Local 483

October 2017

A busy, productive summer

Local 483 Executive Board
Local 483 Executive Board
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer
Tom Sievers, president
Barry Reissig, vice president
Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Tyler Burden, trustee

BOISE–I hope everyone had a great summer. Our local union has had a productive and very busy summer. Organizing and member representation has kept the staff on our toes.

In my last article, I mentioned the recent organizing effort at Lamb Weston and that we had lost the vote. I also talked about several other companies that we were busy trying to organize. One of these efforts has come full circle. The hearing with Republic Services, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and our local was scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. This column was written before September 18 and you will receive it after the hearing. But on behalf of this local and the employees of Republic Services, I would like to thank Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary of Local 483 and lead organizer for this effort. She has put an extraordinary amount of personal time and effort into the campaign.

Most locals have been busy with upcoming UPS negotiation preparations and we are no exception. It goes without saying that these negations are very complex and we are all anxious to see the process begin.

I would like to reiterate that this local is always looking for members to volunteer and become more involved with this our organizing efforts. You can contact the Local at 208-343-5439 and ask for the secretary-treasurer. I would be happy to get you involved at whatever level you feel comfortable with.

Report from Kat Crump, office manager

Fall is in the air and football season is in full force. Our local has a lot on our plate right now and we are very busy. We really try to make an effort to assist all of our members, whether it be doing research for them to find an answer to a question or help filing a grievance. Our members are our first priority.

I am going to touch on some basic things that need to be addressed:

Life with Dues: As a current dues paying member, you have a life insurance policy that the Teamsters Union provides for you. Please make sure that you have the correct beneficiary listed in our office and that your beneficiary knows about the policy.

Address: Please remember that if you have a change in address, phone number, or email address, please let our office know. Your company does NOT inform us.
Going on withdrawal: If you are going to be off work for a period of time, please let our office know because we will have you fill out an honorable withdrawal slip that freezes your union dues until you are back to work.

Pension and retirement: If your contract includes pension, and you are thinking about retiring soon, or just want to check on your future, a pension representative comes to our office once a month. The appointment is about a half an hour and is free. It is important to make sure that everything is in order when it comes to your retirement.

General Membership Meetings: Our meetings are held the third Saturday of every month, however, we may go dark three months in the summer. The meeting is held at the Union Hall and starts at 10:30a.m. We would love to have as many members as possible attend these meetings because they are a great way to stay informed, be able for us to hear your voice on whatever you have to share, and best of all, meet people from all of our companies who have the same community of interests.

Enjoy the weather and let me leave you with this quote: “I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.” – Benjamin Harrison 23rd President of the United States (1889-1893)

August 2017

Campaign generates interest

Local 483 Executive Board
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer
Tom Sievers, president
Barry Reissig, vice president
Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Tyler Burden, trustee

BOISE — We at Local 483 just finished with a vote to organize at Lamb Weston in Twin Falls, Idaho. The campaign was a long and grueling effort; however, in the end, we were not successful.

I would like to thank all of the members for their contributions and support. Specifically, I would like to thank Dale Varney and Rebecca Gibson for outstanding jobs and commitment to this cause. Both members volunteered their time to our organizing efforts and are to be commended on their performance and professionalism.

The company brought in Craft-Baressi, union busters, and they had unfettered access and a captive audience with company-wide mandatory meetings for all employees for a month. They portrayed the union as liars, thugs, and people that would do or say anything to trap them. The lies, half-truths, and personal attacks that were leveled at this organization were incredible, serving to scare the employees and slow our momentum going into the vote. We were disappointed with the vote, to say the least. On the bright side, the campaign got a huge amount of media attention and has generated many inquiries from parties interested in becoming Teamsters.

We believe our cause is just, and this local will continue to fight the good fight. We have other companies that are now in various stages of organizing, We will learn from our last organizing efforts and only get stronger. We have just begun to fight.

Members of our local union are invited to participate in this effort to grow the Teamsters in Idaho. Contact our office and become a part of the movement.

I hope everyone is having a great and prosperous summer.

