Rhode Island AFL-CIO Convention Delegates Vote to Oppose Fung and McKee Bids for Statewide Office

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention was held Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Nearly 300 delegates and alternates representing 25 international unions gathered to make endorsements for statewide general officers and to set the political agenda of the statewide labor federation for the coming year.

Read more here.

Seasonal Flu Clinic

When: Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30am – 11:30am
Sunday, Sept. 28, 9:30am – 11:30am

Saturdays, 7:30am – 11:30am, Oct 4, Oct 18, and Oct 25

Cost: No Charge – Medicare Part B, and UnitedHealthcare

Questions: Call the Fund Office at 467-3323

You must have your insurance card with you.

Register online at http://www.thewellcomp.com
Click “Register Now”, then click “Flu-Worksite Events”. Use the login code “teamep”.

Shingles vaccine offered on Saturday clinics (for members/dependents 50 years or older).

Rhode Island Hospital Contract Negotiations Survey

Local 251 is preparing for contract negotiations with Rhode Island Hospital.

Our union represents more than 2,500 employees at the Hospital. This contract belongs to the members. If you are a Teamster at Rhode Island Hospital, it’s time to have your say in what you want negotiated in your contract.

Click here to fill out the Local 251 Contract Negotiations Survey online.

Survey results are confidential. Only one survey response will be permitted from each person.

Sign Up for Local 251 Softball & Golf Tournaments

2014 scholarship advert-225wWe are hosting two upcoming events to benefit the Local 251 Charity Fund.

Softball Tournament – Saturday, Sept. 20
Warwick City Field, Warwick, RI

$25 for members.
Co-ed Division: 3 Women Minimum
Teamster Division: Teamster Members Only
Open Division: $600 Gold Sponsor for a 14 Person Team

Click here to download a form to sign up for the Softball Tournament.

Call Antonio Suazo (401-497-9832) or Ronnie Tag (860-908-6769) or see your Business Agent for more information.

Golf Tournament – Monday, October 13
Crestwood Country Club, Rehoboth, MA

$120 for members, includes 18 holes of golf and Continental breakfast and dinner.

Click here to download a form to sign up for the Golf Tournament.

Call Eddie Carreiro (401-419-8273) or see your Business Agent for more information.

Use this form to collect sponsorship donations from friends, family, businesses and organizations. Sponsorship levels and benefits for the Softball and Golf Tournaments are explained here.

College Scholarships for RIH Teamsters

Apply by Sept. 15

Local 251 is awarding seven $5,000 college scholarships to children of Rhode Island Hospital Teamster employees. This benefit was negotiated in our union contract with Lifespan.

Applicants must be the son or daughter of a Teamster member in good standing at Rhode Island Hospital to be eligible to apply.

Click here to download an application.

Mail your completed application to Teamsters Local 251, 121 Brightridge Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914 or turn in the completed application to a Union Representative or Liason.

All applications must be received by the Union Hall by September 15. A drawing will be held to determine the scholarship winners.

RIH Healthcare Benefits Update: Dependent Eligibility Expanded

Effective July 1, 2014, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Plan is extending eligibility for health coverage to all dependent children of members who have not attained age twenty-six (26). The Plan will no longer exclude eligible children for coverage who have access to their own employment-based health coverage. If your eligible child has been excluded from the Plan’s health coverage for this reason, please contact the Fund Office at (401) 467-3323 for an enrollment form and instructions on how to enroll your child for coverage effective July 1, 2014.

Click here to read a notice on these changes.

New England Teamsters Scholarship Raffle

Teamsters Joint Council 10 is holding a raffle to benefit the Teamsters JC 10 New England Scholarship Fund.

Prizes are 1st Place $10,000, 2nd Place $5,000 and 3rd Place $3,000. Tickets are $100 for a book of 3. Tickets will be available at the May 18 Local 251 Membership Meeting, or you can ask your Business Agent. The drawing will be held at the August 16 Joint Council 10 Delegate Conference.

UPS Contracts in Effect

UPDATED, May 9, 2014: As of Friday, April 25, the 2013-2018 national UPS contract and New England Supplement went into effect.

2013-2018 UPS National Contract

2013-2018 New England Supplement

UPDATE for Part-Timers: The International Union has issued bulletins for wage increases and progression over the life of the new contract for Part-time Preloaders and Sorters and for all other Part-timers.

Click here to read the notice to members from the International Union on the new contracts.

UPS members will receive their 70 cent contractual wage increase on your paychecks for all hours worked last week. Retro checks for all hours worked since August 1, 2013 will be issued on or about May 27.

Click here to read a notice to members from the International Union on Pay Increases and Retro Checks.

Uniting to Protect Good Jobs

Click here to watch a video of Local 251 members and postal workers at the rally.

Staples has teamed up with the U.S. Postal Service to destroy good union jobs by providing postal services at Staples without using unionized postal workers. The good news is that unions and community allies are teaming up to fight back and protect good jobs. Local 251 members joined a rally in front of Staples as part of a national day of action to protect good jobs. Union rallies and protests were held across the country. When workers stand up for good jobs and living wages, Local 251 will be there.

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