Local 267

October 2017

Scholarship winners honored

FORT COLLINS — Anheuser Busch Brewery General Manager Gene Bocis and I had the pleasure recently to present the certificates to scholarship award winners and their parents during a cake reception.

Anheuser Bush/Teamster Brewery Conference Scholarships were awarded to:
Steven Rodriguez, son of Packaging Operator Kenny Rodriguez. (Steven also received a Local 267 scholarship award)
Derek Summers, son of packaging operator, Bruce Summers.
Isabella Forster, daughter of maintenance technician Craig Forster.
Not pictured; Allie Wells, daughter of quality assurance analyst David Wells
Teamsters Local 267 scholarships of $1,000 have also been awarded to:
Steven Rodriguez, son of packaging operator Kenny Rodriguez.
Sydney Otto, daughter of warehouse operator Bill Otto.
Jacey Maloney, daughter of packaging weekender Leo Maloney.

August 2017

Members offer much in retirement

FORT COLLINS — Over the last several years we have had many retirements, too many to count it seems and with each retiree, so goes the many years of their experience and expertise not only on the shop floor but also in union membership. So much of what we learn about being solid union members comes from the collective experience gained by the trials and errors, successes and failures, victories and defeats of our brothers and sisters who have come before us and are now enjoying their retirement. It really is upon us as union members, to learn from those with so many years of experience, and then to pass along that knowledge to our brothers and sisters who have yet to experience these things.

As our experienced union members retire, those remaining who haven’t learned all they could from them while they were here, must build upon and learn from their own experiences or the entire bargaining unit will lose its strength and falter.

To exercise some biased privilege I want to highlight one particular retiree who, in my opinion, takes with her more valuable experience and expertise than the entire local may realize. As I said, I am biased, but when Sharon Ohmann retired last May, much of what made this union local strong, unfortunately, left with her.

Sharon started her career in one of the first hiring groups shortly after the brewery opened in 1987. Five or six years later, after a shop steward dismissed her request to file a grievance (a grievance she later processed through another steward and won) she decided to run for that steward position in her department and was elected. She never looked back and remained a shop steward right up to her recent retirement to become one of the longest serving stewards in our local, if not the longest.
Over the next twenty plus years, even many of those who did not initially support her election as a shop steward sought her out as their representative of choice in their grievances, disciplines, health coverage challenges, FMLA, pension and retirement issues, etc.

Sharon’s performance and record as a shop steward has raised the bar for all stewards in this local union. From the day she was hired and then more-so from the first day she became a steward, she meticulously kept notes and records of her daily activities and those who have witnessed this first-hand will tell you, there was nothing quite like seeing her engage in a discussion with a manager citing what they themselves said often years prior, complete with date, time and names of those involved. More often than not, the issue would be resolved on the spot and not require the grievance procedure.

If there is any wisdom I can pass along to all shop stewards in all union locals, it’s to do as Sharon has done as a shop steward and document all your daily steward activities, in as much detail as possible, into a searchable format.

Sharon served on the local executive board nearly as long as she served as a shop steward. She had been a most valued resource to our office managers especially in preparation for our annual audits.

Sharon did her homework and tracked every change in contract language, in active and retiree healthcare, pension, 401K, leaves of absence, FMLA, attendance policies and in perhaps the most convoluted and misinterpreted process in the local’s history – overtime scheduling.

Again, Sharon diligently kept records of all these changes throughout the years, and when it comes to questions about these things, there are those who knew and those who thought they knew but ultimately asked Sharon. Most remember how her “lunch bag” looked more like luggage with all the folders, files, documents stuffed inside and outside in every side pocket. And many had bent her ear while she was on her break, or while she was at home on her own time, (and to this day), asking her about an issue that she was able to clear up with something she just happened to have handy.

Sharon’s expertise was not only sought out by those in the Ft Collins brewery, but many times, especially during contract negotiations, by other brewery business agents and representatives of the brewery conference who reached out to her for information on all the different processes not only in Ft Collins but in the other breweries.

