Congratulations to brother Bob Grecol who was recommended by President and Principal Officer Mike Scott to succeed recently retired trustee Alan Dennis and confirmed unanimously today by the Local 769 Executive Board. Brother Grecol is a UPS driver from the West Palm Beach building where he has been a dedicated shop steward working in the Jupiter center of operations for 17 years.
President Mike Scott said, “Bob is a strong addition to our executive board and will represent the brothers and sisters of Teamsters Local 769 with great pride and dedication.”
“I want to welcome Bob personally to our executive board where he will continue the strong representation of our members in his new role.”, said Teamsters Local 769 Secretary Treasurer Josh Zivalich.
Congratulations brother Grecol and thanks for your continued dedication to the brothers and sisters of Teamsters Local 769.
Teamsters at Sysco in West Palm Beach Florida gathered outside the food delivery giants warehouse on Wednesday February 15, 2017 to demand that the company stop dragging their feet in negotiations. The bargaining unit which consists of 84 drivers and 8 fleet maintenance employees stood solid in defiance of weak contract proposals by the company.
Workers at this locations voted in April of 2016 to join Teamsters Local 769 by a margin of over 81% and have remained unified and focussed on securing a fair first contract. Nationally the Teamsters represent more than 8,000 drivers and warehouse workers at Sysco.
Teamsters Local 769 business agent Steve Myers said, “Many of these workers have dedicated their lives to making Sysco a successful and profitable company and it is only fair that they share in the rewards of those efforts.”
“We are united in our goal to achieve a strong first contract and we stand together today, prepared to take whatever action may be required to reach those goals.”, says Tom Baldwin, a 27 year Sysco employee.
The following update was shared by Film Florida, a state-wide not-for–profit entertainment production association that represents Florida’s film, TV & digital media industry. Teamsters Local 769 supports Film Florida’s efforts to bring more film opportunities and good jobs for working families in our state.
We hope each of you had a wonderful holiday season and a great start to 2017. While January 9th serves as the unofficial start of the “legislative season” in Florida, we have been working on legislative efforts for the last six months and wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on where things stand heading into the 2017 legislative session.
As you are aware, the Florida Entertainment Incentive Program sunset on June 30, 2016. For the first time in over a decade, there is no longer a statewide program to entice film, television and digital media projects and companies to do business in Florida. Despite the efforts of many both within Film Florida and outside our organization over the last 3+ years, neither additional funding for the recently expired program or a new program has been enacted in Tallahassee. Unfortunately, the end result has been the same but the process and approach each of those years has been very different.
With a record number of new legislators coming into office in November, Film Florida set out months before the elections to introduce our organization and our industry to all of those potential legislators. Nearly half of the 132 new candidates engaged with us and offered their thoughts on our industry. We have since been in touch with each legislator that has been elected to the Florida House and Florida Senate and have begun the extremely important process of educating the newly elected officials about the importance and impact of the industry here in Florida.
We have spent a great deal of time examining the recently sunset program and looking at programs from other states (most notably states that also do not have state income tax). Since the elections, we have been working daily with our legislative supporters and our government relations team, looking at realistic possible options based on Tallahassee’s current leadership. The state legislature is faced with “grim budget news” for the upcoming legislative session despite recent reports that Florida’s economy is growing. Costs for healthcare and education are increasing faster than state tax revenues are increasing, leaving a budget shortfall in the coming years if cuts in spending are not made. In addition, the new Speaker of the Florida House, Richard Corcoran, has made no secret of his disdain for business incentives. He has spoken publicly about incentives for our industry, calling them a “horrible, horrible use of taxpayers dollars.” Additionally, Speaker Corcoran has publicly expressed concerns about Enterprise Florida, the official economic development organization for the state of Florida, and VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation.
While we do not have support of the legislative leadership in the Florida House, there is overall strong support for our industry and we are engaged with those supporters. It’s important to note that Film Florida is not the only group working with legislators on behalf of our industry. Part of our task is coordinating with groups that may be proposing bill language to ensure our industry does not send mixed signals that could confuse legislators. Film Florida is in the process of working with legislative champions to submit a proposal that could lead to a bill. This dialogue is focused on the likelihood of a successful outcome. We believe wholeheartedly that our industry is not just important to the state of Florida, but can be part of the solution to the state’s potential budget challenges over the next couple years. We fully intend to show legislators how we can infuse much needed tax revenues into the state while putting Floridians to work, increasing economic development, enhancing tourism and helping diversify Florida’s economy.