June 2017

Organizing is among our summer activities

Local 483 Executive Board
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer
Tom Sievers, president
Barry Reissig, vice president
Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Tyler Burden, trustee

By Tim Acevez
secretary-treasurer

BOISE — In Idaho, we endured a very hard winter and a wet spring.

Traditionally summer is the time to get outside and engage insummer activities. In Idaho, that means fishing, golfing, camping, white water rafting, barbecuing and horseback riding to name a few of our favorite past times here in Idaho.

It is also a great time to organize, and this is the focus for Local 483 this summer. We currently are very close to filing with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for an election in one of our organizing efforts and we are very excited about the prospect of having 432 new Teamsters in Twin Falls, Idaho. Idaho is a right-to-work state and it is always very difficult to forge new Teamsters shops.

Our members are the keystone to our organizing efforts. We have formed an organizing committee made up of some of our members and they have been impressive. Two of these members are Dale Varney and Rebecca Gibson, the local’s recording secretary.

The amount of volunteer time and skill that these two members have brought to this effort is phenomenal.They are both long time Teamsters and UPS feeder drivers.

Dale has been formally trained in organizing by the IBT, and Rebecca is a quick study. Thank you. This local and I appreciate all that you do. These two epitomize leadership. Local 483 is always looking for members who want to utilize their skills to help the labor movement in our area.If you are interested in helping your local grow, please contact any staff member at Local 483.

I recently returned from the unity conference in Las Vegas.It was a great opportunity to meet with fellow Teamsters and see how different locals achieve their goals. I learned a lot and hope to put this new knowledge to work at home.

When you are in a conference hall with 1,750 fellow Teamsters and President Hoffa is speaking, you feel like you can move mountains. I would like all our members to feel that same confidence in our organization. For that to happen our members must be involved. Unity may have been the main factor that propelled this union through the decades and it is the only thing that can continue to carry us forward. It can’t always be the other member stepping up to the plate. Come and participate, “if not you, then WHO?”

Participation includes communication. At the local we now have “text to” updates rolling out as I write this. We have steward emails sent as needed. We use, and update daily, social media, to include secret FB groups in our organizing efforts.

And for the first time ever at this local, we will be live streaming our general membership meeting to allow our central Idaho members to efficiently and conveniently participate in the process. UNITE!

April 2017

Members welcome Spring weather

Local 483 Executive Board
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer
Tom Sievers, president
Barry Reissig, vice president
Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Tyler Burden, trustee

Report from Barry Reissig, business agent

BOISE — Hopefully winter has ended here in the Northwest and warmer weather is on the way, which our members can finally enjoy. It has been a long snowy winter here in Boise, and it has created havoc for a lot of our members who are on the road and having to work in the weather.

Things have started to make sense for me as a new B/A with Local 483 as I visit all the barns. The members at USFoods just ratified their new contract. Way to go guys and congrats. Thanks to Daryl Hardenbrook and the other locals for their help, including Locals 117, 162, 690 and 483 for a job well done. We are working on some organizing campaigns and will expound on them at a later date. ‘Til next time . . .

Report from Kathryn Krump, office manager
Happy Spring! I seriously thought that Boise was never going to see the end of snow, and with the amount that we received, it was not going to start melting until July. I hope everyone is enjoying the weather.

It was one year ago on January 25 that I started working for Local 483. I feel very fortunate that I was hired and given this opportunity. I love my job, the people that I work with, and all the members I come in contact with every day.

My co-workers and I were recognized by our members at the January general membership meeting. Amazing words were spoken about each of us and I want to say how much that meant to me. I appreciate our members’ gesture of gratitude and sincerity. It confirms that I definitely found the perfect job.

Report from Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
What an exciting time to be a part of the labor movement. So much is happening in our world, politics and in our great union. I find that I learn something new every day that gets my mind swimming with ideas, and I also find myself drowning with the overflow of information. I want to take this time to say how much I enjoy reading all the articles from the surrounding locals in the Rocky Mountain Teamster news journal. The locals seem to put all the information in a better perspective. I’m always looking forward to reading about the new developments within our Teamster world and what has come about as old business is being taken care of.