So, now Local 267 bids goodbye to Sharon Ohmann, former Vice President, Pension Trustee, Shop Steward and Packaging Operator – Active Member of the Union. (Sharon’s attendance rate at monthly general membership meetings will likely never be matched). To all our shop stewards and other members of the local, it is now up to you to decide if you want to follow Sharon’s example, to give up so much of your personal time to do the homework necessary to be prepared and willing to assist those who need help or to assist those who don’t know they need help, and then to be prepared to pass along that valuable experience and skill to the next generation of union members until the day comes when you decide to enjoy your retirement.

Sharon, you were the absolute best union officer and shop steward from any labor organization I have had the pleasure of knowing and serving with. I know you will enjoy your retirement, I’ll see to it because you’ve definitely earned it.

Scholarships

No matter what’s going on at this time of year, I can always count on being able to share the good news of announcing the annual scholarship award recipients for 2017. The brewery general manager Gene Bocis and I had the pleasure to present the certificates to the award winners and their parents during a cake reception.

Our scholarship programs have been a huge success over the years primarily because we have always had former CSU Professor, Dr. Pamela Jackson willing to take on the difficult job of selecting the recipients from among the many applications submitted to both programs.

Pam grew up in a Teamster family and has been instrumental in ensuring the integrity of our scholarship programs. Her final recommendation report leaves no doubt that all our scholarship award recipients are selected by their accomplishments in fair comparison to their peers.

I also want to thank the brewery’s administrative staff headed up by Shelley Coe Allen, for their work in processing the applications with Dr Jackson and as always, for arranging a nice little cake reception each year at the brewery to celebrate our scholarship recipients with their parents. It’s always enjoyable to share some stories with (and about) these young adults and get some photos. Congratulations to all of you!

Lastly, the 10th annual SRAM (Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis) 5K walk/run was held in Loveland on June 17. As always, the Joint Council parade truck “BIG” was the center-piece serving as the starting line stage.

I participated in the 5K walk this year and finished a strong 943rd just behind a lady who was 8 months pregnant and a 94 year old World War II Veteran. I did manage to get a picture with the WWII Vet “Charley” and Vietnam Veteran, Teamster retiree and driver of “BIG” Jim Adams.

This year an amazing meningitis survivor, Nick Springer was the guest speaker. At the age of 14, Nick contracted meningitis when he was at a summer camp and as a result he is now a quadruple amputee.

However, Nick has gone on to do amazing things with his life, he is an advocate for meningitis and avid athlete as accomplished wheelchair rugby player, representing Team USA in the last two Paralympic games. In Beijing ’08, he helped his team capture a gold medal and in London ’12, he once again aided his team in winning a Bronze.

Sierra’s Race attracts over 1,500 participants every year and over the past nine years has raised over $410,000 and has ultimately been able to provide 5,200 free vaccinations. This translates into 5,200 families that are protected from the heartbreaking loss of a loved one taken from them. So while the race has been a fun, healthy and competitive vehicle to accomplish their goals, their purpose has always been to raise awareness and provide free vaccinations to anyone and everyone who wants one.

Ever since the meningitis outbreak of 2010 that took the lives of three local hockey players, two of whom played on the Teamsters adult league hockey team, one of whom was Teamster local 267 member Bill Jubert – Teamsters Local 267 and Teamsters Joint Council 3 have teamed up in support of SRAM with donations and the use of “BIG” to proudly serve as the starting line stage for the 5K walk / run and with funds raised at the annual Face Off Against Meningitis (FOAM) ice hockey tournament.

From the executive board and office staff of our local, we wish you safe and happy times for the rest of the summer and beyond.

February 2017

New member added to e-board

FORT COLLINS — Happy 2017 from the executive board to all our members, new, old and retired. We hope everyone had great Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends.

