

US Foods – The members ratified a three-and-a-half year contract on October 2. This was a year-and-half fight in which the US Foods members showed true solidarity and perseverance. The company handed us their last, best and final offer and told our members that is all they were getting.
We continued to fight for higher wage increases, progressive discipline, seniority language. language on doctor’s note, bonus and the Teamsters health and welfare plan. In addition, we were able to block the attempts by the company on a two-tier wage scale.

Atlas – I was assigned to the warehouse and sanitation contracts effective September 2. I look forward to getting updated with what has been going on at Atlas over the past three years. The new warehouse contract booklets have been passed out. If you did not get one, please see a steward or stop by the hall.

I am going to ask for help from the membership to increase the membership and get us back to being close to 100%. Please remember there is about a one-month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is printed and things change constantly.

I would like wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Quotable Quote –
Labor will remain united and continue to work to protect the interests of America’s working families.
—William Burrus, November, 2004.

Report from Arnold Coronado,
business agent

I am going to start off my report on a sad note. On July 26, 2016, we lost a Teamster brother by the name of Dustin Shirk who was the victim of a very tragic shooting. Dustin was a 12-year PT employee out of the Phoenix facility who worked on the midnight shift as an auditor.

In the 12 years of his employment at UPS, I was never involved in any type of closed door meeting that involved Brother Shirk, so I never had the pleasure of meeting him. Just the fact that we never met in that capacity is a good sign that Dustin was very good employee.

There was a vigil held at the park where this tragic incident took place. During that vigil I had the pleasure of meeting his mother and mentioned the above fact to her. During the services I received knowledge that Dustin had also served in the Marine Corps from 2005 through 2009. I would like to ask all brothers and sisters to say a prayer to give strength to the Shirk family and their loved ones during their time of loss and sorrow.

I would also like to give recognition to Nick King who is FT package car driver out of the Prescott facility. Nick retired on August 31 with 29-1/2 years with the company.

Nick was an asset to the union, utilizing his knowledge of the contract while performing the duties that stewardship entails. I would like to thank Nick for his assistance in resolving issues and to wish him the best of health during his retirement years. Thank you again, Nick.

June, July and August are the hottest months of the year in Phoenix and the rise of temperature creates the rise of tempers flaring. This summer there were numerous incidents that fell under the cardinal unprovoked assault language. More often than not management claims that all policies and procedures were followed on the management side and that the supervisor in question handled the incident in a professional manner.

During investigations of this type of discipline, there are many times when it is discovered that there has been a history of head butting between the employee terminated and the supervisor issuing the termination. We all know, and have ran into, supervisors who have a reputation of being vindictive when they are questioned on decisions that could possibly be a contract violation.

There are also supervisors who purposely attempt to push your button to the point of no return. Please do not fall into that trap and give this type of supervisor the satisfaction of walking you out because, in this day and age, there is a very low percentage of employers who are contractually obligated to provide the great pay and benefits that the Teamsters has negotiated on behalf of the UPS employees. I want to close this report by thanking all who took the time to read this.

Report from Dawn Schumann,
special projects

Good day Sisters and Brothers:

With a few weeks left of 2016, I am grateful for the events that have taken place this year within our local. From battling US Foods for a fair contract to organizing Coca-Cola/Swire, Local 104 has been moving along, and getting things done.

The war on workers is real and ever so present in Arizona. Union busters and companies that will not live up to the existing contracts have given us drive and desire to organize and educate. We will FIGHT back and we will WIN the war on workers.

This year in Arizona we welcome a new Sherriff and County Recorder that Teamsters Local 104 endorsed.

Paul Penzone and Adrian Fontes will lead Maricopa County in a new and exciting direction.

This month alone we have five events between Tucson and Phoenix. Zoo Lights are December 10 in Tucson.

If you wish to purchase your tickets visit our website: www.teamsterslocal104.com and click on our online store. December 17 is the Parade of Lights in Tucson, as well. If you are interested in participating in the parade on our float, please email: dawn.schumann@teamsterslocal104.com.

The Holiday Party that is hosted by the retirees of Teamsters Local 104 at the Phoenix Hall is December 10. Come see Santa for free at 11a.m. and have a good time with your Teamster Family. The address is 1450 South 27th Ave, Phoenix, 85009.

I want to wish each and every one of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Looking forward to 2017 as we continue to represent members, organize and educate as many as possible.

“Labor’s enemies don’t stop for lunch- so neither can we.” – Josephine Hoffa.