Joint Council President Steve Vairma always makes good discussion of our elected officials in the government that could affect our union. I wait patiently to meet him and hope he could find time to possibly come to Local 483 to speak to the general membership.

In fact, I would love to have all the Joint Council 3 officers come and spend time with Local 483. Speak to us about the changing world and how it could change our union. With years of experience and tons of stories, they would no doubt educate us and keep our momentum going!

I feel very blessed to be a part of this joint council and of my own Local 483. Together we stand, divided we fall. Fighting the good fight every day. I am with the labor movement 110 percent. Thanks brothers and sisters for sharing your knowledge. I hope to meet and listen to your wise words in the future. Forever Teamster. Forever loyal.

Report from Sheri Willis, member communications
Hello brothers and sisters. I am thankful to be involved at Local 483. I was involved with the union for 20 years at UPS. It all began in Petaluma, California, where I was a pre loader to begin with and then an air/utility driver. I was vested right away. California is not right-to-work, so becoming a union member was not optional. I became a shop steward right away.

I worked there for six years and moved to Nampa, Idaho. UPS employed me in Nampa as a local sorter. I represented the drivers, pre loaders and local sorters at that center. I finished my career at the Boise Center.

What an honor now to be employed at Teamsters Local 483. Tim Acevez and Darel Hardenbrook are a smart, personable team. Their leadership is growing our union and bringing it class. Kat Crump manages our office so cheerfully and with complete care. Barry Reissig, our VP, hit the ground running as our newly added business agent. I have the utmost respect for our team and am grateful to be working with them.
How fortunate we are to have unions so that we can get paid a decent wage with benefits. Thank you to my brothers and sisters who allow me to represent them.

February 2017

What’s the plan?

Local 483 executive board
and business agents
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer, business agent
Frank Garcia, president
Tom Sievers, vice president
Barry Reissig, recording secretary
Darel Hardenbrook, business agent
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Nick Zabala, trustee

By Timothy J. Acevez
Secretary-Treasurer
BOISE — If last year was a whirl-wind then I hope this year is a tornado. Local 483 is busy finalizing plans, and setting goals for the upcoming year. Our priorities this year are to grow and exceed our members’ expectations. Considering financial restrictions, and the right-to-work law this will be difficult at best. We are thinking outside of the box, and will not become complacent, nor make excuses for inaction. Tenacity will be our guiding trait.

We are pleased to report that the Blaine County School District administrators’ contract has been unanimously ratified, and has been approved by the Idaho State School Board. This is the first time in the history of the State of Idaho that school district administrators have been organized. This process was a very difficult one and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We welcome 483 administrators to the Teamster family. We continue to drive hard in the organizing arena and will soon be reporting new-found success.

I would like to urge our members to participate in the local this year as much as their lives will allow. An example would be taking time to talk to a non-member at your company about becoming a Teamster. It’s the small things that accumulate into big picture success.
Unity and persistence over resistance will in the long run be our formula to growth and strength.

Report from Darrell Hardenbrook,
business agent

I would like to thank all the members of Teamsters Local 483 for a successful 2016 in the State of Idaho We have experienced growth in our local at an unprecedented level.

Looking ahead to 2017, this local union’s objective will be: (1) to represent all members at the highest level possible, to include increasing the level of communication through the grievance process. (2) to train our shop stewards in the application of their respective contract. (3) to continue to grow Local 483 at an unprecedented rate, thus putting Idaho on the labor movement map, and giving power to the worker. (4) continue to focus our office staff and all members on the goal of speaking/walking/taking as one, and concentrate our efforts on the real problem we face in Idaho, the erosion of the working class.

UPS — In 2016 we spent an enormous amount of time moving the company away from threatening our jobs every time we erred. There were very few terminations in this time frame, exactly two, and very few suspensions, less than five. We have management listening to our demands, some locations much better than others, but still more work to do.

At some point in the recent past, the company moved to a 12-month peak season. These “load ups” will be a primary focus of Local 483 in 2017.