Through the nomination meeting in September of 2016 and the local executive board election on October 12, 2016, the members voted to retain me as secretary-treasurer, Mike Cova as president, Boyd Cook as recording secretary and Earth Lindsay and Robert Christensen as trustees. Added to the board were Kevin Kohlberg as vice president and Kenny Rodriguez, trustee.

As we congratulate Kevin and Kenny on their new positions we also thank outgoing Vice President Sharon Ohmann and Trustee Paul Carlton for their years of solid service to the local and for a job well done.
On December 16, 2016, in conjunction with a Christmas open house at the union hall, we concluded our annual Christmas fund drive for the Food Bank of Larimer County. Again, the local matched individual donations and we are pleased to announce this year we presented a little over $4,000 and nearly 100 pounds of food items to the Food Bank on December 19, just before Christmas, when the need is the greatest.

Now, for 2017: Many of our members will be planning festivities around their graduating high school seniors this spring. Local 267 offers three $1,000 college scholarships available to graduating sons and daughters of active, (including weekenders), retired and deceased members and those applications are available now at the union office or on our website WWW.Lu267.Org.

These local scholarships are just part of the many benefits of being a Teamster member, including other Teamster scholarships – James R Hoffa Merit and Essay scholarships (also available at the office or on the web site), and the Anheuser-Busch/Brewery Conference of Teamsters scholarships (applications may soon be available at the brewery).

Our Local web site (www. LU267.org) is available to Teamster members – and if you want to join the nearly 200 LU267 members already accessing weekly schedules and occasional updates – just contact the union office at 482-2749 for a log-in and password.

Since we have had quite a few retirements and new hires over the last year or so, we older guard tend to forget our newest brothers and sisters may not be aware of how much their livelihoods and working conditions depend on maintaining this strong union.

Many will refer to “the union” as something apart from themselves, something they don’t perhaps realize is more than just an office somewhere that holds monthly meetings. Let our newest brothers and sisters know that they, we – all of us are – “The Union.” And the day will come when we must pass the torch to them and they will be the ones entrusted with keeping their union strong.

As many of you already know, attending the monthly membership meetings is not only an important way to get valuable information, to understand how your union dues are used and why, but also provides the added benefit of not being charged 12 overtime hours for attending the meeting. And attending all 12 monthly union meetings could translate into having 120-144 “less” charged overtime hours, just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. View the list of meeting dates already posted on the Union bulletin boards at the brewery.

As our members retire, the overall number of our DRIVE membership goes down. DRIVE (Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education) is an exclusively Teamster program by which members may have their voluntary donation of as little as just one dollar per week deducted from their paycheck and sent directly to the IBT DRIVE department to be used for research – it takes considerable resources to monitor every piece of legislation and program for possible attacks on labor – and then to communicate that to us, so we can and make sound decisions on which candidates will work in the best interest of working men and women and deserve deserve our support.

One half of all DRIVE funds from Local 267 are returned to Colorado to be combined with DRIVE funds from the other Colorado Teamster Locals, and are used to address labor related issues and support labor friendly candidates in our state.

If you’re not already in DRIVE, please consider joining us. As you should be aware by now, every election year is “the most important election year” ever. If you’re already in DRIVE, please consider increasing your commitment for the same reason.

We wish you all the best this new year. We look forward to seeing you at the next general membership meeting.

In solidarity.

December 2016

Have a great Holiday Season

FORT COLLINS — Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the executive board to our committee members, shop stewards and all our members and retirees of Local 267. We hope you all have a chance to celebrate this holiday season with family and friends.

We added more bargaining unit employees to our rank-and-file this year. Your Teamster brothers and sisters welcome you and hope to see you at all our union meetings and events. If any of you are interested in becoming a shop steward, there are openings in the roster due to the many retirements over the last couple years. This is your chance to get more involved in your union as some of the “old guard” have moved forward into their retirement.

Also, we have a local web site (www.LU267.org) and if you want to join the nearly 200 LU267 members receiving weekly schedules and occasional updates, just contact the union office at 482-2749 and well get you set up with a log-in and password.