Report from Dustin Howell,
business agent

Once again as we venture towards the Holiday seasons at UPS, we ask ourselves at Local 104: “When will the company ever present legitimate peak season plans?” We listen to their so-called justifiable staffing implementations and how hard it’s going to be to keep up with record setting volume.

I ask this, with the billions of dollars they spent on Sure Post, Orion, and now Coyote Logistics, shouldn’t it be easier to forecast their future volume? That is the reason these new technologies were established correct? Food for thought!

In our Mesa building I am still battling for settlement of grievances filed last Christmas for guaranteed hours for Sunday worked. I would like to thank all the drivers who exercised their union rights. Thank you also for your patience and solidarity.

Safety is a huge topic right now and one manager who doesn’t seem to take it to seriously. With the help of our stewards we are changing his dilemma and I’m confident soon he will have a different outlook on our members’ safety.

In our Tempe building we have stood strong and I am proud to say that with the overwhelming amount of excessive overtime grievances our members have forced the company to hire more full-time and cover drivers to help properly staff the workforce. I would like to thank Stewards Noel Crowl, Greg Coronado, and Maurice Nelson for their due diligence and determination when it comes to the new hire orientations. In a right-to-work state with a local that has statewide jurisdiction it is a challenge to obtain and stay on track with the new hires that come in. Between the three, they have been responsible for over 70 new applicants this year. Great job!

In our outlying areas, there has been a change in management and let me tell you, we have welcomed him with open arms, and grievances. The Show Low drivers have had enough of the long, unnecessary hours. I’m proud to say that 70% of the drivers are on the opt-in list and we settled three grievances that will set a precedent moving forward for “extended routes.” Holbrook and Payson are following suit and I’m proud to watch these small centers evolve and take back what is theirs, their livelihood.

In closing with what seems to be a “separation of society” I would like to remind everyone that we are simply human. We tend to make mistakes. We live and learn, and, in the end, we are all created to be equal. In the words of the author Gerald Brom, “Both sides so blinded by their fear and hate of each other that they couldn’t see they were all fighting for the same thing”.

Report from Kevin (KT) Thomas,
business agent

As this year comes to an end and the new year is just around the corner here in Southern Arizona, three of our units have scheduled contract negations. They are Sun Link (new unit), Sun Tran and Sun Van.

The employees of our light rail system, Sun Link, have voted for Teamsters’ representation. Local 104 has 20 new Teamster family members. The new members are currently being managed by RDMT (Ratp Dev McDonald Transit, LLC)

Sister Debra Ewing and Brother Kent Meacham proved to be invaluable while this unit was being organized.

As you all know, the war on union workers is still being waged daily across this great nation of ours. There have been several articles that have recently made the national stage that directly speak to the union worker.

Shrinking union memberships on a national scale must be reversed. Increasing the membership gives us more collective power. I urge you to speak with the new generation of workers. Explain to those on the fence what we as a union can do to continue advancing conditions in the work place–from stronger contracts to hiring more workers, reducing longer hours and more middle class wages.

These are just a few of the many extraordinary accomplishments that we fight for and will continue to strive for going forward. We can do more!

Sun Tran – After last year’s 42-day strike we are seeing signs of workplace improvements. Sun Tran members have an “Efficiency Program” that was implemented after the strike. While working with the company, it enables the workers to discover and uncover efficiency savings from daily operational cost to maintenance saving on parts, labor and overtime.

The true beauty of this program is seeing it come to fruition. I’m speaking about the “T” word, “transfers.” This was not only very costly for the company, but a huge and confusing process for the coach operators as well as the riders. As of September 1 Sun Tran has implemented a new and improved cost saving measure on transfers. The change is a direct result from the hard work of the union membership and members of the efficiency committee.

The fight continues…
Proud to be Union! Proud to be a Teamster!

August 2016


AZ Future Fund hit for false political spending reports

The Arizona Future Fund, a non-profit organization, could soon be under IRS Investigation for violating federal law for misreporting its political spending in the 2014 governor’s race.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington (CREW) filed the complaint with the IRS in June this year that claims the group admitted to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission that it made political expenditures, but then denied any such spending to the IRS. AFF was a non-profit unincorporated association established in 2014 in Washington, D.C. William Canfield was its general counsel and is a “nationally recognized GOP election and political attorney.”

In the weeks before the 2014 Arizona Republican primary for governor, AFF ran television, newspaper, digital, and billboard advertisements promoting Mesa Mayor Scott Smith’s candidacy. After complaints were filed with Arizona campaign finance authorities, AFF and Canfield acknowledged in a settlement that the advertisements were independent expenditures with no purpose other than to advocate for Mayor Smith’s election.

