Montana

December 2017


Retirees’ experience will be missed

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 2 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Bill Rowe, secretary-treasurer
Karen Bouley, president
Aaron Ralph, vice president
Terry Bartle, recording secretary
Chris Conway, trustee
Shawn Fontaine,trustee
Milan Kubla, trustee

Report from Terry Bartle, business agent
BUTTE — Another year comes to close. Each one seems to pass more rapidly than the last. And with each passing year, I see more members reaching the ends of their careers.

In many negotiations this past year health insurance was a priority and it seems, for a great many members, pension increases were high on the list as well. So it seems our futures continue to be concerning us. And this is good.

To all my sisters and brothers, I wish you good health in the coming New Year. And to those who answer the call to retire: Congratulations and thanks for being a part of this great union. For the many of us that remain this is the time to assume new roles. As people attain their pension, we lose experience, mentors and knowledge of our past. So the need arises for others to assume these roles. Take stock of your own situation and decide on how the future will be shaped.

We are all part of the union, be it as simply active members or as shop stewards or executive board members. The need for all to take part is constant and current. Your participation in the contracts make them stronger and more effective. It is our members that give these pages life and that is you.
To close with a simple thought: I hope life provides all with what they need and offers opportunities to gain what they want. Thanks to all for your labors in providing for the many – delivering goods to consumers, maintaining our roads, caring for our elderly and those who cannot care for themselves. Teamsters are in so many parts of our lives the list would consume pages to thank each.

Report from Shawn Fontaine, business agent
UPS negotiations are underway. Meetings for the West Region, J.C. 3 Rider and Sort Addendum have taken place with the union and the company exchanging proposals. National negotiations will start after the peak season. This is going to be a very difficult round of bargaining with the company looking for more “flexibility” in daily operations and the union looking for better working conditions.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

Report from Jim Stone, business agent
Winter is upon us and school is back in session, so please drive carefully.

Anytime you receive correspondence from your local union, please open the mail and respond accordingly. The local does not send out junk mail and we would appreciate your response to our mailings. A lot of time and effort goes into these mailings.

If your contract is opening in 2018, look for the meeting notices in the mail or at your place of work, and please make every effort to attend these meetings. This is your contract and you should have a say in any possible changes to the agreement.

Also, look for other notices of union meetings and try to attend. The union is only as strong as its members. There is strength in unity.

Negotiations have taken place with Great Falls pre-release, Great Falls Transit District, Teton County Road and Bridge, Blaine County, Sletten Construction, Valley County, Roosevelt County 911 and sheriff’s office. Each of these groups voted their contracts and ratified new agreements.

I have started negotiations with Poplar Schools, Unified Disposal, City of Glasgow and Meadow Gold Dairies.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season and have a Merry Christmas!

Report from Erin Foley, business agent
It has been a busy fall for several of the contracts at Local 2. We have had successful contract negotiations and ratifications for McGree Trucking, Genesis Health Care and Healthcare Services Group and Industrial Towel. We are currently in negotiations with Montana State University, Gilmans Construction, Community Hospital of Anaconda business office, and Butte Silverbow Road Department. I encourage all members to be involved and support their union and union stewards and those members on the negotiation teams. They do the hard work that nobody else wants to.

As always I would like to Wish you all a Happy Holiday Season full of laughter, joy and good health!

Reminders regarding pension and health and welfare
We want to take this opportunity to remind members who participate in the Western Conference Teamsters Pension Trust and who are thinking about retiring in the upcoming months that it takes the Trust at least four months to process your application for retirement. Please make sure that you begin the application process well in advance of your last day of work in a Teamster position. If you are thinking about retirement we advise you to call the pension at 1-800-531-1489 and request a work history report, which will list all years and hours paid in on your behalf, an estimate based on your desired age of retirement and an application. You are always more than welcome to call our office if you need help filling out your application or have general questions regarding pension benefits. We can be reached at 406-494-2747.

Also, if you are a participant of one of our health and welfare trusts, you will receive a COBRA notice at the time your coverage runs out. You can elect to keep full coverage on you and your dependents for up to 18 months by paying the COBRA premium on time each month.