Since 2009, Local 267 has awarded $24,000 in scholarships to graduating sons and daughters of its members, including weekenders, retirees and deceased active members. These scholarships, along with several other Teamster scholarships (James R Hoffa Merit and Essay scholarships, Anheuser-Busch/Brewery Conference of Teamsters, etc. are just part of the many benefits of being a Teamster member. Our local scholarship program has been a funding priority of ours and will continue in 2017. Watch the union bulletin boards in the brewery and our web site for details.

A reminder: the hall will be closed the last two weeks of the year. Continue to watch the bulletin boards for official announcements

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

August 2016

Local scholarships awarded

FORT COLLINS — Before I get to the scholarships, I just want to proudly announce that once again the Teamsters came out BIG to support the annual SRAM (Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis) 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, June 18, at the Foundations Church in Loveland.

Members of Locals 17, 267, 455 and the Teamsters Horsemen Chapter 3, helped John “Rowdy” Oxley and Jim Adams set up the JC3 parade truck as the starting line speaker platform, which has become an expected fixture at every SRAM event.

Meningitis kills or disables over a million people per year and yet meningitis can be prevented with a vaccination but very few people are aware of this. Teamsters Joint Council 3 and Local 267 have teamed up to help SRAM raise awareness and save lives by supporting Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis. Visit this site http://sierrasraceagainstmeningitis.com to see more pictures of the event.

And in conjunction with SRAM 5K of course, is the 7th annual FOAM (Face Off Against Meningitis) ice hockey tournament to support SRAM, the weekend of August 6/7 at the Edora Pool and Ice Center in Ft Collins.

As of the writing of this article the Teamsters have already entered three teams into the tourney, with the expectation that the JC3 team will again win the open division – but that might be wishful thinking this year as the competition has been tightening up over the last couple years with more players coming up from Denver.

When Local 267 lost former Eboard officer, maintenance shop steward and captain of the Local 267 hockey team, Bill Jubert, to meningitis during the outbreak in 2010, we committed to keeping his memory alive by supporting SRAM every year, especially through the FOAM hockey tournament which has raised over $100,000 for free meningitis vaccinations to date. Check out the FOAM website for additional information. http://www.fcaha.org/foam/

Scholarships – Local 267 offers three $1,000 college merit scholarships to graduating sons and daughters of active weekender, retired and deceased members. These local scholarships, combined with many $1,000 and several $10,000 James R. Hoffa Memorial Fund merit scholarships and essay contests, along with four Anheuser-Busch/IBT Brewery Conference merit scholarships are offered every year.

This year’s scholarship award recipients, as selected by Dr Pam Jackson (CSU) are:
Three $1000 Local 267 scholarships were award to – Haley and Mathew Whelan, (daughter and son of Todd Whelan) and Randall Peters (son of Cynthia Reynoso); and four $1000 AB/BCT scholarship were awarded to Haley and Mathew Whelan, Randall Peters and Emma Kerr (daughter of Mike Riley).

Our hats are off to all the fine sons and daughters of our Teamster members who applied for scholarships this year and the competition was tough. As always, we are just so fortunate to have Pam Jackson in the process to review the applications and select the award recipients. I think I speak for Pam in saying the quality of the essays and level of talent we’re seeing in these great kids is just getting better and better every year.

We have a local web site www.LU267.org. We also have many new-hires in the ranks these days who might not know that. Contact the union office at 482-2749 for a log-in and password so you can start receiving weekly schedules and occasional updates.

The Eboard wishes you all the best as we “round turn three” on 2016. Watch the web site and bulletin boards on the shop floor and join us at the next general membership meeting.


Local Union Officer Nominations Meeting and Election Notice

Pursuant to Article 22, Section 4 of the Constitution of the International Union and Article XIX of the Local Union Bylaws, nominations will be held as follows for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary – Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and three (3) Trustees, for the period of January 1, 2017 through and ending December 31, 2019. The term of all officers will be three (3) years.