Oddly though, AFF told the IRS it didn’t participate in any political activity in 2014, which conflicts with what the group told the Clean Elections Commission.

“The disastrous Citizens United decision opened up the floodgates for dark money groups to spend on politics,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said. “But there are still some limits to the amount of spending and secrecy these groups are permitted — and too many brazenly ignore these modest limits.”

In addition, AFF admitted it spent $315,575 on these advertisements, accounting for more than 66 percent of its total spending in 2014. As is the pattern with many of these dark money groups, AFF simply went out of business at the end of 2014, claiming that it had achieved its social welfare purposes. That purpose being to get Scott Smith elected as Arizona’s governor.

“It’s ridiculous for AFF to deny its primary purpose was political when it admitted that to the Arizona Clean Elections Commission. It’s another example of a dark money group taking advantage of our lax campaign finance laws and buying elections for their own advantage,” said Josselyn Berry, interim executive director for Progress Now Arizona.

Samatha Pstross is the executive director of Arizona Advocacy Network; a group fighting dark money in Arizona and running a ballot measure to make elections more accountable.

“It’s encouraging to see CREW take a stand against political corruption and the flow of dark money in Arizona, but we need more watchdogs making sure this doesn’t keep happening in the 2016 elections,” Pstross said.

“Instances like this prove we need better blockades and this type of corruption is exactly what the Arizona Clean and Accountable Elections Act intends to stop once and for all.”


Making progress on joint contract

Report by Kimberly Barboro
Local 104 president co-chair CWA-IBT Association

PHOENIX — We are well on our way to completing the implementation of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement of the American/US Airways members. We have implementation agreements for all of the pay items and have been implementing the rest of the language in phases because of the massive amount of reprogramming involved to both Legacy American members and Legacy US Airways members scheduling and payroll systems. They are still on two completely different systems which makes many of these changes very challenging.

Legacy American members will be transitioning to the Legacy US Airways scheduling system at the airports by the end of this year. This will happen in phases over the next few months.

The reservations folks on both sides will transition to a new scheduling system that will be programmed to incorporate all of the language in the new contract. This will be a massive improvement for both groups and we look forward to a system that will put the reservations folks into the 21st century with how they trade, bid and are scheduled for their shifts. The new system is expected to be in place within the first couple of months of 2017.

We have also filed for accretion of two groups totaling approximately 200 employees, into the passenger service group under the association. They will be under the jurisdiction of the IBT part of the CWA-IBT association.

The company has filed a grievance against the association for attempting to accrete these employees. They have argued that the union made an agreement to not attempt to organize these employees while we were in contract negotiations.

Fortunately, the union has detailed bargaining notes to substantiate our case against this argument and we are hopeful the arbitrator will render a decision in our favor. We expect to hear a decision in this case by September, although we have filed with the National Mediation Board to bring these employees into our group and are awaiting their decision.

Our seniority integration committee has completed the preliminary seniority list and is now working on appeals from the members. We are hopeful to have a final integrated seniority list in the next couple of months.

The union has presented a healthcare proposal to the company that would increase the benefit to our members from the American healthcare plan they are scheduled to go into in 2017 by offering a union healthcare plan that our members would go into. We are continuing to negotiate with the company on this issue and expect a decision prior to open enrollment this year.

As you can see there is never a dull moment in the world of American Airlines Passenger Service.
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Report by Josh Graves
Warehouse Division business agent

Ruan/Fry’s — As I write this article, we are in our second week of the company’s proposed pay package. I understand that there are some concerns and issues, but the membership has to stay united. We have another negotiation date set for July 27, where we hope to get a full agreement done. As members, you must understand there is a strategy to negotiations and until we can inform the members of all the details it is crucial they stay united to get the best possible agreement. I am always available to speak to members who have questions.

Safeway — The company’s zoning permit hearing with Tolleson has been pushed back until August, and we are still looking at about two years before we move to the Tolleson facility.

Safeway Milk — We will be holding a ratification meeting on July 30, 2016 to vote on the new contract. As the results may come after the Rocky Mountain Teamster is published, I believe the membership will be happy with the increases and security of a long term contract.

Southwest Ambulance — We must increase our membership as we approach negotiations next year and the goal is to continue to make progress in a new contract.

US Foods — We have negotiation dates set with the company on July 18 and 19, in which we hope to get some movement or progress from the company. I would like to welcome Jose Rodriquez and Will Lerma back to work with full back pay after being off work for nearly two months. We will prevail, so please stay strong and as our members you have shown true solidarity and unity.

I would like to personally welcome Russell Medigovich II to Local 104 as a business agent. Russell was a steward at Safeway for six years and is a second generation Teamster. Please remember there is about a one month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is printed and things change constantly.