Our government relations team, along with our legislative supporters, have suggested that we coordinate meetings with legislators that have leadership roles in important committees. While having 150+ industry professionals walking the halls in Tallahassee did get people’s attention, we need to look at the most effective use of people’s time, money and energy. As a reminder, what started in November and will continue through January, each county holds their legislative delegation meetings. During these meetings, members of the public can sign-up to speak for 3 minutes in front of their elected officials. Representatives of Film Florida and local Film Commissioners have already spoken at a number of these delegation meetings and will continue doing so throughout the state. This is another opportunity for legislators, especially newly elected members, to hear real stories from real people in the industry.
Many people have asked how they can help. Instead of asking people to make their way to Tallahassee for a day, we ask that you speak at your upcoming legislative delegation meeting. We would also ask that you schedule face-to-face meetings with your local legislators. Right now, the more legislators who are familiar with real people in their districts and the individual stories each of you have, the more impactful we will be in our efforts. We tell the stories every day, but hearing them from you will be more impactful. If we are fortunate enough to get a bill moving in the Florida House and Florida Senate, we will need help with targeted e-mails and phone calls asking committee members to vote in favor. We will be sure to let you know if or when those opportunities arise.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have questions need guidance in attending your local delegation meeting or scheduling meetings with your local legislators. Many of you continue to send supportive messages via e-mail, phone and social media and we appreciate every one of them. Know that we are doing everything in our power to see positive results. The legislative session runs from March 7 – May 5, 2017. We promise to give as many meaningful updates as possible throughout the next 4+ months. But we cannot stress enough that our social media channels, especially Facebook and Twitter, are the most immediate form of communication you will find, whether it’s news stories, calls to action or general information. If you’re not currently connected with us there, please make sure to do so. We will provide more updates as they become available.
By an overwhelming margin, Teamster pilots and professional flight engineers at Amerijet ratified a new contract with the airline. There are 85 members in the bargaining unit represented by Local 769 in North Miami, Fla.
The four-year agreement includes an initial increase in base wages for Captains and First Officers of more than 55 to 75 percent, with additional yearly wage increases. Seniority and sick leave improvements will take effect with the contract.
“This is a proud moment for these pilots,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “They’ve fought through lots of obstacles to achieve an agreement and will now have substantial improvements to their wages and working conditions. On behalf of Teamsters across the globe, we would like to congratulate them on signing off on a Teamster contract.”
“This is another big victory for our local union, the Teamsters Airline Division and the International,” said David Renshaw, a business agent at Local 769 and lead negotiator for the Amerijet negotiations. “But the biggest winners in this whole process are the pilots. Their wages are going way up and they have clarification on work rules as the result of this new contract. Special thanks to all of our pilots and professional flight engineers who volunteered their time to serve on the negotiating committee.”
The contract goes into effect on Dec. 19, 2016 and will expire on Dec. 18, 2020.
Mechanics at United Airlines stations across the nation ratified a six-year National Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement with the company today after more than three years of negotiations.
More than 9,000 mechanics in the bargaining unit will see their compensation move to the top of the industry, marked improvements in leave and a unique industry reset, which will put the mechanics’ package 2 percent above the highest compensation in the industry every two years. Teamster members will also receive a signing bonus worth tens of thousands of dollars.
“This is a landmark day for the Teamsters,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters General President. “From the very beginning of the aviation industry, the Teamsters have been raising standards for workers. As a union, we’ve taken another step up today.”
“This contract represents the largest contract for a mechanics group in airline industry history,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “It is a package worth a collective $1.7 billion dollars in improvements in compensation and benefits over the current agreement. I’ve always said proudly that Teamster contracts are the strongest in the industry and this contract is one of our strongest ever. I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work of International Representative Clacy Griswold on this agreement and for decades of service to Airline Division Teamsters. It is fitting that his storied career would culminate with the largest contract ever for airline mechanics. I’d also like to thank International Representatives Bob Fisher and Capt. Paul Alves and the entire negotiating committee.”
“This contract was possible because of the solidarity we demonstrated shift-to-shift and station-to-station,” said Joseph Prisco, a 27-year mechanic at United Airlines and a member of the United Airlines negotiating committee.
“As mechanics, we’re taught to work as a team to accomplish the important goal of aircraft safety. Using that same team concept, we stuck together with professionalism, solidarity and purpose to get an industry-leading contract.”
The Teamsters Local 769 Annual Holiday Picnic was this past weekend and the event was amazing as usual. The Indrio Road Schoolhouse Park in Fort Pierce again served as the location and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.
Santa Claus made his routine stop at our picnic where other activities included face painting, pony rides and bounce houses so every child had a good time. There were plenty of happy adults as well. Brothers and sisters from Local 769 came from near and far to share good food and good cheer. Many brought food donations for the Treasure Coast Food Bank who were on hand.
We hope everyone had a great time and judging by the smiling faces, we are confident they did. Happy Holidays to all of our brothers and sisters. The strength and solidarity of our members is what makes Teamsters Local 769 great!
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