Nominations: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.

Location: Teamsters Local 267 Union Office, 434 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Eligibility to Nominate: To be eligible to nominate or second, a member must have their dues and initiation fees paid through August 2016. All Dues and any arrearages, assessments, fines or initiation fees must be paid by 3:00pm on September 09, 2016, at the Union Office, 434 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins CO 80524.

The International Constitution and Local Union Bylaws provide, in part, that nominations shall be made at the nominations meeting by a member in good standing, other than the nominee, by motion seconded by a member in good standing, other than the nominee. Prospective nominees are advised to verify, in advance of the nomination meeting, the eligibility of their nominators and seconders. Candidates must accept nomination at the time made, either in person or, if absent, in writing and may accept nomination only for one office.

Nominations will be conducted in accordance with the rules set forth in the International Constitution and Local Union Bylaws, which are available on request.

Eligibility to run for office: To be eligible to run for Local Union Office, a member must:

1. Be a member in continuous good standing of the Local Union, with one’s dues paid to the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination with no interruptions in active membership due to suspensions, expulsions, withdrawals, transfers or failure to pay dues, fines, assessments, or initiation fees, and;

2. Be employed in the craft within the jurisdiction of the Local Union for a period of twenty-four (24) consecutive months prior to the month of nomination, and;

3. Be otherwise eligible to serve if elected.
Election: The Election will be a secret ballot election, conducted by an election committee consisting of members in good standing of the Local Union. Ballots will be cast in person by a walk in election at the Union Office. All ballots will be counted by the election committee at the Union Office at the close of the election on the election date.

Election Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Teamsters Local 267 Union Office, 434 S. Link Lane, Fort Collins CO 80524

Absentee ballots: Absentee ballots will be available on September 20, 2016 at the Union Office. All absentee ballots must be received by the Union Office on or before noon on October 11, 2016.

April 2016


Local conducts successful DRIVE campaign

FORT COLLINS — We hope all our members — new, old and retired had a Happy Easter. Spring is definitely in the air and with the changing weather comes some new challenges for your local union.

DRIVE (Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education)—As I reported in the last issue, many of our members who retired over the last couple of years were among the more than 100 DRIVE members we had at one time. With these retirements, our number of DRIVE participants has dipped below 50, so we felt it was critical that we renew efforts to increase our participation rate, especially among the many newer members.

Mark Shumar and Joe Saroli, field representatives from the IBT DRIVE department, visited us over the March 11 weekend. Brother Saroli brought with him many years of political experiences from the New York area, and joined us as we made ourselves available to our members during the shift changes to answer question about the DRIVE program and assist them in signing their pledge cards.

On March 12, Brother Saroli also addressed the members at our monthly general membership meeting. I am happy to announce that we were able to get close to 60 new members signed up for DRIVE, which brings our total number of participants to a new high of nearly 110, which is on or about 25 percent of our membership, well above the national average.

DRIVE is a program started by Teamsters many years ago, which allows members to voluntarily donate as little as one dollar per paycheck directly to the IBT DRIVE department to be used for research (it takes considerable resources to monitor every piece of legislation and program for possible attacks on workers, and then to communicate that to us), and to support candidates and campaigns from all political parties that are working to protect labor and the working class,
Half of all Local 267’s DRIVE funds are returned to Colorado to be combined with DRIVE funds from the other Colorado Teamster Locals and used to address labor-related issues and support worker friendly candidates in our state.

If you’re not already in DRIVE, please consider joining us, especially during this most important election year. If you are already in DRIVE, please consider increasing your commitment for the same reason.