I would like to congratulate Jim Bailey retiring from Ruan/Holsum with 36 years with Local 104.

“If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


Report by Dustin Howell
business agent

As we watch what seems to be a self-destructing society, we tend to become overwhelmed with decisions. Who is going to do this? Who is going to do that? Who will protect what I have? With technology, outsourcing, and global trading we continue to lose American jobs daily. Healthcare costs are at an all-time high at a time when there are not enough physicians to cope with newly discovered diseases. We realize how truly important new era unions are. We represent what we call, “we the people” brothers and sisters of all races united to preserve what is America. I ask you this, how can you not afford to be in our union, The Teamsters Union?

At UPS things are finally starting to slow down per the grievance procedure. I do believe we are making gains in employee relations between hourly and management. We have held the company to the same standards they try to hold our members to—accountability and preserving a mutual agreement, our contract.

In our Tempe facility, our drivers are working under what we call “excessive overtime” and are getting the opportunity to spend more time with their families. We have forced the company to hire more employees to fulfill new fulltime positions and help alleviate the work load.

In our Mesa facility, things are also slowing down and excessive hours are diminishing. Safety is a key issue and our safety co-chairs and committee members have been holding the company to what they say is most important, the safety of the employees.

In our feeder department drivers have struggled to hold down bid runs based on decreases in volume due to summer. They basically bounce between feeder and package; it becomes exhausting and at times hard to manage the shift changes. This is why we continue to fight against subcontracting and bottom feeder carriers.

In our outlying areas technology is knocking on the door. In Show Low they are implementing Orion. This is a GPS technology that negates all of the training UPS has used over 100 years. Trying to sort through your truck and deliver from the rear of the truck first and making U-turns in the middle of residential streets. It has been a definite trial and error situation. However, our trained professionals handle it as best they can, safely. Payson, Holbrook and Globe will possibly be next if successful in Show Low.

In closing, if we continue to keep our heads together, continue to grow and prosper, in the end we will prevail and strive to always be better. In the words of Orson Scott Card, “If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault”.


Report by Russell Medigovich II
Grocery business agent

Hello brothers and sisters I was recently hired by Teamsters Local 104 as the new grocery business agent. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you and helping this great union grow stronger than ever. A little history about myself I started with United Dairyman of Arizona in October of 2004 as a Teamster driver.

In April of 2006 I left and went to Safeway Stores Inc. I was a driver there for the past 10 years. For six of those years I proudly served my membership as a shop steward. If you have any concerns feel free to give me a call at (602-477-9060) or by e-mail Russell.medigovich@teamsterslocal104.com.

“Labor never quits. We never give up—no matter how tough the odds, no matter how long it takes.”
— George Manny.

Report by Kevin KT Thomas
business agent
Teamster brothers and sisters: Here in the extremely hot desert southwest (record setting heat), we are not just battling the heat; we have to continually battle the companies’ treatment and uphold the rights of workers.
US Foods (Tucson drivers) — These members have shown incredible unity and patience while we fight for a fair contract. The 23 Teamster drivers continue to help grow the business and remain loyal to the union and this fight. We do have some new negotiation dates scheduled for the month of July, and we have the leadership in place to help facilitate a new fair bargaining agreement.
Sun Van — The Teamsters of this unit are instrumental in providing the best on-time and safety performance in the industry, all while being watched continuously by the company’s increased reliance on technology with video cameras and GPS.
The majority of the Teamsters here have to work a split shift schedule, which can prove challenging if child care is needed or college courses are taken. Quite a few of our members have part-time status and a second job is necessary. Working the split shift is common in the transit industry. Our goal is to help reduce the number of split shifts and increase the fulltime ranks. I’m very proud and honored to be the business agent for this unit. I will work with the members to help improve their work place and grow the membership.
Sun Tran — As I write this report I’m proud to say we have 490 plus strong Teamster brothers and sisters who do their jobs at the highest level—mechanics and coach operators alike. Our members have formed committee groups that meet with the company on a wide variety of issues.
For example, coach operators have an assault committee where they discuss safety and concerns, help develop better procedures and introduce new ways to keep them out of harm’s way. Currently driver partitions and possible CCTV are being installed on several coaches. .Mechanics are also working with the company to provide the best and safest fleet available.


June 2016


Ruan contract extended

Report from Josh Graves,
Warehouse Division

PHOENIX — We have been in negotiations recently with Ruan and unfortunately were not able to get a new fully agreed contract prior to the expiration date. As this issue of the Rocky Mountain Teamster went to press, we had extended the current contract for 30 days to give us time to get a full agreement done.