We will impose our rights under article 37 of National Master UPS Agreement to level the dispatch, and force management to apply its own “loop principles.” I will place the 9.5 opt-in list on the teamsters483.org website where everyone will be able to view it.

I will also include the 9.5 grievance form on the website so all members can easily print it out to file a 9.5 grievance. Remember, you must ODS the center to put the company on notice you will be over 9.5

Another major focus for us in 2017 will be the application of article 18 of the UPS National Master Agreement. We have forced the implementation of the company’s adherence to health and safety in most centers in our jurisdiction. However, we have a lot of work to do for me to say we’re successful here.
In 2017, the Boise hub will have more safety attention than ever before. I commit to the members of Local 483 that we will implement all aspects of article 18 here. The company must comply to be in compliance with its Corporate Settlement Agreement with OSHA.

UPS Freight — I cannot report that 2016 was a success for the members here in regard to the stability of job classifications, and work conditions. However, there has been much discussion, and debate, to return the line-haul jobs to the previous level for which former Local 483 business agent, Phil Haueter, fought so hard. There is now new management in place at UPS Freight in Boise, and I’m optimistic for major improvements here. New Business Agent Barry Reissig’s decades of experience in line-haul and P & D will prove most valuable here. Look out freight, here we come.

Report from Rebecca Gibson,
recording secretary

Hello brothers and sisters!! Hope everyone’s New Year was safe and fun. Local 483 is back at it in the New Year.

Blaine County School Administrators are now Teamsters. We are excited to welcome our new brothers and sisters. Our new business agent, Barry Reissig, is getting out to the barns to meet members and working hard at internal recruiting and settling grievances.

We now have another 100 percent member participation barn. Congratulations ABF Freight!! Thank you for your unity and solidarity with the union. I had the pleasure of presenting Dewayne Caldwell of ABF Freight with their new key chains.

We had a great turnout for our annual Thanksgiving general meeting. There was a guest speaker, food, games and lots of fun. Doug Westervelt was the grand prize winner of a 15-pound turkey.

Congratulations Doug of First Student. It was a great time and I appreciate all of our member participation and attendance at our general meeting.

Tim Bolopue and Ric Carrier, two loyal and longtime Teamsters, retired this last year. I was sad to see them go, but we wish them well on their next adventure in life. They were both proud Teamsters for 35-plus years. Good luck gentlemen.

Report from Ric Carrier, retiree
I woke up to a day of preload in May of 1981. In what seemed like a few days later, I was retired from Feeders, looking at a new chapter in my life, walking around the house in my underwear, doing dishes, cooking dinner, watching “The View” and folding laundry.

I came from a very inconsistent background growing up. The only consistent thing in my earlier years was my brothers and sisters at Local 483 and co-workers at UPS. I learned a great lesson when I was 19 when a special interest group came to Idaho with the “right-to-work.” scam. I learned that the greed of a special interest and its powerful lobby can kill families financially. Few corporations’ care about quality workers, only the bottom line. Right-to-work was an attack on wages, benefits, workplace safety, and quality of life for employees.

At 19, I learned that the majority of the population could be convinced that something so bad could be good for them. Because I know what it would bring to our state, my first fight politically was taking on the “right-to-work” agenda. The whole time, nearly 36 years, I had an insurance policy, which was my Local 483. I was going to be able to have a job that was safe, provided a quality of life, and an ability to retire like I have just done.

My company has made billions of dollars each year because of the hard work of my union brothers and sisters, proof that unions not only provide quality for its members, but makes money for corporations that exceeds their expectations. That is a concept that voters didn’t understand when “right-to-work” was passed. I am proud to know that I have been a part of the growth of UPS, but there is more work to be done by our Teamsters family.

Greed never sleeps! The constant attack on workers is worse than ever. Our union has survived division from within and it can be what strengthens us to stand strong. I could have written a farewell that babbles about my career, about puppies, flowers, and how wonderful life is now, but that’s not me.

I will always be fired up about Teamster members coming together to build and strengthen our membership. I might lie to my wife once in a while and tell her I’m going to Lowe’s, and actually come to a general meeting instead. Doughnuts, coffee, and Saturday morning meetings keep me happy.