Scholarships — Along with spring, the high school graduation “season” will be upon us in pretty short order as well. Just as a reminder, Local 267 offers three $1,000 college scholarships, available to graduating sons and daughters of active, (including weekenders), retired and deceased members. These local scholarships — combined with many $1,000 and several $10,000 JRHMSF (James R Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund) merit scholarships and essay contests, along with four $1000 Anheuser-Busch/Brewery Conference of Teamsters merit scholarships — are just part of the many benefits to your sons and daughters of being a Teamster family.

Don’t let time slip away and miss out on these opportunities. And remember, your graduating son or daughter may apply for all of these scholarships and we typically see many multiple award recipients. Watch the union bulletin boards in the brewery and our web site (www.LU267.org) for details.

Speaking of our local web site www.LU267.org, our IT department (OK, our “IT department” is actually the site developer and administrator, Terry Knight) has been busy making some security improvements, just to make things a little tougher for the hackers. We don’t foresee the changes affecting your access to the site, and in fact you’ll likely not notice them. If you’re not currently in the system and want to join the nearly 200 LU267 full time, weekend relief and retired members receiving weekly schedules and occasional updates – just contact the union office at 482-2749 for a log-in and password.

SRAM/FOAM — The annual SRAM (Sierra’s Race Against Meningitis) 5K Walk/Run is scheduled to begin at 8a.m. on Saturday, June 18, in Loveland at the Foundations Church located on Highway 34 / Denver Ave. Meningitis kills or disables around 1.2 million people per year and what’s horribly crazy is that meningitis can be prevented with simple vaccinations. The problem is, very few people are aware of this. Teamsters Joint Council 3 and Local 267 have teamed up to help SRAM raise awareness and save lives by supporting Sierra’s Race against Meningitis. Our JC3 Teamster parade truck “Big” will once again be on display at the 5K starting line on June 18. Visit this site http://sierrasraceagainstmeningitis.com to register for the 5K, and to win prizes and get a free t-shirt and meningitis vaccinations.

The 7th annual FOAM (Face Off against Meningitis) ice hockey tournament to support SRAM will be scheduled again in early August, but I’ll have to confirm those dates when they’re finalized. As many of you know; along with several other victims, Local 267 lost one of our own — E-board officer, maintenance shop steward and captain of the Local 267 hockey team, Bill Jubert, to meningitis during the outbreak in 2010. We keep his memory alive by supporting SRAM every year, especially through the FOAM hockey tournament which has raised over $100,000 for free meningitis vaccinations to date.

We wish you all the best as we continue on through 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the next general membership meeting.

In solidarity.

February 2016


Happy in the New Year

FORT COLLINS — Best wishes for the New Year to all our members—new, old and retired—from the executive board. We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year holidays with family and friends.

Well had an exciting year in organizing. I’m happy to announce that Local 267 welcomed six new members and an entirely new classification to our ranks—the West Coast Clydesdale Show-Horse Handlers.

The West Coast Hitch (now in Local 267, Fort Collins, CO) joined their brother and sister Clydesdale handlers on the East Coast Hitch (now in Local 633, Merrimack, NH) and the Clydesdale breeding facility on the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville, Missouri (now in Local 6 St. Louis, MO) in ratifying a national master agreement and local supplemental agreements specific to each facility. All three teams join the St. Louis Hitch, which has been part of Teamsters Local 6 for many years.

Anheuser Busch InBev recognized the two coastal hitch teams without an election after local union representatives presented the signed recognition cards of every hitch member. Soon thereafter, the breeding facility presented their recognition cards and—after a successful election – all three groups were being represented by the Teamsters Brewery Conference.

The bargaining team of local union representatives, headed up by Brewery Conference Director David Laughton, began the process of hammering out a labor agreement in the summer of 2015 in St Louis.

On Veterans Day, Local 267 Secretary-Treasurer Howie Dorsher, President Mike Cova; Brewery Conference Director David Laughton and Marcia McGregor of the Northern New England Benefit Trust (NNEBT) met with the West Coast Hitch team to go over the details of the labor agreements, which they ratified immediately and unanimously.