We have not heard a decision yet on the “boot” arbitration but I hope to soon. Please check Union board as we will post new updates as they develop.

Ruan/Holsum — All drivers will now get paid for drop/hook at the Holsum Bakeries starting May 29, 2016, along with the wage increase.

US Foods — The US Foods members have shown true solidarity and unity through our fight to get a fair contract. As I write this report we have just honored Locals 848 and 542 extensions of picket lines this past week. This is very tough for all our members and puts a huge financial burden on their families. I am proud to be your business agent and I will continue to fight until we prevail.

Safeway — Albertson’s has filed for zoning permits with the city of Tolleson, and at this point there has not been any approval from the city. Safeway’s volume of business has definitely increased over the past several months, which I know because the members are working huge amounts of overtime. This should slow down as we hit the summer months and Safeway continues to hire more employees.

Safeway Milk — The union has extended the current contract until August 9, 2016, in order to give us time to negotiate a new contract. This was due to the company not being available until the first week of July. The extension agreement does include full retroactivity on wages and benefits. I look forward to negotiating a new contract.

Southwest Ambulance — I want to wish Steward Kurt Foltz a speedy recovery from his shoulder surgery.

There is about a one month delay prior to the Rocky Mountain Teamster paper being printed and as you all know things change constantly. You can read updated versions of the paper online at jc3rmt.com.

I would like to congratulate Armando Rios retiring from Golden State Foods with 22 years and congratulate Ben Hassler retiring with 40 years from Ruan/Fry’s. One of these days you’ll see the light and we’ll have the union in. Just a matter of time.—W.M. “Jack” Anderson, first local president, UAW local 645, Texas.

Report from Arnold Coronado,
business agent

I am hoping that this report reaches all my brothers, sisters, along with their loved ones, in the best of health. The facilities and sorts that I handle are Phoenix- daysort, twilight, midnight; Phoenix Airport-sunrise, twilight; Tempe-twilight, and the Prescott and Camp Verde facilities, which are my outlying areas. I would say that combined the three most common issues being grieved are discipline for un-dependability, supervisors working and excessive overtime. The undependability issue is one that is hard to fight, especially if the company has met their contractual obligation by utilizing every step of the progressive discipline that is in place. As mentors, we must make every effort and stress the importance of reporting to work on time because, when hired, dependability is the employee’s obligation.

The supervisor-working violation has historic, ongoing and will probably continue as long as management does not hold their own accountable. When this happens, I would expect a member to file a grievance with the specific times, dates, areas and description of the bargaining unit work being performed. At the April 2016, JALM Panel Hearings, it seemed as though the company has now taken the position to fight and use every excuse in the book to justify management working, resulting in this type of case actually being heard. Typically in most cases the supervisor-working grievances have been settled at home. I believe when a supervisor-working grievance is filed with specific details on the day in question— and bargaining unit employees are afforded the opportunity to leave early or offered the day off upon arrival—any excuse made by the company would not justify management working. You have to ask yourself how often are these offers given?

Excessive overtime seems to be widespread and the company continually violates Article 37 of NMA, although it continually pays the penalty that applies. There are days when last minute decisions are made by management to break out routes. We all know that the result of this occurring is certainly going to lengthen a package car driver’s day. We also know that when this happens the company will offer one, maybe two, scheduled drivers by seniority, the opportunity to take the day off depending on how many routes are broken out. You have to ask yourself how often does this happen and is this happening everywhere? Believe me, it is completely understood that our drivers are beat up, aching and simply exhausted due to the amount of hours worked. The company certainly knows this when they make a last minute decision to break out a route and they take it for granted that someone will accept this offer. The last question that I have to all before closing out this report is:”What would happen if for one week, all scheduled drivers from top dog to last on the totem pole denied the day off opportunity and stated that they wanted to work? Thank you all for taking the time to read this report. Unity is key!

Report from Dustin Howell,
UPS business agent

As we meet, the summer months’ head-on in Phoenix, we preach to our members about the importance of staying safe, rested and hydrated in what we call the months of hell. With temperatures well over 110 degrees for four months it’s a necessity for our members to take their breaks and lunches and stay alert while performing their work assignments. I believe at times we forget to enforce contractual language pertaining to safety committees, breaks and lunches.

In our Feeder department we made it through the bidding process and vacation selection without a hitch. Issues of summer months and depleting volume bring on the balancing act of feeder drivers being pushed back into the package ranks. It’s a hard time for these drivers based on their schedules stay inconsistent until the volume picks back up in the fall.