December 2016

Busy, productive year for Local 483

Local 483 executive board
and business agents
Timothy J. Acevez, secretary-treasurer, business agent
Tom Sievers, president
Barry Reissig, vice president
Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary
Darel Hardenbrook, business agent
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Nick Zabala, trustee

BOISE — Hello fellow Teamsters. It has been a busy, productive and rewarding year. I will attempt to summarize Local 483’s year in a pithy manner.

We negotiated and ratified Meadow Gold Dairies, Albertsons and ALSCO’s contracts. We organized, negotiated and ratified First Student’s office personnel. The local won the US Food’s versus Teamsters Local 483 NLRB case.

We are in the process of organizing Blaine County School District’s administrators. Our business agent, recording secretary, delegate and organizer attended the IBT convention in Las Vegas. We have numerous barns that are 100% Teamsters in a right-to-work state.

A concerted effort by this administration and all our members has resulted in growth of the local from 685 members in January to 932 members to date. We have set our sights on reaching 1500 members by the end of 2017. I would like to thank each and every Teamster for his/her support and to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Report from Recording Secretary
Rebecca Gibson

I would like to tell my story of personal growth this year as a member of Local 483. I had been a member who just paid dues and never participated in the local union. One of my brothers must have seen potential in me and took me by the hand and led me to be the active member I am now. Brother Dale Varney was my spark, my light to the Teamster’s bright flame. He took me to the IBT convention in Las Vegas and that is really where my story begins. That is where I became an active member.

In a slightly dark place in my life, Brother Dale showed me a different side of the union. It is hard to put in words the energy and pride evident at the convention. It was something to be experienced, truly out of this world—at least my bubble of a world in Boise, Idaho.

I would like to mention Tim Nichols of Local Union 878. He let me talk and ask tons of questions. I am positive I was annoying, but he listened and answered my questions. He was patient and allowed me to bug him, even though he was busy. I learned so much talking to him! Jim Shurling, Ron Cobb, and Frank Perkins were among other strong Teamsters who pointed me in the right direction. They earned my respect and I hope someday to earn theirs. Thank-you brothers for spending time with me despite your busy schedules at the convention.

Another brother who helped me along was Toby Patton of Local Union 480. He encouraged me to never give up and made me feel like I could really achieve anything at my local.

Secretary Treasurer Timothy J. Acevez and Business Agent Darel Hardenbrook, who had encouraged me all year, and I talked extensively about what I had learned and how I could utilize my new found skills for the betterment of our local. Thank-you Tim and Darel for all you do for me.

I recently attended the 2016 IBT Women’s conference in Hollywood, CA. I had the blessing of my local and headed to California. I learned so much about positions that women hold in the Teamster world. Coming from a company with 99% men and such a small but growing local, I had no idea that women played such an intricate and on-going role in the union. In the three days of the conference I was able to connect and network with other women. I had a chance to sharpen my skills and progress towards becoming a better Teamster, strengthening my local union.

I met Becky Strzechowski who is the director of the Teamsters Women’s Conference. She gave the opening speech at the conference. She was so fluent, graceful and full of energy.
One of the most influential women I met there was Maureen Morris of Local 25. She allowed me to experience the conference at a veteran level and also let me talk and talk and ask questions about the union.

Philip Cooper of Local 896, escorted Mo and I around. With his help we were able to meet tons of other members. He was so knowledgeable, sweet and fun. It was a blessing to be in his presence.

In closing, I am proud of Local 483 and all of the hard work the members have put toward our local. There are 1.4 million Teamsters and I am now connected to all of them. My personal growth this year helped me better understand the union and I am ready to spread that union word. If I can increase one member’s participation with this story, then well done.
I am Rebecca Gibson and I am a proud Teamster now and forever.