In the event you wish to continue carrying the insurance under the Plans Retiree’s Summary, it is your responsibility to advise the trust you have retired. The trust will send you the form to make application for retiree’s coverage. If you do not take the retiree’s coverage at the time you retire, you cannot come back under it later unless, you have insurance through your spouse and have requested a waiver from your insurance plan administrator. Please contact the trust if you have any questions regarding your plan. The contact information for your specific trust is listed in the Plan Summary booklet you received at the time you became eligible for coverage.

The officers and staff of Teamsters Local No. 2 wishes all our brothers and sisters a happy and safe Holiday Season!

February 2016


New executive board sworn in

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 2 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Bill Rowe, secretary-treasurer
Karen Bouley, president
Aaron Ralph, vice president
Terry Bartle, recording secretary
Chris Conway, trustee
Shawn Fontaine,trustee
Milan Kubla, trustee

BUTTE — The year 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy one at Teamsters Local 2. The new executive board was seated on Saturday, January 9, 2016. We are excited to begin working with our new board and want to congratulate them on winning the election. We would also like to give a special thanks to member Mike Mcnamara. He was kind enough to give up part of his Saturday to swear in our new board.

Report from Terry Bartle, business agent
As the year begins in January and moves slowly toward spring, we face new challenges and thoughts are developed about how things might be changed, new ideas for new times.

Yet the truth is that old problems will constantly be with us. As we enter this period, which should give us hope and promise, we are faced with recurring situations from our past. The belief is that we learn from our past but the reality is we never hang on to those memories long enough to put them forward.

I have recently recognized an idea that gives me great hope in what we stand for as a union. That idea is recognizing that each contract contributes to a legacy. Union negotiators who preceded us realized that what they accomplished in bargaining would make us stronger and more unified in the future. Looking forward to others’ futures and not centering on ourselves is an attitude often brought to the negotiating table. Hopefully, this is something more members will recognize when it happens, or better yet, make happen.

As you browse your contracts, study them for their strengths and weaknesses. Think of future members and how what we do today can affect them and provide for their success within the bargaining unit. We all consider what it is that we have inherited and should look to what we will leave for others.

With a commitment to others’ futures we become stronger in our own time. Those who choose to engage their contract and live within it are the ones who easily see what the future should be like, and move towards it becoming a reality for those yet to stand inside the four corners of a contract.

Leaving a legacy is what should, and will, drive us forward. Give it a thought?

In solidarity many things are probable and all things possible.

Report from Jim Stone, business agent
The Eagle Beverage arbitration was held September 24. We have heard from the arbitrator. It is my opinion that we received a 90 percent win from the arbitrator. Current and past employees will receive back pay from May 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. They will also have their pension contributions restored. We did not win the language issue that we were fighting for and will need to address this in upcoming negotiations.

Negotiations with Eagle Beverage, Fergus County Sheriff Office, Valley County, Poplar Schools, Ryan’s Cash and Carry (SuperValu) and Fort Peck Tribal 911 are moving forward.

Negotiations have been completed with Redi-Mix, Teton County Road & Bridge, Town of Valier and Great Falls Pre-Release. All have ratified their agreements.

Report from Erin Foley, business agent
With 2015 behind us now, I must say it was an extremely busy year. With the majority of my contract load all expiring at the same time, it made for a challenging year with travel all over the state to cover the many different and unique units we have.

One thing I took away from it all is to encourage our members to be involved everyday with union business. Pay attention to things that work and things that don’t, so that when we head into proposal meetings everyone has ideas and examples of things that may need to be changed. There are always the big issues such as wages, insurance, and retirement, but remember there are always other issues that are sometimes taken for granted during the contract years that could simply be fixed by adding or deleting language in the contract.

So, in closing, I encourage everyone to be aware and get involved. The members are the eyes and ears inside the facility for all business agents. We can’t be there day to day to see the operations working. Get involved, be alert and stay in touch with your stewards and business agents so we can unite and stay strong and continue the fight!