In our Mesa building with retirees and new stewards being elected, it is back to the drawing board. Each time we elect new stewards it’s exciting to revisit training and workshops to ensure we are all on the same page. Our 9/5 issues are getting better and the company is learning that treating employees with respect and dignity actually works. I would like to recognize 28-year Teamster Alfred Franco for his dedication and congratulate him on his retirement.

In Tempe we have also had new elections for stewards, and I wish to welcome them all to our team. 9/5 issues and supervisor working grievances are also starting to diminish. We continue to uphold the contract and help the company realize that it has inadequate staffing. The Tempe preload stewards are becoming a well-oiled machine and truly understand the definition of “Solidarity”.

In our outlying areas (Show Low, Payson, Holbrook, and Globe), I’m proud to say that we are learning how to communicate and deal with the vast distance between agent/steward with technology. We stay in constant communication through text messaging and email. I was able to meet with the Show Low, Payson, and Holbrook Teamsters and was successful with signing up new members. Thanks to Holbrook Steward Johnny Johnson and 28-year Teamster Jerry Barela for their help with signing up new members.

In closing I would like to share something I’ve learned as a now two-year business agent: Without constant communication and an open ear, you will not succeed. Thanks to all the members who support us daily with their due diligence and patience. In the words of General Douglas MacArthur: “A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him!”


April 2016


What is important to UPS?

Report from Dustin Howell
Business agent

PHOENIX — It seems that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Maybe I should phrase it as, “wake up and smell the coffee?” So with a lackluster performance from the company again this past peak, multiple center wide grievances filed, and an abundance of disgruntled employees, I asked this, “UPS, what is more important to you, your unfair production standards, or customer service?”

In our Mesa facility the company forced both centers San Tan and Mesa to come in and work on December 20, 2015. Might I add this is a Sunday? With language supporting seventh day worked as double time rate of pay, guaranteed eight hours of pay for scheduled work days, and eight hours of sick pay if called in, you can bet the employees were thrown for a loop when they did not receive any of the three mentioned above. With over 140 grievances filed for that day alone, it will be very interesting to see what the final decision will be. It could cost upwards alone over $200,000.00 in penalties.

In our Tempe facility constant supervisor working and excessive overtime grievances are being filed daily. Through the first two weeks of January, the average excessive overtime grievance was being paid well over $400, and the average supervisor working grievance being paid at over $200. It’s time to get busy, company, and hire more employees.

In our Feeder department once again the issue is subcontracting. We have an all-affected grievance filed and a protest of the peak season plans. The monetary claim for this infraction is well over $80,000. Hopefully, with help from prior arbitration decisions, we will be victorious and force the company to hire more drivers, use other union carriers, use casuals, then the last line of defense, subcontractors.

In closing, I would like to speak to the gap that continues to grow between blue collar workers and corporate America. With corporate mandates and unfair production standards, how are we as laborers to survive? Look at two definitions of labor: “Productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain,” and “physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil.” Three key words, “physical, fatiguing, and productive” come to mind when you read these definitions. My question is this: When does corporate America realize that the more production you try to squeeze out of the work force, two of the three words come into play and yes, the third “productive” suffers. I once had a division manager refer to our workforce as “industrial athletes” and he was the head coach.

He said professional athletes sign contracts and are expected adhere to the agreement. But, he asked: “What happens if they don’t adhere to the agreement? They get cut or traded, correct?” My fellow steward responded, “This is true, but in the end who is held accountable? The head coach, correct?” Food for thought!

February 2016


Proposal meetings set for Ruan/Fry’s contract

Report from Josh Graves, Warehouse Division
PHOENIX — We will be having proposal meetings for the new contract at Ruan/Fry’s in February. Please check the union board for dates and times. Please make every effort to attend. The “boot policy” arbitration has been rescheduled to February 3, 2016.

I would also like to send my condolences to the family of Harold Downing, who passed away on January 4. Harold was a driver with Ruan for 25 years and was well liked by his fellow union brothers.

US Foods — As this issue of the Rocky Mountain Teamster goes to press, we are in negotiations. At this time, the union is optimistic that we will achieve an agreement prior to this article being printed. The union and company will also be going to trial on January 20 over the unfair labor practice charge cases that have been consolidated into one case. We hope to be victorious in the judge’s decision as well. I would like to personally say I am proud to represent the US Foods members, as they have showed true unity through the two walk outs to stand in solidarity for one of their brothers.

Safeway — The Albertson’s facility has not started the expansion yet and has not filed for any zoning permits from the city of Tolleson. This process will be a long one and is looking like it will take longer than the 18 months as projected. Please be patient until we officially start the process. We will not have answers until this happens, but if you have any questions feel free to give me a call.