August 2016

Local 483 attends convention

Local 483 executive board and business agents
Timothy J. Acevez, secretary-treasurer, business agent
Frank Garcia, president
Tom Sievers, vice president
Barry Reissig, recording secretary
Darel Hardenbrook, business agent
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Nick Zabala, trustee

Report by Rebecca Gibson
recording secretary

BOISE — It came and it went, and Local Union 483 experienced it — the 29th International Brotherhood Teamsters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attending from Local 483 were Dale Varney, Twin Falls feeder driver, the delegate; Rebecca Gibson, recording secretary; Darel Hardenbrook, business agent; and Wayne Brown, organizer.

The convention started June 27, and was nothing short of energy, comradery and Unity for America’s strongest union. We experienced the IBT first hand. We networked and built valuable relationships with particular divisions within our International. More than 30 resolutions were passed at the convention. Among the issues highlighted in the resolutions were: finance reform, Get UPS out of ALEC and the Teamsters’ organizing model. Please visit https://teamsters.org/2016-ibt-convention-resolution for more information.

We would like to thank our members for their support in sending us to the convention. During this exciting time we are building our local and making great strides. We are showing our members and the International our solidarity to keep the labor movement moving forward in Idaho. The next International Brotherhood of Teamsters Convention will be five short years from now. In this time our great Local Union 483 will be hard at work applying those lessons learned from our attendance at this convention.
We are pleased to announce the hiring of the Local Union 483 Organizer Wayne Brown. He joined our Local on May 30, and is making the rounds trying to meet all of our members. Call him and introduce yourself 208-614-9768.

The general membership meeting is held the third Saturday of each month starting at 10:30 a. m. and is conducted in the big meeting room located at the Union Hall 225 North 16th Street, Boise, however we take the months of June, July and August off.

Remember any time you have a change in address, phone number, beneficiary or work status, please notify the Union Hall at 208-343-5439. The pension office number is 1-800-531-1489. When you change your information with your company they do not notify the union, so it is your responsibility to do so. Thank you.


June 2016

Days are busy at Local 483

Local 483 executive board
and business agents
Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer, business agent
Frank Garcia, president
Tom Sievers, vice president
Barry Reissig, recording secretary
Darel Hardenbrook, business agent
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Nick Zabala, trustee

BOISE — We hope this edition of the Rocky Mountain Teamster finds everyone in good spirits and health. The weather continues to improve, outdoor activities are ramping up and I’m sure sunburns are just around the corner.

Our local has been very busy with contract negotiations and the challenges of operating our local. We are pleased to report that the Meadow Gold contract has been ratified. It was a long process and our members are pleased with the results.

The Albertsons Sundries contract has also been ratified. We are currently in negotiations for the office personnel at First Student. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rick Middleton, secretary-treasurer local 572 for his support, which includes sending Wayne Erhart, business agent for Local 190, to participate in the process. Wayne is a subject matter expert in First Student business and his support has been exceptional. Thanks Wayne. We have begun the process of negotiations for ALSCO and hope to provide a positive result.

Our President Frank Garcia has resigned due to a family member’s medical needs. Frank’s leadership will be missed and we wish him the best with his family. Mr. Garcia has been replaced by Tom Sievers, the serving vice president.. Barry Reissig will move from recording secretary to vice president. Finally, Rebecca Gibson has been approved by the executive board and will be assuming the position of recording secretary.

Thank you to all of our members and supporters. It is our unity that keeps us successful. We wish everyone a fun and safe summer.

The general membership meeting is held the third Saturday of each month starting at 10:30 a.m. and is conducted in the big meeting room located at the union hall 225 North 16th Street, Boise.

Remember any time you have a change in address, phone number, beneficiary and/or pension, please notify the union hall at (208)343-5439. The pension office number is 1-800-531-1489. When you change your information with your company they do not notify the union so it is your responsibility to do so. Thank you.


April 2016

Local is on the move, changing

Local 483 executive board
and business agents

Timothy J. Acevez,
secretary-treasurer, business agent
Frank Garcia, president
Tom Sievers, vice president
Barry Reissig, recording secretary
Darel Hardenbrook, business agent
Tinna Neifert, trustee
Sabra Parker, trustee
Nick Zabala, trustee

By Timothy J. Acevez
Secretary-Treasurer

BOISE — If you are anything like the members of local 483 you can’t wait for spring to appear. We would like to wish an early and ideal spring to all. Like most locals ours is constantly on the move and changing.