“The contract we negotiated on behalf of the show horse handlers is going to protect them and secure their employment for years to come. I hope it serves to motivate all our members to get involved with Teamster organizing efforts throughout the system,” said Laughton.

Shortly after, we all celebrated in an impromptu reception at a nearby steak house. A cold Budweiser hardly tasted any better.

Although the West Coast Hitch is technically stabled at the Fort Collins brewery, they are on the road throughout the western states making appearances in parades, events and filming commercials, for an average of 320 days a year. Their days are long, often starting well before sun up and running long past sun down, setting up and tearing down portable stables, caring for the horses, equipment and all the while interacting with an excited and curious public.

They are probably the most recognizable ambassadors for the product we make.

Although this organizing success is relatively small in numbers, the symbolism of having all the Clydesdale Hitches and the breeding facility now staffed by Teamsters, together, under one master agreement, which coincides with the master plant agreement covering all 12 Budweiser breweries, is obviously a big deal.

The image of a Teamster, proudly seated at the buck board of a 1903 Studebaker delivery wagon (the last of only three original non-replica delivery wagons and the only one still in use on the road) hauling stacks of iconic Budweiser beer, commanding eight of some of the largest horses in the world with more than 40 pounds of reigns in hand – you know – that’s pretty damn cool!

Looking ahead to 2016 and beyond, there are many organizing opportunities ripening and ready to be explored. But it takes people and effort, which is why Local 267 needs to develop its own organizing team of active and retired members who want to be part of growing the local union membership. If you’re interested, contact the union office.
On December 5, 2015, we held the Second Annual Christmas party to coincide with our annual Food Bank fund raiser. Approximately 170 retired and active members, (including quite a few of our most recently hired members), and their guests enjoyed beverages, a nice buffet dinner and of course shared their experiences inside and outside the brewery.

The Local matched funds from separate individual donations and added a portion of the ticket sales to be able to donate $2,225 to the Food Bank of Larimer County just before Christmas – when the need is the greatest.

It won’t be long before some of our members start planning events for their graduating high school seniors this spring. Local 267 offers three $1000 college scholarships, available to graduating sons and daughters of active, (including weekenders), retired and deceased members. These local scholarships, along with several other Teamster scholarships including the James R Hoffa merit and essay scholarships, Anheuser-Busch/Brewery Conference of Teamsters, etc, are just part of the many benefits of being a Teamster member. Watch the union bulletin boards in the brewery and our web site for details.

Our Local web site is (www.LU267.org). If you want to join the nearly 200 LU267 members receiving weekly schedules and occasional updates, contact the union office at 482-2749 for a log-in and password.

Since we have had quite a few retirements and new hires over the last year or so, we older guard tend to forget our newest brothers and sisters may not be aware of how much their livelihoods and working conditions depend on maintaining this strong union. Many will refer to “the union” as something apart from themselves; something they don’t perhaps realize is more than just an office somewhere that holds monthly meetings. Let our newest brother and sister know that they, we, all of us are “The Union.” And the day will come when we must pass the torch to them and they will be the ones entrusted with keeping their union strong.

Along with the many retirements we’ve had over the last few years; the overall number of our DRIVE members has gone down. DRIVE (Democrat Republican Independent Voter Education) is an exclusively Teamster program by which members may have their strictly voluntary donation of as little as just one dollar, deducted from their paycheck and sent directly to the IBT DRIVE department to be used for research (it takes considerable resources to monitor every piece of legislation and program for possible attacks on labor – and then to communicate that to us), and to support candidates from all parties who commit to protecting labor and the working class.

One half of all DRIVE funds from Local 267 are returned to Colorado to be combined with DRIVE funds from the other Colorado Teamster Locals and are used to address labor-related issues and support Labor friendly candidates in our state.

If you’re not already in DRIVE, please consider joining us, especially during this most important election year. If you’re already in DRIVE, please consider increasing your commitment for the same reason.

We wish you all the best this new year. We look forward to seeing you at the next general membership meeting.