Safeway Milk — We will be having proposal meetings towards April or May. I will send times and dates out as we get closer. I look forward to negotiating a new contract.

Southwest Ambulance — AMR has started the integration process in taking over Rural Metro. They have given written notice to the union they will honor the current collective bargaining agreement. We are a small unit out there and the membership needs to stay focused and united.

Please remember there is about a one month delay before the Rocky Mountain Teamster is published, and things change constantly.

I would like to congratulate Gene Roberts retiring from Ruan/Fry’s with 24 years and would like to thank him for his service as a shop steward. Also, I would like to congratulate Russell Heptinstall retiring with 18 years from Safeway.

“All that harms labor is treason to America”
– Abraham Lincoln

Report from Kevin Thomas, business agent
Sun Van — Here in southern Arizona we just finished up two months of negotiations with PTS (TransDev).

The membership was asking and looking for another fair contract, to include:

  • Better maintained vehicles
  • Improved language for all departments,
  • Receiving the sick/personal leave up front for all fulltime employees,
  • Stronger language for bidding of routes and vacations,
  • A relaxed dress code for router reservationist, dispatchers and phone clerks
  • An increase in wages (Last increase for this unit was in 2012) Long overdue . . .

We are excited to report that the membership voted and passed the new two-year contract overwhelmingly—43 yes to three no—thanks to the hard work and long hours the negotiating committee members put in to help achieve a better contract for the membership at Sun Van.

Committee members were Emery Johnson, chief steward, and Calvin Dacus Jr., Trina Haury, Rick Evans and Vanessa Garcia, stewards. Great contract; job well done.

Sun Tran — Another PTS (TransDev) Unit I would like to update on is SunTran. This unit was on strike for 42 long days for such reasons as driver safety, mold presence in the maintenance facility and coaches.

Immediately after ratification of the new contract, the membership started forming committees to help the overall working conditions improve. They now have a scheduling committee and an efficiencies committee to name a couple.

Driver safety is a huge concern, and we now have driver partitions being installed in a few of the coaches with the operators collectively deciding on the best overall choice. Side mirrors are being moved down to aid in better visibility, Hiring and training of new Fare Enforcement Officers is being implemented in the month of January.

We know that when all these changes are complete driver and passenger safety will improve greatly. Still, there are areas that will take more time to implement. Working alongside the company and committees, we will continue to make the necessary improvements.

Union Strong, Membership Strong!

Report from Carlos Toledo, business agent
Asarco — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a third consolidated complaint against Asarco, LLC, which includes an allegation that the company unlawfully implemented portions of its “last, best and final” contract proposal on December 1, 2015, in the absence of a bargaining impasse.

The NLRB issued two previous consolidated complaints against Asarco for unfair labor practices that include “failing and refusing” to negotiate with the eight unions which represent workers at the Grupo Mexico subsidiary’s five U.S. facilities. Teamsters Local 104 represents 130 members at the Mission plant just south of Tucson, Arizona.

The NLRB has scheduled a hearing on March 15, 2016, when an administrative law judge will review evidence against Asarco and listen to testimony of the case.

WE ARE ONE
WE ARE STRONG!

Finley Distributing — Finley’s contract will expire on May 16, 2016. We will schedule contract proposal meetings soon and will need everyone’s input. The company has recently opened the new warehouse and has expanded its inventory by acquiring Alliant Beverage beer products, most notably Sam Adams, Guinness, and Sapporo to name a few.

Mission Linen — Mission’s contract will expire on September 30, 2016. Like Finley, we will also soon schedule contract proposal meetings. We are facing many challenges when it comes to discipline, ranging from attendance to unilateral changes from technology in the delivery vehicles.

Report from Dustin Howell, business agent
It’s hard to even begin this article. In 25 years with UPS and an 18-year affiliate with the Teamsters, I can honestly say I have never seen such a chaotic, unplanned, and understaffed peak season. In 2013, UPS had its highest peak season volume in the history of the company and was not ready for such a huge task. The company received horrible reviews and was under scrutiny by their stock holders. In 2014, UPS learned from its mistakes and made two major adjustments: hire more employees and put volume caps on the larger shipping customers. After our peak season review with the company I knew this was going to be a disastrous Christmas delivery season.

The company provided an ill-advised and incomplete peak season planning feeder subcontracting review. Once again we protested it and—armed with factual proof and an arbitrary decision in favor for all Teamster feeder drivers — we may have a stronger case to end the abuse of over subcontracting. I am proud to say that we have set up a strong network among locals in California and Las Vegas to help keep an eye on the so-called “ghost subcontractors.”