Jo Anne Libengood’s last day was March 10, and she has officially retired. Jo Anne was an intricate part of this organization for years and she will be missed. Kat Crump has fully assumed Jo Anne’s role as our office manager and we feel she is a great addition to our organization. Jason Skinner has resigned as recording secretary and has been replaced by Barry Reissig, a longtime member that has served on our board in the past.

Negotiations have been ongoing and continue to move forward. Meadow Gold is nearing a conclusion and we hope to have it finalized soon. Albertson’s Sundries negotiations were conducted on March 9 and 11, and an agreement was reached. The agreement will be put forth to the members as soon as possible. First Student office personnel negotiations are scheduled for April 13 and 14. The local is also looking forward to upcoming negotiations with ALSCO.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of you for the help that we have received since assuming this office in January. Surely it has played an instrumental role in any success that we have had. Let’s move forward, grow our members and use every opportunity to improve our cause.

The general membership meeting is held the third Saturday of each month starting at 10:30 a.m. and is held in the big meeting room located at the union hall at 225 North 16th Street, Boise.
Remember any time you have a change in address, phone number, beneficiary and/or pension, please notify the union hall at (208)343-5439. The pension office number is 1-800-531-1489. When you change your information with your companies they do not notify the union so it is your responsibility to do so.

February 2016


New e-board takes the helm

BOISE — The office at Local 483 would like to wish everyone a happy and successful New Year.

Local 483 would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing administration for all their work and to congratulate Mark Briggs on his retirement after working for the local for over 14 years. Mark served years championing the cause of hard working people.

Since the first of the year our local has been busy converting to a new administration and addressing ongoing issues that we face.

Interviews for a new secretary/bookkeeper were conducted and Kathryn Crump has been hired. Kathryn will be starting on Monday January 25, 2016. JoAnne Libengood, the current and long serving secretary/bookkeeper, has graciously agreed to postpone her retirement in order to train the new secretary. I would like to personally thank Joanne for extending her career in order to help this new administration. Her knowledge and experience have been instrumental to this conversion.

The local is in contract negotiations for three companies, Meadow Gold Dairies, Albertson’s Sundries Center and First Student. These contracts are at the forefront of our agenda. The local has, or intends to, meet with our members of each company to hear their contract concerns. If you were unable to attend these meetings, or were not aware of them please give us a call at 208-343-5439 to ensure that your voice will be heard.

Meadow Gold Dairies members were presented with a new contract, but it was not ratified. Therefore, negotiation dates have been reopened and are ongoing. Albertsons Sundries have been contacted to set up negotiation dates. The local is waiting for their reply.

First Student’s contract was ratified for the drivers and mechanics. We are pleased to report that the office personnel of First Student have voted to organize and become part of the bargaining unit. Michelle Geszvain has been instrumental in this venture and has done a great job. We are in the initial throws of the negotiation process for them. The local hopes to finalize these contracts in a timely manner.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to Steve Vairma, and many others, who have welcomed the local’s new administration and has offered their assistance. We will give our all to live up to everyone’s expectation.

Please take time and stop by the union hall and meet the new office staff or call and talk to them.

Secretary Treasurer/Business Agent-Tim Acevez
Business agent- Darel Hardenbrook
Office Manager-JoAnne Libengood
E-Board
Secretary Treasurer-Tim Acevez
President-Frank Garcia
Vice President-Tom Sievers
Recording Secretary-Jason Skinner
Trustee-Tinna Neifert
Trustee-Sabra Parker
Trustee-Nick Zabala

Come to the general membership meeting to meet the e-board.

The general membership meeting is held the third Saturday of each month starting at 10:30 a.m., and is held in the big meeting room located at the union hall, 225 N 16th St., Boise.

Remember any time you have a change in address, phone number, beneficiary and/or pension, please remember to notify the union hall 208-343-5439. The pension office number is 1-800-531-1489. When you change your information with your company they do not notify the union.