In the package delivery world our drivers dealt with new tasks of finishing their 12-hour day, and being forced to go into other centers to help out. The majority of all package car drivers ran out of hours as early as 4 p.m. on Friday.

Not only was UPS understaffed with bargaining employees, it didn’t have enough management to train employees. In the Mesa building, San Tan center is one of the leading centers in the nation for residential deliveries. UPS sent more than 25 management personnel to deliver packages. From division managers to labor managers they sent over an army. We will be processing multiple supervisor working grievances moving forward. We will also be challenging an issue with drivers in our Mesa building being scheduled to work on Sunday.

The part time ranks were even worse. Part timers were working up to 16 hours a day. Supervisors working, (hourly work) were begging our members to file for their hours so they wouldn’t have to load, unload, sort, and pickoff packages anymore. I’m sure the company will come back with the excuse of “exhausting all means” yet they simply didn’t hire enough employees.

In closing I would like to extend my gratitude to Vice President Karla Schumann, and Business Agents Alex Montez and Arnold Coronado for their help this peak season. I had to undergo neck surgery and was out for six weeks and they tended to my responsibilities and took care of the members that I oversee.

I would also like to thank the following stewards who are the strength day-in and day-out that hold our membership together: Al Franco, Dan Sullivan, Norm McKissick, George Streight, Dean Ornelas, David Fierros, Tracy Scholty, Danny Gonzalez, Karen Antelmi, Mathew Smith, Eddie Garfias, Brad Ziska, Steven Hernandez, Thomas Fairbairn, Eric Baker, Omar Carrasquillo.

And Ray Wilson, Jeff Pinney, JP Jandreau, Michael Samuel Jr, Nemir Meade, Noel Crowl, Thomas Jarvis, Larry Ayala, Crispin Coronado, Tony Garavetto, Maurice Nelson, Brian Pope, Jesse Rudd, Joe Figueroa, John Bandin, Pete Romero, Tony Nuetzman, JR Johnston, and Bob Bartlett. Without these dedicated Stewards we wouldn’t be the ethos that we have become.

Report from Arnold Coronado, business agent
I hope that all my Teamster brothers and sisters enjoyed the Holiday Season and that this report reaches all and their loved ones in the best of health. I would like to give recognition for the abundance of hours worked necessary to make service on the increased volume that the Holiday Season entails. Great job to all! Hopefully, 2016 will be a better year for all. I know at times there are certain members of management who make it very difficult on employees who exercise their contractual rights by retaliating in issuing discipline. Although there is language that prohibits this type of retaliatory behavior, more often than not, the discipline being issued is either for undependability, improper methods or not working as directed.

Undependability is very hard to defend, especially when an individual has numerous infractions that fall under this umbrella. Please make every effort to be on time every scheduled day and work as directed, utilizing the method expectation of the company. By following this advice, you would not have to give a second thought to disciplinary retaliation when exercising your contractual right in grievance form. I would also like to recognize and reiterate my gratefulness to my stewards who are my eyes and ears in combating management’s never ending creative spins on negotiated language. My Phoenix hub stewards are Brian Pope, Jason Cano, Jason Joseph, Jim Suiter, Joe Gordoa, Michael Hartman, Miguel Cardona, Quetzal Pena, Rocky Arcadi, Sal Lopez, Scott Drusczc, Teresa Tomlinson and Tyler Wilkinson. My Phoenix Gateway stewards are Art Stevenson, Larry McBride and Miles Kunau. My Tempe Stewards are Noah Broessel and James Smith. My Prescott stewards are Mario Gomez, Aaron Brown, Nick King and Albert Heath. My Camp Verde Steward is Cindy Koog-Burkhardt. Thank You!

Report from Kimberly Barboro, business agent
We have successfully ratified a joint collective bargaining agreement for US Airways and American members which gave them an approximate 30 percent wage increase and an additional nine percent increase over the five year term of the contract. Our members received their first check with the new wages on December 24. The pay scale tops out at the start of the 12th year of service in the group. Our members at top of scale went from $21.41 to $29.27 an hour. Our members are now being paid industry leading wages.

Some of our members from American Airlines who work from home were able to receive over 60 percent in pay increase and receive the same benefits that all other members will receive. Some American Airlines home based reservations agents went from $17.00 to $27.73 an hour. They can finally earn the wage and receive health care that they deserve.

We were also able to accomplish no furlough language so we can make sure our members who want to work will be able to work and earn a decent living.

Our next challenge is to get the new language implemented and have one integrated seniority list. We continue to meet on these issues and hope to have them accomplished soon.